We live in a world of ever changing terms and jargon. Let’s see if this will add to the confusion or clear things up when it comes to what to call a blog and what to call a website.
A website, or site, is a collection of web pages.
A site is designated by its domain name, the part of the address or URL that defines the site such as WordPress.com, WordPress.org, or lorelle.wordpress.com.
A web page is any page on the web, usually found within a website.
A web page’s address is an extension of the domain name such as
A blog is a site with content displayed in reverse chronological order.
These are the facts. A site can be a blog and a blog is a site.
However, there are the myths that we have to deal with.
The term “blog” has been used derisively as a description of a personal blog, one filled with personal and sometimes private “babbling and rattling,” as one newspaper described it.
Today, when people refer to their blog, they usually mean their own personal site. The content with it could be highly personal or very professional, showcasing their expertise.
As of 2010, WordPress and WordPressMU merged and the multi-site version became known as WordPress MS (multi-site). The user decides which one they wish to install during the installation.
With companies using WordPress MS for their corporate sites and intra-networks, calling every WordPress site a blog became impractical. The WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users, and all help and support documentation began a transition to change the word “blog” to “site,” fairly representing all types of possible uses for WordPress.
Next time the discussion comes up at a party or social event on the difference between a site and a blog, you’ll have the answer. A blog is a site with the content displayed in reverse chronological order.