Wordpress vs Drupal: Page Optimization
As many of you know I use two well-known open source Content Management Systems (CMS) when developing websites, that is Wordpress and Drupal. These are two of the top guns when we talk about CMS’s. As with any job, there is always the best tool. Sometimes Drupal is the right choice, in other instances, it’s Wordpress. They both have a place in building awesome websites.
It’s like those stupid Mac vs PC vs Linux ads, all they do is confuse consumers with lies. No single operating system is the best. All of them have their uses and we should choose which one suits our needs best. With that being said, Wordpress and Drupal are two tools that are similar yet different at the same time and I’ll be exploring how each one does things differently in certain areas of web development.
In terms of caching, which means the content of pages is cached as to not hit the database for information with every visit, I found WP Super Cache to work pretty nicely. Just install and enable the plugin and it’ll handle the caching for you. Beware though, WP Super Cache’s admin panel is a mess and it may take you some time to fully understand all the options.
Obviously, Drupal’s inherit ability to optimize pages far exceeds the capabilities of Wordpress because you don’t have to keep installing these essential plugins over and over again. The only thing to note here is that Drupal does not yet allow you to load the optimized files at the footer of the page for a seemingly shorter load time. That to me is probably the best advantage that the Wordpress plugins have against Drupal’s built-in optimization tools.
So there you have it, two tools that perform the same job but one is arguably better than the other, at least when page optimization is concerned. If you’ve ever used both, share your experiences with us and how you think one CMS bests another in a certain feature.