I have been asked what are the Pros and Cons of building a website using WordPress vs traditional HTML (using NO Content Managed System (CMS)). So below are some major points that need to be considered when considering which platform when revamping or even building a brand new website.
In the answers of Yes or NO – we are going use a blanket answer of NO HTML knowledge needed for edits to the site when using WordPress vs Must know HTML (requiring a programmer to help) if the client wanted to update the static HTML website. In these questions – it is might be possible to do some of the items requested but would customization that would cause the price to be even more. In most cases – any major updates to the the traditional static HTML website will take a programmer hours to do vs minutes to do within WordPress.
|Do you need to know how to edit HTML to make these updates?
NO knowledge of
Static HTML site
MUST know how to edit HTML code
|Can a Custom Design be used?||Yes||Yes|
|Are the pages built with HTML and CSS||Yes||Yes|
|Can minor text updates be easily made by the client without knowing any HTML code?||Yes||NO|
|Can a new page be added to the website by the client?||Yes – minutes||NO|
|Can a news item be added at any time by the client?||Yes||NO|
|Can the MetaTags be controlled by the client?||Yes||NO|
|Does the site map automatically “Ping” Google, Yahoo, Bing or AOL when new content is added to the website?||Yes||NO|
|Can the design of the website be updated easily reusing the content/database? Please note that all the content (text and photos) in a WordPress website are stored in a database.||Yes
A new look could be applied in a matter of 2 -3 days.
Reusing the database.
16 – 24 hours?
A new look for the website would take weeks – like starting from scratch.
60 – 80 hours?
|Can the content of the website be updated with: iPhone, Blackberry or Android?||Yes||NO|
|Can a new page or post be added to the website with: iPhone, Blackberry or Android?||Yes||NO|
|Can a news page deliver content into an HTML newsletter?||Yes||NO|
|Can custom data charts be edited by the client?||Yes||NO|
|Can the client to easily edit a shopping cart within the admin (PayPal or merchant account)?||Yes||NO|
|Can the client add new photos or photo gallery’s to the website?||Yes||NO|
|Can the site automatically syndicate your recent news to popular social networks such as facebook, digg, twitter, etc.?||Yes||NO|
Feel free to call Wayne if you have any questions regarding this.