In a previous article, I explained basic computer terminology. Computer lingo has increased over the years as the Internet and Smart Phones have come into the picture and as technology has evolved more and more terminology is created.
Internet terms have users confused and this list should help whenever the need arises. At the very least, knowing this computer lingo will help you talk like a “techy.”
What is this “http” thing? Why is “http: needed with Internet addresses?
These are all questions I continue to be asked during training sessions in Phoenix. I’m sure the rest of the country has people that need answers to these questions as well.
It stands for “HyperText Transfer Protocol.” Http is a protocol to transfer hypertext across servers and the Internet.
This stands for “HyperText Mark-up Language.” It is the programming language in which web pages are created.
The “Uniform Resource Locator” is the website address. It more detailed terms, the URL specifies where to find an identified resource.
“Internet Protocol” is a protocol for communicating data across networks. In laymen terms, IP is the numbers that are translated into the domain name. For example, 111.22.333 wouldn’t necessarily be remembered by millions of people browsing the Internet. When translated to “ComputerLingo.com,” people remember the name of the brand and can easily input it into the address bar of their browser.
The .com, .net, .us, .org, and others are simply the domain extension which describes the category in which a domain corresponds. “.Com” stands for “commercial” and is used for those businesses and entities that plan on using the website to make a profit or run their business.
A great example of a Phoenix company is “GoDaddy.com.” They are a Domain hosting, Domain purchasing, and website hosting company that offers services and goods to buyers.
“.Org” is used for non-profit and not-for-profit organizations. “.Ca” stands for Canadian domains. “.Name” is the only domain extension specifically meant for personal use. Registering a “.Name” domain name would be great for families wanting to create their own personal website to share information about the family. There are hundreds more and many being added each year. “.Net” is most commonly used by Internet Service Providers, web hosting providers, and other companies directly involved with the infrastructure of the Internet.
These are just a few more representations of computer lingo you hear on a daily basis. Understand these a little bit and you’ll be able to understand “tech” speak when talking to support personnel and others in the computer world.