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Types of Websites:

It’s important to know the  types of different websites there are. Websites are classified into various types/categories. Below is a list of the different types of websites based on the content and features offered.

1. Search Engines & Directory Types of Websites:

These are some of the ‘most popular types of websites’ in the world. Some search engine companies, like Google, prefer to keep their homepage simple and stress on only one service. This portal is provides a wider platform for the company to promote their different services but it also fragments the visitors. These may also include an search engine that helps internally for users quickly locate information.

Example: Google

2. INFORMATIONAL TYPES OF WEBSITES:

These are the types of websites which are dedicated to the purpose of providing information . These informational websites might be wider in their scope because of which they can be labelled as “news portals”. Information website can also contain TV guides, reference materials, sports related information like cricket scores etc.,

Example:  CNN

3. PERSONAL WEBSITES:

The oceanic number of personal types of websites one who finds on the web. Personal websites and blogs are the fastest growing web sites. Personal websites can contain any kind of information and they are usually administered by a single individual who can choose any kind of content. Anyone can now create a web site using online free hosting accounts, or with free and commercial versions of WYSIWYG HTML editors.

Example: STALLMAN

4. COMPANY WEBSITES:

Company websites are by far the most important. Company websites range from the very small to the very large and can be a non-profit or for-profit business. Company websites have pages of information on the business, its services and clients. Company websites are often “static”. In other words, they don’t change much or very often. These are more like “online brochures” However, with modern Web 2.0, interactions with users and websites are becoming extremely popular and lots of companies are integrating new types of services and features into their sites. These sites are called “fusion” sites.
5. FORUMS:
Forum types of websites serve as platforms and promote interactions. Unless specifically blocked and requiring a special invitation, you can join any forum on the web. Most forums related to specific industry or a field. So, for example, you will find forums on printers, banking and finance, biotechnology, even people with phobias of butterflies.

6. ECOMMERCE/ONLINE STORES:

The web is primarily used for information search and communication. There are many companies have set up shops online. In fact, some companies like the popular Amazon the entire buying and selling takes place online. Online shops are not restricted to selling solid products; they can also provide services and a good example of this would be travel and matrimony websites.

Example: Amazon

7. WEB 2.0 TYPES OF WEBSITES:

Web 2.0 is an indeterminate concept and primarily encompasses websites that offer a particular service. The purpose of these websites can be divde based upon information storage, communication etc. Sites like Flickr.com, Google docs fall into this category. Imagine it like this, browsers have upgrades such as the new Internet Explorer Version 9.This is Web 2.0

Example: WordPress

8. SOCIAL NETWORKING:

The new axiom on the web is social networking. Facebook, Orkut, LinkedIn, Twitter have been the rage past couple of years. From helping you locate schoolmates and past colleagues, these websites have a whole array of utilities and features with more being added each day.

Example: Facebook

However, content can be different. Please note that these categories of websites are not distinct and can overlap, sometimes to a large degree.

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