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    Site Building - Wordpress Blog or Static Website?

    I've been building a blog. But now I have a high number of quality articles. I'm getting second thoughts about using them on the blog. Because, I'm concerned that the articles will become quickly buried after they get their five minutes of fame.

    Should I use my content on a wordpress blog or build a static site for it?

    Anyway that I can improve navigation and organize the information with plugins? I'm using the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin for WordPress Plugin. It's been working well. But still have doubts about using a wp blog as a content site.

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    If you categorise or tag your content so it is accessible it wont be buried by newer articles.
    If people like your new article they often will backtrack articles of interest. So I would not hesitate to publish my content with wordpress

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    It really depends on what you want your site to do: if you want to update it on a regular basis and get the search engine ranking benefits of having an updated site then I would go with a blog...but if you just want to leave it and not have all sorts of hassles with updating then consider a static site.

    It's really the purpose of your site, not what platform it's built on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhartzer View Post
    It really depends on what you want your site to do: if you want to update it on a regular basis and get the search engine ranking benefits of having an updated site then I would go with a blog...but if you just want to leave it and not have all sorts of hassles with updating then consider a static site.

    It's really the purpose of your site, not what platform it's built on.
    I beleive that I will build out the static site. I already have the blog and can use some of the content there to promote the static site.

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    If you categorise or tag your content so it is accessible it wont be buried by newer articles.
    If people like your new article they often will backtrack articles of interest. So I would not hesitate to publish my content with wordpress
    I'm really hesitant to publish a great amount of content on a blog.

    It is possible to use a blog as a cms system rather than a weblog. But I blog is much more difficult to set up a site architecture.

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    I used to build sites in HTML, but now almost all of my new sites are going up in CMS's like Wordpress or Joomla.

    Why? Because it's a lot easier to work with other people. Wordpress makes it easy for me to pay someone and let them post content on my sites.

    Plus, there is a Wordpress plugin for almost any requirement and a template for almost any niche. That saves a lot of time and money which would otherwise be spent in development.

    Also, if you mix Wordpress and static content you have to constantly update two different versions of the same theme. I have a few sites built like that and it's a real annoyance.

    I came over to Wordpress kicking and screaming all the way, but now that I'm here I realize just how many thousands of hours it's saved me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    I used to build sites in HTML, but now almost all of my new sites are going up in CMS's like Wordpress or Joomla.

    Why? Because it's a lot easier to work with other people. Wordpress makes it easy for me to pay someone and let them post content on my sites.

    Plus, there is a Wordpress plugin for almost any requirement and a template for almost any niche. That saves a lot of time and money which would otherwise be spent in development.
    CMS's like Wordpress or Joomla are eaisier to work with.

    I believe the key is getting a good template or modifying it so that the navigation and site architecture are suitable. Otherwise the posts tend yo get buried.

    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    Also, if you mix Wordpress and static content you have to constantly update two different versions of the same theme. I have a few sites built like that and it's a real annoyance.
    I already have the blog and static site. But haven't built them out. Both are seperate sites. But that presents another problem which is branding. That would be ideal, to have the static and wp theme the same. But as you have pointed out, it would be a lot of work.

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    I came over to Wordpress kicking and screaming all the way, but now that I'm here I realize just how many thousands of hours it's saved me.
    How about PHP?

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    I strongly suggest you to use wordpress for building any website.It makes things easier,lot more powerful that static pages and saves your time a lot.

    How about PHP?
    You can make PHP pages in wordpress very easily..

    Just look at my post on it

    http://www.tldblogger.com/create-a-s...ordpress-page/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    How about PHP?
    PHP I still kick and scream about, to no avail.

    Better programming languages, such as Pyton, simply aren't supported in the environment in which I do business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandeepdude View Post
    I strongly suggest you to use wordpress for building any website.It makes things easier,lot more powerful that static pages and saves your time a lot.



    You can make PHP pages in wordpress very easily..

    Just look at my post on it

    Create a static wordpress page | TLDBlogger.com
    That's a useful trick. Seems like a good way to add content to static site without have to redesign the whole site.

    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    PHP I still kick and scream about, to no avail.

    Better programming languages, such as Pyton, simply aren't supported in the environment in which I do business.
    I like php for mini sites. I don't hear much about Python. Perl seems to be about 3x as popular except at Google.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    I like php for mini sites. I don't hear much about Python. Perl seems to be about 3x as popular except at Google.
    For mini-sites without Wordpress, I was just using shared HTML (HTML with include files).

    Python is sort of the next generation of PERL, but the changeover is not occuring quickly. Ruby is another contender which is showing some serious chops.
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