Until recently, I have always lumped blogs and websites together as the same thing (except that websites probably require fees for their own domain). During one of my tutorials at school, I gained a revelation about their key differences.
Blogs and Websites Serve Different Purposes
For one, blogs and websites cater to different needs. Shrikanth puts it like this:
- Blogs are great if you want to create content on a regular basis.
- Websites are the way to go if you plan on having more timeless information and/or want an online portal with several abilities
- A website combined with a blog (like this site) is useful if you want to feature constant updates as well as timeless information about your company.
Blogs and Websites Differ in Form
The arrangement and genre of information also differ between blogs and websites. Websites provide us with “official information” from businesses and organisations whereas blogs are part of a discussion.
|Blog Form||Website Form|
|Frequently updated||More static|
|Simple site organisation; posts usually arranged in reverse chronological order||Complex site navigation; sitemap and breadcrumbs are important|
|Interactivity mostly related to conversation||Interactivity mostly related to e-commerce|
|Usually written by one contributor||Often involves more than one contributor|
Blogs and Websites Differ in Style
Websites are styled in a way that strategically constructs a desired impression whereas blogs draw readers in to discover one’s thoughts, experiences, and ideas. These goals are manifested in the following differences.
|Blog Style||Website Style|
|Informal and Opinionated||Formal and Fact-based|
|Personal voice||Corporate voice|
|Design and images dependant on blogger’s tastes and mood; tend to be rather ecclectic||Often contain a house-style with standard fonts, colours, image styles, and have logo embedded in media items|
|Filled with text-based posts and enriched with links and multimedia||Filled with pages containing crisp and succinct information|