WordPress verses HTML
The difference between WordPess and HTML is like the difference between buying a house that is already made (WordPress) or designing your own house (HTML).
WordPress is a an open source content management system (CMS). Open Source means anyone can contribute code to it - that it is not a software package owned by one company. Once you have installed WordPress in your site hosting location, the user then must choose a template (a website layout). Each template comes with its own benefits and restrictions.
For the purpose of the discussion, HTML refers to all computer website programming - HMTL, PHP, ASP, CSS etc.
- Though useful, you do not need to know programming to use WordPress
- Many templates to choose from and many plug-ins. Plug-Ins are code packages that can be added to the template. For example if you wanted a calendar added to your site, you could install a calendar plug-in.
- When you choose a template, you are restricted by the limitations of that template. To use the early analogy with a house, when you buy a house you are restricted by the house layout. You can't easily make the small kitchen into a large kitchen.
- Not all plug-ins are compatible with all templates.
- Most WordPress templates aren't Responsive
- More difficult to make your website Search Engine Optimized.
- Extra code (like the active color selector on the Color Matters does not work in WordPress.
- The sky is the limit. You are not restricted by the limitations of a WordPress template.
- Easier to modify code than in WordPress.
- Extra code (like the active color selector on the Color Matters page is fully functional.
- To be able to modify or update the website, you need a basic understanding of HTML