The World Wide Web and the Internet are not the same thing. You might be shocked.
The Internet and the World Wide Web have turned to be integral parts of our lives. For some, going online is the first thing you do when you wake up and the last thing you do before going to bed.
But how they’re different and how they work together is the focus of today’s work. The World Wide Web is the information, in the form of websites, which is found on the Internet. But before we get into that, here’s what they are and how they work together.
The Internet’s precursor began as a U.S. military project in the 1950’s. It was called ARPAnet and eventually came online when it connected four university computers in 1969.
By 1984, it linked 1000 computers and was renamed the Internet, for interconnected network. By 2012, the Internet had grown to 8.7 billion connected devices. While the Internet is the hardware made up of computers, servers, switches, and routers that contain data and allow it to travel, it’s also the software and communication protocols that allows different computers and networks to communicate. That makes it a “network of networks.”
The World Wide Web, allows users to access the information on the Internet by displaying web pages on a browser. Tim Berners-Lee created the Web in 1989, and in 1991 the first web page went live. There are now almost 650 million websites in the world.
So, the Web is just one type of traffic on the Internet. Email, video chat, gaming, and many other types of data are like different kinds of vehicles that travel and rely on the infrastructure of that superhighway called the Internet.