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Comparing Wordpress and Static HTML

In the end, everything comes out as HTML on the frontend. That is, your site’s code is going to look something like below no matter if you’re using WordPress or a static HTML website

The important difference is in how that HTML comes into existence.

With static HTML, that story is pretty simple. You, or your developer, writes the code (including your content). Then, once it’s on the server, it’s always like that. There’s no background processing going on – your site is always right there in its finished form.

WordPress, on the other hand, is a content management system that uses PHP and a database. In simple terms, that means that when someone visits your WordPress site, your server “assembles” your site by:

  • Executing the PHP code to put together the HTML version of your site.
  • Querying your database to get the content to insert into that HTML.

We will discuss each factor that is crucial for you to make the decision between adapting WordPress or Static HTML in your next project.

Speed of Development and Changes

WordPress
Static HTML can be quick for a very basic site with just a few pages. But if you need any non-standard functionality, it will be time consuming as we need to code your website from scratch.
Static HTML
The combination of themes and plugins, along with WordPress’ general functionality as a content management system allow us to spin up quickly even complicated websites for you to start your business.

Content Update and Modification

WordPress
Wordpress is a content management system. With administrator panel, a non-tech-savvy person will find it easier to update content and perform modification with some standard procedures compares to HTML.
Static HTML
Adding or editing content isn’t user-friendly because you’ll need to dig into the code. You will need developer update the contents.

Cost of maintenance

WordPress
Outdated Wordpress or plugins will cause compatibility or security issues. We recommend you to subscribe to our web management package to enjoy the maintenance and management service.
Static HTML
With clean static HTML, you should be able to pretty much leave things alone and never worry about updates and it is still perfectly secure.

Security

WordPress
WordPress is an Open Source platform, and it relies heavily on plugins and themes for customisation. Both the plugins and the themes are developed by different people and companies and since there isn’t anyone monitoring them, they can easily contain bugs or malicious code lines. On top of this, as stated above, today, WordPress is the most popular content management system. This fact alone makes WordPress a prime target for hackers everywhere.
Static HTML
With a static site, you don’t have to worry about malicious code being injected into your site when users visit it. Static sites are built on a production machine (probably the machine you are reading this on) by static site generators, which take your code and spit out flat HTML files with CSS and JavaScript. When a user requests a page from your site, the server just sends them the file for that page, instead of building that page from various assets each time. No build process means standard hacking attacks like scripting or database security exploits just don’t work.

Website Loading Speed

WordPress
WordPress generates web pages from various assets each time stored in a database when visitor reach your website. In addition of some poorly written theme and plugins, it will definitely add up the loading time of your website. Although it can be improved by various caching plugins, it will definitely add weights to your website.
Static HTML
As static HTML already contain the raw code, it doesn’t need any content generation and browser is able to load the content directly and rapidly.

Cost of Server Hosting

WordPress
As WordPress requires database and PHP to generate contents, it will require higher server resources to maintain good performance.
Static HTML
Static HTML websites is just couples of files residing in the server which can be served directly. They can run smoothly on afforadable server with very low resources.