WWW, World Wide Web. As the name suggests it’s a complete world, and its inhabitants, different websites, each consisting of many Web Pages, interlinked with each other like a spider’s web. Tim Berners-Lee in 1990, changed our lives, when he invented the first ever website to go live at a research lab at CERN. The website still exists today. The site’s address is http://info.cern.ch/
WWW, the Internet and the Website
People at times confuse internet with the World Wide Web. Internet is a huge network of computers connected together, whereas the World Wide Web is an open source information space where documents and other web resources are identified by URL’s (Uniform Resource Locator), interlinked by hypertext links. Website is a location connected to the internet that maintains one or more Web Pages on the World Wide Web.
Website: The Internet Real Estate
Website is like your home, or in business terms, your business outlet available digitally. To open an outlet physically, you have to purchase a land and build your office on it. Your office will have a specific address. Similarly on the World Wide Web, you purchase a domain, and build a website on it, and every website in the world has a unique URL, which identifies where it is located on the web. Domains are suffix of the website, and tell the user what kind of website it is, and usually ends with a three or two letter extension in the server name (.com, .gov, pk).
Domain names and websites are Internet real estate. Marc Ostrofsky
Domains at a Glance
For example the address of our website http://www.adept.com.pk shows that it is a company website and geographically located in Pakistan. Let’s have quick look at some of the domains. .gov means it’s a government website (www.fia.gov.pk). .edu is an educational website (www.lums.edu.pk). .org domains mostly consist of nonprofit entities, schools, open source projects, communities as well as for profit organizations (www.mws.org.pk), websites with .net domains are networking related websites or internet service providers (www.webhostingpakistan.net) and everyone’s favorite .com websites are commerce, commercial or company websites (www.microsoft.com).
A Website is a compulsion
These days websites exists of every nature, of every business, no matter how big or how small, no matter the geographic location, developing a website for a business is a must now. Requirements for every website will be different, the coding will be different, the objectives will be different, but the goal is to let the world know that you exist on the digital platform, and time is near when this will be the main platform for every business entity out there. These days if you don’t have a website, you don’t exist, as simple as that. Developing a decent website is a must.