Bandwidth is the amount of information your connection
to the Internet can carry.
Bookmarks on the internet are like bookmarks used in
a book. They are used to direct you back to a website you want to return
to. Microsoft Internet Explorer uses the term "favorite" for
the same concept.
Browsers are the software used to view web pages on the
Internet. The most common browser is Microsoft Internet Explorer. Web
pages will look and sometimes function slightly different, depending on
the brand and version of the browser used to view them with.
A domain name is a unique website addresses on the internet
Flash Animation uses software which allows animated graphics
to look the same across all browsers, as long as the software is installed.
Flash animation is commonly used in websites to add movement and draw
attention to something.
In web design, providing the ability to break a web page
into multiple, separately scrollable areas are known as frames. Because
some search engines cannot follow links in a framed web site care must
be taken in using this functionality.
Stands for File Transfer Protocol. FTP allows you to
copy files (web pages, graphic images, etc) from one computer to another
via the Internet.
Stands for Graphics Interchange Format. GIF files are
images which display up to 256 colors.
HTML is an abbreviation for Hypertext Markup Language.
It is the main programming language used to create web pages, including
text, images, sounds and animation.
A hyperlink, more commonly called a link, is a connection
between one web page and another (either on the same website or a different
animated and dynamic in terms of graphics and navigation. It is also commonly
used to validate forms provided on websites.
JPEG is an abbreviation for Joint Photographic Experts
Group. JPEG file format is used for full-color and black-and-white graphic
images. JPEG images allow for more colors than GIF images.
Meta-tags are codes used when designing websites. The
most common use of meta-tags are the keyword and description tags, which
tell Search Engines which words are relevant to the web page and what
description to use in their search query results.
A mouseover is a popular special effect for web graphics.
It is often used to switches colour or a graphic image when you place
your cursor over it.
Stands for Portable Document Format. Created by Adobe
Systems in its software program Adobe Acrobat as a universal browser.
Files can be downloaded via the web and viewed page by page, provided
the user's computer has installed the necessary plug-in which can be downloaded
from Adobe's own web site.
PHP is an abbreviation for Hypertext Pre-Processor. PHP
is a server side programming language used to provide additional features
A robot (or spider) is a software program that search
engines use to visit every website in its database. It follows the links
on those websites to other websites and catalogs and updates all the information
provided in those websites.
Royalty-Free Photos or Graphic Images
Royalty-Free Photos or graphic images are sold for a
single standard fee and may be used repeatedly by the purchaser. Typically
with royalty-free images, the company that sells you the images still
owns all of the rights to the images - the purchaser has the right to
use them. The seller also usually has the right to re-sell royalty free
Search engines are huge databases containing information
from websites throughout the Internet. People can search the database
by typing in 'keywords', which describe the information desired. The search
engine then retrieves a list of relevant websites.
Search Engine Optimisation
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is the process of attaining
links to a website and optimising the pages within it, in order to achieve
high search engine rankings for selected keywords or phrases relevant
to that website.
A thumbnail is small version of a graphic image.
URL is the abbreviation for Uniform Resource Locator.
It is the address of an individual web page on the Internet, eg. www.abacusdesign.com.au/glossary-of-terms.htm.