• A website is a collection of different types of data, which can be anything like text, graphics, videos etc, combined together to provide some kind of useful information.• All the data found on a website is bounded together by code, which can range from simple markup like Html to less Simple scripting languages like PHP, Perl or Asp.• To find out about different types of websites, we will have to think how they are different from each other. The difference can be based on the purpose the website serves or the technology/method by which it was implemented or made.
Originally, websites were purely informational.Before the web was opened to thepublic, educational and research institutions andgoverment agencies were able to makeinformation available to each other via text-onlywebsites. Now that we have the World WideWeb, there are more types of websites than youcan shake a stick at. Here we will discuss thebasic types, noting that we will not include all andthat there are hybrids of all those we will discuss.
The first two have very little to1. Personal Websites do with Small2. Photo Sharing Websites Business, so we will speed through them.3. Community Building Websites Numbers three,4. Mobile Device Websites four, and five can5. Blogs be very helpful to small businesses.6. Informational Websites The last three are7. Online Business Brochure/Catalog essential to small8. E-commerce Websites business.
Your Internet Service Provider may offer you freeserver space for you to create your own websitethat might include some family photos and anonline diary. Usually these will have a web address(URL) looking something like this: www.your-isp.com/~your-user-name/. This type of site isuseful for a family, teenagers, grandparents, etc. tostay in touch with each other. This type is notadvisable for a small business because the URL isnot search engine friendly and the limited servercapabilities your ISP offer may not besophisticated enough for a small business website.
These types of website are cropping up like fleason dog. There are web companies like, Flickr.com,Photosite.com, and Googles Picasa. There couldeasily be over a hundred such sites that offer freephoto sharing paid for by their online advertising.Also, many digital cameras and photo printers nowcome with software enabling mere mortals tocreate digital photo slide shows and upload themto the web.
These websites build online communities of people who want tointeract with other people socially or meet people who sharetheir interests. The best known website of this type is probablyMySpace.com. There is also FaceBook.com and a myriad ofsimilar sites. For sharing and discussing mutual interests, thereare online forums for practically any subject you can think of.Forum websites can be a great source of information and helpfor the small business person. (Im sure there is a forumdedicated to your type of business. Just do a web search forsomething like real estate web forum.) Now you can see this iswhere we start to get into the idea of "hybrid" sites. PhotoSharing sites might also be considered community building sites,much as Blogging sites are. Can Dating Sites be consideredCommunity Building Sites, or are they E-commerce Sites. All thatis up for discussion.
Although in its infancy, the use of mobile devices(cellphones, PDAs, iPods, iPhones, etc) will become muchmore widespread and prevelent. One problem is thatstandard websites are difficult to view and take a long timeto download on some of these devices with their smallscreeans and wireless connections. Websites whose pagesare narrower in width and take up less bandwidth workmuch better for mobile devices. A new domain designationhas been created to identify websites that are "mobilefriendly". That is .mobi, as in www.xislegraphix.mobi, if Ihad such a site. If you have a small business that wouldbenefit from being viewed on a mobile devise, you shouldconsider investigating the possiblities now and get in on theground floor of this trend that is only going to expand.
People took the words Web Logs and shortened it toBlogs—online diaries, journals, or editorials, if you will. My,how Blogs have taken over the Internet. A person used tobe outdated if he/she did not have a website, now having ablog is de rigeur. A blog owner will log-on daily, weekly, orwhenever, and write about whatever is going on in theirlives or business, or they may comment on politics andnews. How wonderful the Internet is! Now anyone who canafford a blog can be self published and allow their thoughtsto be read by anyone in the world who has online access.How important is blogging to the small businessperson?
A major informational site is wikipedia.org, the onlineencyclopedia. And it is unique, because it allows visitors tocontribute and edit articles. Now your small business maynot want such a comprehensive site, but if you haveinformation to share of sell, an informational website wouldfill the bill. Suppose you have a landscaping business. Youcould create a website that lists plants with their definitionsand planting and caring instructions. This would be helpfulto people, and you would use it to lead people to yournursery. Of course you could "hybrid" this site with e-commerce and also sell your plants online.
In the days before the Internet, we used the print,radio, and television media to spread the wordabout our businesses. Now we can cast a largenet, reaching literally millions of people with justone website. With your online brochure or catalog,you can show anyone who looks for and finds yourwebsite, photos and descriptions of your productsor services. To some this may sound like anEcommerce Website, but there are manybusinesses that deal in products or services thatare not sellable over the web—think hair-stylist,dentist, or day-care center.
Ever hear of Amazon.com? Its one of thegrand-daddies of all ecommerce websites.But you dont have to be an Amazon to sellyour products online. There are millions ofsmall businesses who use their ecommercewebsites to sell their products over theInternet. Just about anything that can besold in a brick-and-mortar store can be soldonline—with much less overhead! Is anEcommerce Website right for you?