Hooray, we have some new friends. That lovely team of
developers at MWM is open to questioning on all things,
well, webbie. So don't be shy now, please ask away by
To start off we have used some historical unanswered
questions aimed at CSN when we previously did not have the
nous to come up with the answers. Well we now have the
MWM mouse, Maurice, who is to be our on line agony aunt.
A bit like that famous song by whoever - "There are more
questions than answers". So here we go, which coincidently
is a song by the famous Brighton and Hove Albion on their
way to Wembley
What's a Domain Name?
A domain name is a qualified name, or set of names,
connected by dots. If you take the website,
www.interprinter.co.uk, the domain name is
interprinter.co.uk. The ".co" indicates it's a commercial
organisation, and the ".uk" indicates it's UK based. Domain
names are registered for one or more years for a fee, and the
provider you buy the domain from will normally
provide you with remote control of DNS.
DNS stands for domain name service. This is normally
running on servers provided by your ISP (Internet Service
Provider) and operates in a kind of pyramid fashion, with
just seven master servers at the very top. These servers
update each other regularly, and maintain a kind of yellow
pages translating each domain name into the numeric
internet protocol address which is unique to your website.
What's a website?
A website is one or more pages which appear under a domain
name - for example, www.interprinter.co.uk.
What's a web browser?
The most common web browsers are Microsoft's Internet
Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. These two browsers constitute
the vast majority of browser traffic across the internet,
although there are a small number of other browsers out
there as well. Most websites are built to operate correctly
with Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Internet Service Provider - this is the organisation that
provides you with access to the internet. There are many
such companies with a wide variety of pricing structures.
IP, or Internet Protocol address, is a unique numeric address
given to any device connected to the internet directly. There
are two private ranges intended for use internally to homes
and businesses, which cannot be routed across the internet
- this is for security. These ranges are 192.168.X.X, and
Local Area Network - if you have multiple machines
connected together, this is most likely achieved using a LAN.
Modulater/Demodulator. This device turns data into audible
tones that can be sent over a telephone line, and back again.
Normally associated with a modem, this indicates a
connection which is made on demand, rather than classic
broadband, which is "always on".
The common term for a computer which sits flat on a desk,
often with the monitor sitting on top of it.
Random Access Memory - this is the volatile storage within
Central Processing Unit - this is the processor which
performs most of the calculations in your computer.
The common term for a desktop PC which stands upright.
The common term for any computer which typically runs
unattended - web servers, mail servers, or in fact anything
serving a back office function.
Transmission Control Protocol over Internet Protocal. Pretty
much all traffic running over the internet will be done
through packets of data transmitted using TCP/IP as a
Really Simple Syndication - a standardised method of
distributing information, usually news stories to subscribers
who often republish.
This is a pointing device which controls your computer
pointer. These come in many different sizes and flavours,
but it's important to get one which fits comfortably in your
hand. Optical mice do not suffer from the same problem as
"ball" mice, which pickup grease and dirt from the desktop,
accumulating internally until the rollers stop working
properly giving you a poor experience.
Hyper Text Mark-up Language. This is a standardised (in
theory!) language which web sites use to explain to the web
browser how to display information.
This is a client side
scripting language -
so it runs in your
browser rather than
on the server hosting
the website, which
can enrich your web
MWM FAQs - Ask Maurice