Readers have written to me about their confusion between my blog posts on Blogger
and my webpages in MsTioga Magazine. This story is about the differences between
a Blogger Website and a Hosted Website.
Blogger uses a template. What is contained in this template is viewed on all of the
posts that you publish. When you change your template, changes are viewed on all
of your posts.
The template is an extremely important feature of Blogger. For example, if you want
to have Google AdSense ads in your blog, adding the code for these ads to your template
will allow your readers to see your ads on every one of your previous posts.
When you sign up with Blogger, most often you will receive a "Blogspot" account. This
means that all of the text and images of your posts will be stored on computer servers
owned by Blogger.
Blogger uses a prepared format for preparing your images for publishing. This is
a very convenient feature of Blogger which allows you to size and position your images
within your post.
A webhost is a company who provides computer servers which contain all of your
webpages. You may notice that we on the TiogaRV Team publish MsTioga Magazine.
All of the stories of MsTioga Magazine are stored at our 1&1 Webhost.
Advantages of using a webhost compared to Blogger:
Your own domain name
Your own file structure
Portability of your entire website to another webhost
When you create a webpage, it will have text and possibly images [photos]. You create
your new webpage on your computer. Pubishing your new webpage consists of uploading
from your computer to the computer server at your webhost.
On the TiogaRV Team, we use FTP [File Transfer Protocol] software in order to move
a webpage on our computer to the server of our 1&1 Webhost. Below is an example image of what we
see looking at our FTP software:
The left column [above] shows what is on our computer. The right column is what is
on our Webhost's computer. All of the file structure on our computer and our Webhost
computer is created by us on the TiogaRV Team.
Publishing consists of "copying" files from the left column to the right column. When
you "copy or transfer" stories that you write and photos that you take to the right column,
they are then viewable by your readers on the internet.
Input from readers
Please, if you have suggestions for improving this story, or something is not clear to
you, let me know with an email. There is a "Contact/Email" link in the footer of