What’s Better – a WordPress site vs. a static HTML site?

What’s Better – a WordPress site vs. a static HTML site?

I have a confession to make.  I haven’t always been using WordPress!  That’s right, I didn’t even know about WordPress for the first couple of years of my “internet marketing” career.  I guess I built my very first website using Yahoo site builder or whatever it was called back then.  It was just a free website hosting/building platform.  Anyway, then I did something really dumb.  I actually built a site using Microsoft Word!  Yep, I did that…

Luckily, I soon thereafter discovered WordPress.  Suddenly I was able to create a site much quicker, but I was also able to create sites that functioned properly and looked decent!  Win Win Win!

Okay, but the real question is; do the search engines really like WordPress sites better than a static HTML site?  After all, you can get some pretty sweet looking html templates now or build your own using Dreamweaver or other tools fairly easily now.  So, today I wanted to go into why I personally like using WordPress for all of my niche sites and also share some of my thoughts on using static html sites.

WordPress Rocks!

In case you haven’t caught the trend yet, most blogs are built on WordPress and millions and millions of other sites are built on WordPress as well.  This Content Management System (CMS) just provides extreme ease of use and is highly customizable with themes, plugins, and more.  Best of all its free.  So, for those of you still waiting to build your very first niche website, you don’t really have much of an excuse for cost.  The web design and website itself is free.

The only real expenses that you have to commit to are a domain name which is around $8 to $12.  And then you can get hosting from my preferred provider Bluehost.com for just $6.95/mth.  And did you know that if you start a hosting plan and decide 3 months later to cancel, they will refund the remaining 9 months worth (if you paid for a year up front)?  Or if you go month by month you can obviously just stop paying for the remainder of the year.  So, in reality, you can get a website up and running for less than $20!  Talk about a low risk business – holy smokes!  And if you decide to use Bluehost (see my full review of why you should here), I would love it if you used my Bluehost affiliate link here.

Plugins Make it So Easy

There are plugins to make your WordPress site more SEO friendly (like the All in One SEO pack), contact pages (like Contact form 7), inserting Ads from Adsense or anywhere else (like the Why Do Work Adsense plugin) and many others.  Again, they are all free, so no worries.

Perhaps the one downside that WordPress sites have when compared to static html sites is that they require a database on your server and the installations themselves take up much more room than a static site would.  So, while you are limited usually to 100 WordPress installations on a Bluehost account; you could probably do several times that amount of static html sites.

However, loading your server down with several hundred static html websites is probably not a good idea anyway.  If those sites get much traffic you could really start to see some bandwidth issues.

My Overall Thoughts on Static HTML Sites

Overall, I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with creating a static html site.  In fact, some people claim that this is their preferred method.  You can do things like cloning or using scripts to automatically create static html sites a little bit easier than you can with WordPress.  They also take up less room on your server as mentioned previously.

So, I don’t have anything bad at all to say about html sites – after all its just a traditional website!  However, I have lots of good things to say about WordPress since I have been using it for so long.  Overall, don’t think there is really an advantage in the search engines to using a static html site or using WordPress.  As long as your site is structured properly (and WordPress takes care of most of this for you), then the search engines should view them the same.

Your Thoughts?

So, what do you have to say on the subject?  I know that this topic isn’t going to get spread like wildfire on social networks any time soon, but it is something that needed to be covered to complete my discussion of niche websites!  So, let me hear what you have to say below…thanks!


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95 Comments for this entry

  1. Webchicklet says:

    Some say potato……well, you know how that saying goes. Both work equally well, though every now and again I see a nice html niche site sitting on top spot in google and I admit I do get the urge to try an html site myself……but then I think about the extra work and I say….no friggin way. WP does indeed rock.

    • Spencer says:

      I agree. I have often thought to myself that I should try it out, but it really is bit more work to do for me at this point. however, if I was able to develop a good system I would give it a shot.

    • The thought of creating HTML sites has crossed my mind for a split second.. mainly due to the fact that they are just different.. but then I feel all warm and snugly when I remember that with WP I have WYSIWYG editing, one click publishing an the plethora of plugins to pimp out my site.
      Stu

  2. Chuck says:

    I can’t make up my mind either. I like the fact that you can get plugins for about everything, but dislike the constant updates and security warnings. I can build WP sites so easily though, i’ll prob stick with it.

  3. Steve Eason says:

    I’m sold on WordPress for the time being. It’s much easier and quicker to setup and manage. Plus I don’t have to do as much work setting things up for proper SEO. It’s all done for me with the right template and plugins. I can put up a complete site in such a short time, there is no reason to go any other way in my case.

    Yes you do have to update it all the time, but how hard is it to update it? They find a security flaw and fix the issue for you. Then you click a link to update the site and boom, you are done. I’d hate to have to try and do that with HTML again.

    So, thanks for the info as usual.

  4. Dave says:

    I use Dreamweaver and have been building websites since 1997. I switched to wordpress about 3 years ago after trying it and realizing how easy it was to get the SEO stuff right. With plugins like All-in-one SEO or Platinum SEO you get every page optimized.

    Just about anything you can think of can be done by a plugin. I did a website for a Korean client. I was able to add translation for the entire site in less than 30 seconds by installing a plugin.

  5. TonyS says:

    After nearly 6 years of Joomla development, I moved to WordPress about 2 months ago!

    I wish I`d made the move before, WordPress rocks, its so fast to develop with and requires hardly any upkeeping.

  6. Larry says:

    I use both WordPress and static sites myself. I like both. I like the options of the many plugins available for wordpress but also hate the constant updating as well.

    BTW: Spencer, are you still promoting LongTail Pro? I submitted a support ticket (a short while ago) but I noticed almost all of the links on the products website are not working. The “Blog”, “About”, “Contact”, “Demo Videos” and “Testimonials” all go to the same “Buy Now” page….. (or maybe they are working…)

    • Spencer says:

      Larry, I just replied to your ticket. Whoa, you are right about the links – that was not intentional! I installed something new in preparation of actually launching the software and it appears to have messed up the links. I am definitely still promoting Long Tail Pro. I have been working with my programmers to upgrade a few things, and then I should officially launch it out of beta and open up and an affiliate program very soon.

  7. Paul says:

    I think if you’re building small niche “set and forget” sites, under 20-30 pages, static may be the way to go. You never have to worry about keeping WP updated and they’re so light. However, if you ever want to sell it, the allure of WP may override those advantages.

    If you’re building a site that needs frequent updates, WP would be the better choice.

  8. Larry says:

    ….. Just to follow up on my previous comment, I just received a reply to my support ticket (in less than 1 hour after being submitted) so I don’t (and didn’t) want to give the wrong impression by my previous comment. I was more trying to point out about the links all going to the same page in case they were not working right……

  9. Gabe says:

    You forgot to mention one important element…TIME. It takes considerably longer to make a WP page than HTML page. You can quickly change something hit refresh. You have to hit save and then click to view. After a while, this all ads up to quite a bit of time.

    This is a deal breaker for me. Plus, I work remotely and often internet is not always that great. Not an issue on HTML.

    While the plugins are good in WP, too many use them on overkill which detracts from the message trying to be portrayed anyway.

    Thats my 2cents…

    • Spencer says:

      Really? My thought was that it takes considerably more time for an html site! But I suppose if you have your system worked out for html sites perhaps you can indeed do it faster. That’s interesting though, I would have thought just the opposite.

  10. james says:

    Spnenser , fair thoughts on comparison between html v/s wordpress.

    I have just used wordpress up till now so i can not say that html is not good .I am only comfortable with the wordpress but i am always confused about what theme i should choose.Since if i go through the free themes , the theme owner is not updating its theme based on wordpress system.

    I try woo themes but not much comfortable .So what are the best sources for free wordpress themes which are good , reliable and have good seo based coding.

    Thanks for really helpful information.

  11. Steve Wyman says:

    Hi Spencer,

    Another thought provoking post!

    I’ve tested this a lot and also worked on a lot of html sites owned by clients big and small.

    The best way to explain my position is i would no longer take on a none wordpress client for link building its just too much work.

    I have one client with 3 tough comp keywords on WordPress outperforming in serps 2 easy (100 searches a month) site that have been professionally optimised.

    As others have said the plugins are what makes wordpress a clear winner as well. I’m moving away from all in one to one by Yoast as it has more features i need.

    With the Vast number of free templates, built in ping, sitemaps, integration into Google webmaster tools and analytics let alone the fact it does Canonical correctly its a no brainer :-)

    Also with maintaining WordPress that’s super easy now and not an overhead using managewp updating takes a few clicks and I’m done.

    Last comment I have 90 sites sitting in what less than 10GB of space so that’s really not an issue these days.

    Regards

  12. Do you really have to update wp sites?

    I mean, if you have 200 websites and they are on a “Set and forget” mode with good rankings and OK income.

    I never update my old wp sites and just stick with the WP version that was current when I made the site. Same with all the plugins.

    • Steve Wyman says:

      The reason I always update to the latest are two fold

      1) stablity is improved and performance sometimes.
      2) Security patches. Many variants of WP are full of security holes. the reason youd care is that if they are infected they can derank or at least drop a lot.

      however your not alone in this practice as doing each one seperately would take to long unless you outsoruced the task

      And no that i have managewp even 100+ is a single click or two at tops

      regards

      • Spencer says:

        Steve’s point are valid here. You need to update to get the security patches, etc. We are not talking about adding new content. You just need to hit an update button every once in a while to keep things from getting outdated.

    • This is pretty risky behavior! You’re leaving your site open to hackers. And believe me, they do get hacked. Keep your WP core, theme and plugins up to date. You don’t want to get your site hacked!

  13. Webmail says:

    Software like wordpress and blogger is a breeze to set up and start publishing your posts.Static HTML pages are for guys who like to make easy things difficult.But succeeding on the internet does not mean knowing HTML anymore.

  14. Aaron says:

    Great post. Since the key is pumping these things out as quick as possible im in with WP all the way. Ok so anyone check my process and see if this sounds good:

    -Research, buy the domain, set up the site in WP
    -I then outsource 5 or more articles to be written for the site, if its a niche thats something i’m really into I may write one just cuz im excited. :)
    -Once those are complete and reviewed I post them to the site then get indexed by Google and a sitemap.
    -I then take say 3 out of the 5 articles and submit them to Ezines using their plugin (which is awesome by the way. and if you have any reservations about dup content check out their blog, they explain beautifully this is OK and encouraged)
    -Then I wait a couple weeks and see how it does, then order a link package from Fiverr or elsewhere if necessary. Then wait another couple weeks and repeat if necessary.

    So yea thats the process I have in place right now. Anybody let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions. Im really trying to pump out at least 20 before this month is out.

    • Steve Wyman says:

      hi

      if you are doing a lot lookup WPtwin if its still out there a script that can really help. or i might have to say take a lok at managewp it still free and you can replictae/clone sites eally quickly with it :-)

      Im going to have to start working for managewp :-)

      regards

    • Spencer says:

      Sounds about right. I don’t usually submit the same articles on my site to ezinearticles anymore, but I suppose you can still do that.

  15. Quentin Pain says:

    For me it’s horses for courses. If I want to put up a squeeze page and concentrate on sending traffic there, then I would go for a lightweight html template. But that would be purely for a list building exercise. If the site also contained content for whatever the list was for, then for me it is always WP.

    My company’s main site is currently in Drupal, and like TonyS above, we are changing that to WP a.s.a.p. as there have been too many stumbling blocks to deal with (for our level of competence I hasten to add).

    The only major problem has been finding an eCommerce plugin that accepts the UK’s largest eMerchant, so I have had to commission that to be done (let’s hope it works).

    The only other thing I wanted to say was simply that as far as the big G is concerned it doesn’t matter. They are focused on good relevant content these days (so they can place adsense and keep their advertisers happy;) ) so the platform/technology you choose will not make much difference (make sure you install a good WP cache though for speed reasons, do you agree with that Spencer?).

    Anyway, love your stuff Spencer.

  16. Paula Mooney says:

    I’ve pretty much only used WP (plus Blogger) to set up websites — so it’s make the allure of trying a static HTML site kind of attractive to me, just to try and new challenge.

    And I almost want to use Microsoft Word to do it! :-)))

  17. When I started in IM about a year ago, I was looking forward to using Dreamweaver to set up templates and be able to get many sites going quickly. I also wanted to use HTML since I was teaching a course on it.

    Some ‘veteran’ IMers really pushed me to head towards WordPress, and I’ve given up on HTML sites now. There was a good learning curve to get WP going initially, but now I don’t even think twice about whether to use HTML or WP. WP all the way!

  18. Jon says:

    WORDPRESS FOR THE WIN!!! I’m a WP convert and will always be. Tried Joomla, tried static sites, and WP is the best of the best. I love how WP is so flexible and there are thousands of plugins out there that let you do pretty much anything you want on your websites.

    Thanks for the info Spencer – that’s funny about MS Word. Your experience sounds similar to mine with learning about web design.

    • Spencer says:

      Hey Jon! Definitely WordPress is the clear winner for me. Yeah, thinking about using MS Word is funny now; but back then it was a nightmare! Nothing ever looked quite right :)

  19. Mohit says:

    I started with Drupal, tried Joomla, finally decided to stick with WordPress. I still love Drupal for the flexibility it offers while building websites. However, I no longer use it because I’ve moved on from being a web developer to an internet marketer. :-)

    Never tried static HTML sites after college. Would love to give it a go one day.

  20. Gary Scott says:

    WordPress is a great tool but one of the problems that may come up with WP for the novice IMer is the use of static web pages.

    When you buy a lot of PLR and MRR packages they come with sales pages and 99 times out of a 100 those pages are static HTML.

    Now as experienced marketers we all know that it only takes a small amount of work to pop those static HTML pages into a WP site, change a few links, add a small script at the top, change the .htm to .php, stir and you have the HTML page working on your WP site.

    But that process can be very challenging to someone that hasn’t ever fiddles with the guts of a website.

    Of course once you’ve done this a couple of times you can hve the best of both worlds, WP & static HTML.

    Just my two cents.

    • Spencer says:

      Gary: I totally agree. You still need to have some basic knowledge of html preferably. I still go into the editor section to manipulate how my header or pages, or whatever looks in WordPress. WordPress doesn’t get rid of the need for any skills – its just makes it a bit easier.

    • Steve Wyman says:

      thats a good point. As i dont have the skills or the time i’d look at fiverr and see if i could get some to do a bulk conversion to a a format i could just paste into the html section of my wordpress page. Or odesk some of the engineer coding guys i use charge me $1.50 an hour for this kind of work. you have to hunt for the good guys though.

      regads

  21. Mohit says:

    BTW, anyone using Microsoft’s web development platform here? LOL

  22. Hey again, Spencer;

    I actually appreciate WordPress, however I am a newbie at this whole process and can’t seem to get any dialogue going with anyone there or even affiliated with them. I’m having a time getting things set up on that site, and I could use some assistance. I follow the prompts as suggested and still nothing. Is there anycontact channels besides the customer support group?

    Thanks for this piece. I look forward to making this work. I’m just now going to click onto your affiliate link to see what else you suggest or even choose to discuss on that web site.

    Nice reading your work Spenc’

    AJEM

    • Steve Wyman says:

      Hi

      heres a great free resource to learn a lot of the basics of getting up and running. http://www.challenge.co yep .co not .com I wish it had been around when i started out.

      Its free to follow the course just bear in mind that any hosting or specific tools that cost money may not be the best. Although Market samuri is maybe the best tool when sarting out. Although Spencers tool looks great and is still developing.

      regards

      • Spencer says:

        Thanks for sharing this Steve. Also, Josline, we are NOT talking about creating a blog at http://wordpress.com/. We are talking about building your own blog using the WordPress platform. When you say “getting things set up on that site” it makes me afraid that you are trying to set up a blog on wordpress.com. I don’t set up sites there. Hope that clarifys.

  23. freddy says:

    Hi Spencer, great article.

    I start a few years ago with joomla and now i ve all of my niche web site in html. My joomla site was hacked a few time and it took me several week to fixed it up. I like html because is so simple, you can set and forget and in case of problem i can re install everything in 2 min.I can keep my 120 micro niche web page on my usb key and fix anything every where in no time.

    I want to test now wordpress but i am still afraid of all the update,the sql and different setting coming up with all the plug ins. Let see !

  24. mitz says:

    I started my first website using html and it was a crazy amount of hand coding work! Then a few years later I took that website into WordPress and I could have killed myself for not taking the plunge earlier!

    Everything improved, and I had less work which left me open to making more sites… I am a number one fan of WordPress and even named one of my websites after it. :)

  25. Spencer, Excellent article. This how I see it, if you know how to build a simple database, if you know a programming language, such as C# or JavaScript then, then building HTML websites can be faster than building WordPress sites.

    I am currently using Visual Studio and C#.net etc. to build my website. It can take time to get the first site going, but once you get it going, the same codes can be reused as and simply change the design.

    But if you are an internet Marketer and does not want to learn programming or dealing with HTML, then WordPress is the way to go.

    • Spencer says:

      Agreed. If you are a coder – you can do a lot of cool things. But if you barely know how to make things bold in html like me :) , then WordPress is a lifesaver.

  26. Peter says:

    Well I have always used XsitePro2. I find it fast and easy, faster and easier than WordPress. I have just tried to start using WordPress again. I find it is slow to work with. Like, to upload a picture is long winded, you have to wait for the pic to upload each time. Where as XsitePro is running on your hard drive as opposed to your server. WP just seem more “clunky” to me than XSP.

    Granted I have not had hardly any expereince with WP though. I am trying to get into and and get it going..Thats my 2 cents..

  27. Jay says:

    One KEY point to remember is page-load time. SQL CMS systems (like WP) on a typical shared-hosting package can get high at peak periods. 1-5 seconds for page-load is common. HTML/PHP pages will load in 1/10th of a second or less. Typically a LOT less. This might not sound much – but is the reason a lot of people have problems with hosting accounts with a lot of sites on.

    HTML/PHP requires a lot of learning etc. But once you know it and have created several sites with it and understand all on-site SEO rules, it’s far more controllable than WP, loads faster, is more portable, doesn’t hog server resources and is just more server friendly. And if a site gets busy – then WP can really stuggle – which is why there are so many plugins to create flat-html from WP.

    I understand the allure of WP though – it’s easy to use for the beginner and for those that don’t want to get involved with the tech side of e-commerce. Although I think that more and more, people in any kind of e-commerce activity are going to need more and more tech skills over the next few years to be able to compete on-line. It’s not the easy days of 2005-2009 anymore if you want to create a ‘real’ business – i.e. not just making a few hundred or thousand on-line. If you want 6-7 figure incomes – then you need to seriously skill-up.

    • Hi Jay

      You make a lot of excellent point and clearly have a lot of tech knowledge.

      A coupleof things to add. When building a full blown ecomerce site wordpress cannot yet compete your 100% right. The integration is not yet there but its coming.

      As to serious income. There are many folks earning over 10K a month on small niche sites running wordpress. Its a serious tool. And its super fast and expremely SEO friendly straight out of the box. For anybody that wants to make money and doesnot want to develop high end skils its a no brainer. I could, im technical but i have better ways to use time.
      There are literally 10,000 of contractor who could code for me :-)

      So my take and what im actually doing with an ecomerce venture im developing over the next 2-5 years is a) WordPress with adsense test the market, Add amazon continue testing link building and making some money with minimal effort. we should be at 5-6 figures at this point. Move to a drop shiping model with the first stage ecomerce. the finally Full blown ecomerce site and sell it to google. :-) lol

      cheers

    • Spencer says:

      I agree Jay to an extent. You mention e-commerce sites specifically, and I agree that those with more advanced technological knowledge are a step ahead in that industry. However, for blogs or other information sites WordPress is sufficient and CAN indeed make people millions of dollars a year. http://www.bankaholic.com is a WordPress site that was sold for $15 million a year or 2 ago. There are lots of other examples of full BIG businesses run on WordPress sites.

      I actually disagree that a person needs to gain more and more knowledge to compete (to a certain extent you always need more knowledge – but not necessarily coding knowledge). In fact, I believe its just the opposite. Platforms like WordPress and other technologies are making it easier and easier for people with very little programming knowledge to create full e-commerce and other sites. I would expect that in a couple of years it will be extremely simple for someone to essentially point and click to create an ecommerce or other site. In fact, we are probably already there.

    • Hey Jay, you do realise that WordPress is written in PHP right?

      And that a PHP website will pretty much always access an SQL database backend?

  28. freddy says:

    Totally agree with Jay, except that you don’t need HTML/PHP lot of learning: i create more than 100 htlm site this years with no knowledge of html just using Komposer ! it is that simple than is the old day of word to create a web page ;)

  29. Paul says:

    I’ve been using XSite Pro for most of my websites. Easy to use and design sites with lots of features too. I started with Front Page and have just have always been an HTML guy. I also do Word Press. Both are just fine.

  30. Amir says:

    Cool post. I got introduced into niche websites and the whole internet marketing business by the books I read and my mentors and they all used XSitePro so that’s what I’ve been using as well. I’ll probably start using WordPress if I ever want to build a blog. For using it on niche sites, I don’t like the way its setup that the “homepage” is really just all the posts right after each other. Looks more like a blog and not really a website. Not sure if this is something that can be changed or not? I’ll probably still try out WordPress on one of my sites because the plugins seems really easy and cool to do. And in XSitePro certain coding like making the h1 tags and links gets really funky at times so who knows, maybe I’ll fall in love with WP hah

  31. brian says:

    html is quick and easy for basic stuff is you arent using a CSS template and just plain HTML but trying to style HTML and menus,etc…I found to be a pain even with Xsitepro2 unless you have some more design sense….i own xsitepro but never use it….i never used dreamweaver but I think I would rather just pay someone on odesk if I needed something complicated with non wordpress(or use ….wordpress is getting better for speeds when integrating cdn,etc…..1 thing about HTML is people can copy your site so easily(so common in the CPA industry) – the Firefox Scrapbook add-on literally copies everything with a click

    • Amir says:

      Yeah I totally agree. I suck at making designs that look really well. For niche sites, it’s not a huge issue but I can totally see why WP would be better if you’re making a site to look really nice compared to a better CTR or something.

    • Spencer says:

      Interesting tidbits Brian. I actually didn’t know about the firefox scrapbook add-on. Very interesting.

  32. Jimmy says:

    Hi Spencer,

    How many wordpress domains do you normally keep per hosting account? I find my Bluehost account hitting the 50k files limits pretty fast with just 10-15 domains. Also, my account tends to go into high CPU throttle at around 10 domains per hosting account…

  33. JayDee173 says:

    I used to use HTML sites for everything .. but now use WordPress for my smaller niche sites – mainly because of the speed that I can throw up new sites and the fact that I can log in and easily edit them whilst at work!

    Having said that, if you have any sites that are predominantly DB driven, then a static html (in my case PHP with a mysql backend) site is the go.

    I’ve also had really good results (with regards to SEO) with my old ‘html’ sites (before I converted them over to wordpress). I don’t think that google is so stupid not to know that Internet Marketers such as ourselves predominantly use wordpress sites, which may play some role in SEO compared to (well formed) static html sites. In any case, the time savings benefits of WP are too great for me (60+ sites) to allow a continuation of me using HTML sites …

    Cheers,
    JayDee

    • steve wyman says:

      whats better about wordpress over html with respect to SEO is that its out of the box natively seo orientated. Stick on a standrad plugin such as allinone or yoast and anybody can get great onpage seo. with very little work.

      ALso the nature of the sites are such that with tag and categories the structure is excellent from an SEO perspective.

      Im working on ranking somebodies HTML sites at the moment. Its a pain having to get him to hack his code to fix the seo issues he had such as no cancicoal tagging.

      still plenty of big sites built other ways :-)

      regards

    • Spencer says:

      Great info, thanks for sharing!

  34. One way that WordPress totally rules over HTML is the ability to create categories and tags. Why are these so important?

    Because they are a way to make your website look bigger to Google because it looks as though you have more pages on your website.

    I’ve got a niche website with only 6 posts and 3 pages yet with wise use of tags and categories my site has over 106 pages indexed in Google!

    Kestrel

  35. Hey again,

    This note is directed to “Web Design Adelaide”. What you say sounds outstanding, however is there anyone on WordPress that one can talk to to be able to learn this process of category and tagging? I am very new to this and am looking for a much better site to house my content than the one that I’m currently using.

    I would appreciate any and all pertinent input on this as far as WordPress is concerned.

    Thanks so much!

    Josline

    • Hi Josline,

      It’s pretty easy to do Josline.

      Whenever you create a post you have the option to assign the post to a category. What I do is create 5 categories that relate to the keyword that I am targeting. Then I randomly select some different categories for each post I create.

      The same goes with tagging. When you have a post you have the option to assign the post to different tags. Once again I’ll create roughly 5 different tags per post with most of them being related to the keyword I am targetting.

      Hope that helps. Just look for the category area and the tags area when you are creating a post in WordPress. You’ll get the jist of it.

      Or just check out this video ;)

      http://wp.tutsplus.com/tutorials/wp-101-video-training-part-4-using-categories-and-tags/

  36. Hey Spencer,

    I already am using WordPress and I do have a number of blogs poste there. I must check to see if there is a difference in what I’m questioning and what you are saying. I thought that I heard mention to WordPress hosting websites there. If so, I am wondering how I could at least speak with a live body there to find out just what they offer and if it can help my endeavors. Am I being clear on my needs or maybe; still not so clear:-)? Thanks so much Spenc’.

    Josline

  37. rfofl says:

    Most of the files in the WordPress theme I have end in .php. I would like to be able to make the text changes on screen in the WordPress theme, also, how do you add additional pages, etc?.

  38. Karen Comer says:

    I think WP may be too easy! I wonder how many WP that are floating around that were started because they are “so easy” and quickly abandoned when the owner realized it’s not the site building but the marketing that’s the challenge!

  39. Casey says:

    I build niche sites very rapidly using WordPress and wprobot. This is a killer setup if you’re using affiliate programs to monetize your sites.

  40. Galyna says:

    My first niche website I build on HTML and it’s still doing very well.
    Actually moving to WP was a lil bit of a problem for me. It drove me crazy that I could not just edit the code to make website look like I wanted (I don’t know php).

    Right now I am in the process of moving one of my niche sites from HTML to WordPress and notice that few pages do rank higher in WP than in HTML. I’ll keep track of this in my blog and try to determine more about that matter….

  41. Angela says:

    I have used Xsitepro v2 and wordpress… I tried very hard to like wordpress because that is what most people use and rave about. BUt in all honestly, building sites with Xsitepro is much faster and easier for me. Not sure about the impact on SEO… what are your thoughts? (if you have used both)

    • Spencer says:

      I am not familiar with xsitespro so I cant give an opinion on SEO value. They are probably about the same I would assume. IF you like xsitepro then stick with it!

  42. Dan says:

    My first website was coded in notepad..I basically took code from other sites and by process of elimination figured out what made what.

  43. Matt says:

    Hi Spencer – you mentioned 100 wp installs on a bluehost account. Is that a dedi, vps, or shared hosting account?

    If you’re talking shared & they’ll let you load up like that and still have the sites running smoothly, I need to get over there.

    Usually shared hosts will start raising a stink w/ that much cpu & memory usage, even if I use cache on wp sites.

    • Spencer says:

      bluehost is shared hosting. My sites were never large, but they never seemed to have any performance issues. I had to move this blog off of bluehost because of its traffic, but my niche sites have always been fine there.

  44. avgjoegeek says:

    I’ve found that WordPress is the way to go for something quick and simple to get up and running fast.

    A “hand-scripted” site gives you complete control of what you want on your site. But it is a pain in the butt to keep it updated.

    I’ve done both and I will continue to use a CMS package over “hand-coding” a site.

  45. Masood says:

    Hi

    I am really thankful to you for these great contents. I have gone through almost all of your articles and found each one great and informative. I have plan to get into this business but the problem for me is investing in it. So i want to ask you that would you recommend me to use free platforms such as blogger or typepad to get into niche site building. I have observed that there are very few blogspot sites which got high rank on Google. And i think it would be much difficult to rank a blogspot site as compare to some other paid one. Is it true or just my perception.
    Another confusion which i am facing is that blogger sites give very few options to display ads so will not it reduce CTR?

    if there is some other better free platform to start niche site building then recommend me.

    Looking for your best recommendations

    Thanks

    • Spencer says:

      Yes, using blogger you will be limited in your full CTR capacity. I am not sure of any better free platforms. To do it right, you need to move to self hosted.

  46. Wpfix says:

    Hi,

    We would prefer creating wordpress websites over html because it makes our clients to edit their content easily and much more.

    • Someone says:

      I do not really agree…It depends on what you want to do. I have a wordpress site and I’m changing it for a HTML website because (and I might be wrong):

      1/ Page are loading so much faster. Why ? Because wordpress is generating a lot of lines of code you don’t need with an HTML page. And some plugins seem to be specialized in adding unnecessary code. Plus, WP needs a database so requests make the loading time slower.

      2/ Using a database brings you more work. You need to optimize it, you have more chance to get errors because you add another component to your website. The more you have things to manage, the more work you will have. And with all the maintenance and updates, that’s what I call a lot of work. I am adding content every 1-2months on my website, so I don’t need all that for pages that are pretty much statics. I understand it could be usefull for websites with frequent updates. That is what I said.. It depends on what you want to do.

      3/ It seems more… refined and… precise. To use a metaphor, it is like having a sweatshirt bought in a store (made by a machine) and having an handcrafted one. Sure, the first one seems perfect, but the second one will last longer… Plus, I feel like I am having more control on my pages. I know each line of code of my website, plugins included. Do you know each line of yours ? Do you know the interest of each entry in your database ? It is like… a big production for a small movie.

      And there are many other reasons… but I agree that WP is easier for people with little knowledge in development. It doesn’t mean that people with a lot of skills can’t do great things with WP. Even better than some HTML websites.

  47. Someone says:

    Sorry Wpfix, I wanted to add a new comment and not specifically respond to you.

  48. I am thinking of creating a CMS which generates static html pages which can be updated. But I do not know if people would be willing to use such a CMS. Hmmmmm….mabye I should give it a go!

  49. I took over our internet business after the passing of my beloved husband. I never did this kind of work. We sell outdoor comfort items and he did really well with it…it has been a 2 year learning curve for me. I have spent a lot of money on Google and have recently consulted with a “media-therapy” person to help bring our site up to date. She told me I didn’t need Google ad words…business is down slightly after their change to Product Listing Ads. We have a Yahoo store and have had it for 13 or more years. Changing to word press seems like an overwhelming task and the Yahoo store does work well and we have had longevity with it! The issue is, and can someone answer this? ….can I make a Yahoo store SEO efficient? Thank you for your help!

  50. sigmato says:

    I personally think wordpress are heavily loaded website with lots of code execution and dynamic pages, but if we make static pages implemented with feeds it wold really help.

  51. In my experience as a web professional, the wordpress takes some more resources than a perfectly static clean coded website but that should be coded very systematically and professionally. From the SEO prospective, the static website will have full control to control the page codes otherwise WordPress also I have found a light-weight and very SEO oriented CMS.

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