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This article is about the online news resource. TheGuardian.com_sentence_0

For the newspaper, see The Guardian. TheGuardian.com_sentence_1


Type of siteTheGuardian.com_header_cell_0_0_0 Online newspaperTheGuardian.com_cell_0_0_1
Available inTheGuardian.com_header_cell_0_1_0 EnglishTheGuardian.com_cell_0_1_1
OwnerTheGuardian.com_header_cell_0_2_0 Guardian Media GroupTheGuardian.com_cell_0_2_1
Created byTheGuardian.com_header_cell_0_3_0 The GuardianTheGuardian.com_cell_0_3_1
URLTheGuardian.com_header_cell_0_4_0 TheGuardian.com_cell_0_4_1
CommercialTheGuardian.com_header_cell_0_5_0 YesTheGuardian.com_cell_0_5_1
LaunchedTheGuardian.com_header_cell_0_6_0 1999 (1999)TheGuardian.com_cell_0_6_1
Current statusTheGuardian.com_header_cell_0_7_0 ActiveTheGuardian.com_cell_0_7_1, formerly known as and Guardian Unlimited, is a British news and media website owned by the Guardian Media Group. TheGuardian.com_sentence_2

It contains nearly all of the content of the newspapers The Guardian and The Observer, as well as a substantial body of web-only work produced by its own staff, including a rolling news service. TheGuardian.com_sentence_3

As of November 2014, it was the second most popular online newspaper in the UK with over 17 million readers per month; with over 21 million monthly readers, Mail Online was the most popular. TheGuardian.com_sentence_4

The site is made up of a core news site, with niche sections and subsections covering subjects including sport, business, environment, technology, arts and media, and lifestyle. TheGuardian.com_sentence_5 is notable for its engagement with readers, including long-running talkboards and, more recently, a network of weblogs. TheGuardian.com_sentence_6

Its seven blogs were joined on 14 March 2006, by a new comment section, "Comment is free", which has since merged into its Opinion section. TheGuardian.com_sentence_7

The site can be viewed without cost or registration, though some services such as leaving comments on articles require users to register. TheGuardian.com_sentence_8

In March 2009, launched their API, using the OAuth protocol and making a wide range of Guardian content available for use by web application developers. TheGuardian.com_sentence_9

Ownership TheGuardian.com_section_0 is part of the Guardian Media Group of newspapers, radio stations, and new media, including The Guardian daily newspaper and The Observer Sunday newspaper. TheGuardian.com_sentence_10

Guardian Media Group is owned by the Scott Trust, a charitable foundation which aims to ensure the newspaper's editorial independence in perpetuity, maintaining its financial health to ensure it does not become vulnerable to takeover by for-profit media groups, and the serious compromise of editorial independence that this often brings. TheGuardian.com_sentence_11

History TheGuardian.com_section_1 was launched in 1999, born of the Guardian New Media Lab. TheGuardian.com_sentence_12

Its popularity soared after the September 11 attacks in the United States in 2001, largely thanks to the diverse range of viewpoints published in The Guardian newspaper. TheGuardian.com_sentence_13

The website won the Best Newspaper category in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Webby Awards, beating the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Variety. TheGuardian.com_sentence_14

In 2006, reported its first profitable year, with income coming mostly from recruitment and display advertising. TheGuardian.com_sentence_15

In May 2007, begun an 18-month programme of redesigning and adding features to the entire website, starting with the travel section, then moving through the rest of the site and the front page, finally updating the blogging and community features. TheGuardian.com_sentence_16

On 30 July 2013, the website was moved from to as part of increasing investments to grow globally. TheGuardian.com_sentence_17

In 2018 joined with competitors News UK (The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun) and The Daily Telegraph to create a joint platform for advertisers to buy online adverts across the multiple leading news websites, called The Ozone Project. TheGuardian.com_sentence_18

Later in the year Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror) joined the platform, bringing nearly all of UK's national newspapers onto the platform. TheGuardian.com_sentence_19

Subsites and related online publications TheGuardian.com_section_2

Guardian Sport TheGuardian.com_section_3

The Guardian's Sport section has made the online transition into a popular and well-respected website, providing news, results, match reports, and live commentaries from a host of different sports. TheGuardian.com_sentence_20's sports coverage has been pioneering in the online newspaper industry in the United Kingdom in offering live coverage of sports, especially football, over the Web. TheGuardian.com_sentence_21

Examples include live text commentaries of 115 Premier League football matches and every FIFA World Cup match, as well as some live coverage of the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, and the occasional La Liga, League Cup, and playoff games. TheGuardian.com_sentence_22

"The Fiver" TheGuardian.com_section_4

"The Fiver" is a daily, mostly humorous football newsletter, available in the Sport section or via email newsletter, delivered to opt-in subscribers' inboxes at (approximately) 5 pm GST, Monday through Friday (hence the name "Fiver"). TheGuardian.com_sentence_23

It does not appear in the print edition of The Guardian newspaper. TheGuardian.com_sentence_24

"The Fiver" enjoys a worldwide following. TheGuardian.com_sentence_25

Fiver writers include Paul Doyle and Barry Glendenning and are drawn from the Guardian sportswriting staff. TheGuardian.com_sentence_26

"Comment is free" TheGuardian.com_section_5

"Comment is free" (abbreviated Cif) was a comment and political opinion section within TheGuardian.com_sentence_27

It contained comment and opinion pieces from The Guardian and The Observer newspapers, plus contributions from more than 600 other writers. TheGuardian.com_sentence_28

The section was edited by Natalie Hanman; its sub-site devoted to religious affairs, "Cif belief", was edited by Andrew Brown. TheGuardian.com_sentence_29

It was launched on 14 March 2006, with Georgina Henry as launch editor. TheGuardian.com_sentence_30

The original technical design and build was by Ben Hammersley, based on the Movable Type blogging platform. TheGuardian.com_sentence_31

Latterly, Cif ran on a custom Guardian-made system, using Pluck for the commenting. TheGuardian.com_sentence_32

The site's name was derived from a sentence in a famous essay written by veteran Guardian editor C. TheGuardian.com_sentence_33 P. Scott: "Comment is free, but facts are sacred." TheGuardian.com_sentence_34

The site strictly enforced its talk policy by moderating comments after posting. TheGuardian.com_sentence_35

For particularly sensitive topics, comments may be moderated before posting. TheGuardian.com_sentence_36

Moderators could remove posts that violated the site's Community Standards (usually leaving a marker of the removal), but did not edit them. TheGuardian.com_sentence_37

"Comment is free" has merged with's "Opinion" section, starting in late 2014 with the US edition, and concluding in early 2015 with the UK edition. TheGuardian.com_sentence_38

It no longer uses the "Comment is free" title, though commentisfree remains in its URL. TheGuardian.com_sentence_39

Guardian America TheGuardian.com_section_6

Main article: Guardian US TheGuardian.com_sentence_40

Guardian America was an American version of the British news website Guardian Unlimited. TheGuardian.com_sentence_41

The strategy, intended to win more U.S.-based readers, was abandoned in October 2009. TheGuardian.com_sentence_42

Much of the content on Guardian America was taken from Guardian Unlimited and The Guardian, although some content was produced specifically for Guardian America. TheGuardian.com_sentence_43

Guardian US, launched in September 2011, is The Guardian's New York City-based American online presence. TheGuardian.com_sentence_44 now redirects to The Guardian's United States topic page. TheGuardian.com_sentence_45

Readership TheGuardian.com_section_7 is one of the UK's leading online newspapers. TheGuardian.com_sentence_46

It became the first UK newspaper to attract more than 25 million unique users in a month (October 2008). TheGuardian.com_sentence_47

On 7 July 2005, following the London bombings, 1.3 million unique users visited the site and a total of 7.8 million pages were viewed, at the time a record for TheGuardian.com_sentence_48

As of August 2010 it was the second-most popular UK newspaper website after Mail Online, getting almost 34.6 million unique users monthly, and 13.7 million unique British users monthly. TheGuardian.com_sentence_49

By May 2011 it reached 2.8m unique visitors per day, and 51.3m per month, behind the MailOnline's 4.4m and 77.3m. TheGuardian.com_sentence_50

As of May 2013, using National Readership Survey and comScore's statistics, it was the most popular UK newspaper website with 8.2m unique visitors per month, ahead of Mail Online with 7.6m unique monthly visitors. TheGuardian.com_sentence_51

Awards TheGuardian.com_section_8


  • British Press Awards:TheGuardian.com_item_0_0
    • "Digital Innovation of the Year" (2008, 2009)TheGuardian.com_item_0_1
    • "Digital Journalist of the Year" (Sean Smith, 2008; Dave Hill, 2009)TheGuardian.com_item_0_2

The awards were created in 2008. TheGuardian.com_sentence_52

Moreover, the 2011 award of "Political Journalist of the Year" to The Guardian's Andrew Sparrow "was significant because it was a recognition of the impact of his general election live blog – a reward for innovation as well as reporting." TheGuardian.com_sentence_53

In 2009 it was nominated for (but did not win) a Webby Award for "Best Copy/Writing". TheGuardian.com_sentence_54

However, the subsite Cif belief was nominated for and won, the Webby in the best religion and spirituality site category. TheGuardian.com_sentence_55

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