Explain the actual difference between the "World Wide Web" and the "Internet" in simple terms.
So often I see people who, when speaking or writing, interchange the term "world wide web" and the "internet" without really understanding the differences between the two (yes, I have been one of them). I am hoping some brilliant computer person will be able to create a hub or answer that can clarify this information for those of us who may not have a strong grasp on computer science terms. (Pictures would be really helpful, too)!
Thanks for playing along!
In simple terms......................................NONE.
The technical concepts are merged. But there are still policy issues. The concept of world is not like earth. Our world contains politics. Internet protocols are available everywhere. But when we speak of North Korea, they cannot access the www.
Really? No one has a simplified answer to this question...**sighs**
The Internet is the network system. You can have an Intranet as well. It does not connect to anything outside, as with a business. The World Wide Web is what you access using the Internet network. And as with any communications network there is a protocol. TCP/IP. Internet Protocol.
The internet is a system or a collection of computer or computer like devices all connected to a network. The World Wide Web (WWW) Is a protocol, you do not need it do access the network of connected computers.
Example I can access a website by typing in an IP # 109.86.245.01
The world wide web is "where" you go. The internet is "how" you get there. Simple!
This is close, think of telephone poles and cell towers as the internet, and the people talking to work places and businesses as the world wide web. Also, the WWW function is only one function out of many that occurs on the internet.
Yeah, telephone poles and cell towers is "how". Work places and businesses is "where" they go. It's still simple!
My two cents visual:
The World Wide Web is a subset of the Internet.
If the Internet were the surface of the planet. The World Wide Web would represent the system for all standard modes of transportation, land (highways), sea (shipping lanes) and air (flight paths). Web Servers (the physical machines that house Web content), and their Web Pages, would represent destinations and the many activities available at those destinations respectively. Web Browsers (like the program you are using to view this page) would represent vehicles in all their variety, as there are many different available Web Browsers on personal computers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera), mobile devices, etc.
You can traverse The Internet while bypassing the World Wide Web altogether. You see it all the time, in the movies, where hackers access computers and cell phones without using the standard mode of transportation (The Web Browser) or the standard transportation system (World Wide Web Protocol). They just have a cryptic looking window open with all kinds of text scrolling by. To extend the metaphor, the hackers are getting to their destinations by "Off-Road" methods.
Non - "World Wide Web" activity isn't limited to just hacking though, a simple Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) service like Skype would be considered "Off-Road" as well.
Hope this helps.
Wow, Bitman9000! Now that is an amazing answer! I love how you use common elements to define both the internet, and the www. Thank you so much for taking the time to share. Possibly a hub on the topic is in the scope of your expertise!? I'd read it!
Simple. the internet is a collection of computers while the
Word wide web is the collection of pages on the internet.
An Internet is a network connecting computers together so that they can communicate with each other. That is to say, if one computer is not connected to the Internet it is not possible for it to communicate with other computers. On the other hand, a World Wide Web is a link or a way of accessing the Internet.
The "World Wide Web" is the failed corporate buzz word, whereas "internet" is the current buzz word.
In simple, Internet is a medium to access resources available on the World Wide Web.
Internet can be local but WWW is worldwide.
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