Having your own website adds credibility to your venture. Whether that be a business or an educational institute or an NGO, you just can’t do without a website in the present world. From customers to parents to beneficiaries – everyone would prefer to have a look at your website even before they would think about connecting with you. That being the situation, a website is a necessity in the present times. So, you have to either develop your own website or ask some expert to do the same for you.
But do you know what type of website you would need? Well, most people don’t and so here is a brief introduction to the various website types that are available presently.
Website types based on functionality
- Static websites
As the name suggests, these websites cannot be changed by the owner after they have been hosted. Usually built using CSS and HTML, these websites take very less time to be developed and come quite cheap as well. Good for organizations/institutes that do not need any changes over a long period of times.
- Dynamic websites
As the name implies, dynamic websites are those that are available for editing by owner, even after they have been hosted. Such websites require more time to be developed, are expensive and need complex coding. They can (or must) be updated from time to time and are cost-convenient over a period of time.
- Responsive websites
Such websites are specially designed for optimal user experience on a wide variety of devices. The layout of the pages varies according to the compatibility and size of the devices, thereby making the website more convenient for use.
- Mobile websites
These websites are designed with the aim of the best user experience on a mobile.
Websites types based on purpose
Websites can also be classified into different types based on the purpose they are built for. Here are the main types of websites based on purpose:
- Personal websites
These are usually built when you want to give yourself an exposure. For example, your talents, skills, achievements, etc. can be displayed on the website. Such websites are good for social workers, photographers, painters, musicians, politicians and other such people.
- Business websites
When you want to build the e-presence for your brand or business, you need a business website. Such a website will include details about your firm/company, clients, staff, services provided, location, etc.
- E-commerce websites
When you want to sell a number of products online, then an e-commerce theme is what you need. Such websites are also referred to as online stores and help in B2B and B2C sales, locally as well as globally.
- Informational websites
If you want to share various types of information with your audience, then you need to develop an informational website. Such websites have very less/nil personal information, and no products are usually sold via such sites.
- Social media sites
As the name goes, these sites allow communication between numerous people located across the globe. People get to share personal and professional details, videos, images, day to day happenings, etc. The owner isn’t the main user in such cases.
Such websites usually deal with a particular niche, and anyone interested in the same can join such websites. They post related information, videos, images, updates, etc. They are, in a way, similar to social media sites, but people here do not share their personal lives with one another.
- News websites
These websites are meant to carry only news. News can be local or global. People usually visit such websites to keep abreast of what is happening around the world. They are much like news directories/papers, just online.
- Entertainment websites
With the digitization of everything, entertainment sites are quite popular. Everything from songs to movies, from matches to performances – every item of entertainment can be found on these websites.
Blogs are one of the most common types that are being built today and are usually run by an individual or an organization to put across any idea, information or news that the owner of the blog thinks is worthy of sharing.
- Government websites
Such websites usually belong to different departments of the Government of a country, state or region and gives detailed information about the proceedings of the governing body and its subsidiaries.