Before long, the internet was mostly a place for governmental, educational and research institutes to exchange information. At this time, the agencies only used to enter information on the web via text-only pages. The modern online world is much more than just a basic text based location for information exchange.
The modern internet demands well developed and designed websites that reveal and exchange information with a lot of other factors in mind. As a result, there are now tons of ways you can develop a website for a specific need. For example, if you are to sell something through the internet, you would need an e-commerce website which gives you and your users the ability to instantly swap from one product to another and have a look at the product picture and its details.
Today we will be discussing 10 popular kinds of websites that you, as someone wanting to start an online venture, can utilize for your goals.
- Online Business Brochure/Catalog Websites
When internet was not there, mostly every business used forms of media such as the radio, news paper, magazines and television to show their product catalogues to the world. Now with the advancement in internet technology, many businesses have moved to online catalogue websites where they can show case their products with pictures and descriptions. These websites are mostly used by businesses who offer services instead of a physical product.
- Personal Websites
As the name suggests, a personal website is a website where you can upload your personal data. This is an ideal site for sharing family photos and videos. You can also use the space to write a private journal that is only viewable by you or the people you allow.
- E-Commerce Websites
E-commerce websites are the biggest and most evolved form of website that has become the norm for online businesses. Giants like Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Newegg.com and many other to name a few are all e-commerce websites. These giant websites provide a place for vendors to show case their products with complete descriptions, pictures of products and as well as review from the buyers in one place. E-commerce websites also offer over the top security and a place for people to instantly pay and buy the products they like.
A blog is a shortened form of Web Logs, a popular pre-blog term that people used to describe a personal place where someone would write just about anything they wished about. Now a days, these are better known as blogs and now almost everyone you know has an existing blog. Blog allows someone to log in on a daily or weekly basis to make a journal entry and let others read what they have to say. Many have started monetizing what they have to say and since then blogs have also become a great place where anyone can start earning money passively.
- Informational Websites
Informational websites are designed to offer pure information for the seekers. Popular examples of such sites are Wikipedia and wikihow. Both of these and many other similar sites are designed for one purpose only; give genuine information to the people who want it. Informational websites can also be created by individuals to teach others about a subject/topic.
- Social Media Websites
By now everyone in the world is aware of Facebook and Twitter. Both of these are the perfect examples of social media websites. Other websites like these include pintrest, instagram, orkut, Google+ and many more. Some companies are also creating personal social media websites that are only used by their employees or likeminded people. A great example of such site is LinkedIn.
- Networking and Community Building Websites
Networking and community building sites are all about getting people together and helping them build new connections based on a single topic. A perfect example of such sites are website forums. You can find tons of forums where people discuss about a specific topic. Reddit is one such site which has allowed people to create small pages within their website and talk about a specific topic. Other forums include the warrior forum for internet marketers and the NeoGAF forum for video gamers.
- Photo Sharing Websites
Photo sharing websites are all about uploading photos, editing them and then sharing them with a certain community. These sites can be used by anyone for personal or commercial use. However, using for commercial requires some sort of investment. A good example of such sites is Photobucket which allows users to create an account and upload a photo of their choice and then share it with their friends and family. These photo sharing websites are also popular amongst photography amateurs who want to show their work to the world.
- Directory Websites
Remember Yellow Pages? The online and modern form of Yellow Pages are directory websites. These are either dedicated to a certain field or can contain just about any information. Popular sites are YP.com and Yahoo.com. The good thing about online directories is now you have the ability to search for what you are looking for by entering a search term in the search bar.
- News Websites
As the name suggests, news sites are your modern day online news papers. These have become actively popular and have taken the stage by brining most of the news paper audience to the online world. Every news paper now has a news site as well as print versions of the old school news papers. With the addition of smartphones, even news papers are being replaced by people who used to often read them while traveling to work.
Everyone’s on mobile, so NEED Mobile Optimized websites
With the entire world now moving to mobile devices, websites need to be optimized for mobiles. Now there are specialized versions of already existing websites which are being converted and optimized to be viewed by mobile devices. These websites look and feel different from their desktop counterparts and are often also faster and much easier to operate.
Decided what you need?
If you think you have a good idea what type of website you need, the next step is to prepare a website brief