If you’re planning on taking the plunge and hiring a Seattle web development team then you have to know what kind of website you need. While you might think that a website is a website, you couldn’t be more wrong. Most sites are grouped into two main categories but there are numerous subcategories that offer specialized features and options. The two main types of websites are static and content, and both have their pros and cons.
Static websites are the most basic type of website and are usually the best for someone who doesn’t want any thing to do with managing their content. These sites feature fixed information that is not intended to be updated. The website owner usually does not have any kind of access to the website and has to call the developer to make changes. These types of sites are great for businesses with a relatively small amount of data and either a brick and mortar shop or services that are only available offline.
Content websites are the most popular type of website built by Seattle web development teams and for good reason. They offer more customization, more control, and more updates than static sites. Content websites are usually accessible by the owner and can be updated at will to add blog posts, new products, or even to change the web content. These sites typically either use CMS or some form of ecommerce GUI to provide a fully functioning and easy to use control panel for the site.
CMS – CMS is the most popular type of website because it is easy to set up and easy to learn. CMS or Content Management System websites can be powered by open source solutions like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, or can include a custom built option. CMS is essentially a control panel that allows people who are not experienced with code to update their website.
E-Commerce – Many E-commerce websites actually use some form of CMS, but e-commerce is usually considered to be its own subcategory of content. E-commerce sites allow you to directly upload content through a CMS system or a GUI (Graphical User Interface) to directly upload products, accept sales, and payments. These are typically harder to set up than CMS sites, but eventually work the same way in that a person who is not experienced with code can easily add and change content.
In some cases you might need something that isn’t available under either of the two standard types of websites so rather than getting a content site or a fixed site you might want something unique. These types of sites make up about 5% of the web, which is still a lot of websites. Unique sites often need specific parameters and functions but are costly and time consuming to build.
Most businesses prefer to use a CMS site because it is faster to get set up, easier to maintain, and can be edited quickly. Large stores with online products require e-commerce websites that can be used to upload and sell products. Last but not least, professionals such as carpet cleaners or accountants tend to prefer fixed content sites that they can upload with contact information and then forget about. All three types are perfect for different types of business but you can probably use your personal needs to choose one.
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