We’re a web design studio in Essex & Havering, and we meet many new businesses who don’t have any idea how their website works or how to get their business online. Theres no shame in that whatsoever becusese the internet is no easy thing to understand. In some ways the internet is a bit like a car. We all drive one but no one knows how it really works. You may be internet literate and know all the ins and outs but for those fresh into the game, here’s some jargon explained so you know what your website and online presence all means and how it works.
A server is basically a computer which holds nothing but internet data such as your website and it “serves” anyone who wants to look at your website with the files required.
Commonly you share a server with hundreds maybe even thousands of people so you may be fighting for space and resources however you can also get virtual private servers (space and resources dedicated just for you) or dedicated servers where you take the whole computer on its own.
This is the name given to a company that own one or many servers and provide them for your use to store your website. You pay the hosting company for the privilege to user their servers and get your website online.
Is basically an internet link between all the hosts and servers worldwide to create a “world wide web”.
Everything connected to the web and using the internet has a unique numbered address so it can be identified and found.
An IP address is numerical and it would be quite hard to remember so instead you can use a domain name to identify and find your own space on a server. Think of it as your address.
The internet has been an evolution since day one so terms such as Web, 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 are stages in terms of design, commerce, technology, functionality and availability that the net has been through. Think of it like historical era’s, like victorian, wild west, tudor, etc.
A mail client is a separate piece of software that’s run on your server to handle your mail. It stores mail on your allocated server space and can come as apart of your hosting package but is managed within its own application using its own technology.
Previously we held all of our data on hard drives in a secured location within our vicinity (our PC), cloud storage allows us to hold storage in a virtual space online (basically on a server or many) and gain access to our content anywhere. Cloud itself works on the premise of using several servers on the fly so space and access could be considered as more economical for the provider and easily obtainable for the user.
Is like a home grown internet, allowing users to create their own servers and network from any computers to share files between them. Its always been available but became commercially popular with likes of napster and then evolved into…
It works similarly to p2p, just more sophisticated. Rather then storing or sourcing one file it just holds data to and about a file so it can grab it from several sources at once.
Sold as service:
Quite possibly the Viagra of the internet, it allowed buyable products to be turned into services. Everything from entertainment to business services and information has slowly turned into a “sold as a service” offering. eg. Netflix & Spotify
Keeping all of the above in mind, there’s a lot of data floating about. Our shopping preferences, habits, interests, bank details and our lives could be pieced together online. Security has always been an issue but you can protect yourself to an extent with security software which can monitor unusual activity, restrain access, and encrypt sensitive infomation.
If you’re having a website designed then these are all terms you’ll come across and although it’s not necessary to have indepth knowledge on the terms, you may find it helpful to know at least a little about what you need and what you’re paying for.