Note that this does not signify the end of the Odeon campaign, merely that this is a blog and I need to carry on. I’ll keep you all informed of any developments in the Odeon arena, currently I’m still awaiting a response from them.
Dictionary.com lists it both ways, and adds a note that website is gaining in popularity. The ‘experts’ at AskOxford.com say that, despite the 10th (2001) edition of the Oxford English Dictionary stating it as web site,
it is now clear that the standard form is website, and The American Heritage Dictionary, agrees with this (and reads suspiciously like the Dictionary.com entry, or vice versa more likely). In fact, one of the few places I could find that preferred web site (well, Web site actually) was The University of Southern Maine, not exactly a giant in the field of word usage I believe.
future dictionaries will reflect this.
Personally, I’ve consciously favoured web site a lot as I believed it to be the preferred wording (and it does have benefits from an SEO perspective if you’re that way inclined), but I always thought website was better. It seems neater and the one word leaves no room for misunderstanding or misinterpretation, where as either part of web site, when taken out of context, could have different meanings. Likewise, you could argue that someone searching for information may find spiders and building information in their results instead of an online resource if they’re hunting using
Has anyone else got any thoughts on it, or a reason for their preferred choice?