Comparison chart blogs and forums

   

Focus

Comparing Community Corner Blogs and Forums

Individual User

Blogs

Forums

Comment

Create topic

Y

Y

Reply to existing topic

Y

Y

Modify posting

Y

Y

Email notification

Y

Y

Attach document

Y

Y

Search

Y

Y

Show active and personal posts on home page

N

Y

Easier to view personal interest items from forums on home page
Add Photos and Video

Y

Y

Skill requirements Easier to start; built in calendar index; categories optional. More command button options; following threads takes practice; more emphasis on replying in the right place. Blogs are easier for new groups.  Forums generally preferred by those with prior forum experience.
Group Participation

Blogs

Forums

Comment

Invite comments

Y

Y

5 Star Rating

Y

Y

Polling

N

Y

<< Difference
Share with other sites

Y

Y

Participate through email

Post new via email; cannot reply.

Y – post new and reply, but only with add-on module

Add-on module for forums lets people participate using email only.
Show new items on home page

Y

Y

Blog items prominently featured.
Group Admin

Blogs

Forums

Comment

Move post to better spot.

N

Y

This admin feature more necessary in forums.
Edit existing content

Y

Y

Track  and report views

Y

Y

Other

Blogs

Forums

Comment

Visual layout

Newsletter like

Memo like

Blogs have major visual advantages over forums.
Print layout

Attractive

Limited

Printed blogs retain their newsletter appearance.
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