Ever wonder what language
your web company speaks?
So you want to be on the internet - the last thing you
want to hear is mumbo-jumbo tecno-jargon. You've talked to a number of companies and you're confused
enough. You recognize a word or two every now and then, but for all intents and purposes
it sounds like these Internet people are speaking another language.
"The problem with the JPEG is it needs to be a GIF to
interlace on the download or the server will hang at about 10 kb. So send the tiff
attached through your pop3 with your ISP and we'll set it to a script... maybe Java...
maybe CGI... we'll try a couple - and we'll get right on the SSL for the cart and
plan our cookies wisely. Oh BTW, we'll need another $8,000 to mpeg the
Buyers Be Aware!
you wanted a car - you
didn't specify that wanted a motor in the car - That's extra!"
No matter where you go or who does your
work, you are going to incur expenses in all of the areas listed below. It is wise to
investigate all these areas with anyone you're thinking about using to get you on the
Internet. Some companies may lure you in with a price that's too good to be true - and
that's exactly what it is; too good to be true.
Terminology & The Costs
There are a number of different costs involved
in establishing and maintaining a web presence. (Especially if you are going to create
your own domain.) In order to understand those costs, there are certain terms that should
be understood. Following is an explanation of what those terms mean and the costs
Web Site or Domain?
Believe it or not, the most misunderstood /
misused term connected with the Internet is "Web Site". And your understanding
of this term will determine the expenses involved with your Internet experience.
"Web Site" has become a catch all term
that is often used to refer to any Web presence, be it a "Web Page", a "Web
Site", or a "Web Domain".
A Web Page is just that: a
and it has its own unique URL (address). For example:
It can be thought of as a single page in a Newspaper, and like a single page in a
Newspaper it can contain multiple objects... pictures, advertisements, stories, news,
A Web Site is a grouping of Web
Pages, usually related and sharing a common theme. You can think of a Web Site as a
section in The Sunday Newspaper. There's the Financial Section, the World News Section,
The Local News Section, The Real Estate Section and so on. Because there are a number of
pages to a section, there is more than 1 URL involved. (Remember, URL = a unique web
address) For Example:
Like a section to the Newspaper, there is no set
standard of how many pages make up a Web Site - that is determined by how much content
there is to put there. In the Index to the paper, the sections are usually designated
differently than the pages. For example, Section B - Page 2. And each section has a front
page where the major features have been placed... often continued inside on other pages.
On the Internet, this "Front Page" is usually called a "Home Page",
the "Index Page", or the Default. In the example addresses above, notice that
there is no page number for the top page. That is because the "Home Page" is
set to default... or come up automatically.
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