I rarely log out of WordPress.com but a few weeks ago I did. When I arrived at the WordPress.com page to log back in I was met with this image in the middle of the page.
This is what would have confronted you if you were new to WordPress.com.
Now, you would be asking yourself, do I want to create a website or a blog? What’s the difference? Isn’t a blog a website?
So maybe you would do what I did, and instead of logging in I clicked ‘Create Website’ and followed the screens to the point where I would actually sign up.
Then I went back and started again and clicked the ‘Create Blog’ and followed the screens to see where they would lead.
They both lead to the same steps via the same screens.
WordPress defines a blog as follows:
“Blog” is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.
So in its most basic form it is commentary ‘usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order’ – in other words like a pile of articles with the most recent on top.
Maybe websites have more pages that that. Maybe blogs tend not to have so many pages? Maybe, maybe…
In other words it is all very confusing, especially if you are new to blogging (sorry, website-ing) and WordPress.
Which is why I was pleased to see that the new screen that confronts people new to WordPress is this one that only presents one button. No longer is there a confusing choice between ‘create website’ and ‘create blog’. Compare this to the image at the top of this article and you will see what I mean.
One last comment: What happened to basic English grammar? Why is it ‘create website’? Why not ‘create a website’ ?