We have been there, We all have at some point!
We have encountered this question numerous times. When we first think about launching or starting out in the digital space, we are not just looking for the value of money but also further expansion in the future. I have found a lot of blogs on the same debate. So let’s see whats all the fuss is about.
Static HTML Website
HTML is the markup language used to display web pages. Most websites on the internet use HTML with a variety of markup and scripting languages to create web pages.
We should use HTML/CSS/JS instead of WordPress for website creation in the following conditions:
- If we have sufficient and significant knowledge about these technologies.
- If we want full customization options in our website and control over each and every part of it.
- If we also have the knowledge about all the other web technology and things that our website will require e.g.- in case if our website will require a database then we must also possess knowledge about the concerning DBMS for example MySQL. It may also happen that we find a need to integrate some external components in our website like- Twitter tweet box, Facebook like button, payment gateway, shopping cart, etc. Hence we should also have knowledge about them too otherwise we may get stuck.
- If it is a website created for a startup which will expand in the future (e.g. – the manner facebook or Google were created) then choosing HTML/CSS/JS instead of WordPress will give us more flexibility to do anything with our website in the future.
- If we are designing a website for a client and we don’t know what technology will he/she use for development then using WordPress will force him/her to use PHP. In this case, we should use HTML/CSS/JS.
Word press Websites
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home”. We should go with WordPress for:
- Updates: WordPress has a supreme advantage over a straight HTML site when it comes to updates. Not only is it an open-source platform that allows you to use multiple programming languages, so you get all the bells and whistles (HTML, PHP, MySQL, ASP, etc), but it is also user friendly for those who don’t know programming code.
- Bandwidth – Because WordPress offers so much, it’s a big platform. This means it takes up a lot of bandwidth. Simple HTML sites tend to take up less space. You can expand features and add new designs or themes easily.
- Plugins – One of the great advantages of WordPress is that because so many people use this universal platform, new plugins are created almost daily. Instead of reinventing the wheel, find a plugin that does what you are looking for and with a few clicks, you’re in business. Plug-ins can be used to add social media marketing, SEO tools, display images, improve security, add forms, embed videos, lockout spammers, and more. Yes, you can do all of these things with HTML, but you have to write the code and hope you don’t make a mistake in your code throwing the whole code off.
- Security – With hackers around every corner, this continues to be an issue for all websites, regardless of how they are built. However, the advantage goes to HTML on this one. It is much more difficult to hack a site that has been individually coded in HTML, though not impossible. If you go the WordPress route, it is important to make sure that you keep you with the latest security plug-ins.
- SEO – If you are building a website, you probably want people to see it. Therefore, putting everything else aside, this is the most important aspect of your website. One of the great features of WordPress is its ability to integrate SEO into your site. Yes, you can optimize your website with HTML, but you have to know all of the important SEO elements and spend time incorporating each one. Since WordPress was built as a blogging platform, SEO is kind of built-in (plus there are tons of plugins to make it even better). You still have to work on SEO, but since Google loves new content and WordPress makes adding new content a breeze the SEO advantage goes to WordPress
What is Better? WordPress or HTML?
Now that we know the pros and cons of both WordPress and HTML websites. Let’s talk about which one is better for your business website.
If you are certain that you will never want to update, change, or add anything new to your website, then by all means go for an HTML website. It will be faster and will serve your purpose.
If you want to have the freedom and control of your website and not waste money on monthly retainers paying developers to add images, then WordPress is obviously the better choice.
For those who want to grow their business website to make you more money, then WordPress is the way to go forward.
Using WordPress you can add content to your website without hiring anyone. You can create as many pages as you need at any time.
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