“I don’t like Joomla. It’s too complicated for the average user and most Joomla websites look terrible. The most “civilized” and best website you can have is a WordPress website.”
People ask me all the time:
- What kind of website should I have?
- Do I need a blog?
- Is wordpress a blog?
- Should you have a blog AND a website?
I think these questions show that there’s still a lot of confusion when it comes to building a website. I see it all the time not just with people who are getting started, but often with those who have established website.
Let’s clear the confusion:
- You need a content website, and a “blog” type of website is the BEST way to organize information.
It used to be that you could start a simple website by just putting one salesletter on the web as one long page and call it your “website” and wait for orders to come in.
Every serious business now features a ton of content on the website.
In the old days of the web, adding content to your website was a mess. You had to create separate pages for each article based on a template, and then update all links throughout your site manually.
Then came the “blog”, which was initially used for people to share their own personal journals or “web logs” (that’s where the term comes from), which facilitated adding new articles and updating your website automatically. This was perfect for the non-technical user, but also for the website visitor who could easily find what they were looking for.
But now, the term “blog” should easily be replaced with “RSS” website, which is the technology behind what makes the blog work.
Now, you’ll find the “RSS” logo on almost every credible and recent website, which means that almost ALL good content websites on the web are now “blogs”, even if they don’t call themselves that way.
One feature of the blog or “RSS” website is that each new article or “post” shows up with the most recent ones at the top. It’s also easy to archive those articles and search through them, or event subscribe to the website news using a separate program, like Google Reader.
I won’t go in the technical details of this, but the bottom line is that you need a content website, and your content website should be a blog.
So then, the question of “should you have a website and a blog” is pointless. Your website IS your blog, and your blog your website.
Everything will work with the same RSS technology, allowing you to add articles and organize your information easily.
For example, take a look at my new website, the one you’re viewing right now. The entire website is done in RSS. However, I still kept a separate link for “blog” where articles are listen one by one.
- WordPress is the *king* of blogging software
Ok, so now you realize that your website should be a blog. If you have an older website that was started before blogs became popular, you can probably convert it to a blog, like I’m planning to do with my main raw food website.
In any case, at the very least you should have a blog.
What kind of blog software should you use? There’s only one to recommend: WordPress
WordPress is so versatile that that there’s practically nothing you can’t do with it. WordPress can be used for your blog, but also for your membership sites, and for anything you can think of. Wordpress is an open-source program, meaning that it’s not a software you have to pay for. Hundreds of programmers are working on it just to improve it. However, you probably will have to pay someone to install WordPress on your website, unless you can do this yourself. You can also pay for a theme and custom design to make it look good, which is what I recommend to do.
In my upcoming course “How to Make a Living in the Natural Health Movement”, we will have a new feature where we’ll show you exactly how to set up your WordPress website live. It will be a live webinar and by the end of it, your website will already be set up! The next course is unfortunately not available until January, but if you’d like some personal coaching to get started right away, join us for the Do What You Love Success Group at: http://www.dowhatyouloveuniversity.com
PS: Do you have more questions? Post them in the comments!