by Team RobertMening

Very often we get the same question over and over: should I get a blog or a website and what is the difference between them? Surprisingly people struggle with these two things.

In this short resource, we will describe you exactly what is the differences between blog and website.

Should I make a Blog or Website, and what’s the difference?

The Difference between a blog and a website is theoretically the difference in how data is being presented – the format. Apart from that, there is a very fine line between the two. There are some key differences between them .

A blog is basically a web log that a blogger makes use of for chronological listing of blog posts. A blog has the most recent content shown first followed by the previously updated content. A blog can be easily started with services like WordPress, Blogger, etc., that provides you with the entire system including design templates to begin.

A blog thrives on new content and the more regularly it is updated, the more attention it will get.

Basic identification of Blogs:

  • A chronological listing of blog posts.
  • A commenting system that invites readers to participate in the communication and leave behind comments.
  • Blog posts are archived by date, category, author, tags and sub-categories.
  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds for posts and/or comments for feed-readers like Feedly, etc.

However a website can be anything. Anything on the internet presented in HTML/CSS or Java/Javascript/Python/Php, etc., is a website. A website may be complemented with a blog, but the home page would be more for browsing other pages and not just posts. Fully functional and eye-catchy websites are usually cost consuming tasks as you would have to build it from the base up.

A blog can be a part of a website, in the form of  a separate page and linked to the homepage. A website is a bigger aspect and its limitations are little to none. A website could be anything from a single page to hundreds.

Basic identification of a website:

  • A homepage that displays content from several sections of internal website pages.
  • A design portfolio of work.
  • A blog might be a part of a website, but not the only thing.
  • A Frequently Asked Questions page that readers can browse to get more information.
  • A page of client testimonials and feedback.
  • Company’s terms and privacy statements pages.
  • A Contact form that allows visitors to get in touch.
  • A services/products page that displays what they have to offer for the visitors.

All in all, modern tools that we have at our disposal allow us to have both at the same time.

If you still don´t know how to choose and you are beginner, then consider this:

Many small businesses around the world have traditional websites made up of just pages and no blog. Such small websites are often made to create an informational web presence for a business, organization, or individual.

On the other hand, more and more businesses are realizing the potential of a blog in their marketing strategy. They are adding a separate blog section to their traditional websites and using it to get more traffic from search engines.

All in all, modern tools that we have at our disposal allow us to have both at the same time. Just consider what is your business model or final purpose for creating a blog or website. If you want to monetize your website/ blog then we recommend to have both features available.

Can I use a blog/website for business?

If you’re in a situation where you want to start an online business, then the question of blog vs website becomes even more critical.

As experience shows us, blogs prove to be incredibly effective as tools for business.

  • Statistics shows that websites with blogs get 55% more visitors
  • Search engines like Google simply love blogs. That’s because a blog, by definition, will always be more up-to-date than static sites, and will always have some fresh new content to show people.
  • Whenever you publish a new post on your blog, your website engine – WordPress – will ping Google automatically and invite them to come and index your new content.
  • Blog also makes easier to promote your business on social media.

The only downside to blogs is that someone has to feed in fresh content. Therefore, a blog requires some ongoing time investment.

Can I make money with a blog/website?

The answer is “yes”, the most straightforward methods to make money from your site are to:

  • Sell your own products
  • Sell ad space on the site/blog
  • Affiliate marketing – promote other people’s products for a commission

Speaking of selling your own or others products:

Can I convert my blog or website to online store?

WordPress is famous for being able to run any type of blog or website, and this includes online stores as well. If you’re on WordPress then you can start selling products after you install an additional plugin called WooCommerce. It’ll turn your blog or website into a fully-fledged e-commerce store. Please check our guide how to open a online store.

However, if you’re using another website builders, like Wix or Constant Contact then you get an e-commerce store module right from the website builder.

Can I build a blog or website on my own?

Yes, you can build a blog or a website all on your own. Please read our step by step guides that will guide you through process. Do not worry, it is not complicated at all.

How to start a blog easy to read beginner’s guide

How to setup a website step by step guide for beginners

How much cost to build a blog vs website?

If you decide to build your site with WordPress, you’ll need to get a web hosting account and a domain name before you can make your site operational. Don´t worry we will guide you through this process.

WordPress hosting plan from a company like   starts from $3.95 a month, but we always recommend a Choice Plus plan ($5,95 a month) where you will have all the need features and resources available to run a professional website or blog with a solid traffic.

With a Choice Plus you will get a domain name for free, unlimited emails, unmetered website space and all the need security features.

All in all

We hope this guide has been helpful and that the topic of blog vs website is no mystery to you any longer.

Once again, to start your journey with blogs or websites, feel free to read these guides or contact us directly if you have any questions.

How to start a blog easy to read beginner’s guide

How to setup a website step by step guide for beginners