What Is a Website?

A website is a collection of interlinked web pages (plus other resources) that share a domain name. Each web page of a website provides explicit links, most often in the form of highlighted portions of text known as hyperlinks, which allow visitors to move between pages of a site and to other websites. Websites can be created and maintained by a single person, group or organization to serve a variety of purposes. Together, all publicly accessible websites form the World Wide Web.

Websites come in a nearly endless array of shapes and sizes, with different content and functionality. They can provide information, be entertaining or e-commerce sites. Some have simple forms or marketing information while others contain complex back-end databases and front-end web pages. Most websites are a mixture of different media such as text, photos and videos.

The Internet is home to billions of websites, with most being created and hosted on servers around the world. Websites are accessed by people using devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets. Users type the website address into the address bar of their web browser to access a website. They can then browse the web pages of a website to find the information or services they are looking for.

Most websites are created for specific purposes or goals. Some websites exist to inform visitors, such as government and business websites that give updates on what is happening in their offices or companies. News websites also provide information on current events around the world. Other websites provide entertainment such as YouTube and Netflix, which allow visitors to watch movies or shows, and play games online. Some websites allow visitors to communicate with one another by adding plugins such as chat, call, form, and book meet.

While the creation of a website can be easy, it requires knowledge of how to write and code HTML and web design. It is possible to use a content management system (CMS) such as WordPress to simplify the process of creating a website. Alternatively, web developers can write the back-end of a website and then let someone else handle the front-end.

A website is an important tool for any company, whether it is a small business or a large corporation. A website will help customers find your products or services and it will also increase the credibility of your company. In fact, 50% of customers check a company’s website before doing business with them. A professional looking website can also help you stand out from the competition and make your business appear more credible. Additionally, a website allows you to create branded email addresses that will make your business look more professional and legitimate.