Clutch interviewed our Managing Partner, Garrett Goldman, to get his opinion on how businesses should choose a CMS for their site, and when you should chose WordPress vs. Drupal.
Clutch is a research, ratings and reviews firms that helps small and medium businesses find IT and marketing companies for their upcoming projects. Garrett’s interview is part of a series of resources dedicated to helping businesses learn more about web design, what their options are, and how to choose the best platform and project for them.
According to Garrett, the most important aspect of building a website is deciding what the purpose of the website is, and what functionality it needs. Garrett says to “start with the reason for building the site, determine who will be using it and what it will do. Ask the core questions about the who, what and how. Find out where the site will be hosted and how it will be maintained. Get the answers to these questions before determining which CMS to use.”
When to Chose WordPress vs. Drupal
WordPress and Drupal are some of the most popular website platforms, with WordPress powering over 25% of websites. A main difference between the two is how customizable the platforms are and how easy it is to maintain. Drupal is a very strong, secure system that is fantastic for folks that understand how to manage a robust cms and for those who are looking for complete flexibility with user customizations. However, WordPress allows more design flexibility:
“Drupal is a little harder to use for beginners. Non-experts have an easier time picking up WordPress and managing their site vs. Drupal sites. Drupal has a better core for roles and permissions because they’re easier to customize and manage. In our discovery process we learn who is using the CMS and what they’re doing with it to help determine the best fit”
You can read the full interview on Clutch and learn more about the different platforms to find the right fit for you.