There are various reasons why people migrate from one platform to other, but usually it’s the features and benefits, ease of building and maintaining a website and the cost involved that influence the decision. These days, WordPress is the most sought after CMS, and many people are switching to it. In this article we will discuss the reasons why Drupal to WordPress migration is beneficial. Though some Drupal developers are apprehensive about migrating to WordPress as they believe the process is too complicated and that the platform itself is not as feature-rich and flexible, the assumption is absolutely wrong. In fact, the migration process is quite simple, and the features available with WordPress are in no way inferior to Drupal.
The Right CMS
There are many CMSs in the market to choose from. Each has its own distinctive features and advantages to suit different business needs. It is up to decide which one would be the best suited to your business and also meets your requirements. The right CMS allows you to customize your website to your needs, and control and modify it any number of time.
Problems facing Drupal and how they can be solved with WordPress
While Drupal may swank about its impressive features, building a website on it is quite complex, costly and time-consuming. Also, Drupal websites are not future-compatible, that is, upgrading is not easy and you have to build from the scratch, which involves a lot of time, money and effort. There are no such hassles with WordPress where building, maintaining and upgrading a website is simpler, cheaper and less time-consuming, irrespective of how complex the site is. And you don’t have to be a programming expert to do all this.
Custom types, Fields and Taxonomies
With WordPress, you can do many of the things that you do on Drupal and that too without any coding. You can build on post and pages to create different sections like testimonials, products, about us, etc. Just like Entity Reference in Drupal you can create Post Relationships on WordPress. You can create connections across post types in different configurations. You can also add custom fields that let you add information, such as price, size, etc. on the template. Also, Drupal’s vocabularies can be reproduced in WordPress with the same relationships and hierarchies.
Custom Search with Multiple Filters
One of the major attractions of Drupal is the customized search with exposed filters. This feature is available in WordPress as well. Its parametric search allows users to update results when filters are applied. For instance, if you want to search for a particular product, you can apply a number of filters, such as product name, size, features, price range, etc. This is another strong reason to convert from Drupal to WordPress.
Custom Interactive Maps to Display Results
Interactive maps displaying the content you want can be added in real quick time, much faster than Drupal. There is no wastage of time trying to map the views using GMap module. Customizing markers, clusters, or any other style can take a frustratingly long time on Drupal, which is not the case in WordPress where creating interactive maps could be quite a pleasant experience. Displaying information on Google or Azure maps does not take much time and you can also set location, and filter the results by distance.
Front-end Forms for Creating Content
WordPress allows you to build front-end forms to create content. It’s just as easy as Drupal with enough flexibility and is hassle free. Though front-end forms in Drupal have many features, it consumes lot of time dealing with the codes. There is no such issue with WordPress. Also, you can provide auxiliary features without php. You can mandate forms to update or add new content, add custom fields for users, hide redundant fields, activate notification emails when forms are submitted, put a limit on the number of forms, etc.
Control Access to your Pages
Just like Drupal, you have control over the people who can access your pages without any difficulty, and it is much easier. Drupal, with its Content Access module, allows you to undertake challenging tasks, but at a significant cost. Forms require loading custom codes that lead to a number of unique Booleans.
Further, with Toolset Access in WordPress, you can handle various demands without having to seek permissions. And also perform complicated restrictions, such as mentioned above. It also defines Drupal’s permissions to read, edit and delete, and that too without checkboxes.
To conclude, most of the features that you love about Drupal are there in WordPress as well, and it’s far more convenient and cost effective. So, you have several reasons to migrate from Drupal to WordPress. Though the process is very simple, you can always choose to hire a WordPress expert to do the job.