Some Simple Definitions

February 5, 2013

DictionaryOne of my pet peeves is listening to people use terms wrong. Some of my favorites include “What’s your GPS”, referring not to make and model, but to location, or “click on the internet”, meaning their browser. While we are at it, my favorite oxymoron is “exact estimate”.

This blog post aims to clear out confusion about some of the most used terms in our industry. Many of you will know what these are already.


So here we go with some simple definitions.

A network is series of computers connected together to be able to communicate with each other.

The internet is a large series of networks that connects cities, states, nations, and continents. This network allows people to use the web wide web, email, voice communications and data transfer. Although the internet is physically all network hardware, people may refer to things such as, “I found it on the internet”, they mean they found something that the internet enabled them to find, often times on the web.

Internet Access
This is a service people general pay for that provides them a network connection to the internet.

World Wide Web
The World Wide Web has a few different names. They include World Wide Web, often abbreviated with www, which is in turn often pronounced, dub-dub-dub. Sometimes people don’t want to say World Wide Web, so they just say web, these terms are one in the same. The Web is a series of documents, html and images, linked to together by links.

For example, this page you are looking at is an html document, and I can link to another html document like this.

Web Browser
This is a piece of software you use to navigate the Web. The name really gives it away, you use one to browser things on the web. We wrote about Web Browsers before.

More than likely you are looking at this post in a browser. Common browsers include.

  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox

Thanks to Alex756 for sharing the photo in this post with a GNU Free Document License!


Alan has been creating websites since CompuServe was huge. Today he still is developing websites using technologies such as CSS3, HTML5, jQuery and CakePHP.

One response to “Some Simple Definitions”

  1. avatar Kelly says:

    My personal favorite is “Irregardless” often used most by those trying to sound WICKED SMART!

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