The website for the electronic Copyright Office called the “eCO” provides applicants with an opportunity to become a registered user and to register their copyright claim online. Applicants may use that site to either register a claim or to pre-register a claim. The fee to pre-register a copyright claim is $115. The Office of Copyright does admit that for most works pre-registration is not helpful and that pre-registration does not substitute for regular copyright registration. Pre-registration may be useful to those working on an unpublished project such as a screen play, a sound recording or a novel that is unfinished and is being prepared for commercial
What this means for your website: Neither a copyright notice nor an official copyright registration is necessary in order for you to legally own the content of your website, as long as that content exists.