Comparison Guide : Drupal CMS vs Bold CMS

Are you looking for an alternative to Drupal? Here's a quick comparison guide on Bold CMS and Drupal so that you can make an informed decision on picking CMS for your publishing needs.
Comparison Guide : Drupal CMS vs Bold CMS

Digital publishing is a dynamic space. The content online is diversifying every minute. As a publisher, you'll need Bold is a headless CMS that empowers publishers to create, curate and distribute their content across modern devices and screens effortlessly.

Features Bold  Drupal 
Custom editorial flow  Yes  Works on Drupal 8 and above
Content structure  Cardified  WYSIWYG
Mobile-responsive Back-end CMS
Yes No
Granular access control Yes  Yes, but needs setup
Paywall support  Yes native integration with Accesstype  No, 3rd party extensions
Native SEO  Yes 
No, 3rd party modules need to be installed

Built-in Content Categorization

Card Attributes, Story Attributes, Tags, Sections, Collections and Entities

Hosting with DDoS protection, CDN and caching with 99.5% uptime guarantee.

3rd party providers 
Front end 
Ahead with page builder to manage branding and layouts at no additional cost. Built in PWA and add-on native mobile apps.

Multiple theme builders bundled with different themes that have additional licensing fees. Custom development required for native mobile apps

Why should you choose Bold over Drupal?

While Drupal is popular and used by a majority of online websites, the CMS struggles as publishers grow at scale. Many of our publishers who used Drupal before they moved to Bold have lauded its ability to support multiple concurrent users, faster search and better front-end support for multiple screens, and screenless devices. Further comparison of Bold CMS vs. Drupal include -

  1. Content for all devices - PWA, Mobile App, Smart speakers

  2. Optimized for search engine optimization - Sitemaps, schema, canonicals, AMP, Social tags

  3. Integrate with any 3rd party tools tailored to your business needs including Copyscape, push notifications, email subscriptions, and more

  4. Story templates and multiple story types including photos, videos, and live blogging.

  5. In-built Analytics to track the performance of stories, authors, and topics.

On pricing, While Drupal is free, you do end up paying agencies and hosting to develop your website. Third-party plugin licenses and hosting and other management costs add up slowly but significantly as you grow.

Quintype’s pricing is all-inclusive of the Bold CMS, hosting, front-end infrastructure, security, and front-end framework - Ahead. With economies of scale, Quintype democratizes technologies used by the largest media companies to empower growing publishers to focus on content while leaving the technology-heavy lifting to us.

Additional advantages of not having to hire and maintain technology teams also reduce the total cost of ownership when compared with Drupal.

Key Differences between Bold and Drupal for media publishers

  • API-driven

  • Auto-scaling infrastructure

  • Security

  • 24/7 operational support

  • Automatic maintenance updates and security patches

We used the headless CMS to launch our digital publishing platform in 2016. From CMS to paywall solutions, Quintype manages the full tech stack for us. The platform is easy to use and customize for our requirements.

Amarnath Govindarajan, Digital Head, Swarajya

Get in touch with us to schedule a demo of Quintype’s suite of publishing tools here.