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 heres 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.
Web 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0:
The internet has been an evolution since day one. 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 historical era’s, like victorian, wild west, tudor, etc.
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.