A website, also written as Web site, web site, or simply site, is
a set of related web pages served from a single web domain. A website is
hosted on at least one web server, accessible via a network such as the
Internet or a private local area network through an Internet address
known as a Uniform resource locator. All publicly accessible websites
collectively constitute the World Wide Web.
A webpage is a document, typically written in plain text interspersed
with formatting instructions of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML, XHTML).
A webpage may incorporate elements from other websites with suitable
Webpages are accessed and transported with the Hypertext Transfer
Protocol (HTTP), which may optionally employ encryption (HTTP Secure,
HTTPS) to provide security and privacy for the user of the webpage
content. The user's application, often a web browser, renders the page
content according to its HTML markup instructions onto a display
The pages of a website can usually be accessed from a simple Uniform
Resource Locator (URL) called the web address. The URLs of the pages
organize them into a hierarchy, although hyperlinking between them
conveys the reader's perceived site structure and guides the reader's
navigation of the site which generally includes a home page with most of
the links to the site's web content, and a supplementary about, contact
and link page.
Some websites require a subscription to access some or all of their
content. Examples of subscription websites include many business sites,
parts of news websites, academic journal websites, gaming websites,
file-sharing websites, message boards, web-based email, social
networking websites, websites providing real-time stock market data, and
websites providing various other services (e.g., websites offering
storing and/or sharing of images, files and so forth).
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