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Description
Specifying the link to the official website for a feature. Edit
Group: Annotations
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
See also
Wikidata
Status: de facto

The website=* tag can be used to provide the full URL to the official website for the related features, be it a building, park railway or anything else.

For small format websites (designed for smaller displays, reduced bandwidth, or mobile touchscreens) one may in addition add website:mobile=*.

Format

Websites URL usually follow this syntax :

http(s)://(www.)domain.tld/(page)(?parameters)(#anchor), where parts in parenthesis may be optional.

Example

https://www.openstreetmap.org/help would be a good website URL. Its format is valid, it's a direct link to the wanted resource and a trustworthy website.

Best practice

  • Use as short an URL as possible. Choose simple URLs over complex URLs if they basically point to the same content. For example, use http://bahn.de/ instead of http://www.bahn.de/p/view/index.shtml, as both will get you to the front page. Websites are frequently redesigned, so strive for the most "robust" URL that works.
  • Include the scheme (http or https). www.openstreetmap.org/help would be incorrect, because the scheme is missing
  • Don't use URL shorteners. URLs such as https://goo.gl/x1fz3h can be misleading as they hide the real URL, can contain advertisements or even malware.
  • Take care when copying links from a search engine result. Search results URL also hide information about the final destination of the link, and are not meant for permanent linking. A very bad example would be https://encrypted.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s...
  • The HTTPS version of a website should be used when available, as it enhances security and privacy for users. This should look like this: https://openstreetmap.org/help
  • Facebook and Twitter pages are fundamentally not websites. You should not link to them with the website tag, even if this is the only presence of the place on the web.

References

See also