The term ‘website’ can be distinguished based on purpose and content.
These are the types of websites:
- Personal Websites:
These contain static information about a person and normally comes with Homepage, About/Biography, Gallery, Interests, Contacts.
The About page often contains sub-pages like Achievements, Awards, History and so on. The gallery often includes personal pics or even selfies which people are interested to share. Personal websites are basically created to ‘demonstrate someone’s personality and interests’. For someone who is popular this is a must and the best stop for information.
These sites focus mainly on the content-delivery , rather than the ‘looks’. A simple design (without the big banners and decoration) is of common practice. They are static and needs to be updated regularly, as opposed to dynamic personal websites which are updated when a new event(or film-release as in the case of actors or music release as with singers.).
They often come with a ‘back-end’ server which is maintained using PHP & MySQL.
Have you ever imagined how these educational sites have downloadable PDF files?
Those are stored using a database on the back-side. An understanding of the ‘three-tier web system’ can help.
- The news websites:
These contains ads, continuously updated pages and sub-pages. Also, sub-domains exist. For example: sports.timesofindia.com (or something like that.) These sub-domains can be generated from the server easily.
News sites focus on content as well as design.
- The e-commerce sites:
These aren’t really websites. They are companies. Product-based companies, which must not have even a second of failure.
Highly skillful web-developers and server administrators work in huge numbers to maintain these, rather than a sole admin. Frequent check is needed.
A blog is a timeline-based mini-website.
Blogs are often counted as sites because of the purposes they serve, but professional template-builders treat them as non-websites and have an inferiority complex over the ‘lack of design’. A blog can be of personal diary type, a fun space or a technical/informative source.
Blogs are created when you don’t require focus on the codings and when you need fast access. Easy log in and log out.
Blogs can be run through mobiles like you would post on social networks. And this is another reason why professional builders don’t count them as real websites.
Hope, you have understood something from the points above.
P.S. Personal opinions only. Others’ might vary.