A website is a collection of related web pages, including multimedia content, typically identified with a common domain name , and published on at least one web server. Notable examples are wikipedia .org, google .com, and amazon.com .
A website may be accessible via a public Internet Protocol (IP) network, such as the Internet , or a private local area network (LAN), by referencing a uniform resource locator (URL) that identifies the site.
Websites can have many functions and can be used in various fashions; a website can be a personal website , a corporate website for a company , a government website , an organization website , etc. Websites are typically dedicated to a particular topic or purpose , ranging from entertainment and social networking to providing news and education . All publicly accessible websites collectively constitute the World Wide Web, while private websites, such as a company 's website for its employees, are typically a part of an intranet.
Web pages, which are the buildingblocks of websites, are documents, typically composed in plain text interspersed with formatting instructions of Hypertext Markup Language ( HTML , XHTML ). They may incorporate elements from other websites with suitable markup anchors. Web pages are accessed and transported with the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), which may optionally employ encryption (HTTP Secure, HTTPS ) to provide security and privacy for the user. The user's application, often a web browser , renders the page content according to its HTML markup instructions onto a display terminal.