Bandwidth - Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data that can travel a communications path in a given time, usually measured in seconds. If you think of the communications path as a pipe, then bandwidth represents the width of the pipe that determines how much data can flow through it all at once.

Banner - Also referred to as a banner ad, a banner is typically a rectangular advertisement placed on a Web site either above, below or on the sides of the Web site's main content and is linked to the advertiser's own Web site.

Browser- Very often called Web browser, a software application used to locate and display Web pages. The two most popular browsers are Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. There are many other browsers like AOL Browser, Opera, NeoPlanet and many others.

Database - A special way of organizing computer data. It looks like a table implemented in columns and rows for fast accessing of data from any of the cells in the table. There are many different types of databases but all of them work on the same principle. Databases are very useful for storing and organizing data for later retrieval. Often used for managing accounts, managing user information, creating guest books and bulletin boards, even this page is implemented with a database.

DNS- The Domain Name System which identifies each computer as a network point on the Internet using an internet protocol address systems to translate from domain name to IP and reverse.

Domain Name - A unique name that identifies one or more IP addresses. For example, the domain name www.horizonwebdesign.com.au represents one IP address. Domain names are used in URLs to identify particular Web pages. Every web site that you visit is stored under a domain name.

Domain Name Extension - The part after the dot in the domain name is a domain name extension. In the www.horizonwebdesign.com.audomain, the domain extension is .com.au . There are many other domain name extensions such as .com .net .org .gov .edu .mil .info .web .us .uk .cc .it .mx .ba and many others.

Downloading- Downloading is the method by which users access and save or "pull down" software or other files to their own computers from a remote computer, usually via the internet.

E-Commerce - E-Commerce means conducting business on the Internet. It is mostly referred to buying and selling items online.

Encryption - A way of coding the information in a file or e-mail message so that if it is intercepted by a third party as it travels over a network it cannot be read. Only the persons sending and receiving the information have the key and this makes it unreadable to anyone except those persons (your browser does it automatically).

Flash- Browser independent vector and graphic animation technology owned by Macromedia Inc.. Most browsers support Flash technology and one flash animation looks the same on all browsers.

FTP - FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol which is one of the methods of transferring files over the Internet.

Home Page - It is a first page (also called opening page) of a Web site.

Hosting - Hosting is a service provided by a hosting company. That's a place (a computer available on the Internet) where web site is stored and made available to web site users to view the content of that web site.

HTML- Stands for HyperText Markup Language, the authoring and editing language used to create web pages on the World Wide Web.

Internet - The largest global network connecting millions of computers. It is strictly based on TCP/IP protocol for communication between host and server.

Intranet - A private network belonging to an organization, usually a corporation, accessible only by the organization's members, employees, or others with authorization.

IP Address - An IP (Internet Protocol) address is a unique identifier for a point or host connection on an IP network. An IP address is a 32 bit binary number usually represented as 4 decimal values, each representing 8 bits, in the range 0 to 255 (known as octets) separated by decimal points. It is just a number like 66.46.105.9

Java applet - A short program written in Java (not JavaScript) that is attached to a World Wide Web page and executed by the browser machine. Often used for complicated web applications.

JavaScript - JavaScript is a client-side scripting language that allows dynamic behavior to be specified within HTML documents. Most browsers support java however some browsers are disabled for JavaScript use.

Link - Sometimes called hyperlink. A link is object on the web page. When visitor of a web site click with the mouse on that object they are taken to another web page where the link is pointing to. Different types of links are: text links, graphic links, java links and form links.

PHP- PHP Hypertext Preprocessor is a server-side, HTML embedded scripting language used to create dynamic Web pages. Designed for Windows and Unix type platforms.

Search Engine- A program that performs searching on documents for specified terms or phrases and returns a list of the documents where those terms were found. Search Engines are lately referred to Internet Search Engines. Most popular search engines today are Google, Yahoo, MSN, AllTheWeb, Excite, Lycos, AOL, HotBot, Altavista. There are thousands of search engines and growing every day.

Search Engine Optimization - Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an act of of increasing the number of visitors to a particular Web site by adding appropriate keywords and phrases, and such ranking high in the search results. The higher a Web site ranks in the results of a search, the greater the chance that your site will be found by a search user. For general and competitive web sites it takes a lot of professionalism to tweak the web site in order to be well optimized and search engine friendly.

Spam- Spam refers to the practice of blindly sending commercial messages or advertisements to email users or posting to newsgroups.

Submission Forms - Forms are web pages with "fields" for a user to fill in with information. They are an excellent way of collecting and processing information from people visiting a website, as well as allowing them to interact with web pages. Forms are written in HTML and processed by CGI programs. The output can be sent as an e-mail, stored online, printed, and/or returned to the user as an HTML page.

Thumbnail - A small version of a bigger image on a web page. Usually containing a hyperlink to a full-size version of the image.

URL- It stands for Uniform Resource Locator, which is a string that supplies the Internet address of a resource on the World Wide Web, along with the protocol by which the resource is accessed. The most common URL type is "http," which gives the Internet address of a World Wide Web page. Some other URL types are gopher and ftp.

Web Application - Web Applications are web programs or real programs designed to be used on the web site using a browser. Example of web application would be e-commerce web site, web banking, stock exchange on the web, web games and many others. Web applications are becoming very popular due to wide availability of Internet access.

Web Page - One of the pages one the web site including the home page.

Web Site - A site presence on the World Wide Web. Each Web site contains a home page (opening page), which is the first document users see when they enter the site.

World Wide Web- A system of Internet servers that support specially formatted documents. The documents are formatted in a script called HTML (HyperText Markup Language) that supports links to other documents, as well as graphics, audio, and video files. This means you can jump from one document to another simply by clicking on hot spots. Not all Internet servers are part of the World Wide Web.