To understand what the World Wide Web really is, you must think of the World Wide Web as an application (a computer program) that uses the Internet. That program is called a web browser. A web browser is a piece of software that sends requests to web servers and makes pretty web pages out of the information the servers send back. To someone using a web browser, it appears that you are able to browse the files on the remote server by using a mouse to click on things called hyperlinks.

Web browsers use the Internet (a network of computers) to request and receive information from a web server. Your web browser then presents the information to you in a pretty and user-friendly fomat. The WWW exists as a hodgepodge of files on computers scattered all over the world. The World Wide Web is NOT a network.

What you think of as "Yahoo" or "Google" is actually a bunch of files and scripts running on a remote computer called a web server. The web server delivers data from Yahoo's headquarters to your computer at the office or home over the Internet. Without the Internet, the "Web" or "WWW" wouldn't exist.

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