There are many different types of websites available these days, from basic HTML sites to Blogs such as WordPress or Blogger and Content Management Systems (CMS) such as Joomla and Drupal.
But how do you know which site is right for you?
Here is a brief outline of what each type of website we offer can provide you with.
This is really where it all began. An static website is usually coded in HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and once designed the content pretty much stays the same.
Simple forms or marketing examples of websites, such as classic website, a five-page website or a brochure website are often static websites, because they present pre-defined, static information to the user. This may include information about an individual or about a company and its products and services through text, photos, animations, audio/video and interactive menus and navigation.
This type of website usually displays the same information to all visitors. Similar to handing out a printed brochure to customers or clients, a static website will generally provide consistent, standard information for an extended period of time. Although the website owner may make updates periodically, it is a manual process to edit the text, photos and other content and may require basic website design skills and software.
A Blog (Short for WeB log) is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. The easiest way to describe a blog is to think of it as a personal diary ior journal.
Blogs are usually written by one person and are updated pretty regularly. Blogs often focuson a particular topic – there are blogs on virtually any topic you can think of. From photography, to spirituality, to recipes, to personal diaries to hobbies – blogging has as many applications and varieties as you can imagine. Whole blog communities have sprung up around some of these topics putting people into contact with each other in relationships where they can learn, share ideas, make friends with and even do business with people with similar interests from around the world.
A dynamic website will be required to allow users to sort and search records, or to restrict access to parts of the website using a log-in procedure.Dynamic websites rely on server side scripting to provided advanced interactivity and usually use a database to deliver the content for individual pages. A dynamic approach is appropriate for developing large websites with content which is formulaic, for example, catalogues, photograph albums and complex series of data.
Content Management System (CMS)
A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your Web site, much like your local public library keeps track of books and stores them. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage. Since the CMS manages all your content, you don’t have to.
There are various CMS providers to choose from. Our preferences are WordPress (https://wordpress.com/) and Joomla (www.joomla.org) but we have also developed websites using Drupal (www.drupal.org), Umbraco (www.umbraco.com) and Mambo (http://mambo-foundation.org)
WordPress and Joomla CMS systems are used all over the world to power web sites of all shapes and sizes.
- Corporate Web sites or portals
- Corporate intranets and extranets
- Online magazines, newspapers, and publications
- E-commerce and online reservations
- Government applications
- Small business Web sites
- Non-profit and organizational Web sites
- Community-based portals
- School and church Web sites
- Personal or family homepages