Wednesday, October 12, 2005

When I first started on the internet, it was like trying to read
another language. There were so many words and
expressions that I did not understand. Words like webhost,
ezine, upload, download, http, isp, dsl and so many, many
more!! I was lost. Little by little I began to learn what these
words and others meant. But there are always more to learn.

So this article will be more or less a mini-dictionary to help
explain some of these foreign words. So here we go and I
hope this helps explain these terms to make them more

# Upload-- This is when you copy a file from your computer
and send it "up" to your host or server.

# Download-- This is the opposite of upload. When you
bring "down" a file or program from another computer.

# ISP-- This stands for Internet Service Provider. A company
that will give you access to the internet (for a monthly fee, of

# Browser-- Program used to access pages and information
on the World Wide Web. Examples of browsers are
Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator.

#Cookies-- This is information about you such as username,
password, address, and so on that has been stored in your
hard drive from typing this information into a form. When
you again visit this site or form and click, stored cookies will
pop up and you will not have to re-type all your information.

#Domain Name- The "address" or URL of a website.
Example: websuccesscentral is
the domain name.

#HTML-- HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. It is
more or less the language the computer understands. When
you build a webpage, you must use HTML coding so the
computer understands the way you want the page to look.

#Java-- Java is a language used in writing programs to be
safely downloaded without virus worries. With Java programs
such as Applets, you can do lots of neat tricks, such as

#Hyperlink-- Also known as links. Links are urls or other text
that you can click on to bring you to another webpage or
website. These links are coded in HTML.

#Search Engine-- A search engine is like the card catalog at
the library. When you want to find a website about a
particular subject, type your keywords in the search box and
the search engine will find and list related sites and pages.

#Spam-- Spam is the junk mail of the internet. When you
send a sales pitch or advertisement via email to someone
without their consent, this is Spam.

#Virus-- This is a program that latches onto other programs
and travels from computer to computer, possibly causing lots
of damage by destroying files and information.

# Modem-- A modem is the part of your computer that
enables you to get hooked up to the internet. Your phone line
is hooked up to the modem and through your modem you can
be connected to the internet.

#Shareware-- Shareware is software that you can download
and try out before buying. If you decide to keep on using the
software, you will have to pay a registration fee.

I hope this article has helped you understand these
words a little better. You can find these words and many
more at these sites:

There are so many new terms to learn that it may seem
overwhelming, but with a little time and effort you can be
speaking a whole new language!

About the Author

Terri Seymour owns and operates is a website, ezine and service which
provides the resources, tools, guidance and more to help
you start, publish and promote your own ezine. You can
contact Terri at Subscribe
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