What a website is
A website is any particular place that has content that you can view on a computer from a remote location.
The term "web" refers to the wires that connect all of these computers together all over the world. In fact, it's called the World Wide Web (which is what the www. means). It's like a spider's web as it's extremely complex.
A site is another word for a place, like a building site.
Nowadays the term website is correct when referring to anything from a web page to YouTube. It used to be that you could only visit websites through a browser, like Safari, or Chrome, but nowadays you can also visit websites through apps (small applications on your phone or tablet). And it used to be that a website was something that was created only using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), but that isn't true anymore, either.
Like all computer terms, the names for these things are invented in a hurry by the people who create them, and computer programmers have generally tended to be young men with that typical youthful sense of humor. So, if you're wondering if it's more complicated than that, it isn't. It's just that it reminded someone of a spider's web.
Image at the top of this post: a Black Widow spider drawn by my brother Roger Hall. www.InkArt.net
Posted by Brad Hall