The World Wide Web (WWW) is one set of software services running on the Internet. The Internet itself is a global, interconnected network of computing devices. This network supports a wide variety of interactions and communications between its devices. The World Wide Web is a subset of these interactions and supports websites and URIs.


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World Wide Web

Estimated year of Origin:

1969, though opening of the network to commercial interests began only in 1988


Name of the first version:



Comprises of:

Network of Computers, copper wires, fiber-optic cables & wireless networks

Files, folders & documents stored in various computers

Governed by:

Internet Protocol

Hyper Text Transfer Protocol


This is the base; Independent of the World Wide Web

It depends on Internet to work





Surfing the web is made possible by Web browsers. Browsers are basically software programs that allow you to search for and view various kinds of information on the Web, such as web sites, video, audio, etc.


Here are just a few of Web browsers available to you for a free download:

  • Microsoft’s Internet Explorer: Most Internet users are using Internet Explorer because it’s easy to use and most Web sites are written with Internet Explorer in mind, meaning that they are compatible.
  • Opera: Opera is another popular browser that’s easy to use; however, it can have some compatibility issues with various websites.
  • Mozilla’s Firefox: Firefox is rapidly gaining ground right behind Internet Explorer because of its tabbed browsing, superior security features, and fast load.
  • Mac Safari: Specifically for Mac users, Safari is an excellent choice for a Web browser, with fast load and good compatibility with most websites out there.


We all know what a Web browser looks like, but it’s good to have a complete breakdown of the various parts of most Web browsers just for reference’s sake. The parts of a browser include:

  • Status bar: This is the box at the bottom of your browser window. The status bar displays all sorts of information, depending on what you’re doing at the time, but mostly it’s for showing load speed and the URL of whatever address your mouse is hovering over.
  • Address bar: This is the box at the top of your browser window that displays the entire URL, or Web site address.
  • Title bar: The title bar is at the very top of your browser window; in both Firefox and Internet Explorer it is the blue bar there at the top. You’ll see the title of the Web page there; for example, you should see “What Is a Web Browser?” at the top of your browser window right now.
  • Toolbar Icons: The toolbar and its icons are at the top of your browser window right underneath the Title Bar. This is where you’ll see the Back button, the Home button, the Refresh button, etc.
  • Display Window: The Display Window is just a fancy term for your browser work space; it’s the frame through which you see this website right now.
  • Scroll Bars: If you’ve ever been to a website that you had to “scroll down” to read something, then you’ve used the scroll bars. They’re just navigational/directional aids.


Many people can successfully navigate the World Wide Web without any problem at all and may even consider them experts of the Web. On the other hand, there are thousands of other people who don’t even know the first thing about operating a web browser. If you’d like to know how to operate a web browser (the tool you user to navigate the internet), such as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer or Mozilla’s Firefox without taking an expensive computer-learning class then here are the basics of using a web browser of your choice.



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