A Handy List of Digital Media Terms

The Internet – a large interconnection of computer networks. It is made of millions of computing devices that trade volumes of information.  Desktop computers, GPS devices, cell phones, car alarms, video game consoles and vending machines are connected to the Internet.

World Wide Web –  this is the portion of the Internet most people use daily. We access the world wide web via web browser software (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc).

FTP – stands for File Transfer Protocol. In simple terms, it’s how files are added to a server to make your website work.

SFTP – known as the Secure File Transfer Protocol, enables secure file transfer capabilities between networked hosts

IP Address – a numerical label assigned to each device (e.g., computer, printer) participating in a computer network that uses the Internet for communication.

Domain name – a website name/website address registered with a domain registrar.

SSH – “secure shell” is a network protocol that provides administrators with a secure way to access a remote computer. In simple terms, it allows a user to login securely from a computer to a computer network, whether it be as close as across a room or as far as across the world.

HTTP – an abbreviation of hypertext transfer protocol, it is a communication protocol used on the Internet to transfer or exchange hypertext. It has been in use on the World Wide Web since around 1990 and refers to a client-server protocol, by which two computers can communicate over a network connection

CMS content management system, is a software application or set of related programs that are used to create and manage digital content. WordPress is a popular content management system.