|Q. What is an ISP...
A. Internet Service Provider
|Q. What is the Internet...
A. A computer network that connects millions of computers globally and provides world-wide communications to business and homes.
|Q. What is www...
A. World Wide Web: A subset of the Internet that combines graphics, text, sound and animation into a rich communications medium.
|Q. What is URL...
A. Uniform Resource Locator: gives the location of a file or service on the web.
|Q. What is navigation...
A. Areas on a web page that are labeled or change when the cursor moves over them and move the user to a new page when the mouse is clicked.
|Q. What is a domain name...
A. Domain names are essentially a human way of allowing the Internet to work. Every
single computer that exists on the Internet is given a number to identify itself
(an "IP address" such as 220.127.116.11). Within this sequence of numbers is also a way of finding out who else is in your "group" and where to find other "groups" but that's starting to get a bit complex for our needs here.
In general, this is great for computers because they love numbers and can therefore associate IP addresses with other computers very easily. Unfortunately, Humans are not as good at handling numbers so easily and prefer nice sensible names.
The techie boffin's who developed the Internet that we know today, created a system of matching a name with a number - the domain name was born.
They did leave some particularly irritating legacies however such as using "dots, slashes and colons" like they were going out of fashion and starting all web addresses with the only 3 letters that can have 9 syllables when the word "web" (note just 1 syllable) would have done nicely).
|Q. What is HTML...
A. HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) is the basic language used in web pages. It is
designed to run in different browsers and different computers. It consists of a
list of instructions that tell the browser how to render the page i.e. text size
and colour, where to place graphic images etc. HTML has the limitation that,
apart from hypertext links, it lacks interactivity. This is the most widely used
language for web pages and is adequate where there's a requirement to display
all except the oldest of browsers can handle it. In contrast to HTML, which is
programming language that allows decision branches to alternative instructions
script to effectively rewrite an HTML page depending on things such as the date
|Q. What is a search engine...
A. A software program that trawls through the web (usually via pages that have been submitted to it) and indexes pages into various categories (depending on keyword weighting in the page) so that the pages can be found by users accessing the search engine (e.g. www.google.com).
|Q. What are keywords...
A. A word used to express the search term that an Internet user might be searching for on the web. For example if you have a site providing information about Fishing, the keyword that you may wish to emphasise for the sake of a search engine will be 'bait'. This helps users to easily find a site.
|Q. What is is the effect of slow download on my website...
A. The time it takes for web pages to download to a user's browser is one of the most important aspects of a website. If a user waits for any more than a few seconds without seeing at least some part of the page, then they're likely to lose patience and go elsewhere. A good web designer should be able to ensure that at least a significant proportion of the page will be viewable within 5 seconds and that the remainder should be available within 15 seconds.
|Q. What is a Content Management System...
A. If you have a static HTML website then to update your content you must edit your HTML files and upload them to the server. This is fine if you have a good knowledge of HTML but if you don't then you'll have to pay a programmer to do it. With a Content Management System, your pages contain the required code to pull content stored on an online database and write it into your pages. The Content Management System will include an easy to use interface that allows you to update the content held in the database without the need to know HTML or any programming techniques.
|Q. What is Flash...
A. Flash movies use a file format called Shockwave. Instructions embedded within an HTML page load in the Shockwave file which then runs in the browser. A Shockwave movie can manipulate text and graphics in real time as well as reading mouse events to allow the user to interact with it. It can produce spectacular animations with very short download times. You can see embedded Flash movies on the home page of this site.
|Q. What is PHP...
|Q. What is My SQL...
A. My SQL is a database system that can hold information online. It allows sophisticated searching facilities using SQL (Standard Query Language). My SQL isn't directly available to HTML pages but can be accessed using a language such as PHP which can bridge the gap. My SQL allows a website to be database.
|Q. What is DHTML...