One of the difficulties faced by many beginners online is differentiating between the types of websites. You may fall into this class. You probably know you need a website but you aren’t sure what type of website you need.
There are different types of websites with different functions and unique aims and objectives. Your first step in owning one is deciding which of the types of websites you need.
10 Different Types Of Websites
1. Business websites
A business website is a type of website created to represent your business or brand. It could be owned by big companies or even small firms.
Your business website is designed to make necessary information about your business available to online users. It should display your brand identity, your logo, your unique product and services. It should also make your business vision clear to your users.
Every serious business or company has a website today. If you have just started your company or business, start thinking about creating a website soon if you want to grow and expand.
Visit our homepage to see an example of what a business website looks like.
We find a lot of newbies always asking “what is the difference between a blog and a website?”. The simple answer is every blog is a website but not every website is a blog. A blog is just one of the different types of websites.
There are millions of blogs online today. Blogging started out as personal but now have expanded as many companies also own blogs and make use them to drive more sales and make more profit.
Blogs are usually updated by very few people (a lot of times, between one to ten persons) but can have thousands or even millions of people make comments.
You can have a blog on your company’s website and make use of it to keep your customers and clients engaged and delighted. However, we advise that you have a team set apart for it. Having a team for it will help you keep your blog updated regularly.
YWCS for example owns a blog which can be found here – services.youngicee.com/blog
3. E-commerce Websites
An e-commerce website is a type of business website. The uniqueness of e-commerce websites is that they make provision for easy purchasing of goods and services.
E-commerce websites allows you to easily navigate through them and find products and services. They usually have payment gateways to make it easier for users to make payments with their credit cards.
Nigerian websites like Jumia.com.ng and Konga.com are e-commerce websites.
4. Social Media Websites
These are types of websites that allows users freely interact with each other, discuss, share stories and ideas with each other.
Social Media Websites allows you to create accounts and connects with other users. It also gives you room to send personal messages to other people. There may however be restrictions guarding those you can send messages or receive from, depending on the social media you use.
Examples of social media websites are Facebook.com and Twitter.com.
This can be likened to social media websites but they work in a different way. Forums focuses more on giving you a platform for public discussions.
Other features like messaging are also available on some forums but it doesn’t work as easy as social media websites.
On most forums, you can create posts that can be seen and replied to by any other member of the forum. On the other hand, most social media websites only allow your posts to be seen by your friends or contacts.
Popular forums include Quora.com and Nairaland.com
6. Landing pages
A Landing page is type of webpage you design for marketing purposes, aimed at making your visitors take desired action.
Landing pages are usually like sign up forms for offers, downloads or for seminars. You can also design a landing page on your business website. After designing your landing page, it is promoted on social media and people interested in your offer gets to take action when they get to your page.
This kind of website usually lists businesses and contacts. The main purpose is to give directions to users and help users identify places and locations.
An example is Vconnect.com. Vconnect makes a list of a lot of businesses in Nigeria for you to find.
8. Educational websites
These websites are specifically designed to for online educational institutions. Many educational websites gives you the opportunity to take courses from your home and get certificated.
An example is Futurelearn.com
These types of websites brings information about an institution or program to you. It also offers people the opportunity to register or enroll for programs offline.
Most higher institutions in Nigeria makes use of their portals to keep details of their students and get them to make registration online.
10. Employment/Career websites
Employment websites are one of the popular types of websites in Nigeria. They give room for you to see new employment opportunities and apply.
Most employment websites also own blogs which talks about careers and how you can grow. They also teach you how to position yourself for the right jobs.
Examples are Ngcareers.com, Jobberman.com
There are many other types of websites such as websites for NGOs, churches, mosques etc. All these can be classified under business websites as they perform the same function, except that they are not for profit purposes.
Now, you know the type of websites and can make your decision easily. Here at YWCS, we create and design different types of websites. Contact us now!
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