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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Terminology related to Website Hosting and Development

Website, Internet, Hosting, Network, Development, Webpage, Html, Javascript...

Terminology that can easily confuse most of us. And what do all of those words mean anyway? OK, we know what Home, Site, Web, Development and Internet are; Network (probably) too... Website, Hosting, Webpage,
Website, Internet, Hosting, Network, Development, Webpage, Html, Javascript...

Html, Javascript... Humph... are we getting too technical? You may ask: "What is he talking about? I did not subscribe to this blog to find out meaning of words!" As a matter of fact you don't need to, and you probably won't next time when you read new article from this blog. If you are not interested to read more or you think this is a waste of time, you can go straight to the article that you are looking for, but sometimes it is good to start from a firm base of knowledge. If you agree with that, please keep on reading.

So let's start with the known stuff, shall we?

Home, Sweet home!

That is easy, we know what Home is. According to Dictionary:

  • A place where one lives; a residence
  • The physical structure within which one lives, such as a house or apartment
  • A dwelling place together with the family or social unit that occupies it; a household
  • ... and so on, we know all that stuff. And what about Thesaurus?

    Defined as Domestic, Habitat, Birthplace

    Synonyms are: at ease, at rest, central, down home, familiar, family, homely, homey, household, inland, internal, local, national, native, abode, address, apartment, asylum, bungalow, cabin, castle, cave, condo, condominium, cottage, crash pad, villa (not bad)...

    Now we are going to explore the meaning of Site, Dictionary states:

  • The place where a structure or group of structures was, is, or is to be located
  • The place or setting of something
  • A website - Hey! Wait a moment, do not jump on it yet
  • Our good old friend Thesaurus defines it as Place

    Synonyms are fix, ground, home, layout, locale, location, plot, point, position,post, range, scene, section, situation, slot, spot, station, stomping ground...

    Next on our list is Web. Dictionary again:

  • A woven fabric, especially one on a loom or just removed from it
  • The structural part of cloth
  • A complex, interconnected structure or arrangement: a web of telephone wires (now it's getting interested!)
  • Often Web The World Wide Web (yep, that's the one that we are looking for!)
  • ... and Thesaurus defines it as Netting, with following synonyms:

    cobweb, complexity, fabric, fiber, interconnection, interlacing, involvement, maze, mesh,net, network...

    We already mentioned the term Internet. So let's check a Dictionary...

  • An interconnected system of networks that connects computers around the world via the TCP/IP protocol
  • A computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange
  • The Internet is the largest internet (with a small "i") in the world. It is a three level hierarchy composed of backbone networks, mid-level networks, and stub networks. These include commercial (.com or .co), university (.ac or .edu) and other research networks (.org, .net) and military (.mil) networks and span many different physical networks around the world with various protocols, chiefly the Internet Protocol.

  • If you think (and probably hoped) that we forgot a Thesaurus, we did not, so it is defined as Data Highway, Communication Network, Information Superhighway with lot of synonyms such as Website, Web site, World Wide Web, WWW, Cyberspace... just to name some that are important for what we intend to talk to you about.

    The rest of words are covered on my website, under Dictionary.

    I hope that you are intrigued so far (at least I tried to do so). If you are wandering what all this talking has in common with the title of this blog, well, we are getting there. Without (some kind of) Home, Site, Web (of course!) we can not even start to think about a Website. The term of Website stands for: A set of interconnected
    webpages, usually including a homepage, generally located on the same server, and prepared and maintained as a collection of information by a person, group, or organization. And that is EXACTLY what I am trying to talk about here.

    Cheers, Marin

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