Is Drupal a Good Choice for Blogging?

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November 28th, 2012 By:

Drupal is one of the most powerful and popular free and open source content management systems. Sites as small as single blogs and as large as the White House itself have used it for a wide variety of content management. When it comes to blog hosting, however, many have raised questions about Drupal’s feasibility contrasted with that of WordPress. Is Drupal a good choice for blogging?

First, it is important to understand the main differences between Drupal and WordPress. WordPress began as a blog engine and by and large has remained so, despite some movement into the larger CMS (content management system) space. Drupal is a flexible and robust content management system that can work for blogging, but it also has numerous other applications.

Simply put, WordPress is primarily about publishing textual content, and it is primarily designed for a single user. You can add more users and even have tiers of authority (editor, contributor, etc.) but it is simple and basic in its approach to publishing. Drupal can form the basis for anything from a community forum to an open access scholarly repository. It truly is that flexible, and there is a ton of open source development for add-ons that feed off its very powerful structure.

Is Drupal a good choice for blogging? In short, it depends on what type of blogging you are doing. If you are a single user with no need for granular user permissions or any unique website features, you can probably get by with WordPress and a few good plugins. In fact, you will probably be happier with its simplicity. If, however, you have multiple users who require a variety of permissions and intend to use your blog as only one part of a much larger and complex website, Drupal is an excellent choice.

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