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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
How do Drupal and WordPress, the leading content management systems for blogging, compare for the average user? To find out, Linux.com used a preconfigure Drupal site from Bryght and a free site from WordPress.com to set up two similar sites. We compared the interfaces, the basic tasks of customizing a site, adding content, managing comments and spam, and reading site statistics, as well as the other available options. A pattern soon emerged. Consistently, Drupal offered more fine-tuning and tools for managing multiple blogs, while WordPress, although less configurable than Drupal, proved easier to use and navigate.
Using the interface
Drupal favors a hierarchical interface, with only a few top-level entries. This is possibly the worst possible choice for a program with as many options as Drupal, because, starting at the second or third level, users are overwhelmed with choices. If all you are doing is adding content, the arrangement is bearable, but if you are administering, it means that you usually have to click three or four times for every one or two clicks in WordPress to accomplish the same task -- a small difference for a single task, but one that soon adds up when you are configuring a site or needing to set related options that don't happen to be grouped together.
To know when one a new version is coming, you can always monitor the development progress at WordPress Trac. It is home to the most up-to-date development versions and bug submissions. All changes to the code go through this system.