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As someone who is looking to build his/her own website, familiarizing yourself with these different types of web pages and trying to figure out the most suitable one for you or your company might be frustrating, especially if you have no background in that field. Well, good news! it might be simpler than you might imagine and that’s why we simplified it for you as much as possible in this list. 

Although a list of different types of websites might me never ending, we picked the most common types to help give you a general idea

Enough talking, here are some of the most popular types of websites you might encounter

E-Commerce

These are the “virtual” or online shops that allow you to receive online payments for your products. Whether you have a physical store or not, having a website would be great regarding increasing your traffic as it makes it more convenient for people to find you and buy from you.

Regarding the overall design of the ecommerce website, its main parts usually include the homepage, which displays your most popular products, inner pages to hold individual products and their descriptions, and a strong search system to aid anyone trying to find their suitable product

Some examples of e-commerce websites include the well known Amazon, Ebay, Aliexpress, and many more

Business/Corporate

These are the “virtual” or online shops that allow you to receive online payments for your products. Whether you have a physical store or not, having a website would be great regarding increasing your traffic as it makes it more convenient for people to find you and buy from you.

Regarding the overall design of the ecommerce website, its main parts usually include the homepage, which displays your most popular products, inner pages to hold individual products and their descriptions, and a strong search system to aid anyone trying to find their suitable product

Some examples of e-commerce websites include the well known Amazon, Ebay, Aliexpress, and many more

Blogs

Blogs are your digital playground where you can post articles, videos and pictures about you, your company, or both. The tone is usually laid back and informal, which is why blogs usually are personal.

It is quite common these days to find blogs integrated into any website on an individual page, usually featuring latest news, updates, or articles that the company had to share.

Some of the commitments that come with owning a blog is that it is required to be regularly updated and kept alive or people will quickly lose interest. This might feel like a burden especially for smaller companies, this is why a full time content writer and a content strategy are usually required in larger companies as blogs could also be profitable if they provide valuable information. In fact, it is better not to have a blog than an outdated one.

Portfolio

Ideal to allow creative people to showcase previous work, a portfolio website would be your next step as an artist, designer, or anyone who just wants to share the quality of their work with potential clients to view.

These types of websites are usually simple including only the most featured masterpieces at the top, and other work samples below. After having more work to show it would be inconvenient to put it all, this is when you could categorize your work and put your best pieces in every category.

Just like blog websites, portfolio websites could be integrated as a page inside a company website to showcase their work.

Brochure/Catalogue

These types of websites are most suitable for people or companies who want to showcase their products or services without the intention of selling online. As the name suggests, mainly a professional way to show your products or services online. 

It is also one of the simplest websites out there, usually made up of just a couple of pages containing your products and some contact information. The main advantage of brochure websites is that they are relatively cheap due to their simplicity

brochure/catalogue websites are best for salons, hotels, manufacturers, carpenters, etc…

Personal

These ones don’t need a lot of explanation. You could think of these types of web pages as a mixture between blog, brochure, and portfolio websites. Usually for trusted industry professionals to have a platform where they can share their thoughts about particular subjects, in addition to showcasing their work and how people can contact them. You could think of them as an online CV.

They usually include a homepage that has some explanation about who the person is and what he/she does with some popular showcases, a page of previous work, contact information and maybe a map, and maybe a page of any products or services the person provides

Usually for dentists, surgeons, consultants, free-lancers, and so on…

Media/Entertainment

While these two types of websites may seem different, they have a lot in common. Media websites are usually online news reporting websites used to keep users up to date on the current affairs. On the other hand, entertainment websites are like online magazines, used to keep users, as the name suggests, entertained. They could include comedy websites or other websites just for fun.

These types of websites usually make money through other people placing their advertisements on the page, rather than selling products or services like e-commerce websites.

This type of website makes it very easy for potential clients to know what your business is about, what your products or services are, and who it’s for and who it’s  not. Although an e-commerce website could be considered a business website, business websites usually do not drive sales through online payments

Portal

Portal websites bring information from multiple sources into one single view or place for easier access. Usually for businesses and schools to be able to finish internal tasks more efficiently, these websites usually include a login page where employees, students, or even teachers could access different functionalities that suite each one’s needs.

These types of websites are usually more complicated to build so hiring a skilled expert would be more suitable.

Educational

Educational websites are, as simple as they sound, websites with the sole purpose of educating its audience. They could include schools and university websites, online courses websites, and even games that educate kids.

They may also include an online portal for students and teachers to be able to log in to upload and view content, especially if these educational services included a paid subscription.

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a way for small or new businesses to raise capital. And although in the past that was a tiresome task, trying to seek large investments from a small number of people, that all has changed in the digital world. Now you can ask for small amounts of money from a larger number of people online, which would make this task much easier.

These websites are best for charities, startups, small companies, donations, etc…

You start by stating your cause as a video, picture, or article, the amount needed, and a deadline. You could also offer VIP treatment, discounts, or gifts for contributors.

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