WEB LINGO 2.0
20 words you need to know!
In our day and age even if you are not a computer genius or web guru it is extremely helpful to understand a little about our tech savvy world. Here’s a short list of a few helpful terms.
0.1 DOMAIN
The domain is the official address to where your website is located. i.e. www.AmazingDomainName.com The domain is unique to the site.
0.2 HOSTING
Hosting is different from a domain. A hosting account is where all your files for your site will be stored.
0.3 URL
This is the unique address to where a specific page is located on the web. Each domain name can have an infinite about of urls. This can be seen in the browser display of as “ www.AmazingDomainName.com/more/someothercoolstuffhere.html”. One can send this url out to anyone, and they will be directed to the same page.
0.4 LINK
A link is how pages or information will be connected (linked) on the web. A link can be in the form of and image, text or even empty space.
0.5 STREAM
A stream is the process of broadcasting information over the net. Instead of downloading the content, it is continuously broadcasted.This could be live video, music or news information. For example Usream.com is a well known platform for live video feeds.
0.6 LANDING PAGE/SPLASH PAGE
This is a page used to give a user an initial impression of your product before they enter your actual site. Users view this page, then are given the option to enter the site. One can use it to display promoted or featured items.
0.7 HTML
Html is the main language used to communicate to the browser what/how it needs to display content.
0.8 FLASH
Flashed is used to play videos, display animations, games and create interactive web experiences. (Great for desktops, but not idle for mobile viewing)
0.9 EMBED
When using an embed, the site is displaying a foreign object on your site. i.e. A video from YouTube, a music player, game from another site.
1.0 Rotating banner/content slider
This allows one to display content in an oscillating manner like a slide show. It is manly used to preview what a site is promoting.
1.1 Navigation bar/ Menu
This is where your user will be able to select which page on your site they wish to visit. The navigation bar often goes across the top of the page, but it can be placed anywhere in any style.
1.2 Drop down (tab, menu)
This is where the navigation bar displays other options within the selected option. Rather than displaying all the links at once.
1.3 Forum / Contact form
A forum is used to collect information, or a means to communicate with the user.
1.4 Icon
An icon is a unique symbol to represent something. An icon is similar to like a logo.
1.5 Button
A button is a graphic that represents an area that can be clicked on.
1.6 Browser
A browser is used to view the web. All browsers and versions are not the same and ideally a website should be able to be viewed on all the different browsers and versions: Firefox, safari, chrome, internet explorer
1.7 Mouse over/on hover
This is what happens when someone puts their mouse over an are on the site and it changes. The mouse over could trigger a change in color, image, trigger an animation…etc.
1.8 Feed
This refers to a constant output of a site’s updates. One can subscribe to these updates. i.e. blog.
1.9 Share
This involves letting others spread your page using various (often social networking) outlets. This can involve, FaceBook, Twitter, Google +, YouTube ..etc.
2.0 Home Page
A Home page is different from a landing page, this is your official website’s hub. Often it contains previews and links to all the other pages.
This short list wasn’t indented to be extremely detailed, but hopefully it is helpful.
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