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HI guys,

I want to build a social/community site, with forum, individual member accounts, blog, latest news, articles etc and space for members to easily network with each other according to their interests, demographics, issues.... big task, I know.

Just can't decide which platform to use - WordPress or Drupal? I know WordPress better, & know I can use a range of plugins to accomplish what I want to do, but should I just bite the bullet and start straight from Drupal?
I know it's supposed to be more powerful and secure....

What are your thoughts &/or experiences?

Cheers,
Sissy
#drupal #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author dirksmith
    By seeing your requirement we can advise you to go the customized solutions rather then using wordpress or drupal or any other CMS technology.

    Your requirement is like social/community, forum, blog, news, articles , member registration - space for members to easily network. If you will use any CMS then it will take your customization cost. There are many plugins which you can use but you can not use them directly. You may need to customize them as per your need and that will take a cost of new development only.

    Even if we want to see it from the future perspective then it may that you want to improve functionality of the features then again you have to go for the customize the plugins.

    where as customized solutions is not only for now but good for the future perspective also.

    Thanks for passing your comment on the forum.
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    • Profile picture of the author holyfood
      in case of cms better we use word press then plug in are easily install. and whatever we want to use , we can freely use .
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  • Profile picture of the author jamespitt
    Go for Drupal Commons - it'll do pretty well everything you want out of the box. If you have a custom solution, you'll be locked into using the person who wrote it. I've done work getting some of the largest companies in the world to get them using it for their sites (these aren't Drupal Commons - it's even easier with that).

    Give me a shout if you want any advice on the best way to do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sissy76
      Originally Posted by jamespitt View Post

      Go for Drupal Commons - it'll do pretty well everything you want out of the box. If you have a custom solution, you'll be locked into using the person who wrote it. I've done work getting some of the largest companies in the world to get them using it for their sites (these aren't Drupal Commons - it's even easier with that).

      Give me a shout if you want any advice on the best way to do it.
      Thanks James, for your reply.

      Have you had any experience with elgg or PHPizabi? If so, how do they compare to Drupal's abilities?

      Cheers,
      Sissy
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Gordelo
    Go for drupal
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  • Profile picture of the author sherifmayika
    I vote for Drupal
    Go for Drupal You won't be disappointed
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  • Profile picture of the author BreezeHost
    Both are good. However, i would recommend to go with Drupal.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrmagos
    Wordpress configured for multisites with BuddyPress makes for a rich social networking environment.
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    • Profile picture of the author Radical Codes
      Originally Posted by mrmagos View Post

      Wordpress configured for multisites with BuddyPress makes for a rich social networking environment.
      Agree,.. i've been playing with Wordpress for 7 years
      and i never get any problem to create what i want.

      unless i want to create my website jump out from my monitor LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author parryzen
    hi...

    Always the HTML is the best...!!! meet again.

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    • Profile picture of the author Sissy76
      Thanks guys for your responses.

      I've asked a similar question in the Programming forum, as I wasn't too sure where to post this question - but have any of you used a social networking script, like elgg or PHPizabi?

      Would I be better off going with one of those, or stick with Drupal?

      Which would be best in the long term, the project i'm working on is for a NGO with a huge database.

      Any and all thoughts and experiences would be much appreciated.

      Cheers,
      Sissy
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  • Profile picture of the author Aare
    I second the Wordpress + BuddyPress....
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  • Profile picture of the author .warrior
    For a Community site, (no doubt) Drupal is the best choice.

    Drupal is meant for very large sites, like social networking, community etc. It has a built in User registration capability. Drupal is a modular framework, we can extend it and add new capabilities with private modules, most of them are free, we can get it in the Drupal site.

    Wordpress is meant for blogging. :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author aenajones
      Yes, I am agree Drupal is best. Drupal is an open-source Web Development Framework or Content Management System(CMS). It is usually a powerful software framework, which suggests it's designed so many alternative website.
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    Drupal.allways.
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  • Profile picture of the author Julien Duc
    WordPress + bbPress is an option... but I would go for Drupal, or Joomla...
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  • Profile picture of the author mongli
    Umm i'll say go for WP.. dude WP is guru if you know how to manage + use it

    So my vote is for WP
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  • Profile picture of the author austingirl
    I have a large member site in Drupal (10k Members) - 9 months down the line, I'd suggest, if you already know Wordpress, then go WP+BuddyPress - Drupal has a super steep learning curve, and unless you are prepared to roll up your sleeves and watch a million hours of Drupal videos (that's what I've had to do just to keep up with the building the site), that's where I'd go.

    Have you considered Joomla? - I did a smaller member site a while ago (about 200 members) using it and it did not have the steep learning curve that Drupal does. Just an idea to throw out there. There is a paid option called Jomsocial that would really fit what you are trying to do.
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    select the most you mastered
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  • Profile picture of the author ilikepie
    Wordpress is more meant for the basic websites, sites with a few static pages or/with a blog. With Drupal you can build complex websites and customize it at your needs. The only opposite is the learning curve of Drupal (this due the options Drupal offers you).

    I must admit that I don't have experience with Buddypress.
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    • Profile picture of the author RichardHK
      Originally Posted by ilikepie View Post

      ... ... With Drupal you can build complex websites and customize it at your needs. The only opposite is the learning curve of Drupal (this due the options Drupal offers you). ... ...
      IF you are attracted to Drupal due to its power, and have html/css skills (php skills even more so), then the more up-to-date MODx Revolution is another option to consider. I have chosen MODx to port my old site to. Was going to use Joomla or Drupal to give me more options than Wordpress, but was struggling with the overly complex syntax. MODx is clean and simple in comparison.
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      • Profile picture of the author anne1
        I have the same dilemma for my community site requirements. I'm a novice programmer (learning as a I go) so I'm wondering how easy is MODx Revolution to learn.
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        • Profile picture of the author RichardHK
          Originally Posted by anne1 View Post

          I have the same dilemma for my community site requirements. I'm a novice programmer (learning as a I go) so I'm wondering how easy is MODx Revolution to learn.
          If you are already dedicated to learning xhtml and css, then MODx could be a perfect fit. MODx is perfect for porting sites to, and its modularity allows more advanced work so easily. Especially good for SEO with full control of urls and meta data, etc.

          A little short on advanced plugins/modules for now, compared to Drupal/Joomla, but everything you need for most sites is there - and growing fast. Plus you can use PHP to add your own stuff if that is your language of choice. Try it out. Once you get into it you will see how natural, easy, and powerful it is.
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  • Profile picture of the author ilikepie
    Complex syntax? I must say Joomla is not logical build also the theming is a disaster but Drupal is quite okay I think.

    I started with Joomla, went to Wordpress (still using) and now using Drupal for the bigger sites. Cant say anything bad about modx because I never used it but if you look at which sites are build with Drupal and it keeps on going. Joomla was for a long time a very popular system but this will change due the lack of innovation.
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  • Profile picture of the author phpbbxpert
    I'm personally a WordPress fan and use it for my clients membership sites with forums included (phpBB3). Its not perfect by any means (in a programmers world) but it works and runs smooth.

    But I suggest that any plug-ins you go with that you have an experienced developer look through them first. Including themes.

    There are tons of options but a great deal of them create heavy database loads or run your http requests through the roof.
    This pretty much stands no matter what you use. If its for a big site worth a bag of money, pay someone with experience to make sure that it will be secure and run smooth under a traffic load.
    WordPress can be just as secure as anything else, you just have to know what your doing and make sure that what you install was programmed by someone that knew what they were doing.
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    • Profile picture of the author 1babywarrior
      Originally Posted by phpbbxpert View Post

      I'm personally a WordPress fan and use it for my clients membership sites with forums included (phpBB3). Its not perfect by any means (in a programmers world) but it works and runs smooth.

      But I suggest that any plug-ins you go with that you have an experienced developer look through them first. Including themes.

      There are tons of options but a great deal of them create heavy database loads or run your http requests through the roof.
      This pretty much stands no matter what you use. If its for a big site worth a bag of money, pay someone with experience to make sure that it will be secure and run smooth under a traffic load.
      WordPress can be just as secure as anything else, you just have to know what your doing and make sure that what you install was programmed by someone that knew what they were doing.


      I totally agree, ppl often give Wordpress a hard time, but as everyone noted you won't spend ten years learning, nor spend boat loads on a Drupal Ninja. WP is a blog software yes, but with a few quick (and easy) php or perl lessons you quickly stop saying "it can't". Personally, I've used it with Noah, TGPX, and phpBB with users at once. And just as bbxpert said it can be as secure as anything else too, and don't forget the sheer size of the plug in library. There are numerous methods of grouping that type of networking data, but again just a little php and a few plugins go a long way on a sturdy server, which should be the main concern in a site like that, no matter your software heavy loads and simultaneous request on a feeble server will make anything look bad.
      Can you tell I vote Wordpress? But don't let me influence your decision, cheers and good luck btw.
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      • Profile picture of the author Barbaradavid
        I think that wordpress and Drupal, both are successful CMSs to host a website and manage, create and edit its data (text, audio, video or site pages). Drupal is a highly sophisticated programming interface for web developers, well WordPress is often used as a blog publishing application that can be powered or operated by PHP and MySQL. WordPress is very user friendly to install and have it running as a blog, while Drupal is a highly customizable CMS.
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      • Profile picture of the author seomelbourne
        Both are fantastic open source blogging platforms/content management systems with robust user communities. Both systems have their strengths and weaknesses. They are great alternatives to closed, paid platforms and much more cost effective than custom builds. As a web development shop, using Drupal and/or Wordpress allows us to focus our energies on design and strategy as opposed to reinventing the content management wheel.
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  • Profile picture of the author wordpress
    Originally Posted by Sissy76 View Post

    HI guys,

    I want to build a social/community site, with forum, individual member accounts, blog, latest news, articles etc and space for members to easily network with each other according to their interests, demographics, issues.... big task, I know.

    Just can't decide which platform to use - WordPress or Drupal? I know WordPress better, & know I can use a range of plugins to accomplish what I want to do, but should I just bite the bullet and start straight from Drupal?
    I know it's supposed to be more powerful and secure....

    What are your thoughts &/or experiences?

    Cheers,
    Sissy
    I vote for drupal. 2nd one is buddypress.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr Rose
      Most definitely Drupal over Wordpress.

      But depending on your comfort level with development, maybe look into Joomla.

      Joomla is more "user friendly" and when you're looking through the extensions it has more pictures, clear explainations, and demos of what the extensions do. Drupal's module library is all text based and is very lingo heavy, so it could get confusing to peruse.

      Either way, Drupal or Joomla would do what you're looking for.
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  • Profile picture of the author mind
    drupal is better as it is more user friendly and comprehensible, the thing i like the most about drupal is their exclusive feature of friendly URL's.
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  • Profile picture of the author DigiSumo
    It's a great debate, though my choice is WordPress. =)
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  • Profile picture of the author shoushu
    You'd better choose Drupal, but you should know how to customize it, teask.com is my site, it is built by Drupal.
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  • Profile picture of the author zeeshi570
    I don't know whether you have any knowledge of joomla or not. but i will recommend you to use joomla for community site.

    It does not require more then one plugins to build a community website.

    You just need community builder and you are done.

    I have community builder if you require i can provide it to you and also its support if you want.
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    Go for WORDPRESS ...
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    wordpress...more plugins and good CMS environment
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    • Profile picture of the author maclustig
      You're hitting two birds with one stone if you decide to build your site with wordpress since you already have experience with it.

      You level up your knowledge with WP while building your site as compared with using Drupal wherein you have to start all over again. Not to mention the steep learning curve of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Cook
    i think Dripal Is Best as prt your requirement. Wordpress is best for Blogs.
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  • Drupal is best if you are planning to have a huge database. However, you will have to make sure that you understand Drupal fully or at least find a reliable company that can do the customizations for you at a reasonable price. Plan before you customize.
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  • Profile picture of the author roadie007
    Go with any platform you have the most experience. Drupal has a steep learning curve, but once through that its just awesome.
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  • Profile picture of the author sams_dxny
    Hello,
    I would like to introduce two options. 1 .jomsocial( Open Source Community Software | Social Networking with Joomla) and 2 :phpfox(Social Networking Script)

    Both have pretty good back up support.

    Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author sarahdaniels
    I wonder which is more easier to use but up to now I still haven't installed the wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author zuchri
    I've tried Elgg, it has good basic features, but you'll likely get into problems when the time comes to extend the fatures. Open Source CMS like WP/Drupal/Joomla excels in the vast array of community based solutions, you can always get a help from professionals too
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  • Profile picture of the author sarahdaniels
    I still am confuse with Wordpress, drpal and joomla...what's their difference?
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    • Profile picture of the author warrier
      Originally Posted by sarahdaniels View Post

      I still am confuse with Wordpress, drupal and joomla...what's their difference?
      This is an article, discussed the same topic...

      webandyou.avelient.com/2009/06/25/cms-smackdown-drupal-joomla-and-wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author warner444
    Drupal has a lot of great features. One website builder swears by it and raves about it. For me the learning curve is too steep. It would take too long to get to the level of ability to put up sites I am at already with Wordpress. Besides WP is growing in functionality. It can certainly do everything I need a site to do. If there were some function I really needed I would go with Drupal and probably hire someone to do it. If I was going to do a big ecommerce site or an advanced and complex membership site I would certainly give Drupal serious consideration, but for ecommerce it would have to compete with Magento too.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Expert Nepal
    I'd go with drupal.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexdigital
    Wordpress. It's more flexible I think.
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      Originally Posted by alexdigital View Post

      Wordpress. It's more flexible I think.
      I think that most people who are knowledgeable of both systems would disagree.
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  • Profile picture of the author cma01
    Which would be best in the long term, the project i'm working on is for a NGO with a huge database.
    I love both Joomla and Wordpress, but if this is the case I would go with Drupal. It has granular ACL's right out of the box.

    But the big thing is that you haven't mentioned but I am sure your client would need is CRM features. Drupal has an amazing addon called CiviCRM that allows you to have paid and recurring memberships, track donations, run fundraising campaigns, events, etc.

    There is also a CiviCRM version for Joomla and I've installed and use it on several sites, but the mass mailing function isn't as slick as it is on Drupal.
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  • Profile picture of the author gary223
    Haven't used much of drupal but Wordpress is so easy to use and update so I would pick that.
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    • Profile picture of the author fxprofitmountain
      In many ways Drupal is more flexible, as has been pointed out here. But Wordpress does have an incredible array of templates, so you will probably find a "look" that you like.
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  • Profile picture of the author xtianjover
    wordpress! lots of good themes too!
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    • Profile picture of the author twittlead
      I vote for Wordpress. Almost all my sites using it.
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    • Profile picture of the author kevinchaapel
      Drupal is very famous for its code carefully planned and well designed. The design of the structure Drupal Drupal allows developers to write code that uses system resources wisely. This means that the problems of speed and consistency issues are not eligible work.Drupal daily is very popular because it offers a powerful cost, expandable, low, high value solution to manage and develop an Internet presence.
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    • Profile picture of the author alfordalvin
      Drupal is the best because Drupal is a popular CMS. Everything can be developed in Drupal. multilingual content, and use the search function systems are really nice. While Drupal's administration interface is a bit 'harder than the rest two.
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    • Profile picture of the author animalcontrol
      we have a 1500 page website with drupal and we love it. I liked the security of drupal over wordpress
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    • Profile picture of the author johnjunior
      Drupal Hands-down .... I tell you why

      Joomla : Crapy code, treat the users like stupid, we need to follow there rules to play + for creativity there lot of limitation (in simple words SUCKS)

      Wordpress: is good, light .. suitable for beginner, Blog, simple decent website, but if you are looking for expanding your business ... hmmm this is not a good choice

      Drupal: If you are good at php and looking for a reliable system or looking for a Originality/ Quality website then the choice is drupal ... the flexibility they offer at core module is awesome, you can do what ever you want ...

      Example:
      I have a client who started there business with just 3 people, we did there simple website in drupal 5.x in 2007 ... we keep upgrading the website when ever they have some requirement ..now they have more than 100 employees and huge client,

      To Support that we upgraded to Drupal 6.x, this system can handle Custom CRM, Email Marketer send more than 50,000 emails/ month, Project Management System and ERP system - Apart from that now we are working on E-commerce functionality for there 2011 release working on drupal 7.x

      Now tell me ... Which Open source have this much robustness and at the same time Flexibility
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    • Profile picture of the author avenir2011
      Drupal development really helps in creating a website. It is the right way to create a website.
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    • Profile picture of the author betterhopes
      I would also go with Wordpress due to the availability of popular plugins and wordpress becomes easy to use once we get acquainted with Wordpress environment.
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    • Profile picture of the author pratap295
      In my opinion you can choose word-press because its a great advantages in comparison of drupal and I am also use word-press having no difficulty yet.
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    • Profile picture of the author ajobjon
      Must WordPress . it's very to maintenance. here huge theme, paging etc. and more and more ....

      thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author drewellis082
      It has a built up in User registration capableness. Drupal is a standard framework, we can continue it and contribute new capablenesses with secret modules, most of them are barren, we can arrive it in the Drupal site.
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  • Profile picture of the author cyphix
    Do yourself a favor & also check out SilverStripe and ExpressionEngine.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tribsel
      Hi! I would say go with drupal IF you already know it.

      Drupal is great and you can achieve anything with it. But its not easy and you will spend a lot of time learning it.

      if you want to launch your site fast, then wordpress+buddypress is a great option.
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    • Profile picture of the author adrienngary
      I can use Wordpress for many things, and made a number of requirements at different levels. It seemed flexible enough for my needs, but never tried to do something with him hopelessly designery that would test the theoretical limits of what he did a decent job.
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      • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
        You're not making a whole lot of sense here:

        Originally Posted by adrienngary View Post

        It seemed flexible enough for my needs, but never tried to do something with him hopelessly designery that would test the theoretical limits of what he did a decent job.
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        • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
          Originally Posted by mojojuju View Post

          You're not making a whole lot of sense here:
          Its usually a spammer when this happens, I reported several of these spammers yesterday, they seem to like the webdesign forum, as if they are going to get away with it......
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    • Profile picture of the author ralphjeo
      I use Wordpress a lot and have a certain amount of adaptation at different levels. I found it flexible enough for my needs but I never tried to do something stupid with what designer test the theoretical limits of what he did a decent job.
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    • Profile picture of the author aldendrain
      Since there are so many open source database supported by the platforms of content management, people have the choice of CMS according to their needs. We found a few threads where various groups and communities of the chosen people of different CMS for the same purpose. For example, a choice given to the implementation of a Web site, two people will choose two different CMS. Drupal and chose a second, WordPress . Asked the reason it was found that their decision depended more on their personal choices, as their demands could be met by one of CMS. Both were equally good and serve the purpose.
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      • Profile picture of the author Adrian Williams
        I've seen some good answers here, had I known about Drupal commons I might have considered it myself.

        Having a custom system built sounds like a good idea as well, saves you the hassle of learning how to get the project up and running, still if I were to go for a custom site I would want to know how readily available support would be and how much it would cost.

        I I'm trying to build something similar to you Sissy76 and I've decided to go the Joomla way, I know very little about PHP and other programming languages

        I'll give my two cents but I'm still a beginner at this myself.

        I've set up Joomla site with Jomsocial which so far seems to have eliminated the need for many other plugins, private messaging, video, events and other features for users profiles are rolled into one.

        I know it costs money but I preferred its appearance to Community Builder.

        I haven't clapped eyes on Drupal but if it's harder to manage and figure out than Jomsocial I'm glad I didn't pick it, slowly I'm learning how to install modules and also how to make them appear on the page in specific positions.

        What surprised me about Jomsocial is that it doesn't seem to account very much for different kinds of user profiles, I want one set of users to register and to have the ability to contact other users with profiles but I don't necessarily want them to have profiles themselves or access to all the applications.

        I think I've found a solution for that with another extenstion/plugin called JomSocial Profile Types; still I'm new to it and by doing some digging I can probably find a way of doing the same without the extra extension.

        Anyhow the above works in conjunction with an extension called Valanx which enables you to take payments for memberships and to create different types of memberships i.e. paid, free, gold, silver etc.

        As for demographics I'm planning to use Jomsocial member maps on the user's profiles which ties in with the Google maps system.

        I really can't say weather Drupal is better but I have a feeling you will NEED programming skills at some stage. The people who use it swear it's better and it probably is.

        Joomla already has latest news, blog and article functionality, to get this far has taken me about three weeks, I'm just glad that these days videos and articles are usually out there if you need help.

        I reckon by going the Joomla way it will cost you between £250-£450 which I know will put many people off, might be a reason to go for Drupal or a custom made thingy instead but even these may end up costing you at some point even if they're initially free.

        I thought about using Wordpress but I wanted to step out of my comfort zone, I still think it's great as it got me off my backside and I learned some useful basics from it but I have no experience using it for membership sites.

        Good Luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author judithmcnaughts
      I found that Drupal is more suitable for those who need more of our own applications, multi-sectoral, multi-lingual aspects and others, what do you expect a complete management system for content development has resulted in higher site web. On the other hand is a WordPress greater balance between the ordinary people want to blog / website and the developers.
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    • Profile picture of the author rozerbacks
      Both systems have their strengths plus weaknesses. They are a lovely alternative to closed platforms, paid plus more cost effective than custom builds.
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    • Profile picture of the author stevenmaico
      Its fact that Drupal is the best option for large websites and Wordpress is still a blogging platform. And I like to use Drupal because its easy. If you want to create small websites, wordpress is really good option.
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  • Profile picture of the author princehallowen
    Both platforms are great open source blogging and content management systems with robust user communities. Both systems have their strengths and weaknesses. They are a good alternative to closed platforms, paid and more cost effective than custom builds. As a web development shop, using Drupal and WordPress allows us to focus our energies on the design and strategy rather than reinventing the wheel and content management.
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  • Profile picture of the author 3rok3n
    Never used any other than Wordpress, its gets things done as needed. So never thought of switching.
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  • Profile picture of the author jakeseth12
    Wordpress is better compared to Drupal as it has more features and templates to offer compared to Drupal and also it is more search engine friendly.
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  • Profile picture of the author jibin
    Drupal is the best option for large websites. With its third party modules it is capable to do anything, what we seen in internet today. Wordpress is still a blogging platform.
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      It seems that people who like Wordpress say Wordpress is the best and people that like Drupal say Drupal is the best.
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      • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
        Originally Posted by mojojuju View Post

        It seems that people who like Wordpress say Wordpress is the best and people that like Drupal say Drupal is the best.
        *I* like WordPress - check my sig - but even given what little I know about Drupal, it would probably be a better fit for the sole reason that there would be an awful lot of hacks/plugins/hacks to make WP work for something like the OP's project.

        Hope the OP author has a pretty big budget...
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  • Profile picture of the author I4sen
    Drupalgardens.com has a hosted drupal site which is significantly easier than trying to host drupal yourself
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  • Profile picture of the author zoonix
    Drupal is powerful if you have the time to devote to it. I tore down all 17 of my drupal sites and converted them to WP to lower my admin time. Best thing I ever did.
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  • Profile picture of the author xceedbd
    You told "I know WordPress better" so i think wordpress. because u know it.
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  • Profile picture of the author fzlpub
    I linke wordpress!!
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  • Profile picture of the author koty555
    I choose Drupal at first
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  • Profile picture of the author crescendo
    Worldpress is better raher then drupal, worldpress themes are very good
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  • Profile picture of the author sampea
    i go for wordpress because i don't know about drupal
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  • Profile picture of the author fazlerocks
    lol..Silly question... WordPress Obviously!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author fbhc
    You may want to take a look at Joomla and the Community Builder extension, might meet your needs. I know that wasn't an option for the question, but I think should be addressed; plus, I'm a joomla expert and will always vote for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ularsawah
    Wordpress is my favorite cms
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    • Profile picture of the author Will Compton
      I use both Drupal and WordPress and I love them both for different reasons. Drupal is more powerful in terms of scalability, but WordPress is better for ease of customization...

      So, it depends on the project, without knowing all the details, I suggest you go with WordPress and BuddyPress...

      BuddyPress link here: buddypress[dot]org

      If you are willing to put in a couple of months to really learn the Drupal framework or you have enough capital to pay someone, then Drupal might be a better system for you. Otherwise go with WordPress.
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      • Profile picture of the author nathanluis
        I use Wordpress a lot and have a certain amount of adaptation at different levels. I found it flexible enough for my needs, but I never tried to do something stupid with designery which would test the theoretical limits of what he did a decent job.
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  • Profile picture of the author joomlawala
    Hey,

    Let me help you with WP. Email me.

    Thanks,

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  • Profile picture of the author N.G.
    I'm firmly in a Drupal camp. Yes, it's harder to learn - but how long is going to take to turn Wordpress into a community website if he's never done that before? At least Drupal was meant as a community platform and there're a lot of modules to that purpose (usually free, I might add). I admit, however, that Wordpress has a lot more quality themes available if you don't want to create your own.
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  • Profile picture of the author amaracray
    I would suggest to go for Drupal, Wordpress tend to be used my smaller websites
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  • Profile picture of the author mahesh2010
    Originally Posted by Sissy76 View Post

    HI guys,

    I want to build a social/community site, with forum, individual member accounts, blog, latest news, articles etc and space for members to easily network with each other according to their interests, demographics, issues.... big task, I know.

    Just can't decide which platform to use - WordPress or Drupal? I know WordPress better, & know I can use a range of plugins to accomplish what I want to do, but should I just bite the bullet and start straight from Drupal?
    I know it's supposed to be more powerful and secure....

    What are your thoughts &/or experiences?

    Cheers,
    Sissy
    Yes,
    what u thought was right Drupal is highly secure and flexible for Social Community site
    multi-user multiple permission to a longer depth of user types and groups is possible in drupal it is best to go on with drupal rather than wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author RegalWeb
    Wordpress is ideal for blogs and medium-based websites but if you need a huge database for super sites like community and social networking, then, you might opt for Drupal. Wordpress cannot handle this job.
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  • Profile picture of the author daryematera
    Both platforms are great open source blogging and content management systems with robust user communities. Both systems have their strengths and weaknesses. They are a good alternative to closed platforms, paid and more cost effective than custom builds. As a web development shop, using Drupal and / or WordPress allows us to focus our energies on the design and strategy rather than reinventing the wheel and content management.
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  • Profile picture of the author BibiDimi
    Hi,
    I find both Drupal and WordPress very easy to use, from my point of view, but WordPress has so many more plugins and metrics is much easier with it.
    My choice is WordPress at the end.

    There are many easy to use and install tutorials on both.
    Cheers,
    Bibi
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  • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
    I personally recommend WP for smaller sites as it's a light CMS and Drupal for larger sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
    Why is there not anyone mentioning about Wordpress MU?

    Unless I misunderstood what the OP was asking for, but Wordpress can do most of the stuffs and there are far more WP developer than Drupal developers, I guess?

    Thus, developing WP themes, sites, hacks, plugins would be cheaper than if you were opting for Drupal, I guess?

    Just my thoughts...

    Aiden Chong
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  • Profile picture of the author relicseo
    My vote is on Wordpress. I absolutely love the backend, and it is very versatile, with some of the best plugins out of any CMS.
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  • Profile picture of the author ColdFire123
    Well for me Drupal.
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  • Profile picture of the author RegalWeb
    Wordpress may be very customizable and is a very breeze to use but I think it can't handle the demands of a social/community site. You should go for Drupal since it is mainly tailored for "super sites".
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  • Profile picture of the author rogerclinton
    Drupal is the best choice for large sites. With its third-party modules that have the ability to do anything, we have seen on the Internet today. Text information is still a blog platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author alfredmanor12
    Yes, I agree with Drupal is the best. Drupal is open source and Web Development Framework Content Management System (CMS). Usually it is a powerful software platform, which aims to suggest how many alternative sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author joe12joe
    WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are amognsgt the best CMS we have in the market. All 3 are good in their own way but as i was reading this thread, according to your requirements, WordPress will suite you. So i would vote for WordPress due to its pluggins.
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  • Profile picture of the author serem
    Wordpress is better than Drupal.. Wordpress is powerful and secure also.
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      Originally Posted by serem View Post

      Wordpress is better than Drupal.. Wordpress is powerful and secure also.
      Sure, OK .
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  • Profile picture of the author twmaffun
    Wordpress all the way, tons of themes and plugins!
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  • Profile picture of the author lovelystar
    Go for word press its easy accessible
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  • Profile picture of the author edyculay
    Use Wordpress and Vbulletin forum.

    Pay a php programmer to make your connection between them.
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  • Profile picture of the author 101millionAds
    I recommend Drupal.You can check out my Company site in the signature witch i am quite satisfied with.I was only using Wordpress until i started my own company then i needed a more "classy" solution.
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  • Profile picture of the author CrowX
    Drupal all the way. It's the swiss army knife of CMSes.
    I'd only use Wordpress for a single blog.

    p.s. I have experience with both.
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  • Profile picture of the author octaminds
    go for wordpress + buddypress... easy to customized...
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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    dude, go with wordpress and for forum use phpBB, im going to develop this kinda site for one of my friends in next week, if u need I can show you it after the work.
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  • Profile picture of the author sufian991
    wordpress is the best
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  • Profile picture of the author mlcmartin
    I keep watching this discussion and wonder why people keep fussing about the choice of the actual frameworks.. You can build a site in any framework if you know how to program. Wordpress is great to get a site going - but the downside is that it's all written with a "C" style philosophy meaning that it's not 100% object oriented = not clean code = pain to maintain for larger projects.

    Wordpress is procedural - Drupal is object oriented. With an object oriented framework you have cleaner code and better separation of concerns within the codebase. With a procedural framework you can easily customize the site without having to write a lot of boilerplate code for your classes. Wordpress reminds me a little of how Quake was coded. Simple, procedural, callback based. But constrained in many ways since you can not subclass framework objects.

    For a large site you want to have an object oriented base so that you can extend it in many more ways and have better overall structure in your code. Wordpress is designed to be user friendly - drupal is designed to be programmer friendly. Which one do you want is up to you. Although in the end you can build an object oriented site on top of wordpress just like you can with any other framework. In the end each one is just a framework designed to make certain programming tasks easier.

    Although I think that you should look at your requirements and see what features each framework provides straight out of the box and how each framework fits with what you are looking for. Drupal was designed for large, functionally rich sites. Wordpress was designed for content based sites.

    For sites I build for clients I use exclusively wordpress because it's so easy to customize and is very user friendly from the admin perspective. But if you are developing a site that only you will be administering and where user friendliness on the admin side is not an issue, then any framework is fine as long as it provides as much of the functionality that you need out of the box.
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  • Profile picture of the author haymanpl
    Wordpress makes it easy to update your site and make changes free of charge

    Drupal is good as well however not as popular and not as well supported especially if you need qaulity forum software integrated into your site
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  • Profile picture of the author MoneyMonkey
    Go with WordPress. There is an abundance of latest plugins and themes and great support. Try Drupal if you want and are experienced. I really never liked Drupal, though WhiteHouse.org is built on Drupal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Banner Design
    Word press is the best go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author signity2
    drupal bcoz advice then wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author ehmud
    My vote goes to wordpress bcoz it's really a state of art publishing plate form.
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  • Profile picture of the author yourmobisite
    Hello..

    Both the word press and Drupal are good but i personally suggest you Drupal..
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  • Profile picture of the author mikewright789
    Drupal is meant for very large sites, like social networking, community etc. It has a built in User registration capability. Drupal is a modular framework, they can extend it as well as add new capabilities with private modules, nearly of them are free, they can get it in the Drupal site.
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  • Profile picture of the author peterparker018
    WordPress is better than Drupal. You can get varieties of themes in WordPress.
    My site Hire Developers, Hire Web Developers, Hire Software Developers in India is also developed in WordPress.
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  • Profile picture of the author EvaBrown
    I suggest you to use WordPress system. It will be the best for your requirements. You will be able to create powerful and user-friendly website
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    • Profile picture of the author rsbeer
      While I use WordPress for all my current sites, I would use Drupal if I was going to build a large project.

      I also quite like Joomla and when I tested it out it seemed pretty intuitive and flexible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ibcontact
    Wordpress is better than Drupal .... Join wordpress ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Housenow
    I am seting my WordPress. Background of Wordpress is earler facebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author degreexyz
    Depends on what you ultimately want to achieve. I freelance for a company in South Africa who only uses Drupal. Check out some of the examples on 2stroke.co.za.
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  • Profile picture of the author john14317
    go for wordpress ..it is best.... i also prefer joomla...........
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  • Profile picture of the author messi1453
    Wordpress is pretty nice go for it
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  • Profile picture of the author daga
    I'm a noob and I'm trying to figure out which one to use. This article has made it clear that although it's more powerful, I don't know a thing about Drupal. I'm totally going to get started with WordPress and try to learn Drupal later.
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  • Profile picture of the author sosyalmedya
    very nice wordpress. google optimization is also great.
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  • Profile picture of the author mickdonald37
    Drupal is meant for very large sites, like social networking, community etc. It has a built in User registration capacity. Drupal is a modular framework, they can lead it and add new capabilities with private modules, most of them are free, they can get it in the Drupal site.
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  • Profile picture of the author geili001
    I personally recommend WP for smaller sites as it's a light CMS and Drupal for larger sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author damonnorris235
    I get a lot of emails and comments about my "WordPress is better than Drupal" talks, presentations, videos, slide-shares, and rants.WordPress started out with a focus on ease of use for bloggers and content creators, and secondarily providing a platform for developers to build plug-ins and such.
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  • Profile picture of the author leppozdrav
    Wordpress is probably much better for an out of a box single user blog. You are using the right tool for the job. Drupal is much more of a framework for creating all sorts of different kinds of websites. Don't get me wrong, Drupal could be used to blog with straight out of the box, but it wouldn't feel as intuitive or natural. The user experience and workflow for the person just wanting a blog in Wordpress is superior right now. That is something that will most likely be fixed in Drupal 7.
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  • Profile picture of the author SundOgsmukdk
    Hi,

    WordPress is easy to customize and very user friendly, so why not go for it?

    I dont know that much about drupal, but i've never get dissapointet with wordpress.

    Good luck :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author aspnaren
    To answer your question - Drupal..
    But a proper advice is try to make your own CMS for you.. Coz you ll feel this on the half way down..
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  • Profile picture of the author Steadyon
    Both are good. But once over the learning curve, Drupal is a joy.

    Also the drupal multisite functionality is really wonderful.

    Sam
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  • Profile picture of the author imoxstrom
    Drupal is the best choice for large sites. Drupal is powerful in case you have the time to devote to it.Drupal & selected a second, WordPress .The design of the structure Drupal Drupal allows developers to write code that makes use of process resources wisely.
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  • Profile picture of the author HERBERTS
    Wordpress is better and more proffesional
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  • Profile picture of the author ilvys
    Definitely Drupal if your a webdeveloper. But if you have only basic knowloedge in php, go for Wordpress, it's very secure, but not as fast as Drupal. But it;s easier to setup an online community using Buddypress, a nice premium theme. Go for Premium Themes, you'll have updates, support, nice design, good code.
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  • Profile picture of the author shantanu
    WORDPRESS is the most wide platform use to built sites and themes are also more attractive in wordpress, very easy to learn and much user friendly.
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  • Profile picture of the author francischan35
    If you're a newbie in website building, Word Press is still the best.
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    • Profile picture of the author myiphoneapp
      both cms are very good for website development, wordpress cms is easy to use while drupal is new for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author JackiPhone
    i recommend Wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author PeachCoding
    Sissy, I would definitely recommend Drupal for this task as it will be easier to do the social networking/interaction part of your website with it.

    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author cloudbacklinks
    Great advice drupal it is.
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  • Profile picture of the author shauncroun
    I will go with wordpress for the simple reason, it takes less time to create a custom website. It sounds like you need to read on the type of self-definition and classification. I do not understand why your request can not be mentioned by the CPT process, if the settings are correct.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jorge Jaramillo
    Wordpress is very strong for SEO, wordpress + seo + Adsense = $$$
    Wordpress is best.
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    • Profile picture of the author vsolve
      Drupal is a content management system and Wordpress started as a blogging system is now with version 3.X can do lot more than blogging. What you are looking for is a social networking software.

      You need to add several modules (drupal) and plugin (wordpress) to make them work as a social networking software.

      With wordpress you need to use Buddypress version 1.5 to get community sites features, Like wise if you choose drupal you need to use drupal commons, which is drupal core plus several community feature modules come prepackaged with drupal commons.


      Drupal is powerful and there are several features that can be turned on without much coding or theme tweaking as you sign up members and site become popular. With wordpress you need to develop a plugin or design a theme to include any new type of content.

      I love wordpress but I would choose drupal over wordpress for your requirement.

      If you need other choice, look at ocportal, pligg, elgg these are some good social networking software to build community site

      Good luck

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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Albas
    This picture will help you out to understand the different b/w Wordpress,Joomla and Drupal...I hope so
    http://deviousmedia.com/infographics/devious_cms.png
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  • Profile picture of the author Megyn
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    All WordPress, All the time for me. Not familiar with much drupal guides.
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  • Profile picture of the author hostobtain
    i think wordpress is a good choice for social networking site
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  • Profile picture of the author wordcatcher
    Drupal is a Content Management System meanwhile Wordpress is a blog engine. In my opinion WordPress is far less complicated than Drupal, is more user friendly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Husacul
    I would go with wordpress!
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  • Profile picture of the author mapetshi
    I recommend wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlackWar
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    Go for Drupal You won't be disappointed..
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  • Profile picture of the author SocialMarketerX
    i would recommend to go with Drupal
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  • Profile picture of the author inazuman
    Wordpress configured for multisites with BuddyPress makes for a rich social networking environment.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillamK
    If you want to use one of the from word press or joomla, i would like to suggest you to use word press CMS. But if you want to use any other CMS, then I will suggest you to use Joomla CMS. This is one of the best CMS I have ever used.
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  • Profile picture of the author kennethusa
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    Wordpress allways
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  • Profile picture of the author WillamK
    I would like to suggest you to use wrodpress.
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  • Drupal is a Content Management System, and Wordpress is a blog engine.
    Wordpress is great for smaller sites, blogs and projects like that. Drupal is powerful, sure, but a pain to work with. Needlessly complex in some respects, and lacks good online documentation.
    Drupal allows for easy creation of membership sites and portals. Wordpress advantage over hand coding is that wordpress is easier and faster.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebsiteBegin
    I'm a WordPress fanboy, so my vote may be a bit bias. I've found Drupal a bit difficult to navigate (I only played with it for a few hours, but if it takes a few hours to get too much accomplished, that's a problem - I can get WP functional and professional in an hour at the max (plugins, themes, etc. included) ).

    I love BuddyPress for WordPress - it's a real gem. It'll create a rich community factor that you can't normally get with WordPress. I'd suggest trying it out! You then have a wide range of themes and plugins to cater to your desires for a rich user-experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author dbwebdesignz
    Wordpress + Buddypress will do everything you need
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  • Profile picture of the author Aweinerws
    I have tried Drupal as well as WordPress. I have found Drupal more flexible than WordPress when it comes to web content development and setting up theme. Drupal provides scalable, powerful, inexpensive and high value solution to manage and grow online presence of your website.
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  • As per your requirements. Its drupal.
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  • Profile picture of the author ydraw2011
    I am not an expert at Drupal but I am told and I have read all types of articles the Wordpress is the best. That is what I use and most bigger internet companies use the same thing. I am also told that Wordpress is the best for SEO.
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  • I'd go with wordpress..
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  • Profile picture of the author bus-fin
    a little because I do not know about Drupal
    I still prefer Wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author Kyro
    I'd personally go with Wordpress + Buddypress plugin.

    Also, here are some great Buddypress themes for you to check out.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jdunhin
    I love Wordpress and Buddypress. We have over 160 websites on wordpress and it works great. It is easy to learn! With the help of plugins you can built any website you want!
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  • Profile picture of the author keithotzkie
    Since im not that familiar with drupal and and ive been working on wordpress for quite some time already, Ill vote for WP.. It has good themes available on it and plug ins are also available to be installed on your website..
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  • Profile picture of the author cwillrath
    Use WordPress, there is alot more plugins & themes, and alot more help with it. I have been using it for about 4 years now on multiple sites for my own use and my clients. My clients says to me that it is so easy, nice & clean to use. I would definitely recommend it to everyone
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  • Profile picture of the author gillederman
    I will prefer you to go for Drupal rather than wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimeTravelAgent
    I've actually never heard of Drupal before, always been a Wordpress fan. Great skins and SEO friendly.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanjoe
    As for as i know, wordpress is very easy to install and implement, compare to drupal
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