Web Terminology Explained

Website technology is confusing. So when your web developer starts rambling on about things like domain name registration, servers, browsers, bandwidth and gigabytes, don’t feel bad if you get tripped up in the conversation. However, it’s a really good idea to learn the basics of what these things are and how they work, so you can make good choices for your business and website. 

Here’s a list of the most common web terms and questions explained.

The difference between domain name registration and hosting – and why you need both.

A lot of people easily confuse domain name registration with web page hosting. To clarify, your domain name is your website URL. For example: www.mydomainname.com. This name needs to be claimed and registered in order to be able to attach itself to a set of web pages.

On the other hand, “hosting” or a web host, provides the space where the web pages are saved and stored. So essentially, the domain name needs to connect to the host. Together, the domain name, the web pages and the host provide a “website”.

website diagram

What is a server?

Simply put, a server is really just a computer (or computer program) that stores files, and manages access to those files.

What is cloud storage?

No, this doesn’t mean storing data and files up in the sky somewhere. Cloud storage is a way to save and access data remotely. That is, it’s saved to an off-site storage system maintained by a third party – then you can access the files and data, as long as you have an internet connection. So basically, instead of storing information to your computer, you’re saving it to a remote database.

What’s a browser?

A browser is an application used to access the internet – for example: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.

Google Chrome FirefoxInternet ExplorerSafari

Online Marketing and How to Stand Out

Compared to just 15 years ago, business marketing today might seem easier than it was before. Modern technology, social media and email provide a quick, cost-efficient way to publish and distribute information to target customers. However, competing for the attention of your target customer has actually become harder in some ways. Because there are so many businesses and ads competing for consumer attention, viewers tune out, if not block information completely. Businesses not only compete with competitors, but with every single business out there. So how does a business stand out when everyone is standing out?

Here are several tips to keep in mind:

  • 1.       In general, take an assertive approach without over-doing it. Don't be pushy or misleading and avoid an over-the-top sales pitch.
  • 2.       Learn and follow anti-spam laws and regulations, and avoid black-hat SEO techniques.
  • 3.       Be visible when viewers are looking for services by investing in a long-term SEO strategy.
  • 4.       With any form of advertising, whether it’s online or print, state the facts and get to the point. You have mere seconds to grab and hold viewer attention.
  • 5.       Most importantly, keep in mind that a good and reputable business will always seek to gain the trust of viewers for the long run. This way, when they see your name (whether it’s in an email, a post, or anything else) they trust the information is worth reading. 

Effective online marketing requires time and patience. So maybe the way to stand out, is to sit down.  And remember that with all the technology and resources in the world, human referrals are still your best sales reps. 

How We Help Your Businesses Grow

We believe that developing easier to use, custom software and well-designed systems can enable you to grow your business. We’re here to help simplify and make the software you use everyday more efficient. Software Solutions Consulting, Inc. is an ideal technology partner dedicated to bringing your company/organization up-to-date using today’s technology. We are small enough to care and big enough to get jobs done for companies locally and nationally.

Working with Software Solutions, our customers have been able to:

Off-the-shelf software can’t solve all of your problems and Software Solutions can help you with current software improvements or custom software, from scratch. Custom software, tailored specifically for your unique business or organization, will help it run more efficiently, accurately, and become less time consuming. We’ve developed Custom Inventory Management Software for multiple businesses that have made their daily work tasks simpler. We developed a document management system to make car loan processing more efficient by taking the information, which usually comes from different locations, and organizing it all into one place for easier use.When your business grows, Software Solutions is there to help if you ever run into any technology related problems, every step of the way.  See our unique approach to tackling business problems.

A ski trip planning company contacted Software Solutions about re-designing their website to make it simpler for customers to book a ski trip. Before the re-design, the website wasn’t capable of performing tasks like payment processing, equipment rental, lesson booking, and signing up for a ski trip all in one place. Customers had to call the company for these services. Now, with the re-designed website, the business has more time to perform other daily tasks instead of answering phones to take orders because the website does that for them. Software Solutions also made the site responsive to fit the format of whatever screen a potential client is viewing it on.

Software Solutions provides key IT services and works on a variety of projects with employees who have extensive experience in these fields to improve businesses by helping them become more efficient and less time consuming. Projects we've worked on include but aren't limited to:

  • Custom Programming

  • Custom Website Design and Development

  • Web Hosting

  • SEO

  • Network System Design and Integration

  • Barcode Scanning

  • Warehouse Automation

  • Data Security and Management

Contact us. to discuss issues that are limiting your business growth, efficiency and ideas to improve your image, accuracy, and processes.

“There will be only two kinds of businesses: Those with an Internet presence, and those with no business at all.”

- Bill Gates

The "10X" Software Developer

In the world of software development, there is the question whether or not an elite software developer exists. This is a developer that has the capability to produce "10X" more work than the average. This topic comes with much skepticism because it is hard to compare quantity to quality. One could be producing many projects but with very low quality. By comparing software development to sports and accounting, one can come to their own conclusion whether or not a "10X" software developer exists.

Very few people become professional athletes. There are people who are just naturally more athletic at the sport in which they excel. There is an understanding that a good player won't become an elite player through training.

If someone wants to become an accountant, it is widely known that if you earn a Bachelors degree you can get higher paid positions with a Masters and by passing the CPA exam. There is not much variety in talent in accounting.

Although, not everyone becomes a professional athlete, many people still participate in their favorite sports for fun. People don't practice accounting for fun unless they are being paid for it or are volunteering to do it for a cause. Software developers are more closely compared to athletes when it comes to passion.

Like sports, some are just naturally better at software development than others. A degree from a good college in computer science does differentiate a candidate for employment at certain companies but this doesn't mean that person is a better programmer because they went to school for it. Many still develop software if they aren't being paid for it (ie: open source software). It is hard to compare those who write code for fun with those who do it for money. Training and experience matter but it won't make someone more elite than the next. 

Leave a comment in the section below with what you think of an elite or "10X" software developer.

New Year, New Office!

From all of us here at Software Solutions Consulting, Inc., we would like to wish you a Happy New Year and hope that your holidays have been special and joyous as well!

It's a new year and we have many new things happening around the office.

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