What is the World Wide Web? Is it the same as the internet? How does it work? Why do we care?

The World Wide Web (WWW), simply stated, is a collection of electronic documents that are linked together like a spider web. These documents are stored on networked computers called servers located around the world. These networks make up the internet.

The Internet is made up of many different components or parts. No one really 'controls' the internet, though there are certain activities that are regulated. We will not explore all of the intricacies of the internet, but will focus on six of the major pieces that work together to accomplish the amazing tool we call the internet.

The six components of the internet that we will learn about are:

The reason we should care about these components is so we understand what it takes to get HTML, CSS, or other web page code to show up as a neat website on someone's computer half way around the world. It is an amazing feat no matter how you look at it...and I hope you will look carefully as you design your websites.