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My format vs wordpress?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Coeus, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Coeus

    Coeus Newbie

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    So I have been thinking all day, I feel that I have created a pretty nice niche site and I have some good articles written with keywords and a good url, and it could be ready to launch as soon as next week. I just see a lot of niche websites that make money are in wordpress format, I am using Just a web template with articles listed, You would click on the main section for the topic and scroll down reading articles on that topic. Do you think that would be ok? or should I go with wordpress? I just want my format to be good when I launch it because I will have further work ahead of me once it is launched. Sorry if this is kind of a newb question, I just would like some opinion from someone who's making it happen.

    Thanks everyone.
     
  2. GreyWolf

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    Using an html template or a wordpress site will work equally well for promoting a product and for doing SEO on your site.

    If anything there can be some significant improvement in load times by choosing to go with straight html and css. The down side is that everytime you want to add another page you need to create the new page and then edit some of the older pages to make sure they have all the new links. If you decide to change the look of your html site, it can be extremely time consuming. CSS makes it easier than it used to be, but it's still a lot of work. Html is best suited for static pages and websites that don't get frequent updates.

    The reason people like to use wordpress is that it simplifies the creation and updating process. Once you set up the script and add your themes and plug ins, all you have to do is use the admin area to post new articles. If you decide to change the look of your site it's just a matter of uploading a new theme.

    It just depends on the type of project your doing as to whether html/css site or a php script base site is better. For a blog or any similar content type site, typically a php script like wordpress is the simplest solution. If your just making some landing pages, and won't be adding a lot of new content later on then an html template might be the better solution.
     
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  3. Coeus

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    Thanks I appreciate the feedback, I may try it how I have it and eventually switch to wordpress if the html/css way is not working for me, I was not planning on updating this website more than once a week depending on earnings if any, but even that may be a drag your right. I guess I just really have to weight out the update times, I was hoping to launch it with 25 250 word articles all written by myself and well worded and 10 500 word articles just to get the ball rolling and see if I can make any money off of this method, once I have the articles done I will have invested quite a bit of time, im hoping it will pay off but it seems to be trial and error and learning so I can't complain if I don't.
    Thanks again.
     
  4. LyNHS

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    I can assure you, static vs dynamic it really doesn't make much difference, and nor does the CMS your using. The reason people use CMS's (WordPress etc) is for easier management ... things can be done without the need to know code or have to upload files all the time.

    So to answer your question, the real factor in determining whether you should install Wordpress or not is you - so you want simplicity and everything else that comes with WordPress?

    As for format, well... as long as your website presents clean navigation and is both User and SEO Friendly, you have nothing to worry about... if you want to change for simplicity at managing your website, then go for it.

    I recommend Joomla for the serious website. Wordpress can be hard to manipulate when wanting to build a serious website that isn't blog-based to being with.

    Hope that helps,
    Lynn.
     
  5. GreyWolf

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    I'm really a big fan of html. When I made my first webpage it's all there really was. I've also always prefered just using a text editor to write the code because most wysiwyg editors through in too much crap code for me.
    A lot has changed over the years and scripts can make things much more convenient.

    I use html based sites for very simple things like landing pages for affiliate marketing. Or a photo sites where the layout and text content of the site isn't going to change much and then use a photo album script for updating the phot content. A small four page microniche site is much more suited for just using an html template. An book format informational website that is pretty much complete is great in html and then add a guestbook or blog script to deal with updated content and visitor feedback.

    Those examples and many others are great websites for just using static html webpages.

    When I set up blog sites I always use a script. Adding new content once a week is more than enough to make a script worthwhile to you. With a blog script all you have to do is paste the new article into the editor and hit post and it seamlessly incorporates the new content into your site.

    Unless you just want to get a lot of practice pasting the same code over and over into new pages.


    Also LyNHS explained it well. Wordpress is a common script choice because blogging is such a common type site. You can make an ecommerce site using WP, but it makes more sense to use a blog script for blogs, ecommerce script for ecommerce sites, gallery scripts for photography sites, forums for forums, etc.

    When the time comes that you decide to start using scripts just look around to find the right type of solution for the sites you plan to make.
     
  6. Coeus

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    Thanks again guys.
     
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    I would stick to Wordpress as I would like to have more sites in time.

    Yes I love HTML and CSS using but making changes takes time, and time is money in the IM business.

    Also I use autoblogs as link farms for my main sites and this give good backlinking data for the main site. And my main site is also Wordpress although I love HTML coding.

    Let's think of having 10 sites and adding 1 article to those sites. In Wordpress it takes only minutes, but in HTML it will take more than minutes. So I would stick on to Wordpress.

    In SEO thought both have the same advantages if you use the right steps.
     
  8. Coeus

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    I will look into wordpress, I have not used it yet so I will probably launch the site and see how it does and try and migrate it to wordpress eventually. I feel like I have a really good domain name and I just dont want it to sit there making no money being a blank page, this is my first project I am putting real time into and hoping to make something off of, I am not really looking to make a lot anything would make me happy for starters, paying for my domains and hosting would make me really happy. I have a site that really doesnt make anything but I was just hoping it would help people in the process of learning how to make html web pages.
     
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    I got there... I only make twice than what my hosting costs but thats great for starters. I've coded the entire site in html and css. It looks really clean and nice. Placed ads in some spots and built a few links and waited. I have really low ctr.. and its a pain in the a** to change ad positions now. I can't manage the site properly. So I'm moving that entire project to wordpress for further experiments. And while you can dynamically change your content, you don't have to lose the speed. There are wordpress plugins to make your blog static html. Lightning fast html speed is back ;)
     
  10. Coeus

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    Yeah it really seems like I will save time with wordpress. I am defiantly going to use wordpress with future projects, I just want to get something rolling to pay for my hosting so I can work on bigger projects to make some type of money, just breaking even is fine with me I mean building websites is something I enjoy and I would really like to get my failed project rolling and really helping people learn more about web design. Is there any way to generate any type of money off a domain that is not being used other than domain parking until I can get my site up? I would put it up now but the content is not finished.... and I want it to be nice when I launch it.