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Monday, September 27th, 2010

A Few Words About: Internet lingo to help you in your eLearning decisions

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A Few Words AboutIn most small businesses, each person wears many hats.  Chances are, your small business does not have a full time IT person; even if you do, that person is probably not the one responsible for your eLearning design.  Because you’ll have to make decisions about what your site will be called, where it will be hosted, and who will maintain it, I thought you’d benefit from some simple definitions of the terms you’ll hear.

The following are my own definitions, sticking with the hotel analogy of the past few posts…  

  • A website is a set of pages (or just one page) of any type of content (images, text, dancing bear animations).  These pages are connected together by a domain name.
  • A domain name is the way we identify and find most of these websites. It’s the address of the hotel.  Example: PennyMondani.com.  You will register your domain name with a registrar, but you are under no obligation to host with that same company.
  • A URL is the location of each unique “page” on the World Wide Web, such as the page on this site about me:   http://pennymondani.com/penny-mondani.  This is the room number within the hotel. Notice that it contains the domain name plus some directions on where to find this domain name.
  • An IP address is the unique identifier for each computer (or other address) used to access the Internet.  Back in the Stone Age, we had to know the IP address of a computer in order to connect to it.  Now we use a URL on our browsers to connect through a series of computers (servers) to get to the website we want.  YIKES!  Think of this as the GPS location of every traffic signal you went through on your way to the hotel, the GPS location of the hotel itself, and the GPS location of the place you started.
  • A server is a computer that stores and “serves” web pages to those who wish to view them.  One server can house hundreds of websites or as few as one. 
  • A sub-domain is part of the domain, even if the actual address is masked to the visitor.  If you have MySite.com/Moodle, your Moodle installation must be installed on the same server as MySite.com. 
  • A web host is the company that maintains the physical servers and/or resells that service to you.  For all applications, the web host (or the reseller you contract with) should also be skilled in installing, upgrading, and using the application, unless you are very good at it yourself.   

For a whole lot more detail on applications, web site themes, and web content, please read this post.

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