FAQ-6: Why do websites cost more than blogs?

Costs of creating websites and blogs fall in the areas of both one-time and ongoing expenses. One time costs usually relate to design, setup and development while ongoing expenses include yearly domain name and hosting renewals, maintenance and updates.

Websites incur more money in one-time AND ongoing costs in the same way as a house does in comparison to a condominium. Houses are built on a piece of their own land, websites need their own hosting space on the Web. Whereas, blogs use collective hosting spaces like condos. Houses need their own support systems the way websites do while condos use shared utilities like blogs.

Paid blogs are an interesting cross between a free blog and a website because some features of both are retained in it. A paid blog will have its own domain name and hosting space but will still benefit from an assisted content management system and marketing tools of a blogging community.

One-Time costs
Web Design and Registration Fees
Web Design
Designing a website costs 3 to 5 times more than a blog because of the difference in the amount of workload and the level of required web design skills. A designer will need to have basic internet programming skills, medium level web design skills, and professional web design software to develop an efficient website, to bring it online, and to make it perform various functions. On the other hand, blogs with their user-friendly and assisted design platforms are like pre-fabricated houses that can be put together and maintained by most people who may or may not have house-building skills.

In other words, a professional web designer or a web design company is needed to build a functioning website while someone with no web design skills can put together a blog, bring it online, and make it perform at least some basic functions.

This spells a difference of web design costs from $0 for free blogs to at least $750-$2500 for websites.

The decision of whether to have a blog or a website is, of course, determined by the goals and objectives of a having a presence on the internet, and on whether it is required to represent commercial or non-commercial interests.

Registration Fees
There are two registration fees that have to be paid before a website can be brought online. Domain name registration (under $20 per year), and hosting space reservation (from $50 to $350 per year). Free blogs do not require either because their names are added onto the domain name of their platform. This allows blog owners to use shared utilities such as free hosting and blog marketing widgets and tools.

Paid blogs will pay the standard domain name registration and hosting fees.

Ongoing Expenses
Renewal Fees, Maintenance and Updates
Renewal Fees
A website has yearly renewal fees for its domain name and hosting to stay on the internet, and so will a paid or ‘hosted’ blog.

Free blogs have no renewal fees, and can stay on the internet for as long as the blog owner wants.

Maintenance and Updates
A professional web designer is required to maintain or update a website necessitating hired services while a blog can be updated and maintained by its owner with a minimum of training. At Uddari Web, a 45-minute training and a Blog Owner Guide enables the owner of a designed blog to upload text and image files, update pages, approve or disapprove comments, post comments, check blog stats, and do a host of other things.

We pay costs related to websites to have an independent status on the internet that allows us to realize our business or personal goals, and in that, the costs are nominal.

Also see ‘FAQ1: Difference between a blog and a website
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FAQ-5: Who will read my blog?

Your blog will be read by people who are interested in the content of your creative work, interest/s, products and services. This is ‘traffic’. Each blog or website also gets hits from less interested or irrelevant parties for various reasons but very few of those actually become regular visitors, contributors, clients or customers.

There are three pathways that can lead your ‘traffic’ to your blog:
Promotional Items and Advertisments
Visitors who find your URL address in a promotional item such as your visiting card, a flyer, poster, fax, email message or an advertisement published in a print publication or on a web page.
Search Engines
Visitors who find your blog’s link and description on Search Results page of a search engine when searching for particular keywords or terms related to your content
Other Blogs and Websites
Visitors who click over from another blog or website where a link to your blog is given in a post or web page, as part of a Blogroll, or in a list of recommended/favorite sites.

To assure that your visitors can find your blog, each of the above pathways must be cleared, created and multiplied. Most internet marketing strategies employ online AND offline promotional campaigns encouraging development in each of the three areas to increase traffic and business to their blogs and websites.

Privacy Settings
Who can read a blog is a question that also links to the privacy settings on your blog where the blog owner can choose to keep the blog private, have restricted viewers or make it available to everyone, human and robot. Most blogs are open to everyone.

The blogs that are private or have restricted viewing serve various social and developmental purposes. A large corporation may have a blog restricted to its employees to disseminate pertinent information or to develop a creative work or an application. A group of writers/artists may develop a collective work in a ‘restricted blog’ situation, and make it public when its ready to be displayed for general viewing.
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FAQ-4: Blog Types

Wikipedia lists over twenty blog types. The important thing to remember is that a blog is a web space available to you that can be used to serve your goals and objectives. Within limitations, all individual and corporate commercial and non-commercial goals can be met through blogs.

At the very least, a blog can serve as a 1-page signpost and an advertisement on the Web that brings up your individual or business name, contact information, street address, directions, and a brief introduction with some photos. Its an online ‘nameplate’ that does not need to be updated.
View our Individual, Business and Not-for-Profit ‘Nameplate’ blog Featues and Rates

An online portfolio or an extended resume or business profile is 5-6 pages that focus on various aspects of your creative work, your products and services. Designed to suit your individual, business or organizational needs, it is a rich proposition with image/video/audio file uploads, slideshow provisions, email subscriptions, archives and other perky utilities. Portfolio blogs for businesses and non-profit organizations come with ecommerce features such as secure online sales and payment systems or the capability to solicit and receive donations online.
View our Individual, Business and Not-for-Profit ‘Portfolio’ Blog Features and Rates

Blogs can house many full-length books, photo-journals, videos and CDs. This makes them a great archiving tool that also supports reviews and updates.

FAQ-3: Blog Platforms

There are numerous blogging platforms in the blogosphere that offer comparable blog features built upon similar technologies. Among them, WordPress and Blogspot distinguish themselves much in the same way as Google and Yahoo do in the populous world of search engines.

Representing two largest blogging communities on the Web, WordPress and Blogspot platforms are so rich that they invite bloggers to be inclusive and make use of both instead of choosing between them. The biggest reason for this is the fact that both are user-supportive/creative blogging systems, and because they also do complement each other.

WordPress community does not support or encourge eCommerce while Blogspot comess fully supported with Google AdSense/Adwords, and with provisions to integrate third party advertising.

An art blog at WordPress
http://uddariart.wordpress.com/

This presents interesting possibilities, and one of them is this: It allows users to be able to house their main blog at WordPress where design templates are five times more than Blogspot, and where WordPress Dashboard gives bloggers the maximum power with a versatile editor and realtime stats. This main blog can have its commercial wing at Blogspot for the bloggers to benefit from various commercial components.

An art blog at Blogspot
http://feicart.blogspot.com/

Google’s AdSense gives users an opportunity to generate (some) revenue from advertisements that are relevant to the content of their blogs. Affiliate marketing strategies and PayPerClick programs can easily be administered; and, Blogspot provides full support to implement secure online sales and payment solutions.

There is no set pattern but we house most ‘Individual’ blogs of authors, artists, photographers and other media artists at WordPress to allow maximum exposure through additional presentation choices. Most ‘Business’ and ‘Non-profit/Non-commercial’ blogs are placed at Blogger’s Blogspot to fulfill commercial objectives of revenue generation through online sales of items and services, and of fundraising through online donations.

Another remarkable aspect of having a set of two blogs for the same idea/business, is that they will be interlinked, and not only will bring more traffic to each other but will also work to increase the page rank of both blogs.
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FAQ-2: Benefits of a Blog

There are numerous benefits to a custom-made blog for individuals, businesses and non-profit groups. The major advantages rest with the freedom to publish your content on the Web, the fact that it is PERMANENT and FREE of any ongoing costs, and that it has inbuilt interactive features.

A blog registered in your name or brand name can only be deleted by you. This means that your resume, portfolio, profile, product descriptions or mandate can be online for as long as you want.

Blogs are hosted on collective platforms offering efficient Content Management Systems (CMS) and html/visual editors to facilitate updates, maintenance and marketing of the blogs by blog owners themselves. This is an important aspect since websites require more knowledge and expertise from web professionals in website creation, maintenance and marketing.

A well-maintained, well-written and often-updated blog inspires more inter-activity from visitors through the Comments feature. This factor alone accounts for the success of many blogs.

Each time a blog is updated, its various inbuilt marketing features respond by taking your words out of your blog sphere to a larger blogging community through tags, categories, pingbacks, linkbacks, blog search engines and RSS Feeders.

Another highly beneficial blog feature is easy Email Subscriptions widget that allows visitors to subscribe to your blog with one click. This allows blog owners to be free of the cumbersome process of getting visitors to subscribe to a website.
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FAQ-1: Difference between a Blog and a Website

The difference between a website and a blog is the most frequently asked question at Uddari Web. Though both blogs and websites are spaces on the internet that can be used by us for commercial and non-commercial purposes, there are many features that separate blogs from websites.

Website: Own domain name, own hosting, eCommerce landing pages, online order/payment system, web design options

Websites are spaces attached to a registered domain name and a hosting company that provides space on the Net. Both the domain name and the hosting space have affordable yearly renewal costs: the domain name may cost under $20, and hosting fees may be anywhere from $50 to $250 per year depending on the requirements and the objectives of the website.

Blogs are attached to a collective domain name, and are hosted in collective web spaces, and so, incur no yearly costs. Websites can be cramped for space but most blog systems offer enough space to accommodate a large amount of images, and to embed other media such as audio and video files.

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http://uddari.wordpress.com/
Blog: Domain as a sub-domain of blogging platform, collective hosting, non-commercial, limited web design options.

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Perhaps the most important difference between a blog and website is in the ways the two promote or ‘market’ themselves on the Net. Blog pages are ‘proactive’ in the sense that each post announces its publication outside of its own blog space through Tags and Categories, Pingbacks and Linkbacks, RSS Feeders and Blog Search Engines.

Tags and Categories are keywords that are sent to a central blogsphere, usually a high-traffic area, increasing chances for click-overs. Pingbacks and Linkbacks create an organic and ongoing inter-connectivity between blogs based on published web content. RSS Feeders, blog subscription features and blog search engines all help to increase traffic to blogs.

Keywords are used by websites on each web page also but they are employed in a ‘passive’ manner, waiting for the search engine robots and spiders to come and collect information from the updated page for the next related keyword search.

As well, blogs offer the opportunity for visitors to participate in discussions and add content to your blog through Comments. This aspect increases participation and interactivity, and creates the most positive impact on the number of new visitors and the visitors that keep coming back to your blog.

Websites assure independence and more choices in design and eCommerce solutions, and in most business/corporate solutions, a website is a must-have where a blog may serve as a support to the objectives of the website.

Blogs provide easy-to-use content management systems (CMS) and promotional features for individual/small-group owners to update, maintain and promote their blogs themselves. Blog owners abide by the rules and regulations of their respective blogging platforms.

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also view FAQ 6: Why do websites cost more than blogs?