What is a Website?
A website is a collection of web pages that are created using a standard markup language such as HTML or XHTML. A website has its own domain name such as www.forbes.com, www.yahoo.com and www.facebook.com provided by a domain registrar, registered in the name of the owner of the domain and a website needs at least one web server to run.
With the advancement in the digital technologies and web browsers that are capable of rendering dynamic web pages, it is now a matter of few minutes to create dynamic website for business or personal use using website builders.
A website can be accessed using IP networks, LAN (Local Area Networks) or WAN (Wide Area Networks). A unique URL (universal resource locator) is assigned to each website which used to access a website or a specific web page of that particular website since all the related web pages under a website are published on the same domain.
Types of Websites
There are mainly two types of websites:
- Static Website – A static website or a web page is the one which is stored on the server in the same format as it is sent to a client web server when a request is made by the user using a browser. These types of websites are primarily created using HTML (hyper text markup language) which is the standard markup language for creating static web pages. Sometimes web designers also use CSS (Cascading style sheets) for decorating the static web pages beyond the basic HTML effects.
- Dynamic Website – A dynamic website or a web page is the one that runs on a database and has all the content such as text, images and other elements stored in a database. A dynamic website can be created using using some of the most popular scripting languages such as PHP, Perl, Ruby etc., server-side dynamic pages are generated using any of the mentioned scripting languages that run on a remote web server and renders a web page in browser in an HTML format when requested by a user. The most common property of a dynamic website is that it keeps changing and customizing itself frequently pulling the information stored in it’s database.
Categories of Websites
- Personal – A personal website is the one that an individual creates to share his or her professional or personal information with the users.
- Blog – Sites generally used to publish articles or post on a particular topic or can have different topics.
- Company Website or Business Website – A website used by a corporation or a small business owner to display all the information related to the products or services that they offer.
- Ecommerce Website – Also known as online store or shopping website where users can find various products and purchase them directly paying on the website using a credit or debit card or online wallets.
- Affiliate Website – A site with only few pages and it’s purpose is to sell a third party’s product. The seller receives a commission for facilitating the sale.
- Gallery Website – A website created to display galleries related to artwork or photography or various project images. It could be of commercial or non-commercial nature.
- Classified Ads – A website displaying various advertisements posted by the users under different categories. e.g. craigslist.org
- News – A website displaying latest news and articles about current affairs and happenings. It could be a website focused on local news or national interest or covering foreign affairs.
- Government – A website made by the local, state, department or national government of a country.
A website can have many features from displaying basic information about your business to highly dynamic website features such as user registration. Let’s discuss the basic website features here:
- Simple & User Friendly Navigation – Allows users to navigate across various web pages of a website that are connected to each other.
- Quality Web Content – Informational content written in simple to read language for the users and published on the website in the correct format.
- Responsive Web Pages – Mobile friendly web design that allows the pages of a website to display correctly on small devices such as mobile phone or a tablet.
- Contact Page – A web page that contains genuine address and location of your business with contact numbers.
- Web Form – Allows users to fill in the necessary details and submit.
- Product/Services Pages – Useful to describe your services in details for the users to understand and display products with specs.
Creating a website for your small business boosts your online presence and helps in reaching out to the local customers.
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