I’m so over WordPress, but HTML coded me that way.

After months of writing and rewriting your business plan, you are finally ready for investors.  But, before you tackle that mountain, you decide to sell on Facebook.  You find the sales are there, but they come in slow, not what you expected for one-of-a-kind items that everyone could use.

Should you be thinking website?  After all the research you’ve done, you know a website adds a certain amount of creditably to a business, that a Facebook business page cannot. This and all the other reasons a website is a necessity, you start your search for a web designer.

The plan includes a professional, clean-cut website, with great content, fantastic item displays, and easy-to-manage applications.  You want to be able to display each image from different angles, offer seasonal sales, keep track of purchases for and have a one-click buy now button.   And so much more.

So now what?  Hire a designer, one versed in HTML or WordPress – how do you decide.

HTML is an abbreviation for Hypertext Markup Language.  The internet is full of websites designed with this code,  supported with a variety of markup and scripting languages.  An HTML designer should be versed in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS*) and scripting with a program like JavaScript**.

((CSS* is used to visually style the website configuration as classified by HTML and also controls how the website content layout is formatted and presented on a webpage.

JavasScript** interacts with a website to control the behavior of various content elements based on user action.))

Hypertext Markup Language website pages built from scratch, can be stationary or static pages.  The code to create a webpage is written by you or your designer.  Once the pages/website is created, it stays that way.  This simply means any changes must be made manually.  Additional software isn’t necessary to make things work because generally there are no changes to the code. (unless the page is being changed).  

No changes mean website backups should be made once in a while.  However, to make web page changes you will need to do it yourself, hire a developer, or call your web designer, as changes must be made in HTML code.

WordPress can be created as a static website using HTML.

WordPress

WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) that works with a database and PHP, used to collect and retrieve content.  It creates dynamic web pages, with a template-based format.  Users can easily modify, add, and manage all web content.  There is no coding necessary or manipulating files. 

The actual files and changes are uploaded to a database, which can be easily exported to backup all essential content.  If the files become corrupt or accidentally deleted, they usually can be restored. 

So, what would make one more attractive than the other?

With HTML –

  1. Less need for backups because the pages aren’t constantly updated. – but WordPress can backup automatically saving essential content.
  2. It allows you to control everything on the website. If you know how to code, you will find that HTML is flexible and can integrate well with all features – WordPress uses bits of code extensions called plugins that increase the functionality of a website: no coding needed.
  3. Uses fewer resources and does not require PHP and a database. – WordPress is open-source, highly customizable, and will take more resources.

The Conclusion

If you can’t code, want to save money, and need an easy way to manage your website, WordPress is the best choice.   Both ways allow you to create new content, however, with WordPress, you can change how your site looks with themes, configure SEO settings, and control the way your site looks without getting into the nitty-gritty of coding.  

Using WordPress demands that the website is managed regularly.  Issues that can arise include compatibility problems, such as those between themes and plugins.  However there are thousands of people using WordPress, so there’s always an update or a different plugin to use.

When you have a business decision to make, like the guy at the beginning of this blog, research will show you that some people love HTML and others WordPress.  The HTML camp may point to faster loading times and better ranking in Google, while others love the advantages only WordPress has to offer;  variety, customization, easy backups to mention a few.  As for SEO and loading times, there are plugins for that. 

If you are not looking to change or uploading new content often, then HTML might be the ticket. For all others, WordPress is the best. 

And if you can’t make up your mind give us a call (888-222-8485)  or visit dwli.net

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