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Web Design & Development

Web design and development can be as easy as using a template to build a web site or it can be a refined skill for professionals. In this section, learn more about design, animation, web servers, domain names and more.

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Where are all the Internet domain names registered and maintained?

One of the greatest things about the Internet is that nobody really owns it. It is a global collection of networks, both big and small, that connect together in many different ways to form the single entity that we know as "the Internet." How is this possible?


Why is the Google algorithm so important?

The Google algorithm ranks high among the world's best-kept secrets. It involves a complex formula, the patented PageRank system and some pretty picky spiders. See more »

How Web 2.0 Works

Internet experts can't agree on what exactly Web 2.0 is. Is it a newer, more interactive version of the Internet? Or is it a marketing ploy? See more »

How ARPANET Works

Before the Internet, there was ARPANET. Based on a governmental initiative, ARPANET built the World Wide Web from the ground up. See more »

What is this click fraud that is costing Google billions?

In recent years, Google has faced lawsuits related to its response to click fraud, a practice that leads to increased ad revenue for Google. Find out how click fraud works and how it affects the search-based advertising industry. See more »

Net Neutrality Primer

Net neutrality can be summed up by a familiar saying: If it's not broken, don't fix it. But how you define "broken" determines in where you stand. Find out why telecom providers are duking it out with content providers like Google and Amazon. See more »

How the Webbys Work

The Webby Awards are the premier awards honoring excellence on the Internet. But at this ceremony you won't hear anyone breathlessly thanking the academy for one of the spiral statues. See more »

How Semantic Web Works

Even though they're central to creating and maintaining the Web, computers can't make sense of all this information on their own. They can't read, see relationships or make decisions like you can. Learn how the semantic web could change that. See more »

How Web Advertising Works

Most of us encounter Internet-based ads on a daily basis, and some of us have the misfortune of being utterly bombarded. Does anyone actually click on those things? Find out all about the world of Web advertising. See more »

How Penny Per Page Might Work

The World Wide Web is known for its nearly unprecedented "free content." But can it stay that way? Learn how the penny-per-page revenue model might work. See more »

Odor-producing peripherals will bring smell to the Internet, and are just around the corner. Find out how they will work! See more »