Don't know what you need? Websites often fall into two broad categories:
An informational website is similar to a printed brochure - mostly providing content to your audience. The site's objective is to offer information including the "who, what, where, when and how" of your organization.
A transactional (or eCommerce) website is for those who would like to conduct transactions (e.g., sell goods or services) online. This type of site typically displays products and provides the ability to complete the purchase transaction online. Requirements for a transactional website vary wildly and are dependent on your unique situation, products you offer, frequency of catalog update, stock management, etc., but share some common elements:
- An Internet merchant account
- Payment processing gateway
- Storefront Interface / Shopping Cart
- Secure Internet Services