Understanding The World Wide Web


The world wide web that hosts dedicated servers in Europe or somewhere throughout the world, is used by millions of people every day in the world for everything from checking the weather, ordering food and chatting friends, to raising funds, sharing news or starting revolutions. We use it from our computer , our phone, even in our cars. It’s just there, all around us, all the time.

Understanding The World Wide Web

The  World Wide Web or “www” is not the internet, even though the terms are often used interchangeably. The internet is simply the way computers connect to each other in order to share information. When the internet first emerged, computers actually made direct calls to each other. 

Today, the network are all around us, so computers can communicate seamlessly . The communication enabled through the internet has many uses such as emails, file transfer, and conferencing. But the most common use is accessing the World Wide Web.

What is the World Wide Web by Twila Camp

Web server, web hosts, website, and website addresses

Webserver. Think of the web as a bunch of skyscrapers, each representing a web server, a computer always connected to the internet , specially designed to store information and share it. When someone start a website, they are renting a room in this skyscraper, filling it with information and linking information together in an organized way for others to access. Anyone can set up a web server with the right equipment and a bit of know-how.

Web hosts. This can be compared to the big men who owns these skyscrapers. They rent out a space to store information. The website can be compared to the space rented out by skyscrapers which are the webhosts. There’s another part to having a website, without which we would be lost in the city with no way of finding what we need.  

Website address are domain names that are like real life address. A website address let’s you get where you want to go. The information stored in the websites is in web languages, such as HTML and JavaScript. When we find the  website we’re looking for, our web browser is able to take all the code on the site and turn it into words, graphics and videos.

The World Wide Web is a big virtual city where we communicate with each other in web languages, with browsers acting as our translator.

What makes the web so special?

But what really makes the web so special lies within it’s name. Prior to the web, we used to consume most information in a linear fashion. In a book or newspaper article, each sentences was read from beginning to end. Page by page, in a straight line until you reached the end. But that isn’t how our brains actually work. Each of our thoughts is linked to other thoughts, memories and emotions in loose interconnected network like web.

The father of World Wide Web , Tim Berners-Lee, Understood that we need a way to organize information that mirrors this natural arrangement. And web accomplished this through hyperlinks.  The web is so much part of our lives because in content and structure, it reflects both the society and our individual minds.