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Score 7.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

DNN Platform

DNN [Platform] is great for organizations of any size who wish to have a robust CMS to manage their site. DNN is not ideal for a small site that is better suited to a super easy to user interface such as Wix. DNN [Platform] is plenty strong enough for enterprises and large entities.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Drupal

Drupal is suitable for design or development professionals looking for a more robust platform than Joomla or WordPress. It has many better features. With a little thought and creativity, Drupal allows you to do many amazing things. The possibility of integration with PHP modules is really the limit for customization. However, Drupal is not suitable for amateurs; someone who wants to make just one website for themselves; or a professional on a tight deadline. The learning curve can be a very big obstacle and is sometimes not worth it.

I have been working for some time and sometimes give up on some projects and choose another tool. It is definitely not a technology for those in a hurry, it is necessary to have time and dedication. The newer versions of Drupal are more friendly and intuitive and allow the construction of many cool things.
Fernanda Ministerio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

DNN Platform
10.0
Drupal
9.6
Role-based user permissions
DNN Platform
10.0
Drupal
9.6

Platform & Infrastructure

DNN Platform
9.5
Drupal
8.9
API
DNN Platform
10.0
Drupal
8.9
Internationalization / multi-language
DNN Platform
9.0
Drupal
9.0

Web Content Creation

DNN Platform
8.6
Drupal
8.5
WYSIWYG editor
DNN Platform
10.0
Drupal
8.4
Code quality / cleanliness
DNN Platform
9.0
Drupal
8.8
Admin section
DNN Platform
8.0
Drupal
7.8
Page templates
DNN Platform
9.0
Drupal
8.1
Library of website themes
DNN Platform
8.0
Drupal
9.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
DNN Platform
10.0
Drupal
8.9
Publishing workflow
DNN Platform
8.0
Drupal
7.8
Form generator
DNN Platform
7.0
Drupal
8.8

Web Content Management

DNN Platform
8.6
Drupal
8.5
Content taxonomy
DNN Platform
9.0
Drupal
8.7
SEO support
DNN Platform
8.0
Drupal
7.4
Bulk management
DNN Platform
7.0
Drupal
8.4
Availability / breadth of extensions
DNN Platform
9.0
Drupal
9.1
Community / comment management
DNN Platform
10.0
Drupal
8.9

Pros

DNN Platform

  • Very easy to use CMS - Ease of use is paramount with CMS products to minimise on support calls. Also the template structure of pages ensures that content editors cannot inadvertently corrupt the layout of the page.
  • Powerful application framework - The existence of APIs for all functionality within the CMS provides limitless scope in terms of developing bespoke applications which sit within the CMS.
  • Commercially supported option available - For larger clients, the comfort factor of having a direct line to the developers of the application is a big selling point.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Drupal

  • Content Types... these are amazing. Whereas a more simplistic CMS like Wordpress will basically allow you to make posts and build pages, Drupal 8 gives you the ability to define different types of content that behave differently, and are served up differently in different areas of the website.
  • Extensibility... it scales, ohhhh does it scale. They've really figured out server-side caching, and it makes all the difference. Once a page has been cached, it's available instantly to all users worldwide; and when coupled with AWS, global redundancy and localization mean that no matter where you're accessing the site, it always loads fast and crisp.
  • Workflows... you have the ability to define very specific roles and/or user-based editorial workflows, allowing for as many touchpoints and reviews between content creation and publication as you'll require.
Kyle Reichelt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

DNN Platform

  • Out of the box, it has some modules, but not enough unless you do a paid version.
  • The support is a bit slow.
  • The menuing can be confusing and terms used a bit strange. which makes training difficult.
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Drupal

  • Drupal's admin side is very powerful and flexible, but it's a little bit harder to wrap one's mind around. If a customer is familiar with using a basic WordPress site, showing them the full Drupal back-end might be overwhelming and confusing at first. Luckily you can easily limit and customize the admin pages that each role sees.
  • Drupal is huge and complex. Doing simple things is generally simple, but more advanced capabilities of Drupal have a higher learning curve (as can be expected). You can build a Drupal site quickly, but don't expect to build your dream site with loads of custom features in a week.
  • Ready-made themes are more sparse than something like WordPress. If you're most interested in simply plugging an existing theme in and using it, you won't find as many professional-looking themes out of the box. There are some, but with Drupal, the best results are usually achieved by finding a good base theme and creating your own child theme based off of it.
Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 8.2
Based on 18 answers
The time and money invested into this platform were too great to discontinue it at this point. I'm sure it will be in use for a while. We have also spent time training many employees how to use it. All of these things add up to quite an investment in the product. Lastly, it basically fulfills what we need our intranet site to do.
Eric Batson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 10.0
Based on 9 answers
It's a great CMS platform and there are a ton of plugins to add some serious functionality, but the security updates are too complex to implement and considering the complexity of the platform, security updates are a must. I don't want my site breached because they make it too difficult to keep it up to date.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 9.7
Based on 6 answers
Drupal itself does not tend to have bugs that cause sporadic outages. When deployed on a well-configured LAMP stack, deployment and maintenance problems are minimal, and in general no exotic tuning or configuration is required.For highest uptime, putting a caching proxy like Varnish in front of Drupal (or a CDN that supports dynamic applications).
Peter Wolanin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 8.9
Based on 4 answers
Drupal page loads can be slow, as a great many database calls may be required to generate a page. It is highly recommended to use caching systems, both built-in and external to lessen such database loads and improve performance. I haven't had any problems with behind-the-scenes integrations with external systems.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 5.0
Based on 8 answers
As noted earlier, the support of the community can be rather variable, with some modules attracting more attraction and action in their issue queues, but overall, the development community for Drupal is second to none. It probably the single greatest aspect of being involved in this open-source project.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I was part of the team that conducted the training. Our training was fine, but we could have been better informed on Drupal before we started providing it. If we did not have answers to tough questions, we had more technical staff we could consult with. We did provide hands-on practice time for the learners, which I would always recommend. That is where the best learning occurred.
Eric Batson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 6.0
Based on 2 answers
The on-line training was not as ideal as the face-to-face training. It was done remotely and only allowed for the trainers to present information to the learners and demonstrate the platform online. There was not a good way to allow for the learners to practice, ask questions and have them answered all in the same session.
Eric Batson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 5.1
Based on 8 answers
Plan ahead as much you can. You really need to know how to build what you want with the modules available to you, or that you might need to code yourself, in order to make the best use of Drupal. I recommend you analyze the most technically difficult workflows and other aspects of your implementation, and try building some test versions of those first. Get feedback from stakeholders early and often, because you can easily find yourself in a situation where your implementation does 90% of what you want, but, due to something you didn't plan for, foresee, or know about, there's no feasible way to get past the last 10%
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

DNN Platform

My experience with Joomla! was over six years ago so a lot could have changed. However, I prefer DNN over Joomla because DNN offers more modules and a better administration user interface.
Mike Bunce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Drupal

Drupal is community-backed making it more accessible and growing at a faster rate than Sitefinity which is a proprietary product built on .NET. Drupal is PHP-based using some but not all Symphony codebase. Updates for Drupal are frequent and so are feature adds.
Chris Kerry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

DNN Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Drupal

Drupal 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Drupal is well known to be scalable, although it requires solid knowledge of MySQL best practices, caching mechanisms, and other server-level best practices. I have never personally dealt with an especially large site, so I can speak well to the issues associated with Drupal scaling.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

DNN Platform

  • DNN helps us win bids on projects through the improvements the community has done over the past few years; we were ready to scrap it all together but it has made great strides
  • DNN's community has come back and is actively working to improve and expand the capabilities of the cms
  • on a negative note, the confusion between evoq and dnn has caused us headaches
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Drupal

  • Our overall site traffic has grown exponentially since we have moved to it.
  • We have been able to bring a standardized format to all of our resources and communications.
  • Promoting new products is much easier due to the easy to use interface of Drupal, we can get a new product launch page up in record time compared to our old platform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

DNN Platform

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Drupal

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

DNN Platform
9.0
Drupal
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

DNN Platform
Drupal
8.2

Usability

DNN Platform
Drupal
10.0

Reliability and Availability

DNN Platform
Drupal
9.7

Performance

DNN Platform
Drupal
8.9

Support Rating

DNN Platform
Drupal
5.0

In-Person Training

DNN Platform
Drupal
8.0

Online Training

DNN Platform
Drupal
6.0

Implementation Rating

DNN Platform
Drupal
5.1

Scalability

DNN Platform
Drupal
8.0

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