How Does the Web Work/What is a Website?

what is a website

If you have ever wondered what is a website or how does the web work I have you covered here. First, when you look at a website on a browser there is no magic that occurs but I will attempt to demystify the process so you can gain a better understanding of how it all comes together on the back end. As always contact me if you want further explanation or some 1-on-1 coaching. I am always here to help.

Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves

Tim Berners-Lee

What is a Website?/Just a Bunch of Data

A few months ago a buddy of mine was moving some files on my website via FTP and I was worried about loosing some content. He assured me by saying “don’t worry man it’s only data.” That phrase stuck with me and it can help people understand what a website really is. Every website out there from a simple blog to cnn.com consists of lines of code in folders located on a server in an undisclosed location. This information is written, usually by software, in several different languages such as HTML or PHP. Once written, your web browser does most of the heavy lifting as explained in the next section.

Web Browsers/Decoding Web Pages

First, no matter the web browser or device you use they are all reading the same data and displaying visual content based on that written code. To simplify, your web browser unscrambles information on a server and shows you the intended website. Lastly, all browsers read information differently but the end result will look the same regardless of the browser being used.  

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.

Bill Gates

What is an ISP/How it comes together

So far I have established there is a flow of information from a server to your device. This information is transmitted by your ISP aka internet service provider. An ISP is called a provider because they plug into a larger system in order to give you that connection. Information is passed from computer to computer connected across the globe like a giant web. This insures even if a large amount of computers fail, the majority of the public can still access the web. For your added information, you can check the status of any network here. I hope this helps and as always contact me for further help.