You are thinking about getting a website. As soon as you mention you want a website, people start tossing terms at you. Saying you don’t understand can cause all sorts of problems. People may begin talking to you like you are stupid or just not be able to explain the terms. Here are some common terms to get you started.
This is your website address, it is also called your URL. It may start with www however many websites are dropping it. You must include for people to find the correct place online. So if you owned Amazon. You would need to include it.
Once you pick out a domain name, you need to buy it. You will buy your domain name from a domain registrar. This service registers your domain name in your name.
After you register your domain name you will need a web host. This is a service that provides access to your website. You could think of this as a party host, who provides access to their house.
This is the actual access to your website. Hosting would be like the party host provides hosting, the web host provides web hosting.
Yet another term related to a web host. This refers to the physical storage of your website and allows the world access to your website. This would be the home of a party host.
This the IP address where your domain name “lives.” When you buy the domain name, your registrar assigns it to their nameserver. You will need to change it to the nameserver your web host provides.
Your web host will provide you with a control panel. cPanel provides a graphic interface and automates many tools used by website owners. This gives you an easier way to administrate various aspects of your website.
When you search for something online you typically use a search engine. You want your website listed with the search engines.
Search Engine Optimization
This is also called Optimization or SEO. You want your website optimized for search engines because this gives your site a higher ranking.
This is where your website appears on a search related to your niche. The better your ranking, the closer to the top of the list you will appear. First-page ranking means your page is on the first page of a search in your niche.
This list is far from complete, however, it does provide you with terms you will need as you set up your website. These are terms that are very popular with website creation.