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Intranets, Extranets and Internets - What’s the difference?
08 Jan 2024

With many businesses investing in new systems and software to support remote workers, intranets, extranets, and internets are terms that keep popping up.

But what’s the difference?

And how do you know if your remote or hybrid team needs an intranet, an extranet, or can just rely on the plain old internet?

Remote working experts Halo Intranet explain all.

Intranets

With the rise in remote and hybrid working, intranets have made a comeback and are a must-have for high-performing teams who aren't always working in the same place.

An intranet is a customised private internal network - kind of like a hidden website that can only be viewed by an organisation’s employees and is not accessible to the wider Internet. It is a strictly internal network that external users cannot access.

We’re big fans of modern intranets because there is so much they can do for remote teams. In fact, we love them so much that we’ve developed a new kind of intranet specifically for remote and hybrid teams.

Halo intranet is great for internal communications, sharing organisational information, promoting employee wellbeing, boosting productivity, and helping companies to build a great team culture.

Check out what it can do for your organisation.

Extranets

An extranet is similar to an intranet but with a kind of VIP guest list so that nominated employees from other organisations can also access it. It’s still a private internal network hidden from public view, but hosts can share login credentials with other organisations.

Extranets are useful when two or more organisations are working in collaboration and need to share large volumes of information or data, communicate frequently, and create workflows.

Internets

Now we finally get to our gold ‘ol friend, the internet!

Most of us access the internet every day, but how many of us actually know what it  is? Don’t worry, we’ll break it down for you…

The internet is what makes remote work possible. It’s a network of computers across the world that enable users to connect to share information or interact. The network is connected by cables that run underground, under the sea, all over the world or through wireless technology and even via space!

Websites are hosted on the internet and publicly available via their domain names and IP addresses, displaying multiple pages linked to one internet address (usually a domain). But we all knew that, right?!

What many businesses don’t know is that building a great website isn’t just about looking pretty. With billions of competing websites, yours can easily get lost, so using a professional web developer who incorporates Google-friendly features like Search Engine Optimisation and security is key. A web developer, just like Six Ticks! If your website needs a health check contact us today.