Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The 3 Types of Websites

What Kind of Website
Do You Need?

A Blog? ECommerce? Informational?

ABCInc and the PickRick brand are rebuilding the MyWordPressWebPage website. Our intent is to simply the process, yet provide flexible directions. I visited over a dozen sites (see Bibliography below) to collect and distill this information.

Step 1 at MyWordPressWebPage is the basic building blocks, much like the first two years of college. In college, the freshman and sophomore years contain the core class that are required for any/all majors. For example, Step 1 is where I will list/describe the elements of a web page. Moving along, here are the individual pages for our first deliverable:

  • Home Page
  • About Us / Contact Us
    • FAQ?
    • Blog Posts?

Step 2 ~ MVP

This is why I'm writing this article!

Step 2 takes the basic site to the "Minimum Viable Pages" (MVPs). This step involves the owner to decide the primary purpose of the website. This defines how we configure the settings, pick the theme and add the plugins necessary to support the purpose.

Here are the results of my morning's research:


A blog is basically dynamic content that is shown on the home page. The owner can post content as they see fit. This type of website is good for news & magazines plus advocacy sites where the owner keeps readers informed.

__Informational Website__

This is ideal for both personal and corporate websites. It is used for information that doesn't change often.

  • Brochures
  • Catalogs (without option to buy online)
  • Portfolios
  • Educational
  • Resumes
  • Portal and Curated gateway

__eCommerce Website__

Collecting orders and money online is what makes an eCommerce (E-Commerce) website both unique and challenging. It has many moving parts.

__Other Types__

There were many other types of websites, but they can be anchored by an informational website..

  • Online Community
  • Social Media
  • Networking
  • Crowdfunding
  • Entertainment
  • Streaming & Video
  • Non-Profit
  • Directory & Contact

This type of  Internet presence relies on the work of someone else for most of the interaction between members. I'm thinking, here, of Facebook and Linkedin groups and pages.

The take-away is that people should leverage other communities, websites, and tools. But everyone should have their own website to anchor their online presence. Yes, you'll need a Facebook business page, but you need to have your page, too!

Here is an interesting definition for a different type of page:  Infopreneur websites overlap a bit with business and eCommerce websites, but they represent a unique type of online business. Infopreneurs create and sell information products. That could be in the form of courses, tutorials, videos or ebooks.

The following quote cam from an SEO page that I stumbled over. I believe the sentiment is very, very important. I want to repeat it for you; "Before we get into the meat of this chapter, I want to make one thing perfectly clear: When it comes to SEO, every page is a landing page. And when I say “every page,” I mean every single page that is crawlable and indexable by the search engines. So if you don’t want search engines indexing a page, be sure to block them from it. Everything else – and I mean everything – needs to be treated as a landing page."

-- Rick


I visited a lot of websites to compile my list before adding my comments. Below are the sites that I visited. When I added the URL below, I configured them to open in a new tab.
What are the different types of websites?
The 8 different types of websites and how to design them
Difference Between Web page and Website
12 Popular Types of Websites You Can Create

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