I found out on Google that a static website (with a static page) is made up of a series of HTML files. Each one represents a page of a website. When you visit the homepage, you are viewing the actual homepage file.

However, I need a further explanation!

Is it logical to use a static page as your home page (blog roll)? What is the difference between the two and when should you use what? Thanks!

Erin :)!

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judebanks Premium
Erin, I answered this question the other day and you will find further discussion: I left a link in my reply to LindaF to the website of one of our members Vitaliy, who wrote an informative post on this subject. You might wish to read that.

~Jude
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herinnelson Premium
This is great! --- and very helpful! Thanks so much, Jude! xoxo
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DrSpy Premium
You stand corrected
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dragonfly10 Premium
I am trying to figure this out myself. I think I will use a blog roll, because as I understand it this allows you to continually update your blog
your friend Sandy :)
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herinnelson Premium
A very wise choice, Sandy! :)!
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MJL71 Premium
Well, I couldn't understand it for the longest time. But here's what I did on my site. I made my Home Page static, and a separate static page entitled Blog. In my menu structure, all my blogs are under Blog, and my Home Page is an intro to my site and I have links there to my posts and stories. I don't know, I'm not great at describing tech stuff, but if that makes sense? It works, that's the main thing. I did read a very good blog right here about that: 'CREATING A STATIC PAGE.' It helped me. Let me know?
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herinnelson Premium
It sounds very interesting, Mike! A great idea! I use a static page for my home page, also. As well as a "Related Blogs" page in the menu. Very similar! :)! Great job!
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DrSpy Premium
There is no such thing as aSTATIC webpage
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herinnelson Premium
So you said before. Hmmm.
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DrSpy Premium
You are lost if you think there is...
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DrSpy Premium
A and any webpage is simply a gui interface so that the code behind the page can be viewed and interactive w john q public .
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DrSpy Premium
I have 45 yrs experience and certs
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DrSpy Premium
Static by definition means no action. Any link is action. The link on webpage 1 to other pages proves me correct
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QAVAVO Premium
Waiting to find answer from you
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herinnelson Premium
Where did you ask a question, Taniela? I guess you mean here, right? There are some great answers for you!
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QAVAVO Premium
Yes comments you have generated have given the answers
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herinnelson Premium
Awesome!
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SantaFez Premium
Thanks for asking this question Erin,
God some good answers - and helpful too =)
cheers - Orion
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herinnelson Premium
Hi Orion! My pleasure! Glad it helped you! It did me. :)!
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Brishog1 Premium
i’m just going to ask questions the class work i don’t understand what i’m reading ok what’s a blog ?
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cramervod Premium
Every post you publish will be on your blogroll. That means you can write about products, about trends, about history, about maintenance, about how you feel, or anything else you want that is relevant to your niche.
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Brishog1 Premium
i’m gong try not to drive yaw crazy with my questions but i realy want this to work thank you for your patience
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herinnelson Premium
A blog is a website that includes your personal thoughts on the subject you're speaking on (your niche). It may contain comments, videos, hyperlinks, photos and other material, in order to draw visitors. Go through all the Certification Course and you'll learn about everything step-by-step to apply to your website (blog).
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herinnelson Premium
Great advice, Eric!
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herinnelson Premium
That's a huge part of this community---to help each other learn! :)! Ask away! You can also use the search bar above to ask your questions.
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DrSpy Premium
Good and accurate answer
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herinnelson Premium
Thx!
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
I have a static page with a blog roll linked off it.

Tried and True

Elaine
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herinnelson Premium
Great, Elaine! Thanks!
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WendaSue Premium
Interesting. I'd wondered about this, too. Thanks for asking.
Wendi
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herinnelson Premium
You're quite welcome, Wendi! xo
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Brishog1 Premium
i’m going to stay home all day an stay in boot camp today it’s not going to build it’s self
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herinnelson Premium
Great plan of action, Mike! Happy to connect with you!
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SydneyMac Premium
I went with a Welcome Static page that has my welcome post and below it has my Affiliates and the blog roll.
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herinnelson Premium
Sounds great, Sydney! Thanks for sharing that!
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davehayes Premium
Erin, this is my take. If you are blogging, then use a blog roll.

If promoting a product or service/s then use a static page
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks, Dave---that is helpful!
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davehayes Premium
Glad it helped and was beneficial
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herinnelson Premium
Yes, thanks! I'm usually not on this time of day. Been so busy with family stuff with company coming this weekend for my daughter's wedding shower picnic and planning my trip! Nice to see you! I actually got some sleep last night! haha
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davehayes Premium
Sounds like a busy time for you and glad you got some rest, enjoy the wedding shower
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SantaFez Premium
Thanks Dave for this - helps me out for one of my sites!
Glad to have rolled down =)
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks, Dave! I will! :)!
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davehayes Premium
Glad it helped and was beneficial
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Brishog1 Premium
i be a genius if i keep
reading all yaws. questions an answeres
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herinnelson Premium
Keep reading! It's all a journey!
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Brishog1 Premium
i don’t even know what a blog is
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herinnelson Premium
You're reading one. :)!
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Brishog1 Premium
dang yaw or smart
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merlynmac Premium
I actually just changed my theme an aded a static page. I did this so my layout would remain the same on my home page (but the contents in that layout updates when I add posts). My main reason for doing this was to remove the long list of posts at the bottom of my main page. Instead I created a second page that all of my post go to. The result is a clean layout on my main page (again the contents of those widgets update every time I create a new post or get a new comment etc., just the look doesn't change) and a second page that lists all of my posts. If you want to see what I'm talking about you can go to my web site (see my profile for the link as I'm not sure if I can post the actual link here).

I hope this helps.
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herinnelson Premium
Hi Scott and thanks for your comment! You gave some very helpful reasons for your static page. Thanks for sharing them. I will go check it out now!

Erin :)!
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merlynmac Premium
Thanks. I have spent so much time on content and very little on look. I know the adage "you only get one change to make a first impression" so I thought I should spend some time on appearance as well.

Let me know what you think of it.
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herinnelson Premium
That's a very smart thing to do, Scott!
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RAFStuart Premium
Some good answers, when I am fully organised, I intend to have a home page which is static, with links off to the blogs.
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herinnelson Premium
Nice plan, Edwin! Sounds good.
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RAFStuart Premium
Can but hope.
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herinnelson Premium
Absolutely! :)!
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BillCoton Premium
When you create a blog you are creating a home page that changes, so if someone goes to http://www.mysite.com they will see the latest post.

Within WordPress you can select a static page, this means when someone visits your site http://www.mysite.com they will see the same page every time.

You would only do this if you want people to see the same thing every time like a sales page or your about me page.

The search engines will see each of your posts (and the static page) as a separate page.

Now if you decide not to have a blog you create a separate page for your content instead and the content never changes (static pages).

When someone comes to your site through the search engine, lets say they search for mypost, and your site comes up in the results with http://www.mysite.com/mypost, and they select it they will be taken directly to that page, whether its a static page or a post.

I hope this helps.
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Brishog1 Premium
heck. yaw. that help. i didn’t no what a blog was tell now
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herinnelson Premium
That is what I wanted to know, Bill! Thanks for explaining it to me in that way--Perfect!
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Brishog1 Premium
nevermind you done told me i think i no what a blog is i’m not going to get hung up on one question i’m going to move on thanks again
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BillCoton Premium
Blog is made up of 2 words weB LOG when they fist came onto the internet people were using them much like a diary and posting what they had done for the day.

People began to notice that blogs were ranking high in the search engines and started using them to promote product like ebooks and affiliate programs.

I hope that helps
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herinnelson Premium
No problem!
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Pernilla Premium
My home page is a static page. I think it is nice to introduce what my page is about. In the menu I have placed the links to my blog categories. From the homepage there are also options to reach the blogs.
:-)
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herinnelson Premium
Sounds great, Pernilla! Thanks for explaining yours--very helpful to me!
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kimgwinter Premium
I have a static page as my Home page and my posts in a separate menu called "Topics" and all my posts are there as a blog roll. I think it's more organized that way.
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herinnelson Premium
Sounds perfect, Kim! Love it!
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DrSpy Premium
This is the 3rd time I have attemyed to answer yoy...the wa site is going crazy.
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DrSpy Premium
1st, there is no such thing as a static web page...all have at least one link. 2nd...All the html behind websites are viewd by gui (graphical user interface) which is written into the site into html code. 3rd....all search engines only look for the code...nothing else. 4th...everything you add to your site is in html, flzash, java etc.....search engines read all of that.....so, continue to add content and you are fine. Hope this helps. Peter
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herinnelson Premium
A very thorough explanation, Peter! Thanks, I didn't know all that!
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DrSpy Premium
You, Mam, are very welcome!!!
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DrSpy Premium
Of you study just a bit about html code you can easily insert other code such as banners etc into the html code of your site...it is not hard. You experiment and see where the banner actually displys etc. If it is wrong delete your inserted code or use your site backup to restore it.
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks again, Peter! Yes, I know quite a lot about html code, etc. I've been designing websites for clients for over 25 years. :)! Great answer! Thx! :)!
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DrSpy Premium
I knew you are a WISE woman!!!
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DrSpy Premium
I worked in windows 3.1
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DrSpy Premium
Military before that
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herinnelson Premium
haha
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herinnelson Premium
Cool!
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herinnelson Premium
Yes--the US Army, in Signals and Intelligence. :)!
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Steven-A Premium
I like the static page. It can explain who I am and what my website is about and on my website the blog roll is still available from the footer. The blog roll is just that, a listing of my blogs with the newest blog on top. It's just a matter of personal preference.

If you want to do a static page, check out my training on the subject. It's really easy to create.
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks, Steven! That makes a lot of sense. I will look for your training.
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Shawn Martin Premium
This might help you :)
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herinnelson Premium
Awesome, Shawn! I will check it out --- and thanks so much!
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MarionBlack Premium
All website pages are made up of HTML. The difference between static pages and a blogroll is that a static page is a page of your choosing and a blogroll is a page made up of (usually excerpts of) your latest posts.
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