What is a Blog?
Says Wikipedia – A blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.
Further explaining, Blogs usually focus on a particular topic such as Mobile Technology, Software technology, sports or even politics. The focus could range from one narrow subject to whole broad range of subjects.
A Blog consists of:
• The main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest on top.
• An archive area that consists of older articles
• Comments area where people can leave comments about the articles
• The sometimes included “blogroll” section that lists the links to other related sites.
Then what is a CMS?
CMS is a software application that can be used to manage, edit, and upload the content on the website. Several other tasks performed by a CMS includes:
• Regulating the content displayed
• No. of times the content is showed to the user
• Managing how the content connects or interacts with other element of the website
• Hence lesser technical individuals with lesser technical knowledge can also manage the content easily
Difference between a Blog and a CMS
After this overview of a blog and a CMS one might think what’s the difference between a Blog & a CMS then?
Content Management System (CMS) is generally termed as software that provides a method of managing your website. A CMS creates a blog, maintains the blog, makes publishing an article over the internet very easy, provide a title, and organizes under several titles/categories.
CMS software vary from being a basic blogging tool to one with sophisticated features which includes handling of the logistics which would allow the document to be made presentable and publicly available. Thus allowing a blogger to concentrate only on the blogging section letting the tools take care of the management section
What is WordPress?
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. – So says wordpress.org
Role of WordPress as a CMS Blogging Tool
Amongst many Blogging tools, WordPress is one advanced blogging tool which includes a whole package of features. With it several advanced panels, you can easily compose a blog post, and then set the behaviour and appearance of the weblog. Once done, you just to click a button and in an instant the blog post is published on the internet. WordPress makes it a point to see that the HTML code generated conforms to standards also concentrating on the pretty looks and text of the document.
Additional features supported by WordPress:
1. Archiving: Archiving is carried out either monthly or annually. Archives are also categorized thus further categorizing the articles
5. Managing Comments which would include Trackbacks, Pingbacks, Comment Moderation & Comment spam
As we mentioned earlier, WordPress is not limited to being an advanced Blogging tool but is also used to develop:
• Content Management System (CMS)
• Rating Websites
• Shopping Store
• Video Collection Sites
• Membership Sites
WordPress, a collection of Themes – An incredibly approachable platform
Most people start using WordPress without any prior knowledge of designing websites; in fact most people who use WordPress are neither web designers nor programmers.
The reason why WordPress is such an ideal candidate is because there are thousands of free templates (themes) to choose from, so you can give your website any look you want
WordPress themes are easy to customize because a lot of them come with their own options panel allowing you to change colours, upload logo, change background, create beautiful sliders, and do other cool things with your website without ever writing any code at all.
WordPress is super flexible and can be extended by using plugins. Just like themes, there are thousands of free and premium plugins available for you to use. Not only these plugins can add extra functionality to WordPress, there are lots of plugins which can add a whole new platform to your WordPress site.
Let us consider a few cases wherein WordPress was very smoothly incorporated. Below mentioned are solutions belonging to different domains, for e.g.
www.Homechoice.properties/blog is a real-estate property listing website built in Joomla but WordPress was chosen for the blog section because of its ease of use and attractive blogging features www.cnesystems.in is an example of a static website but decided to incorporate WordPress as their blogging system
Another varied example was that of a science club which again was built on Joomla but since the club wanted a robust multi-user, multi-level security solution, it decided upon WordPress as a solution – www.10ccscienceclub.com
To conclude WordPress is not only very easy to use but also quite safe and secure to run any website. It is also SEO friendly and can handle different types of media
Having said all about WordPress, true goes the saying –“A match made in heaven”- I find that it applies so perfectly to WordPress & Blogging.