How to Find a Website

Learn how to find a website quickly and easily

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The web is full of websites, so how do you find them? Fortunately, you don't need to know each and every website address to get to them. There are tools built specifically for finding websites for you.

Use a Search Engine

Search engines make it very easy for you to find a website. In fact, most web browsers (like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc.) have a search box built in so that all you have to do is enter information about the website to find the site in question.

To try that, visit the navigation bar at the top of your browser and enter something about the site. Here's an example, where we're looking for Apple's website by typing apple iphone:

Firefox search bar

You can enter anything into the search box: the website name if you know it, something about the site, or content you know is included on the site. Any of those approaches should help you find the website with a search engine.

Using the search engine's website to find other sites is really easy, too. Open any popular search engine (such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.) and use the text box on that page to search for the website you're after.

For example, if you open DuckDuckGo and type into the box lifewire, you'll find Lifewire.com within the results, and you can select the link to view the website.

DuckDuckGo search for Lifewire

Search Engine Options

Search engines might seem extremely simple at first glance, but most are actually capable of really advanced searches. You might need to employ some advanced search options if your initial website search wasn't enough to find the site you're looking for.

For example, maybe you want to search only for websites that end in EDU, GOV, NET, ORG, or some other top-level domain. You can do that on search engines like Google by using the site search command (e.g., site:edu).

Similarly, to search any website for a specific web page, you can run something like site:lifewire.com games, which would search lifewire.com for anything about games.

Something else we recommend doing is using quotation marks in the search. This can help you find a website if you know some other details about it and you want those words to be interpreted by the search engine as a phrase.

Browse a Web Directory

If you need help finding a website because you don't know its name, or if you're trying to find the best website in any given subject, you can use a web directory.

These are websites that list other websites for you. They're similar to a search engine but the results are hand-picked by real people and might offer an easier way for you to browse for a website.

If you can't find a website with a search engine, a web directory is your next best option. Most of them let you click through category headings to help you find useful websites that fall under any topic.

Best of the Web directory listing

For example, maybe you're looking for gaming sites, news sites, software sites, or websites that cover mathematics, computers systems, physics, cars, food, etc.