Types of Websites
Basic website types; their theme, content and target audience
The types of websites on the internetThere are several types of websites on the Internet and each one of them focuses on some particular niche or demographic group. Some are selling a product, some are proclaiming a message and some are personal websites created for family and friends. Whatever their purpose all types of websites utilize a common structure consisting of a central theme, focused content and a message aimed at a particular target audience. This forms the core of all types of websites. The following information will help explain the basics of employing theme, content and target audience into your type of website design.
Theme, content and target audienceThe important thing to remember, when designing a website, is that you must have a focused website theme and relevant content which is geared to the interest of your target audience. In other words the purpose of your website should be immediately apparent to your visitors as soon as they arrive. Next it should contain a robust body of information. And, last it must appeal to a certain segment of the internet population in order to be effective. Consider your website goals . Check the website descriptions below and decide on the type of website that you want to build and the one that suits your needs.
Basic types of websites on the internet
A website that is used to log online readings or to post online diaries; may include discussion forums or chat rooms. The Internet address has a variety of endings.
- Commercial Website
The purpose of this type of website is to sell products or services. Commercial websites are used for promoting a business or service and are among the most common type of website on the internet. The Internet address often ends with .com.
- Educational Website
The purpose of this type of website is to provide information about an educational establishment or to present information in an educational manner. The Internet address ends in .edu.
- Entertainment Website
The purpose of this type of website is to entertain and provide amusement. The Internet address often ends with .com.
- Hybrid Website
Many websites are a mixture of types. For example, a business web site may promote the businesses products, but may also host informative documents, such as white papers or provide news for it's visitors. Remember, information is the soul of the internet and if used wisely articles and informational pieces are a good hook to bring in visitors.
- News Website
The purpose of this type of website is to provide information about current events, dedicated to dispensing news and commentary. The Internet address often ends with .com.
- Organizational Website
The purpose of this type of website is to advocate an individuals opinion or a groups point of view. A website where persons with similar interests communicate with each other, usually by chat or message boards. The Internet address often ends with .org.
- Personal Website
The purpose of this type of website is to provide information about an individual or group. This type of website is run by an individual or a small group (such as a family) that contains information or any content that the individual wishes to include. The Internet address has a variety of endings.
Sub-categories of websitesThere are also numerous sub-categories to the ones listed above. For example, a fan site may be a vanity site on which the administrator is paying homage to a celebrity. Another example would be a hobby site where the webmaster shares their knowledge with other like minded individuals and through forums or chat rooms creates a dialogue with them. Here is a listing of some website ideas for you to consider .
Misc. notes on website types
Personal websitesSome websites act as a means of communicating with other people via social networking or as a blog. These types of personal websites are very popular on the internet.
Business websitesMany business websites have the appearance of brochures. They are simple and without frills, communicating some simple message or product.
Large business websites are usually constrained by architectural limits (e.g. the computing power dedicated to the website). Very large websites, such as Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google and most other very large sites employ several servers and load balancing equipment, such as Cisco Content Services.
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