WordPress Website vs Blog – What is the Difference?

by on October 10, 2009 · 7 comments

I was talking with one of my clients the other day, a small business owner (Chiropractor) and he was trying to get his head around the whole WordPress as a website concept.

I was explaining to him that on a blog, the first page you see is typically a list of all the latest blog posts by date.

But what many small business owners want is something that looks more like a website to represent their business. They want a more static home page, but they also want to keep the ability to blog and publish fresh new content easily.

Then suddenly he said:

“I’ve got it! So you are telling me that a WordPress Website is just a blog, but you’ve moved the “blog” section over to a new tab on the nav menu and just replaced the home page with something different!”

Exactly.

WordPress as a Blog

Here is a screen shot of a typical blog, using the default WordPress theme. You can see the blog posts on the home page – listed in reverse chronological order.

This is great if you are running a blog, but if you are running a business website you’ll want to have a different home page that makes it easy for potential customers to understand what you do and how to contact you.

WordPress Blog Posts Shown in Reverse Chronological Order

WordPress as a Website

What you can do is specify a different page to be your home page, and now your “blog” is instantly transformed into a “website” that is easy for you to update and publish new content to!

WordPress Website Screen shot
And you still have the ability to blog on your new website. We just move the page that shows the blog posts to your navigation menu.

WordPress Website with Blogging Capability
If you click on the “blog” tab in the navigation menu, then you will get the page that shows you your blog posts. This page is automatically updated whenever you publish a new blog post too.

Note: I used the SmallBiz WordPress Theme to make the WordPress Website in the example above.

WordPress Website Video


Here’s a short video showing the difference between a WordPress Website and Blog.

For a tutorial on how to do this with the default WordPress theme, see this video: How to Make WordPress Look Like a Website.

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Kelsey Weir March 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm

We are currently using WordPress and I have been thoroughly impressed. This is a great tool and it’s easy to navigate. I’ve been posting blogs via Wordpress for our website . I do have one question though. On the news page http://www.millscom.com/news/, the keywords are not linked even though I linked them in Wordpress. If I click on a blog though, for example http://www.millscom.com/2010/unified-communicator-advanced/, then the keywords are highlighted and linked. Any idea why this is the case?

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Don Campbell March 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Hi Kelsey,
Yes – that has to do with your theme. The items on your news page are just excerpts (not the whole post) and most themes don’t use hyperlinks in the text of the excerpts. The goal of the excerpt is to get the reader to click on the article to read more rather than click away. As you mentioned, when reading the whole post the hyperlinks are active.
Make sense?

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Clare July 5, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Hi Don, loving finding my way around small biz theme. Just got a couple of questions though, I’ve created a new static page for my home page but the same page still shows up on my blog. Can I just send this to trash and set up a new post for my blog? Also in the smallbiz options panel I have selected to omit the find us page however it still comes up clickable in the site map. Any help would be great thanks.

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Don Campbell July 6, 2010 at 8:25 am

@Clare – Thank you!
You use the Omit Pages if you want to keep the page but not have it show up in the Nav menu. To completely get rid of the Find Us page, just delete the page in the WordPress Admin and it will no longer show up in the sitemap.

As for your blog page, you ran into one of two bugs the emerged when WordPress 3.0 was released. I’ll contact you separately with the quick fix for this.

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Kevin Shearer September 5, 2010 at 9:03 am

Hi Don,
I ran into the same thing that Clare did above this post. I changed my homepage and now my blog page has exactly what my new homepage has on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much

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Don Campbell September 5, 2010 at 9:18 am

@Kevin,
I checked your website and it looks like you are using a very old version of the Chiropractor2Web theme, and you must have upgraded WordPress to 3.0+.

WordPress changed many things in 3.0, including how the home page appears. You’ll should upgrade your theme to make the home page appear static and the blog page list the posts.

I’ll contact you via email to help you out.

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Karnal Singh May 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I was initially using the blogger but then migrated to wordpress…I find wordpress is much better than blogger – you can do lot of customisation….But you need spend the money for webhosting..

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