Drupal Pricing Plan & Cost Guide

Drupal

Open Source Content Management Platform

4.24/5 (345 reviews)

Drupal Pricing

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Drupal Pricing Reviews

Pros
  • Drupal is super flexible and can be adapted to so many CMS needs. I love that it's open-source, and of course I love the price.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
  • I heard about CMS in the early 2000"s and in 2004 about Drupal. It's more powerful than other CMS, beacuse not so fancy but powerful, secure and stable.Balazs H.Read the full review
  • Mostly modern CMS have amazing features with good bootstrapping themes that can easily be fit in. Need a one off editor like a visual studio to allow simple edits.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
Cons
  • One being no visibility on the road map of the product that makes it difficult to take investment decisions and second is lack of customer support on the go.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
  • Overall, my experience with Drupal was terrible.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
  • Lack of development knowledge to the resources. It lacks in the marketing.PRANITH A.Read the full review
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25 reviewers had the following to say about Drupal's pricing:

Kathy O.

Developed Drupal 7 site a few years ago. Site has been solid and secure and functioning very well.

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-05-26
Review Source: Capterra

Low cost. Very secure. Open source so problems get solved.

Pros
Site is tight and secure and functions fabulously. Have had very minimal problems in 1.5 years the site has been live. I would recommend this product but expect a steep learning curve if you are not experienced. I hear Drupal 8 is much more user friendly for developing.

Cons
Steep learning curve for someone without experience. As a graphic designer I had a challenging time learning how to get the site set up.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Nathan R.

Only Way to Go!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-15
Review Source: Capterra

Happy with the price!

Pros
There isn't any better source for open source CMS.

Cons
Because it's open source, Drupal doesn't always function amazingly. Pretty good though!

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Gaurav G.

Intuitive and Low Cost CMS

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-09-30
Review Source: Capterra

My internal development team wanted to spin up a quick website for internal communication. And, make it secure so only authenticated internal employees could login to see confidential company information. Drupal open source CMS was able to do this implementation at low cost using developers who had the experience in using CMS like Drupal. For ongoing maintenance or upgrades of our company website, we had to refer to online documents provided by Drupal. So, additional human support can help lift its value more.

Pros
My web development team uses Drupal as their coding platform for our internal communications website. Since that website has limited requirements such as posting news about company performance, new employees hired, update on payroll, comments from employees, share and so on, our developers are able to leverage an open source CMS to maintain or update the site. They don't need the bells and whistles of an advanced CMS. We are also able to implement basic survey and analytics, without any issues.

Cons
Due to gaps in Drupal caching process, old content continues to persist on some web pages. Image or PDF file upload buttons in administration don't always work. Drupal domain and site hosting set-up is complex. When a site needs to be upgraded for mobile optimization or other reasons, Drupal makes developers almost rebuild the site. CMS is not very intuitive for newbies. It supports templates but not drag and drop features for files which is a common feature now a days in most advanced content management services.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Anonymous

A frustrating alternative to WordPress

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-06-21
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
As with WordPress, you can't beat the price - FREE. And, also as with WordPress, there's a devoted community of Drupal developers who work hard to keep it relevant.

Cons
Like WordPress, Drupal requires some coding skills. Unlike WordPress, if you lack said skills, you'll be quickly frustrated. Compared to WordPress, where there's massive 3rd party support with plugins and premium themes that make coding knowledge virtually unnecessary, Drupal is brutal to learn and difficult to use.

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Adam H.

Drupal is a premium enterprise solution

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-03
Review Source: Capterra

We have been using Drupal for over a decade and regularly check it against other products in the field. We still believe this open source project is one of the best on the planet.

Pros
Drupal provides a huge amount of power in a Content Management System. The latest version Drupal 8 is enterprise level software available as open source so while it is free to download and use, you will need a professional to get it doing everything you need. That said, with the right help - you can pretty much do anything online with Drupal. There is also an amazing community to access who will do what they can to help.

Cons
Drupal does require Drupal experts to get the most out of it - if you are new to software and software development, you would be wise to get a consultant or Drupal development company to help. This doesn't come cheap, but it does give you huge amount of power to design and develop exactly the website or software that you want.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Shawn C. R.

Great option for a small- to mid-sized business CMS

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-01
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Affordable, lots of community support, lots of open source plugins available

Cons
Steep learning curve, not nearly as user friendly for content editors as WordPress

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

This is what they use for the white house!

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-03-31
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Well, when you have the white house website being designed with Drupal, that tells you something. If it is good enough for Trump, it is good enough for the rest of us! High functionality and ability to customize everything. And the price is perfect!

Cons
A bit more confusing that other products in the same space. There is a reason why everyone uses word press and not drupal. But that doesn't mean that it isn't a solid product. Just a higher learning curve.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Anonymous

Super powerful and versatile, steepish learning curve

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-01-12
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Drupal is super flexible and can be adapted to so many CMS needs. I love that it's open-source, and of course I love the price. I haven't tested its robustness because my needs are small compared to some other users, but I take comfort in knowing it's robust enough for enterprise and government use.

Cons
Takes some commitment to get off the ground. There is decent support to be found online, but the downside of so much flexibility is figuring out how to configure/design things best for your needs. The learning curve also has also made it harder to collaborate with colleagues who aren't willing or able to figure it out.

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David O.

Drupal Was a Decent Option Years Ago but I Would Not Consider it Today

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-12-29
Review Source: Capterra

Drupal has been an affordable content management system for us over the years but I wouldn't consider them now based on there being more user friendly options out there.

Pros
The Drupal content management system is free and the WYSIWYG ( What You See Is What You Get) editor is helpful for those of us who run a website without much HTML knowledge.

Cons
The product is difficult to use with limited coding knowledge. Additionally, there are few plug-ins and the add-ons that do exist are not super reliable as they are essentially created by volunteers.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Eve H.

Has easily customizable modules

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-11-29
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The Drupal site I created was quickly promoted to the top of search engines. After tuning, the modules work properly, and the tuning process itself was not difficult for me even with my low coding skills.

Cons
Very often duplicates of some pages are arbitrarily created. The administrative panel is not very intuitive, which is why I had to pay more attention to it.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

I wanted to love Drupal, but it wasn't a good fit for my nonprofit's needs

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-12-14
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Drupal is a powerful web developing platform with a large, global community of people and companies using it, developing for it and improving it. It's used to build websites that you probably consult every day. It's flexible and scalable.

Cons
The negative flipside of Drupal's power and flexibility is that it is still many steps behind Wordpress in terms of ease of use and value for money. My nonprofit sunk thousands of dollars into a Drupal site that didn't do everything we wanted it to do and which we ultimately could no longer afford to maintain given the high fees charged by Drupal developers who are in great demand. That's not to say that Drupal won't meet your needs. My advice is simply that you do your homework before going the Drupal route including an assessment of the staff and financial resources you have to maintain/upgrade the site once it has been built.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Yana G.

Simple CMS for small sites

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-12-07
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
We use CMS Drupal when creating small sites: blogs and landing pages. The platform provides the ability to manage access rights for users. You can use the templates for the design of the site. The function of connecting the forum to the site is supported.

Cons
The main drawback of CMS Drupal is a low level of security. Sometimes sites created on the basis of this platform are hacked by intruders. For this reason, you should not create large portals or online stores on this CMS.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Gustavo B.

Best site-builder to huge sites

Used monthly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2017-11-09
Review Source: Capterra

With my team developed a high complexity ecommerce site and Drupal helped us to flex, dynamize and automate a large part of the work.

Pros
-Good trainings, customer support and community -It's very adaptable to design huge sites -Drupal's security is very high

Cons
-The learning curve is high -The projects on Drupal are expensive -The development time can be long

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Veronika M.

Convenient and easy site management system

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-18
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Based on CMS Drupal, we develop small informational blogs. The platform provides a large selection of properties when building rubricators, it has the ability to control user access rights.

Cons
There is no built-in tool for importing and exporting data, and a small number of plug-ins to extend the basic functionality of the platform forces our programmers to write some modules on their own. Low level of security sites created on the basis of this CMS.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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David M.

Drupal Rocks!

Reviewed 2017-04-04
Review Source: Capterra

Drupal is one of the greatest content management systems available. Thousands of modules for to expand functionality. Open source...no cost! Excellent customer support from thousands of worldwide users.

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Nathan M.

Powerful CMS with enormous flexibility but an uncertain future

Reviewed 2016-03-24
Review Source: GetApp

I've been using Drupal since version 5, in 2007, and I rely on it for approximately half the sites I manage. It's enormously powerful, can be customized in any conceivable manner, and offers a vast array of modules and themes, most free. This power and flexibility comes at the price of a complex codebase, however, which can be slow to render and subject to database corruption. Drupal also suffers from a fixed release structure with dramatic architectural changes between releases, meaning that updating heavily customized Drupal sites to new major versions is not much less involved than adopting a new CMS framework altogether.

Pros
You can do anything with Drupal. Some things are even easy: setting up a basic blog is trivial, plenty of options are available for turnkey themes, and many third-party modules exist to rapidly turn Drupal into a solid framework for everything from e-commerce to social media aggregation to academic collaboration. When it works, it works well, and caching modules exist for every version to defray some of the CPU overhead generated by its large codebase.

Cons
Drupal's development community has opted for a fixed rather than a rolling release structure, which means admins performing major version updates incur a steep upgrade penalty in terms of changes to add-on options, basic code, and theme engines. From version 6 to the new version 8, Drupal has changed virtually everything, and as a result, many deployed users linger on increasingly insecure older versions, while many module developers and third-party integration teams have abandoned Drupal altogether as a result of the ongoing investment necessary to stay abreast of codebase changes. Finally, Drupal's own documentation is fragmentary and often self-contradictory, which can make educating oneself extremely time-consuming.

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Jason Y.

Just say no to Drupal.

Used occasionally for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-06-20
Review Source: Capterra

None. I don't consider using this platform any longer.

Pros
There's definitely a good feature set here, and you can't beat free software, but that's where the pros end. While this may work for enterprise sized companies that can afford tech folks who can work with the software, not so much for the rest of us.

Cons
It's difficult to use, not intuitive to work with, and just doesn't have the level of support, ease of use, and volume of plugins, extensions and help that you can get with working with a platform like Wordpress.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Aliaksei A.

Great platform with full control

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-12-21
Review Source: Capterra

I personally made only a few sites on Drupal, but I liked the work and the result.

Pros
I value CMS Drupal the most because it gives you complete control over site management, analytics, plugins, SEO, and generally the entire administrative panel. I recommend this platform to anyone who cannot realize the potential of their site in designers such as Tilda.

Cons
Once again I want to note that CMS Drupal is essentially a constructor. Do not buy a subscription if you need a simple site. Only IT specialists can handle this platform, it is not for beginners.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Kevin M.

Drupal will do everything you want it to if you can tell it how

Used monthly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-04-06
Review Source: Capterra

I learned a lot of what not to do, and a little bit about server set up and code writing. Ultimately, I am happy having a good CMS like this that I can use as an option with our clients.

Pros
There is almost no limit to what you can create with Drupal. And the themes are really quite fantastic! It's an open source platform so the cost is right on point. And it's a fast CMS that rivals WordPress easily.

Cons
Setting it up and learning the commands can be a bit of a headache and I had to get help setting up the servers and email clients. Some of Drupal is not very user-friendly. Definitely a CMS for those at skill levels intermediate and up.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Jeremy K.

Working with Drupal is a balance of unbridled freedom and future-proofing frustration.

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-03-09
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Druapl is a CMS that allows the developer to do anything they could want, provided they have the know-how and the time to build it. Plugins are often open-ended enough to allow for developers to plugin into them and continue building until the feature they are looking for is completed. There is incredible value here - while it is free, more premium plugins cost money. The user-base also serves as technical support - plugins are built by users and so they are also maintained and supported by those users. This means that there is a wide range of plugins and people to provide support if you run into an issue. Despite any shortcomings, I do love the product a lot. It's optimistic in the way its' built - very few software let you just have the ability to do anything with it these days. This is still one of those products, and so it should be commended for it.

Cons
This is NOT for somebody who wants to build their first website. This is a developer's platform, and some of the ways things are done in Drupal makes it very difficult to just get off the group and build out a website. I mention above the word "Developer" a lot, and that's who this product is really for. If I am aiming this review towards the general public, I would take the ease of use down to 2 or even 1 star for them - it's just not something you should do if you don't have experience building in it. Hire somebody. The other side of the coin in having a wide range of plugins means that there are a lot that are not very good, or are not maintained. They become a security liability. The fact that these plugins are maintained by users also means that there is nobody making sure that the maintainer keeps the plugin working, which can really wreck how a site functions.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Anonymous

Better Products Out There...

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-04
Review Source: Capterra

Drupal worked well in the past, but it just seems outdated now.

Pros
This product has been around for a long time so we've used it for awhile and it's worked for us.

Cons
As time passed, much better products came out that were easier to use. Drupal became an out-dated product that didn't work very well. It cost us more money to make changes to our website versus changing to something more streamlined.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Anonymous

Higher Learning Curve Than WordPress, but More Powerful

Used occasionally for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-02-13
Review Source: Capterra

Positive experience overall. If you like getting your hands dirty and setting up your own website Drupal is a great way to get started with no cost. Your experience depends on your level of understanding and the amount of time you have to work on your Drupal website.

Pros
I like that I can see every line of code and have the ability to make almost any additions I want. I appreciate open-source software and I think that allows for innovation and sharing of ideas.

Cons
It's not as popular as some other CMS' and therefore can be more difficult to find resources for troubleshooting.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

Hard to compare to WP

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-04-24
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
Drupal is one of the most feature rich CMSs beside WordPress. It's really hard to compare as they go side-by-side in almost every criterion. However, Drupal are very serious when it comes to security (whitehouse.gov uses it!)

Cons
Not really a con, but it has less number of themes and plugins than WordPress. Note that "less" does not mean you'll miss anything really Another thing is the cost of plugin development, which tend to be a bit higher than WP's

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Omar S.

very capable, extensible web framework, sort of beastly under the hood

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-06-27
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Can format/present/lay-out a website in almost any imaginable way. Perms and auths allow for easily varied professional/enterprise workflow (versus something like Wordpress that seems intended for SoHo sites). Lots of good features for optimizing complex pages. Scales up well for high-volume. Large community, lots of support options. A whole ton of contrib code offers multiple ways to do most things you might want to do within the context of Drupal.

Cons
Very steep learning curve. relatively heavy system requirements. Abtruse jargon/mechanisms. Out of the box, it's not even vaguely ready to use. Newer releases have emphasized gee-whiz features and change-for-change's sake, making internal APIs increasingly complex without adding a lot of value. Drupal8 is a lot more top heavy than Drupal7, and abandoned much of the contrib code base for little practical gain. The common PHP name space combined with many contrib authors can make for code instability, though the community is better at that than it used to be.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Shannon Simone M.

Drupal Rocks. for the serious user

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-02-02
Review Source: Capterra

We have created multimillion-dollar Enterprise level sites on a platform is Rock Solid reliable fast I'm downright amazing. You can build something as a simple blog can International multi-level site with Drupal.

Pros
Drupal fully open-source and will run on just about any server operating system. It has a massive worldwide community community that collaborates on security fixes, module creation. What this means is If You Can Dream It Drupal can do it Loggins & themes won't cost you a penny. This is in stark contrast 2 enterprise-level modules that are pay only when working on the WordPress platform. Some of the biggest Enterprises in the world use Drupal including Conde Nast, Sony and even the White House.

Cons
The one drawback to Drupal is the learning curve is extremely high is not for the faint of heart but for those that are willing to put in the time you can build anything stable fast and secure with Drupal.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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