Saying Goodbye To Drupal And Hello To WordPress

nodrupal Bradley Gillap sent me a note not too long ago that he was going to publish a lengthy blog post which explained why he moved from the Drupal community to WordPress. I checked out today as that is the site he maintains and he has his story published. Here is a sampling.

I found WordPress to be more like the homely girl from high school. She was stable, got along with my friends, was less likely to leave me in the dust, and not afraid to let me drone on for hours without interruption. Where as Drupal is the cheerleader in the red dress. She moves fast, takes no prisoners and clouds my judgement.

With regards to some of the cons for WordPress listed by Bradley, I think the issue with narrowing the search for plugins has largely been addressed by the search actually working. Type in the exact name of a plugin and it shows up as the first result which was not the case before hand. Also, he mentions WordPress feels bloated after 15 or 20 plug-ins. Well, that’s not the fault of WordPress is it?

All in all, it was a good read and I’d like to see more stories like Bradley’s come out of the wood work. In fact, I’d like to read some stories about people switching from WordPress to another platform to see what they listed as their cons. I bet that would be twice as interesting. If you know of any, link me to them in the comments.


3 responses to “Saying Goodbye To Drupal And Hello To WordPress”

  1. I’ve heard of a lot of people moving from WordPress to MoveableType for multi-blog setups. Apparently MoveableType is a lot more user friendly than WordPress Mu.

  2. @Ryan – Hmm, and I’ve been seeing quite a few big name websites moving from TypePade to WordPress. I suppose they are balancing out?

  3. In some ways I’ve come full circle.

    I started out using Joomla and joined several Joomla Theme clubs. Later on, I became a WordPress user because of it ease of use, elegant admin and the great community. I invested many hours learning how WordPress works, learning basic theme development, experimenting with plug-ins, listening to WP podcasts, etc. I became a developer member of StudioPress (when it was Revolution 1), WooThemes and lately have purchased several Theme Forest themes among others.

    I primarily use WordPress as a CMS and I tend to favor the magazine/news/portal type themes. After-all, these are the feature rich type of themes that put most premium theme authors on the map. As Jeff knows, I spend considerable time looking at and analyzing these type of themes looking for one that would build in many of the features I desire. I’m fully aware that many features can be accomplished with numerous plug-ins or custom code but then you face considerable support challenges when your dealing with so many different plug-in authors or developers who may cease development or be slow to upgrade their plug-ins.

    Earlier this month I finally found the theme I’ve been looking for. There is only one catch, it’s a Joomla theme. At the end of April RocketTheme released what I think is the ultimate magazine/news theme. It has an incredible amount of features already built-in that you would typically find on a commercial quality news site. Weather, Stocks, News Ticker, News Pager, Featured Content, Advertising, Tabbed Modules, Incredible Typography, built-in source ordered SEO optimization, Ajax Search, Various Navigation Options, Built-in Module Highlights and on and on. The support that I receive from a single source is second to none. My questions are usually answered the same day and often times within the same hour. It literally is the best in the business.

    And so, I have come full circle and back to Joomla development. It doesn’t mean I’m abandoning WordPress by any means. I have way too much time invested in WordPress, it possesses capabilities that Joomla doesn’t have and is the perfect solution for many projects.

    I would like to put a challenge out there to WordPress developers who are cranking out magazine/news themes every other month. Take a long look at the May theme release from RocketTheme, see if you can step it up a notch and produce something similar. I’ll be your first customer. Until then, Joomla and RocketTheme will be my preferred solution for a sophisticated magazine/news/portal website.


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