The Difference Between A Blog And A Website

The article is intended to be informational purposes, and not with the intent of taking a potshot at the internet noobs. I believe everyone is a noob at something or the other, as there is always something more to learn.

The first thing you notice after surfing on the internet for a few hours is tons of websites and blogs.

Isn’t that right?

The first question that arises from most of them is:

What exactly is the difference between a website and a blog?

Many of them tend to confuse one with the other and interpret an answer on their own. So, let’s just clear the air and highlight the difference between a blog and a website.

The basic difference between a blog and a website is theoretically the difference in how data is being presented – the format.

Apart from that, in practicality, there is a very fine line between the two. There are some key differences between them and this article should clarify as to what you should go with for creating and publishing your content.

NOTE: Please don’t ask which is the easiest way to make money. Because there is none. It takes a lot of patience, persistence and hard work to make money on the internet.

What is a Blog?

A blog is basically a web log that a blogger makes use of for chronological listing of blog posts. A blog has the most recent content shown first followed by the previously updated content. A blog can be easily started with services like WordPress, Blogger, etc., that provides you with the entire system including design templates to begin.

Learn: How to start a blog 

A blog thrives on new content and the more regularly it is updated, the more attention it will get. That doesn’t mean tons of scraps will reap you a gold mine. Quality and regularly updated content are examples of a good blog.

Basic identification of Blogs:

  • A chronological listing of blog posts.
  • A commenting system that invites readers to participate in the communication and leave behind comments.
  • Blog posts are archived by date, category, author, tags and sub-categories.
  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds for posts and/or comments for feed-readers like Feedly, etc.

Examples

Techcrunch, Mashable, Cnet, ShoutMeLoud, LifeHacker, etc. and the list goes on.

What is a Website?

Website vs Blog

A website can be anything. Anything on the internet presented in HTML/CSS or Java/Javascript/Python/PHP, etc., is a website. A website may be complemented with a blog, but the home page would be more for browsing other pages and not just posts.

Fully functional and eye-catchy websites are usually cost consuming tasks as you would have to build it from the base up. However, with platforms and services like Adobe Dreamweaver, you can build your own website easily.

A blog can be a part of a website, in the form of  a separate page and linked to the homepage. A website is a bigger aspect and its limitations are little to none. A website could be anything from a single page to hundreds.

Basic identification of a website:

  • A homepage that displays content from several sections of internal website pages.
  • A design portfolio of work.
  • A blog might be a part of a website, but not the only thing.
  • A Frequently Asked Questions page that readers can browse to get more information.
  • A page of client testimonials and feedback.
  • Company’s terms and privacy statements pages.
  • A Contact form that allows visitors to get in touch.
  • A services/products page that displays what they have to offer for the visitors.

Examples

Box, Evernote, Wikipedia, Facebook, Odesk, etc. The list goes on.

Do you need a blog or a Website?

That depends on what you need. First, decide what you exactly intend to do. If you are more concerned with creating content on a regular basis for others to read, you should go with a blog.

If you want a fully featured online portal with many abilities and infinitesimal possibilities, you should go with a website. If you have a company, you must have a website combined with a blog.

But make sure you know a good deal of coding before you jump to creating a website or shell out a little money and outsource the coding work. One thing which you should know about ‘WordPress’ –  the most popular blogging platform – is, it can always be used as a Website, and you will get the advantage of SEO and easy management. Win-win.

All apples are fruits, but all fruits are not apples.

Similarly, all blogs are websites, but all websites are not blogs.

Got it? 😉

I hope this clears your doubts about differences between a blog and a website. I would love to know what you feel about the Blog v Website debate.

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Authored By
A Shouter whose articles got mentions from the likes of The New York Times, Kissmetrics and AllTopStories. He writes articles, novels and poems; spends most of his time reading everything he could get his hands on. Srikanth is currently pursuing his Masters from The University of Illinois and holds a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai. He is a programmer, a motivational writer and speaker.

39 thoughts on “The Difference Between A Blog And A Website”

  1. Kamrul Hassan

    Hi!
    I would like to know what are the types/kinds of WordPress Themes out there. I know two of them, like Blogging Themes and Business Themes. But there are one or two more of them actually. I cannot recall. So i am asking here to an expert like you. The main reason for this is that, I am interested to build couple of sites for Amazon Affiliate Niche Review Websites. And I would like to know what types/kinds of WordPress Themes i am going to use for building my sites. As you know there are 100s of WordPress Themes out there. And its really a hard job to figure it out. So if i have this basic knowledge about the main types/kinds of WordPress Themes then it would be much easier for me to sort it out. Hoping to have that guidance from this site.
    Thanks
    Kamrul

  2. Hi Harsh, I think there is a key difference when to blog and when to post an official content page. If you content is mostly photos then a blog would be best but if its official sales text then maybe a page is better.

  3. Thanks for sharing such nice information. i have very much satisfied with my wordpress site developed by rswebcreations.com i suggested this site for wordpress design they support very well.

  4. Thanks for the tutorial for lots of usability and customize features. I am also looking for same advice for my website. It is very much important for beginner who are interested in designing.you are given very well explanation about the blog and website , I like it.I am going to share with others also.

  5. The key innovation in web-browsers in the last 30 years was getting invented. 🙂

    Beyond that, in order of decreasing importance :

    – forms and the ability to submit data back to the server (what allowed there to be server-side applications, not mere libraries of documents)

    – including Javascript as a scripting language (before javascript, pages were static things that were entirely constructed on the server)

  6. Adebowale Omokinwa

    Thanks for putting more light to the difference. But please I want to start affiliate jobs, which amongst the two (blog and websites) will be best for me or how should I say do I really need them before I start??? Thanks in anticipation

  7. There is a difference between blog posts (shorter opinion based posts about me and my thoughts) and articles (actual fact and research based posts about other stuff) too.

    I am trying to work out the best way to be a writer presenting articles I have written, and now to try and get blog posts along side those.

    It is not always easy to work out a structure to suit what content you are wanting to put out at times.

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