Interstitial webpage

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On the web, an interstitial webpage (or interstitial) is a web page displayed before or after an expected content page, often to display advertising or confirm the user's age (prior to showing age-restricted material). Most interstitial advertisements are delivered by an ad server. They should not be confused with cookie consent pages directives set by the Data Protection Directive from the EU.

Some people take issue with the use of such pages to present online advertising before allowing users to see the content they were trying to access.[1]

Meaning of interstitial[edit]

In this context, "interstitial" is used in the sense of “in-between”. The interstitial web page sits between a referenced page and the page which references it—hence it is in between two pages.[2] This is distinct from a page which simply links directly to another, in that the interstitial page serves only to provide extra information to a user during the act of navigating from one page to the next.

In digital marketing, the term “interstitial” is often used in the sense of “interstitial advertising”, rather than “interstitial webpage”. In some cases, this may lead to confusion because interstitial ads are not always served on interstitial web pages. According to a standard advanced by the IAB, an interstitial (also known as a between-the-page ad) can either be displayed on a separate webpage or appear briefly as an overlay on the destination page.[2] Moreover, mobile advertising guidelines created by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) include in-app interstitial ads, that are integrated into applications, rather than web pages.[3]


Many interstitial pages are circumvented by NoScript and ad blockers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ethical Blogging 101". Modern Life. 2009-03-26. Archived from the original on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  2. ^ a b "IAB Display Advertising Guidelines". Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  3. ^ "Mobile aDvertising Guidelines : Version 5.0" (PDF).\accessdate=2015-07-27.