Less is more.

    Web stuff is full of acronyms and jargon that are hard to get your head around, if you only want to deal with this stuff at a minimum. These are not strict definitions of these terms, but it will help you get started.

    Google a term or look for its Wikipedia entry if you would like any more information.

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    Domain Name:

    A domain name is something like JeffKoons.com or DamienHirst.com, and is a little like a personalized telephone number, that lets people reach your site. You buy these at a domain name registrar, and they must be renewed annually (otherwise they expire, and others can buy them). Don’t think it is people with your exact name who will buy them, either. They might – but shady individuals can also buy these, often to blackmail previous owners (charging up to $5,000 to give them back), or else to run ads on them. This is perfectly legal, and experts can buy them automatically in microseconds after they expire, so it is a good idea to renew your name for many years in advance. Unless we are looking after them, you will receive emails from your registrar when they are about to expire.

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    Hosting:

    A website needs to live on a computer (or series of computers) that is on 24 hours a day and reachable by the internet. This is called website hosting, and we rent a large chunk of space off of one of the safest and greenest companies in the US. These computers also have to be able to cope with, say, 1000 people all trying to reach your site at the same time (if you are mentioned in a newspaper, for instance) without trouble. We charge you for your small chunk of the overall disk space we rent.

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    Nameservers:

    To have a working website you need to let computers know how to go from one thing (your domain name), to another thing (your computer hosting where your website is kept). Do do this you fill in the details of something called nameservers. It’s probably not necessary to know what this is exactly, other than to know you fill in a series of numbers, dots, and letters we give you. There’s a guide how to do this in our member’s section, and we can also do this for you if this is too challenging.

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    Registrar:

    A company that purchases domain names on your behalf. (Common ones include Godaddy, Enom, and Moniker.)

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    URLs:

    A URL is a web address like Google.com. For instance, the URL of this page is http://artistwebsite.org/glossary. This is an ‘elegant’ URL, as it uses whole words, which differs from an automatically generated one – which may be something like http://artistwebsite.org/?page_id=246.

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    Web Safe Colors and Fonts:

    There are certain colors and fonts that are called ‘Web Safe’, because they are included in all web browsing software, and hence able to be displayed similarly whatever computer or software your viewers are using. We can give you a list of web safe fonts and colors to look at (which is a very large range).

    Need any other words explained? Send us an email and we will add them here