What is the Internet?

The Internet is a global network of thousands of computers connected together. You only need to understand the basic interations that take place on the internet in order to publish a web page. The following diagram illustrates these interactions:

You connect your computer to the internet throught a server. This server can then talk to any other server on the internet and download text, graphics, and other data. Servers are usually connected to the Internet all the time, unlike your personal computer.

When you publish a web page, you put your files onto one of these servers. Then, any computer on the web can look at the data you've placed there.


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