Web terminology for new clients

This post is part of the Blogging Noob 101 series

In general, the material on this page is geared towards the newbie, or the noob. There’s nothing wrong with being a noob; every person must begin from where he or she now stands. There’s no shame in being a noob — unless, of course, you allow there to be shame, in which case you are inviting it!

Most of the links below are to related Wikipedia pages.

Web terminology for noobs

Alias, email alias, forwarder
An alternative to a fully-functioning email address; simply forwards everything to a given email address

Back end
The protected part of a web site or blog accessible only to the credentialed, a select few (see also front end)

Blog
A type of web site; content is arranged by date, with the most recent entries appearing first

Blog post
A dated entry in a blog; the main content within a blog; a blog post is to a blog what a web page is to a web site

Credentials
Login credentials; a username and password

Domain registrar
The organization you use to purchase and manage your domain names (e.g., GoDaddy.com)

Email address
A fully functioning email account has quite a few variables; contrast with alias

Front end
The unprotected part of a web site or blog which is accessible to anyone (see also back end)

Gmail
The preferred free webmail service; eliminates virtually all spam; everyone should have an account

Google
The best collection of free online services; everyone should have an account (e.g., a Gmail account can serve as access to dozens of other excellent free Google services)

Name server, nameserver
A crucial setting for a hosted domain name; tells the world where to look when someone types in your URL (e.g., www.KerryStiles.com)

SEO
Search engine optimization

Social media
A fancy name for socially oriented web services/sites, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and hundreds of others

URL, URI (Uniform Resource Locator/Identifier)
Basically, an internet/web address (e.g., http://en.example.org/); technically, a URL and a URI are different; for all practical purposes, they are often used interchangeably [URL-Wikipedia]

Web hosting
The renting of digital storage space on the Internet which effectively becomes your own "cloud drive"

Web hosting company (aka web host, host)
The organization used to rent storage space for your sites, blogs, wikis, and other web content; although GoDaddy is now a web host in addition to its main mission as domain registrar, we prefer to use a different web hosting company for our projects

Web page
The main content on a web site; essentially, a web page is one page of many on a given web site (some of the most popular web pages include About, Contact, Products/Services, etc.)

Web site
A collection of web pages; content is arranged by topic (About, Contact, Products/Services, etc.)

Resources: Web terminology for noobs

URI vs. URL: What’s the difference? Damn Handy
http://damnhandy.com/2007/11/19/uri-vs-url-whats-the-difference/
Uniform resource locator – Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_resource_locator
Uniform resource identifier – Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_resource_identifier
Uniform resource name – Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Resource_Name