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Drupal Versus WordPress and How to Best Use Them to Provide Enterprise WCM Services

Published: 14 October 2014

ID: G00268425

Analyst(s): Larry Cannell


As the two most popular Web content management systems in use on the Internet, Drupal and WordPress offer compelling and safe enterprise choices because of their enormous communities. This document compares Drupal and WordPress and provides guidance on how IT organizations can best use them.

Table Of Contents


  • Summary of Differences
  • Summary of Similarities


  • Detailed Differences Between Drupal and WordPress
    • Page Assembly Architectures
    • Core Content Management Features and Add-On Interoperability
    • Upgrade Philosophies
    • Commercial Leadership Focus
  • Why Are Drupal and WordPress Unlike Other WCM Products?
    • Participants in These Communities Compete on Services, Not Software
    • Parallels Among Drupal, WordPress and Linux
    • What About Joomla?


  • Assess the Use Cases
  • Think in Terms of Hundreds of Websites, Not Just One
  • Consider Supporting Both Drupal and WordPress
  • Plan for the Long Term
  • Establish WCM Governance


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