Should I go with Wordpress or Durpal?

by jay113
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Hi,

I would like to build a lifestyle website with sub-categories such as: entertain, fashion, art, music, travel, book...

1. Please advice me if I should build it with Wordpress or Drupal?

2.

Below are 4 directory style websites I took as examples, please advice me what kind of template do I need to look for ( magazine style, directory style? ), any recommended template provider?

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  • Profile picture of the author jrenzi
    Asked myself this question a few years ago and I'm happpy I choosed Wordpress. It's easier, you have literally thousands of themes to choose from and plugins for almost everything you can imagine, plus the community is pretty big to get support.

    I'd go with Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author mafai44
    I love wordpress I think its easy. I believe its more popular too.
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  • Profile picture of the author @i
    wordpress all the way Jay!
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  • Profile picture of the author website design
    If you're just starting out go for wordpress because it's really easy to learn and tons of templates to customize. Drupal takes a little more knowledge to setup and get running. Only way I would go with Drupal is if you're planning on advanced programming features and plan on building out a huge community in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author bgray
    No question WP. With frameworks and plugins like Toolset's Types, Views, Cred and Access there is nothing you can't do.
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  • Profile picture of the author amcg
    I'm in the Drupal camp. I've used Joomla and Wordpress before learning Drupal - it's definitely a more difficult piece of software to learn but far more powerful as a CMS than the rest.

    I think it's almost a framework in that with some developer skills, you can go a long way. (The Economist is a Drupal site for example)
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    • Profile picture of the author grace2
      Wordpress is the best option to create a website or blog. this is because there are many plugins available in the Wordpress to design an attractive and user friendly blog (website)
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    • Profile picture of the author jay113
      Originally Posted by amcg View Post

      I'm in the Drupal camp. I've used Joomla and Wordpress before learning Drupal - it's definitely a more difficult piece of software to learn but far more powerful as a CMS than the rest.

      I think it's almost a framework in that with some developer skills, you can go a long way. (The Economist is a Drupal site for example)
      Thank you for your advice! I was told that White House's website was built on Drupal as well!

      Another question: if I want to build a website with sub-categories, a forum, or a community for interaction, can WP do the job? I know Drupal can, but I do not possess advance developer skill..
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  • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
    Originally Posted by jay113 View Post

    Hi,



    please advice me what kind of template do I need to look for ( magazine style, directory style? ), any recommended template provider?
    Just create your own page template that has the look and feel that you want.

    It is simple to build a child theme based on WordPress' Twenty Eleven or Twenty Twelve.

    They are pretty straightforward, easy to modify and the base theme will be maintained to be compatible with new versions of WordPress.

    Also, you can't beat the quality, and support at WordPress.org it is as good as or better than some paid support.
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  • Profile picture of the author hypesol
    Hi

    wordpress is good for this kind of website. you can also use drupal but drupal is little bit complicated than wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author techfriend
    Hi,

    You can use Wordpress, and you can search theme according to your requirement, there are so many ready made themes are available in Wordpress.

    Do let me know still you have any confusion, I can help you out.
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    • Profile picture of the author jay113
      Originally Posted by techfriend View Post

      Hi,

      You can use Wordpress, and you can search theme according to your requirement, there are so many ready made themes are available in Wordpress.

      Do let me know still you have any confusion, I can help you out.
      Thank you, I will be sure to ask!

      My goal is to build a magazine/curation style website, with different sub-categories such as fashion, art, music, entertainment, music and etc... and with membership area and a forum for interaction, what would you recommend? Much appreciated!
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    • Profile picture of the author cyberma
      Originally Posted by jay113 View Post

      My goal is to build a magazine/curation style website, with different sub-categories such as fashion, art, music, entertainment, music and etc... and with membership area and a forum for interaction, what would you recommend? Much appreciated!

      Wordpress is great for blogging, no question about it. But for the project you described I would prefer Drupal. It is true, that it needs a little more effort to master it, but then you can create literaly everything you want. There are hundreds of plugins available for everything you need.

      I tried WP, Drupal and Joomla myself. I would never ever recommend joomla, it is totally awful.

      Drupal has very good support for a forum, it is a core plugin. You have also many professional themes available.

      If you need more advice, PM me, I can give you some guide where to start and where to buy good themes.

      I think, that if you master Drupal, you will never need any other system. Its great for blogging as well. However, when you go with Wordpress, you might find that some features/pluggins are not satisfactory for what you need.
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  • Profile picture of the author amcg
    Thank you for your advice! I was told that White House's website was built on Drupal as well!
    Plus more and more. Drupal is winning the developer battle vs Joomla - it's clear looking at various stats out there.

    So, undoubtedly, Wordpress is better blogging software but if you want a CMS with all the best digital marketing features and dependability, choose Drupal.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaintechnosoft
    If you have a web app, or any type of web project that requires user permissions, Drupal’s functionality is hardier than WordPress. Drupal is also more flexible when it comes to API development and its default caching features are more robust out of the box.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexbardera
    I would go for Wordpress with a premium "Magazine" style theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author blogfreakz
    go for wordpress, lots of theme, and very easy to use.. you can try the rockettheme they used gantry framework
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  • Profile picture of the author SanerWorld
    Because you mentioned a membership area, I would go with Drupal as it can easily handle the access control necessary for membership functions. Blogs and Forums are available in the program core and just need to be turned on. Many powerful modules are available for more functionality such as custom forms, calendars, maps, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author androifield
    Of course, this is a biased post from a WordPress guy but yes, Definitely WordPress. The first advantage if definitely themes, and they're even mobile responsive so they'll load fast and properly on smartphones, tablets.

    There thousands of plugins to choose from and because it's the favorite CMS of the world, widget developers keep on creating new powerful stuff... for free, and for use of the community.

    Plus, the dashboard is simple so even non-techie business owners can use them. This is a huge plus just in case your website attracts a buyer in the future. People just love WordPress and majority of websites that use a CMS use it.

    OK, I sound like a WordPress salesman already lol I could have said all of this in one word.
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  • Profile picture of the author webrankingservices2000
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    I would go with wordpress because they are more accepted and popular.
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    • Profile picture of the author grace2
      Wordpress is the best option for you. Its quite easy to work with the Wordpress platform. It provides so many plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author frettcarla
    My recommendation is with wordpress as that is an open source and has lots many plugin options.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dot7
    For blogging purposes only, use Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmchael
    Start simple and go with WordPress - test your ideas first and with WordPress you can be up and running in minutes. Layout your content structure and use some plugins for the directory, forums and other functions. If you get busy and make $$$ then spend some money to build it outside of wordpress as it will scale better. Also WordPress is far better for SEO and flexible for working the structure of your content. It's also far easier to train others in using it.

    I have also seen a lot more security issues and some strange architectural things in Drupal that have caused some of our customers problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author Canadaseopro
    Wordpress is a lot more user friendly if your just starting out. But don't use it for big sites over 50+ pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeA
    It's a choice between power and simplicity, with time to market and ease of maintenance figuring in too.

    From a features perspective, you would be better off with Drupal. But from a usability perspective, it sounds like you probably would find WordPress easier to work with.

    Drupal is more powerful and flexible, but it requires more of a developer perspective to do some things. It will almost certainly take longer than you expect to get your site up and running if you are not a web developer. It's also not as easy to upgrade. But it is extremely powerful.

    With WordPress you could probably get 80% of what you want working in the first day or two using WordPress categories and a magazine theme. And future upgrades are pretty much one click.

    I like and use both, but most non-developers would be happier and better off with WordPress because it's easier. Consider your choices carefully, though, because it's not too easy to switch if you build a large site and later decide you want to switch systems.

    Good luck with your site!
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  • Profile picture of the author AlbertBarkley
    I will suggest you WordPress because it is easy to use and easy to customize..
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  • Profile picture of the author curationsoft
    go for wordpress. there are lots of theme and plugin to choose from. the functionality helps in many way to improve your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author vikash_kumar
    A Strong Vote for WordPress Again, Easy to Learn. Future Oriented as Thousands of Coders are continuously enhancing this Amazing Piece of Software Almost on a Daily Basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author TanYaV
    As I understand, you are going to write content on different topics, so it will be a blog-like site. I would recommend WordPress ( not being too original
    Drupal is a powerful platform, but much more complicated- and, what's more important, it is used for complex sites, while WP would be perfect for your prospective site, in my opinion.

    After all, see this infographic to prove my words: Drupal and WordPress: Friends or Foes? [Infographic]
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    wordpress is best platform man...
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    • Profile picture of the author Will Compton
      Unless you know php really well, I would go with WordPress.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mollywhite
    Without doubt. WordPress is the answer.
    It is a wonderful free platform for people to design websites with powerful features.
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  • Profile picture of the author jattmarketer
    You should go for wordpress as it is easy and lots of plugins are available. They are easy to customize and optimized.
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  • Profile picture of the author loops55
    Wordpress. There are more WP plugins, and SEO optimization with WP is much easier
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    Wordpress is by far and away the best and most flexible solution on the internet, highly recommended.
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  • Profile picture of the author abnerhawkins
    It depends on you that which one is more familiar with you. Both WordPress and Drupal have its own advantages. If I talk about myself, I would like to go for WordPress.
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  • Profile picture of the author FrozenEyes
    What if your accessing your site from a mobile phone or tablet, which CMS will look better or have more advatage? Drupal or WP?
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    I love Wordpress. I would strongly recommend it.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketkidz
    My personal favorite one is wordpress as I have good experience with it. Its pretty easy to customize if you know php well and there are lots of ready plugins available for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author infoway
    In this regard, go for Drupal.
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  • Profile picture of the author avinash198
    wordpress is best. it easy and have very good themes.
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  • Profile picture of the author jay walters
    I would highly recommend wordpress because it is easy to use and very flexible.
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  • Profile picture of the author stellajohn
    I would recommend Drupal. Becuase we are doing a business, in that case we should not bother about the complexity whether its easy or difficult. if you want to be unique on your business, you can go with drupal. Drupal is the standard and more secure cms compare than wp. In drupal also there is a lot of plugins (Free & Commercial). We can modify those as per our requirments, its same for all the cms like wp. so why we can't go with drupal with the best option. Many Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author craigslist
    drupal is a lot better no updating needed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author chris3397
    not much experience with Durpal but WordPress is definitely my choice.

    with the amount of themes and plugins (free and paid), you can pretty much design your site anyway you want. with some knowledge of css, it will go a long way.

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author ICTBoost
    I recommend Wordpress, also for this site.
    Most webdesigns, you can use weordpress!
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  • Profile picture of the author alexsayshi
    just adding my 2 cents...WP without a doubt reigns supreme over all the other available options...its not just coz of its ease of use,but also coz you can get a wide variety of plugins to do just about anything..
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