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Time for a switch? HTML vs Wordpress

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by IGKing, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. IGKing

    IGKing Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I'm so lost right now.

    For the past 4 years, all of the sites that I have put out on the internet have been HTML-Dreamweaver files.

    It has been AGONIZING... there is a lot of work to do, but there are so many features that I love... which is pretty much you can customize absolutely anything.

    Wordpress...hmm.. It's been an idea that has been floating in my head. Automatic pings, RSS feeds, and so on. + all those cool SEO optimization plugins.

    Is it time for a switch? In the long run is it worth it?

    Help... I have NO experience with Wordpress.
     
  2. tinyspider

    tinyspider Registered Member

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    Ya, With No Doubt Wordpress CMS is the best . You can post content with a single click, Schedule to Post Content , Tons of Plugins, One click Update, Easy Optimization and lots of Features . HTML requires a lot of time to design, but Wordpress makes it easy .
     
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    Yep i agree i would go with wordpress. its not all that hard to code up a custom wordpress site.
     
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    Wordpress is definitely a great system for keeping your site updated on a daily basis without having to go through lines of code. I personally use it and would highly recommend it!
     
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    I was stubborn before to go onto wordpress until I actually tried it on one website and became addicted to it.

    I never went back to hand coding html lol, with wordpress there are many high quality cheap themes out there that gets the job done!
     
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    With the Web 2.0 features Wordpress has, you are better off having your site built on a Wordpress type platform. You can still have html based sites but with all the plugins Wordpress has, Wordpress does have alot of advantages over static html. That said, I am planning on converting my site to a Wordpress version.
     
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    It's really easy to do a one click install via your cpanel. Do that and then start messing around with themes, making posts, and plugins. You should be able to get it down i a day or so.
     
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    Sounds like you are familiar with html so I don't think it will be a problem for you to customize a WP template to your need.

    It takes less than 10min to make a wp install, so go ahead and play with it for a few hours and make up your own mind.
     
  10. easydab

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    Personally I am trying to get more familiar with HTML and most of my new smaller sites are in HTML.

    I do recognize the power and ease of WP but for each advantage there are just as many disadvantages.
    You have no or limited power of the html output when you are using plugins this results often in many html tags, used and unused ones and even double ones.
    If you have many sites you always need to keep updating the plugins and WP to avoid errors on your sites and there is no guarantee that the plugins used will be updated.

    What scares me the most in WP is the bigger possibility to be hacked, while plain html sites do not have this problem.

    I do recognize the power of WP but for each advantage there are just as many disadvantages.
    You have no or limited power of the html output when you are using plugins this results often in many html tags, used and unused ones and even double ones.
    If you have many sites you always need to keep updating the plugins and WP to avoid errors on your sites.

    What scares me the most in WP is bigger possibility to be hacked, while plain html sites do not have this problem.

    I really do not say that WP is bad and i still use it a lot coz it is so easy to use and makes it so easy to post/schedule new articles, easy to change site wide features and content, etc.
     
  11. stoichen

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    I've found in my short time trying my hand at IM that marketing and coding are two very different disciplines. Might seem obvious, but coming from a coding background, I've often ended up getting too caught up in the technical side of things when my efforts might have been better focused on getting traffic.

    I find wordpress annoying, probably because I've learned to do things the hard way and it seems TOO easy but since getting into it I've freed up a lot of energy that would have been spent worrying about code.

    Plus, most end users will never know the difference
     
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    It is not about the end users, it is about G which prefers a lower HTML vs content ratio, the cleaner the page the better it ranks.

     
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    it depends on what you want to do....are you setting up content site? yeah, wordpress (or even joomla) might be the way to go...

    is this a commerical site or store? then an html main site + a blog might be what you should do....

    wordpress is pretty easy...if you can code html in dreamweaver, you can set up run a wordpress blog...not only that, you can download many desktop blogging software that'll let you update your blog from your desktop (instead of logging on to the blog site to add an article)

    but like i said, it's all up to you... :)
     
  14. stoichen

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    Agree, but Dreamweaver does a good job of adding messy HTML as well. Wordpress isn't all that bad and seems to rank well as long as you pay attention to the content side of the ratio.
     
  15. keiner

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    If you start a new project just use wordpress and see how you like it. At first the wordpress backend may seem a little confusing with all the properties you can adjust but once you get to know everything you will like it.
    It is very easy to add or to update content, there is a very active community that releases tons of useful plugins and I think wordpress will not die out very soon. An other important aspect is that you can use a lot of free/cheap templates to make your site look unique or very professional.

    My advice is go for it :)
     
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    wordpress is clean too, unless and until you install some 50 useless plugins.
    simple wordpress site, with just the basic plugins for sitemap,meta tags,cache plugin and few more may be, will beat any html website.

     
  17. IGKing

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    I'm starting to hate new things. I don't want to give it a try. We'll see. We'll see.
     
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    I'll go with the crowd and say use wordpress. If you are already familiar with html/php it will be a breeze. Cut your site creation time to 1/3
     
  19. IGKing

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    Argh. We shall see how my current HTML site does for rankings. Doesn't Google view them as the same and rank them the same?
     
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    Wordpress is just so fast and easy to rank with, it takes out a lot of the stress of a normal html site. Get yourself some nice themes here on BHW, or pick up artiseer and create your own, pretty much anything you can think of doing you can probably do it with wordpress. That's what the majority of my sites are these days.