Website Vs Blog Vs CMS
Benefits Of Websites
Websites allow flexibility to present contents in costumer friendly way.
Websites based on html have low initial setup cost.
Websites are suitable for small number of webpages (product, contents) and stable contents.
Websites can be updated offline without having to be connected to internet all time. It will not be reduce dependency on internet availability but it will also reduce bandwidth consumption and so cost.
Websites can be easily transferred to different web hosting company without dealing with technical problems.
Websites layout can be modified easily without known complex programming language with the help of WYSIWYG html editors without acquiring expert help. Small business usually have high growth rate, which may require change in the way products are offered to customers.
Limitations Of Websites
Websites require WYSIWYG html editors, if you do not know html and other languages. However, there are number of open source html editors available such as Ms Front page and Kompozer etc.
Websites require manual maintenance of internal linking structure. Failure to update hyperlinks when pages are removed, file names are modified, directory is changed etc will result in poor customer experience and poor effect on search engine ranking.
Websites are not ranked in blog search engines. Now a day, millions of people read blogs. Therefore, website will not communicate your product new to these customers.
Websites require manually installations of complex scripts. However, these scripts are available for free or alternatively, you can hire an expert to design customized script and installation.
Benefits Of Blog
Blog is ranked in both blog search engines and mixed content results. There are separate search engines for blog but there are no separate search engines for websites. Therefore, creating a blog will cover wider customers.
Blog have interactive tools such as following, commenting and subscribing to RSS feeds, which will enable you to maintain relationship with customers. It will also help obtain useful feedback from customers that can be used to improve products and other areas of performance.
Blog help engage customers into discussion, hence it provides opportunity to customers to demonstrate their knowledge and provides motivation and sense of achievement.
Blog has automated internal linking structure. Therefore, it saves administrative time in maintaining health of blog.
Various blogging platforms allow posting to blogs via offline blog editor.
Blogs have numerous easy to install third party widgets (gadgets) available for free or for money.
Limitations Of Blog
Blog does not allow to present contents in the way expected by the webmaster without obtaining expert help. Obtaining expert help implies additional cost, which may not acceptable to webmaster (You).
Blog requires the use of database usually My SQL database. It requires the webmaster to manage database. Databases are machine-readable and can only be read using appropriate database software such My PHP admin. Failure to make timely backups will result in loss of important contents.
Blog requires dealing with technical problems when transferring blog from one hosting company to other. Technical problems include operating system compatibility such as Window or Linux, restoring database and blog software files etc.
Blog does not allow webmaster to link content in the way they want.
If you want hide certain links on home page, then might not be able to do so.
Content Management System (CMS)
Benefits Of Content Management System
Content Management System is similar to blogging software. However, it is more functional than blogging software.
Content Management System can provide your website an appearance of large business.
Content Management System provides interactive tools and control on the level of access by different users.
Content Management System allows you to establish complex internal linking structure suitable to satisfy your business needs.
Content Management System is suitable for large number of Web pages (contents). Contents can be quickly added, removed and modified without adversely affecting the internal linking structure.
Content Management System have numerous easy to install third party widgets (gadgets) for free or for Gadgets.
Limitations Of Content Management System
Content Management System uses components, which may not be readable by search engine. Search engine cannot read images, videos and other scripts excluding html directly. However, images and videos can be read through the use Meta data. Meta data are special HTML code intended for search engine use.
Content Management System does not allow website for edit contents offline. Hence, internet connection is necessary whenever, contents need to be modified, deleted and added.
Content Management System does not ranked by Blog search engines. Hence, it reduces the reach to number of customers.
Change in the scope of business may require change in layout (template) of content management system. Small business having high growth may be unable to incur the cost of revision frequently.