WordPress vs. SitePad website builder for your SMB website

Our Core Shared and Advanced Web Hosting plans provide access to both WordPress and SitePad website builder. Both provide plenty of great resources to help you build your SMB's website. But which one’s right for you and your small or medium sized business? A few points to consider before jumping in.

by Daniel - 05.03.2019

WordPress and SitePad for SMB websites

Our Core Shared and Advanced plans provide all of the small business web hosting essentials you need, including different platforms with which you can create your SMB website.

To create your site, you have two main options: WordPress, an all-in-one customer management system (CMS), or SitePad, a DIY website builder that allows you to customise your site with drag-and-drop elements. Both options come free with our hosting plans. In a nutshell, here’s what you can expect from each:

WordPress

As WordPress powers 30 percent of all website, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with this popular CMS option. A rich selection of plugins, customisable templates, and regular updates make WordPress a practical choice for first-timers unfamiliar with the mechanics of website development. (Our blog includes more specific information about how WordPress helps you create your own website easily.)

SitePad website builder

SitePad website builder requires very little investment in time or effort. Drag and drop elements into place, point and click to edit your website in real time. A great selection of themes and widgets, not to mention full integration with our web hosting control panel, makes this a practical, time-saving option for first-timers. (Again, see our blog for more on the specific capabilities of this easy website builder.)

CMS or website builder - which is best for your SMB?

The trickiest thing may be deciding on which is the better option for you. To help you make the best choice, you'll want to consider the following.

Simplicity

If you’re new to WordPress and, especially, if you have little or no technical expertise, expect to invest a bit more time and effort than you would with SitePad. Some businesses even work with professional WordPress designers to create their site as most SMB's typically lack the in-house talent needed to customise WordPress. That said, most small businesses do not require heavy modification of their WordPress CMS, so professional assistance is generally not needed. If you have a bit more time – and a little patience – you’ll catch on to the ins and outs of WordPress.

But if you want to get your SMB's website up and live in the shortest amount of time possible, use SitePad which requires even less technical skill. With an easy website builder, you can usually get your business website up more quickly than with a CMS. Drag and drop elements create beautiful pages, offer adequate functionality, and give small business owners a simple way to establish their presence online.

Functionality

WordPress’s massive library of themes and plugins allow you to customise your business website according to exact specifications. Whether you’re appealing to a niche market or customers with specialised needs, you’ll have no trouble setting up just the right website with all the functionality you need. Anti-spam filters, SEO tools, popup modules, email subscription plugins. WordPress has it all.

Website builders generally provide fewer options but are great if your requirements aren’t very complicated. SitePad, for example, provides all the basic tools you need for a small business website: plenty of themes and widgets, plus responsive web design features so your site looks the way you want it to from any device. If you don’t have a lot of design needs and are just looking to set up a simple web presence, SitePad delivers.

Maintenance

WordPress websites will require you to perform maintenance, fix bugs, and potentially deal with security upgrades which, for some, might seem burdensome.Then again, you may appreciate all of the control that WordPress gives you. All of your content and technology is in your own hands.

Sites created with SitePad website builders require no maintenance. You can modify existing pages to take advantage of new creative features as they become available. As your web hosting provider, EuroDNS automatically backs up data and installs security updates.

Accessing WordPress and SitePad website builder

WordPress

Access the WordPress toolkit from the Plesk control panel. Use the one-click installer to set up, configure, and manage WordPress according to your unique needs. If you need additional help, Plesk’s Administrator Guide offers straight forward, step-by-step assistance with installation and management of WordPress.

SitePad website builder

SidePad website builder is fully integrated into the Plesk control panel. You just need to provide your domain name. We will automatically configure DNS settings for you. You select your theme, add your content, and click publish. Static web pages (HTML, CSS, JS) are published directly to your domain so your site performs faster.

Launch your SMB's website today!

Both WordPress and SitePad website builder offer small and medium sized businesses simple ways to establish their online presence. Deciding on which one is the best option for you will largely depend on your technical expertise and your website’s unique requirements.

If you have few technical skills, little design experience, or just need to get online fast without delay, SitePad website builder is likely to be the better option for you. If you need more customisation and flexibility, go with WordPress.

Of course, you can always give us a shout if you’re still not sure which is right for you. Our Customer Support team is glad to offer whatever help you need.

Good luck getting your SMB's website off the ground. Regardless of wether you choose to work with WordPress or SitePad website builder, you can’t go wrong.


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