We may think that all websites tend to follow the same structures, but in actual fact, websites come in all sorts of different types, all performing different functions depending on what the website wants to do.
Many believe that the most expensive and extensively developed websites out there are the ones that are simply the best looking. The ones that are sleek and elegant and easy to use must have the best functionality, right? Well, not exactly. Depending on the function of a website, the way it looks can change dramatically. Some of the most successful websites out there are not necessarily the best looking, simply due to the magnitude of functions it has to operate.
When it comes to functionality, there are five main types that a website can utilise depending on what it is that it is set up to do:
For small companies that need a simple online presence on a budget, brochure websites are the perfect solution. A brochure site is made up of a few simple pages that give an outline to the company, explain what they do, who they are, where they operate and give information on services and pricing. They work like a modern-day business card for the majority of small business owners who don’t have the budget for a huge website containing pages and pages of relevant data and information in the form of blogs and articles.
2. Social Media
To share information and photos/videos online with friends, family and others, we use social media websites. These sites provide a platform for sharing, interacting and communicating with others and have become insanely popular over the last few years: our society nearly runs on social media, and Facebook - the biggest social media platform of them all - has 2.07 billion active users.
Another way to share information is through a portal website. These sites collate information from a number of different sources in the form of emails, forums, search engines and news so that people can check into the site to keep up to date with important information. For this reason, portal sites are often used within companies, schools, universities etc. to allow people from all over access to the information and emails that they need in a secure way.
For online collaboration a wiki website, most notably Wikipedia, are used. These sites allow users to write and amend content of any article on the platform so that others can view the information for whatever purposes.
To provide products or services online, the most popular site is an eCommerce website. This site can either be one company selling their products or services directly, or in similar fashion to the likes of Amazon and eBay, where a multi-vendor or ‘marketplace’ eCommerce site allows multiple vendors to sell to customers through one single site.
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