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Affiliates, what are they?

Can PC users access a site made on a Mac or vise versa?

CSS, what is it?

Domain name, why pay, I can get one free?

E-mail forwarding, what is it?

FTP, why do I need to use it?

Java & Javascript, what is the difference?

.JPEG or .GIF, when do I use them?

Mirror sites, why are they used?

POP mail, what is it?

SSI, what is it?

Transparent GIF, what is it?

Web page, web site, what is the difference?

Web Hosts, what are they?

Webmaster, who is this?

WYSIWYG, what does this mean?

Netfirms Web Hosting

Affiliates, what are they?

Affiliates are sites which agree to display banners or text links to other sites which are selling a product or offering a service. In exchange the host site is compensated by payments per click on the link, or a percentage of sales made as a result of a customer reaching them through that link. This agreement can be made on an individual basis or through a service such as Commission Junction at cj.com which will collect the commission from each merchant and pay the host site.

Can PC users access a site made on a Mac?

The simple answer is that HTML code is platform independent so pages made on one platform can be accessed on the other. What becomes complicated is that different browsers even on the same platform will not render a page exactly the same. As you build your site it is advisable to check your results with several different browsers and also on the other platform if possible.

CSS, what is it?

CSS is the abreviation for "Cascading Style Sheets" which is a way to universally define colors, fonts, layout, and other aspects of a web page.

CSS Tricks & Tips

Domain name, why pay, I can get one free?

"http://www.greatbiglittledeal/freepage~page54/andsoforth" if anybody can remember that they have a better memory than me. Secondly it takes weeks or months to get listed on some search engines, if you move to another host you will have to submit again, any listings you have will be useless.

There are companies that will register a "http:yourname.com" domain name for you for free providing that you host your site with them, however if you decide to leave them for any reason you will have to pay them if you want to keep the domain name, usually at a high price.

Your domain name may become a valuable asset, make sure you have complete control of it.

E-mail forwarding, what is it?

When a host offers e-mail forwarding you can have any e-mail sent from links on your site to an account that you already have set up. This lets you check all your mail at once rather than configuring your e-mail program for each address and checking them individually.

FTP, why do I have to use it?

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a program written to send files from one computer to another. This is how you get your web site uploaded to a web host. "Unlimited FTP" means you can upload files as often as you wish and at any time of the day.

Java & Javascript, what is the diference?

Java is a programming language originally developed by Sun Microsystems and released in 1995 as a core component of Sun Microsystems' Java platform.

JavaScript provides a quick and simple language for enhancing web pages and servers. It is embedded as a small program in a web page to control certain functions such as calculators, calendars, forms, and effects.

Javascripts from The Javascript Source. (Free Javascripts)

.JPEG or .GIF. when do I use them?

.JPEG or .JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) is a commonly used method of compression for photographic images. The degree of compression can be adjusted, allowing a selectable tradeoff between storage size and image quality.

.GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is suitable for sharp-edged line art (such as logos) with a limited number of colors. This takes advantage of the format's lossless compression, which favors flat areas of uniform color with well defined edges (in contrast to JPEG, which favors smooth gradients and softer images).

Mirror sites, why are they used?

These sites have copies of the files located at the source site, they are used to take the load off Internet sites that are so popular that they are frequently inaccessible because of congestion.

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POP mail, what is it?

Post Office Protocol, an e-mail protocol specifying rules by which a mail client may retrieve messages from a mail server. With a PPP or SLIP Internet account and POP-based e-mail client software, your primary mail box can be on your own desk-top computer rather than at your access provider's site.

SSI, what is it?

SSI is the abreviation for "Side Server Includes" which is a method to build a part of a page such as a menu that sits on a server and is loaded on to each page as it is opened in a browser. The advantage of using SSI is that there is only one file to edit to change the information on every page of the site.

How to add a SSI menu to your site

Transparent GIF, what is it?

A specially rendered GIF image that takes on the background colour of a web page. This produces a more professional looking page.

Web page, web site, what is the difference?

A web page is an HTML document readable by a browser, a web site is a set of named documents at an addressed location.

Web Hosts, what are they?

A Web Host provides computer space on which your site is stored and from which it is accessed by the viewer.

Webmaster, who is this?

A webmaster is the person responsible for corporate web operations, qualified to administer all web resources.

WYSIWYG, what does this mean?

This stands for "what you see is what you get" web sites are written in HTML code which to the novice looks like mumbo-jumbo. There are web page applications now that instead of showing the source code, show only the copy as with a word processor, the HTML is inserted in the background. Click on "Source" in your browser tool-bar to see HTML code.

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