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Types of websites on the internet

Affiliate sites : 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 sites : used to preserve valuable electronic content threatened with extinction. Two examples are: Internet Archive, which since 1996 has preserved billions of old (and new) Web pages; and Google Groups, which in early 2005 was archiving over 845,000,000 messages posted to Usenet news/discussion groups.

Blog sites : sites generally used to post online diaries which may include discussion forums (e.g., blogger, Xanga).

Content sites : sites whose business is the creation and distribution of original content (e.g., Slate,

Corporate websites : used to provide background information about a business, organization, or service.

Commerce sites / eCommerce sites : for purchasing goods, such as, CSN Stores, and

Community/Social sitess : a site where persons with similar interests communicate with each other, usually by chat or message boards, such as MySpace and Facebook.

City Sites : 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 or other "movers and shakers".

Database sites : a site whose main use is the search and display of a specific database's content such as the Internet Movie Database or the Political Graveyard.

Dating sites : A web site where single people could find dates by using social networking like technologies.

Development sites : a site whose purpose is to provide information and resources related to software development, Web design and the like.

Directory sites : a site that contains varied contents which are divided into categories and subcategories, such as Yahoo! directory, Google directory and Open Directory Project.

Download sites : strictly used for downloading electronic content, such as software, game demos or computer wallpaper.

Employment sites : allows employers to post job requirements for a position or positions and prospective employees to fill an application.

Fan sites : A web site created and maintained by fans of and for a particular celebrity, as opposed to a web site created, maintained, and controlled by a celebrity through their own paid webmaster.May also be known as a Shrine in the case of certain subjects, such as anime, and manga characters.

Game sites : a site that is itself a game or "playground" where many people come to play (e.g. MSN Games and

Gambling sites : A site in which you can do non-sports related gambling.

Geodomain sites : refers to domain names that are the same as those of geographic entities, such as cities and countries. For example, is the geodomain for Richmond, Virginia.

Gripe sites : a site devoted to the critique of a person, place, corporation, government, or institution.

Humor sites : satirizes, parodies or otherwise exists solely to amuse.

Information sites : contains content that is intended to inform visitors, but not necessarily for commercial purposes, such as:, Free Internet Lexicon and Encyclopedia. Most government, educational and non-profit institutions have an informational site.

Java applet sites : contains software to run over the Web as a Web application.

Mirror (computing) sites : A complete reproduction of a website.

News sites : similar to an information site, but dedicated to dispensing news and commentary.

Personal homepage sites : 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 sites : a website created to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy person or business (such as Social Security Administration, PayPal) in an electronic communication (see Phishing).

Political sites : A site on which people may voice political views.

Rating sites : A site on which people can praise or disparage what is featured.

Review sites : A site on which people can post reviews for products or services.

School sites : a site on which teachers, students, or administrators can post information about current events at or involving their school. U.S. websites generally uses k12 in the URL such as

Video sharing sites : A site that enables user to upload videos, such as YouTube and Google Video.

Search engine sites : a site that provides general information and is intended as a gateway or lookup for other sites. A pure example is Google, and the most widely known extended type is Yahoo!.

Shock sites : includes images or other material that is intended to be offensive to most viewers (e.g.

Warez sites : a site designed to host and let users download copyrighted materials illegally.

Web portal sites : a site that provides a starting point or a gateway to other resources on the Internet or an intranet.

Wiki sites : a site which users collaboratively edit (such as Wikipedia and Wikihow).

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