Blog Versus Web Site

Web sites greatly differs from blogs.

Chances are you manage a blog, Web site or both. Conventional wisdom may suggest that they are one in the same, but, however, they are not. Do you know the difference between a blog and a Web site? The showdown begins.

Blogging Basics

It may seem like the term blog sporadically surfaced, but a blog actually stands for Web log. It is an online journal, but, it’s also a Web site because it uses a dedicated domain and hosting.

Are you concerned about blog etiquette? Don’t worry, your blog is whatever you want and need it to be; there are no real rules to blogging. Note that your blog style simply depends on what pieces of information you are trying to convey to the world. For example, are you seeking to give tips on how to do something, provide a day in the life glimpse of your reality or offer answers and research on topics of interest? Aren’t you glad there is no hard-and-fast rule to blogging?

Which ever you choose blogs, still and all, are more easier to create and update than traditional Web sites because everything is already laid out. All you have to do is tweak your blog according to your own needs and preferences.

Plus, blogs have regular content input in the form of articles, pictures and videos that usually is updated by one person or by a collection of people. A blog, too, can be updated as frequently or as infrequently as the owner desires.

Digging your Heels In

On the way to creating your blog, you may have noticed that it contains pages or posts. A post is a piece of content that is shown in reverse chronological order; the most recent entries always are displayed first. A key aspect of blogs is the fact that anyone who visits your site can comment on posts, forming a basis for interaction.

And, a page is displayed according to how the Web master sets up the site navigation menu. Again, it totally is up to each individual Web master to decide whether his/or her audience can comment or not on individual pages within the blog. In other words, the owner has complete autonomy over content that is displayed. One also can seamlessly operate a blog in just a matter of clicks.

Web site Wonders 

What about Web sites? A Web site is a collection of related web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that are under a common domain name. Web sites can either be static or dynamic.

A dynamic Web site is one that changes or customizes itself frequently and automatically, according to certain criteria. An example? A Web site that sells CD’s will have a database of the entire CD catalogue. If someone wants a CD by legendary singer, John Lennon, and inputs that into the search box, the Web site will automatically change to show a page with a list of CD’s by John Lennon.

And, now for the static Web site. Just think of a static Web site as a brochure, where the same information is displayed to each site visitor. It can display information about a company and its products and services via many avenues including audio/video, navigation, text, photos, animations and interactive menus. This type of Web site is occasionally updated manually, such as for seasonal articles or when promoting special offers. As one updates a static website he or she generally needs to have a working knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), as well as various other Web design skills.

The Game-Changers

There you have it, the difference between Web sites and blogs. In short, blogs are very manageable and easy to use. Conversely, Web sites require way more time, energy and effort to create, however, both play an extremely important role in how information is conveyed. Which do you prefer?

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-Kimberly Williams