Are you wondering what is better: using a database-based content management system (WordPress) or writing the entire HTML / CSS code yourself, including the possible use of a framework? We will briefly explain what both approaches are related to, and then present the pros and cons of each of these approaches.
The difference between WordPress and static HTML
The final code that will be created for your site will look more or less the same whether you use WordPress or a static HTML site. The important difference, however, lies in the very process of creation ecommerce website design.
Thanks to static HTML, creating a page is quite easy. You or your programmer write code for your website. Then, put it on the server and it’s ready. There is no need to process anything in the background – your site is ready.
In turn, WordPress is a content management system using PHP and a database. Put simply, it means that when someone visits your WordPress site, your server will “gather” all the necessary items by:
- PHP code execution to complete the HTML version of the website,
- database query to get content to insert into this HTML.
So what is a content management system?
WordPress is a content management system, often called CMS for short. CMS is software that helps create, manage and modify content on your site without having to interact directly with the code.
For example, instead of having to manually add content by formatting it using HTML, you can simply enter the content using a WordPress editor and WordPress can handle displaying it on your site.
Pros of using WordPress
Codeless content management
The biggest advantage of WordPress is that it will help you almost completely eliminate the code from daily site management. Instead, most of the actions you want to take can be done using the graphical interface, i.e. you can:
- create new content,
- change the look of your site,
- change the way your site works,
- configure important SEO settings.
This approach will greatly facilitate the management of every aspect of the site.
Easy to change the look of your site
Every WordPress site needs something called a theme. Your theme determines how your site looks in the user interface. To install the new WordPress theme, simply click the button or upload a single file and the site will immediately apply this style.
Are there any disadvantages to using WordPress?
Some people say that static HTML pages load faster or “static HTML pages rank better on Google.” It is true that PHP and the database introduce additional loading time, but the delays they cause are not that great.
Let’s delve into the pros and cons of a static HTML site
Well-written HTML should not need to be updated
By using WordPress, its themes/plugins, you are responsible for updating all of this code and making sure that there are no incompatibilities. Although it’s quite simple (usually just clicking a button), it’s something you need to remember and you need to do to keep your site secure and work well.
However, if you have written pure static HTML code, then everything should work fine and you should not worry about any updates.
Easier access to underlying code
While WordPress allows access to all the source code on your site, a static HTML page will make it a little easier for you to enter certain types of markup into the base code. Instead of dealing with template and theme files in WordPress, you have everything in your code.
For example, although there are schema plugins for WordPress, it’s easier to control schema markers on a static HTML page.
What are the disadvantages of creating a static HTML site?
While a static HTML site is certainly suitable for a basic site, more problems arise when you try to scale up, both in terms of content and functionality.
Most of these disadvantages are simply the opposite of WordPress’s advantages. Namely:
- Adding or editing content is not user friendly because you need to delve into the code.
- Adding new functionality requires its own coding.
- Changing the look of your site requires rewriting CSS.