Are you confused about the difference between a blog and a website, many do!
That’s true there are many similarities between both of them, but there are also several major differences.
So, simply what a Blog is? – A blog is a series of content called “posts or entries ” that are usually organized by date with the most recent post showing first or by category for easier browsing. At the end of every post, there is comment form that allow the readers to give the writer ” blogger” feedback and interact with other readers.
Blogs (taken from “web logs”) were originally created for personal journaling. Recently people use them to replace websites, in some cases, they do own both. Blogs are best when you have a topic that compels you to write fresh information on a consistent basis. That’s why a lot of news-oriented websites are moving toward blogs.
Both platforms are free and provide user-friendly editors for you to publish your content. No programming or additional software is needed.
How about a Website? A website is a collection of content called web pages. Unlike a blog, the pages are not usually organized by date but by content. With a website, you can manage your entire design in a software program so editing the overall layout and design is a little easier than managing the layout of a blog. However, for blogs it’s not quite as straightforward, since blogs are made up of several different files and the coding is a bit more complex.
Another difference between websites and blogs is how content is published. With blogs, the publishing functionality is built into the blogging platform so you do not need any additional tools to publish your site online. For example, to publish your content from a WordPress blog, you would login to the WordPress admin panel and select “Publish”.
To publish content to a website you need an FTP program or web software that has a built-in FTP program. In fact, many web hosts now have FTP programs bundled into your account so you can publish your content right through their control panel area.
N.B: FTP stands for file transfer protocol and it’s just a simple program that moves your web pages from your computer to your website. FileZilla is a common FTP program and it’s free.
In my case,I have both, I believe each is for different purposes. If your service/ content is “Dynamic”, meaning that the content changes frequently and there is more interaction as well as the addition of news feeds, events and social media, then you may go to blog. Blogs are typically easier and cheaper to setup than websites. On the other hand, websites tend to have more evergreen information and there isn’t as much pressure to keep writing new content all the time. The information on a website is more static and often contains reference information that people would want to bookmark and return from time to time. WordPress and Weebly are free online website creator and web-hosting service tools I used.
It would be great if you shared your experience on having blog vs. website!