Just as there are different types of businesses, there are different types of websites. NextAge has experience building all of the websites listed below, especially database driven and ecommerce sites. Please click here to see our portfolio of just some of the Internet projects we have completed.
Just about all business-related websites can be broken down into six main types of websites. Those websites are brochureware, database driven website, e-commerce website, community website, portal website, and e-business website. Cost and complexity for these types of websites can range from very low to very high depending upon many factors including functionality, number of pages and more. Here is a brief description of the different types and examples of websites.
This is an informational website that will display products or services for sale without actually taking payments online. This is often the first step in the migration onto the Internet. Brochureware websites are normally just a few pages in length and describe the product or service offered, give the company history, and provides contact information.
Databases have become a "must have" technology for any website on the Internet that wants to be useful and interesting to its visitors. Databases are used on almost every popular site that you visit on the Internet. Some examples of database driven websites include:
We have more introductory information about database driven websites here. Please click here to see our portfolio of database driven websites or contact us for additional information.
An e-commerce website is a transactional website that will display products and services and take payments online. An e-commerce website will be database driven as well as have additional software that enables credit card transactions to be processed online. E-commerce is the tool that has enabled many small businesses to effectively compete with and in some cases win over their larger corporate competitors. For just several thousand dollars, any small business can have an e-commerce site with the same look and functionality as a Fortune 1000 website. In many cases, customers will not be able to tell the difference. Contrast this with the millions of dollars that would need to be invested in employees, equipment, and real-estate to compete offline with your corporate competitors. Please click here to see some examples of the e-commerce websites we have completed or contact us for additional information.
A virtual community is a community of people sharing common interests, ideas, and feelings over the Internet or other collaborative networks. A community website is used by people with common interests to communicate with one another. There are also community based applications that can be integrated into for example, an e-commerce website that would be used to foster community. Such an application might be a bulletin board, and Internet Relay Chat (IRC). Please contact us to learn more about NextAge Internet community solutions and projects.
A portal website is basically a major starting site for users when they first get connected to the Internet or that users visit as an anchor site. Portal websites can be both on the Internet as well as an extranet. For example, a medium sized business with several employees at several locations could have a portal website to keep all of their employees up to date on all company-related information. This company could benefit from having a portal website in several ways. First, all company-related information is kept in one place, ensuring that everybody is working from the same information. Secondly, communication costs for the company are reduced because new information now longer has to be sent to several places. Instead it is located in one place. Please contact us to learn more about NextAge portal solutions and to see some samples of our work.
Like e-commerce, e-business is the conduct of business on the Internet, not only buying and selling but also servicing customers and collaborating with business partners. Today, many businesses are rethinking their businesses in terms of the Internet and its new culture and capabilities. Companies are using the Web to buy parts and supplies from other companies, to collaborate on sales promotions, and to do joint research. E-business can be said to include e-services, the provision of services and tasks over the Internet. Examples of e-business applications include supply chain management applications, sales management applications, customer relationship applications and more. Contact us to learn more about NextAge e-business solutions and experience.