A friendly debate never hurt anybody, Right?
We’re going to be analysing about websites. Specifically we’re going to be analyzing differences between HTML websites and WordPress websites and which one maybe you should be building right now.
So ultimately I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer here. I think there are pros and cons to each of these things, and I want to dig down into them a little bit. I actually do both.
I like a hybrid model, but that’s for me and what my business has going on, what my personal brand is doing. And there are other niche sites that I’ve created and things that I do, and some of them, hand-coded, others, use WordPress.
Others of them use different types of platforms instead, and so we need to talk about that. Here’s some of the advantages of having a hand-coded HTML website. One, you have the full range of control of everything, and you don’t have third party plugins that can compromise security, or that could update and break the look and feel of your website.
So I really do enjoy that, and more control is always better for me. And that’s why the front end of my business website is mostly coded in HTML, CSS, and PHP. I’m comfortable with that, and it gives me that full range of flexibility.
I can do what I like, and I can make it look exactly how I want. On the other hand, this is not very good for a large website or a content-driven website. I think this is best for websites that are limited to no more than 15 or 20 pages, usually closer to five or 10.
I think a small website that’s very focused would be okay for hand-coded HTML, but if it gets any bigger than 20 pages, it’s gonna be cumbersome to manage and update, even if you’re using include files, and you’re templating out things like the header and footer.
I still think it is a monster to manage, it is a monster to redesign and to update. If you are building anything bigger than 20 pages, or even bigger than 10, I wouldn’t want to go there. If you’re building a content-driven site, then I believe a content management system is appropriate. Something like WordPress or an alternative.
These are things that make sense to me because if you’re doing something like an online publication, a blog, a magazine, a podcast, a video vlog, a gallery for your portfolio, I really think that using a WordPress site is the most practical thing that you can do.
I think that being able to modify it and use HTML and PHP and CSS to make your changes and tweaks, while playing within the overall framework, is something that is just going to make life easier, and making a new page is as simple as the push of a button. So I think that it makes sense to do those things, especially if you’re uploading a lot of media content. And it’s gonna make life easier.
And if you’re someone who’s less technical, and much more on the creative side, this probably is gonna be better for you. I think it just comes down to how you’re gonna use the site and what your priorities are and also what your individual skills are. And I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer. And like I said, I don’t have a preference.
I use both, just depending on the context and what’s appropriate for the situation and what I want to do. Now if you’re looking to launch your website, I have some recommendations for you that I use, and they’re systems I believe in and that I rely on. If you want to get web hosting, I highly recommend hostgator.com. I have a niche microsite that I’m actually using over there.
So you go to hostgator.com. It’s really affordable, especially if you don’t have a big budget, and you can set up different types of plans, and they have great deals. So I would definitely check them out. If you’re doing something a little bit more robust and professional, and you have the cash to pay for a year upfront, then I would recommend hostgator.
Check them out. They’re something that I’m using actually to move over a lot of my business websites to. My niche microsites are going to be over on Hostgator. The majority of my business websites are built on Hostgator. And I kind of like having multiple websites on different hosting platforms, just so that you know there’s a lot of reliability for me there. If one thing goes down, I’m not completely screwed. So that’s just how I roll.
Maybe you guys just want to put everything in one place, maybe that’s easier for you to manage. If you want to build a website without coding at all, you don’t want to do WordPress, its’ too complicated, HTML is something you don’t have the time to learn in the first place, then maybe you should check out Wix.
Wix has a lot of drag and drop tools, thousands of templates, and you know dozens of tools that you can use, a lot of images, and you can build something that fits your needs, and you can do it relatively simply.
If you have more questions about web design and web hosting, and you want me answer those, let me know in the comment section. I want to know what you guys think. Also, what are you using? Are you using HTML, are you using WordPress, or are you using something else? Let me know.