Switching to Drupal, I think.

I think I’m going to switch this blog from WordPress to Drupal.

I’ve got nothing against WordPress. It’s been a solid product since I first started using and really it’s only gotten better. In fact, if WP wasn’t so good, the title wouldn’t be “Swtiching to Drupal” it would be “Switched to Drupal.”

The reason I’m thinking about moving to Drupal is because I’ve done some other projects in it – a product development management system, and a market intelligence database – that got me into using it, and I enjoy it. It’s more versatile and flexible than WP, albeit at the expense of some learning curve. Last, with several sites to maintain, it would be nice to manage groups of them under a single code base, and that’s a bit easier under Drupal.

One thing in WP’s favor though is the ease of upgrading. In WP I basically push a button after doing some backups. In Drupal I have to make backups, take sites off-line, deactivate modules, copy the new files over, recopy any custom files I’ve created, reactivate modules, test, test, test and then put the sites back online again. Some of this can be automated, but some can’t and I’m trying to decide how crazy it’s going to make me to live with the system like this. Everything I’ve done previously was either very closed or behind a firewall, so spammers weren’t really an issue. Not so for a typical blog, so upgrades will be pretty mandatory.

Anyone have any experience to share?

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