Relay’s database categories include custom and default categories:

Custom Categories

Custom Categories are listed above Relay’s default categories. Check out our documentation to learn how to create Custom Categories in Relay.

Default Categories


  • Access Denied – Websites that present a login page
  • Mature – Mature products, services, situations and humor. Sale of lingerie, sex toys, mature videos. Nudity that is not pornographic nor art. Sites that have non-existent or ineffective user controls to prevent children from accessing mature materials.
  • Mature (Art) – Art that contains nudity or mature activity and situations
  • Mature (Body Art) – Body art, tattoos, body piercings, body modification, scarification, body painting
  • Mature (Games) – Sex games, games containing mature language, situations or humor whether online or board games
  • Mature (Language) – Strong language, profanity
  • Alcohol – Production, promotion and sale of alcoholic beverages
  • Drugs – Promotion of illicit and illegal drug use
  • Gambling – Gambling, casinos, betting, lottery and sweepstakes
  • Porn – Pornography related sites
  • Suspicious – Recently discovered sites with suspicious words or phrases

Forums, Chat, Email

  • Forums – Unmoderated personal expression. (Moderated forums that are limited to a specific topic are categorized according to the topic. I.e. An automobile forum would be in the Automobile category.)
  • Forums (Blogs) – Weblogs that cover a variety of topics. (Blogs about a specific topic are categorized according to the topic.)
  • Forums (Dating) – Dating websites like FriendFinder, eHarmony and
  • Forums (Email) – Hosted email services such as Gmail,, and Yahoo Mail
  • Forums (IM) Instant messaging services
  • Forums (Newsgroups) – Newsgroups, usenet and subscription newsletters
  • Forums (p2p) – Peer-to-peer and filesharing sites
  • Forums (Personals) – Personal web pages and personal ads
  • Forums (Social Networking) – Social networking websites, as well as related websites that provide avatars, hosting resources for social networks, etc.


  • Security – Security risks and sites providing information that poses security risks
  • Security (Malware) – Viruses, spyware, phishing
  • Security (Nettools) – Tools that may be used to bypass network security or content filtering. (e.g. VPN products, remote access products, tutorials on bypassing security measures, etc. )
  • Security (Proxy) – Anonymous proxies, tutorials on using anonymous proxies, and tools that allow content filtering to be bypassed, such as language translation sites like and
  • Security (Shorteners) – Websites providing URL shortening services
  • Security (Translators) – Language translation sites that do not honor filter restrictions


  • Violence – Promotion of violence and anarchy


  • Unknown – Unknown URLs, Domains and IP Addresses


  • Ads – Ad servers and advertising companies
  • Parked – Pay-per-click hosting websites that park expired domains
  • Spam – Sources of spam email that does not involve pornography, gambling or drugs
  • Spam (Shopping) – Shopping websites that use spam email for marketing

Business and work

  • Automobile – Automobiles and motorcycles
  • Business – Chambers of Commerce, business groups, services
  • Business (Construction) – Resources for home and property improvement
  • Business (Finance) – Banking, stock markets, insurance and financial news
  • Business (Jobs) – Employment search, offerings and support
  • Business (Manufacturing) – Manufacturing, industrial and shipping companies
  • Business (Real Estate) – Real estate, title companies, property management
  • Computers – Hardware and software companies, IT infrastructure or cloud-based services, mobile apps
  • Computers (Analytics) – Sites for Web Analytics services and the tools they use. Hosted services, click tracking sites, etc. Will not include CDNs and other sites for online and email marketing.
  • Computers (Consumer Electronics) – Manufacturing or promotion of televisions, cell phones, etc.
  • Computers (File Hosting) – File/photo hosting, freeware, shareware
  • Computers (Storage) – Secure, online cloud storage
  • Ham – Legitimate sources of email
  • Law – Law firms, courts and legal matters
  • Microsoft – Microsoft and related sites
  • Weapons – Guns, swords, knives and other weapons


  • Education – Education and reference sites
  • Education (Arts) – Art, art history, architecture, graphic design and illustration
  • Education (Games) – Educational games for kids
  • Education (History) – History. Historical sites, museums, archeology
  • Education (Literature) – Literature, libraries, writers, publishers, bookstores, book and author sites, reviews, writing tools
  • Education (Media) – Educational streaming media resources (e.g. Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, TeacherTube, etc.)
  • Education (Music) – Music education, history, instruments, marching bands, and museums, sheet music, symphonies, orchestras, opera
  • Education (Science) – Science, technology, astronomy, geology, physics
  • Education (Sex) – High school level sex education websites
  • Education (Social Science) – Social sciences
  • Plagiarism – Sale of term papers, research papers, and other ways to help students cheat

Family Life

  • Family – Family life, cooking, gardening and home improvement
  • Family (Food) – Restaurants, grocery stores and recipes
  • Family (Health Health) – care, fitness clubs, pharmaceuticals, herbal remedies, nursing homes, nutrition, medical, dental
  • Family (Religion) – Faith, churches, synagogues, temples, mosques
  • Photography – Photo exhibits, stock photos, photography that does not contain adult material

Kids and Teens

  • Kids and Teens – Kid-safe websites
  • Kids and Teens (Chat) – Monitored chat websites suitable for kids


  • General – General interest
  • Expired – Domains whose registration has expired


  • Audio/Video – Sources of audio and video files and streaming
  • Entertainment – Movies, television, radio and celebrities
  • Entertainment (Radio and TV) – Radio and TV stations
  • Games – Games, anime, cartoons, wallpapers and screen savers
  • Hobby – Hobbies, crafts and collecting
  • Humor – Humor, puzzles and brain-teasers
  • Music – Bands and artists, concerts, DJs, lyrics, songwriting and record labels
  • Shopping – Online shopping
  • Shopping (Auctions) – Auctions, classifieds, pennysaver, camera ads
  • Shopping (Office Supplies) – Major office supply websites
  • Sports – Sports sites. Teams and athletes. Fishing, boxing, wrestling, Competitive shooting, archery, bicycling
  • Sports (Fantasy) – Fantasy football, baseball, soccer and others
  • Sports (Martial Arts) – Martial arts, competitions, schools, organizations
  • Sports (Youth) – High school sports teams and youth sports leagues
  • Travel – Hotels, resorts, cruises, transportation and vacation offerings


  • Directory – Directories and portals about specialized topics. Bookmark management sites
  • News – News and magazines
  • Search – Major search engines


  • Government – Federal, state, local and international goverment
  • Society – Culture, issues, ethnicity and people
  • Society (Crime) – Crime and the justice system
  • Society (Politics) – Politics, political activism and political issues
  • World – Sites about regions and languages of the world
  • World (Chinese) – World websites – Chinese
  • World (German) – World websites – German
  • World (Spanish) – World websites – Spanish
  • World (French) – World websites – French
  • World (Italian) – World websites – Italian
  • World (Japanese) – World websites – Japanese
  • World (Korean) – World websites – Korean
  • World (Netherlands) – World websites – Netherlands
  • World (Polish) – World websites – Polish
  • World (Portuguese) – World websites – Portuguese
  • World (Russian) – World websites – Russian