You’re here because you need a website designed for your business, right? There are lots of different types of websites to choose from.
Websites are split into 5 main categories:
1. A static website
This website is like an online brochure and doesn’t change. Usually it can only be edited by the web designer who built it.
2. An editable brochure website
This website is also like an online brochure except you, the website owner, can edit the site yourself without hiring a website designer. These sites require a content management system (CMS), which allows you to edit the site without knowing any coding languages. You probably wouldn’t edit this type of site very often.
3. An editable dynamic website
This website also uses a CMS, but it has more interactive elements like a login area, a blog or a forum, and the content is updated on a regular basis.
4. An ecommerce website (an online shop)
This website also uses a CMS but, like the name implies, it also sells products or downloads. This site will have a payment gateway to accept payments online. In South Africa, we have payment gateways like PayU or PayFast. Outside South Africa, they mostly use PayPal as a payment gateway.
5. A website application
This website is usually purpose-built from scratch and typically performs a specific function. It is usually quite an expensive solution, but you can make it do anything you want (as long as you are prepared to pay for it). Think of websites that are also online services like Dropbox or Canva or Twitter.