The traditional definition of a blog is a website type that is updated very regularly, usually from a personal diary perspective. Traditionally the most recent entries published are listed and shown at the top of the blog, and it is an interactive place as readers can make comments and engage with themselves and with the author of the blog.
Static websites are traditionally just that – static. But static websites eventually caught up with blogs and today many HTML websites feature updated content daily, personal views and interactivity with help of Facebook comments and such. On the other hand blogs themselves have moved more towards traditional websites with improved navigation, functionality, design and content layouts.
Blog vs website – the line is now blurred
So currently there is not such a big difference between a static website and a blog as it was few years ago – the line is blurred and the difference is getting smaller and smaller.
Looking at it from visitor’s point of view it makes no difference for them if they are reading an insightful article on a blog or on a website. Similarly it makes no difference for a visitor if they are watching an entertaining video on a blog or on a website. If you take a poll and ask people about what type of a website they are reading, they probably won’t be able to tell you the difference – for visitors all that counts is the content itself.
From the front-end that visitors see, blogs and websites are pretty similar, but from the admin back-end there is a big difference in running a static website and a blog.
When I first began to create websites in 1990’s it was all about FrontPage and creating static websites via HTML coding, and constantly using FTP software to change and update the site. I can tell you that you don’t want to deal with HTML, FTP, file permissions, source codes, DreamWeaver, FrontPage and all the rest.
These days you don’t have to spend time learning how to deal with html code and FTP like I had to do when I started. Even without this knowledge you can have a great online website. A blog is simple to setup, and you don’t need HTML, CSS, FTP and others to get started. You can simply start a blog in 5 minutes and get down to the important tasks like creating valuable content and growing your traffic.
Also Google likes blogs more. As blogs have a cleaner and better coding and structure, blogs are given some priorities in Google’s search result rankings compared to static sites.
So how do you go-ahead?
WordPress is the most popular blogging site and is used by the majority of the biggest blogs. WordPress is also a content management system and can be used to create a wide variety of websites. All my online projects are run on the WordPress platform. Check out my video guide on how to start blogging with WordPress.