When you approach a web designer to build your website, the one question they always ask is to whether build your site using HTML or WordPress.
In order to find the answer to that question you need to ask yourself: How much money are you willing to spend on your website design?
WordPress and HTML designed websites are not much different from each other. In fact, WordPress themes are also made with HTML and PHP. So, no matter which method you use to build the website, you win.
But, we are not going to confuse you with too many options. Instead, by the end of this article, we will give you a winner to help you choose the right method to build your website. Read along to find out the answer.
Should You Use HTML?
HTML or Hypertext Markup Language is the standard programming language web designers use to create static websites combined with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). The latest iteration of the coding language, HTML5 and CSS3, allows you design websites rich with multimedia, animations, and unique layouts.
Landing pages, design agencies, portfolios, and basic business websites are the main customers who choose HTML to design websites.
However, HTML also comes with several downsides, including the difficulties of updating a site. Editing HTML websites require the knowledge of the coding language. Which means if you need something changed in one of your web pages, you’ll have to hire a web designer to get it done.
What’s So Great About WordPress?
WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) that allows you to build and manage your website through an easy-to-use dashboard. The software is most popular for setting up blogs, but the functionality of WordPress goes further beyond.
For example, take a look at the Danish interior design agency Compliments’ website, which uses a WordPress-powered design to showcase their work online. At first sight, you can’t even tell if it’s designed with HTML or WordPress.
Unlike HTML, WordPress allows you to easily customize your website with a few simple clicks using a visual interface. It also lets you extend your website’s functionality, such as adding sliders or even turn your website into an online store, with WordPress plugins.
Finding a design for your WordPress website is as simple as picking a pre-designed theme from a marketplace, which are available in both free and premium options.
Over 74.6 Million websites on the internet are built with WordPress, according to ManageWP.
WordPress is not limited to building one type of a website. Everything from eCommerce websites to blogs, online magazines, online shops, and business websites can be made possible with WordPress.
And the Winner Is..
WordPress is the clear winner of this battle.
If you’re willing to spend an amount of between $1000 – $5000 to design a unique website, choose HTML. Go with WordPress if you want to build a website with a blog or if you have plans to expand your website in the future, such as turn the site into an eCommerce business.
If you can afford web hosting, setting up a WordPress website won’t cost you anything because it’s available for free.
HTML is lightweight, which promises fast loading times and better usability. WordPress, on the other hand, is highly customizable and easy to use even for someone without any web design or programming knowledge.
WordPress is the easiest and the most beginner-friendly way to build a website. If you plan on regularly updating or improving your site by yourself, WordPress will make your life so much easier. So, when in doubt, choose WordPress. You won’t regret it.