Website technology is so confusing. So when your web developer starts rambling on about things like domain name registration, servers, browsers, bandwidth and gigabytes, don’t feel bad if you get tripped up in the conversation. However, it’s a really good idea to learn the basics of what these things are and how they work, so you can make good choices for your business and website.
Here’s a list of the most common web terms and questions explained.
So what's in a website anyway?
A website is a collection of files that typically include content such as: text, images, video, links, etc. This content is organized on a page with a mark-up language called HTML, and a formatting language called CSS.
HTML includes tags that give structure and meaning to the content on the page. CSS provides the formatting and design of the page.
The difference between domain name registration and hosting – and why you need both.
A lot of people easily confuse domain name registration with web page hosting. To clarify, your domain name is your website URL. For example: www.mydomainname.com. This name needs to be claimed and registered in order to be able to attach itself to a set of web pages.
On the other hand, “hosting” or a web host, provides the space where the web pages are saved and stored. So essentially, the domain name needs to connect to the host. Together, the domain name, the web pages and the host provide a “website”.
What the hec is a server?
Simply put, a server is really just a computer (or computer program) that stores files, and manages access to those files.
What is cloud storage?
No, this doesn’t mean storing data and files up in the sky somewhere. Cloud storage is a way to save and access data remotely. That is, it’s saved to an off-site storage system maintained by a third party – then you can access the files and data, as long as you have an internet connection. So basically, instead of storing information to your computer, you’re saving it to a remote database.
What’s a browser?
A browser is an application used to access the internet – for example: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.