What exactly is the World Wide Web?
What is on the Web?
Who owns the Web?
How do I find something on the Web?
Can I publish on the World Wide Web?
The World Wide Web is a hypertext-based resource for locating and displaying information on the Internet. Access to information on the World Wide Web is made with "browser" software that resides on your computer. When you click on a "hot" link, your browser reads the address of the link (its URL) and then sends a request to the computer on which the desired information is stored. This information is then sent back to you and displayed as a "page" of text on the browser.
The growth of the World Wide Web has been spectacular, with estimates of over 30 million users around the globe. As you might expect, almost every audience is catered for. The Web is challenging and redefining existing notions of publishing, with hobbyists and large corporations competing on the same playing field for our attention. Most of the information is free, but pay-as-you-view systems will become commonplace for information of value (up to date Stock Market figures, etc.).
As an entity, no single body can claim ownership of the Internet, although the physical structure (cables, networks, etc.) does belong to various companies in the public and private sector. The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) exists to co-ordinate development standards on the Web, but the principal reason for the diversity of content on the Web is the fact that there has been no proprietor to regulate its actions. The business world is waking up to the potential for commerce and advertising on the Internet; advances in these areas may change the face of the Internet entirely.
A number of catalogues and search engines exist on the Web to help you locate resources. Catalogues list information by subject, whereas search engines require you to type in keywords associated with the information. Go to the Search section to find out more.
Yes! You can publish your home page on the Internet. We provide each monthly paying customer with 10Mb of space and 2GB (as good as unlimited) for annual account holders on our computers. See our guide to get started.