Types Of Websites Based Upon Their Classification

Web has become so vast that now you need to classify the sites on the kinds of things they aim to do. I came across this classification in Wikipedia. I thought of sharing it with you. It is quite interesting.

  • Affiliate: Enabled portal that renders not only its custom CMS but also syndicated content from other content providers for an agreed fee. There are usually three relationship tiers. Affiliate Agencies (e.g., Commission Junction), Advertisers (e.g., Ebay) and consumer (e.g., Yahoo).
  • Archive site: This kind of site used to preserve valuable electronic content threatened with extinction. Two examples are: Internet Archive, which since 1996 has preserved billions of old (and new) Web pages; and Google Groups, which in early 2005 was archiving over 845,000,000 messages posted to Usenet news/discussion groups.
  • Blog (or web log) site: Sites generally used to post online diaries which may include discussion forums (e.g., blogger, Xanga).
  • Corporate website: Used to provide background information about a business, organization, or service.
  • Commerce site or eCommerce site: For purchasing goods, such as Amazon.com.
  • Community site: A site where persons with similar interests communicate with each other, usually by chat or message boards, such as MySpace.
  • Database site: A site whose main use is the search and display of a specific database’s content such as the Internet Movie Database or the Political Graveyard.
  • Development site: A site whose purpose is to provide information and resources related to software development, Web design and the like.
  • Directory site: A site that contains varied contents which are divided into categories and subcategories, such as Yahoo! directory, Google directory and Open Directory Project.
  • Download site: Strictly used for downloading electronic content, such as software, game demos or computer wallpaper.
  • Employment site: Allows employers to post job requirements for a position or positions and prospective employees to fill an application.
  • Erotica websites: Shows sexual videos and images.
  • Game site: A site that is itself a game or “playground” where many people come to play, such as MSN Games, Pogo.com and Newgrounds.com.
  • Geodomain: Domain names that are the same as those of geographic entities, such as cities and countries. For example, Richmond.com is the geodomain for Richmond, Virginia.
  • Gripe site: A site devoted to the critique of a person, place, corporation, government, or institution.
  • Humor site: Satirizes, parodies or otherwise exists solely to amuse.
  • Information site: Contains content that is intended to inform visitors, but not necessarily for commercial purposes, such as: RateMyProfessors.com, Free Internet Lexicon and Encyclopedia. Most government, educational and non-profit institutions have an informational site.
  • Java applet site: Contains software to run over the Web as a Web application.
  • Mirror (computing) site: A complete reproduction of a website.
  • News site: Similar to an information site, but dedicated to dispensing news and commentary.
  • Personal homepage: Run by an individual or a small group (such as a family) that contains information or any content that the individual wishes to include.
  • Phish site: A website created to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy person or business (such as Social Security Administration, PayPal) in an electronic communication. (see Phishing).
  • Political site: A site on which people may voice political views.
  • Pornography (porn) site: A site that shows pornographic images and videos.
  • Rating site: A site on which people can praise or disparage what is featured (e.g. ratemyrack.com).
  • Review site: A site on which people can post reviews for products or services.
  • Search engine site: a site that provides general information and is intended as a gateway or lookup for other sites. A pure example is Google, and the most widely known extended type is Yahoo!.
  • Shock site: Includes images or other material that is intended to be offensive to most viewers (e.g. rotten.com).
  • Warez: A site filled with illegal downloads.
  • Web portal: A site that provides a starting point or a gateway to other resources on the Internet or an intranet.
  • Wiki site: A site which users collaboratively edit (such as Wikipedia).

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