The WWW is without a doubt a vital tool in communications today. How you use the WWW is very necessary in how you communicate your message to your customers and audience. And it goes without saying (but we’ll go ahead a say it away) that one of the most prominent tools to establish this method of communication is the Web site.
The WWW may appear to be cluttered with tons of web sites, each of which probably in its own category and style in its presentation; and many are indeed. But web sites actually come in four broad form techniques, and which form technique you use will determine how your audience will come to know and understand your offerings, and most of all, YOU!
The following is a small list of categories of under which a web site is likely to fall. This is by no means a definitive or comprehensive list. It’s merely a few terms I use to identify what a web site is likely to be.
- Brochure: A common style of design for service-oriented businesses. These web sites present information in the way one would see on pamphlets, flyers, and of course, brochures.
- Content Publishing: Blogs, magazines, news, and any website which presents information in the form of articles and essays are primarily found in this category. A very common type.
- InfoCom: This is another common type of web site. Web sites in this category are primarily concerned with enabling users to find various forms of information and/or to communicate other people. Among the most popular types are; search engines like Google, Bing; social networks like Myspace, Facebook. Others include web-based e-mail services, surveys, forums and message boards, record archives, and advance client terminals.
- E-Commerce: You can probably guess what’s involved: various types of retailers such as Amazon and auctions like eBay.
As a LAMP-stack developer, I use a variety of open source software and technology to provide flexible customization solutions necessary to fulfill what you and your customers need. The following are just some of the different types of software that can be used.