A website is nothing without the backbone that it is built upon. There are two options for your skeleton when building a website, a content management system (CMS) or an HTML5 webpage. Choosing the right platform for your business can sometimes be challenging and will greatly impact how your site is managed and up kept. Learn about the differences between the two platforms with our pros/cons list.
A CMS is a platform that allows you to build a website and edit it directly from an admin panel (as opposed to editing code). Everyone has heard of some of the common platforms such as Wordpress, Wix, or Squarespace, and you might even own a website built on one of these platforms at this very moment. With a Content Management System you, or anyone with access to your admin panel, can update your website without going to your developer. CMS are better for websites that have content you would like to continuously update such as a blog page or news feed.
Easier to manage because you, or your employees, can log in through an admin panel and update your website without needing to edit any code.
Better for dynamic pages that you would like to update without the help of a developer. Good for blogs, news feeds, or ecommerce stores.
Generally quicker to build a website with a CMS than with HTML5 because of plugins and themes.
Less flexibility with design options due to the way CMS are built with themes.
Less control with editing and maximizing on-page SEO potential.
May load slower than an HTML5 website due to the weight of the CMS platform.
Requires updating on a semi-regular basis in order to keep plugins and themes working and secure.
Much more power and flexibility in the design of an HTML5 website.
On-page SEO can be maximized because the entirety of the website’s code is accessible to the developer.
No themes or plugins that require regular updating.
Updating an HTML5 website requires a developer or working knowledge of HTML and CSS to make changes to your site.
It typically takes longer to develop a website with HTML5 than with a CMS.
Some features are much more time intensive to implement when compared to adding a plugin with a CMS.
A CMS can actually be implemented in a website built on HTML5 to give you the best of both worlds! Using this strategy you can have a powerful and flexible HTML5 webpage with an integrated blog that can be accessed through an admin panel and updated without a developer. This is a great solution for businesses that may want a static website with a content module such as a blog page.
When it comes down to it, HTML5 and CMS platforms are both highly viable options for almost any professional website and combining the two allows for some powerful and simple solutions. In the end, the forms of content you want to share and the type of business you run will dictate the platform that is right for your website. Hopefully this brief guide has helped you understand the differences between a CMS and an HTML5 powered website so that that you can make an informed decision when you need to choose.