WordPress VS HTML

The internet is booming, and businesses are getting digital. Digitalization is helping both sellers and consumers. Sellers now don’t need to have a physical store and can reach global consumers. And consumers don’t need to go to physical stores; they can avail services provided by the businesses right from their place of comfort, from their home.

But modeling a real-life business into software is hard. Let’s take an example of a general store. To set up an online general store, we need to:

  • Create an inventory management system
  • Integrate our service with a delivery service
  • Handle payment

To ease the development process, programmers from all across the globe are creating several powerful tools, libraries, frameworks, and technologies. WordPress is one such technology. WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System); it is a no-code platform. Anybody without any coding experience can develop a website/web app using WordPress. WordPress websites can be customized by using thousands of free-to-use and paid themes and plugins. A theme in WordPress defines the layout, the color scheme, and overall look and feel of the website. Whereas plugins (plug-ins) are used to add functionalities like payment gateway, newsletter form, etc.

On the other hand, HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a language for formatting and styling documents accessible over the internet. HTML websites use HTML, CSS, and JS to build all the functionalities that the website requires. HTML controls the overall structure and layout. CSS is responsible for the look and feel. And JS manages the moving parts. It can change both HTML and CSS. Those who develop HTML websites have an in-depth knowledge of HTML, CSS, JS, and an understanding of how all these components work together to make a beautiful website. Several frameworks and libraries like Webpack, ReactJS, AngularJS, VueJS, etc. have made it easier to work on an HTML website.

WordPress sounds like a better option, with less hard work required to get a website up and running. But is it always the best option?

Technical Differences
1. Speed

HTML websites are faster than WordPress websites, and they always will be. WordPress stores all the content used on a page (like text, image URLs) in a MySQL database. So, when a user sends a request for the page, WordPress fetches the contents from DB and places the content in its proper place.
On the contrary, HTML pages have all the content already filled and in its place. An HTML page is just a static file that does not require any preprocessing before being sent to the user. And this makes HTML websites faster than WordPress websites.

2. Ease of adding new unique features

You can easily change the styles (for ex. font size, style, color) of a WordPress site. But if you want to add some new functionality to your website, for example, a simple calendar to book a consultation call with you, you will need to use a plugin. There are thousands of plugins available, some free and some for a price. You might not always be able to find one suitable for your use case.
HTML websites are very flexible since all the code is done by hand any functionality can be added very easily. The catch here is that complex features will take longer to complete, which will increase the development cost.

3. Size

HTML websites are very lightweight around (1MB-10MB), and taking their backup is easy. Source control platforms like git can be used to back up an HTML website. This provides developers the capability to use advanced technologies like docker, Kubernetes, CI/CD pipelines, etc, which eases testing and release management.
WordPress uses PHP to perform server-side rendering of the requested webpage, it contains an admin panel, themes, plugins, and a lot of other components which increases the size of the website (1GB-1.5GB) making backup heavier and a time-consuming process. Although technologies like git, docker, and Kubernetes can be used with WordPress too, the size of the website will increase the build time.

4. SEO (Search engine Optimization) Performance

Both HTML and WordPress websites perform well when it comes to SEO. But HTML websites have a slight advantage. Website load speed is a factor that affects the rank of a listing, search engines want their users to visit websites that have the lowest load time. Due to this HTML websites are better suited for SEO.

Economical Differences
5. Development Cost

Since WordPress doesn’t need very high effort development cost is low, typically starting at ₹10000. HTML website requires high effort and take longer to develop, the development cost of these websites is high, typically starting at ₹20000.

6. Maintenance Cost

WordPress websites need regular maintenance, WordPress and other plugin needs to be updated to the latest version regularly. Security vulnerabilities in any plugin or WordPress itself pose a risk to the entire website. On the other hand, HTML websites don’t need any regular maintenance.

7. Hosting Cost

HTML websites don’t need a server for hosting. A storage bucket is more than enough to host an HTML website. And when a CDN is used with the storage bucket, the web site's load speed increases considerably. But WordPress website needs a server to host the website. Hosting affects the load speed and overall performance of a WordPress website. The server must have enough RAM, computation power, and network bandwidth to serve your users. This increases the cost of maintenance of a WordPress website.

Which one should you get and why ?

HTML websites are fast, secure, lightweight, and need less maintenance. So in general, if you have budget constraints, you should opt for WordPress, but if you have enough budget go for an HTML website.

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