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 Common Internet Terms
Solution The internet has a language all its own, and it's good to be familiar with some of the terms you may see used on Bigstep and other web sites. Below you'll find an introduction to some basic internet words and phrases.

banner ad
An image file that displays an online advertisement, typically sized for placement at the top or bottom of a web page and linked to another page.

A software program used for locating and displaying web pages. Examples include Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, and Opera.

domain name
An Internet address in alphabetic form, also known as a personalized web address. Domain names must have at least two parts: the part on the left, which names the organization, and the part on the right, which identifies the highest subdomain, such as the country (".fr" for France, ".uk" for United Kingdom) or the type of organization (".com" for "commercial," ".edu" for "educational," etc.).

To transfer files or data from one computer to another. To download means "to receive," to upload means "to send."

eCommerce refers to transactions occurring on the Internet, such as credit card purchases at web sites

FAQ (frequently asked questions)
A list of the answers to frequently asked questions, usually questions asked by visitors to a web site.

FTP (file transfer protocol)
A way to transferring files over the Internet. Bigstep members can use a specialized FTP application call File Manager.

GIF (graphic interchange file)
A file type that contains a graphic, photo, or other image. GIFs are commonly found on the Web, along with another graphic file format, the JPEG.

HTML (hypertext markup language)
Code that determines how a web page will appear, including graphics, links, and text characteristics.

hyperlink or link
A reference in the form of a link from one point in one HTML document to another document. A browser usually displays a hyperlink in some distinguishing way, for instance, in a different color, font, or style. When the user activates the link (by clicking on it with the mouse) the browser will display the target of the link.

A file format used for storing graphic images, usually photographs. JPEG files are larger than GIFs of the same image but offer better color control and clarity. See also GIF.

A word or phrase used in a search engine query. For example, if you sell flowers, your keywords might include "florist," "flower arranging," and "flower deliveries."

merchant account
A bank account established by a merchant to receive the proceeds of credit card purchases.

personalized web address
An Internet address in alphabetic form, also known as a domain or URL.

POP (post office protocol)
A protocol designed to allow a home computer to retrieve email from a POP server. Using POP mail, you can check your email from your computer using a program like Microsoft Office, or Eudora.

search engine
A remotely accessible program that lets you do keyword searches for information or web sites on the Web. Commonly known search engines include Google, Yahoo!, and Altavista.

Unsolicited email. There are two common usages: 1) mass emailings by commercial sites to recipients who have not requested any contact, and 2) email sent to intentionally annoy or harass the recipient.

A file with a preset format, often used as a starting point for web page design.

The volume of data sent via a network; includes messages and transactions of any kind. A web site that has a lot of visitors has a high volume of traffic.

To transfer files or data from one computer to another. To upload means "to send, to download means "to receive."

URL (uniform resource locator)
An address for a file (or page) located on the Internet, usually the Web. Example: http://www.sustainablehosting.com.

web host
A web hosting company leases server space and web services to companies and individuals who wish to have a web site but do not wish to maintain their own servers. Sustainable Hosting wants to be your web host!

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Created On: 05 Jan 2005 01:42 AM

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