Glossary of Internet Terms

Following are some selected Internet Terms.


Bookmark – A bookmark is a placeholder for pages on the World Wide Web. When you instruct your browser to bookmark a page, you can return to that web page at a later time by selecting the bookmark from you browser’s menu.


Browser – A browser is a software tool with which you can navigate and experience the World Wide Web.


Bulletin Board – A bulletin board is a digital bulletin board where users can post messages and reply to messages posted by others.


Cookie – A small piece of information sent by a server to your local computer. The cookie allows you to enter the service, look about and go to another web site, and then come back to the original web site without having to enter your login and password.


FTP – FTP is an abbreviation for File Transfer Protocol, which is an agreed-upon method for transferring files between computers on the Internet. An FTP site is a server with an address on the Internet that has been set up to use the FTP to store and transfer files.


HTML – HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. HTML allows a person to define what goes in a web page, what the page does, and how it looks in a web browser, as well as what the words say, how to draw the pictures or play the sounds, where the links go and more.


http – http stands for hypertext transfer protocol. http is the very first part of a web address that says, “I am a web address,” and tells the computers on the Internet to use the “hypertext transfer protocol” to send information to and from your computer.


Back – The Back button on your browser returns your view to the page that you were most recently viewing.

Database – A database is a collection of information organized so that a computer can find pieces of information in it.

Download – To retrieve files from a web site to your local computer.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) – FAQ stands for “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Hyperlink (also link) – A link is a connection between one web page and another.

Internet – The Internet is the world’s largest computer network, made up of thousands of smaller networks and computers all connected together.

ISP – ISP is an acronym for Internet Service Provider, which is a company that allows subscribers to connect to the Internet through a dial-up connection or a leased time.

Netiquette – Netiquette stands for Internet etiquette. Netiquette is a set of rules and guidelines on acceptable behavior on the Internet.

Path – A path is the route that you take down directories and sub-directories to get to the files you want.

Plug-ins – Plug-ins are software products that can be added to your browser to enhance its functionality.

Query – Query is an individual search performed using a search engine.

Reload/Refresh – This is a button on your browser that requests the web site to send an updated version of the current web page.

Reply – A reply is an article that is posted as a response to another post. It’s usually a good idea to quote from the article you’re replying to so people know what you’re talking about.

Searchable Directory – A searchable directory is a page of links to information stored on other pages.

Search Engine – A search engine is a software tool that takes a request from a user and submits it to a database stored on a web site’s computer.

Server – A server is a computer that answers requests from other computers.

Site – Site is short for “web site.”

Upload – Upload is to send files from your computer to somewhere else (like a server).


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