Glossary

BROWSER A computer program allowing you to see the World Wide Web and Web Pages on your computer.
DOMAIN A unique address that specifies who owns a Web Page/Site and directs the BROWSER to go there. Very much like a postal address that is unique and directs the mailman to deliver something to you.
DOWNLOAD A term that describes the transfer of information from a WEB SITE to a BROWSER. A person looking at your Web Page has DOWNLOADED that page into their computer.
E-MAIL A form of communication that allows messages to be sent to and from any computer in text only or HTML format.
FORM A type of WEB PAGE that lets a viewer enter information and have it sent to your computer. For example, you may want a registration page, where the user enters name, phone #, etc.
FTP ACCESS File Transfer Protocol. A format used to transfer computer programs and data, without a BROWSER. FTP Access is permission given by your host to allow you or your webmaster to connect to the Web server (host) using the File Transfer Protocol.
GIF A graphic format used primarily for non-photographic images on the INTERNET.
HIT A HIT is when someone looks at your WEB PAGE. If you are getting HITS, your page is being looked at many times. You can get many HITS from the same person, or from many different people.
HOME PAGE The first WEB PAGE that a viewer sees when looking at a WWW site.
HTML Hyper Text Markup Language. A simple computer program that creates WEB PAGES.
HTTP Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. A type of INTERNET conversation that uses HTML.
HYPERLINK HTML code that allows a user to click with their mouse on words or images and change WEB PAGES.
INTERNET A network of computer networks used to transfer information. The INTERNET is used for WEB PAGES, E-MAIL, NEWSGROUPS, and FTP formatted data.
JPG A graphic format used primarily for photographic images on the INTERNET.
MB A megabyte is equal to 1,000 Kilobytes. A kilobyte is 1,024 bytes. A byte makes up one character on a computer. A byte is made of eight bits. According to different sources, one megabyte equals either 1,000,000 bytes or 1,048,576 bytes, depending on what the term is used to describe.*
MODEM A device that allows computer information to be sent and received over a telephone line. A 14.4 modem transfers 14,400 bits per second, or about 1,800 characters per second.
MPEG A computer format that allows moving images to be stored and replayed on computers. Used on both PC and MAC computers.
NEWSGROUP A list of organized discussions, occurring by e-mail, on the Internet. News, Sports, Music, etc.
QUICKTIME A computer format that allows moving images to be stored and replayed on computers. Used on both PC and MAC computers.
SERVER A computer program that is dedicated to giving out WEB PAGES to people that request them over the INTERNET on the WWW.
SECURE SERVER The process, applications and configuration needed in order that a Secure Socket Layer connection can be made between a browser (Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc.) and a Server (hardware and software) in order that (a) the web site owner is certified and (b) the data transferred to and from the server is encrypted (scrambled). 128 bit encryption keys offer good security.
URL Universal Resource Locator. Used by WWW participating computers and BROWSERS to find and answer requests for WEB PAGES. A URL is: http://www.name.com.
USAGE Measured in Megabytes (MB), usage is how much information was requested by someone and DOWNLOADED to their computer. If you WEB PAGE is 1 MB and it is HIT or looked at 100 times during a month, your USAGE would be 100MB (1MB x 100HITS = 100MB USAGE).
WEB PAGE A computer screen of information, written in HTML, that people see when BROWSING the WWW.
WEB SITE A computer that contains many WEB PAGES and is able to send them to BROWSERS for people to view.
WWW A collection of computers that all agree on formats and languages to send WEB PAGES out to BROWSERS. A WWW computer is a member of the WORLD WIDE WEB.