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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!

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