The following article offers a beginner’s guide to some of the key acronyms and abbreviations used in the world of web design and web development. As with all industries and sectors, esoteric jargon can be a barrier preventing many people from fully embracing web technologies and all of the potential benefits that they can bring to businesses and individuals alike.

HTML

HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language and is the fundamental language of the web. Basically it tells a web browser what information to display on a web page and how to display it. To that end it can determine the structure of the page (and its content) as well as the formatting or styling (colour and size etc) of the page, although the latter are often controlled by style sheets instead (see CSS below).

This is a pretty common question that we get from clients a lot. Some people do not understand how creating a Google sitemap can benefit their search engine optimization marketing plan, but I feel that it is invaluable. Your Google Sitemap is a roadmap that Google follows to know how to index the pages on the site the proper way. Done effectively, which basically means done correctly, allows you the power of telling the search engines how to properly list your site.

To create a Google Sitemap, you will need a free Google account. Once you have an account, you want to log into the Google Webmaster Tools homepage (http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools). Once you are logged in, you want to click the Add Site button. Type your Website URL in the box and verify your site. You have alternate methods to verify your site. You can upload an HTML file (given to you by Google) to your site or add a META tag to your site.

Select the Sitemaps tab on the left and click Add General Sitemap. Type sitemap.xml after your website address and submit. The amount of time that it takes for your Google Sitemap to be registered varies, but should be done in 24 hours at the latest.

Statistics

*A laptop is stolen every 53 seconds in the USA – Symantec
*Over 600,000 laptops are stolen each year in the USA – Safeware Insurance Agency
*97% of these laptops are never recovered – FBI
*The second most common crime, just after identity theft, is laptop theft – FBI
*Lost or stolen laptops are the top culprit of data leaks/breaches, accounting for 45% (of all the incidents studied) – The Identity Theft Resource Center
*Laptops are the number-one item stolen in San Francisco – San Francisco Police Department

The Fear of Theft

Web development service can be defined as any activity undertaken by professional web designers, in order to create a web page. The web page is meant for publication on the World Wide Web.

However, there is a technical difference between web development and web designing services. Website development services are required for a wide range of IT-relate services. Some of the important fields that involve web development include e-commerce, business development, generation of content for the web, web server configuration and client-side or server-side scripting

A web page may be created for personal or professional purposes. Technology has made the web development as a convenient process for creating the website. In fact the benefits of technology vis–vis the web are meant for both developers and users. The increased usage of the web and the growing number of websites are an indication of this. And what sets the web apart from other technologies such as the television and radio is the space it gives to the user. Everyone can have a web site of their own, but not everyone can, for instance, have a show on television.

When setting up a website or possibly looking for a new web host, there are a number of important factors that need to be taken into consideration. It is helpful when making your selection to not only look at the various hosting options available. You also need to look at your business and website so you can make an accurate match between the two. As you start the process, here are some important things to consider when choosing a web hosting service provider.

What Type of Website Do You Want?

Different types of website will have different hosting needs. For example, a corporate or marketing site requires only a basic hosting package and not much disk space. An e-commerce site requires a database and front end where customers can search for and purchase products online. An e-commerce site therefore will require a larger amount of disk space and be more involved in terms of set up and design. Deciding on the type of website you want will help you determine what your hosting needs are. Many hosting providers have special hosting packages for different types of websites. It is important to match the hosting package to your website’s capacity and needs. If you choose a hosting package that cannot properly accommodate your website, it will result in a site that doesnt function properly or is often down.