Webmaster's Encyclopedia - Web Design Terms
The Internet newbie (new user) must learn a new
language. Here are some Internet terms often used but less-than
Browser - A software program for accessing
text, graphics and other data store on the World Wide Web.
Domain Name - strings of letters used to
name organizations and computers and addresses on the Internet.
Dreamweaver - Macromedia Dreamweaver is software
from a company called Macromedia used to build and manage websites
and Internet applications.
FTP - File-Transfer-Protocol. This defines
the rules governing the way files are transferred across the Internet
over phone lines from one computer to another. FTP also is often
the name of a file-transfer program, through Web browsers can
download files from websites.
Fireworks - Macromedia Fireworks is a bitmap
graphics editor developed by Macromedia built to allow web designers
the ability to manipulate web graphics.
Flash - a graphics animation program by Macromedia.
Front Page - Microsoft FrontPage is a WYSIWYG
HTML editor and web site administration tool from Microsoft for
the Windows operating system.
Graphics Editor - a computer program that
allows users to compose and edit pictures interactively on the
computer screen and save them in one of many popular "bitmap"
or "raster" formats such as TIFF, JPEG, PNG and GIF.
Home Page - A starting point for a service
or an entity on the World Wide Web that usually features a combination
of text, graphics, sound and video that contain hyperlinks to
other Web pages.
HTML - Hypertext Markup Language. The set
of rules for creating Web documents that determines how information
is shown on-screen.
HTML Editor - A HTML editor assists the user
in writing HTML code for web pages
HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol. This
defines the rules for requesting and sending information over
the Web. Your Web browser sends out requests for information,
and Web servers you connect to must respond with the data you
Hyperlinks - Objects (text or graphics) on
a page that transport you to other areas, either within a homepage
or to another location, when you click them.
IP Address - When you log on to the internet,
your computer is assigned an address by your ISP. This address
identifies your computer from the other computers on the internet.
ISP - Internet Service Provider, like AOL
or Net Zero.
Newbie - One that is new to something, especially
a novice at using computer technology or the Internet.
PHP - computer programming language
Photoshop - Adobe Photoshop is a graphics
editor published by Adobe Systems. It is the market leader for
commercial image manipulation.
Server - A computer offering network services,
such as storing contents of Web pages for browsing by anyone connected
to the Internet.
WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get
Web Designer - one who designs websites for
Web Hosting - a business providing hardware
and services to store, maintain, and present Web sites and provide
Internet connection to those sites.
World Wide Web -The name given to the interconnected
system of computers that provide information using the HTTP and
HTML protocol. Because Web servers link to other Web servers,
the result can be visualized as a "web" of connections
between all the servers around the world.
Usenet Newsgroups - Popular Internet applications. Similar
to discussion groups on bulletin board systems (BBSes), there
are newsgroups for very taste and topic. Anyone with access
to newsgroups through their Internet service provider can join
in at any time, but it's best to lurk, or read others' posts
for a while before joining in, so you can avoid repeating frequently
asked questions and annoying the regulars.