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Web presence

This definition is also listed under site , Web site and Website .

A Web presence (or Web site) is a collection of Web files on a particular subject that includes a beginning file called a home page . For example, most companies, organizations, or individuals that have Web sites have a single address that they give you. This is their home page address. From the home page, you can get to all the other pages on their site. For example, the Web site for IBM has the home page address of http://www.ibm.com. (In this case, the actual file name of the home page file doesn't have to be included because IBM has named this file index.html and told the server that this address really means http://www.ibm.com/index.html.)

Since it sounds like geography is involved, a Web site is rather easily confused with a Web server . A server in this context is a computer that holds the files for one or more sites. On one hand, a very large Web site may reside on a number of servers that may in different geographic locations. IBM is a good example; its Web site consists of thousands of files spread out over many servers in world-wide locations. But a more typical example is probably the site you are looking at, whatis.com. We reside on a commercial space provider's server with a number of other sites that have nothing to do with Internet glossaries.

"Web presence" seems to express the idea that a site is not tied to a specific geographic location, but is "somewhere in cyberspace." However, "Web site" seems to be used much more frequently.

Some publications have begun using the term "Website." We prefer Web site.

This was last updated in April 2005

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This is a completely inaccurate article. Web presence, is the total footprint of a person or organization on the Internet. Meaning, it is the collection of websites, social media profiles, back links, and search engine ranking.
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Actually, both the article and the first comment, are wrong. A "web presence" is a small web site, at most 5 pages which only gives very basic information about a company or an individual.
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Here's Web Presence summed up nicely:

http://atemeculawebdesigner.com/blog/small-business-websites-is-your-web-presence-a-good-web-presence/
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