Definitions of Common Web Terms

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Blog: an interactive website used to share and relay information, opinions, and news related to specific topics.

Widgets: an easy way for you to arrange and rearrange your sidebar without touching a line of code in your site’s back end.

Blogroll: a widget on your sidebar where you can list links to your favorite blogs, websites, other citizen journalists’ content in your network, etc.

CMS or Content Management System: the type of website you have—WordPress, Blogger, blogspot, tumblr, etc.

Credentials: a form of identification stating your authorization to cover newsworthy events. (Credentials are usually issued by the entity you are reporting for.)

Domain Name: the name of your site (e.g., www.

Download: to receive files from the Internet to your computer.

Google Analytics: a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about your
blog or website’s traffic and traffic sources and measures conversions and sales.

Hits: a request to the web server for a file. The number of hits a website receives is not a valid popularity gauge but rather is an indication of server use and loading.[/su_column] [su_column size=”1/2″]

Host: where you go to buy a hosting account. Example: GoDaddy or Host Gator.

Hosting Account: where you store the website/ blog files that control the operation of your site.

New Media: anyone with a recording device, a pen, and paper who is willing, ready, and able to report the happenings in their community.

Page view: an instance of a page being loaded by a browser. Google Analytics logs a page view.

Plugins: plugins can customize your site to do almost anything you can imagine.

Post: content (text, videos, photos) that you display on your site. Each post has a different URL address and a separate page.

Sidebar: a section or column on your webpage customized with widgets and plugins to enhance user experience of your site.

Unique View: a metric representing the number of sessions during which a page was viewed one or more times. (See also Page view.)

Upload: adding digital files such as photos or video content to your computer or to a hosting platform such as YouTube or Facebook.[/su_column][/su_row]