When building your website, there are few more important choices than which platform to choose. With over 15 million websites powered by WordPress, another 76 million blogs on wordpress.com (That’s around 4.5% of the entire internet running WordPress), it’s easy to bypass other options without giving them the chance they deserve. One legitimate choice is an HTML website, using HTML5.
In most cases, HTML can be the right choice for you. Choosing between HTML or WordPress really comes down to ease vs flexibility.
Which option gives better value for money?
Even the most basic WordPress website will need a MySQL database and PHP support included. While this is included as standard with even the cheapest options of website hosting, this wont even need to be considered when building using HTML. Web hosting costs can therefore be cheaper when you choose HTML.
When it comes to choice of theme, HTML wins on value for money again. A basic HTML theme the same as your WordPress choice is usually around half the cost, and both include all the support and updates you may need. Both of these facts contribute to why websites such as wplift.com agree that “the initial and long term invest in building a business portfolio or a personal website using WordPress is pretty high compared to HTML.”
Which choice is more flexible?
In terms of ease of use, you can’t get simpler than WordPress. Even considering the higher initial investment, it is certainly an easier to manage option. Update content as often as you please, make changes and post new content however you choose. Dynamic information like a photo gallery or eCommerce functionality will undoubtedly be easier to control, and you wont need to learn any of the technical skills which are used to create HTML websites.
However, once you have mastered the HTML scripting and some basic CSS, HTML5 is far more flexible for whatever you want your online presence to be. Your website can be more responsive, more mobile friendly, offer simpler options for Search Engine Optimisation and beyond. In fact, the latest HTML5 includes interactive options such as document editing and media playback, all of which give you more control over what your website is going to look like and offer to your visitors.
Lastly, HTML5 does not use client to server communication, which can also increase your website latency, providing better speed for your visitors, by allowing your website to load much faster.
What’s the bottom line when choosing between WordPress and HTML hosting?
HTML5 is a great choice for building a static website that doesn’t need to be changed often or require dynamic content. It offers excellent value for money as well as added flexibility in terms of customisation. Not to mention the advantages to Search Engine Optimisation. You’ll have complete control over every aspect of your SEO, which is something no WordPress plugin can offer.
You might instead be looking for a more interactive website that can be changed often. Perhaps with blog interaction with your visitors, or easy management of dynamic content many of which come with 1-click install. In this case, if you don’t mind a higher price tag or a loss to specific customisation options, WordPress is way to go.