If you’re looking to build a site for your business, one of your first major choices will be deciding whether you want to build the site from scratch or use a website building platform.
If you never coded before, the concept of creating a website from scratch using HTML can seem really difficult. Fortunately for today, WordPress exists and allows you to manage content easily without any HTML knowledge.
However, both WordPress and HTML have their own pros and cons depending on your needs.
In this article, we will compare both of them regarding various aspects.
Page speed is quite important for user experience. To ensure you provide a good user experience and reduce bounce rate on your site, you have to consider speed when deciding how to build your site.
The disadvantage of a WordPress site is its impact on load time. Every time a visitor lands on your site, your server has to execute the PHP code and retrieve information from your database to display the correct information to the visitor. This can increase load time and delays. However, by optimizing the site, this issue can be resolved.
On the other hand, HTML sites do not require PHP execution or database queries to load. That means that, if their code is optimized, HTML sites are faster out-of-the-box than WordPress sites.
2. EASE OF USE:
Often, ease of use comes at the expense of flexibility.
With WordPress, you can have ownership over your site without needing to code it from scratch or know how to code at all. You can easily create and manage content, change your site’s appearance, and configure its setting in the built-in dashboard, and easily extend its functionality via plugins.
Tasks that are simple on WordPress — like adding and editing content, extending the functionality of your site, and changing how it looks — will be much more difficult when building an HTML site. That’s because you won’t have a dashboard with built-in features and buttons, themes, or plugins to automate these tasks. You’ll have to write the HTML and CSS yourself — or pay someone to do so.
As open-source software, WordPress is free to download and use. However, you will have to pay for a custom domain name and hosting to launch your site. You may also have to factor in any premium plugins or themes you want to install. According to Website Builder Expert, building a WordPress site will cost you around $200 and managing it will cost $11 to $40 per month, on average.
If you don’t have any coding skills, you will have to pay a developer to make any changes to your site. Even simple tasks like adding new content or inserting images will require you to hire a developer for a few hours. WebFX estimates that the cost of maintaining an HTML site can range from $400 to $60,000 per year.
If your site requires no updates, regular changes, or any additional content, HTML is a better choice as it will make your website perform faster.
If you want to grow your business website, and constantly update it, then WordPress is the best choice.
As we can see, deciding on whether to choose WordPress or HTML as the foundation for your website will depend on what your main goal is.