Website or Blog…Which Should You Choose?

post-fleurdelisIf you’ve read the Getting Started page and if you are really paying attention, you will have noticed that this site is a WordPress.org blog. That doesn’t quite fit with what I’ve said about starting with a website and using KompoZer to build it, does it? So, this is to set the record–er, site–straight.

And, if you remember what this site is really all about, you will recall that I am a beginner and have a long way to go before my sites will exhibit anything that resembles ‘polish and professionalism’ and before I can always accomplish what I set out to do. That, in a nutshell, is why I gave up on building a website and doing a WordPress.org blog instead, and I hope I’ve set the record straight.

Big mistake! After some major misunderstandings of the relationship between HTML and CSS, and in great unwarranted frustration, I decided to abandon a website in favor of a blog, which I mistakenly thought would be easier– a cinch to put up, use, and maintain. Nothing could be further from the truth, despite what you read all over the internet.

Picture of Stop Sign

Picture of Stop Sign

In no way am I denigrating WordPress or suggesting that you shouldn’t use it! It’s a phenomenal program. But, if you are a true beginner and have no knowledge of web hosting, using templates, or HTML, you will quickly find out how easy it is NOT. WordPress cautions you that if you download a template file and then have no idea what to do with it, you’re in over your head; believe it. That caution will tell you that you should use WordPress.com instead, but you should know that you can’t ‘monetize’ a .com blog, so if you want to make money with your blog, don’t go there.

Overwhelmingly today, people choose blogs rather than websites, but I still think that it is wise to build a website from scratch, even if it is just a very small one. Building a foundation for anything always pays off later–in this case when you decide to jump on the blog bandwagon.

Even though I’ve wandered far afield, I hope what I’ve said here will keep you from doing the same. I can’t wait to get this blog in hand enough so that I can return to KompoZer and continue learning how to build a website using HTML and CSS. Kompozer makes it fun, and the confidence gained from learning from the ground up is immeasurable.

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6 Responses to “Website or Blog…Which Should You Choose?”

  1. Commission Blue Print Says:

    Hey, I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I like what you have to say. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  2. Jody Says:

    Thank you very much for all those kind words and for reading my posts. I look forward to having you back in the future. 🙂

  3. Wanzek Says:

    thank you for sharing that, it was very informative!

  4. Jody Says:

    Glad to have made a contribution, Wanzek. Thank you for telling me so.

  5. Leigh Says:

    Hi Jody,
    I now use Xsitepro and have to say I love it. I checked it out because I got sick of WP confusing the heck out of me whenever I wanted to put so much as a banner in one of the columns. Plus I keep forgetting to uncheck the privacy policy and then spend the next week wondering why my sites aren’t getting indexed.

  6. Jody Says:

    When it comes to personal work preferences online, Leigh, one size definitely doesn’t fit all. I’m glad you found something that suits you.

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