That’s right.. we are answering the question Blog vs. Website, which one will prevail? You might be in for a surprise! The way we understood a blog to function, arguably like humans, has adapted and improved. WordPress, Joomla and Drupal make driving and delivering data to a site a breeze. But doesn’t everyone has a website and not everyone has a blog. So you would think that there is a reason why you would want a website instead of a blog, right? Well, let’s explore.
Over time things can change especially when your talking about a technological term. We all know that a blog is usually defined as a weblog, what many sites fail to mention is that a blog is also a way to create frequent, chronological entries. Usually the blog is published in a reverse chronological order. In order to compare the two we need to really understand what a blog is and what it is now capable of.
Sites like marketingterms.com aren’t helping the reputation of blogs. They have no mention in the definition of a blog anything beyond personal use. It’s kind of like saying Facebook isn’t for businesses. We know that’s just not the case anymore. With the ability to use static pages just as easily as dynamic, blogs are popping up everywhere. From the official conception of WordPress in mid-2005 to now has gone to 9,000,000 blogs on personal domains.
Over 7 million blogs on WordPress. It is unclear how many WordPress blogs are actually out there. To give you an idea of the number of total websites there are.. I think it’s around 156 Billion!
Blue line represents WordPress, Red is Blogger, Yellow is moveable-type, and Green is Typepad. No one produces traffic like Indonesia!
The Basics of a Website (HTML, PHP, and CSS + Bloated Code)
If you still are not quite sure as to what the difference is between a blog and a website you aren’t alone. The lines are not always crystal clear. In the beginning you would use your text editor, save your index.html, and upload it to your file server. Every single time you wanted to revise your website you needed to edit the file and then upload it to the FTP account again. If you’ve ever made a website you can relate to the extra time and patience needed back then. It was bad. I feel bad for anyone still using this method. Not to mention, the pure-HTML was clunky, ugly, slow, and redundant.
The Basics of a CMS system (WordPress)
WordPress is a file system, when placed on your domain will act as a management system for your website. With WordPress you have the ability to promote individual posts, pages, comments, images, or any file on the site. HTML is kept to a minimum it’s only used when needed, which is great. With so many people using WordPress development and support is always only a click away. This is why I stuck with WordPress instead of Joomla.
With a full CMS in place you have a solid foundation for your website before you even begin. What I mean by “a solid foundation” is that, for example, WordPress is mainly going to set up your site using PHP and CSS, proving to be a better solution in so many ways. If your project calls for custom development a developer won’t have to waste time working on anything beyond the scope of what the project calls for.
Why WordPress Rocks Your Socks Off:
- No reason to contact webmaster for updating content
- No extra money for buying WordPress
- Promotion! I can not explain all of the benefits of a blog when it comes to promoting online. I can’t even come close to expressing the difference between promoting a blog versus a regular website. I could dedicate a whole site to just this topic.
- Plugins – With plugins you can create a forum, stream videos, turn on ad sense, create a featured property widget, or just about anything.
- Premium and Free Themes – Themes for any occasion. From what I’ve seen WordPress theme shops are doing well. They are popping up everywhere and companies like ithemes.com offer amazing support and buy one get one free promotions on themes that are already reasonably priced.
- Web Standards Compliance – WordPress meets all compliance standards. When crawling your site Google, Yahoo, and Bing will be able to find the meaty parts (keywords, links, etc.) of your site with no problems. Bloated code or bad code is great for shooing away search engines. Nobody wants to crawl junk. Even robots!
Taken from WordPress
What are some of the best known WordPress sites (both WordPress.com and WordPress.org based)?
From TechCrunch to The New York Times and the British Prime Minister, WordPress users span a broad range. Many of the Technorati Top 100 blogs use WordPress (as a matter of fact, WordPress is the most used platform among the T100). We showcase some leading WordPress sites here and here. And here are the top WordPress.com blogs of the moment.
If your still skeptical about using a “Blogging Platform” for your business or personal website you should read this quote from Brian Wallace at nowsource.com. Brian is interviewing Dan Milward of Instinct Entertainment Limited, a WordPress company who produce cutting edge themes and plugins offered this tidbit:
Dan: I’m under the impression that blogs are overtaking the web by force. They are indexed by search engines faster, can be a news authority, have most all of the features that a content management system (CMS) has, and now they also have the ability to do E-Commerce. How to you envision the future of blogging?
Brian: Funnily enough I was thinking about this today.
You see I use WordPress for everything, there is not much that it can’t do (and if you can think of something it can’t do then I’m sure you can make a plugin to make it do it) and so it struck me that I haven’t refereed to or even thought of WordPress as an actual “blogging tool” in years – so although you are right in that blogs are taking the web by force (I think that they always have been) I think that in some funny way the word blog is becoming synonymous with the word website. Strange huh…