A website (often written as ‘web site’ or just ‘site’) is a collection of related web pages that live on the world wide web (that is what the ‘WWW’ in the web address stands for) which is also referred to as the Internet. These pages are associated with a web domain, which is hosted on a web server. So what does all that really means?
Let’s say you live in a building with has five floors with an apartment on each floor. Each apartment represents a web page. Together they become an the apartment building or website in the scenario. Your building has a number and it lives on a street. That number and street name represent your web domain (also called domain name or URL – Uniform Resource Locator). Living in that apartment you are required to pay rent to a landlord. That person or company is equivalent the web server or host on which your website lives.
Years ago, traditional websites were static. Meaning once it was created and published online, it was updated but not as often. Typically the owner would need to hire a web designer to make updates or changes. Or have an employee (or tech department) on staff that who could handle these tasks. Nowadays websites are built are CMS (Content Management Systems) platforms such as WordPress which makes them dynamic. That means they can be easily created and maintain by anyone and you aren’t required to know any coding.
A Blog (or weblog) is a collection of posts or articles written around a particulate topic. The posts are display in reverse chronological order (most recent appears first. It can be maintain by one person or a group of individuals. There are several types of blogs. The most common are personal, written in a diary format. Some blogs are categorized by their content. Such as vlog – a blog containing only videos and photoblog – a blog containing only photos. Then there are the types of blogs based on the lengths of the post and this is called microblogging. Twitter and Instagram are great examples of microblogging. There are also corporate blogs, which tend to be private because they’re solely for the company internal use. Lastly there are blogs categories by genre. Such as politics, health, travel, fashion, or lifestyle.
The answer is YES! Most blogging platform now allows you to showcase both blog posts as well as pages. In fact a lot of small business sites have a blog section. Blogs get indexed or picked up by the search engines more often then sites. Search engines love dynamic content that is constantly updated.
An apartment = web page
Multiple apartments together makes up a building = web site
Address for apartment building = web address or domain name
Landlord = web host
There’s a lot more to breakdown. Be sure to check out our Beginner’s Guide.