Web Terminology: What Non-technical People Truly Need to Know

Many people will say that they want to learn more about the internet. However, when you ask them what terminology they want to know, they shrug and say “I don’t really care.” This blog post is for those people. In this article we are going to discuss a few basic terms that non-technical audiences need to know. These are web terminologies that can help improve your understanding of the basics of website design and development, and should be taught in schools as well!

  • Website: A website is an online service which has been created for a specific purpose and can be accessed by anyone who knows the URL. It’s essentially a public online presence!
  • Blog: A blog is a website that usually posts content on a regular basis. Blogs are often written by one person who shares their thoughts and opinions on topics they find interesting, but blogs can also be more generic- in other words, any topic or theme of post could show up there!
  • Forum: A forum is an online community where people with similar interests can discuss things such as computers or video games.
  • Domain Name: The domain name for your site tells what company the server hosting it belongs to (e.g., google). It’s important because if you try to buy a new domain without telling them first they might just transfer ownership over to someone else instead of giving it back to you- this has happened many times before!
  • DNS: DNS stands for Domain Name System. This is a service that translates the computer codes of your domain (e.g., google) into instructions on how to find your site’s web server and website files- without this, you would be unable to access anything!
  • URL: The URL or Uniform Resource Locator is what links people directly to parts of your website- if you’re reading this article right now, then it’s probably because we have an active link in the sidebar which will take us back here when all browsers are closed down. You can also type “google” as a search term into Google and it’ll bring up our company page too!
  • Web Server: A web server stores all of the data that’s needed to run and maintain your website. It’s the server that stores all of your files, images, and databases- without this you would be unable to edit anything on your site!
  • Hosting: Hosting is what allows people from around the world to access things through their browser or mobile device. Without hosting they wouldn’t be able to download any information about what you’re creating for them because it’d just be stored as a file on one computer in one location!
  • WYSIWYG: WYSIWIG stands for What You See Is What You Get. This means that everything will look exactly like how it appears online- which makes life much easier when designing websites with someone else!
  • CMS: Content Management System or CMS is a program that will allow you to edit and update your website with little technical knowledge.
  • Framework: A framework is what provides the basic structural outline for something- it’s like designing a new house without any blueprints! You can also consider web frameworks as the design templates which provide code and content layout standards according to whichever platform they are made from.
  • Meta Tag: A meta tag is a short word or phrase that you can apply to your website. It will tell search engines what your site is about and how it should be categorised when people are searching for pages related to the topic of your page.
  • SEO: SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and refers to how people find websites in search engines by typing words into keywords boxes when looking for information on specific topics related to their post/debate etcetera.
  • Cookies: When someone visits one of your pages online they’ll usually leave behind a small file called “cookies” on your server- if they visit other pages on the same website then these files will still be there and you’ll know that it’s them! This is a way to track how many different people are visiting your website- and what they’ve been looking at so you can work out what’s most popular and make your website better.
  • Webmaster: This is the person who created and runs a website. They have to design, build and maintain it all by themselves!
  • Web Developer: A web developer is someone who helps a webmaster by building the website for them, or finds out how to fix any problems that might arise.
  • Administrator: An administrator is someone who takes care of everything on your domain- they make sure that no one else makes changes and ensures that the site remains safe from hackers! They’re also responsible for allocating separate parts of the site to other people- for example if you wanted someone else to be able to create and edit pages on your blog then they would need to have administrator rights!

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