‘Web Site' or 'Website': What's the Difference Between the Two?

By Shanea Patterson, updated on January 13, 2023

Should you write it as ‘web site’ or ‘website’? And what’s the difference between the two? We’ll cover that below, plus teach you how to use the correct version of the word in a sentence.

Don’t feel like skimming? Here’s the short answer:

  • ‘Web site’ is the informal way to spell the word ‘website.’
  • The words both mean the same thing, but ‘web site’ could be used as two separate words as well as one word together.

‘Website’ or ‘Web Site’ – Which is Correct?

You might be wondering which spelling of the word to use because they’re very similar. The only difference is the space between the two words, ‘web’ and ‘site.’

Although ‘web site’ can be used, the most recognized version of the word is ‘website.’ Therefore, it would be better for your writing to use that spelling of the word.

‘Website’ or ‘Web Site’ – One Word or Two? 

As you just learned, the word can be spelled as one word or two. But the most common way people spell it is without a space.

Some style guides call for the capitalization of both forms, but some people simply don’t do that. It’s not necessary unless those are the rules of whatever you’re writing.

Definition and Meaning of ‘Web Site’ and ‘Website’ 

According to Merriam-Webster, the word refers to a group of World Wide Web pages that usually contain links to each other. They’re usually made available by people, companies, and organizations.

Websites are what people call “the internet.” If you’re looking at a website, you’re on the internet.

A Brief History

The first known use of the word was in 1993, and it meant the same thing it means today.

Pronunciation: How to Pronounce ‘Web Site’ and ‘Website’

Not sure of the pronunciation of this word? Here’s a quick guide.

  • To pronounce the word, take a look at the phonetic spelling: WHEB-SYTE.

How to Use ‘Web Site’ and ‘Website’ in a Sentence

Now that we know the definition and how to pronounce the words, we can take a look at some examples of how to use them in a sentence.

  • I just got a new inquiry about my services on my website! I’m so excited.
  • My cousin built my new website for me. It looks amazing!
  • I apologize that the website is not read. We’re a little backed up, but we’re working on it now.
  • This website doesn’t look very legitimate. Are you sure we should trust it?
  • Nowadays, anyone can make a website. And lots of people do.
  • I just signed up for my favorite author’s email list on her website! I love Kristin Hannah!

Concluding Thoughts on ‘Web Site’ and ‘Website’

To recap, you learned that these two words could be used interchangeably because they mean the same thing. The only difference is the space between the two words and how often they’re used in a professional sense. Stick with ‘website’ if you want to be on the safe side.

If you find yourself struggling, don’t be afraid to come back and refresh your memory. We’ve got a whole library of content dedicated to explaining confusing words and phrases in the English language – and there are a lot! Go check it out.

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Written By:
Shanea Patterson
Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York and loves writing for brands big and small. She has a master's degree in professional writing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Mercy College.

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