|Synonyms:||Web Ring, Site Ring|
|See also:||Wikipedia:Webring, Category:Webrings|
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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 (sometimes called a ring hub) 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 tapered off in the 2000s.
More recently, they have been making a comeback within the Web 1.0 Revival movement, and can be found among sites on Neocities.
- 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. Also WebRing.org.
- Comics Ring, founded 1996
- RingSurf, founded c. 1998.
- Bravenet SiteRing, founded March 2000 and discontinued in 2016.
- "Let's bring Fan Sites and webrings back!", Bryan L. Robinson, February 2019. Accessed June 11, 2022
- Welcome to Yahoo! WebRing, archived 09 November 2000 by the Wayback Machine. WebRing News 10/10/2001: "WebRing has separated itself from Yahoo!"
- Bravenet Update, "New Service Added - SiteRing" posted 14 March 2000, archived 11 May 2000 by the Wayback Machine. See Bravenet Web Services - SiteRing and Site Ring from Bravenet.