Introduction to HTML and How the World Wide Web Works
How URLs Work
Ever wonder how it is that you can type in, say, www.disney.com,
and next thing you know, you find yourself playing games
from a computer somewhere far away? Just how is it that your
computer knew where to find their computer? It starts with
your ISP or internet service provider.
When you typed in www.disney.com,
those words were sent, along with your computer's exact
parking spot on the internet, to a server controlled by your
ISP. That server has a huge database that lists the names of
every web site on the internet and the parking spots for
their computers. Your ISP looks up the correct parking spot,
sends a message to that computer asking it to send your ISP
the page you want, and then forwards that page on to your
Parking spots are called "Dotted Quads" by
techno geeks because they consist of four strings of
numbers, each separated by a period or dot.
So how does HTML play into all this?
Let's find out!