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Different Types of Websites

 

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Websites can be placed into several different categories. On this page, you will find a list of the different types of websites based on the features and content they offer. Keep in mind that, content can be varied, and with this in memory, I have attempted to make segregation as intuitive as possible. Please make a note that these categories of the websites are not distinct and can overlap… sometimes to a huge degree.

 
 
 
 SEARCH ENGINES, SOCIAL NETWORKS

These have become more of the popular types of websites in the world. The larger search engine companies, like Google or Bing, prefer to keep their homepage simple and market only one service, while Yahoo! and MSN goes a something similar to a “portal” like look, which pushed toward the web surfers.

The portal look gives a wider platform for the company to market their different services but it also separates the visitors.

Classified directory websites list businesses (both online and offline) divided into different categories or geographic locations. These can also include an internal search engine that helps users quickly find information.

 
INFORMATION BASED WEBSITES

Mostly dedicated to the purpose of providing specific information – whether free or paid.
These information websites might cater to a niche industry or broaden in their scope and can be labeled as “news portals”.
Information website can also contain updated timetables, TV guides, reference material, sports data, weather and stock data.

 
PERSONAL WEBSITES

With many tools and services available, creating a web site is no longer a “rocket science”.

These days, the stellar number of personal websites one can find on the Internet is astounding! Personal websites and blogs are the fastest growing types of website to date.

Personal websites can comprise any kind of material and are usually managed by a single individual who can choose whatever content to post on the web.

Anyone can now create a website using free web hosting accounts that might also offer templates that are “ready-to-go websites”, or with free and commercial versions of WYSIWYG HTML editors like DreamWeaver, etc.

BLOGS

Blogs are like online diaries. On the contrary to diaries, though you keep your hard-copy diary under lock-and-key, you want more and more visitors to read the online one.

Blogs can be created by anyone using free services like Blogger.com (Google) or Windows Live Spaces (Microsoft). You can also install blog software, like the free WordPress or Joomla and start putting your thoughts online in a matter of minutes!

Because blogs are so stress-free to create, administer and even earn from, the web has increased many. And it’s all thanks to the countless number of free blog services and a strong enthusiasm by the ever-growing blogging community, who keep maintaining and updating their websites regularly.

 
COMPANY WEBSITES

Many company websites have a small number of pages of information on the business, its services and clients. These are more like “online brochures”. Your content is the key of your success and you know what? We help you to build it with our full multimedia service.

 
 
FORUMS

Forums serve as podiums and endorse interactions amongst the users. Unless specifically blocked and requiring a special invite, you can join any forum on the Internet. Most forums cater to a specific industry or a field.

Forums naturally include categories that further narrow down the subject. Registered users can post questions or start a topic, which other users can reply or add to. A lot of respected information and knowledge exists in online forums and I wish you to join and actively participate in online discussions with people that share the same interests.

If you already have a web site, check with the hosting company; they would probably provide such forum software for free which you can install via the control panel.

 
 
ECOMMERCE (ONLINE SHOPS AND AUCTIONS WEBSITES)

Online shops are not restricted to selling tangible products; they can also provide services and a good example of this would be travel and matrimony websites.

If you are forecasting to sell your products (or services) online, an ecommerce website is what you are looking for.

Furthermore, you can integrate payment gateways, like Paypal.com and moneybookers.com, in your online shopping mall and process the orders and receive funds.

 
WEB APPS

Web Apps are a shapeless idea and mainly contains websites that offer a precise service. The purpose of these websites can be wide-ranging – information storage, communication etc. Sites like Flickr.com, Google docs, del.icio.us fall into this category.

 
 FILE SHARING WEBSITES

As Internet speeds have improved and more and more people are using broadband connections, the significance of file sharing types of websites has matured. DropBox and YouSendIt.com are two leading examples of such kind of websites. Not only can you discover images, but also music (occasionally even full albums) and video (yes, complete films). These websites offer both free and paid memberships.

However, because of the enormous number of files saved on these sites, it is almost impossible to find the file you are looking for unless you know the direct link. Websites like loadingvault.com provide a decent enough search engine that helps you locate files based on your query.

 
 
 

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