whitehouse.gov is the official website of the White House and is owned by the United States government. Launched in October 1994, 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.
The website has been completely redesigned for each new president. Websites for former presidents in office are moved to archive versions. As of 2011, the website is considered among the best of the United States federal government.
The content of the website is in the public domain or licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license.
The current administration's website is broken into the following sections:
- The Briefing Room
- The Administration
In July 2001, the White House started switching their web servers to an operating system based on Red Hat Linux and using the Apache HTTP Server. The installation was completed in February 2009. In October 2009, the White House servers adopted Drupal, a free and open-source content management system, which runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux On December 15, 2017, the website was relaunched using the WordPress content management system.
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.
^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 under the Trump administration was removed.
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