An Active Server Page (ASP) is an HTML page that includes one or more scripts (small embedded programs) that are processed on a Microsoft Web server before the page is sent to the user.
A browser, or web browser, is a program that allows people to interface to the World Wide Web. It interprets HTML code, text, images, hypertext links, java applets, etc. allowing you to view websites and move from one site to another. The two most popular browsers are Netscape Communicator and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Computers have many different types of cache, but they all serve the same purpose. Cache stores information that was used recently. For example, a web browser will use a cache to store pages, images, sounds, etc. of websites you visit on your hard drive. This will allow your computer to reload the web page information from your hard drive rather than downloading the information again from the website when you revisit the site. Loading the information from your hard drive will allow the web page to be displayed faster; this usually speeds up web browsing.
Your computer also uses disk caching, which stores information you have recently read from your hard disk in the computer's RAM. Since accessing RAM is much faster than reading data off the hard disk, this helps speed up common functions on your computer. One other type of cache is a processor cache, which stores small amounts of information. This helps make the processing of common instructions much more efficient, thereby speeding up computing time.
An acronym for Cascading Style Sheets. Style sheets are a way of adding style (eg. fonts, colors, spacing, etc.) to web pages. One of the advantages of using Style Sheets is the ability to keep that style information in a more centralized location. Thus one can change the style settings of a whole website by editing the central document alone - not being forced to edit the style settings of each web page.
An acronym for Domain Name Server, DNS refers to a database of Internet names and addresses which translates the names to the official Internet Protocol numbers and vice versa.
A domain name is a unique name that sends users to your site on the Internet. The domain is a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) that serves as your address on the Internet. Domain names are purchased and must be maintained to continue using the name.
File Transfer Protocol is a protocol that allows the transfer of files from one computer to another. FTP is also the verb used to describe the act of transferring files from one computer to another.
Home, Index or Default Page
The page displayed when you first open a website. The Home Page can also be called a Default Page or and Index Page. The Home Page is always the first file accessed by the web when you enter a site. Also, refers to the website that automatically loads each time you launch your browser. This page usually has information about the site and links to other pages within the site.
An acronym that stands for Hypertext Markup Language. This is one of the programming languages that web pages are written in so browsing software will know how to display that document's links, text, graphics and attached media. Files written in HTML have an extension of either .htm or .html.
The abbreviation for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Hypertext Transfer Protocol is a set of instructions for communication between a server and a World Wide Web client.
Countless networks and computers all over the world that allow millions of people to share information. This information is transferred all over the world through a series of lines collectively called the Internet Backbone.
"Internet Protocol." This allows for data to be transferred between systems over the Internet. It provides a standard set of rules for sending and receiving data via the Internet.
An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a numerical label assigned to each device (e.g., computer, printer) participating in a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. It is a code made up of numbers that is separated by 4 dots that identifies a particular computer on the Internet. Every computer, whether it be a web server or the computer you're using right now, requires an IP address to connect to the Internet.
An Internet service provider (ISP) is a company that provides access to the Internet.
Java is a computer programming language developed by Sun Microsystems.
These are the connections between Web pages. This is a synonym for hotlinks or hyperlinks.
Usually referred to as the "OS", this is the software that actually "talks" with computer's hardware. Without an operating system, all software programs would be useless. The OS is what allocates memory, processes tasks, accesses disks and peripherals, and acts as the user interface.
An acronym for Point of Presence, POP is a service provider's location for connecting to users. Generally, POPs refer to the location where people can access a provider's host computer.
This term refers to a program that helps users find information in text-oriented databases. Some of the most common search engines are Google, MSN and Yahoo.
A Web server is a program that serves the files that form Web pages to Web user. Every computer on the Internet that contains a Web site must have a Web server program.
The process of sending information from your computer to the internet or to another computer.
An acronym for Uniform Resource Locator. The addressing system used in the World Wide Web and other Internet resources. The URL contains information about the method of access, the server to be accessed and the path of any file to be accessed. Your domain name is your URL.
Web pages are what make up the World Wide Web. These documents are written in HTML (hypertext markup language) and are translated by your Web browser.
Web Site (or Website)
A collection of related, interlinked Web Pages.
World Wide Web or WWW
Known as WWW or W3, the World Wide Web is a hypertext-based service used for browsing websites. It uses a combination of text, graphics, audio and video (multimedia) to provide information on most every subject imaginable.