Wednesday

Planning Blog Content Before Publishing Online

Planning your blog content before publishing it online.

It takes a lot of hard work, patience to create and maintain a blog. Even if you pay huge cash for advertising your blog online or offline, there is still no guarantee that a blog will get an immense traffic. Remember advertising alone only has no full role to play to drive traffic to your blog. As always heard 'content is the king' in the blogging world to divert traffic straight to your blog, besides this, there are also few things you should make note of which I have mentioned below.

Strategy to plan your blog contents.

Before you start a blog you should plan it very carefully, decide what sort of information you are going to include. I would suggest you jot down your ideas on a piece of a sheet so that you will get a better idea and work out the best way to the organization your contents.

Step 1. Decide Content

The contents of the blog are the first thing a blogger must decide on. This is the factor that leads to longevity of a blog. One of the best ways to decide this is by asking yourself, "what is my interest?" or "what am I expertise in?"

Know your niche inside out because understanding the niche is very important. For example, if you are a student of history you can write a blog on this topic and include few articles on World War, Ancient Civilization or any topic of your choice related to history.

But it is not always necessary that you should write an article or short stories. There are plenty of options for you to choose from. If you are an amateur photographer or if you have a collection of photos of your tour, party, birthday then you can easily setup a Photo Blog likewise a Video Blog.

Step 2. Organize Contents

Decide how many words your article is going to contain and divide the content accordingly.

Don't try to put too much of information on a single page or else it will look overcrowded as a consequence your visitors will get turned off.

Give the title to each article that indicates the information it will contain. Remember, this would be an added advantage for your blog visitors to identify articles chronology.

For instance, my blog Blogging Basic is a tutorial blog on Blogger Tricks And Tips, Search Engine Optimization, Blogger Widgets, Blogger Gadgets and many more.

I have planned my blog in this way

What is a Blog?
Why Build a Blog?
Planning Your Blog
Create a Blog (free)
Search Engine Optimization.
Understanding HTML and CSS.
Making Money Blogging and so on.

Look at the continuity of the article title and resemblance to the main theme of my blog. This is how you should organize your content so that you can optimize where each piece of information fits best.

Step 3. Designing Lay Out

Layout design is also another important factor you should take care of before publishing your blog online.

Try making sketches on a sheet, this will help you decide where to put images, icons, banners, videos in relation to your blog's content.

I would suggest you not to put too much of Java scripts, Jquery, CSS, Iframe, etc in your blog's sidebar or elsewhere in your blog. If you fail to apply this technique it will result in slower page load and effects the SEO of your blog.

Once you have completed with layout design create a homepage link, an introductory page which helps visitors navigate back from any point of your blog page.

Conclusion: 

After you are done with planning your blog don't publish it immediately because there are still a lot more to check before your blog goes online.

In my next post, I will discuss the steps to create a blog, optimize the blog for search engines, give a finishing touch and finally publishing the blog online.

I would suggest you go through this articles too before you publish your blog online.
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Friday

Top Reasons to Start Your Own Blog(s) / Website(s).

Reason to create a blog.
Top reasons to create a blog/website.

Ten out of hundred are still unaware of what actually a blog is? If you are also one among them then you may read the backstory of a blog by visiting the link, what is a blog?

Do you know that there are hundreds and thousands of new blogs/websites that gets published online, every minute? Believe it! This is true.

With the internet penetrations increasing significantly, people are getting wired through mobile phones, tablet p.c, desktops, laptops, etc. Along with this the relevance and acceptance of social media like Facebook, Twitter and Blogs have also gone up dramatically. It has evolved into a significant medium of choice.

Today, every person or an organization (maybe it’s a government or non-government organization) creates a blog for plenty of reasons. But have you ever thought of the factor that motivates them to jot down their words in this online journal and start-up blogging?

I have captured few popular reasons why people put information online and I will be discussing the same.

After going through this article you may find a reason to start your own blog. Believe me; if you get into this blogging business and set up yourself as a professional blogger, no one can stop you from quitting daily 9 to 5 job.

I hope you will enjoy the post. Please read the purposes to create a blog/website.


Numerous reasons to start a blog has been outlined below:

1. To Make Money With Blogs


Blogs help you make money online. It gives you maximum options for monetizing your blog by various means. This generally means that there are several different ways to make money with blogs and among top ways, the most preferred one is by allowing advertisements to run on your blog. To mention few, you can generate online income with Google AdSense Ads, Buy and Sell Ads, Text Link Ads, Chitika, etc. Apart from this, you can also make money by promoting affiliate sites or selling your own product.

2. Support A Cause


By posting images, writing articles and posts you can ask people to participate to Support a Cause and make the world a better place to live. If you are associated with any kind of Non-Government Organization that participates in helping the people in need or any other such programs working for the goodwill of the people, province, environment, etc then you can set up a blog to let everyone know about your project and ask them to support a cause. Example, Shanker Foundation Make 

3. Contact With Clients Customers


Different Companies and organizations use feedback and contact forms to make a contact with their clients. You too can build a blog to let your customers know about your product and directly keep in touch with them enabling contact forms and feedback forms on your blog. I have also noted that various companies use this method as progressive steps in building their relationship with their clients.

4. To Stay Connected with Friends Family Relatives


A blog is a platform that helps friends, families, relatives to stay connected from different corners of the world by sharing stories, photos, videos and much more. Blogs are a great way to let your friends and family know how you are doing. You may write something about yourself or your activities and wait for your friends to comment. Let’s say the blog has turned into a better option for friends, family, and relatives to get into group interaction.

5. Share Knowledge Worldwide


Blogging allows you to share your knowledge and experience with your readers on various topics of your choice. You can write and share articles on the topic of your interest. I have started mine with a view that beginners can take enough benefit from my blog ProblogTuts.com and make use of all blog tricks and tips.

If you have any idea let us know...
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Monday

Website Vs Blog Difference between Website and Blog

Website Vs Blog Difference between Website and Blog
Website Vs Blog
Difference between a Website and a Blog.

Hi! I am Yogen Basnet and today I am going to discuss the differences between a website vs blog.

You might have noticed that there are plenty of websites and blogs administered by an individual and an organization. But have you ever wondered, why people build a blog rather than a website and vice versa? The problem is that not every people truly understand the difference between a site and a blog. They undoubtedly are not a similar thing.

Creating a website is not as easy as creating a blog. One way to build a website is by using a computer code called Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS). The other way to create a website is by using a software called as web editors. There are plentiful web editors available for download on the internet. However, if you want to learn HTML and CSS there is no need to use any software.

Anyone can easily start a blog by signing up for the services like Blogger and WordPress. Both blogging platforms are free and you may use it as per your will. Awesome! Isn't it? You can easily go to blogger.com or wordpress.com sign up, log in and begin writing a post, adding photos, videos and publish. Your blog goes live in just two to three minutes.

Read: An Overview of Term Blog, Blogger & Blogging

Blogs Vs Websites


Blog vs Website, Weblog vs Website is the most widely used search term on the Internet. I believe this is because every day more and more people are acquiring digital knowledge. People are craving for different platforms like blogs, forums, websites to share their voice, opinions. Having said that let's get started.

Definition of Website & Blog


A website is a collection of the web document(s) or a web page(s) created by a person or an organization and therefore accessible for suitable viewing in a web browser across World Wide Web ( WWW ).

A blog is an abbreviated verse of a weblog an online journal or a personal diary which is frequently updated with posts, comments, discussion on various topics.

Main differences between website & blog


People add information to a web to share information, advertise, sell products and services. For doing so people create a website or a blog.

Let us try to find out the major differences why some people choose to build a website and some choose to create a blog.


Features of website that makes it different from blog.

  1. A website has a static homepage.
  2. A website may have a blog.
  3. Contents may not necessarily be updated on a regular basis.
  4. The content of a website is linked from the homepage.
  5. Contents are not placed chronologically.
  6. A website may have a feedback form but no comment form.
  7. A website has a Frequently Asked Page (FAQ).
  8. A person who maintains a website is called as blog master.
  9. A website generally sells products and services.
  10. It is necessary for a webmaster to possess a knowledge of programming language such as HTML, CSS, PHP, etc.

Examples of an established website are Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Dictionary.Com, Youtube, Baidu, Reddit, Amazon, etc.


Features of blog that makes it different from website.


  1. Contents are updated regularly.
  2. Posts are published chronologically where new posts show first.
  3. A blog generally has a comment form and may also have a feedback form.
  4. Blog authors can interact with trackbacks and pingbacks.
  5. Blog archives are organized by date posted, authors, categories, and tags.
  6. E-mail notification is sent to the users who've subscribed to your blog.
  7. A person who maintains a website is called as webmaster.
  8. A blog generally helps in promoting a website or products.
  9. You may click to subscribe to blog posts Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds for comments and posts.
  10. No programming knowledge required. A simple computer knowledge is more than enough to begin a blog.

Examples of established blogs are Mashable, Problogger, WPBeginner, ShoutMeLoud, CNN, BBC, Natural Weight Loss Diet, The Healthy Body, Box Office Collection, etc.

Blog or website, which is better?


Blogs and websites work in completely different manner. It serves completely different purposes. So it is you who has to decide the need. Well! In my opinion, blogs are getting popular day by day and yes, Google too loves a blog because of frequent updates.

But if you really work hard you can be successful with either one.
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Thursday

What is Website? Definition & Types With Examples

What is Website? Definition, Meaning Types of Websites with Examples
What is a website? Definition & types of websites with examples based on purpose.

Every day more and more people are updating digital information using various platforms like a website - also called as site or web pages - blog, forum, etc. However, this is the most important part of an Internet.

Let us see how Wikipedia, Freeservers, and Dictionary.com defines a website.

Website Definition by Wikipedia

A website is a collection of related web pages, including multimedia content, typically identified with a common domain name, and published on at least one web server. Source


Website Definition by Freeservers

A website is a collection of web pages (documents that are accessed through the Internet), such as the one you're looking at now. A web page is what you see on the screen when you type in a web address, click on a link, or put a query in a search engine. A web page can contain any type of information and sound. Source


Website Definition by Dictionary.com

A connected group of pages on the World Wide Web regarded as a single entity, usually maintained by one person or organization and devoted to a single topic or several closely related topics. Source

From the above definitions, it is very much clear that a web-site is a collection of the web document(s) or a web page(s) created by a person or an organization and therefore accessible for suitable viewing in a web browser across World Wide Web ( WWW ).

The information on the web pages contains on all kinds of topics including text, pictures, animations, sounds, videos, graphics, color, etc. Every web site has a unique web address known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) pointing towards an individual web page. A URL specifics exactly where a web document is stored.

The pages on a web-site are interlinked by a link called a hyperlink, you can click on the link to reach other sections of a site or jump from one page to another. A website may consist of a single page or thousands of pages depending on what information webmaster has to add on a web page.

Why do people visit websites?


The rightful answer to this question would be, ‘ask yourself’. Ask yourself why are you reading this piece of information. If I am not wrong you might have visited this web page to find information on the website or something similar.

Generally, people visit websites to search an information on a particular topic, download online files, make contact with other web users, watch online videos, have fun, buy and sell goods or share knowledge by adding a piece of information on the World Wide Web (www).

Reasons why people create a website?


Every second people add information to the web or the world wide web by setting up their own websites, blogs, and forums. They tend to do so in order to share useful pieces of information with millions of other web surfers, be popular worldwide, have fun, to make contact with friends and families, advertise products, sell things, etc.

If you are interested in learning about how to create own personal or business website then you may refer to this article “Building a Website” which explains exactly how to create a website using two different, easy methods.

Different types of website?


There are numerous types of websites, each focusing on a particular type of content or use, plus they may be arbitrarily grouped in any amount of ways.

Some such classifications of websites based on purpose include:



  1. Wiki: Site to collaboratively edit contents by online users. Wikipedia, Wikihow
  2. Blog: An online diary with regular updates by an individual or a company. A blog is also called as a weblog. Wordpress, Blogger
  3. News: A website designed specifically to publish news across the world. CNN, BBC, Fox News
  4. Dating: Website created to look for a partner or go out for a date. Match, Eharmony.
  5. Archive: A website used to preserve useful web content. Internet Archive.
  6. Forum: Niche site where people makes conversation by posting messages. WarriorForum, DigitalPoint.
  7. Gallary: Website to show images of arts, nature, portfolios, etc. Imgsrc, Pixabay.
  8. Review: web-site to review products or services by the users. Rotten Tomatoes, Yelp.
  9. Political: A site where politicians voice political views & campaign for elections.
  10. Phishing: A website intended to fraudulently acquire sensitive data. Unable to locate such websites.
  11. Gaming: Site created for the users to play online games. IGN, GameSpot.
  12. Personal: Web site created by an individual or a small group. Kista Gray, Devon Stank.
  13. Religious: Websit created to show religious, ideologies, preachings, etc. Biblegateway, Astrology.
  14. Showcase: Web site to showcase things of interest or value. OnePageMania, SiteInspire.
  15. Classifieds: A website where users can create and post advertisements. Craiglist, Avito.
  16. Discussion: Web site where users can create a discussion on a particular topic. Mylot, WebhostingTalk.
  17. Networking: A site where users could establish a network with like-minded. Linkedin, ClassMates.
  18. Community: Website to build a community and interact. Facebook, MySpace.
  19. Government: web-site of a provincial government or a central government of any country. Nasa, Uidai.
  20. Bookmarking: A site to bookmark important content on the web. Digg, Dribble.
  21. Crowdfunding: A site to ask donations from the people for funding projects. KickStarter, RocketHub.
  22. Question & Answer: website to ask a question and get an answer from the members of the community. Question2Answer, Quora


Difference between a blog and a website.


Whenever it comes to choosing between blog and website every noob gets confused. It becomes impossible for a newbie to choose the right platform. So, for newbies, I have written a post describing every little detail about the differences between blog and website. I hope it helps.
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Sunday

An Overview of Term Blog, Blogger & Blogging.

An overview of the term blog blogger and blogging.
An introduction to blog (weblog), blogger and blogging for beginners by Blogging Basic.

If you have visited this page intentionally from a search query or any other medium than you may be having the same question in your mind, "what is a blog? Or, what is a web blog?" It's true that plenty of people are still unaware of the term blog (you must be one among them👅). But, before I explain what is a blog, let us read how experts define the term blog.

Note: Below given are the definitions of a blog from popular websites which I found online. I am in no way associated with these websites, blogs, forum or whatever it may be. I have quoted the below-given definition of a blog to let newbies (beginners) understand the meaning of a blog. I've tried to keep it original and provide due credit by backlinking to the particular website. However, if you claim ownership of below-given definition text and have any issues related to the content posted here or in any portion of this post, you may kindly mail us or contact us using a contact form or comment form.

A blog (a truncation of the expression "weblog")[1] is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries ("posts"). Wikipedia

"Blog" is an abbreviated version of "weblog," which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. WordPress.Org

A blog is a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent ‘post’ (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom. Problogger

Blog definition & explanation by Blogging Basic.


"Blog is an abbreviated verse of a weblog an online journal or a personal diary which is frequently updated with posts, comments, discussion on various topics."

A blog is usually maintained by a company or an individual. The contents of the blog are organized by date and time where the most recent entries appear at the first page or a home page while old entries are buried at the last covered with several other older entries.

A blog gives you, your company or an organization a voice on the web. It is a place to collect and share things that you find interesting - whether it is your political commentary, an announcement, advertisement, a personal diary or links to websites that you want to remember.


Different features of a Blog


Blogs comprise of few features that make blogs different from other websites are:

  1. Rss: content is syndicated via RSS feeds.
  2. Regular Updates: content is updated regularly.
  3. Comments: readers have the possibility to leave comments.
  4. Chronology: content is published in a chronological fashion.
  5. Archives: lists every blog article on the site, sorted by day, month or year.
  6. Trackbacks: other blog authors can interact via trackbacks and pingbacks. 
Permalinks, Blog Rolls, Syndication, Plugins/Widgets/Gadgets, etc.


What is blogging, why is it popular?


The activity of writing an article and posting it chronologically with regularly update is called blogging. Blogging is about more than just putting your thoughts on the web. It's about connecting with and hearing from anyone who reads your work.

Blogging was for long called as a personal affair. It used to be like writing and maintaining an online diary, done with no intention of promoting products, earn cash, advertise and sell things, support a cause, make money, etc. The aim of blogging was to air one's view and opinion to a wider world on the web.

It was only with the passage of time and with the considerable growth of demand in the field of the blogosphere, people are taking advantage of a chance to blog full time, professionally.

Blogging today has become a lucrative profession for hundreds and thousands of people across the glove. Various blog networks employ people to manage and edit content on the site and are constantly in need of a blog writer, editor, content writer, and proofreaders. Some companies also employ blog editor on a freelance basis.

If you are thinking to get into the field of blogging but can't deploy enough time on the net than you can work as a part-time blogger too. Sites that employ a blogger on a full time or a part-time basis offer starting salaries in the range of that earned by online content writer/ journalists. While a fresher working as a copy editor for a blogging community could earn little cash but for fulltime blog writer salary has no limits.


Who are Bloggers?


An individual or an organization who maintains a blog by posting an informative article is called a blogger. A blogger may be a person, a group of person or an organization.

So, after reading this, if you have made up your mind to create a free personal blog of your own or a professional blog then you may want to read this post, "easy stepwise instructions to create a free blog" and if you are not sure about the reasons, why you should start a blog then you may read this post, "what are the reasons to build a blog or a website"?


The differences between blog, blogging, & blogger.


After reading one-fourth of this article you might have come to a clear conclusion. Almost anyone, after reading this much can clearly distinguish between a blog, blogging and a blogger. However, to sum up I would like to add a simple sentence.

A blog which is also called as the weblog is an online journal which is frequently updated with posts, comments, and discussion on various topics.

An act of writing an article and posting it chronologically with regularly update is called blogging.

Bloggers are people who update blog post frequently with unique articles and topics.


Recommended reading:

  • What is an Internet?
  • What is a website?

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Saturday

Understanding Web Page, Website, Web (www) & Internet

Difference between Web Page, Website, World Wide Web & Internet

All Web documents are Web Pages.

Collection of Web Pages created by a web developer is Website.

Huge collection of a linked webpage or website is World Wide Web.

Gigantic network of wires connected to different computers spread all around the world is Internet

Internet and websites are widely used these days. The invention of websites and 'net has made works faster and much easier across the world.

It must be remembered that the backbone in setting up Internet is the person working behind the scene, doing all the hard works to lay down the cables under the sea, across mountains, underground and occasionally set up satellites, air balloons to beam Internet connectivity.

Likewise, the bloggers, webmasters, web developers, coders, programmers also put equal efforts to build websites so that it can be distributed across the globe using the Internet.

Hats off guys! I truly appreciate what you do.

Ok! Moving further, I would like to bring it to your knowledge that the Internet and World Wide Web is a different concept.

The internet is not the World-Wide-Web and vice versa. But sometimes people seem to use these two words synonymically. I am sure they might be having a misconception between Net and Web.

Let me clear the confusions step by step. Before understanding the differences between Internet & World-Wide-Web you need to have a closer look at webpage and website.


Webpage vs Website


Web Page


The information on the web is contained in millions of computers documents such as videos, audios, sounds, graphics, images, etc. This web document is called as Web Page(s).

Every Web Page has its own address called a Uniform Resource Locator (URL). This Url specifies exactly where a web page is located on the web so that it can be found easily.



Website


A Website is a collection of web pages created by a web developer. These web pages are linked together called as hyperlinks so that it gets a shape of a website.



The Internet

The internet is a gigantic network of wires - may be copper wire, fiber optic cables and occasionally beamed through satellites, cell towers to provide wireless communication to modern-day cellphones and computers - actually buried underground, undersea and connected to different computers spread all around the world. Blogging Basic


If you'll analyze the word properly you'll find the answer to the question in the word itself.


Ok, let me explain. Supposing the word Internet is a combination of two words "Inter" and "Net". Here, the word inter means between and the word net means a network. If the meaning of this two words is joined, what we will get is "network between". The network between what? The answer is Computer.


The network between this two or more computers is established by a copper wire, fiber-optic cables or sometimes by wireless devices and this is what is called as an Internet.



The World Wide Web


The World Wide Web is a giant collection of linked folders, files, and documents called as web pages. Web pages are stored in special computers called as web servers and are accessible around the world using a computer and a web browser.


These web pages contain things like text, images, audios, videos, etc. These web pages groups together to form different kinds of website.


So, to sum up, the internet is a wire establishing a connection between two or more computers and the World-Wide-Web is a collection of linked web pages accessible through the internet.


To answer in one-liner the World Wide Web is a collection of web pages and the Internet is a connection of computers.



Differences between internet & world wide web (WWW)

  • The internet is a globally interconnected network of computing devices. World Wide Web is a software service running on the computer.
  • Internet supports a wide variety of interactions and communications between its devices. World Wide Web is a subset of the Internet.
  • Origin of Internet dates back to 1969 and World Wide Web dates its origin back to 1993.
  • Internet was initially known as ARPANET. World  Wide Web was first known as NSFnet.
  • Internet comprises of network of computers, copper wires fiber optic cables and wireless networks. World Wide Web comprises of files folders and documents stored in special computers.
  • The internet is governed by Internet Protocol. World Wide Web is governed by hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP).
  • The internet is mainly hardware in nature. World Wide Web is basically software in nature.

WWW & Internet interdependence


Internet & WWW is the greatest gift of technology to this era in which different websites are flourishing and making things faster and easier. It has enhanced the connectivity of people across the globe.  On the other hand, WWW which exists in presence of the internet has made our works simpler by providing all possible pieces of information.


To get access to any particular information the users are directed to a webpage of a website. To perform this task by the device internet connection is required. It is the network that connects the devices enabling those devices to perform the task commanded by the user.


Broadbands, wifies are used for internet connection and browsers like chrome, internet explorer, firefox etc are used for accessing websites.


Though these terms are not same, it has contributed immensely to the development of mankind globally.

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Thursday

What is Internet? Definition, Meaning & Explanation

What is Internet? Definition, Meaning & Explanation - Blogging Basic

What is Internet? Definition, Meaning & Explanation for Newbies to  Create a Niche Blog or a Niche Website - Blogging Basic - Helping beginners get Online.

The first question every newbie needs to be informed - if he/she wants to create a blog, build a website or any other niche in days to come - has been answered?

"The Internet is related to connecting the computers and other similar gadgets with just a network of wires."

Most of the people in this world know how to use the net or an Internet without actually understanding how it works. Likewise electricity in your home. You use electricity every single day but you may not understand the basics, mechanism behind it.

So, if the electricity grid is difficult to understand then the Internet must also be impossible for you to understand.

Right? Wrong! In the next few minutes, I will put you in the top ten percent of people who understand how the Internet actually works.

Whenever most people think of the Internet this is what really comes to mind, the Internet is all about a website or a world wide web (www).

I have heard people say, "my Internet is not working" whenever the website goes offline and fails to display a web page due to server error, possibly due to server maintenance or technical fault on the server side.

So, people, have a different concept and mostly refer the Internet as a webpage rather than what Internet really is.

This fuzzy picture of Internet has been developed and circulating for decades because of the peoples who are more concerned about job security rather than educating. It's very unfortunate that the fuzzy imagination about the internet is wrong.

World Wide Web is not synonymous with the Internet though it shares a common interest.

What is an Internet?

The Internet, sometimes also referred as the net is a network of wired or wireless communication system connecting various devices across the globe, not limited to outer space.

So, the Internet is simply a network of wires (may be copper, fiber optics and occasionally beamed through satellites, cell towers to provide wireless communication to modern-day cellphones and computers.) actually buried underground, undersea and connected to different computers through the globe.

The Internet is used to transmit an unlimited range of information which helps to establish a communication between devices as far as both the devices are connected with each other with the help of a server.

Definition of Internet from top sources

Definition of internet in English by Wikipedia, Webopedia, Oxford Dictionaries

Wikipedia Definition:

The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide. Source

Webopedia Definition:

The Internet is generally defined as a global network connecting millions of computers. More than 190 countries are linked into exchanges of data, news, and opinions. Source

Oxford Dictionaries Definition:

An international computer network connecting other networks and computers from companies, universities, etc.

You may also read about the definition and meaning of Internet from other online sources.

Definition of the internet from Whatis.com, Dictionary.com, Techopedia.com, Cambridge English Dictionary, Merriam.

What is a Web Server?

A server is a special type of computer connected directly to the Internet. A web server stores web pages and variety of files on the hard drive and processes it when queried by us using a personal computer and a web browser connected to the internet.

Every server has a unique internet protocol or the IP address just like a postal address. IP address helps computers find each other. The IP address is numerical, for example, 120.124.256. Can you remember this address? Certainly not. So before you'll twist your tongue while saying aloud, you may also call it by its name, for instance, Google, Facebook, etc.

Is Your Computer a Web Server?

Sorry, no. It is not because the computer you and I use every day is not connected directly to the Internet. The computer we use is called a client because they are connected indirectly to the internet through a different service provider.

Whenever your friend seeks for a file in your computer using his computer connected to the Internet he will not be able to retrieve it unless your computer is a server or your friend uses some specially designed software.

Your friend's and your computer should be connected to a server before you can exchanges files. Let me make it more clear. I have a desktop at home and now I want to retrieve a web page from Googles web server than what do I need to do?
  1. Connect my computer to the Internet.
  2. Open a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc).
  3. Type URL of Google (https://www.google.com/) in the address bar of a web browser.
My computer connects to the Googles web server through the Internet it queries for the particular webpage I am looking for, and the googles web server executes it. The result, I will see a Googles web page on my monitor. Coincidentally the webpage you are reading on the monitor is also provided by a web server for your query. Surprising! You may be. Right? This is how things work.

Sending An email

Now, again if I want to connect with my friend by sending an email, how is it processed. Ok, let's say my friend has an email address by the name friend@gmail.com created with Gmail. I have also created one email address with Gmail but by different name myself@gmail.com (yes, we can't be an identical email address. If you want to create an email address you may register at Gmail) What's next?
  1. I will connect my computer to the net.
  2. Open a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc).
  3. Type URL of Gmail (https://www.google.com/gmail) in the address bar of a web browser.
  4. Fill up the email form and send it to friend@gmail.com
As soon as I hit send button my email goes to the web server of Gmail. Now, what will my friend needs to do to retrieve the email I had sent.

  1. My friend connects his computer to the net.
  2. Opens a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, InternetExplorer, etc).
  3. Type URL of Gmail (https://www.google.com/gmail) in the address bar of a web browser and visits Gmails web server.
  4. The web page opens in his monitor and my friend retrieves the email I posted earlier.

How is communication establish by Internet?

When the computer connects to the server (special computer) directly to this wire or a wireless beam a communication can be established.

Who provides the internet to us?

Internet Service Provider (ISP). Most of the internet access providers charge a set free per day, month or a year and in return they provide us an access to the services like surfing web pages, uploading, downloading, watching movies, sending messages, listening to audios and etc. The fee usually includes how much services you want to use.

The use of inter-net services is measured in bytes, megabytes, gigabits etc. For example, if you want to make use of 1000 megabyte of bandwidth than you might be asked to pay Rs. 100 or any other denomination as per the company's plan. So, for the additional use, you need to pay more. However, these days most of the Internet Service Provider offers unlimited access to the net by paying the certain amount fixed by them.

If you want to learn more about the history of the Internet you may ask questions as under by dropping your question at QuestionReply.Com.
  1. When did the Internet start?
  2. When did people start using the net?
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