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Glossary of Web
Following are definitions of terms related to the
Internet and Web design. If some of the terms have several meanings,
we are providing the meaning that is related to designing, navigating,
and promoting Web sites.
An autoresponder is an email address programmed
to automatically send a pre-composed email message back to the sender
when receiving email
A feature in some browsers that allows the browser to remember
a Web address you visited and makes it easy to return to the bookmarked
Web page later.
Software to view and navigate Web pages. The current popular
browsers are Internet Explorer and Netscape.
CGI/Common Gateway Interface
A service that provides functionality
to Web sites by using scripts or programs that are executed on the server.
The name that identifies an Internet site
i.e.www.fivestarwebdesign.com. The three digit suffix of a domain identifies
the type of organization. A domain name ending with .com refers to a
commercial web site. Domain names can also end with .net (network),
.org (organization or non-profit), edu (educational), gov (government),
.mil (military), .int (international), cc, and others suffixes.
FAA/Free-For-All Links Pages
you can put up free links to your Web site.
FTP/File Transfer Protocol
A method to upload and download files
over the Internet. You use FTP to upload your Web pages from your computer
to your hosting company's computer (the server).
GIF/Graphic Interchange Format
Image formats used in Web pages.
The main page of a Web site. The home page usually provides links to
other Web pages on the site.
A computer on a network that provides
services to other computers on the network.. Unless you have your own
server, you need a hosting company who provides a server or computer
that is connected to the Internet and makes your Web pages available
on the Internet.
HTML/Hyper Text Markup Language
The coding language that makes it possible
to view Web pages with Web browsers such as Explorer or Netscape and
allows to link text, words, and images to other pages.
HTTP/Hyper Text Transfer Protocol
A standard method of transferring data between a Web server and Web
Words or blocks of text or images on Web
pages that take you to another page when you click on them. Internal
links take you to a different page on the same Web site. External links
take you to a different Web site.
A network of computers that is inter-connected around the world.
The primary registration service and directory
for the American part of the Internet.
IP Number/Internet Protocol Number
Every computer that is on the Internet
has a unique IP number. The number consists of four parts separated
by dots, e.g.184.108.40.206. Most computers also have one or more domain
names that are easier to remember. Your Internet provider will tell
you what number represents your Web site.
ISP/Internet Service Provider/Internet
Access Provider/Dial-up Provider
A company that provide Internet access.
Meta tags are parts of
your HTML code. They tell search engines what your Web site is about
and help index your site.
Search engines are databases that catalog Web pages and lets you
search for Web pages. Popular search engines include Yahoo, Infoseek,
Lycos, Alta Vista, Excite, and Hotbot.
Secure Web Site
A Web site that uses encryption to scramble
sensitive information submitted online like credit-card numbers, and
prevent unauthorized people to read it.
that contains your Web pages and makes them available on the Internet.
The term can also refer to software, such as a Web server or the machine
the software is running on.
Search engine spamming is trying to fool
search engines into giving a Web page a higher ranking by repeating
words excessively or using unrelated words.
An automated program that searches the Internet.
SSL/Secure Socket Layer
Secure Socket Layer uses encryption to
make the sensitive information you are sending readable only by the
merchant you are doing business with. You usually get a message that
pops up when you are entering the secure mode, and another message when
going back to a non-secure mode.
Surfing the Net
Exploring the Internet with a Web browser.
URL/Uniform Resource Locator
A URL is the address of your Web page
you enter into a browser such as Explorer to get to a Web page. The
URL identifies a location on the Internet and looks like http://www.yourname.com
WWW/World Wide Web
The graphical part of the Internet that
makes it possible to view Web pages with text, graphics, sound files,
and other features with a browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape.
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