Is the correct spelling "website" or "web site"?

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englishteacher72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I thought I knew the answer to this question, but when I started searching online for it, I wasn't so certain.  I have always made "website" one word.  I did this because that's how I had always seen it.  However, after looking online, it seems as though both "website" and "web site" are acceptable.  It's basically a matter of which dictionary you choose to listen to.  According to Wiki Answers, the American Heritage Dictionary lists the word as "website" with "web site" being a variation of it.  Wiki Answers also says that if you are writing something formal, like an assignment for school, that you should play it safe and say "web site".  So...I hope my answer helped you instead of confused you!  Long story short, it seems as though both are acceptable, but if I were you and this was for a school paper, err on the side of caution and make it two words.  Good luck!

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Let's check some of the experts.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is two words: web site. The AP style guide also requires a two-word spelling, but it capitalizes the word "Web."

However, if your teacher requires you to follow the MLA Handbook's guidelines, then you'll need to spell it as one word: website. Another style manual that prefers the one-word spelling is The Chicago Manual of Style.

So the answer to your question is that both "website" and "web site"--and even "Web site"--are acceptable spellings. It all depends on which style manual you are using. If you are not writing for a class and are not required to follow a particular style, the important thing is to choose a spelling and use it consistently.

I hope this helps.