Basically a computer, usually in a datacentre (a big building with lots of servers), which stores a website’s files and runs the software that enables a website to function. If you’re going to have a website you’ll need a server to host it on, which means getting your own server or using a hosting provider.
Servers do a lot of work, they’re computers after a can of spinach. They store huge amounts of data, such as CSS sheets, and connect to other servers through internet connections. Web servers store web information like URLs, when a browser requests a page it’ll communicate with the server.
And that’s the difference between wed design and web development. You’re now qualified to waffle website terminology to your heart’s content!« Back to Glossary Index