Mary Hager - Function First Design
     Effective, Affordable Site Development
April 16, 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
Blogs are used for publishing new content on a regular basis. You can post an article or commentary including images and links. Blogs are set up separately from your site, but are usually connected to your site (and if so, the content of your blog should be relevant to the content of your site).
Blogs are generally easy to learn to use, and can help to boost your SEO if used properly. Blogs can have RSS feeds for people who subscribe to them - In other words, if you burn a feed for your blog, your subscribers will get a notification when you post new content. This can be an excellent way to regularly remind your customers or clients that you exist.
If you don't honestly anticipate writing regular content, a blog is not for you.
CMS
Data Integration
Domains, Hosting, and DNS
Open Source
SEO
Social Media


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!