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Different Kinds of Website

Different Kinds of Website

A website is a collection of web pages, images, videos or other digital resources that are addressed with a common domain name or IP address on an Internet Protocol network. A web site is hosted on at least one web server, accessible via the Internet or a private local area network. A web page is a set of contents arranged on the web pages using Hypertext Markup Languages like HTML, XHTML. All publicly accessible web sites collectively constitute the World Wide Web.
The pages of a web site can usually be accessed from a simple Uniform Resource Locator (URL). The first page of the website is called the homepage, which is connected to all inner pages. Though most of the website are freely available but some websites require subscription to access. For example: business sites, news sites, academic journal sites, gaming sites, message boards, web-based e-mail, services, social networking web sites, and real-time stock market site.
On the basis of function websites can be classified in four major categories:

  • Personal website
  • Commercial website
  • Government website
  • Non-profit organization website

While on the basis of style website can be categorized as:

  • Static website: The static website design is a simple website design which is cost effective and beneficial for the small enterprises or individuals to expand their business through web. Through static website individuals or small business houses can place simple information regarding their company and products in simple manner and at low cost. This type of website is very useful for expanding market of company with its information and appearance on Internet.
  • Dynamic website: Dynamic pages are the pages that change dynamically. Dynamic pages can change every time when they are loaded without making any changes. Dynamic web pages can also change their content based on what user does, like clicking on some text or an image. If the information stored in the database changes, the web page connected to the database change accordingly and automatically without human intervention.

There are range of websites each having particular type of content in specific field. These websites may be randomly classified in any number of ways. A few such classifications are:

  • Affiliate: enabled portal that renders not only its custom CMS but also syndicated content from other content providers for an agreed fee. There are usually three relationship tiers. Affiliate Agencies (e.g., Commission Junction), Advertisers (e.g., eBay) and consumer (e.g., Yahoo!).

  • Archive site: used to preserve valuable electronic contents that are on verge of extinction. For examples: Internet Archive, which since 1996 has preserved billions of old and new web pages; and Google Groups, which in early 2005 had preserved over 845,000,000 messages posted to Usenet news/discussion groups.

  • Blog Site: sites generally used to post online diaries, comments or views that may include discussion forums (e.g., blogger, Xanga).

  • Content Site: these sites create and sell of original content to end-user.  (e.g., Slate, About.com).

  • Corporate website: used to provide information regarding business, organization, or service.

  • Commerce site (or eCommerce site): these sites are designed for purchasing or selling goods, such as Amazon.com, CSN Stores, and Overstock.com.

  • Community site: sites where persons with similar interests communicate to each other through chatting and messaging or through soci message boards, such as MySpace or Facebook.

  • City Site: A site that shows information about a certain city or town and events that takes place in that town. Usually created by the city council. For example, Richmond.com is the geodomain for Richmond, Virginia.

  • Gripe site: a site devoted to the critique of a person, place, corporation, government, or institution.

  • Humor site: satirizes, parodies or otherwise exists solely to amuse.

  • Information site: contains content that is intended to inform visitors, but not necessarily for commercial purposes, such as: RateMyProfessors.com, Free Internet Lexicon and Encyclopedia. Most government, educational and non-profit institutions have an informational site.

  • Mirror site: A complete reproduction of a website.

  • News site: similar to an information site, but dedicated to dispensing news and commentary.

  • Personal homepage: run by an individual or a small group such as a family that contains information or any content that the individual wishes to include. These are usually uploaded using a web hosting service such as Geocities.

  • Phish Site: a website created to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details, by disguising as a trustworthy person or business (such as Social Security Administration, PayPal) in an electronic communication.

  • Political site: A site on which people may voice political views.

  • Porn site: a site that shows sexually explicit content for enjoyment and relaxation, most likely in the form of an internet gallery, dating site, blog, or video sharing.

  • Rating site: A site on which people can praise or disparage what is featured.

  • Review site: A site on which people can post reviews for products or services.

  • School site: a site on which teachers, students, or administrators can post information about current events at or involving their school.

  • Video sharing: A site that enables user to upload videos, such as YouTube and Google Video.

  • Search engine site: a site that provides general information and is intended as a gateway for retrieving other sites. Google, Yahoo and MSN are the most widely known search engines.

  • Shock site: includes images or other material that is intended to be offensive to most viewers (e.g. rotten.com).

  • Warez: a site designed to host and let users download copyrighted materials illegally.

  • Web portal: a site is vehicle that provides a gateway to other resources on the Internet or an intranet.

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