A website is a collection of web pages, images, videos
or other digital resources that are addressed with a
common domain name or IP address on an Internet Protocol
network. A web site is hosted on at least one web
server, accessible via the Internet or a private local
area network. A web page is a set of contents arranged
on the web pages using Hypertext Markup Languages like
HTML, XHTML. All publicly accessible web sites
collectively constitute the World Wide Web.
The pages of a web site can usually be accessed from a
simple Uniform Resource Locator (URL). The first page of
the website is called the homepage, which is connected
to all inner pages. Though most of the website are
freely available but some websites require subscription
to access. For example: business sites, news sites,
academic journal sites, gaming sites, message boards,
web-based e-mail, services, social networking web sites,
and real-time stock market site.
On the basis of function websites can be classified in
four major categories:
Non-profit organization website
While on the basis of style website can be categorized
Static website: The static website
design is a simple website design which is cost
effective and beneficial for the small enterprises or
individuals to expand their business through web.
Through static website individuals or small business
houses can place simple information regarding their
company and products in simple manner and at low cost.
This type of website is very useful for expanding market
of company with its information and appearance on
Dynamic website: Dynamic pages are
the pages that change dynamically. Dynamic pages can
change every time when they are loaded without making
any changes. Dynamic web pages can also change their
content based on what user does, like clicking on some
text or an image. If the information stored in the
database changes, the web page connected to the database
change accordingly and automatically without human
There are range of websites each having particular type
of content in specific field. These websites may be
randomly classified in any number of ways. A few such
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: used to preserve
valuable electronic contents that are on verge of
extinction. For examples: Internet Archive, which since
1996 has preserved billions of old and new web pages;
and Google Groups, which in early 2005 had preserved
over 845,000,000 messages posted to Usenet
Blog Site: sites generally used to
post online diaries, comments or views that may include
discussion forums (e.g., blogger, Xanga).
Content Site: these sites create
and sell of original content to end-user. (e.g., Slate,
Corporate website: used to provide
information regarding business, organization, or
Commerce site (or eCommerce site):
these sites are designed for purchasing or selling
goods, such as Amazon.com, CSN Stores, and
Community site: sites where persons
with similar interests communicate to each other through
chatting and messaging or through soci message boards,
such as MySpace or Facebook.
City Site: A site that shows
information about a certain city or town and events that
takes place in that town. Usually created by the city
council. For example, Richmond.com is the geodomain for
Gripe site: a site devoted to the
critique of a person, place, corporation, government, or
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
Mirror site: A complete
reproduction of a website.
News site: similar to an
information site, but dedicated to dispensing news and
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. These are usually uploaded using a
web hosting service such as Geocities.
Phish Site: a website created to
fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as
passwords and credit card details, by disguising as a
trustworthy person or business (such as Social Security
Administration, PayPal) in an electronic communication.
Political site: A site on which
people may voice political views.
Porn site: a site that shows
sexually explicit content for enjoyment and relaxation,
most likely in the form of an internet gallery, dating
site, blog, or video sharing.
Rating site: A site on which people
can praise or disparage what is featured.
Review site: A site on which people
can post reviews for products or services.
School site: a site on which
teachers, students, or administrators can post
information about current events at or involving their
Video sharing: A site that enables
user to upload videos, such as YouTube and Google Video.
Search engine site: a site that
provides general information and is intended as a
gateway for retrieving other sites. Google, Yahoo and
MSN are the most widely known search engines.
Shock site: includes images or
other material that is intended to be offensive to most
viewers (e.g. rotten.com).
Warez: a site designed to host and
let users download copyrighted materials illegally.
Web portal: a site is vehicle that
provides a gateway to other resources on the Internet or
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