November 15, 2011

5 Major Differences Between A Blog And Website


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Differences between a blog and a website are highly searched in today's online arena. Blogging/blog words are so intensely used around the net, that many newbies get stuck on the point here. So i thought why not to mention the basic differences between the two ways by which we can publish our content online.

To summarize, blog is a type of a website (Web log= Blog). Website is a general term. (site on web=website). You might have heard about those static sites and dynamic sites.

That idea supports the Blog vs Website theory. There are few technical differences, as to how the data is presented to the readers. We would also discuss couple of reasons due to which blogs are highly considered now days, to present data online.
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Blog vs Website-Characteristics Match up

According to Wikipedia, a blog is as follows:
Wikipedia
A blog (a blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website supposed to be updated with new content from time to time

Blogs are generally more informally presented to the visitors. The language used is often much simpler than on websites. (though its not necessary as many webmasters now have started to use simpler language, to make their view point clear to a wider range of people, around the globe.)

In blogs, there is a thing called posts, as what you are reading now. Every post have its own static page (as the url suggests), but the main page of the blog is dedicated to the
series of latest posts in reverse-chronological (latest to oldest) order.

recent postsBloggers often prefer to show around 8-12 recent posts on their blogs main (home) page. Where as there is nothing such in a static website. Even if a website is about tutorials (like Lisa Arby's popular website, 2createawebsite.com). The website was launched years ago, when the blogging wasn't quite into the online world.

She did a pretty neat job with the sequence of the content. Interlinking was perfect. You could take a look to that site, in order to get to know the feel of a static website.

The major difference between the two types, blog and a static website is about the content refreshment. The major content of website remains the same. Though the webmaster could add additional pages to the website to increase the content, but the order by which the information is presented could not be later changed. (isn't changed).

Thats where blog have started to gain popularity. Have you ever thought about the way you search internet now days? You either follow a specific, popular blog right away (through bookmarks) or in most cases, you search search engines.

Search engines help you to get to a specific question (like how to add bla bla to blogger). It would take you to the static page, with the best information of the particular topic, either it comes from blog or website. So the content is basically searched the same way as before (through search engines), but blogs provide a different dimension to the way information is presented.

Another huge aspect of blogs due to which people have adopted them, are their ability to get crawled by search engines frequently. As the posts are updated on daily basis (sometimes many times in a day), so search engines crawl blogs many times a day in order to fetch new content.

To summarize a blog:
  1. Blogs provide commenting system 
  2. Updated almost daily
  3. Articles appearing in reverse-chronological order
  4. Frequently crawled by Search Engines
  5. Often covers a wide variety of articles

Consider a any static website, say on a topic 'Make Money Online'. So the general idea of the content would revolve around the said topic. Where as blogs are often vast in nature. Blogs publish them as e.g, Technology blog. So you would get to know about every unique/latest technologies through different posts.

Blogs are more like newspapers. Covering a vast variety of topics.

To get slightly off topic here, MBT guest author, Aiman Khan, recently posted : How To Find Ideas For Blog Posts Daily?. So while writing this posts, i feel like making another one for 'Importance of Blog over a Website'. :) As there are many things that i should keep safe for the next posts.

Differences between the two content sharing techniques could be better explained there. Hope this posts gave a general overview.

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Guest Post by Hassam Ahmad Awan. MBT's Gold Star Guest Author.




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  1. Nice Post Hassam !
    Believe me i was about to write this Post :P

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  2. @Haider Afridi

    You could always add something if i have missed any bud :)

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  3. History! My favourite subject! :)

    In a sense, we have to thank the first generation of programmers and developers. They were the ones that created countless number of web blogs to record and share their codes and coding experiences with other developers. If not for them, the WWW might not have stumbled upon the joy of blogging.

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  4. @Hassam Ahmad Awan
    Buddy i think you must add this one line in this difference
    " Website is a Web page which provides any Service ( Like Facebook ) and a Blog is a Web page which gives Informations and Articles on daily basis ( Like Youtube, Twitter ) "

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  5. Please share a tutorial about adding multiple author widget for blogger.
    Like in your blog
    posted by Hassam Ahmad Awan
    posted by Mohammad Mustafa Ahmedzai

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  6. @homebiss

    I love history too :) The work of early programmers is worth appreciating in what we are enjoying today.

    @Haider Afridi

    Yeh that would be more appropriate for the next post in line that i mentioned about. Thanks for reminding.

    @Shaun

    My pleasure friend.

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  7. Assalam O Alaikum Hassam brother ;)


    How do you guyz add the top bar ??

    " Dear Readers! If MBT has helped you a little then kindly show your love by voting @ "PakistanBlogAwards" "

    can u help me please

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  8. @yAhyA

    http://www.mybloggertricks.com/2011/09/make-sticky-bar-for-blogspot.html

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  9. You differentiated finely between blog and website, nowadays there is also another concept of niche website which is more or less like a blog bcoz it focuses on contents and their regular updates and it is nothing like a news website. Want to know a sample of such site visit www.pollutionpollution.com where I tried my best to stay focus on one issue but keep updating it.

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  10. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.
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  12. The major difference between the two types, blog and a static website is about the content refreshment. The major content of website remains the same. Though the webmaster could add additional pages to the website to increase the content, but the order by which the information is presented could not be later changed.
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  14. Thank you so much, I was really confused!

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  15. i am just starting to learn a bit about web. I have always wanted to work on web. Thnx guys 4 ur ideas. It helps me a lot.

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  16. thank you MBT !
    with much love

    Adu Alex.

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  17. Hi, i must say you did a very good job here by your diffreciations of both blog and a website, i got this site while doing some research for my site http://actionblogging.com.this article will stand the taste of time. Thanks for the tips. Philip.

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