Old School HTML
It's the next phase, new wave, DOM craze, anyways it's still HTML to me.
WordPress requires Plugins for almost everything, particularly Search Engine features that are built into the MODX framework; no plugins necessary.
Whereever possible, I use CSS-solutions to create fast-loading designs. For the past year, Google has ranked websites based on how fast they load, especially if one is using any Google products such as AdSense. The reasoning: Google estimates it loses $1 billion/year on slow-loading websites.
If you really want to know how fast your website is, or what's slowing it down, use PageSpeed. It produces a detailed report of how browsers load your website and what makes them slow. Developers rely on it to figure out their own best practices. For me it's meant cutting down on image size without sacrificing image quality by using the webp format.
Back to WordPress. Even simple "Coming Soon!" websites load super slow! Compare that Coming Soon website score with this quick and clean iteration. Here's the actual webpage. Notice how clean and fast it loads. And this website scores just as poorly due to the massive size of the images. I've never seen a mobile and desktop score so low. Wowza.
Old School Search Engine Love
These items need to be congruent and consistent in order to rank high and relevant in Search Engine.
There must be at least ONE word that matches in ALL 6 search engine features in order to rank high with search engines. Let's check out this page to see how I did.
<!-- SEO Meta Tags -->
<title>Peter B Creates Old School HTML</title>
<meta name="description" content="Old school HTML is what Search Engines love most. MODX is a sleek fighter jet, whereas WordPress is a semi-truck with wings.">
<meta name="keywords" content="HTML,URL,Title,Description,Keywords,Headers,Content">
If it's relevant to this page's Seach Engine features, I boldened it.
WordPress Comparision Critique
My experience with WordPress mirrors Rocket City Digital's experience. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Everyone likes to believe that it won't happen to them, and I sure do hope it doesn't. But then I used to have a client who blamed me not once, not twice, but three times for getting hacked. Said client refused to believe best practices for passwords.
IF MODX is a Stealth Jet,
THEN Wordpress is a crop duster.
IF MODX is a Drag Racer,
THEN Wordpress is a Semi Truck with wings.
IF MODX is a Rimac Nevera C Two
THEN Wordpress is a Ford Model T.
(That's the biggest compliment I can give it)
IF MODX is a Burj Khalifa
THEN Wordpress is a warehouse.
That's all I've got for now. Feel free to switch out all of the other open sources systems.