Once you been able to connect to the World Wide Web, the next step
is to be able to move about (surf). The way to do this is by using
a web browser. The three most popular browsers are Microsoft's Internet
Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome.
As shown by the image above, all the aforementioned browsers include
an address box. If you know the domain name address of the site
you which to visit, all you have to do is type the address into
the box and click enter.
If you do not know the address of the site you which to visit,
then things are slightly more complex. Websites are connected together
through hyperlinks, hyperlinks are pictures or text that you click
on and they will then send you to another domain name. The next
problem is finding hyperlinks that send you to the web documents
you want to view.
Therefore you need a starting point, or jump off location. Most
ISPs will install their home page as the first website which loads
up when a web browser is opened. But these sites tend to use a search
engine or a directory's results which are provided by another company,
most likely Google or Yahoo!.
Therefore, your ISP, and most users will rate search engines and
directories as the best way to find relevant hyperlinks. Search
engines will allow you to query online databases of web sites for
relevancy. The next option is directories, which are lists of hyperlinks
based on subject categories.
Search Engines - Google, Fast, AskJeeves - Teoma, Yahoo,
Why do some websites take so long to load ?
Directories - ODP, Looksmart, Yahoo, BBCi
- Your connection is slow or your modem or cables are faulty.
- Traffic on the web site you are loading is heavy.
- The web page contains large files such as pictures, or the html
source code is large
- Buy a new modem or connection.
- Download the latest version of your browser software.
- Browse during off-peak hours.
- Turn of images so the pages just load as text.