As blogs become more and more popular on the internet, the confusion between a blog and a website presents itself even more frequently than before. While they do have some clear similarities, there are some differences that define what they are.
Shortened from the term Weblog, a blog is somewhat like a website that contains a series of entries that are in chronological order, but in reverse. Its content is often updated regularly with new information relevant to its particular topics. Since their beginnings in the late 1990’s, blogs have usually been maintained and authored by a single individual. When 2009 came, the popularity of blogs boomed, and with its much needed maintenance and updates, a blog is now often authored and maintained by a group of individuals, and even with the help of professional editors.
Blogs generally have various topics that can be anything under the sun, and over it. What makes a blog refreshing is that it provides a commentary system which readers can make use of to interact with the blogger (The author of a blog). You can also check previous blog posts that are archived by date, category, sub-categories, tags, and author. You can also make use of its RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to view and digest content of blogs in a much simpler manner. So if you do like to read stuff or even write things, a blog may just be the thing for you.
Also written as a web site, a website is a compilation of related web pages (A visual presentation of a document by World Wide Web and web browsers). This includes multimedia content, journals, and design of the website. A website is accessible via a public IP (Internet Protocol) network such as the internet, and private local networks.
The Contents of a website are somewhat static and are more of a collection of data instead of information, and are rarely or seldom updated. A website also is a somewhat more formal or professional representation of what’s supposed to be there. Instead of having an interactive commenting system, they only have one-way communication, excluding customer support of course. Some however have features such as ‘frequently asked questions’ and ‘feedback’ to show interaction with customers or readers. That being said, a website is more of the business type rather than the reading type material. A website also is generally harder to code, so if you know little about HTML or web design, you might want to stick to blogging instead.
Blog vs Website
What’s the difference between a blog and a website?
To begin with, a blog is somewhat a ‘type’ of website. It may be part of a website, but not its entire focus. While websites generally use their own domain name, blogs often use hosted famous blog sites such as WordPress and BlogSpot. One other difference would be their content design. While blogs show their contents in reverse chronological order, websites often don’t have an interface to support that function.
What separates a blog from a website is that a blog provides a commenting system, while a website does not. It’s the one thing that makes blogs popular and also a place where readers can get help from fellow readers and the author. Websites offer help, however, but not in an interactive way like a blog does (customer support/contact us). Also, while information in blogs is frequently updated, websites seldom update theirs.
Lastly, while the subject of a blog is more on the reader/writer’s type of interest, a website is more on the business type. A website normally offers services that users can take advantage of, while blogs normally don’t give any. They only provide information and even entertainment. Websites also offer functions for transactions such as online shops and freelance work.
In summary, blogs and websites may both provide information, but in different ways and for different purposes. Blogs are made mostly for readers and writers, while websites are more multi-purpose. If you are planning on having a website or a blog, take note that a website needs a lot of coding, but a blog doesn’t. You can even use hosted sites for blogging such as WordPress, BlogSpot, and many others.
|Features Commenting System||Does not feature Commenting System|
|Updated Regularly||Static or updated infrequently|
|Rarely provides transactional functions||Usually provides transactional functions|
|Provides information||Provides information, products, and other services|
|Reverse chronological order||No actual order|
|Archived by date, category, sub-categories, tags, and author||No archive|
|Preferred by readers and writers||Preferred by business-oriented customers|
Here is a short video to help you understand blogs more.