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Deesigned Studio works with a variety of technology to build the web site you require. Here are a few definitions to help you understand the various terms you might hear.

Content Management is a tool to separate the content of a site from the presentation. As a user, most people would love to simply be able to type in the text of an article and have it published on their site. They don’t want to be bothered by having to know HTML or Java or other languages. Content management allows you to have a site set up once, and then you can simply add content to it as you need.

Domain Name The Domain name is the user-recognizable name of a web site. deesigned.net is the domain name of this site. When you type a domain name into your web browser, your computer then goes to a DNS server, which tells the browser the numeric address of the web site. So when you typed www.deesigned.net to get to this page, the DNS server told your browser to go to address 68.178.254.21

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. This is a tool that is often used to get material from a client to a server computer. If you build a web site on your local machine, you’d use an FTP program to get that material to your host.

HTML. HTML is an acronym for HyperText Markup Language. It was developed quite a few years ago for members of the scientific community to create links between various research articles. A highlighted word in one article could like to another article for further explanation. It has since become the default language of the entire Internet and provides for a relatively easy way to publish material on the World Wide Web.

JAVA is a computer language that is designed to be platform independent. This means that well-written Java code will work on a Windows, Mac, Linux or any other computer just as well as any other. Java enables much of what you see on the World Wide Web today.

PHP means PHP Hypertext Preprocessor. It’s a recursive name, and many programmers love recursion. This is the computer language that powers many interactive web sites on the Internet. If you have a WordPress site, it is using PHP. It is a powerful server-side language allowing for dynamic web sites with access to databases, mail services and many other features.

Web Site There are many different types of web sites, with many different purposes. In the end, all a web site is, is a group of files that exist on a server that may or may not be connected to the Internet. A browser will connect to that server and then show a user the content of those files. Web Sites are written in a language called HTML, which allows links to be made between various parts of these files.

WordPress.  WordPress is a content management system that allows you to easily add new material or make changes to your web site. Rather than having to learn HTML, you can simply log into your site and create and publish articles for your visitors to see.

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