Understanding Some Basic Internet Terms

With the incredible speed that technology is growing in regards to computers and the internet, users often feel that they don’t have a complete understanding of the language used when discussing key features. Here is an introduction to some common terms:


An internet browser is the software application used to retrieve information from the web, allowing the viewer to see the pages and documents available online. It translates the HTML encoded information for the user. Most browsers will have different features, among them a back and forward button to let the viewer easily go back to a page they already looked at; a stop button to cancel the retrieval of a page; a home button that allows for quick return to the users home page; an address bar where complete web addresses can be typed for direct access; and a search bar where the user can type what they are looking for and be presented with a variety of sites to choose from. Some of the most common browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome.


A browser has what is called a “cache” which is a space that stores previously visited sites onto the computer. When needing to go back to a document or site that has already been viewed, the browser will check if it is stored in the cache first. If so, it will retrieve it from there as it requires much less time to bring it back up than going back to the server.


Web browsers all contain a way to save favorite links that can be easily retrieved without having to remember the web address. In order to save a web page into bookmarks or favorites, the browser will have a tab to click bringing up a box which allows the page to be saved to a folder. The next time the visitor wants to visit that site, they simply click on the bookmarks tab then scroll to where they saved the link.

These are just a few basic terms that can help ease some of the confusion of the internet.