I see this question a lot: “What’s the difference between a blog and a website?” especially in forums, online discussions and Facebook groups.
And it could be confusing if you’re new to the blogosphere.
Though, I tried to answer the question each time I see one. I though it would be a good idea to write a blog post on the topic.
So, here you go:
What is a Blog?
A blog is a type of a website that is frequently updated with new contents and these contents (called posts and pages) are arranged by the date of publication where the most recent posts are placed above the older posts on the home page.
Simply put, a blog features content in a reverse chronological order.
This means that, this blog post for instance, will show up at the top of other posts because it is the most recent post on this blog leaving older ones below.
You get it right?
So, as I write more new post on this blog: this post begin its journey downwards because more recent posts are being published.
The older posts are not lost but moved to the archives which are arranged by the date of publication.
Also, a blog offers a comment section where readers can ask questions, share their thoughts or offer feedback about a post or topic they’ve just read.
This creates an engaging, lively, conversational environment on your blog and attracts repeat visitors.
Though, not all blogs use comments but most blogs do. This blog is not a one-way conversation; you can also air your views on virtually any post I publish.
To do this, simply:
- Scroll down to comment section labeled: Leave a Reply.
- Enter your name, email address, your website url and type your comment.
- Then click post comment and you’ll see exactly what your shared live on the blog.
Try it now to see it in action!
Some blogs comes with a hosted domain name which reads: www.myblog.blogspot.com or www.myprettyblog.wordpress.com while others come with a top-level domain name like www.smartbloggingtips.website.
So, whenever you visit a site whose home page is frequently updated with new content and the url comes with a “.wordpress.com”, “.blogspot.com”, “.typepad.com” etc.
This should tell you that it is a blog but it is freely hosted on WordPress, Blogger or Typepad (depending on the extension).
Most people love to create this type of blog because it doesn’t cost a dime.
A very good example is LindaIkeji.blogspot.com.
On the flip side, when a site carries an interface which is frequently updated with new content and the url comes with a top-level domain (e.g myblog.com), then it is a self-hosted blog.
These types of blogs are mainly powered by content management systems like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal etc.
“Hint: SmartBloggingTips is built on WordPress content management system”
Here is a summary of what a blog is:
- The content (in form of blog posts) is frequently updated.
- These blog posts are arranged in reverse chronological order.
- These blog posts can be arranged by categories, sub-category, date, tags and author.
- Provides a commenting system where readers can share their opinion, ask a question and interact with the author.
So, what exactly is a website?
What is a website?
A website is simply a web page, usually static in appearance, which rarely changes it contents.
The home page is the main page of a website and this is where visitors will find themselves when they enter the url of the website.
If the website has more than one page, the home page will serve as room to access other web pages on the site.
To create a website from scratch, you must have a very good knowledge base of website designing and website development.
Website designing simply covers how your websites looks: the design, the menus, background colour, banner location, the basic layout etc. While website development covers how your website will work when a visitor visits your website.
For example, when someone visits your site – do you want them to an account? Where will the form take them to?
How will they order for a featured product?
Hope you get the drift?
These days, website designers adopt the use of softwares like Dreamweaver, Kompozer, Artisteer etc. to create a website from scratch.
These softwares carry a design template that can be customized easily and comes built in with a FTP program which makes it easy to publish the contents to the web without hassles.
Though, you can create a simple static web page by writing your HTML codes from scratch on a basic text editor like Notepad or BBEdit without using a web designing software.
But that’s rather traditional.
Examples of websites include: Freshbooks.com, Airbnb.com, Mint.com, Amazon.com, Wakanow.com, Jiji.com etc.
Most people visits websites mainly to buy products – as in the case of Amazon, sell products – as in the case of Jiji, order for services – as in the case of Wakanow etc.
So, there’s no means of interaction as the communication adopts a one-way approach.
Here is a summary of what a website is:
- The content is static and rarely changes.
- There is no room for interaction, so visitors hardly share their comments. Though, you can easily contact them if they have a contact page, a live chat or telephone number.
- Most websites are meant for buying and selling of products.
So, Website Or Blog: Which is better?
This depends on what you intend to achieve. If you want a web page where you will be updating frequently, then go for a blog.
In fact, search engines loves fresh content and as you had more and more content that people are searching for – they’ll find your blog.
That’s free traffic for you.
Remember, More Traffic = More Money!
But if what you desire is a web page that you don’t intend to change frequently – a website is a sure bet!
Also, you can run a blog like a website if you wish.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this post, did I miss something? Or do you have a contribution to add? Leave a comment below!