Wondering what types of websites you can create with WordPress?
We are often asked by beginners about what kind of websites they can make using WordPress. Our short answer is ‘almost any type of website imaginable’.
In this article, we’ll show you top examples of types of websites you can create with WordPress.
Getting Started With WordPress
WordPress powers more than 43% of all websites on the internet, which makes it the most popular website builder on the market.
There are two types of WordPress websites. First, there is WordPress.com, which is a web hosting company. Then, there is WordPress.org, also known as self-hosted WordPress. To learn more, see our guide on the difference between WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org.
Throughout this article, when we say WordPress, we are talking about self-hosted WordPress websites. We recommend using WordPress.org because it gives you full access to all WordPress functionality out of the box.
To get started, you’ll need WordPress hosting and a domain name.
We recommend using Bluehost. They are offering a generous discount + free domain name to WPBeginner users. Basically, you can get started for $2.75 per month.
We have a step by step guide on how to make your website with WordPress.
That being said, let’s look at some of the most popular types of websites you can create with WordPress.
1. Blog or Personal Website
WordPress started out as a simple blogging tool and quickly evolved into a powerful content management system. During the last 18 years, those blogging and personal website components didn’t disappear.
They have become more polished, sophisticated, and powerful. WordPress is still the best blogging platform in the world used by small websites as well as large publications.
Due to its flexibility, WordPress is equally good for personal blogs as well as multi-author blogs. It allows you to create content-rich websites that can be easily grown into a business.
For more details, see our guide on how to start a WordPress blog with step-by-step instructions for a beginner blogger.
2. Business Website
WordPress is the easiest way to build a professional-looking business website. It is so powerful that many big name brands use WordPress to power their websites.
Business owners love its ease of use and flexibility. By using WordPress plugins, you can add social media integrations, optimize your site for search engines, track marketing data, and add any other feature you need.
You can choose from thousands of themes and easily customize the design, all without hiring a web designer.
To get started, see our complete guide on how to make a small business website using WordPress.
3. Ecommerce Website / Online Store
You can use WooCommerce to sell both physical and digital products. It allows you to easily add any type of product to your store, and has tools to manage inventory, orders, shipping, taxes, and more.
For step-by-step instructions, you can check out our tutorial on how to start an online store.
Apart from WooCommerce, there are other eCommerce plugins for WordPress, like Easy Digital Downloads and MemberPress, that can be used to sell digital goods and subscriptions.
4. Membership Website
Membership websites sell subscriptions. This allows you to put some of your content behind a paywall, sell pay-per-view content, or run an online community.
MemberPress is the best WordPress membership plugin on the market. It comes with powerful access control, subscription management, user management, and integrations with third-party tools and payment gateways.
For more details, take a look at our step-by-step tutorial on how to create a membership website.
5. Online Courses Website
WordPress can be used to easily sell courses and build an online learning community.
To learn more, check out our tutorial on how to make an online course website with WordPress.
If you’re looking for an alternative, you can also use the Thrive Apprentice plugin to create and sell online courses.
6. Online Marketplace Website
Don’t have any products to sell? How about creating a marketplace for other vendors to sell their products online?
WordPress has some incredible plugins that turn your website into an online marketplace. Third-party sellers can then list their own products on your website, and you earn a fee on each order.
For details, see our tutorial on how to create an online marketplace in WordPress.
7. Pay-Per-View Website
A pay-per-view website allows you to sell exclusive content on your website on a pay-per-view basis.
You’ll be able to directly sell content to users, instead of relying on advertising revenue, affiliate links, or other ways to make money. You can sell subscription plans, digital passes, set levels of access based on pricing, and more.
To learn more, see our tutorial on how to make a pay-per-view website in WordPress.
8. Podcast Website
WordPress and podcasting go hand in hand. Most popular podcasters on the web are using WordPress for their podcasting websites.
There are several excellent podcasting themes and plugins for WordPress which make the whole process way easier. Plus, you can integrate any podcast hosting service to seamlessly serve files from your own website.
For more on this topic, check out our step-by-step guide on how to start a podcast with WordPress.
9. Dropshipping Website
Dropshipping is a type of eCommerce store that doesn’t keep the products in stock. Instead, when a customer purchases a product, the store owner places the order with a third-party vendor who ships the item directly to the customer.
WordPress has some excellent dropshipping plugins that help you easily add third-party products to your website.
For more on this topic, take a look how to make a dropshipping website with step-by-step instructions.
10. Affiliate Website
Want to make a commission by referring your users to products and services?
WordPress is used by millions of marketers to create highly successful affiliate websites. It has a ton of affiliate marketing tools and plugins that will help you boost your earnings.
You can sign up for individual affiliate programs, or you could create an Amazon affiliate store that relies on just one giant affiliate network.
For more details, see our complete affiliate marketing guide for beginners.
11. Coupons Website
Want to earn affiliate commissions from thousands of websites offering special discounts on their products and services? Then, you can use WordPress to make a coupon site.
With the right plugins, you can easily add coupons to your site. You can control the expiration dates and other details, and your users can even rate and vote for their favorite coupons.
Need more details? Take a look at our tutorial on how to make a coupon site in WordPress with detailed instructions.
12. Micro Job Website
A micro job website is an online marketplace where employers can list tasks or gigs and individuals can apply for them. As the website owner, you can make money by charging a fee for each listing.
For more instructions, check out our tutorial on how to create a micro job website like Fiverr.
13. Job Board Website
Several popular sites like Smashing Magazine, ProBlogger, and others use job boards as an extra source of income. There is a growing demand for niche job boards catering to the needs of a specific industry or specialization.
WordPress allows you easily create a job board where employers can post job listings and professionals can respond to them.
14. Business Directory
Just like job boards, there is an increasing demand for niche business directories on the web. There are some great WordPress business directory plugins that allow you to easily create a business directory.
We have a guide on how to create a web directory like Angie’s List or Yelp.
15. Auction Websites
Want to run your own eBay-like auction website? With WordPress, you can create a fully functional auction website.
Users can bid online and make payments, and you get to earn by simply providing a platform for your niche auctions.
See our tutorial on how to make an auction website for detailed instructions.
16. Non-Profits and Religious Websites
WordPress is free, as in freedom (see our guide why is WordPress free?). This makes it an ideal solution for nonprofit organizations.
17. Portfolio Websites
Need a place to showcase your work? You can easily add a portfolio to your WordPress site with stunning image galleries and beautiful slideshows.
You can use your portfolio site to feature your writing skills, showcase your music, embed videos, or display your photography.
WordPress can be used to provide a very sleek and polished user experience for your portfolio site, making it easier for others to browse and learn about your work.
18. Travel Website
WordPress is the perfect platform to make a travel website. You can share your own travels or launch destination guides and build a business upon that.
For examples and instructions, take a look at our guide on how to make a travel website for beginners.
19. Fashion / Lifestyle Website
WordPress is a popular choice among fashion and lifestyle businesses. That’s because it’s easy to create a professional-looking website or blog, and you can even sell your own products or affiliate products.
For more on this topic, take a look at this guide on how to make a fashion website using WordPress.
20. Multilingual Websites
Want to create a website in multiple languages? WordPress has you covered.
Out of the box, WordPress is available in dozens of languages. Plus, it can also be used to create multilingual websites using WordPress translation plugins.
Need help? See our guide on how to create a multilingual website in WordPress.
21. Online Forums Website
Online forums are a popular way to build a community and leverage user generated content to bring more search engine traffic to your website.
With bbPress, you can easily add online forums to your website. bbPress helps you convert your website into an easy to manage forum. Plus, you can still use the same website for other features like a blog, online store, or a business site.
For more details, see our tutorial on how to add an online forum in WordPress.
22. Social Network Website
Want to build a more active and engaged online community? WordPress allows you to easily build your own social network website with BuddyPress.
Users will be able to join your community, manage profiles, view activity, join groups, and more.
For more details, take a look at our step by step guide on how to build a social network with BuddyPress.
23. Wiki / Knowledge Base Website
Want to create a knowledgebase or wiki-like website?
WordPress allows you to easily add a documentation or knowledgebase section to your website. This allows you to use a powerful CMS to manage all your content under one dashboard.
You can pick any of these WordPress knowledge base plugins to start your own wiki website.
We recommend the Heroic KB Plugin because it’s easy to use and offers features like instant search, user feedback, article attachments, and more.
See our guide on how to create a wiki knowledge base in WordPress for more details.
We hope this article gave you a good idea of the types of websites you can create using WordPress. You may also want to see our beginner’s guide to the most important things you need to do after installing WordPress, and our expert picks of the best web design software.