When designing a site, there are two routes you can take. You can code the site by hand using the language of your choice, whether it be HTML, JavaScript, CC or any other that strikes your fancy. Or, you can use a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress or SquareSpace. Unlike coding my hand, CMS provides you with pre-packaged design. You can add your own text and visuals without having to worry about building the site yourself.

So how will you create your site? Before choosing, let’s compare the two.


This manual coding route allows you to customize your site to your liking. The vision that you create in your head can come to life down to the smallest details. You have full control over the site from front-end to back-end development. The more knowledge you have, the higher you can elevate your project. Another one of the pros to hand-coding is that you can create shortcuts to help increase the speed of your site. This is very beneficial because users are more likely to go to a site that responds faster.

With these advantages come some disadvantages. Since you are coding the site by hand, it takes more time to create. It also requires time to debug. If you encounter a problem, it may take a long time to find where you may have made a mistake and find a solution. These languages take a lot of energy to learn and practice. What you do won’t be totally perfect and you will have to troubleshoot.

Content Management System (CMS)

CMS gives you a ready-to-use template to help you create a professional site without having to have the technical skills that it takes to code. This option is also much faster because you just have to upload your content rather than build the site from the ground up. Since this site is pre-made, there are few errors to account for. Plus, CMS allows for multiple users to edit this site, making it easier for collaboration.

The customization factor of a CMS can be a bit tedious. You have the ability to choose certain fonts, colors and widgets. It may take a lot of effort to find just the right combination. Even then, everyone who uses the same CMS has the same options. It does not allow you the same creativity that hand-coding does. When using a CMS, the security is not as strong. Hackers can easily find loopholes if you don’t consistently update your site. With hand coding, you can help prevent attackers from getting in.

Overall, the route you choose depends on your skillset and what you are looking to get out of a website. If you have no experience in coding but still want to create the site yourself, a CMS will fill your needs. It’s a well put-together site that will cause little problems. If you have the time and you’re looking for creative freedom, hand-coding is your best bet.




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