The process of language learning is a fun one. Sometimes you pick them up in conversation a child does or anyone when learning a second language. Sometimes we think we know when really we are bluffing it hoping no one asks us to explain it. When it comes to computer tech terms, there are many of them. Here are some technology terms that you must know, so let us help you learn what to do and what not to do.
Here are 10 Tech Terms You Should Know:
Your browser is the program you use to get on the internet. Examples of this are: Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera.
Internet Protocol (IP) is essentially accessing the internet or a network. Your IP address is a series of numbers given to each device (computer, phone, printer, fax machine, etc.) that accesses the network. If you are at work using the wifi, outsiders won’t see your specific device but will get the address of the router (distributor of wifi) at work. When you look at an IP address you can see geographic location. It will only show down to the city, but won’t tell someone the street address.
Mobile Responsive Website
A mobile responsive website means that the website will measure, respond, and adjust to the browser size. This means if you can have a website open on your phone, iPad, laptop, and desktop and you’ll be able to read all three of them without having to pinch and zoom at all. It’s based on a percentage rather than a fixed size. Some confuse this for an app or a mobile site, but they’re very different. An app has to be downloaded from the iTunes store and will only work on certain mobile devices. A mobile site is a completely different site set to only work on mobile devices. A responsive website is the same site on all devices.
Search Engine Optimization. This is the process and skill developed to help your website come up on the first page when someone Googles you. SEO isn’t just for Google, but will help in all search engines (yahoo.com, bing.com, etc).
Clear Your Cache
When you first visit a webpage (for instance www.JCImarketing.com), your computer goes and retrieves all of the information to show you. It saves part of this information in your browser, so the next time you come back to the same page it doesn’t take as long to show you the information. It pulls it up right away then will search for more information. When you clear your cache, it will speed up your computer (because it’s not saving that information for dozens of sites) but it will slow down the load times on familiar sites until you’ve visited them again. How do you clear your cache. Google “Clear your cache - ‘browser type’”
Portable Document Format. This is the universally accepted form of document for the internet. You can save a Word file, TextEdit, Spreadsheet, Photoshop file, and various other files as a PDF and anyone can open it - regardless if they have the specific program or not. If you want to give a file to someone, save it as a PDF and it will save you from the back and forth’s of “What version of Microsoft Word do you have?”
Real Simple Syndication. A web format used to publish frequently updated content in a series (like a blog or a podcast). It’s like a subscription or tapping into a channel of information so you can get updates each time new information is added.
Cookies are small files that are saved on your computer to remember your preferences and settings. Examples of how cookies are used are to remember your login for a site, your preferred language, what products you’ve already looked at or added to your shopping cart, which sites you’ve already been to, what time you went to them. They were made to be a helpful tool for you to navigate through places you’ve already been. They are also a helpful tool for the businesses running the site because they can see whats important to you and adjust their business accordingly. Like any tool, it could be used for good or evil so know which cookies you’re allowing to be on your computer.
Your domain is the web address for your site. It is the “www.yoursitename.com”
Hosting is simply where your information is stored. I am going to cheat here and put 3 in one because there are different types of hosting people often get confused. You can have 1, 2 or all 3 at the same place.
Email HostingThis is where all of your emails are stored (e.g. Gmail.com or Yahoo.com). Think of this as your messaging system.
Domain HostingThis is where your domain name (“www.sitetitle.com”) is stored at (e.g. godaddy.com or homestead.com). Think of this as your name plate on your websites desk.
Web HostingThis is where the actual content (pages, folders, files, images, text) is being stored (e.g. Squarespace or Hostgator). Think of this as the filing cabinet that holds all the information for your website.
Do you have any other words you want to know? What other terminology did we leave out that you think we should have put in? Leave it in the comments below and maybe we’ll do a Round 2!