Corporate sites differ from electronic commerce, portal, or sites in that they provide information to the public about the company rather than transacting business or providing other services. The phrase is a term of art referring to the purpose of the site rather than its design or specific features, or the nature, market sector, or business structure of the site operator.
Nearly every company that interacts with the public has a corporate site or else integrates the same features into its other websites. Large companies typically maintain a single umbrella corporate site for all of their various brands and subsidiaries.
Main Features of a Corporate Website
- A homepage
- A navigation bar or other means for accessing various site sections
- A unified look and feel incorporating the company logos, style sheets, and graphic images.
- An “about us” section with some or all of these:
- A summary of company operations, history, and mission statement
- A list of the company’s products and services
- A “people” section with biographical information on founders, board members, and/or key executives. Sometimes provides an overview of the company’s overall workforce.
- A “news” section containing press releases, press kits, and/or links to news articles about the company
- An “investor” section describing key owners / investors of the company
- A list of key clients, suppliers, achievements, projects, partners, or others
- Pages of special interest to specific groups. These may include:
- An employment section where the company lists open positions and/or tells job seekers how to apply
- Investor pages with the annual report, business plan, current stock price, financial statements, overview of the company structure, SEC filing or other regulatory filings
- Pages for employees, suppliers, customers, strategic partners, affiliates, etc.
- Contact information. Sometimes includes a feedback form by which visitors may submit messages