To write entries, add information or maintain a weblog. Blogs have become very popular means of communication in professional, political, news, trendy and other specialised web communities. Many opinion leaders use blogs as an outlet for advising visitors about various topical issues in an informative or humorous manner. Many blogs provide RSS feeds that interested users can subscribe to which notifies them of updates.
This is the space where your computer stores the pages that you visit on the web. When you click 'Back' or 'Go' on your browser or any other means to revisit a page your computer will check your cache store for the page because this is much quicker than retrieving the page from the server.
In search results from Google, Yahoo and some other search engines you will see a cached link which is the version of the web page that the search engine has stored in its database. If you visit the live link the page may vary because the cached link is a copy of the page as it was when the search engine's spider lasted visited the page and detected modified content.
When you enter a website and are asked to input your username and preferences this information sent to your web browser and is stored as a cookie for future use. When you re-visit the same site in the future your web browser will send the information to the web server. The web server will then use this information to present custom web pages. An example of this is a website that welcomes you using your name.
Crawler, WebCrawler or Spider
This is a computer robot program that search engines use to visits websites gathering the information that you find on search engines. They visit news pages, update old pages and remove obsolete ones. The results are then stored in the "home" database.
Facebook is an online social networking site with over 10 million users worldwide.
This is a space where you are able to input information. And example of this is a feedback form where you can input your name, comments and contact information.
This is a clickable link that takes the user to another or part of the document or to an entirely different document. People often use Hyperlinks to direct users to a specific website.
A micro blog uses the principles of blogging on a small scale. Instead of having an unlimited post as one would have with a blog, a micro blog would be limited. For example Twitter which only allows 140 characters.
Mobi-site or Mobile Website
This is a website designed for optimum viewing on your mobile phone. A mobi-site carries information from your main website that would be relevant for viewing on your mobile phone.
Is any programme or application that disables any pop-up, pop-over or pop-under advert windows that you would see when browsing the web.
Spyware refers to any software that secretly gathers information about you through your internet connection without you knowing. This information is usually used for advertising purposes.
Really Simple Syndication or RSS is a family of web formats used to publish frequently updated content such as news headlines, blogs and podcasts. An RSS feed will either contain a summary or the full version of content from an associated website.
Social Networking Website
This is a website that creates platform for online communities of people who share interest and/or activities to interact. This can be done through a variety of methods such as e-mail and instant messaging. An example of this would be Facebook.
An alternative term used to identify something other than by their proper name.
This is the process where you would gain access to the internet on a device such as your laptop using some type of mobile device.
Twitter is a micro-blogging website that enables users to share short messages with fellow users.
A Uniform Resource Locator or URL is a website address.
A wiki is a collaborative website that can be edited by anyone who has access to it. Perhaps the most popular example of this is Wikipedia, a well used and well respected online encyclopaedia.
By Melissa Combrinck - Daheim Communications