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Originally Answered: What is (WWW)?
It’s an abbreviation for “world wide web”, the name of the Internet-based hypertext system created by Tim Berners-Lee.
Internet servers are often named after the service they provide. For example, a mail server might be “mail.domain.ext”, an FTP server “ftp.domain.ext”, and so on. When the world wide web first came into use, this practice was followed, so that most organizations’ web servers were named “www” followed by their domain name. Since this was before web search engines, it quickly became habit for people to try that name first when seeking a web site for something.
As the web overtook other Internet usage, it became common to map the domain name itself to the web server. For example, both “domain.ext” and “www.domain.ext” would go to the web server, and the server itself would still be named “www.domain.ext”. It remains common practice to set up servers this way.
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