|| A type of graphic image
stored as a pattern of dots. Using an image editing program, the
user can control how each dot of color (called a pixel) appears.
The color of each on-screen pixel is stored as a series of bits
and is why this type of graphic is called bitmapped.
|| The software on your computer
which allows you to view a website -- most people use Netscape,
Internet Explorer or America Online browsers.
| Common Gateway
Interface. A web-standard for the methods of communication
between servers, scripts and external programs. Used for things
like guestbooks and contact forms.
|| Cascading Style
Sheets. A simple mechanism that allows authors and readers
to attach style (e.g. fonts, colors and spacing) to HTML
|| Reducing the amount of
data required to recreate an original file or graphic. Compression
is frequently used to reduce the transmission time of media and
files across the Web.
|| DHTML is a collection of
CSS and DOM) which create more dynamic possibilities than basic
|| A term used by graphics-based
programs indicating a measurement related to resolution of Dots
Per Inch in the image. The greater the number of DPI,
the clearer the image's resolution will be.
|| A unique registered website
name, usually ending in .com or .net. It can be a combination of
letters, numbers, dashes or the underline character. Also referred
to as URL or web address.
|| Who people register their
domain names with. We use OpenSRS,
who charge $20 per year.
|| Files are downloaded from
the Internet to our computers.
||Electronic commerce, commonly
known as e-commerce or eCommerce, consists of the buying and selling
of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet.
|| A unique address for sending
and receiving electronic mail, i.e., email@example.com.
|| File Transfer
Protocol. An Internet protocol enabling users to remotely
access files on other computers. This is how Web files are copied
from the designer's computer to the Web host computer for online
|| A browser add-on, Macromedia
Flash creates and displays high-impact animation, innovative interfaces
and sound effects on web pages.
|| A bitmapped
graphic file format. The GIF format is commonly used on the
Web because of its efficient compression
method with simpler graphics. A subset of the original GIF file
are transparent GIFs, that add header information to the
GIF file, making a certain color not visible. A GIF file is
normally used to allow a Web page background or other image to show
|| A type of form enabling
a user to enter comments on a Web page which are sent back to the
server and processed to the website as a viewable page.
|| Hyper Text
Mark-up Language is the code used to make your website
pages appear the way you want them to. Used by the web designer
to create your pages.
|| Usually the first page
of your website -- sometimes the only page! Also called Index Page.
|| A word or image which,
when mouse-clicked, takes you to another page. Same as a link.
|| Can be a logo, photograph,
custom graphic, map, or animated graphic. The number of images on
one page is determined by the size of the image file(s). Too many
and the page takes too long to download (appear in the browser).
One option commonly used is to have a smaller image (thumbnail)
link to a larger photo to show detail.
|| Portions of images that
are hyperlinks. Using a browser, such as Internet
Explorer or Netscape, the user clicks on different parts of a mapped
image to activate different links.
|| Usually the first page
of your website -- sometimes the only page! Also called Homepage.
|| Internet Service
Provider, the account you set up so you can dial-up and connect
with the Internet.
|| Joint Photographic Experts
Group. Commonly used to refer to a lossy
compression technique, reducing the size of
a graphic file by as much as 96%. Usually the best file format for
photographs on the Web.
|| A programming language
embedded in a web page usually used to perform actions and/or visual
| Any word which may have
particular significance as to the content of your website. When
someone uses a search engine to find information
you have, your website should be suggested in response to the search
query when your keywords are used in the search.
|| A word or image which,
when mouse-clicked, takes you to another page -- same as hyperlink.
|| A compression technique
in which some data is deliberately removed in order to achieve a
greater reduction in compression.
|| Text in the source of the
HTML structure of your page, which the user does not see - most
commonly used are the "description" and "keyword"
meta tags. The first is a sentence or short paragraph describing
the site. The second is a list of up to 15 search phrases or keywords.
Both describe the site. Some search engines
and directories use these meta tags as their method of indexing.
|| You are not connected to
|| You are connected to the
|| Pretty Good
Privacy (PGP) is a computer program which provides cryptographic
privacy and authentication.When used properly, PGP is believed to
be capable of very high security. It is widely believed, within
the cryptographic community, that if anyone only government
agencies such as the NSA might be capable of directly breaking properly
produced, PGP-protected, messages. However, to the best of publicly
available information, there is no known method for any entity to
break PGP by cryptographic, computational means regardless of the
version being employed. In 1996, cryptographer Bruce Schneier characterized
an early version as being "the closest you're likely to get
to military-grade encryption" (Applied Cryptography, 2nd ed.,
|| Up to 3 screen heights
on a 17" monitor set at 600 x 800 resolution. I keep pages
under 100K (combined text file size and image size for total page
size) for optimum loading time.
|| A rollover (also called
"mouseover") is normally a type of navigational image
which changes appearance (to another image) when the user's mouse
rolls over the image.
|| (pronounced as separate
letters) Short for Secure Sockets Layer, a
protocol developed by Netscape for transmitting private documents
via the Internet. SSL uses a cryptographic system that uses two
keys to encrypt data - a public key known to everyone and a private
or secret key known only to the recipient of the message. Both Netscape
Navigator and Internet Explorer support SSL, and many Web sites
use the protocol to obtain confidential user information, such as
credit card numbers. By convention, URLs that require an SSL connection
start with https: instead of http:.Another protocol for transmitting
data securely over the World Wide Web is Secure HTTP (S-HTTP). Whereas
SSL creates a secure connection between a client and a server, over
which any amount of data can be sent securely, S-HTTP is designed
to transmit individual messages securely. SSL and S-HTTP, therefore,
can be seen as complementary rather than competing technologies.
Both protocols have been approved by the Internet Engineering Task
Force (IETF) as a standard.
|| Screen resolution refers
to the resolution of computer monitors. Most common is 800 x 600.
|| A website developed to
generate results when keywords are used
as search terms. There are hundreds of search engines, but I submit
websites to the 20-30 most popular ones.
|| The place holding files
which are accessed by your computer when you are connected to the
internet (online) and have given a valid URL. Also known as your
|| A main menu page, or opening
graphic to a Web page.
|| A person registered with
the domain registrar as a contact able to make limited changes to
your domain name information. The registered web site administrator
can also request changes.
|| A small image that is linked
to a page with a larger image to show detail. Facilitates download
time when there are too many images to have full sized on a page.
|| Universal Resource
Locator, same as website address or domain name.
|| Files are uploaded from
our computers to the Internet. The web pages we design are uploaded
to the server so others can view them on the Internet.
|| The person in charge of
your website function, maintenance and
|| Same as domain name or
|| A person registered with
the domain registrar as a contact able to make changes to your domain
name information. The registered technical contact can also request
|| A service provided by the
server where your Web pages are stored.
|| All the work done with
the website once it has been placed on the server. Including making
changes and submitting to search engines
and directories by the webmaster.
|| What You
See Is What You Get. Pronounced
wizzy-wig. Software that lets you alter or design Web pages
visually, as it would appear in a browser, instead of only viewing
and writing in HTML code.
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