WEB Drupal vs Wordpress (not in general, specific criteria inside)

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  1. Insert Tokens

    Insert Tokens Making Cancer My Bitch OT Supporter

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    I currently use a mixture of Drupal and Wordpress when making sites.. it mostly depends on the time of day, my mood, and which way the coin falls.

    You can make pretty much any site, using either of them.. and the pro's and con's seem to mostly balance out (wordpress = easier for client, nicer admin area, tricker to customise if you're deviating far from the blog format, etc)..

    The sites I mostly make are:

    - Small service-based businesses who want a "this is who we are, this is what we do" site.. basic contact forms, but the tricky part is they usually want certain staff to be able to edit certain pages without having access to other admin functions.

    - Consultants/professionals who want a blog (sounds like WP so far) but then want document management for PDF articles and premium features for members.

    - Local shops/businesses who again want "this is who we are, this is what we do" but also want a basic catalogue of products that is EASY to update.


    I want to pick either Wordpress or Drupal and specialise in it.. but i'm not sure which.

    Discuss? :x:

    (Or at least discuss pro's con's of each so I can then choose from that?)..

    Yes i've googled heaps, read heaps of online reviews and comparison articles, but i'm curious what TWL thinks as you guys are my homies..

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  2. Pepsi1975

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    kingtoad will tell you drupal lol

    i have never used drupal do i can't tell you how it will work in your situation
     
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    Go with Drupal....

    not from experience with it, I just don't want to get bant :noes:
     
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    i will ban you for not saying wordpress
     
  5. kingtoad

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    WordPress is a blogging platform.

    Drupal is a modular content management framework.
     
  6. Insert Tokens

    Insert Tokens Making Cancer My Bitch OT Supporter

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    True kingtoad, and we've discussed the awesomeness of Drupal before, but lately i'm finding that if I literally flip a coin to pick which one I use, then attack the given site with the landed choice, I can still make it work.

    Plus, for quick out-of-the-box sites, Drupal needs a lot more doing to it.. most of my clients are people who don't care, they just want an online presence, so a quick Fantastico install of Wordpress + one of the 11ty quadzillion awesome free themes with a few basic mods, does the job..

    Maybe what I need is a good self-built collection of quality Drupal themes I can pick from.. and a default install that is setup with the common modules then repackaged ready to go..
     
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  8. kingtoad

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    I don't know why it would be a coinflip. If you're going to setup a blog for a customer, I would definitely go WordPress due to it's user friendliness, and because it is a blogging platform. If I am going to create a feature rich website, I'm going to choose Drupal. The fact that it's modular by design and has a presentation layer is an attraction for any web developer to use Drupal in itself. Ever try to build a custom theme in WordPress? The "theme layer" is a complete joke.

    If you're going to install something, upload a theme, and call it a completed product based on available resources, I don't think I would compare WordPress and Drupal side-by-side. I'm more of a "create your product around the customers needs" kinda guy. So, naturally, downloading themes and installing them doesn't work for me. Because in my mind, and my philosophy, I believe the solution to every problem is going to be different, unique, and tailored to specific needs. I could sit here browsing Drupal themes all day and I guarantee I will not ever find a theme that will fit a problem I am trying to solve just because every solution is unique. If I could do this, my life would be much easier, but unfortunately I'm having to develop different themes for different websites, and because Drupal's presentation layer is so powerful and makes theme creation easy, I will choose Drupal for a feature rich content driven website. For a blog, WordPress, hands down.
     
  9. DnA02

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    flip your coin and whatever side wins you go with that for your main expertise. problem solved.












    but seriously your posts seem to lean towards wordpress so might as well go with that :dunno:
     
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    any good getting started with drupal tuts?
     
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