A hand coded site is perfect for landing pages—promoting one product or service—or newly started businesses who don’t need huge amounts of information up on the web, and want to focus their budget on sharp design. Hand coded websites work best for small to medium, simple, static websites for you who don’t need an entire back-end system.
The strength of hand coded sites is that you can keep it small, and perfect every aspect of it. Technically you could build huge projects hand coded, but the smaller the project is, the more it will be worth going for a hand coded solution. The more content you have, the more logical it would be to go for a WordPress Solution to manage the content.
An example of a hand coded website
For our WordPress theme, Old Newspaper, we made a hand coded landing page. It is a perfect example of where this approach is most efficient. Presenting a product, service or concept to a new customer. You could call it an online poster.
The weakness of this approach is that changes are not simple, and should be done more seldom. Updates go through us, and you have no login; no admin side to it. In short—it’s more permanent, and should be used in the right context—almost like a poster. You will be able to update it at any time, but it will not be cost effective if you do it continually.
Go for a hand coded page when you need to do only a few updates/changes a year.
Hand Coding—The Perfect Choice for a First Website
It is a very good choice for a first site.
Everything we build as a static hand coded site may be converted to a WordPress Website Solution at a later time—you don’t lock yourself in a corner. When you start with a hand coded site, we are able to put much more focus on the design, animation and communication, since we don’t need to set up a back-end system. And all that money you put on design stays with you if we convert to WordPress later.
We have done this process now for several of our customers with great results.
MacLaren Barbers started out as a Hand Coded Website. The design was created at this point, and much weight was put on that aspect. When it grew into needing constant updates on the site, we converted the existing solution to a WordPress Solution. Then as a next step, MacLaren Barbers wanted to start a webshop, and we integrated WooCommerce into the existing WordPress Solution.
New Room Interior started out as a Hand Coded Website with a system where users could send in pictures and information. After years of redesigning and refining the concept, still as a Hand Coded Website, we upgraded to a WordPress Solution to allow the owner to post customer case to the page.
Red Hat Factory (a brand owned by us) started out as a Hand Coded Website with a few pages, and now it is a full fledged WordPress site. The change was made because we wanted a gallery where we could easily upload new pictures, and after that we have built the Adventure Stories section around WordPress.
If you are ready to step into the web for the first time, or have a landing-page-worthy project—don’t hesitate to email us. Ask us any question and we develop the idea together.
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