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Learn How Web Browsers and Search Engines Work Together

Both these terms, web browsers and search engines, aren’t synonymous. They are completely different, but they are still a part of each other.

Rather one cannot be accessed without the other. This will be explored in this article.

There is one thing they have in common though; they can both be accessed through an internet connection. You can get internet access from anywhere in the country, anywhere in your locality. Our recommendation is to go for Xfinity since it is the most widely available internet connection in the US. Also, Optimum internet plans consist of different internet speeds for you to choose from. The basic internet connection would be the one with low speed but at an affordable rate. The highest one has the fastest speed which will be more than enough for a single household with multiple devices, but a bit pricey. Whatever kind of internet connection you decide to go for, you will have access to web browsers and search engines!

Web Browser

A web browser is referred to as a Windows tool that allows you to open a website on the internet. All you have to do is enter the website’s address or URL on the address bar on the web browser and it will open up the designated website. You can view an uncountable number of web pages from many servers across the world.

Web Browsers are available in variety, offering their own features and services, however, they all serve one purpose: to open up a website. These features include changing text size, adding bookmarks, recording history, and using add-ons for other features such as taking a screenshot, translating a page to another language, etc. The features are numerous. Examples of web browsers are Google Chrome, DuckDuckGo, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, etc.

Search Engine

On the internet, there is a search tool that can be used to search for any queries on the web. You can think of any keyword and type it into the search engine, and multiple results related to that keyword will pop up, leading to many websites. As of now, Google is the most popular search engine used by hundreds of internet users around the world.

To understand how search engines work, there are following three important steps;

  • There are small programs called crawlers used by search engines to go all over the internet, follow one link to another, and collect data. This process of discovering information about specific keywords all over the internet is called crawling.
  • Every time a web crawler finds information or web pages, it evaluates them for processing, where the content is validated and stored in the search engine’s database. This process is referred to as indexing. Every single link that you see on the search engine when entering your keyword has already been stored and indexed in the search engine’s database.
  • The ranking is the final step that search engines partake in, which includes picking the best results (for the keyword) and showing them accordingly on the results page.

All search engines have their own database for storing and indexing information so that you can find information accordingly. Google also has its own database system. Other search engines include Baidu, Bing, Yahoo!, etc.

Web Browsers and Search Engines

Now that we have narrowed down what either of these terms is referred as, let’s explore how they’re related.

Search Engines have databases where information is stored, which web browsers do not have. Instead, a web browser is simply a means through which websites can be accessed and a search engine is also one of these websites. When you open a web browser, you type any website’s address or URL and your web browser will display it on the screen for you. Similarly, when you enter the address of any search engine, the web browser will open it up for you. Hence, the search engine can be accessed with the help of a web browser.

Search Engine as Mobile App

We have established that search engines need to be accessed through web browsers, but there are some that do not need web browsers, Google and Baidu have their own search engine applications that do not need a web browser to run.

The Google search engine is the most popular search engine to date being used by millions of internet users worldwide. Baidu is also one of the most popular search engines, however, it is mostly used by internet users who can speak and understand the Chinese language. Baidu is mostly referred to as Google’s competitor since it offers the same services and features as the Google search engine, however, it is widely used in China mainland only.

Google and Baidu are the largest search engines in the world, having large databases. They each have their own search engine application for mobile users and do not need a web browser to function.

Final Thoughts

To sum it up, a web browser is a pathway for internet users to access websites, including search engine websites as well. However, there are some search engines that have their own applications and do not need a web browser only to be accessed.