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Trump Whitehouse.gov.png
Opening page as of January 20, 2017
Type of site
Available in English, Spanish (Formerly)a
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
The website during the final days of the presidency of George W. Bush, January 20, 2009
The website following the inauguration of Barack Obama, January 20, 2009

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 or remarks the president has made.

The website is the responsibility of the incumbent administration. As a result, the site is completely redesigned for each new president. Websites for former presidents in office are moved to archive versions.[5] The website is considered among the best of the United States federal government.[6]

Content of website is in the public domain or licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license.[7]


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

  • The White House Blog
  • Photos and Videos
  • The Briefing Room
  • Issues
  • The Administration
  • 1600 Penn
  • Participate


The current website runs on the open source software named Drupal.[8]

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.[9]

See also[edit]


^a A Spanish version of whitehouse.gov was used during the Bush and Obama administrations. As of January 20, 2017, the Spanish Version of whitehouse.gov was removed.


  1. ^ "Whitehouse.gov Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Vice President Unveils First Interactive Citizens' Handbook". The White House, Office of the Vice President. October 20, 1994. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "WhiteHouse.gov WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Scout Report: Week ending October 21, 1994". October 21, 1994. Retrieved December 28, 2008. 
  5. ^ "The Digital Transition: How the Presidential Transition Works in the Social Media Age". archives.gov. October 31, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ Mordecai Lee; Grant Neeley; Kendra Stewart (4 August 2011). The Practice of Government Public Relations. CRC Press. pp. 64–. ISBN 978-1-4398-3466-4. 
  7. ^ "Copyright Policy". whitehouse.gov. January 16, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ "InformationWeek News Connects The Business Technology Community". informationweek.com. October 26, 2009. Retrieved March 25, 2010. 
  9. ^ "White House blog press release regarding the new "We the People" petitioning platform". WhiteHouse.gov. September 22, 2011. 

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