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HTML-based site or CMS: which one will best serve my needs?

HTML is an acronym for HyperText Markup Language – a client-side scripting language used for building static web pages. On a pure HTML-based website, users can only view and read the content, but cannot interact with it, as they do with content management systems.



The pros:

  • HTML-based sites do not consume a lot of server resources. It’s best to go for this option, if you’re on budget and have plausible reason to believe your site will be getting tons of queries everyday.
  • URLs are static, and hence search engine-friendly.

The cons:

  • It’s less-engaging than CMS.
  • Users cannot interact with your website.

On the other hand, a content management system, popularly known as CMS, is an engine for powering websites developed using a server-side dynamic scripting language like PHP or ASP. It offer endless levels of interaction with website visitors, such as, allowing them to send messages to you through web forms, automated processing of unassisted payments online, getting web pages to respond appropriately according to user behavior, etc.

The pros:

  • It is easier to administer and maintain by someone who doesn’t have any programming skill.
  • It offers a high level of interaction and engagement with visitors.
  • It enables the site owner to receive messages directly from the website, thereby circumventing the delay of having to do it through email.

The cons:

  • Content management systems generally consume more server resources than HTML websites of the same size and nature.
  • Hackers tend to exploit the vulnerabilities of many CMS.


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