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BASIC INTERNET TERMS

You can scroll through and read fully, or Click on the terms below to choose the explanations you require.

Domain Name

Top Level Domain (TLD)

Uniform Resource Locator (URL)

Registrar

Hosting Provider

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

Internet Protocol (IP) Address

Sitebuilders

WYSIWYG Editors/Site Builders

 

Domain Name

The domain name is what you type into your internet browser at the top to get to the website, but without the www. and anything after the .com. So my domain name is bodybuilding4idiots.com.

A domain name is never “owned”, it is more like a lease. Instead of a one off payment, there is a yearly fee you must pay.

You can buy a domain from hostmonster.com

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Top Level Domain (TLD)

This is the end part of your domain name after and including the full stop. So for my bodybuilding4idiots.com domain, my TLD is .com.

The three most well known are .org, generally for non-profit organizations, .net for network organizations and .com for businesses or personal websites.

You will be always asked what TLD you want, when you register a domain. It is best to choose .com in most cases, unless you are trying to attract an audience which is country specific. There you then would use a more country specific TLD like .ca for Canada, .co.uk for United Kingdom etc.

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Uniform Resource Locator (URL)

A URL is the whole address you must type in at the top to get to a website or a page. So for example, the URL for this page is:

http://www.bodybuilding4idiots.com/affiliates/basicinternetterms.html

This is different to the domain, as it directs you to a page, while the domain just tells you which site the page is located on.

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Registrar

A registrar is the company that handles the registering process of domain names. You go to them, give them the domain name you want, your information and a fee, and they “register” the name to you.

A good example is hostmonster.com which alllows you to register domains (as well as buy hosting)

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Hosting Provider

A hosting provider hosts your website, and all your sites information on their servers. So people are sent to your hosts servers when they type in your domain name or URL. In other words, its like you are renting their servers.

However some hosting providers are also registrars. When you are new, this is handy because they do all the work for you. You give them the domain name; they register it and setup the hosting account for you as well.
A good example is hostmonster.com which does both.

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Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

HTML is the coding an Internet browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox reads and uses to display a page. It is actually a sort of language. The good news is, you do not have to really understand how this works to become an affiliate marketer.

However, if you haven’t seen actual HTML before, I recommend having a quick look. Open a brand new window in Internet Explorer, and go to www.google.com. At the upper left hand part of your screen go to “View”, in your toolbar, and click “Source”.

A load of information will appear, and this is HTML coding. Even though you don’t need to know this, it is good to try and research into this, when you have time, to get some basic understanding.

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File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

A FTP program allows you to transfer files between your computer and the server, belonging to your hosting provider.

Effectively, you need this to allow you to upload your site to the net, and make changes. hostmonster.com has its own FTP client within, but one I personally use, which is FREE, great and easy to use is FileZilla's FTP client.

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Internet Protocol (IP) Address

Every computer or server which is connected to the Internet is assigned a unique IP address. The same goes for your hosting provider’s server and hence your website.

In reality, the internet is driven by IP Addresses rather than domains and URLs. However, while these numbers are great for machines, they are really hard for us to remember.

For example, the below IP Address is actually one of the many IP addresses that holds Google.com (at least when this was written, as things change often with Google).

http://72.14.207.99

But whats easier to remember, google or this? Hence why we have a domain naming system.

So when someone types in www.google.com, it is translated into an IP address. A request is then sent to the computer or server with this IP for the information, which is then sent back to our screens.

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Sitebuilders

A number of hosting providers, including hostmonster.com, offer what are called “Site Builders”. These allow you to build a site without using html. You can choose from a variety of templates, drag and drop pictures etc. However, if you ever change hosting providers you may find you have issues or are limited.

You can use their templates or the ones I provide within the affiliate marketing tools I have provided you, which are professionally designed to suit the bodybuilding market, so these are even better than what you get on these hosting websites and don’t limit you either.

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WYSIWYG Editors/Site Builders

These are programs you can install on your computer, which provide a format similar to a word processor. Similar to sitebuilders, you can use these to build a site, without any use of html.

They are great as they are “What you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) editors and are a lot better and more versatile than site builders, so my suggestion is to look at one of these.

Two of the most popular WYSIWYG editors are Microsoft FrontPage and DreamWeaver.

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DISCLOSURE: I am an affiliate for Hostmonster. If you purchase anything from them through my links to them above, my company will earn a small comission.