Mary Hager - Function First Design
     Effective, Affordable Site Development
October 02, 2014   

Nerd Speak - Don't Be Confused!

These are some common terms in the world of web design, coding, and Internet marketing, and yet I find that lots of people are confused about what they actually mean. If you understand these terms, and which items might actually be useful to you, you can save yourself a lot of time when discussing options for your site with potential designers & code writers.

These are my own (very brief) definitions...

Blogs
CMS
Data Integration
Domains, Hosting, and DNS
Open Source
SEO
Social Media
Social media, like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are intended as means to create user-generated content. They allow readers to write, encourage visitors to make comments and suggestions, and basically give people a place to interact and communicate in an open dialogue on the Internet.
Facebook, for example, allows you to post a bit of business news or an upcoming event. People who are connected to your Facebook page (your "friends") will be notified of this new content, and can instantly respond with interest, comments, or questions about your post. They can also post your news on their own Facebook pages, thus spreading the word to all of their "friends."
Social media can be useful to almost any business, and have shown a consistent and impressive rise in popularity in the past several years. They offer a great way to spread the word about anything new or exciting and they seem to promote a sense of community, in which ideas are readily and openly shared.


If you have a term that you think should be added to this list, please don't hesitate to drop me a note and ask me to define it for you! If enough people ask me about the same term, the term will make this page!