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WordPress VS Backdrop CMS Comparison Which is better

In this article we are going to be comparing WordPress CMS with Backdrop CMS.Both of them will be compared in speed, functionality, are they user friendly and most important, the workflow. If you are interested in our WordPress VS Backdrop CMS Comparison you can keep reading or scroll down, to experience the action of WordPress and Backdrop.

WordPress is a widely known open source, CMS, which is preferred by 61.4% of all the people,who use a CMS to build their websites.

What is WordPress? 

WordPress ( is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) written in PHP and paired with a MySQL or MariaDB database. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system, referred to within WordPress as Themes.

WordPress was originally created as a blog-publishing system but has evolved to support other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, membership sites, learning management systems (LMS) and online stores.

WordPress offers it’s users to create a free website or build a blog with ease. Dozens of free, customizable, mobile-ready designs and themes. But in order to have your WordPress website displayed and being visitted by users, you will need to purchase hosting and domain.

What is BackDrop? 

Backdrop CMS is an Open source, community-developed, content management system, written in PHP, and licensed under the GNU General Public License. Backdrop CMS was forked from the Drupal CMS in 2013 by two Drupal developers, Nate Lampton (née Nate Haug) and Jen Lampton.

Backdrop is very similar to version 7 of the Drupal CMS, maintaining most of the same functionality and features. The project’s mission is to “enable people to build highly customized websites affordably, through collaboration and open source software”.

Backdrop CMS has been integrated with CiviCRM.CiviCRM, the open source CRM focused on non-profits, officially supports Backdrop, in addition to WordPress and Drupal.

The Webform CiviCRM module was also ported from Drupal to Backdrop and can be used for more complex integrations between CiviCRM and Backdrop.

Installing BackDrop requires Installation of  a web server running PHP 5.3.2 or higher and a MySQL 5.0.15 database or higher (or equivalent, like MariaDB). All Backdrop versions are being tested on PHP version 5 and PHP version 7. Backdrop core, and the majority of contributed modules are developed on the GitHub platform.

Unlike WordPress, BackDrop is being updated Every 4 months.On the 15th day of a new month, they come up with the release of a new version which brings with it new improvements and features to Backdrop CMS.

In the final two weeks of each release cycle, there is a frenzy of activity and they keep trying to get the new improvements finalized and approved. 

WordPress on the other hand is coming up with an unknown fixed time of future releases, but that should not bother or be considered as a reason, for choosing one of both CMS’.

As we know, just 4 days ago, WordPress came out with their new release, which is “WordPress 5.5.1 Maintenance release” (Published on 1st of september 2020).

WordPress vs Backdrop speed  Comparison

Compared to each other, they seems as a nice CMS to use, full with functionality and many possibilites.

Which one is faster and can offer the best speed experience?

If you have ever wondered, the speed of (not and BackDrop..well you are on the right place,as we are going to check the speed between the two websites and compare their pros and cons.

WordPress Speed Test (done with Pingdom)

While doing the WordPress speed test, we have seen unique results out of the graphs, which we will share with you for both of the websites (starting with WordPress).

WordPress loads for only 665ms and has only 28 requests, which is really low. The page size is determined by scripts (such as JS, Angular, etc), images, plugins and many other factors.

Backdrop speed stats & graphs

While checking Backdrop, we weren’t so hapyp with the end results, as it was loading really slow and loading all the images was a back pain, to wait for.

If you haven’t heard, a client will visit your website and surf on it, only if loads for less than 3 seconds.Otherwise it is most likely to lose one user’s interest and miss a good conversion.

Backdrop’s loading speed was 1.69, which is again good and pretty fast, but compared to WordPress loading for 665ms, it can’t be beaten.The page size and requests were really high and speaks bad for it’s name, as it does not have any optimizations.

Seems more like they only stuff your website like a plush teddy bear, but don’t know when to stop with updates, without having their files optimized.Don’t quit using Backdrop now, just because you read this.

A website can always be optimized.You need to combine all css files, leave the js after the html (just before the closing body part) and keep your images in the actual size you are going to use.