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Question for the pros out there:

 

Is it better as a web designer to create standard HTML sites or Wordpress sites for business clients? It looks like Wordpress is gaining momentum but I am also hearing that they need regular maintenance such as when plugins need constant updating.

 

Is this an issue for any Wordpress designers out there?

 

Looking for feedback

 

-Artie

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It really depends on what the client is looking for. Wordpress is nice because your client can take care of some of the content entry/updating themselves, without knowledge of HTML. Saves you time, since you don't have to do that for them, and saves them money.

 

I wouldn't say that plugins need "constant updating", but yes, they will need the occasional update (a couple times a year?). Still, probably you will spend less time keeping Wordpress updated than you would doing all of the client's updates by hand.

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I only provide websites built upon Wordpress or CMS Made Simple for my clients now. I just don't have the time (or desire) to update their sites with little content/image updates multiple times per month. Yes, Wordpress and the plugins need upgrading once in a while, but as previously mentioned, it's pretty easy to do. No longer do you have to download the updates, FTP them in and perform the upgrades manually. You can just click the link right inside the dashboard and do it yourself.

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Guest rohnsmith

hi buddy it depends on how complicated your website is going to be.If your clients website requieres to do a seo of that site than my vote goes to static Html..

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i would go for static html. whats the fun in using wordpress? what do you learn? :P

If you are making a site for yourself, that's one thing -- potentially a good opportunity to learn something new or experiment. If you are making a site for others, going with something like Wordpress that will save you time, has a strong user community and should be relatively bug free might make more sense.

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If you are making a site for yourself, that's one thing -- potentially a good opportunity to learn something new or experiment. If you are making a site for others, going with something like Wordpress that will save you time, has a strong user community and should be relatively bug free might make more sense.

 

CMS is essential if you want to have a better website developed for your business and others as well.

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Guest adodis

Word press is good because client can take care of some of the content entry/updating themselves, without knowledge of HTML It looks like Word press is gaining momentum Yes, Word press and the plug-in need upgrading once

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Hey guys,

 

It's quite interested to start doing website with wordpress, but I have some dilemma (and not sure if this is justified, or me being over paranoid). If a client wishes a small and simple website (brochure style) which normally spans up to 7 pages, I would normally do it in static style, as it is a budget type of website.

 

Now if you're doing it in wordpress, the number of pages is literally unlimited, and Im not sure how to price the service, as somehow, I have this feeling that they think that they are being ripped off by me not doing the real job (coding).

 

Thanks

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Now if you're doing it in wordpress, the number of pages is literally unlimited

True, but it still takes time to implement a CMS, and you are allowing the client to make changes or add/remove pages on the site on their own. You'd want to charge for the install/setup/coding of the page templates for the CMS, not per page. However, a CMS for a very small site like that may not be worth it... it depends on the client, their needs, and how much they are paying you.

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As per my concern. Both Static and Wordpress each have their own value. Where as html is static and Wordpress is a CMSystem. It depends on the requirements of the client. I prefer static html only.

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CMS is essential if you want to have a better website developed for your business and others as well.

 

 

This may sound like a dumb question since I'm new to the world of CMS (only know html and css right now), but am I understanding WordPress correct, that to make a custom site there, you make a custom theme? and in your opinion, for someone new to the world of web design is making a custom theme moderate or difficult? Any helpful advice/info is greatly appreciated!

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The Wordpress theme determines how the site looks like, so you'd either create one from scratch or modify an existing one (heed any copyright & usage rules on existing themes).

 

There is a great series of videos in the Killersites University that show you how to create your own theme. I would rate it moderately difficult for a beginner, but it's a great way to learn. You can make it more difficult by creating a more difficult design.

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CMS based is always better. It saves you time of uploading content and font color and stuff. Just create a website and tell the client to add whatever content he wants. It will save your time as well the client will be happy to have control over the content

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The nature of a static site implies that any dynamic elements of your wordpress install that reply upon WordPress plugins or internal functions to operate dynamically will no longer work.

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Yes it really depends on the client whether client wants the word press then you should provide it in that way.in HTML you need to constantly change your things.and in word press plug ins can be easily managed.

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It is best to download themes from themeforest or search other templates from Google. It gives professional look to your client's website with less efforts. :rolleyes:

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Hi,

HTML is Hypertext Markup Language that helps you build web pages and it takes a vital role in front end designing. It gives you the skeletal structure to your web page. Static HTML pages are very simple pages that show the same result what you gave, to everyone without any discrimination at any time you reach the page.

Along with HTML, you will be needing CSS to add texture and color tone to your website and also with my dearest foe JAVA to complete your website.  As you see static HTML site needs a lot of coding knowledge. Ultimately you need coding people to help you build this site. Static HTML pages have less information only, thus the server expense weighs less on your wallet.
The information is stored as XML data on the server. These data are stored as a file system or in general interpretation you could say it’s stored in a database. Whenever a request is triggered these data will be fetched from the server and delivered to the user, these data can also be shown from the template of your website provided there is no change in the information. As the processing data and the request are low, static website load faster. No matter how many users reach the page simultaneously, the website will never have crash issues or DNS issues. In short blogs, landing pages and documentation pages are well and good for static HTML pages. [Deleted Link]

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Daniel - This question was from 2009. My guess it is no longer an issue or the person know this stuff by now.

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