e-commerce, marketing/business websites, blog/media outlet, educational websites, portfolio websites...
Websites are an extremely important aspect of business if you want to build a platform. Because of the very nature of the internet, anyone can host a website. But even with the plethora of tutorials available on the internet on ‘how to design a website’, these websites all share the same content over and over again.
There isn’t only one type of website, so if you want more audience you will need a website that is catered for your particular audience. In this guide, we will discuss the various types of websites and how you can design them:
There are hundreds of different types of websites, so much that you would have to go buy a massive book to read them all. No one’s interested in reading that big of a book that screams nerd. For your benefit, we have decided to narrow down the types into five distinct types:
The first type of website that we will be discussing is something that a lot of people have to see every day. E-Commerce became a trillion-dollar industry in 2015, and more than 80% of the online population has used e-commerce to buy a product at least once in their lifetime. Take a look at Amazon, eBay, BestBuy and all those other platforms.
Here is a little how-to guide on how to design an e-commerce website:
When you are designing a website, you can also increase your productivity by inserting little features where the customer will want to enter their details like their email address or phone number. This can help your website run targeted ads and be more successful in getting that sale. This is perhaps why if you use AliExpress once, you’re bombarded with their emails forever.
The second type of website in this guide is the marketing or business website. Any respectable business out there will have a business website, because websites help drive sales, build trust and help gather additional revenue through advertisements. For a wary customer, if a business does not have a website, they are not trusty enough to do business with.
One of the better business website type examples includes subway.com, mcdonalds.com, and pretty much any business you know.
Here are some things you might want to take care of when designing a marketing/business website type:
Blogs are probably the most popular form of websites out there. Anyone with basic knowledge of the internet can start a blog and start getting viewers through the use of some sort of SEO. More than 409 million people view about 20 billion pages each month. Because there are so many blogs out there, you will have to design a website that looks fundamentally better than your competitors.
Some popular media outlet or blog website type examples include the New York Times, Entrepreneur.com, Medium.com and so on.
Designing a blog/media outlet website is pretty easy once you get the basics in. It’s easy to learn but hard to master the technique. Here are some tips that you should know:
Especially with the pandemic, educational websites are becoming immensely popular. People would rather get themselves an online tutor instead of hiring one offline – for various reasons. However, because of how in infancy these educational websites are, they are often designed the same way as marketing websites or blogging outlets.
The best educational website types examples for good content include Khan Academy, Big Think, Coursera, Bright storm and so on.
Depending on the type of content, the educational website can vary. For example, if you are pushing videos, you would want something like Udemy. If you want to be more focused on the written content, Bright storm is the way to go. If you want both, Khan Academy is the biggest benchmark. Here are some things you will want to look at:
If you are going to become a professional, you will need some sort of a portfolio. Similar to a business website, getting a portfolio for your professional needs will help you build credibility and land a job faster.
Here are some steps you might want to take:
We hope that this simple guide was able to help you understand the importance of designing a website depending on what you want to deliver. If you have any queries in any of these steps, do let us know in the comment section.