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This is the definition of hub:

  1. The central part of a wheel, rotating on or with the axle, and from which the spokes radiate.

  2. A place or thing that forms the effective center of an activity, region, or network.

I was wondering what are the possible meaning of the word when it is included in the name of a website. Because it seems to me that any website can act as a 'hub' (a network/activity site).

(One example is GitHub).

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closed as general reference by MετάEd, coleopterist, Gnawme, Daniel, Mitch Oct 11 '12 at 17:44

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

See the second definition. – Zairja Oct 11 '12 at 15:10
As Zairja says, so GitHub is a hub for Git. – Matt E. Эллен Oct 11 '12 at 15:31
In the name of a website, hub means whatever the namer of the website wanted -- and could mean anything, or nothing at all. This question cannot be settled by recourse to facts and reasoning. Voting to close "not constructive". – MετάEd Oct 11 '12 at 15:35

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If nothing else, it's a section to do stuff. Stuff can be anything, really. A website can have many hubs such as a forum or news feed. Found this image that describes it fairly well:


So a hub describes a "facet" of some task that needs to be performed on that site.

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but according to the definition, shouldn't it be the 'center'? – janoChen Oct 11 '12 at 15:28
From my understanding of the word, the whole site could be considered a 'hub' to do all those things as well. That doesn't disqualify the meaning I gave though I don't believe. I see a 'hub' as simply a 'place' of gathering for a central purpose. Example: In networking, a 'hub' is basically a connection point between other hubs or computers, but sometimes people refer to the computer a 'hub'. I don't know, maybe I'm looking too deep into this. – Christopher Bales Oct 11 '12 at 15:33
@janoChen This seems like nitpicking. Simply looking at the visual, one can see the website is the "center", with various facets acting as "spokes". In the question, GitHub is a center for projects that use Git revision control. It's self-explanatory. Likewise, GrubHub is a center for food (grub), where you can look at menus, order online, rate restaurants, and so on. – Zairja Oct 11 '12 at 15:41

In your case the second definition applies. GitHub is a web based central repository, network or hub that uses the Git revision control system for hosting development projects. To better understand the concept here are a few examples:

The kitchen was the hub of family life.(from Oxford dictionary)

Chicago is a hub for many cities in the Midwest.

English.SE is a hub for English enthusiasts.

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