Comparison between Drupal and Magento
DRUPAL VS MAGENTO
You may have gone through several articles, journals comparing these two platforms and prophesying which is the best platform. Comparison between them has been done numerous times and this battle still continues. Most comparisons promulgate only what is already been understood and nothing new. Typically, there’s an easy way of understanding either of the platforms and when and where they fit into your business is using both of them.
A better approach is to fully analyze and understand the functionality of both of the platforms and knowing your business requirements and objectives and coming with a decision that can make you decide which platform to go with.
First, you need to answer this” What do you want your site to do? ” if you’re crystal clear about the site’s purpose and objectives, then you’re in a better position in choosing what is best for your site. If you don’t know what you really want your site to do and are not familiar with web development services, then you can consider using tools with lots of features keeping it simple. It may be good to play safe rather than run the risk of not being able to adapt to the scenario as quickly as possible so as to enjoy great benefits. But the whole process of web development is quite strenuous and involves lots of planning and implementation in but you need to find a more flexible approach that exactly meets all your objectives and saves you a great deal of time and efforts.
Comparing these two platforms on single parameter alone just won’t work. So let’s see where they stand on different parameters.
Drupal offers shopping cart extensions that are good for membership services, permission-based content, subscriptions, cart etc but they lack when it comes to selling products. If your website provides users with annual subscriptions or membership services or some premium services, then Drupal is the ideal choice because all it integrates all the information perfectly into the Content Management System.
Magento has a well-implemented e-commerce feature set and if you want only simple features and only looking for a shopping cart, then go with Magento. However, If your sales and services are complicated and complex or want to build your own custom application, then Drupal will serve as the best option
Drupal is an extremely powerful content system which allows for creating custom e-commerce sites and functionality such as editing, adding attributes, unique design, product listings, landing pages etc. You can easily customize all these without modifying or writing a single line of code. If providing content and information to your customers is vital to your business and how you differentiate yourself from others, then go with Drupal.
On the other hand, Magento has a very basic and simple content system. Customization in Magento is quite simple, for example, adding web pages, product pages, category pages, attributes all these processes are painless but, once you step outside of this, you’ll end customizing everything. Magento content features are pretty basic and you cannot expand it, thereby, limiting you to a few tools.
Shopping carts that are complex are not suitable and does not meet the requirements of high volume sales and products site requires. For example, if you’re into selling apparels, then you only need one image of the apparel but you may have numerous sizes, each necessitating a different SKU. This is called variant options and Magento clearly outweighs Drupal here. Magento’s shopping carts manage all these capabilities smoothly. While, Drupal needs special code for using this functionality.
Magento has a wholly conventional approach when it comes to catalog complexity. It’s common for products to exist within multiple groups depending on what visitors look for. Magento doesn’t display products outside the hierarchy. Moreover, product listings are limited to lists and grid views without additional extensions or support.
On the other hand, in Drupal, products can be organized dynamically or removed automatically. You can easily create a catalog but the catalog automatically follows how organized you are and can virtually use attributes that exist on the product list. You can choose from a number of plugins, styles and have the customized look.
Drupal’s administration interface can be easily customized the way you want. Sometimes, there are cases where you can customize even without touching a single line of code. Though customization is easy but you have to spend some efforts and time in configuring the same.
Magento’s administration interface is intuitive and gives users a well organized and structured site to operate upon. You can easily have a unique structure and design for the site but the problems arise when you want to deviate from those changes. Customization modification requires code and even small changes could require considerable effort to implement it.
FREE IS GOOD:
Free is always good, isn’t it? The advantage of Drupal is that all its modules are free with huge communities supporting them. On the other hand, you have to purchase Magento modules. Magento has a certification process, allowing developers to design, build and sell their own license modules whereas, Drupal doesn’t sell anything as all the modules are free.
When deciding on which platform to use, it is advisable to first be clear about the business objectives and identify your business’ core strength. This approach will not help you in choosing the right platform but would save you a great deal of time and efforts.
Needless of comparing you can quickly conclude the one platform and ensure the best solution possible. Picking either of the platforms is not confusing but a business decision
Emily Smith is an ed-tech enthusiast and has been associated with CWS Technology as a writer for more than 7 Years. CWS technology is the leading web development company that also provides HTML to WordPress services.