web words and definitions

If you are unfamiliar with the jargon of web page creation, perhaps this will help:

Domain Name: the name of your web page and an extension, for example: cnn.com .  The extension '.com' was originally supposed to mean 'commercial' but now web pages can have all kinds of extensions (.net, .org, .edu, .ws) and still be a commercial web page.  Some extensions specify the country that the page is in or represents.  For example: .us for United States pages, .ca for Canadian, .it for Italian.  The extension can be important because a lot of the .com domain names are already registered to other companies.  If you can't get southgeorgiaplumbing.com, you may be able to get southgeorgiaplumbing.net or .org .

Domain Registration: this reserves your Domain Name (e.g. yourwebsite.com) for your use. This is a small fee charged per separate name to a Domain Registrar.  We normally handle this for our clients.

Domain Site Hosting: this provides a physical site and web servers to serve your web page to the public. We use a national Hosting Site with multiple T-1 internet exchanges and multiple server redundancy. They have an annual up-time percentage of 99.9%. This is billed annually (charged per site: multiple domains can point to the same site for no extra charge).  The Domain Name is associated with the Site by a service called DNS.

Alias or Alternative Domain Names: more than one domain can point to the same site. A common alias might be a description of the service you provide.  If you were Bob's Restaurant Plumbing, your main domain might be 'bobsplumbing.com 'and you might have an alias 'georgiarestaurantplumbing.net' to help Google and Yahoo searches find you.

Browser: the program on your computer that loads and displays web pages.  The most common ones are Internet Explorer (from Microsoft) and FireFox (from Mozilla).  There are also Safari, Chrome, Opera and many other programs to see web pages.  That is the reason we try to make our web page code as standardized and generic as we can.  We normally create 800x600 pages that can display on most sizes of browsers.

HTML: the code that describes the web page to your browser.  We use this to create your web page.  For maximum speed, we try to use standardized HTML for fastest loading and display speed.  We also use browser-based languages such as Javascript and server-based CGI languages such as Perl and ASP for special functions  - but never 'just because we can'.

Search Engines: web sites such as Google, Yahoo!, AltaVista, Ask and others that search the web to find what you are searching for.  To make sure search engines find your page easily, we use standard HTML coding and 'tags' to specify what your page is about and recommend 'aliases' that specify what you are trying to advertise.   IMPORTANT: the results on Google, Yahoo! and others are based on paid search.  Companies pay the search companies to put their web page near the top of the search page.  If you are trying to get national attention to your page, you will have to pay for top listing results.


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