Do you sometimes feel that the hardest part about using technology online is the terminology? There’s certainly a lot of new, interesting and let’s face plain old made-up words being used nowadays. And if you aren’t sure about what they mean, well it can cost you time, money and energy whilst you work out what’s going on.
So, I’ve set up this handy glossary. It’ll be updated regularly but if you have any terms you’d like to submit, or would like something explained a bit more clearly, then please let me know in the comments.
Blog – a blog is usually a website, or portion of a website, that provides updated content. The content is displayed in chronological order, with the most recent updates shown at the top. Many blogs allow readers to comment at the end of blog posts (or articles).
Internet Browser – this is how you access the world wide web (internet) on a desktop. There are a number of internet browsers out there, but the most common are:
- Internet Explorer (installed by default on Windows compatible machines)
- Edge (the latest version of Windows’ internet browser, and available with Windows 10 and higher)
- Safari (installed by default on Apple computers)
- Chrome (Google’s own version of an internet browser)
- Firefox (a very popular internet browser created and run by a not-for-profit organisation).
All of these browsers are free, and even though some of them may be installed by default on your computer you can still choose to download any of the other browsers and use them instead. I personally use Chrome because it is fast and quite secure. Plus, since it is owned by Google many of the other Google products I use just work better on Chrome.
Podcasts – these are audio recordings which can be streamed over the internet, or downloaded and played back on any device such as a phone or computer.
They can be recordings of traditional radio broadcasts (I’m a big fan of the ABC Classic FM podcasts which let me listen to my favourite shows when I want); or recordings that individuals, brands and businesses have made.
The most popular place to find podcasts is in iTunes, especially if you have an iPhone, but for Android users I recommend Stitcher. My favourite bit about Stitcher is how I can speed up replays – I usually select 1.5X, as at this speed it’s still possible to understand the presenters quite easily.
RSS feeds – RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and is a way of pushing content out to readers. Rather than coming to a website to read new content, readers subscribe via RSS to your website, and then every time you create new content that information is ‘pushed’ out to either a dedicated RSS Reader (like Feedly) or to their email inbox.
Setting up an RSS feed is extremely easy and can be a great way to keep readers interested in your website.
URL – URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator and is how your internet browser is able to find a website hosted on the other side of the world. You can think of it as being like the entry in an old-fashioned address book and in fact, the URL usually appears in the ‘address bar’ of your internet browser.
If anyone ever tells you to “type the following URL into your browser” they’re asking you to type the URL into that address bar.