Surfing the web is as simple as pointing and clicking a mouse. You
will notice that there will be possibly several words on a web page that are of a
different color to the rest of the text in the document. When your mouse cursor passes
over these words you will see that the cursor changes t a hand. These words are called
"hyperlinks". Hyperlinks are links imbedded in the web page that point to other
documents on the web. These web pages can be located on the same server or they could be
on the other side of the world.
So how do you find nice sites?
Many web sites offer a hyperlink that says "Cool links" or "Hot
sites". Capital Internet's home page offers "Best of the Net". These sort
of pages give many interesting links that can cover a wide range of topics. Many
"gems" can be unearthed through this.
One of the ways of finding "good" sites is to ask your fellow cyber-citizens.
You might have family or friends who use the net as well. With the net being such a vast
resource, why not get other people to help you use your online time more effectively.
This is a better way of surfing the Net if you are looking for something more specific.
Search engines require you to type in a 'search string' relating to the topic that you
want to search. Note that some search engines are very specific in the manner in which
these search strings are typed in. It is always a good idea to read through a search
engines "help" page first - this will supply you with information on how to find
the documents you require in the most efficient way. Capital Internet offers a Search page
containing the major Search Engines located on the World Wide Web as well as,a Simple
Search page. This page contains some of the criteria required by some search engines.
Note: Another way of using the search
engines is to sift through the categories that they offer on their home pages.
Newsgroups are forums where people exchange ideas, views, share
common interests or help each other out according to the topic of discussion. If you find
a newsgroup boasting a topic of interest to you, you can "subscribe" to it (this
doesn't mean that you pay). Then you can receive a list of all recent postings to that
Note: It's always a good idea to read postings to
a newsgroup before you do any postings yourself. (This is called "lurking").
Although the newsgroup's title might look relevant it might be a complete waste of your
Yup! Companies or individuals usually choose
their domain names so that they have some relevance to the company or individual.
For example: if you wanted to find Coke's home page on the internet, it wouldn't hurt to
have a good guess first. You assume they will use something like
"www.coke.something". The ".something" will probably be either be
".com " , ".net " or ".org "
Try it out! Which one do you
think it will be?