Internet Lingo

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I’ll be honest, sometimes when I’m around people and I want to, ya know, keep up with the conversation, I’ll throw around some words that sound “correct” but I honestly have no clue what they mean. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used “Oh, it could be the catalytic-converter” when around car mechanic-y people.

We know the web world can be a jungle of confusion at times. We also know that it takes a lot of trust to entrust a web designer/developer with your organization or companies online presence. With that said, the terms, definitions, lingo…can be frustrating to read and understand. “That’s gibberish! Give me plain English!” That is what many of our clients have said.

Therefore, we have defined a handful (maybe two) of different most used web terms into “plain English”.

>Hosting: is where your website files are saved (or sit) on the internet (specifically a server). It’s like paying rent.

>Domain Name: this is a specific name for your website, kind of like your “home” address.

>Back-Up: this is a good housekeeping rule of making sure you have a copy of your website files incase something were to happen with your site, you then can use your “backup” to restore your website.

>SEO: (Search Engine Optimization) is a strategy to increase visitors to your site using different tactics online.

>Hacked: someone gained access to your website files and placed malicious (horrible) code inside to misconstrue your websites design and layout. Sometimes resulting in a website breaking or being flagged and taken down. Read more here.

>Malware: software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems.

>Website CMS: (Content Management System) is an application that makes it simple to build a website without having to do a lot of coding.

>Wordpress: the easiest CMS platform for building websites.

>Plugins: combine and complement the WordPress platform to enhance and extend the functionality of the website. You could think of these as the accessories to your website.

>Themes: design template files that modify the way the site is displayed.

>SSL: (Secure Sockets Layer) is a security measure to make sure data (passwords, credit card, personal, etc) passed between the web server and browsers remain private.

>Responsive: flexible between browser and screen dimensions; when a website is responsive it will display neatly on any device or screen size.

There you have it…in plain English! But, don’t stress, we would be glad to worry about knowing all these terms and translating them for you! Become one of our partners today! See how it works here.