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White House.gov opening screen full 1-20-09.jpg
Opening page as of January 20, 2009
Type of site
Available in English, Spanish
Owner Federal government of the United States
Website whitehouse.gov
Alexa rank 3,462 (February 2015)[1]
Commercial No
Launched October 20, 1994; 22 years ago (1994-10-20)[2][3]
Current status Active
The website during the presidency of Bill Clinton, 1995

WhiteHouse.gov is the official website of the White House and is owned by the United States government. Launched in October 1994,[4] it contains general American history information, as well as current news pertaining to the President, press briefings, proclamations, executive orders, and any speeches the president has made on the radio.

The website is the responsibility of the incumbent administration. As a result, the site is completely redesigned for each new president, and the site's structure and URLs are often inconsistent from one administration to the next.

Content of website is in the public domain or licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license.[5]

The Presidency of Barack Obama[edit]


The current administration's website is broken into the following sections:

  • The White House Blog
  • Photos and Videos
  • The Briefing Room
  • Issues
  • The Administration
  • The White House


The current website runs on the open source software named Drupal.[6]

Civic engagement[edit]

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.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Whitehouse.gov Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Vice President Unveils First Interactive Citizens' Handbook". The White House, Office of the Vice President. 1994-10-20. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  3. ^ "WhiteHouse.gov WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Scout Report: Week ending October 21, 1994". 1994-10-21. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  5. ^ WhiteHouse.gov
  6. ^ Informationweek.com
  7. ^ "White House blog press release regarding the new "We the People" petitioning platform". WhiteHouse.gov. September 22, 2011. 

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