Do you want to start a website but are not sure how to get started? Recently, while attending an event, one of the users asked us what is the advantage of using WordPress or a static HTML site. If you had a developer who told you that you need an HTML site or was wondering why you had heard this somewhere else then you are in the right place.
In this article, we will compare WordPress vs HTML and best for your website.
WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS).
Content management systems allow you to manage your website from an easy-to-use interface.
You can make all the changes on your website from a management area that is fairly easy to understand even for absolute beginners.
While there are many CMS out there, WordPress is the most popular since it powers almost 26% of all websites on the Internet.
It is important not to confuse WordPress.org with WordPress.com. WordPress, the open source CMS is available at WordPress.org. On the other hand, WordPress.com is a blog hosting service. See our guide to the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
That said, let's take a look at the pros and cons of using WordPress.
Advantages of using WordPress
Easy to Update - You can simply access your WordPress site and add new pages without paying your developer. WordPress is easy to use and has an intuitive user interface, making it easy to create or update pages on your site.
WordPress user interface
Professional Templates - There are thousands of templates already made that you can use on your site. These topics are developed by professionals around the world.
Incredibly powerful - WordPress websites can be easily expanded with plugins. By installing add-ons, you can add any functionality to your existing website, such as adding a contact form, adding a booking system, adding a photo gallery and more.
Full control and ownership: you get full control of your website, your domain name and all its contents. You can make the changes you want and there is no limit on how much your site can grow in popularity, traffic, sales and users.
Disadvantages of using WordPress
Learning curve - While WordPress is easy to use, but it takes time for most beginners to get familiar with the software. There is a lot of help available to overcome this learning curve quickly, but it will take a little effort.
Maintenance - You will be responsible for keeping WordPress updated, installed plugins and themes. You can also use manged WordPress hosting that can do this for you.
What is a static HTML website?
HTML code behind a static HTML site
CMS software like WordPress uses the database to store and retrieve content. On the other hand, HTML websites have all their content in static files.
That said, let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of an HTML website for your business.
Advantages of an HTML website
Little to no maintenance - Once your website is live, you do not need to install any updates or backup periodically. If nothing is changed, you can only make a backup of your website once and forget about it.
Low requirements: HTML websites do not need servers with PHP or MySQL installed on them. They can run on cheaper server with low resources. Although most good web hosting companies offer support for PHP and MySQL.
Disadvantages of an HTML website
No updates - Unless you know HTML / CSS, static HTML websites can be very difficult to update for beginners. You'll need to hire a developer even for smaller tasks like adding new pages, updating old content or uploading videos or images.
No extra features - If your business grows and you want to add a feature to your website like a store, survey or survey, a gallery etc. All this would be necessary to hire a developer and in most cases I would recommend you to Move to WordPress.
Costs - Given that you will have to hire people, even for smaller tasks, the cost of an HTML website could get much higher than a WordPress website.
What is better? WordPress or HTML?
Now that we know the pros and cons of WordPress and HTML websites. Let's talk about what is best for your business website.
If you are sure that you will never want to update, change or add anything new to your website, then by all means go to an HTML website. It will be faster and serve your purpose.
If you want to have the freedom and control of your website and do not waste money on the monthly retainers that pay developers to add images, then WordPress is obviously the best option.
For those who want to grow their business website to make more money, WordPress is the way to move 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.
You can add a blog section to keep your customers up to date or even create your own email list and keep bringing more customers to your business.
You will be part of a global community of companies using WordPress to manage your online presence. You will find plenty of free help, resources, tools and add-ons to grow your business every day.
Instead of paying developers a lot of money for the smaller things, you will be able to spend that money on growing your WordPress business.