How to Find a Website

Learn how to find a website quickly and easily

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How do you find a website? There are many different ways you can find a website.

Use a Search Engine

Search engines make it very easy for you to find a website. In fact, most Web browsers have a search engine input field built in so you don't even have to go to the search engine home page in order to do your search. Just type in the term you are looking for in your browser's input field (usually found on the top right-hand side) and you'll be taken to a search results page, where you can pick the most relevant result for your query.

You can also go directly to a search engine home page, i.e., Google, and do your search from there (for more information on how to use Google effectively, try Google Search Overview or Google Cheat Sheet.

Use a Web Directory

If you're not sure of the website you're looking for, but you know what topic or category you'd like to search under, then using a Web directory is a good choice. Web directories are organized by subject and provide a categorical drill-down of Websites. Most directories are human-edited, so the chances are good you'll find some good websites this way.

Refine Your Searches

Many beginning searchers get frustrated at their search results. They make the mistake of either being too specific with their searches, or not specific enough. But there are some ways to use just the right language to find what you're looking for.

For example, if you're looking for pizza restaurants in San Francisco, merely typing in the word "pizza" will not get you what you want - it's not specific enough!

Instead, you would type in "pizza San Francisco"; this search query will be MUCH more effective. For more on how to refine your searches, try reading Simple Google Search Tricks.

More On How To Find a Website

  • Looking for a Specific Phrase? Try Quotation Marks: If you are looking for a specific phrase, just typing it into a search engine will probably not get you the results you were hoping for. However, using quotation marks can solve this problem.
  • Use Boolean Language to Search the Web: There are a few basic principles that you can successfully use in nearly all the search engines out there to find exactly what it is that you are looking for, and one of the most basic techniques is using the add and subtract symbols in your Web search string.
  • The Basics of Web Search: While every search engine and directory have subtle differences, there are some basic search commands that they have in common. Search more of the Web and find more of the good stuff with these Web search basic tips and guidelines.
  • Three Common Search Mistakes: Have you ever been frustrated when you've tried to search the Web? Some of this frustration comes from simple searching mistakes that are easy to make for both the beginning and experienced searcher.