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Web Terminology Part 1- Let’s Get Technical

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Why is Web Terminology so difficult?

There’s no point in pretending that web terminology is interesting. To most of us it’s not. It’s all technical terms we don’t come across anywhere else. Sometimes we hear them in some sci-fi thriller or see them in tech news. Mostly we just go about our online life without even thinking about the terms involved. But, for those of you with a curious soul, we’ve grouped the most important web terminology below. 

Some technical terms

Domain name

A domain name is a unique name (e.g. google.com) used to identify the location of a website on a web server. Think of it as a physical address that you visit look at your favourite sites. 

DNS 

Domain Name Servers are the Internet’s equivalent of a phone book or directory. They keep an updated list of domain names and translate them back into IP addresses. For more ino check out Cloudflare’s explanation. 

URL

A Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is the file address of a resource on the Internet. A URL can represent a web page, an image, a video, a style sheet, and much more. For example luxwebdesign.ie/web-design/ is a URL on our site. You mightn’t be familiar with the Web Terminology, but you use URLs every day without thinking. 

HTTP/HTTPS
HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website you’re connected to. To ensure a safe connection for your website, you will need to get an HTTPS certificate.

Website Terminology - Let’s Get Technical!
At the top of the picture you can see the Facebook url used to access the site

Accessing (the Web Terminology)

Web Server

Web Servers are used to store, process and deliver web pages to clients (e.g. web browsers like Google Chrome). Although you could purchase a server to run your website, most businesses use cloud storage services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host websites due to the cost savings and added security.

Web Browser

A web browser, often referred to as a “browser” is a software application used for accessing information on the Web. Some of the most popular web browsers include Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Opera. Of all the Web Terminology, web browsers are the most well known.

Website Terminology - Let’s Get Technical!
Google is probably the most famous of web browsers and one of the most commonly mentioned web terminology

Code & Web Terminology

HTML

Stands for HyperText Markup Language, is used to identify the different elements on a page such as paragraphs, titles, images, and links.

CSS

Also known as Cascading Style Sheet, is used to give your website its style. Fonts, colors, sizes, spacing, borders, backgrounds, and shadows are just a few examples of what can be adjusted using CSS.

Javascript

It’s a client side programming language which means the source code is processed by the client’s web browser rather than on the Web server. This allows the language to run actions on a page after a page has been fully loaded.

 

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