What is the Difference Between a Blog and a Website?
What is the difference between a blog and a website? Well, this is one question a lot of people ask me. In this article, I will share with you some of the key difference between the two.
At the outset let me tell you that all blogs are website but not all websites are blogs. Blogs are a subset or a part of a website. So essentially blogs could be a part of the websites. Some website might not contain a blog.
What is the difference between blog and website
In order to understand the basic difference between a blog and a website let us first understand what the two are:
What is a Blog?
Blogs are logs on the web that are catered to by individuals, groups or organisations with regular entries in the scape of write-ups and visuals, commentaries, personal diaries, social and political views, photography, videos (Vlogs) and anything and everything you can think of.
It is all up to the organisation or the blogger to mould the blog in the way they want to. There is no formal regulation as such. The arrangement on the web is in reverse chronological order generally. A blog typically has the most recent content at the top followed by previous content.
A blog is not difficult to start, you need to have a free hosting of WordPress, Blogger, etc. The best part is that these domains are free and you don’t need to start everything from scratch, there is a set of design templates available for your consideration.
A blog thrives on new content and the more updated a blog is, more attention it seeks. It does not mean that you can write in scraps all the time, people actually love reading blogs from all over the world!
Features of a Blog:
- Content updated regularly
- It is not formal as a website is
- It is interactive in nature
- Informative and Educational too
- Interactivity based between consumer and industry
How to identify a blog?
There is a chronological listing of blog posts and the commenting system invites a lot of readers to read and share their opinions for better communication. Blog posts are archived by dates, category, author, tags and subcategories.
They have RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds for posts and/or comments for feed readers like Feedly etc. Few Examples of Popular Blogs are Techcrunch, Mashable, Cnet, Engadget, Boing Boing etc.
What is a website?
A website can be anything you want it to be. A website is a conglomeration of many landing pages, unlike a blog which has just one home page. A website may be complemented with a blog but it would do more than just that. A website needs to be developed from the front end and back end of coding.
The more features you want on your website, more is the cost of buying that plugin. Fully functional websites usually require time and cost a lot as it is to be built from the base up. With platforms like WordPress and Adobe Dreamweaver, you can easily build your own website.
A blog can be a part of a website, as a separate page which is linked to the homepage. A website is a bigger aspect that can have as many landing pages as needed and as many features as required.
Features of a Website
- Static Content
- Formal and Professional Engagement
- Interactivity does not comply. This is one-way communication.
- Transactions can be processed
- Communication oriented
How to identify a website?
A website is a home page that displays content from several sections of internal website pages or landing pages. It mostly has a design portfolio of work. A blog might be a part of the website but not necessarily the whole thing. An FAQ page is a must so that readers can browse in to get more information.
A page of client testimonials and feedback, a page of company’s terms and privacy statements pages, a contact form that allows visitors to get in touch and a services page that displays what they have to offer for the visitors.
Examples of a website are Box, Evernote, Facebook, Wikipedia etc.
WordPress Blog vs WordPress Website
The new trend emphasises on the building of a website with blog software (generally called CMS or Content Management Systems) like WordPress. WordPress was earlier used just to build blogs, however, today a comprehensive website with or without blogs can be built with WordPress.
CMS has the capacity of providing you with static web pages and blog pages too. For a good website to build up, both are necessary for the success in online exposure. This allows you to design a web presence that contains a traditional website and a blog using one tool at service.
Other benefits of such websites are:
- Homogenous look and feel
- Ease of SEO Optimisation
- Ease and speed in designing and developing a web presence
- Sharing of add on plugins between the pages and posts.
- Ease of maintenance and updating of content as the entire thing is based on a content management system (CMS)
Difference between blog and website
All in all, a blog is a website type where contents are frequently uploaded and arranged in order of recent update. The last update is shown on top. Usually, blogs are interactional and are written in a chatty, conversational language with comments enabled to ensure proper interaction and better communication. Blogs are generally written on a particular topic called a niche.
While a website’s homepage features static contents rarely change, a blog is constantly taking a new look as new posts keep replacing the old ones on the homepage. A blog could either have a self-hosted top-level domain (TLD) like “.com” or “.org” or a hosted domain like “.wordpress.com” or “.blogspot.com”, a website is always on TLD.
A blog has an interface showing contents in reverse chronological order. So a company can have a website with a homepage that welcomes and introduces readers to the company’s mission, services, contact details. It can also have a blog page at the same time.
Do I need a Blog or a Website- a million-dollar question!
Firstly you need to decide what is it that you really want? If you are just content on creating new content every day for others to read and give their opinions on then ideally blog would be a better choice for you.
If you want a full-featured online portal with many abilities and possibilities then you should probably go with a website. But you should be definite about your services and the nature of your website before you jump into making one. Also, a good deal in coding is a must pre-requisite.