Website, eCommerce or an App – what type of website do I need?

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For practical purposes, most websites can be split into 3 general groups – websites, eCommerce (where products can be purchased), or web apps.

So what type of website do you need:

1. Most projects use a standard website often with a CMS

Standard websites are blogs, news sites, portfolio websites, personal websites, subscription sites and forums. I have bunged them into one group as they are all usually built with a content management system (CMS) such as WordPress, Wix, Joomla or Drupal.

A CMS is the software commonly used to build websites. All CMS come with an easy to use admin interface where you can add and edit your website content.

Here’s how to choose the right CMS for your website.

2. Get an eCommerce if you want to sell online

An eCommerce is a site that sells something. Usually you will have a shopping cart, payment gateway (such as Paypal, Stripe).

Most eCommerce sites are built using an eCommerce-specific CMS such as Shopify, Woocommerce, Prestashop or Magento.

If your project is particularly non-standard and requires extreme customizations, an eCommerce site can be built from scratch or with a framework (i.e. without a CMS) by a specialized web developer.

3. Get a web app if you need highly customized functionality

Web applications are becoming extremely popular. They are commonly single page websites or applications (SPAs) that with highly customized functionality and user experience.
They are usually 100% customized to look and do exactly what you require.

Get an expert opinion

Choosing the right type of website for your business is something you really want to get right first time. I’ve lost count of the number of businesses who have had to rebuild their site with a more appropriate software.

If you have any doubts at all, ask our experienced team to guide you to the right choices quickly and efficiently so you can get on with running your business.

About Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike is front end developer and consultant at Jeyjoo. He develops websites and web apps as well as advising small to medium sized business on their online marketing strategy.

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