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The Pros and Cons of WordPress vs HTML custom website

The Pros and Cons of WordPress vs HTML custom website

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?
WordPress
NO knowledge of
HTML needed
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?
NO
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.

Here’s a link to recent websites we have developed using WordPress.

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