Before the introduction of HTML and HTTP, other protocols such as File Transfer Protocol and the gopher protocol were used to retrieve individual files from a server.
These protocols offer a simple directory structure which the user navigates and chooses files to download.
A static website is one that has web pages stored on the server in the format that is sent to a client web browser.
Websites can be the work of an individual, a business or other organization, and are typically dedicated to a particular topic or purpose.
Any website can contain a hyperlink to any other website, so the distinction between individual sites, as perceived by the user, can be blurred.
Websites are typically dedicated to a particular topic or purpose, ranging from entertainment and social networking to providing news and education.
All publicly accessible websites collectively constitute the World Wide Web, while private websites, such as a company's website for its employees, are typically a part of an intranet.
Images are commonly used to effect the desired appearance and as part of the main content.
Audio or video might also be considered "static" content if it plays automatically or is generally non-interactive.
Documents were most often presented as plain text files without formatting, or were encoded in word processor formats.
Websites have many functions and can be used in various fashions; a website can be a personal website, a commercial website, a government website or a non-profit organization website.
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