RV Site Builder or Wordpress? Which is the Best Choice?

RV Site Builder and WordPress are commonly offered by web hosting companies for building your website. Both have great features, so how do you choose which one to use?

The RV Site Builder is often available with your hosting account for building your website. It is template-based, which means you select a template you like and base your website on that template. In many cases you can upload and use a template of your own design, or download a template, modify it, and then upload the modified version. The number of templates you have access to depends on your web hosting company, but it is often in the hundreds or more.

The site builder is easy to use, with a wizard to step you through the process, so you can have something online in only minutes. Using the templates and site builder means you can save a great deal of money you might otherwise spend on a graphic designer or web designer, and you will have the advantage of knowing how to update your site yourself.

WordPress is another easy way to build your website and is also suitable for small to medium business websites. It is especially easy for people who are new to website design. WordPress can have dynamic “posts” (such as blog entries) or a collection of static “pages” or any combination of the two.

There are literally thousands of WordPress themes and plug-ins available on the internet for download, and they can be customized to suit your needs, improve the performance of your site and make it unique. Most themes and plug-ins are free, and changing the theme or adding/removing plug-ins is simple.

WordPress has a number of search engine optimization (SEO) features and plug-ins that tend to improve search engine ranking, but if your site is selling a lot of products online, it might not be a great choice, although there are a number of ecommerce plug-ins such as WP e-Commerce and eShop that give you a fully-featured shopping cart.

RV Site Builder’s e-commerce features are even more limited, but you can upload your products and services and link them to your PayPal account, or include a Zen Cart on a sub-page and link to it.

Neither WordPress nor RV Site Builder are particularly good for a very large website or one requiring sophisticated e-commerce tools, and for these types of website tools such as Joomla or Drupal might be a better choice.

Both WordPress and RV Site Builder have very distinct features, both allow you to get a website up and running in only a few minutes, and both have good support available. You do not need to know HTML to use either tool, but in each case knowing some HTML will give you greater control.

To help you decide which tool to use, you can try out WordPress by downloading the software from http://wordpress.org, or use it to create a blog at http://wordpress.com/. You can try out RV Site Builder by registering (free) at http://demotryout.developing.rvskin.com/tryoutlogin/www/ or trying the online demo, with no registration required. Many web hosts offer an extensive knowledgebase and tutorials on using both tools to help you decide which is best for you.