Web Publishing

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What Does Web Publishing Mean?

Web publishing is the process of publishing original content on the Internet.


The process includes building and uploading websites, updating the associated webpages, and posting content to these webpages online. Web publishing comprises of personal, business, and community websites in addition to e-books and blogs.

The content meant for web publishing can include text, videos, digital images, artwork, and other forms of media.

Publishers must possess a web server, a web publishing software, and an Internet connection to carry out web publishing.

Web publishing is also known as online publishing.

Techopedia Explains Web Publishing

A publisher requires three things to publish content on the Internet:

  • Website development software
  • Internet connection
  • A web server to host the website

The website development software can be a professional web design application like Dreamweaver or a straightforward web-based content management system like WordPress. Publishers require an Internet connection to upload the content to the web server. Major sites may utilize a dedicated server to host them; however, many smaller websites usually reside on shared servers that host an array of websites.

Since web publishing does not demand physical materials like ink and paper, it costs practically nothing to publish the content.

Thus, anyone fulfilling the above three requirements can become a web publisher. In addition, web publishing brings countless visitors as the published contents are accessed by global visitors. These benefits of web publishing opened a new era of personal publishing, which was unimaginable before.

E-book and blog publishers utilize almost the same web publishing tools used by the website developers. People who do not have the required web publishing skills seek the services of professional web publishing individuals or organizations to host, maintain, and modify their websites, e-books and blogs.

Posting updates on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, etc. is usually not considered web publishing; instead, web publishing usually refers to uploading original content to unique websites.


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