Originally Posted by Zagor
I need to build a site soon and I'm thinking whether to use just HTML/CSS clean design or WordPress or some custom fancy web application. Now, regardless of the purpose of the site do you think that plain HTML/CSS still has any point or would I be better off with some more powerful site? This is a general question.
Personally, I open a text editor and write html from scratch. I've had sites that experienced around a half million hits monthly.
Point: Most people aren't concerned and don't know the difference what coding was used to produce your web pages.
Good graphics and layout are most important in my opinion. I've learned that "pretty things" still attract people. Just focus on good, clean design but make sure your pages don't take too long to load. A good size for your main page including graphics should not exceed 70k. Also consider the screen resolution you design your pages in, even though 800x600 was a popular size at one time, it's not now. 1024Χ768 should be ideal for most people.
Secondly, make your site easy to navigate.
Next your content is important. Using the right words on your web pages can increase hits to your site. Most search engines don't even use the key words in your meta tags because it's too easy to type anything in there. They acquire the words from the web page itself.
Another item of importance in gaining search engine optimization is to get as many links to your site as you can. If you have multiple web sites begin by linking to yourself. Search engines such as Google base your rating partly on how many sites link to yours.