Websites come in all shapes and sizes, here are 11 that show often
Keep in mind that most websites can (and probably do) fit in one more of the following categories:
A website or blog that is updated on a regular basis, and run by a small group or one person, is usually written in a casual informal style. In terms of blogging and the content, the world is truly your oyster. There are even blogs dedicated to oysters! Even if your website is not going to be a blog, it can still be a useful feature for adding authority and interest to your website. Just be sure you are committing to keeping your blog updated and fresh!
Any website representing a business is a business website. Even local small businesses need to have a simple online presence (see the ‘Brochure’ type below) in order to be seen as legitimate in today’s digitally-conscious world. One of the easiest ways to demonstrate what your business is about to find those important new customers is having a business website. Your website should include an about page along with contact details on how individuals can find you. The sky is the limit after that. See the ‘E-commerce’ section below for companies that are planning to sell through their website directly.
When websites are categorized by functionality, the simplest type is the ‘brochure’ website. Typically, a brochure website will only have just a couple of pages. They are used by small businesses wanting to have a simple online presence. This type of website effectively acts as an online brochure, to give an overview of what the business is all about, and how to get in contact with it. Usually, the content on this type of website is fairly ‘static’ – or rarely updated, in other words.
Personal Brand Websites
You may have heard the term ‘personal brand’ thrown around, and a big part of this can be having a website. You can share thoughts, share pictures, or treat your website like your own digital CV. It’s your choice. You don’t have to be a blogger or be creative to benefit from having a website. You don’t even need to spend any money to have one.
This type of website is any site that directly sells a service or product. An e-commerce website allows you to add services or products to your shopping cart, and then pay for them via the site. In the US, e-commerce sites are making up an ever-increasing part of total sales.
‘Educational’ is a term that covers a wide range of websites. Any combination of images, videos, articles, and games are used by educational websites to educate the audience. They may be geared towards offering courses to adult, like EdX and Coursera or enjoyable learning for children.
Entertainment or Media
Media websites contain content that is regularly updated on entertainment, sports, weather, and current affairs. Entertainment websites such as ELLE and news websites such as CNN fall into this particular category. The content on media websites is dynamic, which means it is updated on a regular basis. Large media websites publish multiple videos and articles every day.
Nonprofits might not be classified as businesses in the exact same way, but they need a website still. Generally, they will be simple, which outlines what the nonprofit is all about and shows visitors how they can donate, get involved, or support in another way. Nonprofit websites have the function of collecting email addresses and creating a database of individuals interested in staying in touch through newsletters with the organization.
Yahoo and other portal website bring information together from many different websites and display it all in a single location. Web portals can be a type of internal website for large businesses or organizations such as school. It is a centralized place where updates, training, and news can be shared, and for employees or students to access their files and emails. To access portals, users need to have their own login.
If you are a designer, artist, or writer, you will want to go a step beyond having a personal website. A portfolio website can definitely help. They offer a way for creative people to market themselves as freelancers, show their work to prospective employers, and help get their work and name out to the larger outside world. Websites are a part of everyday life!