Browser is a term that refers to the software that someone is using to access the internet. Typically for many users this will be Internet Explorer, though there are many alternatives, including Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Maxthlon, and many others. Windows based PC’s normally come with Internet Explorer installed, Apple Devices with Safari, Linux normally ships with Linux, and Chrome is fast becoming a browser of choice for many due to its speed.
CMS is the most commonly use acronym for a ‘Content Management System’. Earlier web software was installed on the local machine and the resultant output uploaded. Now, with CMS the software is installed on the web server, and the editing and updating the website is driven from the browser. This provides portability, flexibility and provides collaborative opportunities. Naturally this editing function is secured behind passwords.
DNN shortform of Dot Net Nuke is another Content Management System that is largely based around Microsoft Technologies and uses a MS SQL database as the content store to deliver Content to the Browser. DNN comes with a community Edition (free) and an Professional Edition with costs money. One of the nice aspects of DNN is that it is more ‘wysiwyg’ than many of the web technologies.
HTML is the acronym for ‘Hyper Text Markup Language’ and is a basic building block for everything on the world wide web. It represents the set of rules by which information is presented and allows all browsers to be able to render the information as required. The current standard is HTML5 and if you are using a CMS like this (in general) is what the system will be delivery to the browser.
HTTP is Hyper Text Transfer Protocol and is the mechanism by which most web information is delivered to the browser. Generally when you type a web address into a browser the browser will add this to the start of the address as the set of rules being used. The next most common ois HTTPS which is a secure form of the protocol. You should always make sure you have https when entering secure information such as credit card numbers,
My SQL is the database that drives many applications on and off the Web. One of those happens to be WordPress. The database is robust, and fast. Almost all the content that appears as text on the webpages served by the application is stored as content in the database.
A Plug In is a small section of code or programming that adds an additional functionality or layer of functionality to the core of the WordPress installation. This text is being displayed through a plug In designed to provide explanations of terms using a mouse over in a text bubble. The opportunity that the Plug In methodology provides is to make WordPress very extensible. It means that WordPress can be used in many different ways for many different purposes.
Responsive is a term used to describe various web technologies. What it means is that the site responds differently according to the device that is being used to access the site. This may happen in a number of ways, This site is fairly normal for this, and when viewed on a tablet, or a phone it will assemble itself to match, including responding when the device is operating in portrait and landscape mode. As more and more internet connections are being made from mobile devices this is becoming increasingly important.
SEO or Search Engine Optimization, is about the range of tasks that maximize the effectiveness of search engines in finding the site and returning it to the appropriate searches. There is a sense of ‘black art’ that seems to pervade this, however as more efforts were made to trick the search engines, the search engines have improved their capacity to return results based on the text on the page. Mostly this means a serious correct writing of the Home Page, with attention to key words and phrases, and the readability of the page.