Should I Use HTML or WordPress to Build My Website?

Should I use HTML or WordPress to build my website? If you are planning on building a new website for your company this is a very important question to ask. Even if you have a pre-existing website and are looking to upgrade, this blog can help provide some options as to why you might want to stick with your current platform, or if it is time to upgrade to something that will suit your business and employees going forward. Read on for a detailed overview of both HTML and WordPress, and how they can benefit your site best.

HTML

Hypertext Markup Language: The standard markup language for documents designed to be displayed in a web browser. It can be assisted by technologies such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and scripting languages such as JavaScript

Pros & Cons of HTML

Pros: Little Maintenance required, once your HTML site is live, it is good to go. There are no updates to stay up to date on or no need to back up your website as all of your data is located in one static location. An added bonus is that HTML websites do not require a PHP or MySQL server to store data.

Cons: If your business is growing rapidly or if you intend on adding a store to your website at a later point in time, this may be a potential downfall as there is a lack of add-ons or features. This means that you would need to manually configure each additional page or store. Due to the complexity of HTML, unless you have prior coding experience you will need to hire a developer for even the smallest tasks which can greatly increase the running costs for your HTML site.

WordPress

WordPress is a user-friendly Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to directly manage every aspect of your website from one centralized location.

Pros & Cons of WordPress

Pros: WordPress is incredibly easy to add & remove any pages with the simple click of a button. WordPress is a user-friendly CMS makes editing any site easy as the offer turnkey site solutions through custom templates, powerful plugins such as spam protection, site security, e-commerce and more.

Cons: While WordPress is a fairly user-friendly platform, there is a learning curve when it comes to building out a seamless responsive website that is optimized for both Mobile and Desktop usage. Luckily there are a lot of free tutorials to help assist in the learning process. With the luxury of having so many plugins available it is important to note that you must also maintain these plugins, if WordPress updates and a plugin is out of date, your site may potentially crash, while this issue can be easily fixed it is still not a fun ordeal.

Should I use HTML or WordPress to build my website?

In short, there really is no clear answer as every website will vary depending on the specific needs of the site that are dictated by the company. While there are numerous plumbing companies and websites, no two sites are truly the same. It is important to determine the most important needs for your business and your website. Once you have determined what you need, be sure to weigh the pros and & cons that each platform has to offer before taking the plunge and moving forward with an independent developer, or agency.

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