Is a Blog Different from a Website, and Why? – Explained by a +25y Pro
First, It’s Critical to Compete and be Found Online
If you run a business that does not yet have an online presence or are considering starting a new company, you’re likely asking yourself this same question. In 2019 it is critical to compete and be found online. Consumers and businesses now almost exclusively use the Internet to find new products and services, and compare stores, suppliers, and partners. Even if your products or service are only sold offline, your business and potential customers will require information and an online destination worthy of your brand.
#1 Modern Websites use a Content Management System
Modern = Automatic
One major component and indicator of a modern website is that it was built using a CMS. My professional recommendation is a self-hosted WordPress.org website & blog, and a specific powerful premium WordPress theme. Continue reading to see more Pro Tips and Webmaster Recommendations.
Modern WordPress websites and blogs are developed and designed to scale for optimal use on any device, and are usually developed using a (CMS/WCMS), as are most modern websites due to the ease-of-use and ability to update, monitor and secure the website. CMS’s are supported by the owner company (example: Magento), or better yet a tech community like beloved work-friends from WordPress.org. CMS’s are predominately programmed, or written (in layman’s terms) in PHP and HTML/CSS.
Traditional = Manual
Traditional websites are more or less: (1) static in function and nature – always the same and poor SEO; (2) designed manually in HTML/CSS – requiring $$$ programmers to update and maintain, the (3) content is organized in a fixed page structure – difficult to change or update; and usually (4) not updated frequently – SEO & Google need new content. Static websites are programmed manually, and do not implement a CMS.
A content management system (CMS) manages the creation and modification of digital content (text, images & video), and will typically support multiple users in a collaborative environment
What the WCMS/CMS – CMA/CDA ?!?
For the purpose of this article, the terms Website CMS (WCMS) and CMS are synonymous. Acronyms and alphabet soup are not important typically for most business owners, so this is for the tech-inclined individuals learning to use new Internet tools. By their nature, content management systems support the separation of content and presentation. A Content Management System (CMS) has two major components: a Content Management Application (CMA) and a Content Delivery Application (CDA). The Content Management Application (CMA) is a front-end user interface that allows a user (even those with limited expertise or ability), to add, modify, and remove content from a website – without the help of an costly programmer or webmaster. The Content Delivery Application (CDA) compiles data and information and updates the website automatically.
CMS features vary widely. Most CMS’s include Web-based publishing (WCMS), format management, history editing and version control, indexing, search, and retrieval. By their nature, content management systems support the separation of content and presentation.
A web content management syste (WCMS) is a CMS designed to support the management of the content of web pages and blog posts. Web content includes text and embedded graphics, photos, video, audio, maps, and program code (such as for applications) that displays content or interacts with the user.
CMS’s are Database-driven and Dynamic by Design
Blog’s are database-driven and dynamic by design, and usually updated more frequently. The benefits of a traditional website and a modern blog can be combined to suit the specific business or organization, creating a modern Blogsite that features the best of both.
Clients often ask, “What is a blog, and how is it different from a website? I’ll explain that a blog is a website, however there are differences between a static (traditional) Website and a dynamic Blog, and both should be combined for business and content marketing. – Mark Derho, BLD BTR
What is a Blog?
Content Management Systems like WordPress.org make blogs (and websites) better and easier to build, update, manage and monitor. A blog is a type of website where the content is usually presented in a reverse chronological order with newer content appear first, however any menu or feed order can be easily achieved. Blog-styled content is often referred to as a blog post.
Blogs are super important and ubiquitous for Content Marketing and there are 100’s of thousands of corporate blogs that produce limitless informational and industry content from thought leaders.
Blog posts also can enable a comments section where users can interact and respond to the blog post or article. Enabled is the a default setting in the blog CMS and public comments can be monitored and filtered, or completely disabled easily.
Even a small Blogsite with just a few pages is enough to improve the likelihood of searches choosing your businesses’ products or services. You may only need a homepage and a few supporting pages without complex graphic design or extensive copywriting.
A business website gives customers an easy way to contact you and can increase your online presence making it more likely that those seeking out your products or services will find you. Business websites can do more than provide existing customers with contact information, or serve people searching for your business by name. Intelligent digital marketing, targeted content marketing, on-page SEO, external link building, and a local SEO campaign can help your Blogsite rank for important keywords. This will increase your online reputation and may prospects and produce pre-qualified leads.
Brief History of Blogs
Blogs evolved from online diaries and journals in the mid-90s. At that time, internet users were already running personal web pages where they published regular updates about their personal lives, thoughts, and social commentary.
In 1999, the popular blogging website Blogger.com was launched, which was later acquired by Google in February 2003. Tools started to appear making it easy to create online blogs. Free tools and advertising sponsored platforms (like Blogger), made the technology accessible to non-technical users.
WordPress Goes Public in 2003
We eat-sleep-breathe WordPress, oh Happy Day! NO a sunny May day in 2003, WordPress.org was released as a forever free open source CMS and blogging platform. Today, WordPress is the world’s most popular blogging platform powering over 35% of all websites.
Blog or Website, or Both?
A destination on the World Wide Web or Public Internet, is most-generally and correctly referred to as a “website”. Blogs are a modern type of website, with benefits. The main difference between a blog and other types of websites is that blogs are dynamic by design and optimized to be regularly updated with new content. Blog posts are displayed in a reversed chronological order (newer posts first) by default.
Typical websites are static in nature where content is organized in pages, and they are not updated frequently. Some bloggers publish multiple new articles a day.
Blogs can be a part of the larger website. Often businesses have a blog section where they regularly create content to inform and educate their customers.
Because you can use WordPress to create a website and blog, a lot of business owners use WordPress to build their small business website.
In simple terms, all blogs can be a website or part of a website. However, not all websites can be called blogs.
It does not have a blog or any content published in a sequential order. It uses pages to organize and present information about a business.
You can also say that blogs have articles that are organized using categories and tags. On the other hand, websites use pages to organize and display content.
What is The Difference between Blog Posts and Web Pages in WordPress?
WordPress is the most popular blogging platform, and it has two default content types: posts and pages. Often beginners get confused between the two.
Blog posts are displayed in a reverse chronological order (newest to oldest) on your blog page because they are timely content which means your users will have to dig deeper to view older posts.
Pages are static “one-off” type content such as you’re About Page, Contact Page, Products or Services Pages, etc. Pages are usually used to create a website structure and the structural layout. Blogs can have menus with pages too.
What are The Benefits of Business Blogging?
Top brands and small businesses alike can create blogs to educate their customers, share news, and reach a wider audience. Blogging is an essential part of any Content Marketing Strategy for businesses.
Organize your thoughts and ideas
Showcase work, skills, creativity, and talents
Become an authority in your industry
Connect and share with interesting industry people
more potential customers to their websites
Non-profits blogs raise awareness and influence public opinion
How Do I Start a Blog?
I recommend using WordPress 99% of the time. It is the world’s most popular blogging platform and website builder. 1/3 of all websites on the internet are built using WordPress.
WordPress.org vs WordPress.com
There are two entities known as WordPress: WordPress.com, which is a hosted solution using free WordPress technology but limiting clients to paid access for nearly anything. Or… (YES!) WordPress.org, also known as self-hosted WordPress. I recommend using mega-wonderful WordPress.org for instant access to all of WordPress’ world of features. WordPress.org also lets you make money from your blog without any commissions or restrictions.
Starting your own Blogsite on WordPress.org
You will need to:
- Purchase domain name (URL) – WWW address for browser. Example: bikerentpuertorico.com.
- Purchase website hosting account – This will be the webhost and home of your Blogsite content.
Pro Tip: I strongly recommend SiteGround for website hosting! Warning: GoDaddy at your own risk! You can also host and serve your business email (firstname.lastname@example.org) from here.
- Purchase Jupiter’s ArtBee Premium theme for WordPress
- Install YOAST SEO – Trust me, you need this effective free SEO tool!
Pro Tip: Use WP Classic Editor Plug-in for editing – I don’t really like Gutenburg