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  • Web site

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  • Either one will do

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    is it correct as "website" or "web site"?

    just curious.
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    dang it...I should have made this a poll...oh well.
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    About half of the official documents say you should use "website". The other half say the correct usage is "web site". So the important thing is to select one or the other and use it consistently.
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    You may want to look at the recent Once and for all! how do you spell it "Web site" or "Website" ? thread.

    I added the poll for you.
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    My vote is that both are wrong because it should have a lowercase W.
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    At the beginning of a sentence?
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    I believe in a dictionary it is web site, but I have never used it. Always say website, as when I say the word I never pause halfway through.

    Interestingly enough, wikipedia says both are okay. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Website

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    I don't think it matters much, really. The important thing is that you're consistent. Pick one and stick with it.
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    I don't know... if I was having them as two separate words I'd want them hyphenated because they both make up one single new entity.

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    I use 'site' more than 'website' funnily enough.

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    It is no doubt that both are correct.

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    I say website and internet and email, but in formal things, I use Web site, Internet, and e-mail. It seems archaic, but that's how things work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Young Twig
    I say website and internet and email, but in formal things, I use Web site, Internet, and e-mail. It seems archaic, but that's how things work.
    New question...

    How do you capitalise "e-mail" ??...

    My sister doesn't capitalise it at all... which annoys me, because I'm a sucker for good punctuation.

    Most times I see "E-mail"... which also annoys me, I'm not sure why. I can't remember why the E was supposed to be common. In any case it just looks wrong.

    I use "e-Mail". Sort of like "i-Pod"... common I, capital Pod... works for me.




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    I don't put a hyphen in email (or Email).

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    In "web site", web is an adjective describing 'site', while website is a noun all by itself. So website is the name of a thing while 'web site' is a type of 'site'.

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    "Official" SitePoint style (which we use in all of our recently printed stuff) is "web site". I'm comfortable with either as long as you're consistent
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    Quote Originally Posted by drhowarddrfine View Post
    In "web site", web is an adjective describing 'site'
    English isn't my first language, but I doubt very much that 'web' can be an adjective. Is it comparative? Could you say, 'this site is webber than that site' or 'this is the webbest site in the world'?

    'Web site' or 'website' are just compound nouns, aren't they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AutisticCuckoo View Post
    English isn't my first language, but I doubt very much that 'web' can be an adjective. Is it comparative? Could you say, 'this site is webber than that site' or 'this is the webbest site in the world'?
    I reckon SitePoint is the webbest site in the world
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    Ahhh... But one wonders which one is used more? Which one should we target when doing seo? For us, consistency goes right out the door since we're not entirely sure, and we use them both...

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    I stick with website because Google tells me it's ok:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutisticCuckoo View Post
    English isn't my first language, but I doubt very much that 'web' can be an adjective. Is it comparative? Could you say, 'this site is webber than that site' or 'this is the webbest site in the world'?
    I'm out of town but, when I get back tonight, I'll try and look into that. Just for fun.

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    According to wikipedia:

    ... there are several different spellings for this term. Although "website" and "web site" are commonly used (the former especially in British English), the Associated Press Stylebook, Reuters, Microsoft, academia, book publishing, The Chicago Manual of Style, and dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster use the two-word, initially capitalized spelling Web site. This is because "Web" is not a general term but a shortened form of World Wide Web. As with many newly created terms, it may take some time before a common spelling is finalized. (This controversy also applies to derivative terms such as "Web master"/"webmaster" and "Web cam"/"webcam").

    The Canadian Oxford Dictionary and the Canadian Press Stylebook list "website" and "web page" as the preferred spellings. The Oxford English Dictionary began using "website" as its standardized form in 2004.[2]

    Bill Walsh, the copy chief of The Washington Post's national desk, and one of American English’s foremost grammarians, argues for the two-word spelling with capital W in his books Lapsing into a Comma and The Elephants of Style, and on his site, the Slot. [3]
    My preferred spelling is 'website' as a common noun. I would also like to see people adopt the term 'internet' to be a common noun (no capital 'i').
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    Why Web Site?

    mmj! Hey! You know I can't agree with you on "Internet" with a lowercase I (yet). Sacrilege!

    I just wanted to back up the SitePoint style Simon explained with our reasoning -- might help you guys make a decision as to which you'll use.

    We use web site as two words because that clears up any confusion over other words to which web is prepended: web page, web server, etc. This allows us to keep consistency between similar words, as well as in our presentation of the words web site themselves. (That said, we still use webmaster as a single word! There are some things the team just can't agree on!)

    Hope this helps
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    I usually say "webpage." Now I wonder if it should be "web page" instead. lol.


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