The internet is the place for anything and everything. Therefore, there are websites for anything and everything. Today, no matter what your field of employment, work or study, it will require a website for awareness and promotion. This article will briefly go through the most common types of websites you can find on the World Wide Web.
These are personal websites that are used to share insightful knowledge the author of the website felt like sharing. These can be based on any topic ranging from politics and religion to videogames and movie reviews or anything in between. Examples: blogger.com
- News Websites:
These are online webpages of news agencies that aim to serve news to everyone on the internet. Examples: theguardian.com, nytimes.com etc. Many Millennials and others today prefer reading the news online, as opposed to using a newspaper, for these sites compress and simplify the issues at hand unlike the often exaggerated and difficult articles published in the newspapers.
- Ecommerce Websites:
These websites are specifically built to for functionality like accepting payments, managing inventory, shipping and taxes all from the website. They usually show a catalogue of products at hand and have a user database of who can purchase an item. Examples: amazon.com, ebay.com etc.
- Question and Answer Websites:
These sites serve the singular purpose of allowing users to ask and answer questions. Users can ask questions on a variety of topics and other users can answer those questions. These results are then stored on the website to help other users with a similar query. Examples: Yahoo Answers, Quora, etc.
- Non-Profits and Religious Websites:
These websites mainly focus on giving exposure to religious and nonprofit organizations. They are setup like a business website with their goals, and services. They may even have testimonials and a donation link to raise money.
- Search Engine Websites:
Many regard these websites as the internet’s backbone. They give you links related to your queries and connect every other website on the internet. This has made the internet a simpler place where you can find answers to anything under the sun. Examples: Google, Bing etc.
- School Websites:
These websites are usually designated with an .edu at the end. These are used by students, teachers and parents to keep track of school activities and student performance. They also serve as an information portal about the school and its admission processes. Some even have an online submission facility for admission. Example: university websites and elementary school website
- Archive Websites:
These are websites that store old (and new) webpages so that they are preserved for later viewing either for academic or nostalgic reason. The internet archive started saving webpages in 1996 and have since then stored over a billion webpages and saved them from extinction.
- Portfolio Websites:
These websites are setup by artists and photographers or anyone looking to build a portfolio to show off on the internet. They can be a photograph viewing website or a website to show off artworks or any other personal creations. Examples: Devianart.