There is more than one way to build a website; it could be the easiest and quickest way, or the costly way. But the right way is the one that satisfies your specific needs.
So deciding whether to use WordPress or a website builder for developing websites should also be based on your requirements. And you should know the basic functionality and features offered by both platforms to have a clear idea of what suits your needs.
Here is an overview of the WordPress and website builders in terms of various factors that you may have to consider for your website development to help you decide.
WordPress is and has been the most popular choice for building websites for a long time. This content management system has transformed from being a mere blogging platform to a powerful website hosting and development platform with a wide range of built-in functionality and addable plugins.
It is technically not a website builder and does not expect you to start your website from scratch, but working with WordPress does demand a learning curve.
Website builders are a range of online applications and hosted solutions to create websites from scratch with the help of drag and drop or other easy-to-use elements.
Learning to build a website using a website builder is very easy and, even though they are not as powerful as WordPress, they have a lot of templates and built-in features to help you make your website complete.
Some website builders also provide you with hosting and domain registration, which you will have to take care of yourself in WordPress. Some well-known website builders online include Squarespace, Wix, Craft, Webflow and Webydo.
– Ease of Use
Website builders definitely score ahead of WordPress in this area. They make use of drag and drop editors that make website building both fun and extremely easy. WordPress does not have such visual editors and instead provides you with a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor.
On the one hand, the core software of WordPress is available for free, but you still have to pay for some pricey themes, plugins and hosting services. You may be able to secure a free hosting service that supports WordPress and save money in that area.
On the other hand, most website builders include the hosting and domain charges in their low monthly subscription fees. Also, as all the costs are included in a single payment, redesigning and remodeling a website using a website builder sounds much cheaper.
– Technical Knowledge
As mentioned earlier, working with WordPress means that you need at least a beginner’s level of knowledge in HTML and other web technologies.
But website builders are for everyone: It is suitable for both professional developers and novices as almost everything is done with the help of intuitive UI elements.
WordPress abounds with hundreds of themes and templates that you can choose from. Moreover, most of them are responsive, so your site can be accessed easily on mobile and you may invest in mobile app development or hire a mobile application developer later on.
While website builders also provide you with a number of themes, they are not as varied as the ones available for WordPress and some website builders allow you to build your own templates.
Now, let’s take a look at the quick comparison of both these website development tools.
There is always some trade-off to be made while choosing the optimal choice. If you want a powerful website backed by plugins and flexible features, you can go for WordPress.
But unless you are an expert, hiring a WordPress website development company is always a good idea.
Building a WordPress website may seem easy, but you inevitably require professional help to add sophisticated functionalities or for custom WordPress development to make your website powerful.
So, which one have you decided to go with? Do you have any questions for us? Feel free to drop us a note below and thanks for reading!