Internet and IT Jargon Buster
A piece of software that allows you to find, view and manage information on the
World Wide Web. Information is stored in all kinds of formats but a browser
will bring a consistent look to this information and make it easier to access
it. Browsers include Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Mozilla Firefox,
Electronic mail, an electronic way to send messages to anybody that has an email
address and a computer with software capable of reading it.
An account which can receive electronic mail. The account will be at a web address
such as a website and will normally be for one account user. The user will have
a unique username. example: firstname.lastname@example.org
File Transfer Protocol(FTP)
A method of making different types of files compatible with each other, and
compressing and transferring them from one computer to another.
The normal landing page for a website when the website address is typed into
an internet browser.
Host or Hosting Company
Normally a company who can provide a server that is constantly linked to the internet.
Hyper Text Markup Language is a language used for website design and one that
can be deciphered and read by Internet Browsers.
A connection between hypermedia or hypertext documents and other media.
The worldwide collection of computers and servers that are connected by telephone
lines, mobile phone networks or any other communication media.
The Integrated Services Digital Network is a digital telephone line capable
of transferring much more information, in much shorter times than a normal telephone
Internet Service provider. A company that provides access to the internet. Any
telephone company can provide access through a telephone line using a Dial-UP
connection and a suitable Modem but most also now can provide a broadband connection
with higher speed than Dial-Up can provide.
A programming language enabling the creation of complex websites.
Modulator-Demodulator. A device that enables computer signals to travel over
telephone lines. It converts digital signals from the computer to analogue signals
for the phone line and can also convert them back again.
A facility for internet users to communicate, normally about specific topics.
example: Stock Market Newsgroup or Geology Newsgroup.
Being connected to the internet.
Point of Presence. A phone number through which users can access an ISP.
A website that has the facility to search the Internet for a phrase or word.
The search engine will be able to show a list of web pages on websites that
are relevant to the search term. The results in the list will normally have
Hyperlinks to those pages in the list. Many search engines are available, the
most popular used to be Google but it is now largely an advertising agency.
Others include Bing, Alta Vista, Yahoo, Lycos.
A computer dedicated to storing information, data or web pages so that they can be downloaded when a request is made for them. Internet servers are kept by Hosting Companies and rent out space on the server to others that want to display information or web pages to those that have access to that server over the internet.
A phrase used to describe the act of looking at pagers on the Internet.
The number of visits at a website that are the first visit from a particular
visitor normally checked by the IP address.
Worldwide on-line conferences.
A hypermedia document as viewed through a web Browser.
A collection of web pages.
World Wide Web
A graphical front end to Internet information normally accessed through a Browser.
Although the world wide web, the internet, the net and t'internet(popularised in the UK by comedian Peter Kay) are commonly used in everyday
language to mean the same thing the World Wide Web is really just the part of teh internet it that we see through the use of a web browser and a monitor.
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