What is World Wide Web? (WWW vs Internet), Explore WWW

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What is WWW (World Wide Web vs Internet)

What do you understand by WWW? WWW (World Wide Web), it is also known as W3 or Web, it is actually an interconnected system of public webpages which are accessed through the Internet.

For your kind information, let me tell you that Web and Internet are two different things. The web is actually one of the many applications that have been built on the Internet.

Questions arises in our mind that why WWW is written in front of every website. Take an example like www.letmexplore.com. In this web, network, smartphone world, it's too much necessary to have knowledge about all these. So now let's know what is the World Wide Web.

What is WWW - World Wide Web

The full form of WWW is World Wide Web. It is also known as W3 or Web. This is an information space. Here HTML documents and web resources are identified through Uniform Resource Locators.

What is WWW (World Wide Web)

Where HTML documents are interconnected via hyperlinks. We access these web documents via the Internet.

This is the central hub to store information. WWW is a primary tool by which we access or communicate with the Internet. The web document is written through HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language).

Definition of World Wide Web

Now let's get to the definition of the World Wide Web as well as some information related to it:

It is a very huge network where hypertext files and web pages are interlinked to each other. Where billions of hypertext documents are kept in different servers and different computers. Which are accessed by web browser.

We can also say that it is a system where hypertext documents are interlinked to each other,and Internet is used to access them.

We can also say that this is a virtual place where all the web pages, web servers, websites of the world are accessed through HTTP protocol.

WWW can also be pronounced a collection of web pages, web servers, URLs, HYPERLINKS and HTTP. About them are given below.

These resources and users, which connect to the Internet via HTTP, are their medium.

The collection of all the websites and web pages all over the world that are available on the internet is called the World Wide Web.

Whenever you type a URL in your browser, it means you have get connected with WWW.

What do you understand by WWW?

A web page contains a lot of software and protocols to run them. Web browsers are used to open these web pages. Images, texts, videos and other media files resides in browsers and these web pages are interlinked to each other via hyperlinks. All these works are done in the world wide web.

Berners-Lee (an Inventor) who developed 3 techniques for WWW (World Wide Web).

  1. URL (Uniform Resource Locator) where the website address resides.
  2. HTML through which the web document is created.
  3. HTTP Hypertext Transfer Protocol.

These are the rules that help to run the Internet.

How does WWW work?

After knowing about WWW now questions arises in our mind that how does this world wide web work. You must have understood that what is WWW. It works with webserver, website, browser, webpage, http, hypertext and finally hyperlink.

Whenever users open a web document, for this he/she uses an application which we called web browser. You would know that a web document is always written in a different web programming language that is called as HTML (Hyper Text Mark Up Language).

Whenever we type the name of a domain in the web browser like www.letmexplore.com it is also known as url.

Every domain has an address. So the browser generates a request to search the domain of https in the world wide web. Simultaneously converts the domain name into a server IP address. Which the WWW searches for these websites addresses in the server.

Whenever the address matches with the pages of the servers from which the domain is hosted, then that page is reflect back to the web browser. That you see in your web browser.

Generally, URL, Web Browser, HTTP and HTML these four technologies are used to run the WWW. Without all these the WWW would not exist.

History of WWW

Tim Berners-lee who is the inventor of the World Wide Web(WWW). He also known as the inventor of the web. Berners-lee was the director of the W3C. Berners Lee used to monitor the development of W3. He also developed hypertext.

He developed the technology of communications through these web. He discovered the techniques of linking web pages to each other.

By using the concept of Hypertext, he changed the point of view of the Internet. 1989 Berners-lee started working on the www server and he named this server "httpd". In starting WWW was something like WYSIWYG Hypertext Browser/Editor that runs in NextStep Environment.

The World Wide Web had reached most parts of the world by 1991.

Internet vs World Wide Web

You can also read another article regarding Internet but still it is internet, network highway. Where users daily exchange a lot of data via net among themselves. Protocols are necessary to run the Internet such as HTTP, SMTP, FTP, TelNET. Protocols are nothing these are just rules that are governed by the network.

In another word we can say that, WORLD WIDE WEB is a way to access the Internet. This is an information sharing model which is above the internet. WWW uses some programs, like HTTP, Web Browser, HTML and WEB SERVER, that are mentioned below in details.

I think you all understand the difference between WWW and Internet.

Difference between world wide web(www) and Internet.

web server

Web server is a type of program. Whenever the users sends a request to a website or a web page through HTTP. Then he gives the response of the server request through HTTP only. And this response is nothing only an HTML page.

As you do some search in Google, then the web server of google website shows you many results. This is the job of the web server. An example of a server is a computer from which a website is hosted. Every website has a web server.


HTML is pronounced as Hyper Text Markup Language. It is a type of language by using this language a website is designed. Each and every webpage is also known as HTML document. The same page appears in the World Wide Web.

When a web page is linked with another web page, it is called a hyperlink. All the web pages that you see in the Internet are all an HTML document. To run an HTML document a web browser is required. Which we will elaborate below.


This is also a type of  page. For this page a  special language is used which is called as HTML(Hyper Text Markup Language). This is a small part of the website. We can say that the website is nothing it is a collection of webpages.

URL address is used to access these webpages. The page that you are reading now is also a web page.

Web Browser

Without a web browser, the World Wide Web could never run. Web browser is a software program or you can also say an application. Through which we access the web page or website. The browser is generally used to access websites and web pages in the Internet.

Web browser translates HTML document into human readable form. Some examples of this are Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ):

Is it necessary to use www now?

No, now it is not mandatory to use www. Because nowadays you can got your website that you are searching only by writing the domain name correctly.

Who invented WWW?

WWW(World Wide Web) was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989.

Who is the owner of WWW?

Recently, WWW(World Wide Web) is owned by Inrupt.com, a tech start-up that uses WWW, promotes them and develops them even better.

What is WWW?

WWW describes/pronounced or we can say that its full form is World Wide Web.

What did you learn today?

So friends, today's information that you gain by this article is very important in this digitilized world. The question that arises in everyone's mind earlier that what is this WWW and how it works, i think you all got this through this article. 

All the web pages of this world are interlinked among themselves. Without this Internet is incomplete. Along with all this, if you want to learn something different regarding Internet, then tell us.

I hope you all liked this article, how did you like it, you must tell me by simply commenting below. If you have any queries you can ask by commenting below. And if you want to give any suggestion, then please give it so that we can do something new for you.


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