What is the difference between a web browser and a search engine?
Published: May 1, 2012


WHAT IS A BROWSER?
A web browser is considered a software application that allows people to access, retrieve and view information on the internet.  The information that may be “browsed” can be in the form of text content on a web page, an image, video, audio etc.   The most popular web browsers currently in use are Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari.

HOW DOES A BROWSER WORK?
The process begins with the user inputting a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) like http, https, ftp, file etc. (example: http://www.computer-geek.net/).. The browser then displays the resource by passing the HTML (main markup language for web pages) to the browser’s layout engine to be translated from markup to an interactive document that you can view on your screen.

WHAT IS A SEARCH ENGINE?
The main purpose of a search engine is to search for information on the Internet.  They are software programs that search for websites based on keywords that the user types in.  The search engine then goes through their databases of information in order to locate the information you are looking for. The main search engines currently be used are Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

HOW DOES A SEARCH ENGINE WORK?
Search engines send out “web crawlers” or “spiders” (automated computer programs that browse the internet in a methodical and automated manner) to create a copy of all the web pages they have been to so the search engine can then index the pages to create web site listings that facilitate faster searches.  A user types a query into the search engine and the search engine then sorts through millions of pages in its database to find a match to that specific query.  The search engine then produces the results to your query in a ranked order according to relevancy.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
You basically use a Browser to access information on the Internet while you use a Search Engine to point you in the right direction of a website that relates to the words you type in.   You actually have to use a Browser to get to a search engine, for example; typing in www.google.com which will then take you to the google web page.  A very clever person used this analogy – If you are sitting in your car, the browser would be your windshield and the steering wheel would be the search engine.

Customer Reviews:

Published: June 19, 2017
"The professionalism and expertise which I experienced from Rich Agnew at The Computer Geek is streets ahead of any other service provider. When we were hit with a virus we were at our wits end but within minutes they had sorted us out. We were ama...[Read More]
Toni Gomes
ceo@bpw-jhbsa.co.za

 

Published: June 13, 2017
"Excellent service, very professional to work with. My company's website had become infected with malware. The website is used to direct sales, but equally as import it is used as the portal for the support ticketing system. The site needed to be ...[Read More]
Jake Baker
jbaker@comcomsystems.com

 

Published: April 18, 2017
Geeks make it look easy. After hiring the Computer Geeks for a lot of minor site work, I decided to follow Rich's advice and start from scratch. Rich & Co. designed and built a new site for my business, quickly and efficiently, with sleek, profession...[Read More]
Alan Perlman
alanperlmanphd@gmail.com

 

Published: April 17, 2017
Your alacrity and client service have been evident from the moment you popped up in a chat screen during my visit to your website. I also deeply appreciate your competence and kindness. Your services are a valuable asset to us and I am grateful for y...[Read More]
Judy Tashbook Safern
jsafern@shearith.org

 

Published: March 16, 2017
Rich and his team at Computer Geek are awesome! They fixed my virus infected website extremely fast (just a day!) and everything turned out great. I will definitely use them again the next time I'm in need of tech help. Thanks guys!...[Read More]
Kate Marcin
katemarcin@gmail.com

 

Published: January 14, 2017
Searching for a competent English-speaking webmaster can be a daunting task, especially if searching the Internet without a personal recommendation from a friend. I discovered Computer Geek's website, liked what I read, and contacted Rich. He promptl...[Read More]
Rand Winburn
randw@iconbusters.com

 

Published: December 22, 2016
Excellent communication and quick to get the job done....[Read More]
Adam Roberts
adamrobertswork@gmail.com

 

Published: July 27, 2016
BEST SERVICE I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED !!! Called Rich one morning to have my website fixed since it was hacked . I must say he really knows what he is doing in no time at all my site was back on line all malware removed and my web site updated and pro...[Read More]
Eric Bjorkgren
preservewax@gmail.com

 

Published: July 27, 2016
Rich and Justin really know their stuff. Whenever an unexpected issue comes up, which happens a lot in our business, they fix the issue immediately while providing exceptional customer service. I truly enjoy working with them and I recommend them to ...[Read More]
Yoni Lautman
ylautman@samaplastics.com

 

Published: June 25, 2016
"I was notified by my web hosting service that they had deactivated my website due to the presence of malware. I contacted Rich, described my issue (via online chat.. Made it very easy), and within the first 30 minutes, I received a quote, and within...[Read More]
Kevin Costello
kcostellocpa@gmail.com

 

[Read More Testimonials Here]

Latest Website Related Articles

Are Your WordPress Plug-ins Updated?

Published: May 7, 2017
The hackers normally get in through weakness's in your plug-ins. You must keep all your Word Press Plug-ins updated at all times. These updates will fix holes that allow the hackers to access your site through what's called a back door. This...[Read More]

 

Google is Now Starting to Enforce SSL / HTTPS Starting January 2017

Published: January 21, 2017
Google has announced starting January 2017, Google Chrome will be looking at all websites with any type of web form or login area. If those form pages are not protected with a valid SSL Certificate using HTTPS, a NOT Secure warning will show up...[Read More]

 


Here are some links to related topics:
 webmaster,   oscommerce consultant,   oscommerce designer,   woocommerce hacked,   opencart hacked,   just host hacked,  


Site Secured By The Website Guardian
What is the difference between a web browser and a search engine? | Computer Geek 5 out of 5 based on 103 user ratings.
What is the difference between a web browser and a search engine? | Computer Geek
What is the difference between a web browser and a search engine? - WHAT IS A BROWSER? A web browser is considered a software application that allows peop . . .
What is the difference between a web browser and a search engine? | Computer Geek
Date Published: 10/09/2016
What is the difference between a web browser and a search engine? - WHAT IS A BROWSER? A web browser is considered a software application that allows peop . . .
5 / 5 stars