HTML5 vs WordPress: The Battle of the Titans

HTML5 vs WordPress: The Battle of the Titans

 

You may be wondering what the heck an HTML5 and WordPress battle is doing in a business blog. You’re right to wonder, because it’s certainly not something you hear about every day. But this is actually an important topic for everyone, especially those of us who use the internet a lot.

HTML5 and WordPress are two very different things, but they work in conjunction with each other all the time. We’re going to look at how HTML5 and WordPress relate to each other as well as their differences so that you can understand why both of them are important to us.

Before we get into that though let’s take a closer look at each of these technologies.

WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to build and manage websites.

WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to build and manage websites. It uses PHP, which is a server-side scripting language and a MySQL database to store your data. The advantage of WordPress is that it’s free and open source, making it the most popular CMS on the market. When you install WordPress in your hosting account, there are two main types of files: 1) WP core files, like wp-admin or wp-includes folders; 2) themes/plugins files.

In WordPress, everything lives in the database—from posts to pages and comments—you can’t create a website without using WordPress with its database. That’s why it’s important to get familiar with the basic schema of this CMS.

HTML5 is the latest version of HyperText Markup Language (HTML).

HTML5 is the latest version of HyperText Markup Language (HTML). HTML has been around since 1991 and it's the most widely used language on the Web.

As you add text, images, links and other media to a site, you use HTML5 as your foundation. The presentation is controlled by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) or scripting languages such as JavaScript. When you visit a website using an Internet browser such as Chrome, Safari or Firefox, the browser interprets HTML code and displays its content on your computer screen.

HTML5 is more powerful than previous versions because it streamlines the way scripts are handled within the language itself. This means that sites built with HTML5 can integrate video and audio elements into a single page without relying on external plugins like Adobe Flash or Java applets.

The current version of WordPress also supports embedding video and audio files directly into posts without relying on external plugins. The key difference between WordPress and plain-vanilla HTML5 is that WordPress started out years ago as a blogging platform rather than a Web development toolset for designers and developers to create custom websites from scratch.

HTML5: The Pros

With the recent rise in smartphones and tablets, the need for more mobile-friendly web content has been placed on the forefront of many companies' minds. HTML5 is a new open source HTML standard that provides mobile device compatibility for all users. It's a bit more complicated than that, though. In terms of performance, it turns out that JavaScript might be faster to load than some people had expected. In fact, YouTube now uses HTML5 video playback on its iPhone site instead of Flash content. That's not the only place where you'll see the benefits of HTML5—you can also expect to see it in apps like Forrst (which is optimized for speed) and on Twitter's iOS app, which uses an HTML5 WebView component to update tweets as they're posted.

HTML5: The Cons

  • You need to know HTML5 to use it. If you don’t know how to code, or simply don’t want to, you can design a website with WordPress without knowing computer languages. While there are some themes that could be used for an HTML5 site without knowing any code, the final product will be much more limited than with WordPress.

  • It takes longer to build an HTML5 website. It also costs more because of its necessity for developers trained in coding languages like CSS and JavaScript. But there is still a time commitment involved with using WordPress too—the difference is that you can get your site up and running in hours rather than days or weeks when using the former.

As cool as it is, HTML5 isn’t always the best option when choosing your next platform. Maybe you need something simple and quick that lets you build out new websites without breaking a sweat (or having to write a single line of code). Or perhaps you just want a template that helps make your business stand out from the crowd—without over-complicating things at every turn. That’s where WordPress comes in: it’s so intuitive even kids can figure it out!

WordPress: The Pros

WordPress is actually a very flexible platform, with many different ways to create websites that are organized however you want. And its ease of use makes it perfect for beginners. For those familiar with HTML or coding, WordPress takes away most of the mystery and frustration.

Continuing on the topic of flexibility, WordPress boasts an even larger community than its competitors. Forums are full of people ready to answer any questions you have about building a website or blog that works best for your needs—common problems and solutions so someone like you can walk in without having a clue what they're talking about. The support offered by the WordPress community can be just as effective as a call-in phone number from your bank's customer service team; sometimes even more so.

WordPress: The Cons

  • WordPress sites are more prone to hacker attacks than HTML5. No one wants a hacker attack.

  • Because WordPress sites run everything through the same platform, they’re bound to be slower than an HTML5 site. If you want your site to load quickly, HTML5 is your best bet. Even a few seconds can increase your bounce rate.

  • WordPress sites aren’t as user-friendly as HTML5 sites. I mean, they are user friendly, but not in the same way that HTML5 is intuitive and easy to navigate through.

  • WordPress requires more maintenance than an HTML5 site because there's always something new happening on the back end of your website with WP themes and plugins that need updating constantly!

  • Unfortunately for those of us who like customization options, the theme you choose on the front end of a WP site is going to limit what happened on the back end.

HTML5 remains the base language for all websites, not just WordPress sites.

The most recent version of HTML is HTML5, which was officially published in October 2014 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This fifth revision is the culmination of over 14 years of work.

Before we get into the pros and cons of WordPress and HTML5, it's important to note that WordPress is built on top of HTML. The reason for this should be obvious: if you're going to build a website, you need to have a markup language of some kind.

HTML – short for HyperText Markup Language – is the most basic building block for all websites. It's used to structure a webpage and its content and can be assisted by technologies such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and scripting languages such as JavaScript. In other words: if you want someone to visit your website, your page needs to be coded in some version of HTML.