Glossary

Glossary

Anchor

Anchors are created within web pages to enable a user to link between objects, pages, sites etc (i.e. information). An anchor is either the object referred to by a hypertext link on a web page or a link to another item.

Blog

Short for weblog. Blogs are typically a collection of ideas, theories or information in the form of journals, discussions etc that are constantly updated and added to and created for public consumption. In the true form of a log, the entries are arranged chronologically (most recent entries at the top). The range of topics covered by blogs is infinite and although some are private musings, others encourage participation.

Child

In the context of the hierarchy of web pages within a web site, a child is a page that appears as a “sub page” of another page.

CMS

Content Management System. As the name suggests, a CMS manages the content (i.e. information) within a website. It enables the user to add, edit and delete information. The CMS also enables that information to be properly transferred to the website.

Domain Name

A unique identifier that enables the target (typically an organisation) to be located on the internet.

Draft Site

A version of a web site that is a “work in progress” and not ready to be released onto the WWW for public consumption. This enables the web administrator to make amendments and test a site before publishing it and making it publicly accessible (see Publish below).

Home Page

The home page is either the first page that is displayed when a user accesses a web site, or the first page that is displayed when a user launches a browser application.

Hypertext Link (or Link)

Links in web pages enable the user to move between objects of related information (i.e. text, images, files etc). Links are most commonly displayed as coloured, underlined text or images and, when clicked on, the linked object or information will be displayed.

Live Site

A live site is the web site as seen by a user on the WWW.

Meta-data

Meta-data is data that provides information about other data. For example the URL, title, description and keywords of a page are meta-data that describe the page.

Meta-tags

Meta-tags are used to describe a web page. Search engines use the information recorded in meta-tags to index that page and therefore contribute to which pages/web sites are returned in a search.

Parent

In the context of the hierarchy of web pages within a web site, a parent is a page that contains child pages.

Publish

When changes have been made to a Draft web site and are ready to be transferred to the live site, they need to be published.

Published Site

A published site is the web site as seen by a user on the WWW.

URL

Uniform Resource Locator. The unique identifier for each page on the internet in the form of http://www.example.com.au

Web Page

A file in a website that contains information (text, images etc). Many pages make up an individual web site and are arranged in a hierarchical fashion. The topmost page is called the home page.

Web Site (or Site)

A collection of web pages available on the WWW and located by a unique identifier.