Types of Websites

When Tim Berners-Lee created the internet in the late 1980s, he did not expect the technology to evolve. Today, his invention permeates everyday life and touches almost every human on the planet in some way, shape or form. 

This post defines two of the most common types of web content that can be found on a website as well as outlines some of the most common types of websites found on the internet. 

Types of Web Content

Before we begin, it is important to clarify two kinds of content that make up most of the websites we visit and use everyday: static vs. dynamic web content.

Static web content does not have a content management system (CMS), which means the content cannot be managed without editing the source code of any given webpage. 

Dynamic web content contains pages built with templates and scripts. Compared to static websites, which are purely informational, a dynamic website is more functional. 

In a nutshell, static content is …. is (you guessed it) ‘static’ whereas dynamic content changes. A dynamic website displays various content types every time it is browsed and page content is determined by the user’s activity or the template(s) created. While dynamic content requires utilizing more than just HTML code, but is much more versatile than static web content.

Common Types of Websites

This list is not exhaustive so please let me know if you think I’ve missed anything important!

Blog

A blog is a website that is regularly updated with new posts containing text, images and multimedia. The structure and design of a blog can range from relatively simple  to extremely complex, depending on the subject of the blog.

Portfolio

Ideal for showcasing your work, everyone from landscape photographers to fashion models have an online portfolio these days to show off their talent to potential employers.

Natasha Blodgett | Portfolio Site

eCommerce

E-commerce websites allow a business to directly sell products and services to customers. For this purpose, they require integration with payment gateways, such as PayPal, for e-payments.

E-commerce websites are more complex than simple brochure websites; therefore, they are often expensive to build and maintain.

SPUNJ Sustainability | eCommerce Site

Brochure 

A brochure website represents a particular business in its most basic sense. It provides all of the relevant information about the business, including but not limited to name, branding, product/services, offers, team, and company contact details.

The Bright Web | Brochure Website

Landing or Single page 

A landing page is that kind of website, where you can make a bridge to your real product and the customer. The major goal for all your landing pages is to turn site visitors into leads.

JESE Marketing | Landing Page Website