Types of Web Sites

  • There are many different types of web sites. It is important to know which type you are looking at in order to evaluate the usefulness of its information. Some of the types are listed below.

    How to evaluate a web site

    Informational Web Site

    An Informational Web Site is one whose purpose is to present factual information.

    The URL Address frequently ends in .edu or .gov, as educational institutions or government agencies sponsor many of these pages. Others end in .com (commercial).

    Examples: Dictionaries, thesauri, directories, transportation schedules, calendars of events, statistical data, and other factual information such as reports, presentations of research, or information about a topic.

    Advocacy Web Site

    An Advocacy Web Site is one sponsored by a group trying to influence opinion (that is, one trying to sell ideas).

    The URL Address of the page frequently ends in .org (organization).

    Examples: Greenpeace, The Sierra Club, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party.

    Business/Marketing Web Site

    A Business/Marketing Web Site is one sponsored by a group trying to promote or sell products.

    The URL Address of the site frequently ends in .com (commercial).

    Examples: Adobe Systems, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, and numerous other large and small companies using the Web for business purposes.

    News Web Site

    A News Web Site is created by a news organization whose primary purpose is to provide up-to-date information on events.

    The URL Address of the site usually ends in .com (commercial).

    Example: USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, CNN.