There are many types of websites on the internet, and each has its own unique function, this post will cover a prominent few of the many categories out there.
Blogs: You are looking at one! A blog is shorthand for web-log and is a place for people and organizations to post a sort of “online diary” which is out there for people to read. Often times blog writers use these sites like an editorial section of a newspaper to illustrate their ideas on varying topics to the readers. Some bloggers are professionals and companies pay them to maintain company blogs and post about a certain subject relevant to the employer. Examples of blogging sites are Blogger, Xanga, and Tumblr.
Affiliate Websites: These sites are typically small and their only purpose is to sell the product of a third party and receive compensation in the form of commission for facilitating the sales.
Corporate Websites: These are for displaying information on a corporation on the internet, they hold all the information that potential customers may be in search of. This helps the corporation be more easily contacted, accessed, and understood by the users. The business, organization, or service can use this service as a powerful marketing tool.
Content Sites: The sole purpose of these site is to generate original content and distribute it to the users.
E-Commerce Sites: These are websites that act as digital storefronts, which remove the barriers of distance between the seller and the customer. They facilitate the online sale of items and help facilitate the transactions online for the items.
Forum Websites: Forums allow people to discuss topics that are defined by the provider of the forum. These are good places to facilitate debate and grow in popular in an internet community relative to your interests or services. They can often become tools for publicity for a business, however most have regulations that do not permit direct solicitation and unpaid advertisements so it is always good to be familiar with the moderator’s rules.
Personal Websites: These are made to contain content about an individual or small group such as a family. They only include content that the owner intends to make public, they are different from Celebrity websites, which are often expensive and run by an employed PR service.
Social Networkings: These sites allow users to communicate with each other and share media such as text, pictures, videos, music, blogs, and more with others. Examples of social networks include Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram.
Search Engines: These are websites that index the internet or an intranet in order to provide information to respond to a search in the form of links to relevant websites. As well as links to other relevant media such as images and videos. Notable examples are Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
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