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The difference between a Blog and a Website

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Whats Is The Difference Between A Blog And A Website 

What is a Blog?

What is blog

A blog is basically a web log that a blogger makes use for chronological listing of blog posts. A blog has the most recent content shown first followed by the previously updated content. A blog can be easily started with services like WordPress, Blogger, etc. and do not need you to start something from the scratch, providing you with the entire system including design templates.

A blog thrives on new content and more updated it is, the more attention it will get. That doesn’t mean tons of scraps will equal gold mine. Quality and regularly updated content are examples of a good blog.

Basic identification of Blogs:

  • A chronological listing of blog posts.
  • A commenting system that invites readers to participate in the communication and leave behind comments.
  • Blog posts are archived by date, category, author, tags and sub-categories.
  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds for posts and/or comments for feed-readers like Feedly, etc.

What is a Website?

Website vs Blog

A website in return can be anything. Anything on the internet presented in HTML/CSS or Java/Javascript/Python/Php, etc. comprises of a website. A webiste may be complimented with a blog, but the home page would be more for browsing other pages and not just posts. Fully functional and eye-catchy websites are usually cost consuming tasks as you would have to build from the base up. However with platforms and services like Adobe Dreamweaver, you could build your own website.

A blog can be a part of a website, in the form of  a separate page and linked to the homepage. A website is a bigger aspect and its limitations are little to none. A website could be anything from a single page to a 1 Billion-users social network (Say, Facebook).

Basic identification of a website:

  • A homepage that displays content from several sections of internal website pages.
  • A design portfolio of work.
  • A blog might be a part of a website, but not the only thing.
  • A Frequently asked questions page that readers can browse to get more information.
  • A page of client testimonials and feedback.
  • Company’s terms and privacy statements pages.
  • A Contact form that allows visitors to get in touch.
  • A services/products page that displays what they have to offer for the visitors.

Do you need a blog or a Website?

What you exactly want is what you need. Firstly, decide what do you exactly intend to do? If you are more concerned with creating content on a regular basis for others to read, you should go with a blog.

If you want a full featured online portal with many abilities and infinitesimal possibilities, you should go with a website. If you have a company, then too you must have a website combined with a blog. But make sure you know a good deal of coding before you jump in for making a website or shell out a little money and outsource the coding work. One thing which you should know that most popular blogging platform ‘WordPress’ can always be use as a Website, and you will get advantage of SEO and easy management.

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jou eie webwerf in ’n kits – Ingeprop

Hoewel groot sosiale netwerke soos Facebook en Twitter deesdae vir baie individue en kleinondernemings ’n goedkoop of gratis manier is om op die internet teenwoordig te wees, is dit soms steeds goed om jou eie webwerf te bedryf.

Op so ’n webwerf kan jy onder meer ’n blog bedryf, jou onderneming se dienste of produkte uiteensit of selfs jou eie aanlynwinkel bedryf.

Jy het ’n hele klompie opsies as jy jou eie webwerf wil begin. Baie van die gratis dienste is basies maar uitstekend, en jy kan mettertyd kies om meer funksies en opsies teen betaling by te voeg.

Die heel eerste stap is om ’n domeinnaam te vind en te registreer. Baie van die gratis dienste skep so ’n domeinnaam outomaties vir jou, maar dan moet jy tevrede wees met iets soos http://www.enormemaatskappy .com/eenvanmiljoene.kosiese vistenks.

As jy ’n naam soek wat mense maklik gaan onthou, sal jy moet betaal vir die registrasie en huisvesting (“hosting”) daarvan. Meestal behoort jy ’n beskikbare domeinnaam (sê maar http://www.kosiesevistenks.co.za) te kan registreer vir sowat R100 per jaar.

Doen ’n klompie soektogte voordat jy kies vir wie jy jou geld gaan gee, maar byvoorbeeld http://www.webafrica.co.za se diens is baie goed en hul pryse mededingend.

Die lekkerste deel van die proses is om jou webwerf te ontwerp.

Dis lank reeds nie meer nodig om HTML-kodering te leer of dik boeke te koop nie, tensy jy iets werklik eiesoortigs wil doen wat komplekse programmering vereis.

Vir die meeste mense se behoeftes sal een van die menigte gratis dienste heeltemal voldoende wees. Daar is heelwat om uit te kies, sowel in Suid-Afrika as in die buiteland, maar hier is ’n paar wat baie gewild is en by wie ek al goeie diens gekry het:

  •  www.wix.com
  •  www.yola.com
  •  www.weebly.com
  •  www.simplesite.com

Tipies registreer jy gratis op een van dié webwerwe, waarna jy toegang kry tot ’n reeks sjablone (“templates”) waaruit jy kan kies om as beginpunt vir jou projek te dien.

Jy bou dan die werf deur die nodige elemente te kies, hulle met die muis op die blad te rangskik en die teks te verander soos jy dit wil hê. Dié elemente sluit in foto’s, ’n opsielys en selfs dinge soos ’n katalogus, pryslyste of dat iemand soos Google advertensies op jou blaaie mag plaas.

Dié dienste is almal maklik om te gebruik en dis nie ’n oordrywing dat jy jou basiese werf binne minute kan klaar hê nie.

(Bron: http://www.beeld.com/bylae/2013-10-21-bou-jou-eie-webwerf-in-n-kits)

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Church Website Design Check-list

Assessing and developing your church website design

Your church website has enormous potential as part of your outreach strategy to reach into your community. However, not all churches understand how to design a site that will do this effectively. This self-assessment questionnaire can help you assess your site, and find new ideas or areas that could perhaps be modified.

Work through the questions. (Though most questions are factual, some require a subjective assessment by an unbiased outsider. Only a few questions refer to technical issues.) Remember, you are not assessing each question on a 1 to 10 scale. If it fulfills the criteria, you give it the number score suggested – these are weighted by relative importance. If it does not fulfill that criteria, sorry, it should get zero – or even where shown, a minus number.

Please don’t be discouraged by your check-list score! It is just a ‘broad-brush’ tool to help you think through important issues that can help your church website develop and be fruitful.

More and disclaimer: Please don’t interpret your score too precisely. The values chosen for each point are suggested by the Internet Evangelism Dayteam as representing a broad reflection of relative importance. The main purpose is to help you think through important issues on making your church website more fruitful and reach into the community.

We do not want anyone to feel discouraged or condemned in any way by their score, or to perceive this tool as providing negative criticism, but to use it as a positive help in the ongoing development of your church’s web presence.

Note that there may be many other good features that a church website can add, primarily for its members. This page focuses only on elements that will help outsiders.

To read the whole page Download it here.