Is it the Internet or the Web? A Domain or URL?

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We’ve all been guilty of it…using terms that are almost accurate. So here is clarification on some commonly misused Internet-related terms.


The Web vs. The Internet

The terms Internet and Web or World Wide Web are often used interchangeably; however they are two very different entities.

The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that link several billion devices worldwide. It is a network of networks. Think computers, GPS, video games, smart phones, etc.

The World Wide Web is the most popular portion of the Internet and is just one of many protocols or services housed on the internet. Other internet protocols include FTP, email and instant messaging.


What’s an IP Address?

Your computer’s ‘internet protocol‘ address is a four-part or eight-part electronic serial number, which can look something like ‘102.5.774.11’ with dot or colon separators. Every computer, cell phone, and device that accesses the Internet is assigned at least one IP address for tracking purposes.

Wherever you browse, whenever you send an email or instant message, and whenever you download a file, your IP address acts like a type of automobile license plate to enforce accountability and traceability.


URL vs. Domain

“Hey, go check out this great new Uniform Resource Locator I found.”

Admit it, you had no idea what URL stood for until now.

A domain name is commonly part of a larger Internet address called a “URL”. URL’s, or ‘uniform resource locators’, are the web browser addresses of a specific internet page and file. A URL goes into much more detail than domain name, providing much more information, including the specific page address, folder name, machine name, and protocol language.

URL’s commonly use three parts to address a page or file:

  1. 1. The protocol – the portion ending in ‘//:
  2. 2. The domain name –
  3. 3. The filename/pagename itself – domain-reviews/#testimonial-raisingthebar

For example:

Consider yourself informed. You’re Welcome.

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