Bootstrap vs. WordPress

I received a phone call from a potential client that knew a little bit about web implementation who asked if I could make a bootstrap website for him. Of course, I replied. Bootstrap is as simple as it gets when making a website but I was curious as to why bootstrap and not straight HTML or WordPress. His response was priceless. “Because I want to be able to control the text but have problems with configuring the layout,” he says.

This is fairly common response from people that once understood web pages and HTML and I accepted the job. However, I encouraged this client to use WordPress instead of Twitter Bootstrap because it would give him more control and let’s face it, if a client once learned HTML and did not keep up his (or her) skills then WordPress is much more practical in the long run. Why? Because Bootstrap will change over time and like font-awesome the links and code will be updated. Meaning the layout will be out of date and functionality will be lost at some point.

What this means is that if you build a site and don’t know how to keep it up, you will be paying someone like me to maintain it and update it and that is an expense you don’t need to have in the future. WordPress is simple for those people that want to keep up to date. Heck, the system does it for you. Just be sure you have a child theme in place to be a catch-all and your all set.

As far as Bootstrap goes I love it and it is really something that has a place on the web. But to be fair with clients you need to be able to offer them an option.

All my best,

Jeff Watters

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