Difference between the Internet and World Wide Web(www). Explained!

This question always confuses me. When I was asked about this question, I simply replied that they are the same thing and this is what most people in the room did. But do you know the difference between the Internet and world wide web (www)? Whenever people thought about these two terms they don’t hesitate to use it interchangeably but these two terms are not synonyms to each other. Though related they can not be used in place of each other.

THE INTERNET

The Internet is nothing but just a vast collection of computers connected to a network. It is a massive networking infrastructure connecting millions of computers across the world. These computers can communicate with each other as long as they are connected to the internet.

This connection over the computers (network) is made via underground cables, satellite links and many other sources.

The word “Internet” actually refers to all the hardware infrastructure present in the network. Such hardware includes computer systems, routers, cables, bridges, servers, cellular towers, satellites and other pieces.

All these connection are made via rules and regulations set over them which is generally called as INTERNET PROTOCOL(IP).

WWW

In simple words, www or just the web is the way by which one can send or retrieve the data over the internet. It is the information sharing model which uses HTTP and HTTPs protocol to share information. It can be thought of as a software layer that sits on top of this structure and allows users to find and interact with data on computers around the world.  Not only text based but

Not only text based but audios, videos and whatever not can be shared via the web. Data shared on www is in the form of a specific language (HTML) and  It needs a web browser like chrome and Mozilla to parse the information for making it viewable and interactive to end user.  Most of this information is accessed through websites and we identify websites by their domain names.

Difference between the Internet and World Wide Web

So the www is just the information sharing model which is built on the internet. The Internet is also used for email, which relies on SMTPinstant messaging and FTP. So the Web is just a portion of the Internet. To make things more distinguishable, the internet was developed way back in the 1960ss and www was invented by tim berner lee in 1989.

So the Web is just a portion of the Internet. To make things more distinguishable, the internet was developed way back in the 1960ss and www was invented by tim berner lee in 1989.

So, this is what internet and world wide web is. A different yet related terms. Do spread the knowledge!

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