Glossary of Web Terms for Newbies (AKA: N00bs)

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How well do you know your web terms? Test your self on the terms below.

Noob (Newb or N00b)

A n00b (sometimes spelled with zeros), in web terms, is a novice or newcomer to an online forum, network, game, or other tech related enviroment. It can also refer to someone inexperienced in any tech related concept or field of study. If this is news to you, then you’re probably a noob. But that’s okay, everybody is a noob when they start out.

Are you familiar with these other basic web terms?

Domain Name:

A domain name is a website name like “hostbaby.com” or “target.com”

Web Host:

A web host is a service that provides a place for websites to exist and be assessed online. A web host will house your files, website, and often your email data as well. (In case you didn’t know, HostBaby is a web host).

Web Browser:

Your browser is the window through which you view thew internet. Everytime you go to a website you are using a browser. In all likelyhood you use one of these popular browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safaril, IE, or Opera. (My favorite is Chrome).

Address Bar:

Your address bar is the form in your browser where you can type in a web address like www.hostbaby.com. It’s easy to confuse an address bar and a search bar which is often also located at the top of your browser. Infact, Chrome combines them together. But they are different. A address bar is used when you know the exact address of where you are going. A search bar is used when you don’t know the website address and need help from a search engine like Google to find it.

IP Address (Internet Protocol Address)

An IP address is a unique number identifying every computer and Internet  connected device. It’s kinda like a license plate number for computers and smart phones. Each one is unique. IP address usually look like this: 197.321.24.260)

HTML:

HTML is the basic code that almost all websites are made of. Yes there’s other kinds of code on most websites, but HTML is the backbone. It’s actually pretty basic stuff and it’s not hard to learn. For instance, to make a word bold, Just type <strong>word</strong>. The first tag <strong> says “make this word bold” and the last tag says “stop making this bold.” If you’re interested in learning more about HTML you can start here: http://w3schools.com

Web Spider: (also known as bots, crawlers, and other unmentionable things).

A web spider is what search engines like Google use to index all the pages we see online. Google sends out these robot programs in order to gather information about the millions of web pages that are created everyday, then Google is able to add all those pages to it’s index.

Blog (Web Log)

A blog is a website that regularly posts content, such as articles, videos, or pictures. Blogs are kind-of-like online magazines, but many are managed by individuals. Also, most blogs invite readers to add comments below the individual articles.

Cache

When you visit a web page your browser stores a copy of that page so it doesn’t have to load the whole web page next time you visit. Your cache is simply all the pages that have been stored. Hint: If your browser is running slow, try emptying your cache. It can help!

SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)

SEO is the process of optimizing a website so it gets featured more prominently in search engines like Google and Bing. In a nutshell, SEO involves creating great online content, sticking to common web standards, leveraging social media, and encouraging other websites to link to yours.

Hungry for more? Check out W3 Schools Glossary of Web Terms here: http://www.w3schools.com/web/web_glossary.asp

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