Websites comes in many different forms, shapes and sizes. However they fall into five main categories:
Some websites may have a combination of features from other categories.
Brochure websites are usually used to promote companies on the Internet. It is the web equivalent of print brochure. The website will normally contain the following web pages:
Each of these web pages may be sub divided and linked to more detailed pages from the main pages.
This type of site is an excellent way to promote your company and to extend its reach into different regions.
Microsite websites are generally used to promote specific service or product, and tend to contain about five web pages. The idea behind a microsite is to concentrate on a specific offering of your company and to make it easier for clients and customers to focus on your service or product.
It also makes it easier for customers to find your offering using search engines. Microsite tend to be optimised for search engine and are keyword rich.
Microsite are also used to support marketing campaigns and to aid brand awareness of new products or services.
Ecommerce websites, sometimes referred to as shopping website are quite simply websites that enable you to buy products or services directly from the site. The site would normally have five distinctive pages:
Forums are sometimes referred to as bulletin boards, and are websites that allows users to post and read messages, and share ideas.
Users of the bulletin board post topics for discussion or asked questions about issues. The resulting reply is called a thread. As more users reply to original post topic, the thread grows and is displayed in a list form.
Forums have moderators to ensure that rule and regulations of the forum are adhered.