A lot of website owners who were running old school HTML websites are making the switch to WordPress. Since the changes happen under the hood, a user or visitor would never be able to guess that the entire website has been shifted from static HTML to WordPress unless there were some major design overhauls.
But why should you migrate from HTML to WordPress? For the following reasons, of course:
1. Ease of Managing Content
WordPress makes content management a cake walk and development a delight. The website/blog owners get a responsive admin panel for easy control and management of all aspects (URL and other settings, Plugins, Appearance, Content, and more) of the website. You click on them and change them according to your wishes, like you would change alarm or calendar settings on your phone.
Compare that with the hassle of memorizing and writing HTML tags for every piece of content and you’ll see what I mean.
2. Ease of Development
WordPress APIs (almost completely included in the core as RESTful APIs just to make the platform more extensible in an entirely different manner than ‘plugins’) are easy to learn, custom post templates can be created and integrated in a child theme in minutes, there are plugins to make WordPress development and debugging easier for you.
3. Consistency in Design
WordPress is wildly customize and strictly consistent in its design at the same time: a contradiction any developer will adore.
When working with HTML websites, the responsibility of keeping the design consistent across all pages is on the developers. If there are a few pages they will be able to do a fine job, but as the number of pages in an HTML site increases, the errors and tiny inconsistencies start to slip in, unnoticed.
On WordPress we have templates and a hierarchy they’re placed in. For example, if I’m creating a blog-post page from a pre-existing template, I can use the same template to create thousands more blog-post pages without a single difference in design. That’s how consistency works.
4. Plugins Galore
Wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t mention how easy it is to add functionality to WordPress.
When you’re working with HTML, you need to find out (or come up with your own) solutions for the most common functionalities: Accordions, site search box, inline validation in forms, and so much more. Resources you use can be different from resources used by another developer on the team. Any inconsistency can result in error, and there goes the entire markup down the shredder. When you’re done, you will also need to find out and remove the code by yourself.
In contrast, WordPress is easily extendible with one click install and activate method of plugins.There are literally thousands of them out there to attend to every tiny bit of your needs. Calendars, live chats, social media, analytics, etc. etc. can be added to WordPress websites with two-clicks, and removed with one-click, which is way less hassle than it would create to do the same to an HTML website.
5. Saves Time and Resources
In both long and short runs, WordPress saves you time and money.
A full-fledged dynamic HTML website will need a team of experienced developers to code it perfectly, and then to maintain it. Compare that to a WordPress website, which anyone can set up and handle by themselves.
The only expense you absolutely need to make on a WordPress website: getting it hosted. HTML websites will demand that too, with the added cost of design, development, and maintenance. WordPress can be made to run on any of thousands of available free themes, using any of free plugins out there. If you must go out for WordPress customization, you can hire WordPress developers for as little as $15-20 on an hourly basis.
HTML is one ‘tool’. WordPress is a whole suite of tools packed into one neat kit to give you everything you need to create and run a website efficiently.
And that’s why you should be making the switch from HTML to WordPress.