The 3 Main Categories of Websites

The 3 Main Categories of Websites

Are you a student or researcher looking out to understand the three main categories of websites? Or, are you a business owner trying to understand which category of website your need for your business? You have probably reached by search or simply clicked a read more link on our website design products page. Which ever the case may be, you are in the right place.

But hey, this article is not very short. Therefore, I will break it into sections for you. Here is what is contained:

  1. Introduction
  2. What is a Website?
  3. The 3 Main Categories of Websites
  4. Conclusion


There are millions of websites of the internet. They exist in many forms, contain different kinds of information and serve us different purposes. But, what are the 3 main categories of these websites? In this post, I will share with you the three major categories of websites that exist. By the end of this post, you should be able to differentiate between them and therefore make informed decisions when ordering website design services from any firm. So, let’s get started.

Now, first things first; what is a website?

What is a Website?

A website is a collection of web pages. As simple as that.

In the conventional world, we are used to reading printed company magazines and newspapers, right? Now, let’s simply look at a website as that company magazine or newspaper but residing on the internet and accessible to everyone.

I have written a comprehensive article about the definition and meaning of a website. For a detailed understanding, feel free to follow the link. Otherwise, for now, I will fast forward to the gist of this article – the three major categories of websites.

Read More: What is a Website? Meaning and Definition.

The 3 Main Categories of Websites

The three main categories of websites are:

  1. Static Websites
  2. Dynamic Websites
  3. E-Commerce Website

1. Static Websites

Just like the name suggests, static websites consist of web pages whose content does not dynamically change. The content is indeed static. Many times, these websites are designed in plain HTML (Hyper-Text Markup Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and JavaScriptAll website content is stored in the individual website files. Not in databases. We can therefore say they are “not database driven”.

To change the content on any web page, you need to have prior knowledge of website design. In other words, you must be a web developer with the ability to interpret the codes. This is so because you have to open and edit the individual files. As a result, static websites are hard to maintain for non-developers. That means, for non-developers, updating a static website will require hiring a developer. This makes the update process costly.

The initial cost of developing this category of websites can be relatively cheaper. However, maintenance tends to become expensive due to the fact that you will always need a developer.

Unless you intend to leave your website content the same for months or even years, or have that huge sum of money to pay developers for regular updates, this type of website is not a good option.

2. Dynamic Websites

Dynamic websites consist of web pages with dynamic content. This means, their content is ever changing.

3. E-Commerce Websites

E-Commerce stands for electronic commerce. These are websites for selling products and services online (on the internet). Call them online shops or stores. They have the capability of accepting orders and payments.


In this article, we defined a website as collection of web pages and referenced a more detailed article on which to learn more. We identified the three main categories of website as static, dynamic and e-commerce websites. And further noted that static websites have content which does not change, dynamic websites are database driven and their content changes dynamically, while e-commerce websites are used to sell products or services online.

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