A beginner online often gets confused at the mention of a website and a blog. What is the difference? Which should I go for or start with? What are the advantages of a website and that of a blog? Answers to all these questions are what is provided in this article.
What is a Website?
A website is a collection of interlinked webpages on a domain with the usual HTML, php, etc..
What is a Blog?
A blog is also a website but uses a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress.
Benefits, Advantages/Differences of a Blog over a Website
A website is most often very official with a straight forward to business approach. A blog on the other hand is like a diary but online. A blogger writes regularly on a particular niche and readers are welcomed to add their thoughts on each subject article he writes. Here people can speak friendly and less official. It builds strong relationship.
A website and a blog have their place. It shouldn’t be a matter of which is better but which is more suitable for your reason online. It is what you intend to achieve that should determine which to start with. Both can work hand in hand.
Below are some advantages/differences of a blog compared to a website.
Blogs are cheap to create
For the reason that all fingers are not equal, the first advantage of a blog compared to a website is that it is cheap to create. With $20 (max.) you could have a hosted WordPress blog while it is a different matter entirely with a website. And if you can not afford $20 for a domain and hosting service you could of course start with a free hosting service though it is not the best, but you could start with it and not spend a dime. You can get a good free hosting service from blogger, owned by Google. Using blogger you could even have your blog tied to Google AdSense account. That way you get your hosting service for free and also make money. Cool right? I thought so too except that it is not the way to go for serious blogging (professional).
Blogs are cheap to maintain
Since creating a blog doesn’t in all cases require you having a skill, virtually anyone can start and run a blog, but for a website you need an HTML and website designing skills.
The simplicity of creating a blog has resulted in the more than 130 million blogs available online today and the number increases everyday, as thousands of people who never could have afforded a website are now settling for blogs and in some cases making good money from it.
Blogs are easy to update
To make a post on a blog all you do is log in to the dashboard of your blog, write your content and click on publish and in minutes your post will be visible to everyone online who visits your blog to read. In the case of a static website, to upload an article you first have to open your editor, FrontPage, Dreamweaver e.t.c. write your article, update page properties, before you could upload the page using FTP software. Depending on the techniques you applied, it could take months before your website is indexed by Google.
Blogs allow a written text, audio and video. And you can have it online in a matter of minutes this is not exactly the case with a website. You will have to spend some money every time you want to make an update to your website if you do not have the skill to manage a static website.
Blogs organizes itself
Blogs automatically organizes its content by date and category. And with a blog built-in search, readers and search engine spiders can easily run a search on your blog and find what they are looking for. For a static website you have to personally organize its pages.
Blogs could be Ping
Blogs could be ‘pinged’ so Google is alerted whenever you post fresh content and visit your blog to index it. Though this is also available in static website but you will spend more time than is necessary to should it be a blog on Search Engine Optimization (SEO), to have the website show up in search results.
Search Engines Love Blogs
Search Engines love blogs because of it regular fresh content since that is what readers search for online and search engines would not make millions if readers do not get fresh regular contents to read. And so blogs tend to get indexed easily and in time than a static website.
Search engines also push blogs higher up in search displays than static website just for it fresh content. Static website though could contain some articles but they are mainly designed to promote products and services.And might not be updated for months. And most website designers are mostly concerned about the appearance of their website rather than the content in them and maximizing Search Engine Optimization to get traffic.
Blogs allow readers to freely express themselves through Comment Feed
The Comment Feed in blogs creates a forum for people to express themselves in an informal way and interact with others hence building strong relationship and trust between you and your readers. And that is the essence of blogging because once they trust you, you become real to them as a professional in your field. So later in future when you suggest or offer them any relevant product (s) for sale, you will have large numbers patronizing you. Which at the end of the day is the reason why we blog or at least why most of us blog – Advertise and make money. A static website does not allow this, when and if it does, discussions are usually very formal.
But to get readers to comment, you have to regularly provide what they could comment on which is valuable content.
Blogging requires time since you will have to update your blog regularly with relevant content.
Website or a Blog, which should I go for now?
Like I said before it all depends on what you are trying to achieve. That is why I have outlined the features, advantages/benefits of a blog so that you can tell which meets your goal.
If you are a complete beginner online it is better you start with a blog. Use that as your learning curve. Presently there is nothing that you want to do that can’t be achieved with a blog.