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Tony B 27-05-2012 08:09

Blog or DotCom?
 
I will be buying a new boat soon and as always, thinking about documenting it, us and the cruise. I always say I am going to do it, but I never do. The difference this time is I will be semi retired and bored and so I just may find the time.
Anyway, I'm leaning toward a dotcom and I notice most use a blogspot. Other than the cost of a web host and the domain name, which I dont mind paying for, why would you select one over the other?

Thanks in advance

hellosailor 27-05-2012 08:25

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
Tony, I suspect a lot of folks use a blog because it is free, supported by the advertising on the host. And you have little control over anything but that's part of free and simple.

Buy a domain name and hosting, and you can do what you please, sell advertising if you please, even host your own blog if you please. A blog is just one more web page.

VirtualVagabond 27-05-2012 08:28

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
Hi Tony,

I had the same dilema and in fact Sandy started one with Blogger, but I found it very restrictive because I wanted to set it up so we could have easy buttons to click for different subjects.
I finally found www.weebly.com and have been pleased with all the comments back on professionalism etc.
It's a real hoot because I'm an IT dinosaur! Their system is just so easy to put together once you get your head into it and just follow the step by step examples... and it's free too!
Take a look at our site below and see if it's what you have in mind.

Good luck.

Vic

maxingout 27-05-2012 09:10

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
I have lots of web sites (dot coms) and I like the freedom that I have creating my own websites rather than being compressed into a blogspot mold.

On the other hand, it is easy to use the blogspot sites, and unless you want to do unusual things with the website, you might be better off using the blog software. The blogspot sites look professional.

I still use Front Page 2000 for all of my websites. You don't need to know anything about CSS -Cascading Style Sheets- to make Front Page 2000 websites. Dreamweaver would be more work for me than I presently want to do.

It comes down to how much work you want to do, whether you enjoy designing things, how technical you want to be, the look you want to achieve, and the how much you want to spend.

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Paul Elliott 27-05-2012 09:37

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
I've got both.

Website: SailValis.com
Blog: VALISblog

For me, I like the website for things that aren't so dynamic: photo albums, technical info, etc. The advantage is that I have full control over how it all goes together. The disadvantage is that I have to edit the website. There are more modern "content managers" such as Drupal, that can make this easier, but I've not spent the time to learn how to use these newer tools. Another disadvantage is that I have to pay for website hosting, my domain name, etc. This can be pretty inexpensive though. I can't easily edit the website unless I've got a high-speed internet connection.

I use the blog for "journal" type content, and usually add entries via email. It is easy to post blog entries while at sea (I use Iridium satphone email, or SSB Sailmail). My ISP provides free a blogging package (WordPress), which is extremely flexible. Another option is to use someone else's advertising-supported blog site.

Target9000 27-05-2012 10:02

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
Blogspot is awful. AWFUL. If you do sign up for hosted blog software get wordpress. They're open source and standardized. The most used. If you want to migrate off your hosted blog later they make it easy.

You can sign up for a free wordpress.com blog and if you like it/use it, you can register a dotcom domain to it so that it appears to be a normal website.

Wordpress can do almost anything. CNN uses wordpress as their backend.

David_Old_Jersey 27-05-2012 14:02

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
My vote is a dot.com.

and for Google Sites (as the site builder and host) - free and no google ads! - can add own WWW.name, but I haven't yet.

https://sites.google.com/a/jaytac.com/seadog/

There are better Skins (basic layout / colour scheme) - just haven't got around to fiddling around with that. Overall pretty easy to use, price of that is not a squillion options - but the good thing about that (for an occassional user) is not a squillion things to forget!

BTW that website was written over 5 years, originally was on another free website hoster but I just fanicied giving Google sites a go - and no Google ads! For me the big benefit of a website over a blog is that it doesn't go out of date from laziness! (some years I make no changes!).

barnakiel 27-05-2012 14:14

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
Using a thing like blogspot blogger frees you from having to know things like html css ftp and other such likes - all tools are already built into many blogging platforms, you just add the content and that's it.

There are services that let you achieve similar things with templates on the website road, but this is not very good if yo plan to add new content on a pretty regular basis.

In any case, it takes 5 minutes to set up a blogging site and then you can play around and see if you like it. You can also set up a free website and see whether this way of managing you content is what you might prefer.

Go for a test-ride with both methods and see which fits your style and needs. Cost zero satisfaction 100%.

b.

thinwater 27-05-2012 14:42

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
a. I had a dot.com once but chose Blogger instead for my boat; it's easier.

b. If you know some HTML (or can learn) you can sell stuff and link and do some other fun stuff on Blogger. I do.

callmecrazy 27-05-2012 15:09

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
It might not be obvious to some people, but you can have your own domain name (whatever.com) hosted on a blogsite like blogspot, wordpress, tumblr, posterous, etc... and still get the ease-of-use and maintenance free benefits of a the free website.

I say keep it simple, focus on the content. If you gotta worry about website junk all the time, the content can often take a back seat. It's pretty nice to just post a pic from your phone, or tweet, or text a message and have it show up on your website. Or publish a video to youtube and your blog, and a post, all at the same time, via email from your phone, on the boat, while sailing.... All the hosted websites already have that type of functionality built in.

Tony B 27-05-2012 17:40

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
I appreciate all of the advice. I have built websites before so they are not new to me. I have used WebStudio 4.0. Almost everything is drag and drop and you can import just about any format. They have an incredible forum with very dedicated members.
Anyway, I asked the question because I have no idea what blog spots really are. I rarely ever go to them unless recomended by a close family member or friend. And now is a good time to find out. Thanks, and keep those cards and letters coming.

Celestialsailor 27-05-2012 21:39

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Target9000 (Post 959217)
Blogspot is awful. AWFUL. If you do sign up for hosted blog software get wordpress. They're open source and standardized. The most used. If you want to migrate off your hosted blog later they make it easy.

You can sign up for a free wordpress.com blog and if you like it/use it, you can register a dotcom domain to it so that it appears to be a normal website.

Wordpress can do almost anything. CNN uses wordpress as their backend.

I struggle with it too. I tend to be a low tech guy and need CLEAR instructions how to create these pages. After 20 minutes of so of frustration, I give up. I would love to have a website but just find the whole thing a time consuming hassle...:rolleyes:

svBeBe 27-05-2012 22:53

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hellosailor (Post 959172)
Tony, I suspect a lot of folks use a blog because it is free, supported by the advertising on the host. And you have little control over anything but that's part of free and simple.

Buy a domain name and hosting, and you can do what you please, sell advertising if you please, even host your own blog if you please. A blog is just one more web page.

I switched from domain name site to Blogspot in early 2009. There is no advertising.

S/V BeBe

Advantage is that I can update via SSB when on long passages; text only, of course.

All kinds of gadgets and widgets you can add to customize however you like. Free is also nice, but the convenience and ease of use is the main reason I prefer the blogspot.

Judy

SabreKai 29-05-2012 17:40

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
I used to have my own web site, ran it for about 4 years before I gave up on it. Currently I use Wordpress for my blog, its simple to use, and free. It doesn't have any fancy doodads on it but then I don't want them anyway. My blog is simply an on line journal so others can see how I am making out on my refit. If my blog helps others with a problem or helps them make up their minds as to whether they can do a job themselves then it is doing what I want it to do. I was looking at Target9000s' blog when I started my refit and saw what they were doing so followed in their footsteps.

monstads 29-05-2012 20:02

I'm a techie , geeky guy, and my natural inclination would be to do the standard standalone website.

However, as mentioned above, a good blog is all about content, and so I decided to try out blogger, instead of all the techie stuff. In a very short amount of time I had a domain name registered, and pointing to my new blog.

With what used to be hard (and fun) all done with a few clicks, I now find myself only having to add content. Which, I've realized I kind of suck at...

Jane.Joy 30-05-2012 05:36

Quote:

Originally Posted by monstads
I'm a techie , geeky guy, and my natural inclination would be to do the standard standalone website.

Because my hubby is one of those techie, geeky guys, we have a stand alone site that he enjoys tweaking. But we use blogger for blogging - easy to update, as others have noted. Also, some readers would prefer to view your posts by signing up to your RSS feed, and using blogger or wordpress makes that easier.

Mimsy 30-05-2012 05:56

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
I am a fan of Blogspot. For me, its easy and since I'm not trying to build a 'brand' it works well. I blog for a few reasons- to be able to remember this time in our life, to document the upgrades, to connect with other sailing peeps. That's it. If I were interested in trying to profit from the blog I might go with a dot.com but I'm not so there ya go.

Celestialsailor 30-05-2012 07:40

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
Now I'm feeling really silly that I can't get a handle on Blogspot. I'm going to have to find some kind of tutorial for it.

SPARK 31-05-2012 09:26

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
What irritates me most about blogs (from a readers point of view), is that new posts are posted at the top. If I am reading a blog from scratch, I have to start at the bottom heading, scroll to the bottom of the post, then scroll up to the next post. Scroll down as I read, then scroll up again to the next post. Very irritating.

Target9000 31-05-2012 09:46

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SPARK (Post 961722)
What irritates me most about blogs (from a readers point of view), is that new posts are posted at the top. If I am reading a blog from scratch, I have to start at the bottom heading, scroll to the bottom of the post, then scroll up to the next post. Scroll down as I read, then scroll up again to the next post. Very irritating.

Spark,

On most blog platforms if you click on a particular post it will only display that post. Not all of them. And at the bottom and top of the page will be a link to "Go to the next post" or "Go to a newer post". I think that will eliminate your scrolling if you try it.

barnakiel 31-05-2012 10:55

Re: Blog or DotCom?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SPARK (Post 961722)
What irritates me most about blogs (from a readers point of view), is that new posts are posted at the top. If I am reading a blog from scratch, I have to start at the bottom heading, scroll to the bottom of the post, then scroll up to the next post. Scroll down as I read, then scroll up again to the next post. Very irritating.

From the blogger point of view one decides which order they want. From the reader point of view eh I want the news so I do like the newest at the top.

As mentioned above there may be some platforms that let the reader re-sort (?).

b.


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