When you dive into the sea of cyber space you’ll find millions of websites today. But what are these actually? A website is generally a collection of web pages, images, videos or other digital resources that are addressed with a common domain name or IP address on an Internet Protocol (IP) network. It is hosted on at least one web server, and is accessible via the Internet or a private Local Area Network (LAN).
Earlier websites were very less in count and they were merely informative in nature. People looking for information, queries or other business related issues can find answers to their questions on these websites. But today, the World Wide Web has evolved and there are developments in the website world too. Let’s below discuss few of the general types of website available on the World Wide Web. They are:
· Informational Websites:
The informational website is perhaps the simplest of all websites. It allows people to learn about a topic and its uses by displaying the maximum knowledge and information about a particular thing or concept on its web page. Some of the most common Informational websites are Wikipedia and Online Encyclopedia.
· Personal Websites:
The Personal Website is a web space created by an individual for the purpose of self promotion, or to provide quick information about particular thing or interest. These websites contain content of a personal nature rather than professional stuff like family photos and an online diary. There are numerous Personal Websites available today on the cyberspace to pen down.
· Photo Sharing Websites:
The Photo Sharing Websites facilitate the upload and display of images for the users on the Internet. These websites provide online ordering of prints (photo finishing), permanent and centralized access to a user's photos and video clips and much more. Some of the most popular Photo Sharing Websites are Flickr, Photoshop, Google's Picasa and Pinterest.
· Community Building Websites:
Community Building Websites provide a platform for groups and communities of people who want to interact with other people socially or meet people who share their interests. These are the social networking sites that offer a place for people to share their interests, activities, likes, backgrounds, or real-life connections with their friends, family or public. Some of the most popular Community Building Websites are Facebook, Linkedin, MySpace, and Orkut etc.
· Ecommerce Websites:
The Ecommerce Websites offer a web space for buying and selling of product or service on the internet. It also provides the exchange of data to facilitate the financing and payment aspects of business transactions. Some of the most popular Ecommerce Websites are Amazon, EBay, Barnes and Nobles and Walmart etc.
· Writers / Authors Websites:
Writers / Authors Websites offers a platform for the publishing business for the writers to build a following, a fan base to which future publications can be directly marketed. These sites generally includes a biography, a catalog of published books, references to experts, links to publications on sites, a link to the writer's blog, reviews and comments on the author's publications.
· Blogging Websites:
Blogging Websites are a discussion or informational sites that are published on the World Wide Web containing discrete entries or posts. These websites may include online diaries, journals, or editorials that provide the recent information about a particular concept or a thing.
· Mobile Device Websites:
Mobile Device Websites are the standard websites that are made compatible to support the mobile devices. They offer easy access, quick view and complete support to the full website. Almost all the website today has a mobile version available for their standard websites.