HTML over WordPress?

Have you ever been stuck in the process of creating a website? Have you ever been confused about which tool to use to create a website? Have you ever been flustered thinking about whether you should code or just design your website? If any of these questions spark curiosity in your mind, then this is the blog for you.

Every company out there wants to make its website exceptional in order to stay ahead of the competition. The very first thought that comes to their mind is to define their business needs and what it has to accomplish. On this foundation, the platform on which the website has to be built can be decided upon.

Looking at the market survey and current trends for website development, The best choices for this very purpose can be WordPress or HTML. Both of the methods possess their own uniqueness but the million-dollar question is – how are they different from one another? Which one is better? Let us understand WordPress and HTML with their own sets of pros and cons.

What is HTML?

HyperText Markup language or most commonly known as HTML is a markup language that allows static page creation on the web, then giving a structure to the website. To enhance its features, CSS and JavaScript are used along with it. The content will be stored in an HTML website as static pages.

HTML is not for amateurs. Creating a website with HTML may not be easy. You may need to hire a web developer for creating your web pages as it involves coding. In this process, a static website is first coded by the developers in HTML. Thereafter, Dynamic content is added coded in CSS or JavaScript and simultaneously attached to the static website in the form of HTML files.

Furthermore, for changing the content in the webpage the developer has to code again. Hence, making a website with the help of HTML takes a lot of effort and time.

HTML Advantages:

  • Better Security:

    Given how a website is woven by HTML from scratch, it becomes difficult for hackers to hit the website with any mass virus or spam attacks.

  • Flexible Design:

    HTML gives a free hand to design the UI/UX or rather the structure of the website. Since the website is made from scratch every element on the screen can be objectified with any other element on the page.

  • Server Compatibility:

    HTML-based websites don’t need servers with PHP or MySQL installed on them. They are fully compatible with all the servers including servers with low resources and cheaper servers.

  • Ease of Maintenance:

    Since HTML is used for making static pages that do not change over a long period of time, it requires a lot less maintenance.

HTML Disadvantages

  • Not meant for Beginner Developers:

    Using HTML is a great way to create a unique website but it is very difficult for a beginner since it requires users to have coding skills in HTML as well as CSS.

  • High Maintenance Cost:

    If a situation arises where a user wants to change or modify his website then it would require him to pay a significant amount to his developer for changing and adding more lines of codes.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that allows users to easily create, manage, and modify website content using the admin area specifically designed to be user-friendly. It doesn’t require coding at all. One can easily create a website if one possesses a basic design understanding.

WordPress uses its cloud to store data of your content, themes and personalized settings. This allows users to update or modify their content whenever they want easily. Almost 35% of the total websites in grid are made by WordPress thus, making it the one of most popular CMS softwares.

WordPress Advantages

  • Ease of use:

    WordPress is easy to begin working with as you don’t need any technical skills to know how to use it. Pre-installed templates make it easy to design and add content to your website.

  • Customizable:

    It allows you to integrate a variety of elements to your site with the help of plugins and pre-made themes. It has a lot of plugins to choose from that allows users to add new functionalities to their platforms. There are a lot of online shops that offer WordPress plugins and themes at an affordable price. Plugins are a bunch of code extensions to further increase your site’s functionality and power. Meanwhile, themes are used to customize the look of your website. You can install additional themes and plugins with ease from the marketplace.

  • Open Source:

    It has a large community that can help in fixing issues and bugs, etc. One can also create new plugins by coding. This helps the rapid development of WordPress as the platform always gets better whenever there is a new release or an update.

  • SEO Friendly:

    WordPress is considered to be the king of all Content Management Systems out there, or CMS for short. A lot of people are flocking to this platform because it’s so easy to get started with. One reason why so many bloggers are attracted to it is all because WordPress was built as a blogging platform – that means that it has lots of SEO embedded into its code. Not saying that having a WordPress website will give you 1000 views per day instantly, but this number is achievable faster through WordPress.

  • Full control and Ownership:

    Complete control and access of the website, the domain name, and its contents are with the owner. Multiple changes can be made and the site can grow limitlessly in popularity, traffic, sales, and users.

WordPress Disadvantages:

  • Constant Maintenance:

    You will be responsible for keeping WordPress installed with plugins, and keeping themes up to date. Managed WordPress hosting can also be used as an alternative to do the job for you.

  • Need HTML for advance additions:

    WordPress is built on PHP and MySQL. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry as you can use WordPress without any knowledge of PHP and MySQL. To create more advanced customizations that aren’t offered by plugins or themes, you need to know PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, which might take time to learn.

Road Taken?

This is where it gets tricky. Before stressing over the design of your website, one should decide what type of content he/she is going to be adding. If it is a personal website, where the purpose is information sharing and blogs, WordPress is good to go for. It is so because it requires a lot of modifications and additions later on in time.

On the other hand, if the main motto of your website is to show static content meaning that your data doesn’t change for a long period of time for example Government sites or Privacy Policy then go for HTML. What one needs to keep in mind is that HTML sites usually cost a lot more and are static websites. The only advantage of using HTML would be its flexibility in structuring the website.

If you still have mixed thoughts about how to go about your website, QeWebby can help you get out of your dilemma by providing best WordPress Development Services and also assist in creating a WordPress or even an HTML website depending on your requirements.

Last updated on 10/09/2021 by pen-pushers at QeWebby

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