Have you ever wondered how many types of websites exist? The variations are literally uncountable but we can group them in a few categories. It’s very important to know what type of website you need to build before choosing a WordPress theme. There is a type of website for almost any need.
With WordPress, you can build almost any type of website. The only thing you need is an installation and a great theme. You may need to consider a few things before selecting a good theme. Right now, let’s review the most popular website categories out there. Although there are many more, these ones are the most used.
Articles, Texts, and Other Writing
Blog or Personal Website. It has been very popular in the past and has been established as a modern way to publish articles, stories, and researches in general. Blogging is now an employment as serious as journalism and in some cases even more influential. WordPress enthusiasts always remember that WordPress started up as a blogging platform (the infamous b2/cafelog) and is still very good at this job.
Discussion Forum. This type of website has been very popular in the past. Through the years it evolved into what we now call a “Q&A” website. In most cases, these websites are hosting advertisements. If they manage to become popular they can turn out to be profitable businesses. Given the fact that the urge for technical or other kinds of assistance is great in our times, the Q&A websites can be very helpful for literally unlimited issues. WordPress has a number of plugins for integrating discussions on your website. The most popular is bbPress.
Business website. Apart from blogs and forums, all the websites are typically run by a company or an organization. The kind of business website, with a special way of demonstrating products and/or services, is so popular that theme authors are creating special templates for it. Most professions/businesses have something exclusive to portray on a website and in some cases need to let the visitor apply for an appointment, a service, book something, etc. In this case, a website can become a great tool.
Companies and Organizations around the world are switching to WordPress for many reasons, including cost, support, efficiency, flexibility, integration ability, security and more. The transition to WordPress is relatively easy and the number of available tools for developing and maintaining the platform guarantees the stability and integrity of the website.
E-Commerce Website. Buying physical products from a real marketplace will never fade away because people love to spend their time at the malls. Of course the internet is now the best place for fast and in many cases cheaper purchases. A growing number of people in our days want to run a shop through the web. Thanks to plugins like WooCommerce, Ecwid, Shopify, MemberPress, etc. WordPress has become a full-featured, expanding and affordable solution.
News Portal. Printed magazines and newspapers will always have a dedicated public. However, we are living in the digital era and typography has moved on to the web. Without any doubt, news-websites have been established as one of the most profitable business. Most of the major news agencies and newspapers are using some kind of CMS for their portals and WordPress is among the most popular.
Arts and Media
Creative Portfolio. This type of website is suitable for designers, photographers and any kind of visual artist. The rise of digital media resulted in lifting-off the creative arts. Most of the artists need to pin their work on the internet. Although social networks are ideal for promoting any kind of artist, a dedicated website is a step forward for the artist who needs a solid and customizable place for their work.
Media Broadcast. While the global bandwidth is growing and the internet is becoming faster, streaming has almost replaced the air-frequencies. With the appropriate combination of software and hardware, anyone can build and maintain a media broadcasting structure. Guess what; there are a number of plugins for WordPress that allow for doing even that.
Can you suggest another type of website you would like us to include on our list? Use the comment form and we’ll include it on the update!