Once upon a time, there were plain HTML websites that were used by agencies and public institutions just for the purpose of providing basic information. Those days are over now. Nowadays, there are many types of websites that you can stumble upon while browsing the Internet.
There are so many types of websites that sometimes it’s hard to tell what type fits your Brand/Business best. Many times, the abundance leads to not picking the right one for you and your business.
We managed to come up with a list of 9 of the most popular website types out there so that your life is a little bit easier when it comes to what type to use.
Let’s dive in.
< 1 > Online Stores
e-Commerce websites or the so-called Online Stores are websites that allow your customers to order stuff from the comfort of their homes or wherever they are really.
If you have products that you’d like to sell and you are not a fan of renting out a physical property (and all costs associated with it), e-Commerce might be the right fit for your needs.
Also, they are a good fit for an already established company but at the same time – a good fit for a company that’s just starting out.
In case you’d like a custom e-Commerce website, do not hesitate to contact us and we will build one for you from scratch (no templates!).
< 2 > Blogs
You might have or might have not noticed it, but YT channels kind of took over the blogs recently, however, that doesn’t mean that blogs don’t exist. Nevertheless, blogs are and always will be HUGE in Google’s eyes, especially when it comes to SEO optimization.
Blogs are the go-to type when it comes to weddings, new babies, travel. It’s kind of a personal thing. As long as you can express your thoughts in words, you can do it (and if not we can fully automate your blog).
A huge advantage of the blog type of website is that all posts can be easily sorted by date, time, tags, categories and so on.
< 3 > Informative websites
This type of websites is particularly useful to their audiences. Apart from news agencies, informative types of websites are those sites that provide deep knowledge about a particular topic.
In this sense, instead of visiting the local library, you can go ahead and read a very detailed article (or set of articles), related to a certain topic right from the comfort of your own home.
In case you have very deep knowledge within a certain field, you can utilize this type of website and even make a business out of it.
< 4 > Forums
Forums are the perfect choice if you’d like to connect with a lot of people that share your point of view. We need to mention that you can have a forum as your main business (kind of a stand-alone), but also, you can have a forum as a part of your main business (additional feature).
It’s been proven over time that if you have a well-built forum, plus, good administrators, forums can be pretty trustworthy and can generate tons of visitors.
< 5 > Portfolio websites
At some point of time, especially if you are about to apply for a high-end job, you’d be asked to provide your portfolio. On the other side, if you’re running a business, you gotta have a portfolio so that you can show your (potential) customers what you do and how well you can do it.
For the past few years, portfolio websites have leveled up. Now, you can see highly customized portfolio sites out there with all kinds of animations and cool stuff.
Portfolio website could be used by everyone. Plus, you can send it to whomever you wish with just one click (link).
< 6 > Catalogs and Brochures
Catalogs and Brochures are the choices for you if you have products and/or services that don’t require online payment. That way, you’d still be able to show your potential customers what you offer but have them buy from your local store for example.
Not long ago, you could use radio, TV, and newspapers to promote your products and/or services. Nowadays, though, you can utilize the power of the Internet.
Online Brochures and Catalogues are a great fit for dental clinics, hair salons, manufacturers and some travel agencies.
With the help of them, you can show your buyers what you have before they even stepped into your office. That way, whenever they come to your office, they’d know what they want. That’d save a lot of time for them and for you too.
< 7 > Online Courses
In case you are a teacher, you can leverage the power of online courses. Even if you’re not a teacher, you can still go for online courses website but bear in mind that you should have some deep knowledge in a certain field.
Online Course type of website is a great way of creating an additional flow of income.
You know how our day-to-day life is. We are constantly busy. But if you can manage to create online courses website, you’d be able to sell its content to the world in an instant. For example, you record a lecture and Boom, that lecture is now available to the world.
The best thing about this approach is that you don’t have to present the same lecture 10 000 times. You do it once and that lecture could be watched from 10 000+ people. That’s a huge time management (and money making) strategy.
< 8 > Bio sites
This is not the best type of websites out there but there’s still some charm in them.
Famous people usually order such sites. People that are well-known and just want to have their Bio on the Internet. You get the idea.
< 9 > Non-Governmental Organization sites
When talking about NGO websites we need to mention that their main goal is to engage you as much as they can (with the help of some emotional triggers) so that you can eventually join their cause and donate.
An important part of their strategy is the fact that they have a lot of content (videos, pictures, posts) that are related to their cause.
Also, it’s a good practice for them to have an SSL certificate… because of the donations they get.
Of course, there are many types of websites out there. We presented you with a short summary of the 9 most popular ones above.
If you are in two minds about what type is best for you and your business, feel free to contact us and we’ll help you figure this out.
Also, if you need it built in a professional way, you can count on us. We develop websites from scratch (without using templates).