If you are going to design your site and you are doubting how to do it, this post is for you, since we will tell you all the necessary steps to create your website or blog, from the type of platform to use to style tips to write your articles, through recommendations to hire your hosting and domain, free resources for images, plugins, SEO, etc..
Throughout the article we will give you useful tips that we use and that work very well for us. Make a note of that.
Differences between a website and a blog
From a technical point of view, a website and a blog are no different. That is, both need a hosting (space on a server) and a domain (URL or web address) to be on the Internet. In fact, you can integrate a blog into a website, as many companies do to attract user traffic to their corporate website through a content marketing strategy.
Basically, the difference between a web page and a blog is in the content and structure:
A website usually has a more corporate, institutional or commercial approach. In a website we usually put static sections with our services, offers, rates, galleries, products, contact details, etc.. Web content is generally updated less frequently and is not usually shared by users on social networks unless it includes some valuable content.
A blog has a more personal approach. The contents of a blog are the entries or articles. These items should contain value in themselves, rather than a clearly commercial intent. This gets users to share your content if it’s really useful, so you can attract traffic to your site. A blog is usually updated quite frequently, as it is published regularly.
There are several options to create and design your website or blog. The choice of one or the other will depend on your budget, the project you are going to carry out and your level of knowledge.
Content managers or CMS
To design your website or blog you can use a professional content management system. It is a tool that will allow you to create and manage your website quickly, easily and economically, and with a very professional result.
To create your website or blog we recommend that you use a content manager for its ease of use and excellent results, and is currently the most widespread option worldwide. In some cases, like WordPress.com or Blogger, you can have your site for free. In the other cases, you will have to contract a hosting and domain plan.
Most important content managers
WordPress.org: For those who want to make the leap to a truly professional website or blog. It requires a little more knowledge than the.com version, and the purchase of your own hosting and domain. You can install advanced templates and plugins, create online stores, etc.
Joomla: Another great content management platform, somewhat more complex than WordPress but with more flexibility in terms of design. The templates for Joomla are also usually very advanced and visual.
Magento: Within the content management systems, we have some specialized in the creation of e-commerce. Magento is one of the most popular options for its flexibility and functionality, as well as for the ability to install advanced templates.
Prestashop: like Magento, it is focused on the implementation of online stores. It offers a simple and powerful management panel, as well as very attractive templates. In Spain it is very well received.