Understanding Website Terminology

One of the most common struggles that I have with clients is not about what they don’t like. It’s not even the fact that some clients can be passively or aggressively difficult. Sometimes we (web designers) even deal with clients delaying payments. However, one of the most challenging things to do is explaining the language of the web.  Some clients are academically challenged and some have chosen to intentionally neglect the vocabulary with the mindset that it will not ever apply to them. This is understandable because they originally believed to never develop a website themselves.

The problem with this mindset is that you may place yourself in danger if you are uninformed. Everyone needs to know the basic terminology. How do you know if you are getting ripped off if you don’t know what your designer or developer is talking about? I’m here to help. Below are some explanations that will help you as you begin to focus on creating your website.

The first thing you need to know is that your website will need is a name. The online definition of this is called a domain. For example, the name or domain of this blog is carawaybusinesssolutions.wordpress.com. This is what you will put on your business card and share with the world where to find your site.

Another term often misunderstood is the server. The server is a place where a domain is originally created. This is identified by a fours sets of numbers separated by periods. Another word for this is the Internet Protocol (I.P.) Address. This is how the government is able to track down where information has been transmitted.

Many people get server and host mixed up. Quite frankly, I did when I began designing websites, but a Web host simply holds all of the files of your website on a particular server. Meaning, you may have the potential to place multiple domains and thousands of files on one host. It is a centralized location to process or hold information.

Remember, your website name is called a domain. It’s files are on a web host, and they are identified and found by web server.  Web hosting costs so much because you must pay for file storage. The more storage you need the greater the cost. The longer you want to keep your domain name or storage the greater the cost.


Author: Anthony R. Caraway

Founder of Caraway Business Solutions

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