If you are looking to get a website built then you have probably had the terms WordPress, content management system, static and html thrown at you about 100 times so far and you are probably wondering what the difference is between a website built using WordPress vs one built with HTML.
What is WordPress ?
WordPress is simply a platform to build a website on that makes it simple for you the client to make changes to the website yourself in the future. Whether that be changing the content or words on the website, adding or removing pages or updating images, WordPress makes it extremely simple and easy to make changes without knowing how to write code or connect to a server.
Again WordPress is just a Content Management System (CMS). Content Management Systems allow YOU to manage your website.
You make all the changes on your website from the admin area which is quite easy to understand, even for absolute beginners.
There are only two disadvantages I can think of with WordPress,
Learning Curve – While WordPress is easy to use it takes a while for most beginners to get familiar with the software. There is plenty of help available to get over this learning curve quickly, but it will take a little effort.
Maintenance – You will be responsible for keeping WordPress, installed plugins, and themes up to date. You can also use managed WordPress hosting services that can do this for you.
What is a static Html website ?
HTML is the language used to display web pages. All websites on the internet use HTML to some extent, even WordPress websites. Typically you use Html as the backbone of your website when YOU are not going to make changes to the website yourself or you simply don’t want to update maintain your website yourself. We call sites like this static meaning they don’t change very often and you have no need to change them often. When you do need to eventually make changes to the website, you typically call your web developer or web designer and have them make the changes for you.
There are very few disadvantages of using Html for your website.
No Updates – Unless you know HTML/CSS, static HTML websites can be very difficult to update yourself. You will need to hire a developer even for smaller tasks like adding new pages, updating old content, or uploading videos or images.
No Additional Features – If your business grows and you want to add a feature to your website like a store, a survey or poll, a gallery, etc. All of this would require you to hire a developer to build everything from scratch.
Costs – Considering that you will have to hire people even for smallest tasks, the cost of a HTML website could get much higher than a WordPress website.
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