The Difference between a Website and a WordPress Blog - dummies

The Difference between a Website and a WordPress Blog

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

A website and a blog are really two different things. Although a website can contain a blog, a WordPress blog doesn’t and can’t contain a full website. A blog is a chronological display of content, most often posts or articles written by the blog author. Those posts (or articles) are published and, usually, categorized into topics and archived by date.

Blog posts can have comments activated, which means that readers of a blog post can leave their feedback and the blog post author can respond, thereby creating an ongoing dialog between author and reader about the blog post.

A website is a collection of published pages and sections that offer the visitor a variety of experiences or information. Part of the website can be a blog that enhances the overall visitor experience, but it usually includes other sections and features that might include things such as the following:

  • Photo Galleries: This specific area of your website houses albums and galleries of uploaded photos, allowing your visitors to browse through and comment on the photos you display.

  • E-Commerce Store: This feature is a fully integrated shopping cart through which you can upload products for sale, and your visitors can purchase your products via your online store.

  • Discussion Forums: This area of your website allows visitors to join, create discussion threads, and respond back and forth to one another in specific threads of conversation.

  • Social Community: This section of your website allows visitors to become members, create profiles, become friends with other members, create groups, and aggregate community activity.

  • Portfolio of Work: If you’re a photographer or web designer, for example, you can display your work in a specific section of your site.

  • Feedback Forms: You can have a page on your website with a contact form that visitors can fill out to contact you via e-mail.

  • Static pages (such as a Bio, FAQ, or Services page): These pages don’t change as often as a blog page does. Blog pages change each time you publish a new post. Static pages contain content that doesn’t change very often.

The preceding list doesn’t exhaust what a full website can contain, but instead lists some of the most often seen sections of a website.