The Different Types of Websites

In 1990, there were only webpages. Yup, only pages... no websites.
by Johnny Dean, PMP. Industry Expert in Web Development, Ecommerce, Enterprise Technologies, Marketing/UX, Project Management, WordPress. @johnnydeandotco
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Throughout my career in web development (since 1995) I’ve seen many different types of websites and like any industry, there are many different factors to be considered for each type of website.

Brief History of Websites

The backbone of the modern web today are websites. Before the “World Wide Web(the web as me know it today) there was the “Internet” (early 1960s). The Internet was basically a connected networked of computers used primarily for searching/sharing research documents/content. The Internet back then had no fancy visual representation (just text).

Then in 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the concept of “hyperlinks” which gave the ability to navigate to/from documents (hosted on the Internet) simply by clicking on a linked word (in the document) vs manually typing in navigation commands. Soon after that, the following year 1990 (public release, 1993) Tim Berners-Lee invented Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). This new programming language HTML was used to better format the look/feel and structure of a document which in turn was the creation of a “webpage.” The collection of a series of linked together webpages then became a “website.”

In 1990, there were only webpages. Yup, only pages… no websites.

Types of Websites (today)

Throughout the years websites evolved from just formatted webpages to vast collections of information, user-generated content, commerce, media, and social interactions.

I’ve managed/worked on 700+ websites and in some way or another with every type of website listed below (excerpt for Dark Web).

  1. Websites
    • General
    • Brochureware
      • Enterprise
    • Webpages (landing pages, scripts, etc)
    • Static pages
  2. Ecommerce
    • Storefront
    • Product Catalog
    • Enterprise
      • Services (gateway)
      • Brand “Merch”
    • Inventory (non-transactional)
  3. Portal
    • Information
    • Support
  4. Community/Board
  5. Social Media
  6. Blog
  7. Web Services (API)
  8. Mobile “App” (Hybrid)
  9. Web Applications
  10. Cloud Applications
  11. In-System Web
  12. Content Management System (CMS)
  13. AMP (true mobile)
  14. Intranet
  15. Extranet
  16. Private/Deep Web
  17. Dark Web

Regarding mobile, all these websites can be built as desktop (default) and/or mobile.

ONGOING: This article has ongoing updates.