The Internet is a global network of billions of computers and other electronic devices. The Internet makes it possible to access almost any type of information in order to: learn something new, learn a new skill, pay your bills, manage your bank accounts, watch TV, keep up with news, shop for anything, meet & communicate with people from all over the world.
The World Wide Web is a collection of different websites you can access through the Internet.
There are well over 1 billion sites on the world wide web, (1,518,207,412 according to Netcraft’s January 2019 Web Server Survey.
What is a Website?
A Website is a Collection of Indexable Web Pages
What is Web Page?
A Web Page is a Collection of Content (Text, Images, and Videos)
A website is made up of related text, images, and other resources. Websites can resemble many forms of media: newspaper articles, television programs, or be interactive in a way that’s unique to computers such as a social media platform.
The purpose of a website can be almost anything: a news platform, an advertisement, an online library, a forum for sharing images, or an educational portal.
Once you are connected to the Internet, you can access and view websites using a type of application called a web browser. A web browser itself is not the Internet; it only displays websites that are stored on the Internet. Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer are all examples of web browsers that allow users to surf the web.
How does the it Work?
The Internet is a global network of physical cables, which can include copper telephone wires, TV cables, and fiber optic cables. Even wireless connections like Wi-Fi and 4G/5G rely on these physical cables to access the Internet.
When you visit a website, your computer sends a request over these wires to a server. Once the request arrives, the server retrieves the website and sends the correct data back to your computer in a matter of seconds.
The Internet the most advanced technological systems in the world, rapidly growing, constantly changing, and forming billions of new connections all over the world.
A strong framework to compare it to would be the human brain, the most advanced biological system in the world. Both of these networks function very similarly. The core components of the brain are neurons and synapses. A newborn child is born with 100 billion neurons, but the synapses or connections aren’t there yet. It’s over the course of the first 5 years of a child’s life that these connections are formed. They do so very rapidly (700 – 1000 synapses per second).
Every time you talk or interact with a child, you are literally growing their brain, connecting the different parts, allowing for new ideas, insights, creative thinking, and you are strengthening these connections. That is why these connections are so important; they form the brain’s foundation.
Now, think of an internet platform in this same critical stage of early development, neurons as web pages, and synapses as hyperlinks. In order to form a proper foundation, an internet platform needs to make as many connections as possible.
Just like every interaction makes a new connection in a child’s brain, every tweet, Reddit, bookmark, search, or post, will create and strengthen connections across our global network.