A Web service is a web application component that uses a standardized format like XML to interact with other web applications over the internet. Check our post What is a Web Service? for a detailed explanation of web services.
Whereas a website is a collection of webpages put together which are accessed by a web browser.
|A web service doesn’t have a user interface.||A website has a user interface or GUI.|
|Web services are meant for other applications to be interacted with over the internet.||Websites are meant for use by humans.|
|Web services are platform independent as they use open protocols||Websites are cross-platform as they require tweaking to operate on different browsers, operating systems, etc.|
|Web services are accessed by HTTP methods – GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, etc.||Websites are accessed by using their GUI components – buttons, text boxes, forms, etc.|
|E.g. Google maps API is a web service that can be used by websites to display Maps by passing coordinates to it.||E.g. ArtOfTesting.com is a website that has a collection of related web pages containing tutorials.|
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