Updated: November 29, 2023

Since its inception in 2003, WordPress has become a dominant force on the internet. Many businesses, particularly those without in-house web development expertise, have embraced WordPress because of its user-friendly interface, compatibility with most web hosting providers, a wide array of available themes, and an unmatched plugin marketplace.

But WordPress isn’t the only way to build a website. Many businesses and agencies still prefer to build static websites using HTML/CSS, which is the base website code that powers all websites on the internet. HTML/CSS websites use complementary technologies such as JavaScript, but lack a database, or other technologies that power CMS’ like WordPress.

Both WordPress and HTML/CSS sites offer their own advantages. So, which is right for you? Here are some questions to answer to decide between WordPress or HTML.

Does Your Team Have a Web Developer on Staff?

WordPress boasts a significant advantage. It offers a user-friendly web GUI for development. This means you can create an attractive website using visual themes, drag-and-drop editors, and text boxes without the need for coding expertise. For many businesses lacking internal coding skills, WordPress simplifies website development and maintenance. It’s particularly beneficial if your website was initially built by an agency or web developer with whom you may not collaborate in the future. The intuitive interface allows your team to post blog updates and make changes to the site long after its creation.

On the other hand, HTML/CSS requires someone on your team to possess coding skills. Even if the website was initially constructed by a developer or agency, having team members who understand and can manage the site in the future is essential.

However, the primary advantage of HTML/CSS lies in its flexibility. While WordPress has some code restrictions, HTML offers nearly limitless development possibilities. Those comfortable in coding can select a theme that handles the design complexity and use visual coding tools like Dreamweaver or Microsoft Visual Studio to customize virtually every aspect of the design.

Do You Prefer Speed or Features?

WordPress boasts an impressive array of plugins that can handle various functions, sparing you from extensive web development. With WordPress plugins, you can perform tasks such as managing site files from the web interface, creating interactive forms, incorporating dynamic content, optimizing code, and more. WordPress themes also offer extensive customization options. You can effortlessly add animations, fine-tune media appearances, manage columns, and more, all through the visual theme editor. Generally, premium themes come with even more features.

However, there’s a dilemma. WordPress themes and plugins can put a significant load on your site. Additionally, WordPress relies on a substantial database to power its blogging capabilities. As a result, WordPress sites often load more slowly compared to their HTML/CSS counterparts, potentially impacting SEO negatively.

In contrast, HTML/CSS doesn’t offer an abundance of plugins, but it prioritizes lightweight design. HTML/CSS is designed for static websites, meaning they consist of standalone web pages without a wrapper framework or database driving them. Once the base code is created in the HTML/CSS sheets and integrated with JavaScript, the site has all the structure it needs. HTML pages link to the HTML, JavaScript, and CSS pages, creating a lightweight site since the pages themselves are very streamlined.

If your site doesn’t require numerous plugins or features integrated into the theme, HTML should be seriously considered for those seeking a faster website.

How Much Do You Blog?

While WordPress is versatile enough to power various types of websites, its primary purpose is to simplify blogging. Blogging is at the core of WordPress, evident in its user-friendly blog interface and robust database. WordPress users can easily log in, enter text in the post section, assign cover images, add metadata, and insert images into the text body. It’s a straightforward process, allowing blog posts to be drafted and scheduled for future publication.

In contrast, HTML/CSS lacks robust built-in blog functionality. While it’s possible to code a blog management system, HTML/CSS websites are primarily expanded by adding additional HTML pages. To publish a new blog post, you need to create it as a new page and then modify your blog post hub page to list the new article. Often, this requires rearranging various elements to accommodate new additions.

For frequent bloggers, a practical approach is to link a separate WordPress blog page to your main site using a subdomain or subdirectory. If you prefer a single platform, WordPress is typically the preferred choice for bloggers.


WordPress and HTML are both valuable web development technologies, suited for different types of organizations. WordPress is an excellent choice for organizations that prioritize an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI), a wide range of features, and robust blogging capabilities. On the other hand, HTML/CSS websites are ideal for organizations with in-house developers comfortable with coding, prioritize speed above all else, and primarily create static sites with minimal updates or blog content.

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Why You Shouldn’t Use a SaaS Website Builder

Regardless of whether you choose WordPress or HTML for your site, you are making a great choice. Both HTML and WordPress sites rely on free, open-source technologies that are portable, so if you ever want to leave your host you can bring your site with you.

Read our blog article Why You Shouldn’t use a SaaS Website Builder, to learn about the challenge of using a Saas product like Wix or SquareSpace.