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Question: Drupal vs. Liferay: Which one is better? Pros and Cons?
Answer: I have not used Drupal, but with my experience these are the points you need to answer to choose: 1- Are you a java OR a PHP developer (that is if you are going to do some custom development) ? 2- Do you just need a Content Management System OR an advanced CMS with some custom requirements ? 3- Last one is, do you need "Personalization OR Customization" ?
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it_user104490 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user104490 (User at a tech company with 51-200 employees)

If the core need is to have a web content tool to manage the UI primarily then Drupal is the choice. If the core need is to have a
"functional " portalized UI with social features, personalisation,
integrate various apps and show it to the user based on user profile then
Liferay is ideal as the UI layer.

Toby Ward - PeerSpot reviewerToby Ward

Drupal and LIferay are not at all similar; akin to comparing apples and oranges. Drupal is a social community platform designed primarily for external Internet scenarios. Liferay is an enterprise portal solution primarily designed for internal intranet scenarios. There are many dozens of other solutions for both scenarios. However, any organization looking at evaluating a software solution should first detail their plans and business requirements before looking at the technology.

it_user121236 - PeerSpot reviewerit_user121236 (Consultant at PwC Belgium)
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I have personal experience only with Drupal, I suggest you check what type of requirements you have, for example:
- type of database
- middleware (PHP/Java), not only if have to install them but also if one day you need to develop for or in case you have to search for an hosting website
- user centralization and authentication (LDAP/AD, SSO)
- integration with other applications (for example a DMS like Alfresco or search engine like Solr)
- commercial support (cost and/or location of possible support)
- business view (which role would have a different view (mobile/different viewed content on desktop), which has security and style impact)

and then match them with the functionalities/plugin they both have

Sanjeev_Gupta - PeerSpot reviewerSanjeev_Gupta (Digital Web Advisors Pvt Ltd)

I wouldn't really compare the two - they both cater to different set of requirements / use cases.
While Drupal is Web Content Management (WCM) tool and is good fit for small to medium size interactive or social web solution requirement.
Liferay on the other hand is an Enterprise Portal software (it also has WCM as part of it's offering). It would fit in better where your requirements are more toward sharing personalized information to users / exposing several application to users though a common interface.

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Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications
Liferay Digital Experience Platform is an enterprise-grade platform that enables companies to create and connect personalized digital experiences across web, mobile, social, in store and other touchpoints. It provides the technical foundation (deep integration, security and modularity) for your digital business to orchestrate unique customer experiences, as well as business value features to support a deeper understanding of your customers.
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Marketing Services Firm20%
Media Company20%
Non Profit20%
Manufacturing Company10%
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm5%
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider13%
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm8%
Company Size
Small Business38%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise28%
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise63%
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise45%
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise61%
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Drupal is ranked 7th in Web Content Management while Liferay Digital Experience Platform is ranked 3rd in Web Content Management with 2 reviews. Drupal is rated 0.0, while Liferay Digital Experience Platform is rated 7.6. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Liferay Digital Experience Platform writes "I have seen multiple projects where Enterprise portals are implemented using Liferay". Drupal is most compared with SharePoint, WordPress, Atlassian Confluence, Adobe Experience Manager and Ibexa DXP, whereas Liferay Digital Experience Platform is most compared with Adobe Experience Manager, SharePoint, WordPress, HCL Digital Experience and Magnolia CMS.

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