I think people know (or at least it should be pretty obvious from everywhere my screen name shows up) that I am a Drupal robot. I sleep, eat, and breathe Drupal and I push it every chance I get. So it’s a little strange to me to be writing my first post in WordPress. This is my first time even using WordPressin any way which is hilarious since I make so many arguments against it just from the standpoint of the power of Drupal.
Taking a step back I can say that in my limited experience, I see why WordPress != Drupal from first hand experience (finally). Here’s a few comparisons between the two as I look quickly and get my first impressions.
WordPress First Impressions
- Very obvious what I should do, update my first post to not say “Hello world!”
- Wow this looks like a flexible blog
- Slick interface, like the buttons; they are very non-threatening
- Words + Icons are easy to understand
- Didn’t expect the publish / update post button to be over on the right hand side (I don’t think that way about forms, probably from Drupal)
- Has more of a Portal feel to it just from the layout and positioning of things
- While I know it has lots you can do to expand it, I think it’s painted itself into a bit of a corner as a single-user, blog centric platform
Drupal First Impressions
- What do I do?
- Oh, admin ok, wow there’s a lot of options here
- WOW this is flexible; I think I can make anything with this…if only I knew how!
- Can be very confusing
- Need to read up on what’s going on in the community, what modules do what before really knowing what you can do
- Steep learning curve (rewarding, but steep!)
Is my point scewed? Yeah. Do I still need to play around with WordPress more here (as well as locally)? Hell yeah. But I think what I’m finding by looking into this is that it’s a great, simple blogging platform that can get you up and running quickly. This is what most people want to do who are trying to join in the conversation going on on the web. For those want something more powerful, flexible, and thought of as a system, not just a website — then Drupal’s still for you. I think I’ll start using WordPress for my blogs cause it’s so much easier to setup quickly then Drupal (I don’t love Drupal’s blogging only kind of environment / default install either where as this seems grreat). For powerhouse sites / projects / systems, yeah; Drupal is still King here.