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Craft vs Drupal: What are the differences?

What is Craft? A CMS built to do one thing and do it well: manage content. Craft is a content management system (CMS) that’s laser-focused on doing one thing really, really well: managing content.

What is Drupal? Free, Open, Modular CMS written in PHP. Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world.

Craft and Drupal can be primarily classified as "Self-Hosted Blogging / CMS" tools.

Some of the features offered by Craft are:

  • Relations
  • Matrix
  • Assets

On the other hand, Drupal provides the following key features:

  • Categorize with taxonomy, automatically create friendly path urls, create custom lists, associate content with other content on your site, and create smart defaults for content creators
  • Manage content with an easy-to-use web interface. Drupal's flexibility handles countless content types including video, text, blog, podcasts, and polls with robust user management, menu handling, real-time statistics and optional revision control.
  • Users can be assigned one or more roles, and each role can be set up with fine-grained permissions allowing users view and create only what the administrator permits.

"Quick bespoke CMS" is the top reason why over 7 developers like Craft, while over 63 developers mention "Stable, highly functional cms" as the leading cause for choosing Drupal.

MIT, Tesla Motors, and Mint are some of the popular companies that use Drupal, whereas Craft is used by Postmark, UMake, and Rigetti Quantum Computing. Drupal has a broader approval, being mentioned in 685 company stacks & 162 developers stacks; compared to Craft, which is listed in 43 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.

Decisions about Craft and Drupal
Kamaldeep Singh

I usually take a slightly different tack because the technical level of people I usually am dealing with is lower. I tend to be pitching to decision makers and not tech people. A bit of my standard answer is below.

Wix and Squarespace are proprietary systems meant for unsophisticated users who want to build their own websites quickly and easily. While they are good for that specific use case, they do not offer any way to move beyond that if your needs arise. Since they are proprietary closed systems if you need something more advanced at some point your only option is to start over.

WordPress is an Open Source CMS that allows much more freedom. It is not quite as simple to setup and create a new site but if you are talking to me then you are not looking to build it yourself so that is really a non-issue. The main benefit of WordPress is freedom. You can host it on virtually any decent web hosting service and since it uses PHP and MySQL you can have virtually any developer take over a project without problem.

I believe in open source because of that freedom. It is good for me as a developer and it is good for my clients. If something were to happen to me or my company you would have no problem finding another qualified WordPress developer to take over the site in a totally seamless fashion. There would be no need to start from scratch.

Additionally the extensible nature of WordPress means that no matter what your future needs, WordPress can handle it. Adding things like e-commerce and custom quoting systems are just two examples of advanced solution's that I have added to WordPress sites years after they were first built.

WordPress is used by tiny one person businesses all the way up to major websites like the NY Times and I think it is right for this project as well.

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10 Years ago I have started to check more about the online sphere and I have decided to make a website. There were a few CMS available at that time like WordPress or Joomla that you can use to have your website. At that point, I have decided to use WordPress as it was the easiest and I am glad I have made a good decision. Now WordPress is the most used CMS. Later I have created also a site about WordPress: https://www.wpdoze.com

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Pros of Craft
Pros of Drupal
  • 8
    Quick bespoke CMS
  • 5
    Easy to use CMS
  • 5
    Clean slate approach to templating
  • 2
    Great support
  • 2
    Free licence available for single user account version
  • 1
    Clean templating markup (twig)
  • 72
    Stable, highly functional cms
  • 59
    Great community
  • 42
    Easy cms to make websites
  • 40
    Highly customizable
  • 21
    Digital customer experience delivery platform
  • 15
    Really powerful
  • 14
    Customizable
  • 10
    Good tool for prototyping
  • 9
    Flexible
  • 8
    Enterprise proven over many years when others failed
  • 7
    Each version becomes more intuitive for clients to use
  • 7
    Headless adds even more power/flexibility
  • 7
    Well documented
  • 6
    Lego blocks methodology
  • 6
    Open source
  • 4
    Caching and performance
  • 3
    Powerful
  • 3
    Built on Symfony
  • 3
    Can build anything
  • 2
    Views
  • 1
    API-based CMS

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What is Craft?

Craft is a content management system (CMS) that’s laser-focused on doing one thing really, really well: managing content.

What is Drupal?

Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world.

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What are some alternatives to Craft and Drupal?
WordPress
The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
Joomla!
Joomla is a simple and powerful web server application and it requires a server with PHP and either MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQL Server to run it.
Adobe Experience Manager
It is a Web Content Management System that allows companies to manage their web content (Web pages, digital assets, forms, etc) and also create digital experiences with this content on any platform web, mobile or IoT.
Sitefinity
It is a content management system (CMS) is software that allows customers to make updates and changes to their website without a web developer.
Ghost
Ghost is a platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing. It's beautifully designed, completely customisable and completely Open Source. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do.
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