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It all began with a humble computer ...
The internet is a massive global network of computers connected together. Computers address each other using IP Addresses (like a telephone number), and every computer has one. Instead of IP Addresses, you can also address websites using domain names, eg. www.mywebsite.com.au. These domains are administered by organisations known as Domain Registrars. When you visit a domain name it gets automatically resolved to an IP Address.
There are two types of computers connected to the internet, namely the 1) client and 2) server. The majority of computers, such as the one you are using right now to view this webpage, are clients. The server is a powerful computer, typically housed in a purpose-built facility, that "serves" the website to clients. So whenever you visit a website, the client (your computer) downloads a bunch of information which it then displays within your computer's web browser.
This information is typically powered by a piece of software that runs on your server, called a web application. Typically the web application contains a database to store your business information (eg. prices, products descriptions, orders) and a Front End and Back End that serves your customers and staff, respectively. The web application also provides all the website functionality, including both visible and invisible. A visible function may involve calculating the shopping cart total and processing the customer's payment for the order. An invisible function may involve automatically resampling product images and backing up the entire database.
Anybody wishing to establish their own e-Commerce website must organise the following before they can get online. This is applicable whether you use Dragon CMS or not (although you save time and money with our complete, all-in-one approach):
Dragon CMS packages are designed to get you selling online right away. Everything is taken care of, so all you need to prepare your Business Information ... that's it!
A picture speaks a thousand words
Here's how it comes together conceptually.