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Cristian Villalobos5,099 Points
Need help deciding between making a blog or a website.
For the past month I have had the idea of making my own blog or website. I have been thinking of making such blog/website about video-games, or anything related to them. I have a quite good amount of knowledge about them, but I am not sure when it comes to decide between a blog,website, or even the hosting service. Tips?Ideas?Suggestions?Brief explanation? Anything that would help would be appreciated, thanks.
Hayden Taylor5,076 Points
You could do both. Wordpress allows a blog and having a website. It really depends on your content. If you want to rant and rave about games and aspects of them its most likely a blog you want but if you wanna offer content that is typically longer than a blog post like lets say an entire walk through of a game then you should consider building a website.
My guess is you wanna do both. So again Wordpress offers both, offers a nice backend to manage. If you spend enough time on Tree House then you will learn how to code it up yourself and deploy it. If you aren't willing to do that you can pay for a template to be made and at the point Id recommend Managed Hosting. For quality work it will cost you.
Wordpress.com not .org might be worth a look.
Zen Hess6,700 Points
It is important to recognize that, nowadays, blogs are websites. Many people use a blog style website in order to manage their website.
If you want to create a website about video games and regularly update content, post videos, reviews, insights, etc... a blog is the way to go.
Hosting is a matter of preference. Three major hosting websites are DreamHost, BlueHost and GoDaddy. You don't need anything more than the most basic package at this point, because your website won't be high traffic enough to have its speed or performance bogged down (not yet at least! (: ).
I would say your best bet is to go with WordPress. It is quite intuitive to use (plus, TreeHouse has a Deep Dive on how to set up and use a WordPress).
Some hosts (DreamHost, GoDaddy) manage the WordPress installation for you. You could even buy your domain and host your site through WordPress.org.
Further, using a blog style setup as opposed to a static website (unless you're a code wizard) allows for tons of user interaction. They can easily comment, share and engage the content. This is beneficial for developing a loyal following and for generating free advertisement (if someone shares an article on Facebook, they are effectively promoting your site to all their friends).
Hopefully this was helpful in some regard.
Best of luck!