Differences between a webpage and a website

It is surprising that at this point in the game and with the web already 30 years old, we still don’t know the difference between a web page and a web site. So let’s get to it.

What is a web page?

To put it simply, a web page is a document that can be displayed through a browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari, among others. Going deeper into the concept, we would see that a web page -also called an electronic page, digital page or cyberpage- is electronic information that can contain links, scripts, styles, images, sound, audio and other elements.

The information of a web page is regularly in html or xhtml format and can be to other pages. Just here is an interesting topic, people often call a web page a set of web pages, which is a little incorrect. Because the appropriate term in such a case would be website. So let’s go to the next question.

What is a website?

It is a collection of web pages that group and connect to each other, regularly in the same domain or subdomain. This group of pages is called a website.

How well do we understand the differences between a web page and a web site? No?

What are their differences?

  • Webpage

As we said before, a web page is an electronic document displayed through a browser, and this url will have a specific url,

  • Website

It is a group of web pages in the same domain.

The difference then becomes obvious: the page is only a document a part of the whole website.

So we have that a web site is a collection of linked web pages, plus their associated resources, that share the same domain. And web page of a web site provides links that allow the user to navigate from one page to another (within the same web site and even outside it).

For example, in the following image, you can see a screenshot of our website. In red circle you will see the url of the home page, however, each service page, blog, contact, among others, make up our website.

What about cases where a website has a single page?

This could generate some conceptual confusion since we could refer to the web page as a website.To access a website we regularly type your domain into the search engine and the browser displays the main page of the website, which is commonly called Home.

If we were faced with a page in which the home page is the only page of the site, it would be easy to confuse the concepts.

A few years ago, websites with a single web page became very fashionable, where through the parallax effect “different sections” of information are shown. What made it possible to place them in the main menu: Home | Services | Products | Contact

But in reality through anchors all that information was shown on the same website. So, to avoid confusion, these types of pages are often called single-page websites or single-page or single-page websites.

The future of web pages

There are international organizations such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that establish guidelines in order to standardize the code and design of websites. Its objective: to standardize the protocols and guidelines that allow maximizing the growth of the web.

These guides establish that html5 is not only focused on presentation, but also on the semantic relationship in documents (RDFa).

This semantic relationship in the documents is made through microdata and its usefulness lies in the fact that the machines (mainly search engines) can understand the content of the pages.

And it is precisely here where large corporations such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, W3C, among others, are seeking to unify and standardize the use of microdata so that the artificial intelligence of search robots is not only capable of associating certain pages with the searches of users but able to answer for themselves specific doubts of users or directly show the answer that appears on a specific page.

How microdata helps

To be able to offer higher quality search results to people, more related and with better features than if they only showed a traditional listing of web pages.