Types of websites

Hi there!

In the previous article, we took a look at the different web designing style strategies, so now that you have an idea about the different web designing styles, we will take a closer look into the different types of websites!

As you begin your website design projects, it is important to define the goals, utility and the users who will be targeted as well. There are more than 1.8 million websites available on the Internet right now!

Before you get started with your web design project, you must define the goals that you hope to achieve by asking a few questions.

  • What makes your website so special?
  • What can make the visitors come back to the website?
  • What problems can it help to solve?
  • Why would people use the website?
  • Who will be using your website?

How are websites classified?

Websites are primarily classified on the basis of 3 different factors, which are:

  • Functionality
  • Content
  • Design

The classification and description of all the websites are dependent on these factors. These all contribute to being the major criteria on which all websites are classified.

How do you classify websites on the basis of Content?

Based on the changes in regularity and content, websites can be primarily divided into 2 major types. These type of websites can be grouped into static and dynamic!

1. Static websites:

These are the basic websites and do not change their content frequently, without being updated by users. Static websites are mainly used for information goals, rather than interactions.

2. Dynamic websites:

These are the type of websites whose content is updated regularly! Some of the different factors which play a major role in influencing your website are location, search history, logging in etc.

Dynamic websites help to update content generated by users on their website as well! Your dynamic website must be able to respond to actions dynamically and show the updated content to the users. This is one of the major reasons why there is a higher level of interaction with dynamic websites rather than static ones.

How are websites classified on the basis of functionality and purpose?

One of the major classifications for websites is on the basis of functionality and some of the most popular types of websites are:

1. Personal presentation websites:

These are the websites which help to promote an individual in a creative or professional perspective! These are primarily utilized for personal branding.

2. Corporate websites:

These websites are aimed at presenting information about the company to a bigger audience! This kind of website provides information about the products or services provided by the company.

3. E-commerce:

This platform helps customers to make purchases online and the major function of E-commerce websites is to sell products or services!

4. Shareable websites:

These websites allow users to share content such as photos, videos, music, graphics and other types of video!

5. Educational websites:

These websites have content to learn new things from, they are an encyclopedia of information for people who wish to learn!

6. Directory websites:

Directory websites are the Yellow pages available online for users to browse through, to get information relation such as contact details and other information!

7. Video streaming websites:

These websites primarily deal with video as the main source of content, which is available on websites!

Some of the other types of websites that fit it into this category such as crowdfunding websites, social websites and news websites!

How are websites classified on the basis of responsiveness?

Websites which are classified on the basis of responsiveness can be categorized into:

1. Static websites:

These websites are not optimized for devices other than computers, on which they were designed.

2. Fluid websites:

These websites keep the same proportions of the page, regardless of the device it is opened on.

3. Responsive websites:

These type of websites are optimized for different aims and objectives, which must be accomplished!

In conclusion, these are all the different types of websites which people develop. In the next article, we will be taking a closer look at the pros and cons of using static and dynamic websites!