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WordPress vs Drupal – 7 things I miss about WordPress

As you probably have noticed, at least if you are a regular reader of mine, I had to migrate from WordPress to Drupal about a month ago.

Here are two blog posts explaining the situation:

Now, that everything seems to be working with Drupal, I still sort of miss WordPress. The reason I miss it might be because I was used to WordPress, not that it’s an excellent blogging platform. The problem with Drupal is that it’s not built for blogging, it’s a CMS and therefore, it’s built for a lot more than blogging.

There are at least seven things that I miss about WordPress:

1. It was easier to write blog posts

It was a lot easier to write blog posts with WordPress. It might be because I used systems like BlogJet (PC) and ecto (Mac). I’ve read the instructions, and I should be able to use both with drupal as well, but so far I haven’t been able to do it. I have only been receiving errors. The systems can’t find my blog.

2. I didn’t have to think about SEO

When I used WordPress, I could just publish a blog post, and depending on the topic and the keywords, it would many times turn up at the top of Google. That’s not happening at the moment. The content of my blog are the same, I’ve only migrated to drupal. I might have to do some seo stuff to get things back to Google and the other search engines.

For instance, this post Everything You Need To Know About TweetAdder is nowhere to be found on Google, even more than 24 hours after I published it. With WordPress it didn’t take many minutes before it showed up somehwere on Google.

3. There were few Page Not Founds

I never experienced any problems with WordPress, my site was online 99% of the time. At least to my knowledge. And the 1% was due to my host and not WordPress. So far, my “new” site has been online 99% of the time as well, the only difference is that some of my readers have complained that some of my blog posts are not showing. They only get “page not found” when they try to access them, and the same thing happens with my home page. I have experienced this once already, and I have no clue why this is happening.

As I’m writing this I got a page not found of one of my latest blog posts. Weird.

4. A time when webdesign was easy and cheap

My new blog design was almost finished just when all my problems started. They designed it for WordPress, not for Drupal. It seems that Drupal is a lot harder to design for (I’m just guessing), I have waited an extra two weeks for the design. In the meantime, I have searched for templates and professional designs, and I have found some, but not as many as for WordPress. Templates for WordPress are a lot cheaper and a lot more cooler. That’s probably because a lot more people and businesses are using WordPress.

5. I had all the plugins I needed (and more)

I had a lot of plugins installed on WordPress, it was plugins for close to everything. At Drupal I have found some, but only a few that I’m actually using.

6. I didn’t have to think about cron jobs

I know close to nothing about technical stuff, and one of the first things I had to do after installing Drupal (one click install), was setting up a cron job in order for people to be able to search my blog. I didn’t do this myself, I paid a techie.

7. I only had to think about content

There are no WYSIWYG editor and no file management in Drupal.

I know html, so I don’t really have a problem with this, but I preferred writing text and not thinking about the coding. With WordPress I just uploaded files, with Drupal, at least to my knowledge, I have to use FTP and then link to the files. I understand now that I can download a modul for TinyMCE, and this would provide me with a WYSIWYG editor, but so far, I using html for all my blog posts.



5 responses to “WordPress vs Drupal – 7 things I miss about WordPress”

  1. Alan Vallis says:

    I’m sorely confused. Looks like WordPress to me!

    🙂

  2. I too have missed some of those points… Thanks for letting me know the importance of all these and these are much necessary for me as 2 of my websites are running on Drupal.

  3. bryan says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write this blog. I’m always looking for first hand accounts of end-user experiences with cms software. After reading your 3 posts on this topic, I still not clear why you were advised to migrate away from WordPress. It’s perfectly capable of supporting a high traffic blog site (which is exactly what it was designed for). Furthermore, any IT professional that advises you to migrate to a new platform while your monetized website is down should have their head examined! I applaud your effort to give Drupal a try, but they should have told you that your first priority should have been to get your website back up and running. At this point it doesn’t really matter. What’s done is done. On to the issues at hand…

    As much as I love using Drupal, I must point out that it’s not for everyone. The workflows and documentation are heavily geared towards power users, web developers, and programmers. Both it’s strength and weakness are it’s modular architecture, which is a far cry from the plug-and-play nature of WordPress.

    Most of the problems you’re describing are probably attributed to misconfiguration or lack of installed features on your new website. As you know, Drupal doesn’t come prepackaged with all of the bells and whistles that WordPress does. Aside from a few popular extras, Drupal (core) only comes with what is necessary to run a basic website. You need to separately install and configure all of the 3rd-party modules your site requires like a WYSIWYG editor, media management tools, and SEO utilities just to name a few. Some features you’re looking for may not have available modules because they’re easy to implement using a combination of modules (powerful photo galleries can be quickly built using a combination of node, cck, views, imagecache). Unlike WordPress, it’s a cohesive bolt-on system designed to be customized and extended to fit any situation, big, small(ish), or strange. My point is this: Your feature requirements don’t seem out of the ordinary. Your new Drupal website can have all of the feature of WordPress and more. The down side is that you’ll probably need to find an experienced developer to help you get there.

    My client’s only ever need to think about content when using their Drupal website. Most Drupal (version 6) websites that I create includes the same set of 3rd-party modules that make automating tasks, file management, SEO, and content editing much easier for end-users:
    token, pathauto, nodewords, page_title, boost, authcache, globalredirect, path_redirect, google_analytics, blocks404, wysiwyg, webfm, linkit, wysiwyg_filter, imce, imce_wysiwyg, better_formats, imageapi, imagecache.
    For Social media check out trackback, addtoany, diggthis, service_links.
    For media management (audio/video/flash) check out the media module and it’s various 3rd-party add-on modules.

    There are, of course, many other powerful modules available that can help you build whatever you want. I hope that you’re able to resolve your issues with Drupal. The solutions are within reach. If nothing else, you can always migrate back to WordPress. I don’t have to tell you how great it is at running blog websites.

    BTW – There are solutions for migrating your users/comments from wordpress. Check out the following for starters:
    http://drupal.org/documentation/migrate
    http://crownedup.com/Import_Wordpress_Users_Comments_Drupal
    http://drupal.org/node/873970

  4. Thanks a lot for sharing this. I’m actually back to using wordpress 🙂

    I tried drupal, but as you said it was more for power users. I have been using wordpress for a long time and I just couldn’t start all over from scratch with drupal (it looked fairly easy, but I didn’t want to learn all the features).

    So, I decided to give wordpress another try at a different host (I decided that my webhost was the real problem). And now everything is working great 🙂

    Thanks again for your awesome comment.

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