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The Differences between Blogs and Websites on WordPress

WordPress is used to publish content on the web. A blog is typically a chronological listing of blog posts (or articles) that you (as a blogger) have published on the web. Often, having only a blog on a domain suits many people just fine — these people are referred to as bloggers, because they blog; that is pretty much all they do on their domain.

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Blogs have predictable features that you can assume exist, including

  • A chronological listing of blog posts

  • Blog posts archived by date, category, author, and tags (microcategories)

  • A commenting feature that invites readers to leave comments on blog posts

  • RSS (really simple syndication) feeds for posts and comments that get syndicated in RSS feed readers like Feedly or Bloglines Reader.

You can build a website with WordPress as well; however, it encompasses so much more than just having a blog on your domain. Many websites built with WordPress, such as business or corporate sites, don’t even have a blog.

Other websites have blogs, but they’re not the main focus of the site. Several types of sites, such as business sites, have more content and features than just blog posts to offer visitors, and WordPress allows you to have both a blog and a full-blown website.

When designing a website, you need to sit down and map out which of the many WordPress features you’re going to use, as well as decide how and where you’re going to use them on the site.

WebDevStudios is a good example of using WordPress as a content management system (CMS) to design and create a small business website. For instance, you see that the front page of this business website doesn’t look anything like a traditional blog; however, if you look near the top, you see a link to the blog.

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You can manage and maintain several sections of your website through the use of one installation of the WordPress software on your web-hosting account, and create the visual look and design/layout of the site through manipulation of the WordPress theme templates.

There is a blog on this business website, but it’s secondary to the other content displayed there, including

  • A front-page portal that displays content from several sections of the internal website pages

  • A design portfolio of work

  • Frequently asked questions that readers can browse to get more information on the design services

  • A page of client testimonials

  • Specific pages that outline the company’s services, terms, and privacy statements

  • An e-mail contact form that allows readers to get in touch

  • An order form that gives visitors the chance to submit a request for services.

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