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There are several types of websites on the Internet each specializing in a particular service or use. In this tutorial we will be looking at the design of commercial and/or personal websites although the basic principles would apply to any type of site.

If you have a website on the internet I am sure that you created it for a reason. Are you selling something? Do you want to tell something of yourself or your organization? How about teaching something or entertaining someone. Whatever your goal may be there is a category into which you fit.

Basic types of websites on the internet

  • Commercial Website

    The purpose of this type of website is to sell products or services. Commercial websites are used for promoting a business or service and are among the most common type of website on the internet. The Internet address often ends with .com.

  • Personal Website

    The purpose of this type of website is to provide information about an individual or group. This type of website is run by an individual or a small group (such as a family) that contains information or any content that the individual wishes to include. The Internet address has a variety of endings.

  • Organizational Website

    The purpose of this type of website is to advocate an individual’s opinion or a groups point of view. A website where persons with similar interests communicate with each other, usually by chat or message boards. The Internet address often ends with .org.

  • Educational Website

    The purpose of this type of website is to provide information about an educational establishment or to present information in an educational manner. The Internet address ends in .edu.

  • Entertainment Website

    The purpose of this type of website is to entertain and provide amusement. The Internet address often ends with .com.

  • News Website

    The purpose of this type of website is to provide information about current events, dedicated to dispensing news and commentary. The Internet address often ends with .com.

  • Blog

    A website that is used to log online readings or to post online diaries may include discussion forums or chat rooms. The Internet address has a variety of endings.

  • Hybrid Website

    Many websites are a mixture of types. For example, a business web site may promote the businesses products, but may also host informative documents, such as white papers or provide news for its visitors. Remember, information is the soul of the internet and if used wisely articles and informational pieces are a good hook to bring in visitors.

    There are also numerous sub-categories to the ones listed above. For example, a fan site may be a vanity site on which the administrator is paying homage to a celebrity. Another example would be a hobby site where the webmaster shares their knowledge with other like minded individuals and through forums or chat rooms creates a dialogue with them.

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