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Web Site, or website
is this even a debate?
aeomac

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Msg#: 1391 posted 8:10 pm on Jun 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

website is how i prefer to write it. Chicago guide to style says Web Site. Garners, oxford, and even google say website.

what are peoples thoughts on this?

 

dmorison

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Msg#: 1391 posted 8:15 pm on Jun 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

No strong feelings either way; but this is the sort of thing I use Google for and then go with the majority.... :)

[google.com...]
(1,060,000,000)

[google.com...]
(931,000,000)

It's close...!

thinkaholic

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Msg#: 1391 posted 8:49 pm on Jun 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

It's a personal preference, really. You can use either as they mean the same thing.

But "Dictionarily", the definition is here..

[dictionary.reference.com...]

Syzygy

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Msg#: 1391 posted 11:08 pm on Jun 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Lol!

You're talking solely about preference in terms of written expression here?

Website, web site or web-site (and ignoring use of caps)?

Which do you prefer? Use that one...

However...

Do people buy/read a newspaper, news paper or news-paper?

Syzygy

monkeythumpa

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Msg#: 1391 posted 12:01 am on Jun 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Whatever you do, stay consistent. I hate looking at a site and seeing it one way here, and another way there. Inconsistency is a mark of someone who doesn't care.

D_Blackwell

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Msg#: 1391 posted 12:02 am on Jun 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

It has evolved as do many other words, beginning with web site, gradually gaining great usage and being promoted to hyphenated status, and then eventually becoming generally recognized as a single word. Similar to E mail to e-mail, to email. Newspaper is great example.

mblair

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Msg#: 1391 posted 1:01 am on Jun 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

I find "website" reads better but as long as I don't have to read it as "Web sight" it doesn't tweak me either way as a reader. :-)

jeffb

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Msg#: 1391 posted 4:00 am on Jun 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Personally, I prefer to-MAH-to.

;)

It will probably take a generation to reach consensus, although I agree that the consensus will eventually favor "website." Most people will stick with the way they learned it when they first got onto the Web (as evidenced by my continued use of a capitalized W on "Web" and my stubborn refusal to write "email" instead of "e-mail").

But eventually, we Internet dinosaurs will die out and be replaced by younger, more nimble creatures who won't be slowed by spaces or hyphens in terms that are, to them, common terms of everyday life instead of terms that were coined to describe what was, to us, the new and emerging world of the Internet.

notredamekid

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Msg#: 1391 posted 5:02 am on Jun 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Web site

AP style. No question. No arguments ;)

jeffb

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Msg#: 1391 posted 2:30 pm on Jun 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

>>Web site
AP style. No question. No arguments ;) <<

Sorry to question and argue, but your statement is true only if you are writing for publications that use the AP Style Guide as their standard. There are numerous authoritative style guides used by large segments of the writing profession out there - the Chicago Manual of Style, and the Microsoft Style Guide, to name just two.

In matters of how words (like Web site/web-site/website) that are in flux are treated, these equally authoritative style guides are usually split, with the AP style guide tending to perpetuate older forms of spelling long after common usage has adopted newer ones.

The style guide you use depends on the style guide that the people you are writing for have chosen to adopt (or the style guide that someone back when you were learning your writing profession told you was the official one to use for their class or business).

No style guide, however, serves as the "official" authority that GOVERNS how the English language MUST be used. Each of them is at best a document of the usage and speling choices its editors have made, at that point in time, for the sake of having all writers for their organization be consistent with each other.

PCInk

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Msg#: 1391 posted 2:41 pm on Jun 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

In dictionaries, words tend to be split up - so web and site would have been listed differently. One to refer to the internet and one to refer to a location.

In time and through common usage, dictionary makers change these split up terms to either a term on their own 'web site' with a specific definition or hyphenate it to 'web-site'. This stage is sometimes missed and they may go straight to:

Website. Which would be how this word will eventually be spelt. It is such a common word nowadays that any dictionaries or references that state it should be 'web-site' or 'web site' will eventually update to 'website'.

Same with 'E Mail', 'e-mail' or 'email'.

How you use it in the early stages in more a matter of choice.

And don't forget that there may be one way to spell the same word:

Look in an English dictionary for (not an American - they are often more strict):

Dispatch and Despatch - both spellings are perfectly acceptable and the meaning is identical.

redstorm

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Msg#: 1391 posted 5:53 am on Jun 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

website or web site? it's a problem for English countries. In China, it has a uniform name.

yokelrobin

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Msg#: 1391 posted 9:03 pm on Jun 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a client who uses webb site.

Blood is boiling just thinking about it :-)

BigDave

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Msg#: 1391 posted 9:15 pm on Jun 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a client who uses webb site.

I've known several people named Webb. It would make sense for them to refer to their personal home pages as their "Webb Site".

yokelrobin

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Msg#: 1391 posted 8:48 am on Jun 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've known several people named Webb. It would make sense for them to refer to their personal home pages as their "Webb Site".

Similarly, my wife's Maiden name is Holmes, so a "Click Here to return to the Holmes Page" would be appropriate...

Beagle

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Msg#: 1391 posted 4:21 pm on Jun 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

My "day job" includes copy editing medical research articles and grants, and I just showed the following from D_Blackwell to an author in my department:
It has evolved as do many other words, beginning with web site, gradually gaining great usage and being promoted to hyphenated status, and then eventually becoming generally recognized as a single word. Similar to E mail to e-mail, to email. Newspaper is great example.

The mentioned author has had questions lately about whether certain medical terms should be two words, one word, or hyphenated, because she's seen them written in different ways. My reply (10 minutes before I read D_Blackwell's post) was that when a term is written inconsistently, the most "consolidated" form is usually the most updated. I got a kick out of seeing this referred to as a general rule in a field other than medical terminology.

EBear

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Msg#: 1391 posted 2:28 pm on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Was reading this thread the other day. Just noticed that Word 97's custom.dic is correcting my spellings to "web site". It would be interesting to see if later versions use "website". Anyone got 2000 handy?

pageoneresults

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Msg#: 1391 posted 2:33 pm on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

I hate looking at a site and seeing it one way here, and another way there. Inconsistency is a mark of someone who doesn't care.

It may also be the mark of someone who is savvy and is attempting to target both versions. ;)

Beagle

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Msg#: 1391 posted 3:29 pm on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Anyone got 2000 handy?

Don't have 2000, but 2003 seems to accept website. ("Seems" because I can't guarantee that I didn't add it to the dictionary myself at some point.)

pageoneresults

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Msg#: 1391 posted 3:34 pm on Jun 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

In this instance, I do believe website is the proper reference especially when Google gives you this when typing in web site...

Did you mean: website

According to Answers, many technological terms are migrating to closed forms. Examples would be webmaster, homepage, email, etc.

leliphent

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Msg#: 1391 posted 10:40 pm on Jun 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

i like web-site

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