The Internet, The Web and E Commerce - Lightcommerce

Posted by | October 25, 2012 | General | No Comments

The Internet

The internet is a massive collection of networks and it plays such a large part of life, you can do so much on it. You are going on a journey – quick use the internet for directions! You need the phone number for the local takeaway – quick use the internet to get it!

It is where we get our information from, we shop on it, play on it and can even socialise through it!

We access the internet using the World Wide Web (www), which is basically a whole load of documents connected to each other around the world. It is almost like a jar of sweets, the internet is the jar itself, and the WWW is the tasty sweetie goodness that we are all there for!


So who invented the World Wide Web?

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Tim Berners-Lee is the man we can thank!

Tim was born in London and graduated from Oxford university he became a computer scientist.  In 1989 whilst working at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research), Tim Berners-Lee proposed a global hypertext project (which would later be know as the World Wide Web).

In 1990 with the help of a student Robert Cailliau he produced a revision and he went on to implement the first successful communication between a HTTP Client and a server via the internet.

The very first website was put up online on 6 August 1991 telling the world what the World Wide Web was and how to use it and the rest, as they say, is history!!

The whole idea of sharing information in this way was once one man’s dream, a picture on a piece of paper – now it is available worldwide to anyone with a computer, internet connection and a browser and in March 2009 the world celebrated 20 years of ‘The Web’.

What is E-Commerce?

Real name Electronic Commerce is what we now know as ‘online shopping’, it was actually invented in 1979 by Michael Aldrich and in 1982 Mrs Snowball (72 years old) became the very first online home shopper!  But no-one could of imagined the development from there and when ‘The Web’ opened for commercial business in 1991 online shopping really found its momentum!

You can now buy just about anything online and consumers expect your business to be online too!

They want your information, your contact details, your history and your news, and if they can buy from you online – even better – they can shop from the warmth of their home, anytime!

Need an online shop or to make your current one even better, well that’s what we are here for!

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