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Which is correct: homepage or home page?
This spelling issue falls into the same category as healthcare and healthcare, website and web site.
As we continue to visit websites every day, you might be wondering how to spell this basic term.
The answer may surprise you. While both spellings are technically correct, “home page” (two-word spelling) is the more commonly used form.
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Home Page VS Homepage
Google Ngram Viewer is a research tool that lets you search for words or phrases in a database of more than 5 million books.
The results show how often the word or phrase appears in the corpus over time.
What does this tell us about “homepage” and “home page?”
According to Google Ngram Viewer, “home page” is the most popular of the two. But they are neck and neck in the most up-to-date 2019 result (I am doing this test in 2022, but these are still the latest results I can see).
A homepage is the main page of a website. It’s the first thing you see when you visit a site when entering its domain name. For example, if you type www.tprteaching.com, you will be brought straight to the homepage.
Home Page Meaning
While “home page” is the more common spelling, “homepage” is also considered correct.
“Home page” is the original spelling of the term.
The word “homepage” is a blend of the words “home” and “page.” When this word was first coined in the early 1990s, it was spelled as two separate words, “home page.”
However, its single-word spelling became very popular in recent times.
Check your Style Guide!
When in doubt, it’s always best to check with your organization’s style guide. Some companies prefer the two-word spelling while others prefer the one-word spelling. If you’re not sure which to use, ask your boss or editor.
Style Guides and Their Spelling
Some popular style guides include the AP stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style.
According to the AP Stylebook, “homepage” is one word. Big publications such as “The Guardian” also spell it as “homepage.”
On the other hand, the Chicago Manual of Style spells it as “home page.” Do a quick search in their table of contents using these keywords, and you will find only the “home page” spelling. You can also find it spelled as “home page” in some dictionaries, such as the Merriam Webster Dictionary.
Stay consistent with your writing!
The most important thing is to be consistent with your spelling throughout your writing. If you spell it as “homepage” at the beginning of your article, make sure you stick with that spelling and don’t switch to “home page” later on.
While “home page” seems to be preferred, “homepage” is quickly catching up.
So, there you have it. Whether you spell it “homepage” or “home page,” both spellings are correct. Just be aware that “home page” is the more common form.
If you are following a style guide, make sure to check which spelling is preferred.
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