Webring

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Synonyms: Web Ring, Site Ring
See also: Wikipedia:Webring, Category:Webrings
Chakotay/Paris Slash Ring navigation bar on the CPSG site.
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A webring is a collection of websites linked together in a circular structure.

To be a part of the webring, each site has a common navigation bar; it contains links to the previous and next site in the ring. By clicking next (or previous) repeatedly, the surfer will eventually reach the site they started at; this is the origin of the term webring.

The click-through route around the ring is usually supplemented by a central site with links to all member sites; this prevents the ring from breaking completely if a member site goes offline.

Webrings were a popular way to connect fansites in the 1990s, although their use has tapered off in recent years.

For fannish webrings documented on Fanlore see Category:Webrings.

Popular Webring Services

  • WebRing.com, founded in 1995. Became Yahoo! WebRing from 2000 to 2001 then reverted back to WebRing.com.[1]
  • RingSurf, founded c. 1998.

References

  1. Welcome to Yahoo! WebRing, archived 09 November 2000 by the Wayback Machine. WebRing News 10/10/2001: "WebRing has separated itself from Yahoo!"