Do I need a website?
Yes! But the real question should be “What kind of website do I need?” There are many different kinds of websites that serve different purposes. Here we will go over some of the different ones, what they are and what they do. There is overlap in the below examples, but some are for definition purposes and others for illustrative.
What is a website?
A website is not the same as a webpage. However a website is made up of many web pages. For example, let’s use a common website and we will call it AcmeExample.com It contains a Home page, an About Us page, and a Contact Us page. Each of these is a “web page” and all together it is a “website”
A Static website is about as simple as you can get. It has fixed content and does not change based on user input rather the content is the same for all consumers viewing the page. In order for the content to change, you have to manually change it on the server.
Dynamic websites are generated in real time with the content normally stored in a database. These are usually used by companies with large complex websites. Sites where the same content may be on multiple or hundreds of pages. To update these pages, you can usually just update the database and the content will change on all affected pages.
An informational site would normally be a static website. This would be information about your company, where you are located, how to get ahold of you, what you do etc. This could also contain a portfolio of services offered, and articles to convey information to your target market.
An e-commerce site would normally be a combination of dynamic website and static. This would have some static components, Home, About Us, and Contact Us. It would also contain some dynamic components in the Product Catalog. The product information would normally be stored in a database. Information such as description, picture, size, price, and sometimes the qty available, this would allow for easy maintenance and adding or removing products.