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 information about the President, the Vice President, their families, press releases, proclamations, executive orders, and some speeches by White House officials. It has the official web sites of several offices in the Executive Office of the President, such as the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Opening page as of January 2018
Type of site
Available inEnglish, Spanish (Formerly)a
OwnerFederal government of the United States
Alexa rank 2,167 (March 2017)[1]
LaunchedOctober 20, 1994 (1994-10-20)[2][3]
Current statusActive

The website has been completely redesigned for each new president. Websites for former presidents in office are moved to archive versions.[5] Up to late June 2018, the archived Obama White House homepage, https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/, contained no menu linking to the archived content (though such content did exist, e.g., https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-record/climate). In 2011, the website was considered among the best of the United States federal government.[6]

The content of the 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 Briefing Room
  • Issues
  • The Administration
  • 1600 Penn
  • Participate


In July 2001,[8] the White House started switching their web servers to an operating system based on Red Hat Linux and using the Apache HTTP Server.[9] The installation was completed in February 2009.[10][11] In October 2009, the White House servers adopted Drupal, a free and open-source content management system,[12][13] which runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.[14]

In December 2017, the Trump administration launched a redesigned website which it claims will save taxpayers "as much $3 million annually". [15]

Civic engagement

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.[16]

See also


^a A Spanish version of whitehouse.gov was used during the Bush and Obama administrations. Since January 20, 2017, the Spanish version of whitehouse.gov was removed although there has been archived Spanish versions of the website from the Bush and Obama administrations.


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  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 (August 4, 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. John Leyden (July 24, 2001). "White House Web site moves to Linux". The Register. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  9. Savio Rodrigues (October 28, 2009). "How Whitehouse.gov Will Bring Open Source To The American Spotlight". LinuxProNews.com. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  10. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (October 29, 2009). "Obama Invites Open Source into the White House". PC World. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  11. Netcraft (August 26, 2011). "OS, Web Server and Hosting History for whitehouse.gov". Netcraft. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  12. OSTP Director John P. Holdren (April 7, 2010). "Office of Science & Technology - Open Government Plan". The White House. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  13. Justin Ryan (April 22, 2010). "Oval Office Goes Open Source". Linux Journal. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  14. "Red Hat's Decade of Collaboration with Government and the Open Source Community". Red Hat. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  15. "White House website redesigned to save taxpayers '$3 million per year'". Washington Examiner. December 14, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  16. "White House blog press release regarding the new "We the People" petitioning platform". WhiteHouse.gov. September 22, 2011.
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