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WordPress or Drupal - need help deciding (3 posts)

  1. allisonmaccormick@gmail.com
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am taking on a project and I need to decide whether to develop it in Drupal or WordPress. I am slightly familiar with WordPress and not at all with Drupal. I know there will be an initial learning curve but I am most interested in finding the tool that supports my needs in the tightest/built-in way.

    My site will have some pages that are public (about page and news page). It will then have a password protected section for kids and teachers to post text,videos etc and comment on each others work. Then we want collaboration between schools in a region and then eventually among different regions as well. There will be some pages that are available only to teachers and not students.

    Other notes about functionality: We need the teacher/student pages of posts to be separated by category/subject. We need some organizations to enter information about grants in a specific format and then need to display that information. Need to keep track of contact information of these organizations. Needs to link to Paypal for donations.

    Any thoughts about the best tool for the project would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you

  2. Nikki Blight
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    To be honest, either one would be perfectly capable of doing what you need. You can customize both WordPress and Drupal to a significant extent.

    A word of caution on Drupal, though. It is VERY resource intensive, especially when you start going beyond the out-of-the-box installation. You can do things to optimize it, but it is something you have to be very aware of, particularly on sites that are liable to get a lot of traffic from logged-in users (where caching has a limited effect). I got myself into a real mess with a Drupal site awhile back because of that.

  3. Gabe Young
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Based on your requirements, I agree that either would work fine.

    IMO, Drupal is significantly more challenging to customize. If you are already somewhat familiar with WP, I would go that route.

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