Landing Pages vs. Websites

Establishing a strong online presence is crucial for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Whether you're looking to promote a product, share your expertise, or simply connect with your audience, deciding between a landing page and a full-fledged website can be a critical choice. I often have website clients come to me wondering if they need a website or if a simple landing page would suffice. Oftentimes they don’t know the difference, or they could be making the wrong choice. In this blog post, I’m going to  dive into the considerations that will help you determine when to use a landing page versus a website.

Landing Pages:

Landing pages are simple, focused web pages designed with a specific purpose in mind. They're built to capture the attention of visitors and guide them towards a single call to action (CTA). Here are scenarios where landing pages shine:

  • Promotions and Campaigns: If you're launching one product, service, or a time-sensitive promotion, a landing page can effectively highlight its features and benefits. This focused approach prevents distractions and encourages visitors to take immediate action.
  • Lead Generation: Landing pages can be tailored for lead generation campaigns, offering downloadable resources or sign-ups for webinars. By minimizing distractions and emphasizing the value proposition, you can increase the likelihood of capturing valuable contact information.
  • Event Registrations: When hosting an event, whether it's an online webinar or an in-person workshop, a dedicated landing page can simplify the registration process and showcase event details.


Websites, on the other hand, are comprehensive online platforms that provide visitors with a broader range of information and features. Here's when a website might be the better choice:

  • Establishing Credibility: If you're building a brand, a website serves as a central hub where visitors can learn about your history, values, team, and portfolio. A well-designed website lends credibility and professionalism to your online presence.
  • Content Sharing: For individuals or organizations that plan to regularly publish articles, blog posts, videos, or other forms of content, a website with multiple sections and a content management system  is essential for organizing and showcasing your material.
  • E-Commerce: If you're selling products or services, a website provides the infrastructure to manage an online store with multiple product listings, categories, and payment gateways.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Websites offer more opportunities for search engine optimization, allowing you to target a wider array of keywords and improve your chances of appearing in search results.
  • Interactivity: Websites allow for greater interactivity, with features like contact forms, user forums, comment sections, and integrations with social media platforms.


In my experience, it's not an either-or decision between landing pages and websites; rather, it's about finding the right balance based on your goals and target audience. You might use a landing page to capture leads and drive conversions while also directing those leads to your website for a deeper exploration of your offerings. 

Understanding when to utilize a landing page versus a website is key to achieving your online goals. Landing pages excel in delivering focused messages and driving immediate actions, while websites offer comprehensive platforms for showcasing your brand, content, and products. In a nutshell, I like to think of a landing page as something that is simple and probably not going to change much over time, while a website is more complex, will be changed over time, and will have multiple pages.

If you have questions and want to explore me helping you set up your landing pages or website, click here to book a free 15 minute consultation call. I would be happy to help answer any questions you may have! And as always, if you know someone who would benefit from reading this blog, send it to them! 

To your success, 

Meaghan Weisheipl 

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