Some will get confused and not know how to get started or what platform to use for their websites. You might even have been told by a developer that you need a static HTML website. Then look no further. In this article we will compare a CMS with a static HTML websites. We will look at the pros and cons of using these platforms and then decide which one is best for your website.
WHAT IS CMS:
CMS stands for Content Management System. A CMS is a web based application that allows multiple users with different permission levels to manage the contents, data or information of a website. Content Management Systems allow YOU to manage your website from a user friendly interface.
There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing a CMS for a development project.
Examples are WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, TextPattern, Magento etc. WordPress is the most popular CMS being used worldwide and that is what I use for most websites I have developed and it will be our focus for today.
WHAT IS WORDPRESS?
WordPress is web software you can use to create beautiful websites, blogs, or apps. The amazing thing about WordPress is that it is free and priceless at the same time. WordPress is the most popular CMS as it powers nearly 26% of all websites on the internet.
You can make all the changes on your website from an admin area which is quite easy to understand, even for absolute beginners.
It is important not to confuse wordpress.org with wordpress.com. WordPress, the open source CMS is available on WordPress.org. On the other hand, WordPress.com is a blog hosting service.
Having said that, let’s take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of using WordPress for your websites.
Advantages of Using WordPress
- Easy to Install and Use – WordPress has a super-quick installation wizard which installs in just five-minutes. It is easy to use and has an intuitive user interface, which makes it easy for you to create or update pages on your site. You can simply login to your WordPress site and add new pages without paying your developer.
- Incredibly Powerful – WordPress websites can be easily extended with plugins. By installing plugins, you can add any functionality to your existing website such as adding a contact form, adding a reservation system, adding a photo gallery and more.
- Professional Themes and Plugins – WordPress has probabaly the widest base of ready-made plugins and themes to choose from.
- Robust Community: It also boasts of faithful and zealous community of professional providing help and documentation on nearly every aspect of customizing WordPress.
- Full control and Ownership – You get full control of your website, its domain name, and all its contents. You can make any changes you want, and there is no limit on how much your site can grow in popularity, traffic, sales, and users.
Disadvantages of Using WordPress
- Steep Learning Curve – Although WordPress is easy to use, it can take a while for most beginners to get familiar with the software. This shortcoming can be overcome as there is plenty of help available to get over this learning curve quickly but it will take a little effort.
- Maintenance – You will be responsible for keeping WordPress, installed plugins, and themes up to date. You can also use managed WordPress hosting who can do this for you.
WHAT ARE STATIC HTML WEBSITES
HTML which stands for “HyperText Markup Language” is the language used by web browsers to dynamically format and display web pages or HTML is the markup language used to display web pages. It is a set of codes that can be inserted into text files to indicate special type faces, inserted images, and links to other hypertext documents.
CMS software like WordPress use database to store and retrieve content. On the other hand, HTML websites have all your content in static files.
Having said that, let’s take a look at advantages and disadvantages of a HTML website for your business.
Advantages of a HTML Websites
- Little to No Maintenance – Once your website is live, you do not need to install any updates or regularly backup. If nothing is changed, you can just backup your website once and forget about it.
- Low Requirements – HTML websites does not require servers with PHP or MySQL installed on them. They can run on cheaper server with low resources. Although most good web hosting companies offer PHP and MySQL support.
Disadvantages of a HTML Websites
- No Updates – Unless you know HTML/CSS, static HTML websites can be very difficult to update for beginners. You will need to hire a developer even for smaller tasks like changing texts on a page to adding new pages, updating old content, or uploading videos or images.
- No Additional Features – If your business grows and you want to add a feature to your website like a store, a survey or poll, a gallery, etc. All of this would require you to hire a developer and in most cases they would recommend you to move to a CMS WordPress.
- Costs – Considering that you will have to hire people even for smallest tasks, the cost of a HTML website could get much higher than a WordPress website.
WHICH IS BETTER FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
Now that we have known the advantages and disadvantages of both CMS and HTML websites, Let us talk about which one is better for your business website.
If you are certain that you will never want to update, change, or add anything new to your website, and then by all means go for a HTML website. It will be faster and will serve your purpose.
If you want to have the freedom and control of your website and not waste money on monthly retainers paying developers to add images, then CMS is obviously the better choice.
For those who want grow their business website to make more money, then CMS is the way to go forward.
Using CMS, you can add content to your website without hiring anyone and you can create as many pages as you need at any time once you understand how to use it.
You can add a blog section to keep your customers updated, or even build your own email list and keep bringing more customers to your business.
Instead of paying developers loads of money for smallest things, you will be able to spend that money on growing your business with CMS.
I hope this article helped you compare CMS vs HTML websites and the best solution for your business website.
I will love to have your feedback.