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Learn the Language of the World Wide Web

By sushanth
Posted Monday, June 21, 2004

If you are already on the web or thinking about it then you
must know the terminology used on the web. Here is a
Glossary of a few must know Web Terms.

The number of distinct people who visit your site.

Page Views:
The number of web pages that have been viewed by the
visitors to your site. If a single page is viewed many times
by a visitor, each view is treated as a new page view.

When a visitor views a page that has 3 graphics or images on
it, he / she will give you 4 hits. 1 for the HTML page and 3
for the graphics. As hits are meaningless, you must not
express your site statistics in terms of Hit count.

Referrer URL:
It is the web site from which the visitor has arrived to
your site. Assume that the web site has a link
to your site on all its pages. When a surfer clicks on your
sites' link and arrives at your site, becomes
your Referrer URL. Thus a referrer url indicates the sites
which are giving you traffic.
If surfers type the url of your site in their browsers to
arrive at your site, it will be shown as a Direct Hit in the
Referrer URL list.

Targeted Traffic:
It includes the surfers who visit your site because they
want the product or service or information which is being
offered by your site. Usually a Search Engine or Directory
will produce Targeted Traffic to your site. Your aim should
be to build Targeted Traffic to your site.
A link or banner without supporting content will produce
untargeted traffic.

Page Creation Tools:
They let you work with a single HTML document at a time.
Netscape Composer is a Page Creation Tool.

Site Creation Tools:
They let you work with several HTML documents at once. MS
Front Page is a Site Creation Tool.

This is short for " What You See Is What You Get ". It is
pronounced as We-z-Wig. A WYSIWYG HTML Editor will create
the HTML page for you. All tags are automatically inserted
by the editor when you click buttons. You only need to type
in the text of your document. A WYSIWYG Editor is very
useful while working with tables as it displays the table
structure i.e. rows and columns.
Netscape Composer ,which is part of the Netscape
Communicator 4 & higher package, is a WYSIWYG HTML Editor.

HTML Validation:
It is a software program which you can install on your
computer. It is used to determine if the HTML code in your
web page has any errors on it. Validating your HTML code
ensures that your web page will be displaced correctly by
most browsers.

Direct Linking:
If your web host allows direct linking to servers then a
file (.zip, .exe) from your web site can be downloaded from
another web site by hyperlinking. However, most of the free
web hosts like Tripod, Geocities, Angelfire etc. do not
allow Direct Linking. Thus surfers will need to visit your
web page to download any file.

When you submit a web site to a Search Engine (SE), the SE
will send out spiders (software program) to your site. These
spiders will record information about your site and bring it
back to the SE. The info brought by the spiders is added to
the database of the SE. This process is known as indexing.
After your site has been indexed it will be ranked and
listed by the SE, so that the site shows up in the search
Yahoo doesn't use spiders. All info is added manually to the
Yahoo database. Thus Yahoo is a directory and not a Search

It is a software that sends an automated reply or replies to
emails sent to it. The reply or replies are pre written and
saved on the web server by the web site owner. As the
replies are automated, it saves time & effort for the web
site owner. Autoresponders can be used for sending product
details to customers, to handle subscription requests or to
send follow up messages to prospective customers.

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