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Likelihood to Recommend

Drupal

It is great if you're a medium to large-scale operation that is heavily reliant on always having fresh content deployed to your web properties. It is particularly great if you need to localize your website in different countries (landing pages, languages, etc). It can save you a lot of time that would otherwise be spent maintaining separate websites, and deploying often redundant content to the different websites. Every human touchpoint has the potential for error.It is not great if you just need a static website, and you aren't deploying more than just a simple blog. It's not great if you don't have senior-level developers to maintain the site. If you're the type of company that needs your website to be "done" then you've come to the wrong place. A Drupal 8 website is itself a living organism that requires an ongoing commitment.
Kyle Reichelt | TrustRadius Reviewer

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine is a very powerful and flexible content management system. It can handle a simple small business website all the way to a large corporation's website. If you are a business with multiple websites ExpresionEngine can handle that as well with it's Multiple Site Manager. I think ExpressionEngine would be less appropriate for a global large scale business with a magnitude of sites with different regions and languages.
Jeremy Troxell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Drupal
9.2
ExpressionEngine
9.5
Role-based user permissions
Drupal
9.2
ExpressionEngine
9.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Drupal
8.8
ExpressionEngine
8.0
API
Drupal
8.8
ExpressionEngine
8.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Drupal
8.8
ExpressionEngine
8.0

Web Content Creation

Drupal
8.3
ExpressionEngine
8.7
WYSIWYG editor
Drupal
8.1
ExpressionEngine
8.4
Code quality / cleanliness
Drupal
8.2
ExpressionEngine
9.4
Admin section
Drupal
8.0
ExpressionEngine
9.5
Page templates
Drupal
8.0
ExpressionEngine
8.0
Library of website themes
Drupal
7.9
ExpressionEngine
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Drupal
9.1
ExpressionEngine
9.4
Publishing workflow
Drupal
8.5
ExpressionEngine
9.8
Form generator
Drupal
8.6
ExpressionEngine
8.0

Web Content Management

Drupal
8.6
ExpressionEngine
7.9
Content taxonomy
Drupal
8.4
ExpressionEngine
8.3
SEO support
Drupal
8.4
ExpressionEngine
8.6
Bulk management
Drupal
8.6
ExpressionEngine
9.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Drupal
8.9
ExpressionEngine
7.6
Community / comment management
Drupal
8.7
ExpressionEngine
6.1

Pros

Drupal

  • Drupal is great at managing any amount of content, and any type of content. Its flexibility and customizability are two of its greatest strengths.
  • Drupal isn't just a CMS, Drupal lets you build the CMS that website editors will be using. Its backend customization and admin features are awesome and are being expanded by the community all the time.
  • There are thousands of contributed modules and themes freely available. Not only is Drupal open source, but all the best modules and themes people have built are available for free as well!
  • Drupal's community is big, prolific, and welcoming. Not only can you use other's community contributions, but the community is always happy to help others building their own Drupal sites or custom modules and themes for the rest of the community. If you ever get stuck, the forums or Drupal Slack are incredible resources for assistance.
Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

ExpressionEngine

  • Content structuring. You can set up channels and fields to hold just about any kind of information imaginable; text, images, videos, numbers, code, etc. You can structure this information any way you want and in any order. You literally create your own information database just the way you want it using a clear, easy online interface.
  • Template system. Utter freedom. Need I say more?
  • Exensible. There are a lot of add-ons, extensions, and other external modules that extend the core functionality of ExpressionEngine. Need a user management system? Check out the User module at http://solspace.com.
Lee Whitworth | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Drupal

  • Drupal is complex, it will take time and expertise to shape it into the tool you need it to be for your use case. WordPress can be installed and is ready to go for blogging out-of-the-box, but Drupal will need more setup up front to build out the functionality needed.
  • Finding strong Drupal expertise can be challenging for companies. Although the developer community is over a million strong, there are still few companies that truly have an expert Drupal developer on staff.
  • Drupal can be overkill for small websites with just a few pages or limited functionality. Many new flat file responsive tools can do well to build a basic brochure site without the overhead of a CMS like Drupal.
  • Security is an ongoing struggle for all users of opensource CMS solutions. If you choose Drupal for your website, you will need a plan for security updates to ensure you are one step ahead of the hackers.
Shane Sevo | TrustRadius Reviewer

ExpressionEngine

  • For me, one of the greatest strengths of ExpressionEngine is also one of their weaknesses. There are so many add-ons available (some free, some not) for ExpressionEngine to allow you to do just about anything you want. However, the more add-ons that you use the more you have to deal with when performing updates. For instance, is the add-on compatible with the new version of ExpressionEngine - or even another add-on? What if that add-on gets abandoned by the developer - is there another that can perform the same functionality?
  • I think that ExpressionEngine needs to offer more out of the box than it does. Yes, you can get add-ons for just about anything but this adds to the cost. I have a list of add-ons that I use on almost every site which can raise the cost of getting started with a new site by $100-300. So add that to the cost of a license and you're at $400-600 and you haven't even started working on it yet. For instance, I shouldn't have to buy an add-on to allow me to customize the menu for my end-users.
  • The membership management feature is seriously lacking. Fortunately, there are add-ons (for an additional cost) to allow you to manage things better.
Todd Richards | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 9.2
Based on 36 answers
I'm satisfied with the way that my site runs on EE. My primary concern is that support is now a profit center for EE's publisher and so they've consequently gutted their community support boards. However, a good EE community is developing at StackExchange. At this stage, I don't think that EE is a good choice for an individual site owner. WordPress or SquareSpace would be a better choice unless you have a budget for support.
Barry Parr | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Drupal

Drupal 10.0
Based on 9 answers
Once you've learned how to use it Drupal is a very logically consistent framework for building and maintaining a robust website. The trick is getting to the point where your understanding of the system is full and correct so that you can use it properly and take advantage of all it offers.
Michael Sypes | TrustRadius Reviewer

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 5.3
Based on 6 answers
ExpressionEngine is very powerful and flexible. With this flexibility comes a bit of a learning curve. There are some great online resources for getting up to speed with EE, but the control panel can be a bit daunting. A lot of EE's installation process involves settings, configurations and flipping of switches. It is tedious, but well worth it as you ultimately have a very robust, secure and scalable CMS.Also, as of version 2.9.2, the control panel isn't responsive natively. You'll want to have a big enough screen to see the full control panel UI. Personally, I think the control panel would benefit from a major overhaul. It would be nice to see the colors and UI controls "modernized" and be able to more effectively customize the layout. Yes, some of this is built-in, and there are third-party add-ons to help, but maybe we'll see more refinement in future versions.
Eric Nance | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Drupal

Drupal 9.7
Based on 3 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

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Never experienced an issue like this with it
Lauren Merka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Drupal

Drupal 8.9
Based on 2 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

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 2.8
Based on 2 answers
The admin section would slow to a crawl the larger the tag section grew. There were many areas where better pagination would've helped improve performance. Nothing complicated, which made the lag so frustrating
Lauren Merka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Drupal

Drupal 5.0
Based on 5 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

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 6.2
Based on 4 answers
I have personally never found any complications when trying to receive support from EllisLab in regards to ExpressionEngine when using the support plans they offer. I have always been responded to promptly and received satisfactory help with whatever my needs were in an extremely timely manner. This makes rating the support offered an easy job for me
Brian Mallett | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

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

ExpressionEngine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

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

ExpressionEngine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Drupal

Drupal 5.0
Based on 5 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

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 6.5
Based on 4 answers
After installing the system a few times, you can see a pattern of things that have to be done to work the way you want them (settings, paths, etc.). By knowing what you want, you can put together some scripts that prepare the file system for installation, adjust post installation configuration settings, and install initial templates.
Justin Koivisto | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Drupal

All of these products are in the same category, but Drupal has a different level of security, making it a much better choice for either blog platform, Websites or Intranets. The product itself is a much more professional offering, stacking up against the competition on templates, extensions and browser support
Jean Franco | TrustRadius Reviewer

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine is vastly more flexible than any other content management system I have used to date and the quality of the add-ons are significantly higher than what you find in other directories. The ExpressionEngine community is also very willing and helpful with if you have any questions or run into any issues.
John Dezember | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

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

ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine 1.0
Based on 1 answer
Maybe it's scale-able from the content user perspective, but it was very limited from the programmers perspective. So many custom hacks were necessary that it reached a point it would be impossible to upgrade to a newer version
Lauren Merka | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Drupal

  • The Development with Drupal sped up our web development time dramatically. Most of the features that we would have to custom code otherwise are already available in Drupal out of the box or in form of modules.
  • The security of websites we build improved significantly.
  • Thanks to Drupal's great community there is always someone who can answer our questions or help to solve a technical problem we may face during the implementation of our projects.
Armen Danielyan, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

ExpressionEngine

  • Being able to be recognized as a leader within the ExpressionEngine development community has led to us being sought out by those customers seeking expert guidance.
  • We tend to specialize in using ExpressionEngine for our customers, so it has been easier to ramp new resources up on our development process, as well as be able to seek out independent experts to use as sub contractors or freelancers.
  • As we have been using ExpressionEngine almost exclusively for a number of years, we have built a reusable repository of proprietary code that makes our development process much more efficient and decreases the effort required for our projects.
Samuel King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Drupal

General

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

ExpressionEngine

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Drupal
8.5
ExpressionEngine
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Drupal
8.2
ExpressionEngine
9.2

Usability

Drupal
10.0
ExpressionEngine
5.3

Reliability and Availability

Drupal
9.7
ExpressionEngine
10.0

Performance

Drupal
8.9
ExpressionEngine
2.8

Support Rating

Drupal
5.0
ExpressionEngine
6.2

In-Person Training

Drupal
8.0
ExpressionEngine

Online Training

Drupal
6.0
ExpressionEngine

Implementation Rating

Drupal
5.0
ExpressionEngine
6.5

Scalability

Drupal
8.0
ExpressionEngine
1.0

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