I started learning Drupal about 8 years ago when I decided to update our Parish website from a Dreamweaver Solution to something that I or others could update without having to have a proprietary program on their computer. Drupal has a rather steep learning curve but it is rather powerful and has a pretty great community of supporters that help develop it and make it better. I am saying goodbye to Drupal as I will no longer have time to develop the Parish Website and the people that they are looking to develop a new site for us plan to use WordPress for the new site. I can’t say that I blame them. WordPress has a huge market share and there are many more developers that work with WordPress and in turn the sites are usually less expensive to develop. I had switched my blog from Drupal to WordPress sometime back because I had less time and was looking for something simple to allow me to blog when I felt like it and add a couple of other pages. WordPress makes this very easy for us amateurs. I enjoyed the platform and the community but now it’s time for me to move on.
I converted my blog from Drupal back to WordPress several months ago and have not gone back so far. WordPress is much easier to deal with from a user perspective. Media Handling is so much easier than Drupal for something like my basic blog. I am now working on converting my Church Website and my one other site from Drupal to WordPress also. I have found there are several plugins for WordPress that give me the ability to setup my website similar to how I could with Drupal in the past. There are different ways to do things in WordPress but I am going to stay this time. Drupal keeps getting more complex and is getting beyond the reach of the casual user or hobbyist.
My blog has moved back and forth several times between WordPress and Drupal. Now I am back on WordPress. I had tried to convert from WordPress last year because I was kind of upset with Drupal for removing blogapi from core when they went to Drupal 7 and the contrib module did not progress for a long time. I liked the authoring abilities of WordPress but there were some things like views that I used a little on my blog that I could not easily replicate in WordPress. After some more research and a new desire to actually use my blog some more I found that there are some free plugins that let me accomplish what I want.
I think this time I am going to stay on WordPress and look to use it on other smaller sites as well. It is more suited towards a small personal blog like mine. Drupal keeps getting more powerful and I am really not their target market.
I had converted my blog back to WordPress a couple of months ago and I liked how it looked and was easy to access using mobile tools. The problem with it was that I could not do some things that I wanted to do with WordPress that were trivial when using Drupal. You take things like CCK and Views for granted when you don’t have them. For instance, I keep a list on my site of the names of people that I walk in support or in memory of when I walk in the Komen 3-Day. I could not find an easy way to keep that list in WordPress but it was very simple in Drupal. Define a custom content type to store the names of the person and how I now them. Then setup a view to only show the names. 5 mimute effort with Drupal but really not easily done unless you use a commercial WordPress module. So back to Drupal it is. I have pretty much finished up making the changes that I wanted to my blog and I have something that will work for now.
This weekend I converted my blog back from Drupal to WordPress. I like Drupal and will continue to use it where it makes sense to. I just decided that for my personal blog it no longer made sense. It was more complex than I really needed for my small blog. The other major issue with Drupal from my perspective was that they removed blogapi from core when they went to Drupal 7. That made it impossible for me to use the external editors that I had been used to using with Drupal 6. I like being able to update my blog from my phone or Mac and not have to always use a browser. Maybe now that I am settled with this I can get back to using the blog more than I have been.