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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
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, About.com).
Corporate websites : used to provide background
information about a business, organization, or service.
Commerce sites / eCommerce sites : for purchasing goods,
such as Amazon.com, CSN Stores, and Overstock.com.
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
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 Pogo.com).
Gambling sites : A site in which you can do non-sports
Geodomain sites : refers to domain names that are the same
as those of geographic entities, such as cities and countries.
For example, Richmond.com is the geodomain for Richmond,
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: RateMyProfessors.com, 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
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
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 kearney.k12.mo.us.
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. rotten.com).
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
Wiki sites : a site which users collaboratively edit (such
as Wikipedia and Wikihow).
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