A site or website is a central location of various web pages that are all related and can be accessed by visiting the home page of the website using a browser. For example, the Computer Hope website address (URL) is https://www.computerhope.com. From our home page, you could get access to any of the web pages (like this one) contained on our website. The image to the right shows how the Computer Hope website looked in 2011.
How to open a website
To view a website requires a browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Edge, Safari, Firefox, or Chrome). For example, you are reading this web page using a browser. Once in a browser, you can open a website by entering the URL in the address bar. For example, typing "https://www.computerhope.com" opens the Computer Hope home page. If you don't know the URL of the website you want to visit, you can use a search engine to find the website on the Internet.
When was the first website created?
What is the difference between a website and web page?
A website refers to a central location that contains more than one web page or a series of web pages. For example, Computer Hope is considered a website, which contains thousands of different web pages, including the page you're reading now.
In the above URL example, the website is computerhope.com, and the web page is "url.htm" and is always the last part of the URL.
Note: A web page does not need a file extension like .htm or .html to be a web page. Many sites are designed to show a default page in a directory (e.g., index.html) or set up to have no file extensions.
Tip: See our web page definition for a breakdown of all of the elements that help make up a web page.
Who creates websites on the Internet?
Any business, government, organization, or person can create a website on the Internet. Today, the Internet consists of billions of websites created by billions of different people. You can even create a website or blog on the Internet. See the below types of websites section for a list of the types of categories of websites.
What can you do on a website?
On most websites, you read the information contained on each web page, and if there are any interesting hyperlinks, you follow those links by clicking on them to find more information or to perform a task. You can also listen to music, watch videos, shop, communicate, and much more on many websites.
Types of websites
There are billions of websites on the Internet today that can be broken into one of the following types of website categories. Keep in mind that it is possible for a website to fall into more than one of the following categories. For example, a website may also be a forum, webmail, blog, or search engine.
- Archive website
- Blog (weblog)
- Business website and corporate website
- Community website
- Content website and information website
- Dating website
- E-commerce website
- Gaming website
- Government website
- Help website and question and answer website
- Malicious website
- Media sharing website
- Mirror website
- News website
- P2P website and Torrent website
- Personal website
- Personality website
- Review website
- School website
- Scrapper website
- Search engine website
- Social networking website
- Social news website
- Webcomic website
- Webmail website
- Wiki website
An archive website is a site that has been created to keep a record of one or more other websites. The Internet Archive is the best example of an archive website.
A blog is a website that has been typically created by an individual to keep a list of entries that interests them. See our weblog definition for a full description, services used to create a blog, and related pages. A Microblog website is also another popular form of blogging website that limits the number of characters someone can post in each blog entry. Twitter is a popular example of a social networking website that can be a place to microblog.
Business website and corporate website
A business website and corporate website is a website created to help give information about a company, ways to contact a company, location information, job information, and any other company related help and information.
Content website and information website
A content website and information website is a website that has been created with the intention of creating original and unique content that is often related to a specific category. For example, Computer Hope could be considered a content site that is a site with computer-related content. Other categories could include a political website that has content relating to politics or a political view or a religious website with information about a specific religion.
A dating website is a site set up to help connect people who may be interested in meeting other people or dating other people. Most dating websites require a small fee, require a description of yourself, and often has a series of questions to help find people that would best match your interests.
An e-commerce (electronic-commerce) website is any site that has been created with the intention of selling online goods or services. Amazon is a perfect example of an e-commerce website. An e-commerce website may be broken down even further into one of the following subcategories.
An affiliate website is a website created with the intention of selling third-party products. For example, Amazon has an affiliate program that allows anyone to link to their site and make a commission if anything is purchased after the link is clicked. An affiliate website should not be confused with an e-commerce website.
An auction website is a website that allows other people to sell their goods or services. For example, eBay is one of the most well known online auction websites. See our online auction page for further information and examples.
A classified ads website is a site that allows anyone to list goods or services usually for free or at a small cost. Craigslist is a good example of a classified ads website.
A crowdfunding website is a website with pages that have been set up to help support a business, person, or other cause by making a one-time payment or a monthly payment. A good example of a crowdfunding website is Kickstarter.
A gaming website is any website that features games that can be played on the website. Often these online games are created using HTML5, Flash, or Java. Gaming websites should not be confused with a gaming content website that has content relevant to gaming with no actual games to play on the website.
A government website is a department, local, or state government site that has been created to help inform the public about a department or connect the public to government services. A local government website may also be set up to help promote tourism.
Help website and question and answer website
A help website and question and answer website is a site where anyone can go to post questions about any topic imaginable and where visitors to that site can help answer those questions. A full listing of help websites where you can ask any question is on the link below.
A malicious website is any website that has been set up with the intention of infecting another computer or collecting personal data. For example, a malware website is a site created with the intention of infecting any visitor with malware, spyware, or a trojan horse. These type of sites could have a download that is infected, and if downloaded infects your computer or scripts that steal your computer cookies you use to log into a website.
Other common malicious websites include phishing websites that are designed to look like other official sites (e.g., your bank) with the hope that they can phish sensitive information such as your username and password.
Fake news websites are another type of malicious website that is created to appear to be a legitimate source of news with the intention of helping to spread fear and lies.
Media sharing website
A media sharing website is any website that specializes in allowing visitors to share one or more types of media. For example, YouTube is a site for sharing video media, Soundcloud is a site for sharing music, Flickr is a place to share photos, and DeviantArt is a page for sharing art.
A mirror website is a complete duplicate of another website that is used when a website becomes overloaded or to help with a websites speed in different parts of the world. See our mirror definition for further information. Also, although similar, a mirror site should not be confused with a scrapper website or a CDN.
A news website is a site dedicated to giving the latest local or world news. A news site may also be dedicated to a specific topic. For example, many computer related news websites are dedicated to talking about the latest computer and technology related news.
P2P website and Torrent website
A P2P website and Torrent website are sites created to list available torrents that can be downloaded using a file sharing program.
A warez website is a site is similar to a torrent website except that it typically stores and hosts the music, video, and software that allows anyone to download it to their computer. Typically when referring to a warez website, it is describing a site where copyrighted material is illegally downloaded.
A personal website is a site created by an individual that talks about their personal life, family, life experiences, and maybe contains a résumé. Today, many people are creating personal websites as a blog or using a social networking website as a place to store information about themselves.
A personality website is any website that covers an individual such as an artist, celebrity, musician, author, or any other person. These types of websites may be set up by the person affiliated with the person such as a publicist or agency or by a fan of the personality.
A review website is any site that focuses on reviews about a product or service. For example, Yelp allows consumers to review businesses in their area. Other review sites may review other things such as movies or products. Also, many e-commerce sites will have reviews from people who've purchased the product they're selling.
A school website is a site created to represent a local school or college. Typically school sites will have an overview of a school and give students and parents a place a place to log in to a students account and review grade and other school-related information.
A scrapper website is a website that is illegally stealing (scrapping) another website's content and posting on its website in hopes that they can get visitors looking for the information they're scrapping. Doing this could allow the person to generate advertising revenue if enough traffic was driven to the scrapper website. However, these types of sites are against all advertisers Terms of Service (TOS) and when caught will be blocked by the company providing the advertising. A scrapper website should not be confused with a mirror website, which is a copy of a site set up with permission.
Search engine website
A search engine website is a website dedicated to helping people find information on the Internet. Google is the best example of a search engine website. See our search engine definition for further information on search engines and related links.
A social networking website is a website that allows anyone to create their profile online and connect with friends and family and view their personal profile's and keep up-to-date with what is happening in their life's. Facebook and Twitter are both good examples of a social networking website. See our social networking definition for other examples of social networks and further information.
A social news website is a site that generates its content from its members and once posted all other members can vote if they enjoyed or liked the story. Reddit is an example of a social news website that allows everyone to post almost anything and is a great place to find things that would most interest you on the Internet.
A webcomic website is a site that posts a comic strip daily, weekly, or monthly.
A webmail website is a website that a person to view, send, and receive e-mail without the need of software. A good example of a webmail program is Gmail. See our webmail definition for other examples, information, and related links.
A wiki website is a site that is created using a Wiki software and is often edited and updated by more than one person.
Should I use "website" or "web site" when writing?
Both versions are technically correct. However, most style guides suggest website (one word) instead of web site (two words) in all forms of writing.