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Initially known as ‘The Blogger’s site’, Wordpress has come a long way since its inception. Simple, attractive, preferred and now an eminent open source web development platform, Wordpress is the most famous and used content management system across the world.

PHP or Hypertext PreProcessor is a scripting language primarily used for web development. PHP can be used to create dynamic web page content or dynamic images used on websites. Originally named Personal Home Page, PHP is used in more than 240 million websites worldwide, although it is perceived with mixed feedbacks from users and experts.

Now, if you are building your website, the first question that should come across to you is- on what platform should you make your website? Building a website on a content management system can often be more cost efficient and allows you to make updates to the website yourself – quickly and easily – without having to call your web programmer back. But that does not mean that you should not consider building the website from scratch. There are a myriad of factors that should be influencing your decision on this. Don’t dwell on hear-say, follow the list below to get a clear understanding of these platforms-

  • Budget

The most basic question- what amount of money are you planning to spend on web development? The general conception people have is that Wordpress being a content management system, is cheaper to build your website on. There is a fallacy here. Of course, you will have to spend less time on development, means depending on how many plug-ins it needs, you may actually end up paying less than building a website. But, although the core installation is free, you may end up paying for premium themes & plug-ins. Therefore, depending upon your budget, determine whether Wordpress site is feasible and suitable to your budget, or a PHP site.

  • Speed

PHP uses its own memory, so the workload of the server and loading time gets reduced automatically, which results in the faster-processing speed. This subsequently reduces development time of web apps. Wordpress guarantees you more productivity than speed, so it really depends upon you and your business type as to which programming language would be more suitable for you.

  • Website Type

Do you want to create a personal blog or a massive news site? Or maybe you just want a single informational page. Most industry experts believe that for too simple and too complex websites, you should consider a PHP site, rather than going for Wordpress.  On the other hand, if you need a website with ever changing content ( blogs, user-driven platforms) or to constantly modify appearance & layout, then Wordpress is the best option for you.

  • For the amateur programmer

As a webmaster, your programming skills are the best tools for this job. In case programming is not really what you boast of, Wordpress is an apt choice to make. It gets better if you are a PHP wizard, you’ll have a lot more freedom and flexibility than the average user as Wordpress is primarily coded in PHP. For the layman, WordPress is probably where you would want to build your website.

  • SEO friendly

Let’s get it straight, no framework or CMS is ‘more SEO friendly’! It is totally up to the developer to make sure you have proper h1, h2, etc tags, meta tags, alt tags, unique content, etc.  It is just easier to set-up on Wordpress. Wordpress has lots & lots of plug-ins that make your job way easier, than doing it on PHP websites.  

  • Security

Another myth that does the rounds is that Wordpress is not as hack-safe as a PHP website. This again is a myth. It massively depends on your developer. If your developer builds a shoddy custom PHP site, then it can be easily hacked. On the other hand, ignore a few precautions and your WordPress site can get hacked too.

  • Ease of access

Wordpress websites definitely have an upper hand here. While PHP just has few lines of codes thus ensuring control over your websites and easy editing, Wordpress goes a step further as it requires zero HTML coding. Adding pages, blog posts, products, images and editing current content is simpler on WordPress as long as you have an internet connection.

  • Other intrinsic factors

Upgradations- Wordpress requires frequent upgradations in order to keep up-to-date with the current browsers and devices and ahead of virus attacks. However, sometimes the plugins aren’t as quick to adapt to the WordPress updates, which can leave you with plugins that don’t operate the way they should or at all when you update your website. Even PHP keeps changing to fix old bugs, however, new bugs develop and you need to wait for the next PHP upgrade to fix them, which can be really irritating.

Development- In case you want to change your theme customizations on Wordpress, it is really costly.  As for PHP sites, if you are developing your website for big & complex projects, the coder will charge you a hefty sum for that.


In the end, it really depends on the above factors as to which is more ideal for your website, Wordpress or PHP. Both have several advantage & disadvantage. A PHP site supports all web browsers and servers whereas Wordpress operates on a universal, open-source, making your transition to other developers easier. Wordpress is a powerful content management system and is a lot simpler, but that does not mean that it is the perfect tool for your website development. Depending on the above factors, building a PHP website from scratch might not be a bad option either.   

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