Minting, or creating an NFT is when you publish its data on the blockchain. Find our full guide to minting NFTs here: How to create an NFT
Listing an NFT is when you set a price on it in order to sell it. You can list an NFT for sale or for reserve auction.
You can find guides to each here:
How to list an NFT for reserve auction
On some platforms, NFTs are minted at the time of purchase. This is called lazy minting.
In lazy minting, the gas fees for minting are rolled into the same transaction that assigns the NFT to the buyer, so the NFT creator never has to pay a transaction fee to mint.
But what if you want to mint an NFT but not sell it?
On OIX, we have given you the choice to perform these operations separately.
Now you can create an NFT for yourself, or a friend, and choose to list it at a different time, or never. Making art and selling art have never been the same - why would NFTs be any different?