Personal Website vs. Blogsite

Blogging has become phenomenal these days. A lot of blog sites have been created. Contents in a blog site is similar to the contents of a personal website, but how do we decide which one to choose? Do we create a personal website or do we just create an account in a blog site? Here are some points that may help:

Personal Website:
A number of people create personal websites to put their personal thoughts into. Some place in their personal information. People pay a minimal amount for a domain name and hosting. Although there are some sites that allow individuals to place in their personal pages like Geocities, coms.ph, and other, many still prefer having their own domain name. Here are some advantages of owning a personal site:
  • Personal Domain Name (e.g. www..com) - this adds to your own prestige.
  • Site Customization - you can arbitrarily place html pages as you please.
  • File upload - you can upload files to your site for its readers to download.
  • SEO / Search Engine Optimization - you can modify your site to be more Search Engine friendly, and thus easily located by people who might have peripheral interest on your site.
  • Express yourself

Blog Site
People create or sign up for blog sites to provide commentary or news on a particular subject. There is a lot of similarities with the purpose of creating a personal website and a blog site. Here are some advantages of signing up for a blog site:
  • Free - you don't have to pay any.
  • Site Customization - you can still customize the appearance of your blog site through CSS.
  • Express yourself

The Decision
As we can see, there are many differences to both. Being in both the IT and business industry, I have a few factors to consider before having any of both. Here are some questions that might help:
  • For what purpose are you creating your site?
    • What contents are you going to put? Are those contents just commentaries or will they provide specific information of a particular subject?
  • Do you need many audience for that site?
    • Do you need many people accessing your site? If you create a personal website, do you have a marketing plan to make your site known? Will you be optimizing your site for major search engines?
  • How often will you be updating your site?
    • Are you that enthusiastic in posting contents to your site or will you just leave your site idle for a long time?
  • Will your site provide cash inflow or outflow?
    • Will your website give or take away your financial resources?

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