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whitehouse.gov is the official website of the White House and is owned by the United States government. Launched in October 1994, it contains information about the President, the Vice President, their families, press releases, proclamations, executive orders, and some speeches by White House officials. It has the official web sites of several offices in the Executive Office of the President, such as the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Opening page as of January 2018
Type of site
|Available in||English, Spanish (Formerly)a|
|Owner||Federal government of the United States|
|Alexa rank||2,167 (March 2017[update])|
|Launched||October 20, 1994|
The website has been completely redesigned for each new president. Websites for former presidents in office are moved to archive versions. Up to late June 2018, the archived Obama White House homepage, https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/, contained no menu linking to the archived content (though such content did exist, e.g., https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-record/climate). In 2011, the website was considered among the best of the United States federal government.
The current administration's website is broken into the following sections:
- The Briefing Room
- The Administration
- 1600 Penn
In July 2001, the White House started switching their web servers to an operating system based on Red Hat Linux and using the Apache HTTP Server. The installation was completed in February 2009. In October 2009, the White House servers adopted Drupal, a free and open-source content management system, which runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
On September 1, 2011, David Plouffe announced in an email that the White House is releasing "We the People" to allow public petitions on whitehouse.gov. The launch of the petitioning platform was announced by Katelyn Sabochik September 22, 2011 in a White House blog post.
^a A Spanish version of whitehouse.gov was used during the Bush and Obama administrations. Since January 20, 2017, the Spanish version of whitehouse.gov was removed although there has been archived Spanish versions of the website from the Bush and Obama administrations.
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