The Internet Explained
The Internet explained briefly and basically.
Now that you have decided to share your research with the world we need to take a look at how we go about doing this.
The Internet is made up of thousands, if not millions, of networks which are all interconnected in one way or another. Each of these networks can consist of servers, routers, hubs, modems and client computers.
Parts of the Internet
A server is a special computer that runs specific software that provide services such as hosting websites. There are other types of servers such as DNS, Mail, Database and FTP, but for the purposes of this eBook we will be only concentrating web hosting. Each hosting server can contain a multitude of different websites. To distinguish between these websites, we give each a name called a Domain Name.
Client Computers are the computers we use every day. These can include desktops, laptops, tablets and even mobile phones.
In between the two, you will find the Modems, Hubs and Routers, which give you the access, the connectivity to the Network Backbone and, the ability to move data to and from your computer to the website/server through the various networks that lay in between. A Network Backbone is the part of the network infrastructure that connects networks or the various pieces of a networks together, providing a path for the exchange of information between the different Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks(WAN).
How you fit in
So how do you fit into this picture? Well, to get your Family History online, you need to find a place on one of the millions of Web Servers out on the Internet and give it a name (The Domain Name). To update and maintain your website you need to be able to access this Web Server from your Client Computer (whether it be a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone) via the modems, hubs and routers which lay between your Client Computer and the Web Server.
Obviously, the Internet is a lot more complicated than what has been portrayed here, but the intention was never to give a detailed explanation but, only to explain, in simple terms, the various parts and the relationship you will have with them.