Website vs website and Web site vs web site


What is the preferred method of referring to a website (e.g., refer to the Amazon website)? CMoS 16th edition suggests one word and all lowercase but other parties involved in the debate are suggesting otherwise. I don't own MLA books but it appears that the MLA website sugeests website (all lowercase, one word).



asked Oct 03 '13 at 15:10 Chris New member

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At this point, I think all responses will be subjective votes in favour of one's own preference. I prefer one word, website, but two words for web page (but don't confuse the two!). I can't justify either choice, and suspect that style guides are just as arbitrary on this matter.


As for capitalization, I've heard it said that it's important to refer to the Internet (capitalized) in order to distinguish it from an internet (which anyone can assemble on their own with the right hardware), so some might argue that it should be a Web site / Website to indicate it's on the Internet.

link comment answered Oct 03 '13 at 17:25 Greg deJong Contributor

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