Creating a website can be scary and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many different ways to do it. You can use sites like WordPress or Squarespace that use a Content Management System (CMS), or you can hand-code the website yourself using HyperText Markup Language (HTML). If you know how to code, then you can choose to use either a CMS or you can hand-code your website. However, if you don’t know how to code, a CMS is the best option for you, and here’s why.
What is a CMS?
CMS is a web development approach that helps you start your website. It provides templates and themes, it gives you all of the tools and options you need, and you get to decide what you want to put where. You can choose what color you want things to be or what image you want to put on your home page, and you can do all of that without needing to type any of these: <image>, </image>, and things like that.
On the left hand side of this first image you can see all of the options I have if I want to change something on my home page. CMS shows me all of these options to make it easier for me to change or update the way my website looks. The second image shows me a variety of themes I could use for my blog. If I wanted to drastically change the way my website looks I could pick any theme and the pages I have already created would be updated to the new theme.
What is HTML?
HTML is a markup language used by website developers to design web pages. There are more languages used by web developers, such as XML (Extensive Markup Language), GML (Generalized Markup Language), and LaTex. HTML is the most commonly used, and without it, web pages would look like unformatted text.
Above is a simple version of HTML and as a non-coder I find it confusing and intimidating.
Which one is better?
There is no clear cut answer for which one is better because it depends on what you want to do with your site.
If you want to create a website that only has one or two pages, and it doesn’t need constant revision, then HTML will do the job. However, if you have a brand and you will be continuously updating your pages, or if you have multiple pages, CMS is better suited for your needs because CMS will make it easier to revise and to publish pages faster.
Many businesses use CMS because it accelerates the process of posting a page. The pre-built themes help in that department. If you use HTML, you have to code everything from scratch, which makes it take longer, and it’s harder.
CMS allows you to change images and fonts very quickly due to the user-friendly interface. Using HTML changing images or fonts can be quite tricky because you have to make all of the changes one by one instead of having a default setting or changing multiple at once as a CMS can do.
One of the most significant advantages of using CMS is being able to preview the site before you post. With one click of a button, you can preview the post, and if there is anything you don’t like, you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing it before you fix it because the post hasn’t even been published yet. While with HTML, you have to save the code, then open a new window or tab and take a look at the design, and then you have to exit the window and go back to the code. It takes longer and is way more tedious.
If you are starting to create a website, CMS is the better option. You don’t have to worry about coding or learning how to code, and CMS makes everything faster. The web developing industry is growing at a rapid pace; CMS is increasing with it. The technology is only getting better, so if you know how to create a site using CMS, then when a better version comes along, you can continue to improve your website to your needs.