::TYPES OF WEBSITES WE DESIGN::
This type of site is useful for a family, teenagers, grandparents, etc. to stay in touch with each other. This type is not advisable for a small business because the URL is not search engine friendly and the limited server capabilities your hosting company offer may not be sophisticated enough for a small business website.
PHOTO SHARING WEBSITES
There are websites like Flickr.com, Photosite.com, and Google's Picasa. There could easily be over a hundred such sites that offer free photo sharing paid for by their online advertising. Also, many digital cameras and photo printers now come with software enabling mere mortals to create digital photo slideshows and upload them to the web. Most smartphones have apps to accomplish the same ends.
BUSINESS CATALOG WEBSITES
In the days before the Internet, we used the print, radio, and television media to spread the word about our businesses. Now we can cast a large net, reaching literally millions of people all over the world with just one website. With your online brochure or catalog, you can show anyone who looks for and finds your website, photos and descriptions of your products or services. To some this may sound like an E-commerce Website, but there are many businesses that deal in products or services that are not sellable over the web—think hair-stylist, dentist, or day-care center
COMMUNITY BUILDING WEBSITES
These websites build online communities of people who want to interact with other people socially or meet people who share their interests. The best-known website of this type is probablyFaceBook.com. There's also Linkedin.com, and let's not forget the old MySpace.com just to mention a few.
For sharing and discussing mutual interests, there are online forums for practically any subject you can think of. These Forum websites can be a great source of information and help for the small business person. (I'm sure there is a forum dedicated to your type of business. Just do a web search for something like a real estate web forum.) Now you can see this is where we start to get into the idea of "hybrid" sites.
MOBILE DEVICE WEBSITES
The use of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, watches, etc.) has become ubiquitous. One problem is that standard websites are difficult to view and sometimes take a long time to download on some of these devices with their small screens and wireless connections. Websites whose pages are narrower in width and take up less bandwidth work much better for mobile devices. A new domain designation has been created to identify websites that are "mobile friendly". If you have a small business that would benefit from being viewed on a mobile device, you should consider investigating the possibilities of creating a mobile-friendly site.
People took the words Web Logs and shortened it to Blogs—online diaries, journals, or editorials if you will. My, how Blogs have taken over the Internet. A person used to be outdated if he/she did not have a website, now having a blog is de rigeur. A blog owner will log-on daily, weekly, or whenever, and write about whatever is going on in their lives or business, or they may comment on politics and news. How wonderful the Internet is! Now anyone who can afford a blog can be self-published and allow their thoughts to be read by anyone in the world who has online access. How important is blogging to the small business person?
Ever hear of Amazon.com? It's one of the grand-daddies of all e-commerce websites. But you don't have to be an Amazon to sell your products online. There are millions of small businesses who use their e-commerce websites to sell their products over the Internet. Just about anything that can be sold in a brick-and-mortar store can be sold online—with much less overhead!
A major informational site is wikipedia.org, the online encyclopedia. And it is unique because it allows members to contribute and edit articles. Now your small business may not want such a comprehensive site, but if you have information to share or sell, an informational website would fill the bill. Suppose you have a landscaping business. You could create a website that lists plants with their definitions and planting and caring instructions. This would be helpful to people, and you would use it to lead people to your nursery. Of course, you could "hybrid" this site by adding an e-commerce feature, a forum, or even photo sharing.