Organised by function a website may be:

  • A Personal Website
  • A Commercial Website
  • A Government Website
  • A Non-profit Organisation Website

Types of websites

There are many varieties of Web sites, each specializing in a particular type of content or use, and they may be arbitrarily classified in any number of ways. A few such classifications might include:

  • Affiliate: enabled portal that renders not only its custom CMS but also syndicated content from other content providers for an agreed fee. There are usually three relationship tiers. Affiliate Agencies (e.g., Commission Junction), Advertisers (e.g., Ebay) and consumer (e.g., Yahoo).
  • Archive site: used to preserve valuable electronic content threatened with extinction. Two examples are: Internet Archive, which since 1996 has preserved billions of old (and new) Web pages; and Google Groups, which in early 2005 was archiving over 845,000,000 messages posted to Usenet news/discussion groups.
  • Blog (or web log) site: sites generally used to post online diaries which may include discussion forums (e.g., blogger, Xanga).
  • Content site: sites whose business is the creation and distribution of original content (e.g., Slate, About.com).
  • Corporate website: used to provide background information about a business, organization, or service.
  • eCommerce site: for purchasing goods, such as Amazon.com, CSN Stores, and Overstock.com.
  • Community site: a site where persons with similar interests communicate with each other, usually by chat or message boards, such as MySpace.
  • City Site: A site that shows information about a certain city or town and events that takes place in that town. Usually created by the city council or other “movers and shakers”.
  • Database site: a site whose main use is the search and display of a specific database’s content such as the Internet Movie Database or the Political Graveyard.
  • Dating site: A web site where single people could find dates by using social networking like technologies.
  • Development site: a site whose purpose is to provide information and resources related to software development, Web design and the like.
  • Directory site: a site that contains varied contents which are divided into categories and subcategories, such as Yahoo! directory, Google directory and Open Directory Project.
  • Download site: strictly used for downloading electronic content, such as software, game demos or computer wallpaper.
  • Employment site: allows employers to post job requirements for a position or positions and prospective employees to fill an application.
  • Fan site: A web site created and maintained by fans of and for a particular celebrity, as opposed to a web site created, maintained, and controlled by a celebrity through their own paid webmaster.May also be known as a Shrine in the case of certain subjects, such as anime, and manga characters.
  • Game site: a site that is itself a game or “playground” where many people come to play (e.g. MSN Games and Pogo.com).
  • Information site: contains content that is intended to inform visitors, but not necessarily for commercial purposes
  • News site: similar to an information site, but dedicated to dispensing news and commentary.
  • Personal homepage: run by an individual or a small group (such as a family) that contains information or any content that the individual wishes to include.
  • Rating site: A site on which people can praise or disparage what is featured.
  • Review site: A site on which people can post reviews for products or services.
  • School site: a site on which teachers, students, or administrators can post information about current events at or involving their school.
  • Wiki site: a site which users collaboratively edit (such as Wikipedia and Wikihow).

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