FAQ-1: Difference between a Blog and a Website
The difference between a website and a blog is the most frequently asked question at Uddari Web. Though both blogs and websites are spaces on the internet that can be used by us for commercial and non-commercial purposes, there are many features that separate blogs from websites.
Website: Own domain name, own hosting, eCommerce landing pages, online order/payment system, web design options
Websites are spaces attached to a registered domain name and a hosting company that provides space on the Net. Both the domain name and the hosting space have affordable yearly renewal costs: the domain name may cost under $20, and hosting fees may be anywhere from $50 to $250 per year depending on the requirements and the objectives of the website.
Blogs are attached to a collective domain name, and are hosted in collective web spaces, and so, incur no yearly costs. Websites can be cramped for space but most blog systems offer enough space to accommodate a large amount of images, and to embed other media such as audio and video files.
Blog: Domain as a sub-domain of blogging platform, collective hosting, non-commercial, limited web design options.
Perhaps the most important difference between a blog and website is in the ways the two promote or ‘market’ themselves on the Net. Blog pages are ‘proactive’ in the sense that each post announces its publication outside of its own blog space through Tags and Categories, Pingbacks and Linkbacks, RSS Feeders and Blog Search Engines.
Tags and Categories are keywords that are sent to a central blogsphere, usually a high-traffic area, increasing chances for click-overs. Pingbacks and Linkbacks create an organic and ongoing inter-connectivity between blogs based on published web content. RSS Feeders, blog subscription features and blog search engines all help to increase traffic to blogs.
Keywords are used by websites on each web page also but they are employed in a ‘passive’ manner, waiting for the search engine robots and spiders to come and collect information from the updated page for the next related keyword search.
As well, blogs offer the opportunity for visitors to participate in discussions and add content to your blog through Comments. This aspect increases participation and interactivity, and creates the most positive impact on the number of new visitors and the visitors that keep coming back to your blog.
Websites assure independence and more choices in design and eCommerce solutions, and in most business/corporate solutions, a website is a must-have where a blog may serve as a support to the objectives of the website.
Blogs provide easy-to-use content management systems (CMS) and promotional features for individual/small-group owners to update, maintain and promote their blogs themselves. Blog owners abide by the rules and regulations of their respective blogging platforms.
also view FAQ 6: Why do websites cost more than blogs?