Some of the terms I use that may require explanation for the uninitiated.
- API Application Programming Interface – the interface defined to allow one application to talk with another
- Autoresponder An automated system that sends a pre-determined series of emails to someone who enrolls into an email list. A few companies that provides this service are Aweber, Constant Contact and MailChimp.
- back-end Refers to software that runs on a remote server rather than on the user’s computer
- Client Software that runs on the user’s computer. For web sites this would be the user’s browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.)
- CMS Content Management System – a style of website that separates the informational content (stored in a database) from the visual presentation
- CSS Cascading Style Sheets – files that specify how sections of a web page are laid out including fonts , placement and colors
- PHP An open source scripting language popular on many of todays web sites. The scripts run on the web site’s server
- Plug-in A software package designed as an add-on to another piece of software. Thousands of plug-ins are available for WordPress. Most of them a free!
- Theme A package of scripts and CSS that define how information is presented for a WordPress web site. This site uses the Socrates theme.
- WordPress A CMS package written in PHP with a MySQL database back-end. This website uses WordPress.
- Zip A compressed file holding one or more other files. named after the .ZIP extension placed on the file
- Zipping The act of creating a zip file