Glossary of terms

You may find the following glossary of terms used on this website useful.

Domain and domain name
The general category that a computer on the internet belongs to. Examples of high level domains are .com, .org, and .co.uk.

Your website will have a domain name - something like yourbusiness.co.uk and a web address looking like http://www.yourbusiness.co.uk

A domain name has to be registered for a fee and is yours to use for a period of two years and sometimes more. You have first priority when re-registering your expiring domain name.

Hosting
Your website will be stored or "hosted" on a computer connected to the internet. This host computer, or server, could be one maintained by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), for example, or by a company devoted to hosting websites. Some companies offer free hosting in exchange for you allowing them to put advertisements on your site.

Internet Service Provider - ISP
An ISP provides its members with access to the internet, e-mail and usually some space on a computer where websites may be hosted.

Search Engine
A website that enables internet users to find sites that provide the information they are looking for. It is very important that your site is registered with the main search engine sites otherwise your potential customers and visitors will not find you. There is considerable skill in designing and registering a website in such a way that it is easily found on the top search engine sites. A good example of a search engine is Google.

URL
Your website address - www.yoursite.com. Stands for Uniform Resource Locator.