wordpress or HTML site?

by zonkow
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I want to make an online store( e-commerce) site soon.
I'm not a wordpress expert but I have learnt to make wordpress sites. It's very easy to manage a wordpress site and you can learn new things when neccessary.
However, some people say that e-store sites don't fit to the nature of wordpress.
When it comes to HTML sites, even if I pay a lot of money to a designer and get one, I think it will not be easy to manage it later as I know nothing about making HTML codes.

So, What do you advise me?
Which is better for online store?
#html #site #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Luffy
    who said wordpress can't? there are many theme that support online store
    yeah, some are free some other premium paid
    you can look here
    45+ Best Wordpress eCommerce Themes
    40 Best WordPress E-Commerce Themes | Wordpress Jedi
    20 Best WordPress Ecommerce Themes | Resources

    wordpress is simple thing if you don't know any html programming
    but if you fits html best, then it's up to you
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  • Profile picture of the author samkap
    save yourself a lot of time, money and head aches and hire someone. If you really want to make money online you need to free yourself of dinking around with stuff and figuring stuff out
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  • Profile picture of the author pranta
    i think wordpress is a choice for you as you don't know HTML. It will be easy for you to work with wordpress while adding products and other thnigs.
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  • Profile picture of the author elexmedia
    Of course... use Wordpress/ OpenCart/ Magento for your online store.

    By using CMSs above, you will get beautiful, professional looking websites with very low cost. You also can easily tweak and add features by yourself. The cost by using CMS is much, much cheaper than hire programmer to create the online store from HTML.

    Just look at these themes...
    eCommerce | ThemeForest

    Another easier option is using Shopify. But using Shopify will cost you more than using Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaggieDavid
    Word press 100% of the way, there are many themes and plug in's that can help.

    Also get someone else to do this for you, you need to be working on your business not in your business. It shouldn't cost you an arm or a leg either to get this done efficiently and quickly.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jakro
    Gotta echo the other statements as someone who has had both regular html site and multiple Wordpress sites. Wordpress is just so much easier to live with and online stores are no problem for it. Just like others, I say go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexgold87
    For online store go for WordPress and one of 1000's free or paid e-commerce themes. Period.
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  • Profile picture of the author MobileMonkey
    definitely wordpress. you don't want to depend on webmaster - not knowing html will make you unable to edit the site yourself. which is a great inconvenience in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author banx63
    I have got to say I would go for WordPress too! I have sites running that are not in WordPress and I am slowly thinking of converting them over. I run the WooCommernce Theme on one of my sites and its very simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author nazayakob
    Why not blogger? o.0
    Wordpress wordpress wordpress.. why no one mention anything about blogger?
    Google recognise wordpress more than blogger?
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  • Profile picture of the author Amandasimmons
    Well, I'd say neither WordPress nor HTML; the best would be you tried Magento
    WordPress as an eCommerce platform is not as successful as Magento, OpenCart or osCommerce.

    WordPress is OK if you happen to focus more on content than shopping cart. My suggestion to you would be to try Magento first and then think of WordPress.

    Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author TimPiazza
    I'm glad to see someone finally suggested Magento. It is the CMS for eCommerce sites. If you are going to sell hundreds, or thousands of products, Magento is the way to go. Harborfreight.com uses Magento. Smaller sites like whistleanddrum.com use it, too.

    If you play to sell maybe a dozen products, I would stick with Wordpress, or a hosted cart solution.

    The thought of doing any sort of commerce system in HTML without a CMS of some sort is utterly ridiculous. You need a CMS for product management.
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  • Profile picture of the author pooa564
    looks to be in excellent
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonchanning
    Easiest cart to use is wordpress with ecommerce plugins.

    3D cart is another easy one. But the fees are okay also. magento seems very complex. Actual all of the carts have huge learning curve. Selling on ebay so far is the easiest or amazon.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikedex
      Originally Posted by jasonchanning View Post

      Easiest cart to use is wordpress with ecommerce plugins.

      3D cart is another easy one. But the fees are okay also. magento seems very complex. Actual all of the carts have huge learning curve. Selling on ebay so far is the easiest or amazon.
      Customize wordpress templates are very cheap in comparison to HTML web pages. If you're planning to make ecommerce website then wordpress is better that HTML site. I'm agree with Jason.
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  • Profile picture of the author copilu0
    just choose what you know better.Wordpress is great even for ecommerce so go for it!
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  • Profile picture of the author msu
    Knowing HTML isn't necessarily going to help you at all with an ecommerce site because you'll probably need to use something else like javascript, jquery or PHP / MySQL to do the heavy lifting.

    With WordPress you just need to find a good theme and ecommerce plugin and the job's done. It'll save you a lot of headaches.
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    • Profile picture of the author kamran9868
      Originally Posted by JerryMartin5 View Post

      Does anyone know where I can find an online tool to convert an HTML site into a WordPress theme?
      No automated tool available for this, all you need to do is just do it manually
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Hansen
    If you're very good at HTML, I might as well suggest it. By that you can do and design anything you like. But if not, you can work on the WordPress. You can also save time with it, You can see lots of themes available.


    Let me know if I can help you Warrior to Warrior.

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author locke815
    I think I will recommend Wordpress as it's a CMS and it's more user friendly to use actually and you can enhance your site with themes and also help from plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author abacies
    I suggest you can go with WordPress. You can find lots of plugins, lots of coders, lots of faqs..and many more.
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  • Profile picture of the author tzupy
    WordPress has it all -- you can find any theme you like this days
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  • Profile picture of the author Niks24
    Wordpress is the best way to go with the e commerce site.as it has got many themes and plugins to work with,which will helps you a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxibrian
    Wordpress, very easy and flexible system, alot of free designs, easy to use.
    And it might be cheaper.
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  • Profile picture of the author roseberryjain
    Hi

    Wordpress is mini website platform or simple HTML. This matters if
    • You're designing and installing the website on your own
    • It matters to you how easily you can update existing content and add new content later on
    • It is important what level of search engine optimisation your website can achieve
    • You want to add more features (such as social sharing buttons, commenting and other widgets in order to engage your visitors) later on
    • You want to automate AdSense integration for faster testing and customisation
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  • Profile picture of the author bigjonnyg
    wordpress for sure. more and more companies are switching to it. ans so many available plugins with great features are being added and updated by developers for wordpress.
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  • For a small shop I'd suggest WP + ecommerce plugin, for a bigger shop a dedicated Ecommerce software like Prestashop, Magento
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  • Profile picture of the author mmrumii
    By using Wordpress, you can save your valuable time and money also.
    cause if you want to run a website by coding yourself or hiring someone to code, then it'll be really painful. But if you use wordpress, it'll easy to access and easy to find suitable theme for your site. so I prefer WP .
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  • Profile picture of the author webdesigenusa
    Wordpress is good for making online store and e-commerce type website. Wordpress have many latest features and plugins which can help you make website in easy way.
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  • Profile picture of the author yash09
    I think first choice should be magento after then other...........
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    • Profile picture of the author Carl Potts
      Prestashop is far easier to set up than Magento
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  • Profile picture of the author enterscope
    Wordpress kicks ass, but if you're new then don't be surprised if you run into problems or mess your theme up. It still helps to have html/css knowledge as well as graphics design experience if you want to modify your images.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustLemons
    Being that you said youu don't know much about HTML your best bet is to stick with what you know if you're doing it yourself. Wordpress has many great free and paid themes that you can look through! Do a simple Google search but I suggest Woo Themes they have some great ecommerce themes. Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mudiuy
    There's loads of different Wordpress themes which supports this. Creating a whole new e-store with very little knowledge will not end good, I can tell.

    But still, as the guy above me said, HTML and CSS will help a lot if you'd learn it. I am very happy I have made many sites from scratch, even though some failed because the code was like crap but today I can basically make a site however I want it to look like - which is a great benefit!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lady Carole
    Hi there, just to get my two cents in. I absolutely love wordpress. In my opinion it is the best thing for any kind of website. There are many plugins that make setting up a store easy and profitable. It's been my experience that WordPress is very easy and fun to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author susansaunders
    I think wordpress is the easiest solution as well. Unless your a real wiz with computer code, I suggest going with wordpress. its super easy to customize and there is a lot of support for the word press community out there.
    Originally Posted by Mudiuy View Post

    There's loads of different Wordpress themes which supports this. Creating a whole new e-store with very little knowledge will not end good, I can tell.

    But still, as the guy above me said, HTML and CSS will help a lot if you'd learn it. I am very happy I have made many sites from scratch, even though some failed because the code was like crap but today I can basically make a site however I want it to look like - which is a great benefit!
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  • Profile picture of the author Simple2Web
    All I can say is WORDPRESS - it is just easy and amazing and so if the site is just one page - I do Wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author aidanbradley
    I'm a big fan myself of Wordpress, and use it for just about everything. But if this is a solid, full production eCommerce store, you may consider Shopify perhaps? Very solid product.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dreamer99
      I suggest to learn HTML and CSS. You will have control over your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Layersfactory
    I think custom wordpress theme will help ..
    you can make it responsive , why ?
    it will be easy for promoting because you can easy to promote mobile ..
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  • Profile picture of the author Niks24
    Well You must Go For Website For your online store as it is much more SEO friendly and is easy to manage.
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  • Profile picture of the author locke815
    Wordpress then. There's plenty of plugin that will help you out.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaasmit
    If you are not comfortable working with wordpress then you can choose some other tools like joomla, drupal etc. These also have their own distinctive features.
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  • Profile picture of the author PongSet
    Depends on the store size and features you want to incorporate, you might want to check out real e-commerce CMS like Magento. But in my experience if you have relatively small store then WordPress is the way to go.

    There are other solutions worth checking like Shopify.
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  • Profile picture of the author iqtechways
    Different theams are available in wordpress.You will get suitable theame for e-commerce.Also many plugins are there for advanced uses.So i think you go ahead with wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author sohom
    use woo commerce
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  • Profile picture of the author chev
    the reason why may go with wordpress is because it's of safety, accessibility and stableness.Knowing that it's a e commerce site you are working with and money will be involve it's very secure to work with wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Nguyen
    If you're going to do a job, do it properly. Building an eCommerce site on Wordpress is like taking your Ferrari to a local garage who does everything, when instead you should be taking it to specialist Ferrari garage.

    Cough up and do the job properly and will save you head ache in the future! Saying that I have an Woocommerce client who built a site with another provider so I'm slowly converting them to Opencart at some point.
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  • Profile picture of the author martinziegert
    There is no right or wrong answer here, depends on what you need and what you want to spend more.

    So, in terms of what you want to spend more, it's either time or money. I would personally always go with money, as it is something you can make it up, you can't make up the lost time. However, there are times where you just don't have the dollars for it, so you just have no choice but to do it yourself and go with some free solution like Wordpress site + some free e-commerce plugin or some other more pro e-commerce platforms such as Zencart, or whatever there is right now. HTML is not hard to pickup and you don't really need to know all of it in order to make a basic site as none of the platforms will initially require you to code anything.

    In terms of what you need, well you have to think about this good and make a list of features you want your e-commerce site to have. Wordpress free plugins are very limited in what they can do. The premium ones are better, but they are still no close to the full e-commerce platforms that have nothing to do with the Wordpress. The best I've seen so far for WP (I developed both Wordpress and non Wordpress e-commerce sites) is WooCommerce. Now, it is free, but in order to have some advanced features you will just need to put in some dollar to buy some premium plugins, if you need it of course. But ultimately, there are things that even WooCommerce with it's premium plugins can't do that full blown e-commerce platforms can.

    If you need any help, you can contact me and I can help you figure it out and suggest which way to go.
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