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Hi

Can anyone tell me what the difference is between a Website and a Wordpress site, which is easier to install (cheapest) and can you use the wordpress as a business site for clients.....similar to a website.

Cheers

Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author reapr
    Yes to your questions and ... WP is easier to install.

    I converted all my sites to WP about 2 years ago and I do have one regret. Wish I would have don it much sooner.

    Search engines like WP and it is much easier to work with with all the plug ins and updating content that working with an html editor.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mukul Verma
    Wordpress is a lot easier and simpler

    Regular website you have more control and flexibility
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    • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
      I am currently using WP for virtually all of my client sites... I cna teach them to add content themselves, easily...

      I bought Artisteer (Home Edition) and am using it to create my own themes for those sites. The licensing allows this usage, I am happy to say.

      I design the headers myself (I have a design background and it's the fun part for me ;-) )

      HTH,
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    Originally Posted by booyaah View Post

    Hi

    Can anyone tell me what the difference is between a Website and a Wordpress site, which is easier to install (cheapest) and can you use the wordpress as a business site for clients.....similar to a website.

    Cheers

    Dave
    You question is kind of tricky. It's kind of like asking what the difference between a vehicle and a car. A car is a vehicle. A truck is another type of vehicle. A car can transport a business client just like a truck.

    A website is a website. A website can be made by a variety of software/tools.

    Wordpress is a software and is one option to create a website.

    You can use Wordpress to build a website for a business.

    Wordpress is a free software that you can install, you just pay for your domain and hosting which would also be required with any other software you chose to use.

    Is it easy? Yes, if you know how to use it. Is it easy to drive a car? Yes, if you know how to use it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Volarex
    if you know a lot about html website will be better. If you don't know a lot, wordpress will be the better one
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh T.
    Like Tink, I use Wordpress for all of my websites. Period.

    I was an HTML guy when I first started and that was fun, until I discovered Wordpress. It is so much easier to get a complete, customized website up and running (and also to edit it).

    And it's faster too. My record for setting up a complete and unique Wordpress website from absolutely nothing is 5 minutes.

    But Greg put it best. Wordpress is a TYPE of website. One of many fantastic options. The primary advantage to WP over straight coding is the CMS (Content Management System). This is the backend section that allows you to make quick changes to the structure and functionality of your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author jgant
      WordPress without a doubt for me - for all my sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author pyrmontvillage
    Horses for courses...some markets WP some Drupal.....always depends...
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  • Profile picture of the author BrandedBlogs
    Wordpress is by far much better than a website. The search engines love them and you can also install free SEO (Search Engine Optimization) plugins and a whole much of other plugins to really get the full effect of an actual website.

    The deal with Wordpress however, is that you are going to have to constantly add blog posts at least a few times a week. So, there is maintenance involved. Whereas a website is static, so there is no maintenance involved. However, with a website, you will have to hire an SEO specialist to optimize it for you if you don't know how to do that.

    So, you will have to make that decision.
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    • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
      Originally Posted by BrandedBlogs View Post


      The deal with Wordpress however, is that you are going to have to constantly add blog posts at least a few times a week. So, there is maintenance involved. Whereas a website is static, so there is no maintenance involved. However, with a website, you will have to hire an SEO specialist to optimize it for you if you don't know how to do that.
      That statement is entirely NOT true. Wordpress can be used to create a "static" site. I do it all the time. There is NO requirement to add posts several times a week (or anytime for that matter).

      With any website, whether it is Wordpress or not, there is no requirement to hire anybody.
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      • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
        Originally Posted by VegasGreg View Post

        That statement is entirely NOT true. Wordpress can be used to create a "static" site. I do it all the time. There is NO requirement to add posts several times a week (or anytime for that matter).
        Exactly! I use WP for blogs, for static sites, and for site that are a combination... whatever I or my clients need...

        Tink
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    I use static HTML sites because Im tuff
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    • Profile picture of the author booyaah
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      I use static HTML sites because Im tuff
      shot ramone.... I had a look at building a website for myself and maybe a few clients, so while I was doing some research, as I am very much new to IM, I found it quite hard to get my head around the HTML stuff.

      So I decided to have a look at Wordpress on the forum and to ask the question which is easier Website or Wordpress.

      cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author fredjr1978
    If you are not good at HTML I would say that Wordpress is perfect for you. As you build your website, you may have some HTML challenges, but nothing that the people here at the WF couldn't help you with.

    As far as money goes, Wordpress is free and even BETTER if you have your own host and domain name. You can get online and so a search for some Free WP Themes/Templates and be up and running in a VERY short time.

    My vote is for WP all the way if you havent been able to tell already.
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    • Profile picture of the author booyaah
      Originally Posted by fredjr1978 View Post

      If you are not good at HTML I would say that Wordpress is perfect for you. As you build your website, you may have some HTML challenges, but nothing that the people here at the WF couldn't help you with.

      As far as money goes, Wordpress is free and even BETTER if you have your own host and domain name. You can get online and so a search for some Free WP Themes/Templates and be up and running in a VERY short time.

      My vote is for WP all the way if you havent been able to tell already.
      true.....looks like I will be exploring WP, thank you all for your replies

      Cheers
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      • Profile picture of the author NancyHill
        In my opinion, Wordpress is far easier for most people than html sites. Once you have the Wordpress blog installed you can mostly use the "dashboard" to run your site rather than having to know coding yourself or having to hire someone every time you need to make a change. It's also much more friendly to the search engines so you're likely to move up in the rankings faster.
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    • Profile picture of the author ozduc
      Seen as nobody else has mentioned it yet, let me clarify one MAJOR point for you. There is wordpress.com and then there is wordpress.org.
      the .com version is a free blog hosting platform that gives you limited functionality/access to be able to change things. It is hosted on their server and you can't use your own domain name.
      The .org version is free open source software that you actually upload to your own domain name and hosting. There are different ways to do this. You can go to WP.org and download the latest version of WP and upload it to your server from your own computer. The easier way to do it is to use a hosting company that has c-panel. Hostgator, Hostmonster, Bluehost, webhosting pad are just a few that use c-panel. Once in your c-panel you scroll to the bottom to software/services. There is usually an icon for WP that you can click and it will take you direct to the install page, then just follow the prompts. If you don't see a WP icon use the Fantastico Deluxe icon and the WP link will be on the left.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amy Carczak
    My WP site looks like any other website, search engines love it and I can manage it quie easily ...it's definitely the way to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author sunnyleon
    It depends upon your requirements. But Worpress site is the easier and cheapest way to create a site. Although wordpress site has some limitations while on website, you can easily maintain your site .
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  • Profile picture of the author foxtrot3
    Oh come on now, HTML is fun; so is CSS. Of course it will drive you totally insane, but that's part of the game, right ? Just kidding of course. WP is a whole lot easier, but if you want a real challenge, put up a website using nothing but HTML and Notepad.
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  • Profile picture of the author NutrapayAndy
    We just converted our entire program over to WP websites. Google loves WP websites, especially if you updating them regularily
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Owens
    Wordpress all the way. Why?

    Wordpress takes a few seconds to install.
    Fully customizable with a few clicks in terms of both functionality and themes.
    Pretty nicely SEO'd out of the box. With a couple plugins, you're pretty much sweet.
    Easy to add posts/pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author molsted
    I'd say it depends on the usage.

    I have some minisites that are just 1-3 pages. Never plan to update them. Then a template based html standard website is much easier I think: You just have to add the contant and upload a couple of pages (content+maybe a TOS) and that's it. You are also alot less exposed to database crashes etc as well.

    Then, if you plan to update your website, or new pages etc then I'd go for wordpress! Definitively!!

    But you can also use other tools like PortalFeeder or maybe XsitePro (or whatever it's called) to easily manage "standard html looking" websites.

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  • Profile picture of the author DigiCypher
    WP is very easy to navigate, edit, install and use in general. Themes make it easy to have a great looking site regardless of your HTML know-how. Your shouldn't have a problem installing it on whatever host you use.
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  • Profile picture of the author pearlydean
    I would go with Wordpress all the time. I used to build websites but find Wordpress much easier and less time consuming now. I link my blogs with my social marketing and find list building much more effective this way too!
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  • Profile picture of the author Oscar D
    Wordpress without a doubt!

    Wordpress makes it much easier for you to set up a decent site and with the extremely large number of themes available you can make your Wordpress look like a normal site.

    I highly suggest Wordpress, and with a skilled designer or a decent theme that suits your needs you will be A for away.
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  • Profile picture of the author blue_sky
    wordpress blogs dont look like blogs anymore (this was always the biggest reason for me not to go with wordpress) and you have tons of plugins, tools, etc, easy to update

    I just "converted" one of my sites to wordpress - I am curious to see if this makes any difference in terms of traffic - yes its def. more fun to update the site ;-))) and you can do pretty naughty stuff with the rss feed...

    if you are looking for a good business wp theme try wpremix.com (no aff)


    Originally Posted by booyaah View Post

    Hi
    easier to install (cheapest) and can you use the wordpress as a business site for clients.....similar to a website.

    Cheers

    Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author standfast999
    wordpress ....
    1) optimized for search engines
    2) no coding
    3) easy plugins - sitemap, google analytics, video player, photos
    4) add articles with specific domains
    5) Seo updates are easy

    I use frugal theme
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  • Profile picture of the author TheAngelGuy
    The SEO comments here don't relate to the biggest reasoning. Search for for the post where someone did a very well thought out test to rank "blog" pages verses static pages for certain keywords - static (non blog) pages actually ranked higher more often.

    The biggest factor is your own skill level, hands-down.

    I have a degree in computers and I can hand-code a site to my exact specs without having to be limited by WP.

    However, if I were new, there's no way that I would use anything BUT WP or some other type of CMS platform like Joomla or Drupal (higher learning curve).

    It'd take me two years of full-time study starting from scratch to know what I know now, and the difference is probably only about 10% greater in what I, personally, can do that outperforms WP, and I suppose it would take anyone else that amount of time, too.

    So if you're starting out, there's probably going to be no profitable reason to NOT use wordpress due to how quickly you can get a good looking, functional site completeted that is profitable, too.

    Make sure to always take your own skill level as the highest measure of whatever advice you get here, no matter how strong or pointed or convincing the person seems to be.

    Good luck,

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  • Profile picture of the author James12C
    Yep - WordPress it is - and to think of all those wasted years on the HTML/CSS/PHP treadmills.....
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by fredjr1978 View Post

      If you are not good at HTML I would say that Wordpress is perfect for you. As you build your website, you may have some HTML challenges, but nothing that the people here at the WF couldn't help you with.

      As far as money goes, Wordpress is free and even BETTER if you have your own host and domain name. You can get online and so a search for some Free WP Themes/Templates and be up and running in a VERY short time.

      My vote is for WP all the way if you havent been able to tell already.
      One argument for at least learning the rudiments of HTML/CSS/PHP is that many of the free themes out there are crap or worse.

      About the time this Wordpress mania started, several products came out recommending publishing free themes as a means to gain backlinks via the designer credits. Within a short time, there were thousands of free themes available.

      > Some were (and are) excellent, and the credit link is a more than fair price to pay.

      > Many are mediocre or poorly maintained. Use these, and you might find that the next version update of WP breaks your site. Many have poor SEO built in that all the plugins in the world won't fix.

      > Some are loaded with hidden links in the theme templates. Exploiters know that WP is extremely popular with the tech-ignorant (that's not an insult, btw) and the technophobic. They know that most of the people who use their themes will never look at the underlying code, or understand it if they do look.

      If you stick with themes listed on the wordpress.org site, you should be pretty safe.
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  • Profile picture of the author SKWeaver
    I like Wordpress for 3 main reasons: (1) It's SEO friendly, Google seems to love it (2) It's very simple to add content, (3) I don't have to worry about cross-browser compatibility problems. For someone like me who knows just enough to be dangerous, WP is a great solution
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