Understanding Web Presence Lingo
Many a time, newbies to the web presence adventure get overwhelmed and in very many cases disoriented having to keep up with certain technical web terms, which usually leads to a total loss of interest. The funny thing about some of these terms is the fact that they are actually big words for very simple tasks made to bamboozle the not-so techy.
In this edition of Musing, we shall be defining most common web presence related terms and have grouped them according to the area of the Web adventure it concerns. Ensure to take a break every twenty minutes to mull over the definitions. This would assist you understand how simple the tasks or action is in relation to the big lingo. Enjoy!!
Web Hosting Related
Bandwidth (or, data transfer)
The amount of data transferred on your portion of the server. For example, if someone visits your site, you’ll be charged bandwidth for each image they view, text, and if they download or upload anything.
Basically a computer where your website lives and typically owned by a web hosting company like Web Indices. The computer delivers the content of your website to the World Wide Web.
CPU (Central Processing Unit)
Central processing unit, or the brains of the computer where all of the calculations take place. Just as it happens in the brains of a human, where decisions are taken, reactions are triggered and registered.
A document or system that archives and records sets of data and information. In websites, the database is where your uploaded images, downloadable forms and other rich text content is stored, retrieved from and displayed anytime your website is visited.
The amount of storage you have in your hosting plan. You’ll need enough to store your html pages, databases, images, files, emails, and so on.
A special type of hosting service and a way to secure email for your organization. Email hosting is facilitated by a hosting service that operates email servers. Additional fees are required to have your organization’s email addresses associated with your proper domain (ie; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Country Code TLD (Top Level Domain)
These are the two letter codes that signify content and websites in other countries, such as domains that end with .ng,(Nigeria) .gh,(Ghana) .us (United States) or .uk. (United Kingdom). These domains usually have very immense visibility advantages with search engines, given they are country specific.
The domain name is how people will find your site – it’s the URL/website address. Make your domain name simple and intuitive – for example, if your business is called “Musa’s Suya,” your best domain name would be www.musasuya.com.ng. Don’t deviate from your business name whenever possible – doing so will only hurt your chances of securing business online and also being found.
If your main domain name is www.mydomain.com.ng, you might also purchase the same name with different extensions, such as www.mydomain.net.ng and www.mydomain.name. With domain parking, you can have your main website of www.mydomain.com.ng and then park the other extensions (or a different name) on top of that main site so as to secure all of those domain names as yours.
This service is provided by numerous domain name registrars. As the site owner, you would purchase privacy from the domain registrar who in turn would replace your info in the WHOIS with information for a forwarding service to maintain your privacy and anonymity.
This refers to the entity registering your domain. When you register your domain, you will go through the process of registering your domain name / URL to associate it with your IP address. Doing so ensures that you own your site and are the only one able to access your domain. The actual domain registrar is an entity that has the access and accreditation to register domain names, including the extension,like WebIndices has the access as a registrar to register domains such as .com, .net, .org, .com.ng, .ng, .org.ng, .net.ng etc.
Domain Name System (DNS)
Domain name system – translates Internet domain names and host names to IP addresses.
TLD (Top Level Domain)
The Internet has a hierarchal domain name system which places some domains at a higher priority than others. For example, the domain mylife.ng has higher priority than mylife.com.ng .
CMS (Content Management System)
CMS stands for Content Management System. It allows for a backend organization of website content so that the finished look the visitor sees is professional. It also allows the website owner to create an overall look and simply add new content to that overall design within a simple point and click environment.
A blog is a form of content management. One or more authors can post entries, photos and other content.
Most web hosting companies provide a control panel for your website hosting package. This is the location where you can control the backend of your CMS and content of your hosting package. You can park domains, add email address, upload files, and install features, such as WordPress from this panel.
A warning page to let the user know there is an error in getting to a page within the website. These warnings can include things like a 500 internal server error (typically an issue with a database or the server is down) or a 404 not found error (the web page address does not exist).