Do you prefer to use WordPress (to not lose time) or code it yourself?
Coding yourself allows you to add details and subtle elements that make the site stand out. However, it is much more time consuming. I'm curious to hear what other's reasoning are for choosing one route over the other.
Unless one has expert knowledge in coding, I would go with Wordpress and hire a website specialist if required to add the additional touches. My own website has a customized theme and I find it easier to do a lot of things via the Cpanel and minimal help from the company that supports me with big ticket changes. It is less time consuming and a less expensive option.
A situation came up with my Mom's website a few months back with the Google changes and we had to redo her website using Wordpress because the option of recoding was too expensive.
Short and succinct of it: It depends.
There are times writing your own code is the way to go if the design is simple and the job of the site is not complex. Those are the times using CMS such as those is overkill, and if they just don't do what you or you client requires, that's when you take to coding something light.
Wordpress is good. Joomla and Drupal are also good, there are many other choices out there as well. Many have a wide range of developers who've created a myriad of templates and widgets/modules for them. If you can work with them and achieve what you require for your client, then the question may be, why re-invent the wheel? Apply a theme to them, put the right modules in place, make them work properly and Bam! Done.
Hope that helps.
I am not a geek so Wordpress is my choice. http://goo.gl/yBeiLU Blog It is fast and clean. I can write, add photo and post in 10 minutes or less.
Both - it will depend on what you have in mind, how much money, and what expertise you count on when the website needs updates and, luckily, scalability. You can start with a CMS like wordpress and then when money and clients are present, transition to a system you completely own.
time is money and wordpress provides a lot more time to make money.
Based on the business requirements, I make the decision to use wordpress, any other tool or code from scratch.. For example, I would code myself if someone wants to make an unique dating site similar to www.mathamatrimony.com
The problem with WordPress, or any other popular choice, is security. I've used it, but I don't anymore. Having a site hacked encouraged me to re-assess and build something custom.
WordPress does offer flexibility. It makes eCommerce and other features fast and easy to implement, but the exposure to vandalism and information theft should not be underestimated.
It all comes down to what you need, how fast you need it and the budget. If you're looking to be innovative, want to stand out and especially don't want to be held back by somebody else's rules then a custom site from scratch is your best option. Otherwise...
I personally prefer to code myself in the aspect of giving a client a very custom experience. That being said, I've used plenty of template companies to get a design idea, specifically for responsive design and then modify it to fit their needs. WordPress can be awesome for a client that wants something quick with very little effort on the front end, especially if they intend on handling lots of the manipulation of the site using the CMS features. Granted these things can be coded, but at a cost. Whereas, I love to build relationships with clients that I can go to and show them how to easily add pictures, text and other content either within the pages HTML or implement an easy backend system for them to fill this out.
The only time i would EVER suggest not using a CMS is if you need something HIGHLY custom and do not know how to build your own theme.
Even when you need a custom design, you can still use a CMS like wordpress.