For starter, WordPress is used by millions of people who create their own blogs or websites for other people or businesses. It’s the most used and most recommended blogging platform, thanks to its SEO-friendly URL structure. It is a great tool for search engine optimization and web marketers or SEO specialists benefit from such features.
WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.
While HTML is a computer language devised to allow website creation. These websites can then be viewed by anyone else connected to the Internet. It is relatively easy to learn, with the basics being accessible to most people in one sitting; and quite powerful in what it allows you to create. It is constantly undergoing revision and evolution to meet the demands and requirements of the growing Internet audience under the direction of the World Wide Web Consortium, the organization charged with designing and maintaining the language. The definition of HTML is HyperText Markup Language.
What to choose? Well, it depends on your needs, how often you need updates done, and your budget. HTML works better when it step forward with HTML5. WordPress has become the content management system website software out there.
- Self Update
With WordPress you can log in from any place that has an internet connection and make text updates easily. Images can be a bit more tricky, but for many, they will conquer this.
Another option is an HTML5 site, using Dreamweaver as your editor. You would need to be on a computer that has a copy of Dreamweaver, which means making updates from anywhere can not happen. If you are updating your site just from the office though, then there will never be any problems.
- Number of updates
If you are only planning on updating the site a few times a year, it would make economic sense to go with an HTML5 site. It will be cheaper to build, and cost very little to update over the life of the website.
If you are constantly making updates, would like to be able to add in a lot of database driven features, then it makes perfect sense to look into building a WordPress site.
- Your Budget
HTML5 Websites typically run for less because there is far less database programming with it, if any at all. With HTML5 your options for getting a pristine site have gone way up over HTML4. So you don’t lose a lot of the features you like in a WordPress site, and you pay less money for it.
WordPress has a lot of programming to it, so the costs can be higher. But if control of your own website is something you want to have, WordPress will help bring you there. With Plug-ins to enhance the database, along with the look and feel of some of the themes even before they are customized, WordPress can have some great advantages with membership capabilities, multiple databases, doing most of your updates from anywhere there is an internet connection to name a few. It’s a powerful tool when in the right hands.
Now let’s go and differentiate them the two.
Essentially, in WordPress, you have the ability to run a site that relies on various scripts to perform certain tasks. Updating the site content and adding pages is fairly easy to do with WordPress. Obviously, for people new to WordPress there is a bit of a learning curve, but the CMS allows you easily add new pages and blog articles without having to know HTML code. Basic HTML websites rely on the web host or FTP to update content. Updating content can be a bit trickier and more difficult to do in this instance because you’ll likely need to know how to code HTML. If you have a site that you never plan to update, then a basic HTML site would work fine. However, WordPress provides a better CMS and is easier to update than basic HTML pages.
WordPress has an enormous amount of plugins that can help your site run better. With one click of the button you can install these plugins and begin using them. These plugins can allow you to do just about anything with your website, including upgrade security, improve SEO, display an image gallery, list a contact form, post videos, operate eCommerce, implement analytics, and much more! Many of these tools can be replicated using HTML. However, this can only be done if they are coded properly. An arduous task to say the least! WordPress dominates in this category.
Though WordPress is obviously for free, you may need to pay for extra features for you to use some of those. These features are needed for most of the website developers. Compared to HTML, WordPress is more expensive, but in the long run, it may turn out to be cheaper instead. Not only that, but it may prove to be an easier to manage option too. It depends on what your plans are for your website.
HTML is great if you have a static website. This means that the contents in your website generally remain unchanged. An example is a write-up of your company or business that includes your contacts. These information seldom changes or required updates.
When to choose WordPress
- Dynamic Contents
WordPress is for dynamic contents. With WordPress, you have the ability to change your site’s layout quickly and easily. HTML websites will need a little more time and effort, especially if you are not familiar with the coding.
- Blog Interaction
While you are able to build and add a blog to your HTML website, it is probably not integrated as seamlessly as WordPress’ blogs.
- HTML Scripting without Codes
WordPress is great for those who wants to quickly build a website and use it without the need to learn any programming languages.
- Active Community
Because WordPress is an open-source software, developers all over the world have access to its core software components. This enables WordPress to be updated and improved continuously by these WordPress professionals. Besides, this community is very vocal and helpful and you should have no problem finding an answer should you ever face any problems.
- Fast Website Building
WordPress can be easily installed with the “1-click install” application that many major web hosting providers offer. There are numerous WordPress themes and plugins that enable a WordPress website to be completed in minutes. You save on the many programming hours that you will have to go through should you decide to build a website using HTML.
With HTML sites, optimizing your website is possible, but time consuming. Provided that you know the important elements of the site to optimize then you can accomplish the same things with an HTML website as a WordPress website. In theory, Google looks at both HTML websites and WordPress websites the same. However, WordPress websites seem to outrank HTML websites most of the time. The likely reason for this is that WordPress is a blogging platform that is designed to be SEO friendly (plus there are tons of Plugins to make it even better). Search engines are looking to index new content every second, and having a blogging platform likely gives you an advantage over static HTML pages. Even if you have the coding skills to optimize an HTML website, the edge goes to WordPress. The key to any good SEO is adding fresh, unique content. The WordPress platform excels at this.
At this point, the nod goes to WordPress. While there are some security issues, as well as bandwidth and disk space concerns, it is a much more robust platform for building and maintaining your website. If you plan to incorporate a blog into your site, then WordPress is a no-brainer. If you plan to add pages, videos and content, and you’re not an experienced HTML coder, then WordPress is your best bet. If you want the best platform to generate search engine rankings and traffic, then WordPress is the way to go.
Most experienced HTML programmers may disagree because of the learning curve with WordPress. However, most people who own a website for their business are not experienced HTML programmers. Therefore, WordPress is a better option because of its user friendliness.
- Hosting Cost
We all know the fact that WordPress is for free. WordPress is free to download and install. But unless you are going to host your website with a free web host, you’ll need to pay a reliable web hosting company.
WordPress provides MySQL database and PHP support while in HTML5, you do not require MySQL or PHP support. This is because HTML5 is interpreted by your visitors’ web browsers. These days, all major browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome, support HTML5 so you won’t have to worry about incompatibility.
It is easy for you to use HTML to create basically any type of websites. You just have to learn the HTML scripting, some CSS and perhaps some JavasSript codes.
The new HTML5 is being constantly improved and includes interactive features like drag and drop, media playback, document editing and many more. So, this new language actually provides you with more control over how you want your website to look like and what you want it to include in it.