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5 Types of Websites and How to Know Which Type You Need

Too many times small businesses hire site designers and developers with a thought in mind about the site they want, but without giving any real thought to the kind of site they truly need. Here I have compiled a list of site types to assist with making that decision. 

Business or Corporate Sites: the corporate site is developed for the purpose of promoting services, products and sometimes, to simply have an online presence. The primary purpose is to bring attention to the brand and what they’re selling, not actually selling the product or service, because there may be a physical store. Adding booking to your business site will definitely increase profitability as it did for the ScoopZone Mobile Ice Cream Parlors.

E-commerce Sites: this kind of site encourages and allows visitors to purchase goods and services online. Many times these companies have no physical location, they’re strictly online. Their entire catalog is available 24 hours a day all over the world. Visitors can come to the site, search a product, place an order, pay, and input an address for the product to be shipped to. The products can be ordered directly from the company or there may be a third party that provides the expediting of the products. Unique Styles by Precious, which is a salon that offers online booking as well as hair for sale is one example of an e-commerce site. This type of site saw a tremendous increase during the pandemic. 

Educational Sites: these sites provide educational content, resources, and tools to students, teachers and learners. Nothing is for sale, there is just lots of information, usually set up in modules and usually with accounts that the visitors log into to maintain their progress. Many companies wishing to teach their processes and methods set up this kind of site. Quality Resource Consulting is an auditing and consulting firm that utilizes their online presence primarily for educational purposes.

Personal and Portfolio Sites: this type of site is created to showcase creative or professional portfolios, and occasionally resumes, and biographies. There may be merchandise for sale but the primary purpose is showcasing. Creative types typically utilize this type of site to showcase their work. Some have the work or the services for sale, but many just want to showcase. Billbrooksart.com is an example of a portfolio site showcasing the work of photographer/ videographer, Ken Branson. 

Blogs: blog sites such as justtaamico.com are created to document thoughts, ideas, and experiences. Though any site can showcase a blog, these sites are designed and developed to not have much else except for the mind dumping, editorial and blogging of a company or individual. These sites are usually accompanied by a podcast and book and merchandise sales. 

Though there are more types of sites such as news sites, social networks, forums, and review sites, those are usually reserved for larger conglomerates. 

When deciding on the site type for your small business, look to this thread to decide which type best fits your needs.

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