There are two popular approaches to site selection. You can use a static HTML site or a content management system (CMS) like WordPress or Joomla. If you’re just getting started building and managing websites, you may be wondering how big the difference is between the two approaches. They both create websites, but there is a difference in how you get the end result. Read on to find out what is the difference between the two and which one is best for you.
A static HTML site is one that you create using HTML and CSS. This is called a static site because nothing can change on that site, at least if you don’t go back and change the code. Until recently, this was really the only way to create a website. There is no dynamic content or real user interaction. All you get is what you put in the HTML. What it means In simple terms, after you have finished designing and installing the page, it will only do what you asked for. You can create beautiful sites that allow users to read content, buy products, receive free offers, subscribe to newsletters, and build a list. Almost anything you want can be done in a static HTML site.
A Content Management System (CMS) is much more user-friendly in the sense that you don’t need to know any code to use it. A CMS is more of a drag-and-drop or point-and-click system. Enter the “admin” section of the site, make the necessary changes and update them. Changes you make to the appearance or functionality of your site will take effect immediately after you save and update. Another interesting feature of the CMS is the variety of themes available, but we’ll talk about that later.
Most CMS sites are called blog sites, mainly because they were originally used for blogging and not for anything else. In recent years, CMS has grown a lot and is now one of the most commonly used website building programs. CMS sites built using PHP have an attached database that stores all the main and dynamic content. So again, the biggest differences between CMS and static HTML are dynamic content (change it on the fly) and no coding required.
Advantages and disadvantages
Static HTML: Pros A static HTML site is easy to customize (especially if you know the code). You have complete control over the layout, look and feel. HTML pages also load faster because they usually have fewer files and data to load. As mentioned earlier, the big advantage of HTML is that you have complete control over the appearance of the page. You can also change the look of your WordPress or Joomla page, but you’re limited by the number of options or the flexibility available for the theme or template you’re using. If you know CSS, which is a fairly simple language, you can easily change the look and feel of your HTML site.
Static HTML: Disadvantages – The disadvantages of static HTML deal with the lack of interactivity and their complex structure with larger sites. The HTML page has no interactivity and only contains what you code. For example, if you code an article site, that”s all you get. There will be nothing else on the site besides this article. There will be no user generated content or dynamic content generated during your absence and the site will remain static. On the other hand, if you program it to contain a database so that users can access the information, I think you can call this a limited form of interactivity. The same applies to the shopping cart. A user visits your site to buy a product or service that you offer; therefore, in the same sense, they may interact with your site in a limited way.
If you want to make changes to your site, such as adding a new post (writing a new article) or a page, you must first create it, then upload the HTML file to the server, and then change the navigation bar (menu) before it becomes visible to user. It takes a long time, especially if you add one or more pages per day. Another note: if you don”t have good CSS structure, changing parts of your site can be very hassle. For example, let”s say you want to change the background color for all pages on your site. If you have a background color programmed in CSS and it is called in HTML for all pages, then changing the CSS color will change the color on all pages on your site. This is very important for a site that may have 100 or more pages, otherwise you must change all 100 pages separately. As you can see, static HTML pages are easy for a guy who understands the requirements of the code, but for such a person, knowledge of the code is not enough. Finally SEO! You have to code all SEO yourself on your static site. Given that SEO is a pretty dynamic process, you always need to go back and improve or change your site to keep it up to date.
WordPress has been around since 2003 and is very popular. As a result, they get a lot of help from other programmers when it comes to plugins (we’ll talk about that a little later) and SEO, and WordPress also offers a kazillion themes, making it a very popular choice for both beginners and professionals. It is inferior to WordPress and with over 30 million downloads, and now, thanks to WordPress integration, it is not fooling around. Both allow users to leave comments on posts and or pages, broadcast new content from sources such as social media or news sites. You can also quickly add new posts to your blog without having to worry about changing the navigation bar (it’s automatic) or organizing your pages thanks to built-in templates.
Let”s talk a little about topics. Themes or templates let you change the look of your site in minutes. If you want, for example, a niche site, a medical look, or a golf theme, you can choose. Some are free and others must be purchased, commonly referred to as Premium Themes. If you just want a blog and a place for people to leave comments, a free theme will probably do. However, if you want to look more professional or with stores like a shopping cart or data feed for an Amazon partner, then a premium theme is the best solution. I prefer premium themes because they usually allow more flexibility and customization.
SEO is another big plus for WordPress because many of them are already built into the program. When you install WordPress on your server for the first time, you should immediately go to the admin section and complete the installation process located under Settings> General Settings. There you will fill in a few fields that are the beginning of the SEO process. Then, every time you create a page or post, you can add to your SEO and keep all content and search engine friendly. There are many good plugins you can use to take SEO to astronomical levels.
Speaking of plugins, there are thousands of plugins that add unique and interesting effects to your WordPress site. There are so many plugin options out there that it would be impractical to try to mention them here, but to give you a taste: there are plugins for ads, SEO, article submission, spam protection, add captchas, create contact forms, email campaigns, and even those that are automatically will create a backup of your site on a set schedule. The plugin list goes on forever.
Disadvantages of WordPress – One of the problems with WordPress can be too many plugins. I”ve seen sites take too long to load and that”s because I found a lot of plugins installed on the site. Use only what is necessary. The next thing to consider is the topics. Some are clearly better than others. Theme developers spend a lot of time and thought on design, but some developers really think more about the end user than others, and they understand that we need a lot of customization freedom, and more importantly, we don”t all have programming skills, so simplify understanding and using them. All of them allow for some modifications, but others will give you more control and the ability to make your site look the way you really want it. I”m just saying to read reviews and do my homework before investing in a premium theme. Plus, a well-designed theme will look clean and load quickly. There are thousands of themes to choose from, so you”re sure to find something for yourself.
Installing a WordPress site
Installing WordPress on most hosts only takes a few minutes. I think GoDaddy is one of the best web hosts out there. There are other good hosting companies out there, and I”ve used several of them and I don”t hesitate to recommend them, but GoDaddy (in my opinion) has great customer service. I can”t say enough about a company that has a phone number to call and an actual customer service representative (real person) will answer and be there if needed. However, you decide which company you decide to use and which is more comfortable for you.
Now go back to the installation! Log in to your host and follow the instructions to install WordPress. Then you need to download and install the theme. Once you are done and receive confirmation from the server that the website is active, all you have to do is start adding content and configuring the new website to look the way you want it to.
There are two main approaches to building a website. Static HTML is good for small sites and simple pages, and if you are an avid programmer, an even larger project will do. WordPress is good for sites that you will constantly update, or new ones that are added on a regular basis, or for a guy whose coding skills are minimal or absent. Both HTML and WordPress are a good approach, but WordPress is often considered a more desirable alternative because you can do a lot with your website compared to HTML, and more importantly, it doesn”t require any coding skills. However, think about your needs and you can find which one is best for you.