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Website vs Blog

29 Feb

There are a couple of differences between a static website and a blog. The blog is much easier to update and does not require FTP or uploading to cpanel to change.

The blog also has an RSS feed built into it. This allows people to get your feed and know what is happening on your blog at their convenience.

For the second part of the question, you can have a blog without having a domain registered to you. There are services like blogger and WordPress.com that walleye you to have a free blog or their domain.

I recommend that you host your own blog or your own domain. The reason for that is that it takes work to develop traffic to blogs and I would prefer to be coming to a site that I own rather than a site to someone else owns.

As always, your comments are welcome. If you tried to enter a question in the survey form earlier this week please try again. Now that I have questions, look for more regular postings.

1. A website versus a blog in terms of navigation.
2. A website versus a blog in terms of update-ability.
3. A website versus a blog in terms of web usability.
4. A website versus a blog in terms of author-reader interaction.

1. A website versus a blog in terms of navigation.

A website’s navigation is often likened to that of a book. Its main index is the homepage where the key topics are referenced. A web log or a blog is usually navigated through links to previous or next entries shown either at the start or end of each blog post.

If those links can’t be found, a blogs sidebar/s aid in navigating it. A common web log’s sidebar has a segment entitled “Pages”, which usually contains the “About” portion of the blog and other non-time-sensitive information. Other segments of a blogs sidebar include the “Archives” which are sets of posts in regards to the dates they were posted. A “Categories” segment is also a mainstay of the sidebar. Also, a blog roll or a list of external links may be included in the sidebar. The reverse chronological order of blog posts is the norm.

2. A website versus a blog in terms of update-ability.

A website presents static content. It could link to a news page if it wants to offer fresh info every now and then or even regularly. But with the advent of blog, the popularity of news pages has turned into being surmounted by blogs. Blogs are the more updated chronicles. This feature of blog is attributed to the content management system that blog applications come with.

With websites, nerve-wracking HTML tweaking with the use of a web editing application is required before you can update them. As with blogs, platforms that concentrate more on content get rid of the rigors of working out HTML codes before you can publish.

3. A website versus a blog in terms of web usability.

Web usability refers to how to increase the conversion rate with the user-friendliness of an application.

Usability-wise, a blog may not differ that much from a website. However, due to the ease of use of a blog and since it’s also relatively easier to customize with all the ready templates, altering stuff to make it more helpful to visitors is also a lot less-taxing compared to a website that requires design skills and copywriting skills.

However, there are still some usability issues that bloggers need to address to be more effective in the field of blogging such as: hyper linking without the proper or identifying anchor links, not including an author’s biography page or a well-stated “About Us/Me” page, not-so-great posts and post titles, no author photo, great posts buried, etc. If one wishes to become a well known or as a credible figure in the field he or she is blogging about, those aspects of an excellent blog need to be given proper attention.

4. A website versus a blog in terms of author-reader interaction.

Blogs have this commentary feature where readers can leave a comment to any post they want to react to. The author of the blog can easily interact by also leaving a comment that’s directed the commenter. With that feature, a blog offers more for the author-reader dialog compared to a website. However, a website usually has a “Contact Us” page where an electronic mail can be sent to the webmaster or department concerned.

In conclusion, if you will be offering information that does not require regular updating, a website may just serve you well. But if you want more interaction going on and frequent updates without going over the fuss of HTML mess, a blog will work it out for you. But did you know that these two could also go hand in hand? Just do your homework and it will be an easy feat to work with either of these two applications.

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