The Internet has forever changed the way we do business.  Businesses are networking better than they ever could before due to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.  Just 20 short years ago we were looking through books to find addresses of sites that offered files that could be download using the latest in file sharing technology:  FTP.  In those days, there were no GUI (Graphical User Interface) websites, no pop-ups or ads to get in the way, no search engines and Java was an exotic island in Indonesia.

Today we can easily identify eight different types of websites available on the Internet since the inception of the basic informational website which appeared in the early years.

1. Informational Websites

As mentioned above, informational based websites were the first versions to hit the Internet.  They are as they sound, sites which enable readers to find information on a particular business or topic.

2. Brochure/Catalogue Style Websites

This kind of website goes further in depth than an informational site and provides general information about a store as well as the stock they carry and the prices.

3. E-Commerce Websites

E-Commerce websites take brochure websites a step further by allowing you to shop directly from your computer.  The main difference between a brochure site and an e-commerce site is that the latter features a checkout system to enable you to order directly from the online store.

4. Blogs

Blog websites (traditionally known as web logs) did not hit the mainstream until the early to mid 2000s.  However since then blogging has become very popular for both business and personal use.

5. Personal Websites

Personal websites are similar to that of a personal blog where an individual in all likelihood will have their own personal domain.  These are created by friends and families to share their information and pictures online with each other allowing for people to keep in contact.

6. Social Media and Networking Websites

More popular than ever, online forums and social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace are used on a daily basis to spread the word about businesses and keep in touch with family and friends.

7. Photo Sharing Websites

Great for those in the photographic industry, these sites allow for individuals to upload and share photographs online.

8. Mobile Device Websites

As technology develops, so is the variety of new websites appearing online.  The latest is the creation of websites for viewing on mobile devices and mobile phones.

Knowing the types of websites available will help identify your web development requirements and define the one most suitable for your business needs.

For more information on how Bauhinia Services can assist your business, contact us for further information.

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Founder and Director, Nicole has been working in the remote support, virtual assistant, outsourcing space since 2007. A professional with multiple certifications, and a specialist in virtual support and ecourse implementation, Nicole is passionate about supporting women-owned businesses in growth and development.

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