The terms website and webpage are often used interchangeably. These terms are not the same and have specific meanings. We are going to define the meaning of each of these terms to avoid confusion, to stop spreading incorrect information, and to better communicate at the time of web development.
In the simplest terms, a website is made of one or many webpages. The webpages can occur in the domain, subdomains and directories of the website.
A website is a collection of webpages within the same domain (yourwebsite.com/contact.html) and its subdomains (landing.yourwebsite.com) and directories (yourwebsite.com/blog/).
Types of Websites
There are different types of websites for different types of businesses. The most common are:
- Portfolio / CV
- LMS (online courses)
- Social Network
When we visit a website, usually we land on ONE of the pages of the website. This is called a webpage. Some websites have only one page, which is known as a one-page website (made of one page only).
Types of Webpages
The information is displayed statically. This means that its content is fixed; it won’t change unless done manually by an authorized user.
- Home page
- About page
- Service page
- Contact page
- Utility pages
- Error page
- Search results page
- Legal Notice page
- Terms and Conditions page
Dynamic Webpage or Single Page
Also known as “single page”, a dynamic webpage is a canvas that displays dynamic content. Content may change because of calls from a database. Content is not static, it is dynamic. Some examples are:
- Blog post
- Product page (from an E-commerce)
- Course page (from an LMS)
- Testimonial page
- Project page (portfolio)
- Opening page (recruiting system)
The Landing Page is a webpage used to promote a specific product, service, or event.
Thank You Page
The Thank You Pages are webpages that follow the Landing Page and complete its action. Thank You Pages are convenient for displaying more value to the visitor after completing the action.
These webpages are web versions for newsletter emails sent to its subscribers.
A Facebook Page is not a website. Many people mistakenly think they don’t need a website because they have a Facebook Page. Not so. A Facebook Page is ultimately a dynamic webpage that Facebook has adopted and branded as a term for different types of profiles.
Modal Window or Pop Up
Occasionally, we need to add extra information on a webpage without going to another page. In this event, a tool to show this content can be implemented. This can be put within a frame that is displayed and superimposed on content.
This term is also often confused as a webpage. Even though a webpage can be considered as a section of a website, web developers know sections as a part of a webpage. The following can be categorized as sections of a webpage: a title with a short description to that title; a couple of images; a logo or testimonial carousel; a slider.