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Wednesday 25 June 2014 2:26:52 pm - 4 replies

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A few years ago we ran a bake-off project, contrasting eZ Publish and Drupal for the same task. Are you starting a big project where the CMS will be a major factor? Consider doing some research first to look outside your normal set of tools and understand how you might implement the same solution in multiple systems.

Wednesday 25 June 2014 4:40:02 pm

Excellent analysis Joe, thanks!

A couple questions: did you use the latest version of each CMS? Do you know if Drupal 8 will bring any change in the content structure?

Wednesday 25 June 2014 6:09:18 pm

Excellent post. Thanks for this!. There is something else to take account is how both systems deals with backward compatibility issues. 

While the bc changes in each ezpublish revision tends to be minimum or even zero, drupal is totally different thing for this. 

As you probably know, core changes implies that modules developed for a version (say 6) doesn't work at all for a major version. 

And well, they had a very big number of projects that normally you plug into your drupal base install, but, when a major version appears, you have to wait to the modules adopt all bc changes if you want to have your site still working. 

@gaetano: I know very little about drupal 8, but as far i can tell, no big changes in terms of content structure. They'll adopt symfony as framework too, but i don't expect really big changes in terms of structure. Again, i think we need to way to have projects with drupal 8 till the module contributors adopt bc changes. Let's see where it goes. 

Sunday 29 June 2014 10:54:05 am

I've developed a site in eZ Publish 3.x/4.x, and worked on the same site again several years later when it was redone in Drupal. I think the client made the right decision to switch to Drupal. Drupal has a great collection of community contributed plugins, an admin interface that is much more user-friendly than the one offered by eZ Publish, and its really easy to implement new features. Is eZ publish really so secure? Looking at the list http://share.ez.no/blogs/core-development-team/security-updates-for-ez-publish-extensions I wonder... Comparing the two ecosystems, I see eZ Publish is being driven by people who focus almost exclusive on technology and disregard the user/editor/client and partner experience. With Drupal, the user, and not the technology, is the main focus. That's the reason why Acquia made it big time, and eZ Systems didn't (see: http://share.ez.no/blogs/sebastiaan-van-der-vliet/ez-publish-and-drupal-ecosystems-compared )

Modified on Sunday 29 June 2014 11:06:53 am by S V

Sunday 29 June 2014 11:36:55 am

Everything is opinable. Yes, there's that url with ez publish vulnerabilities but we also have this Drupal one, which is really much bigger. Further more, and as Joey spotted, the way drupal is developed exposes more the system and you don't need to only care about core vulnerabilities but also contributed projects.

I manage some Drupal sites too, and i'm also subscribed to their security team mailing list. Normally, EVERY week i receive between 3 and 5 security problems related with modules. Normally you are not using those contributed modules, but sometimes you do and you need to apply patch and, well, sometimes the patch make the core or other modules crash.

Normally those advices come with patches, but other times, their advance from the security team is jusct "Disable that module asap". I had really less problems in terms of security with eZ and, as said, if you go for an Enterprise production you have to worry even less, because eZ Systems can patch the core for you...

About the usability, what i can say is while i know customers that had Drupal and now have Ez Publish, i don't know anybody that, after trying eZ Publish have decided to switch to Drupal. When the site turns big in terms of content, with a bunch of contents classes, content sections and so on, customers tends to prefer that TreeView than the Drupal way of showing a list with all the contents.

Just my two cents.

Modified on Sunday 29 June 2014 11:37:29 am by Carlos Revillo


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