Tricky Terms Defined


Have you ever been talking to support about your website but just didn't know what to call that "thing" that you want to change?  Or have you ever read a tech term that you feel like you ought to know but just don't?  Today, we're going to cover some of the more commonly misunderstood words that we come across in support. 


We'll start with two of the most commonly confused terms we see in any given day - the address bar and the search bar.


An address bar is a feature in a web browser that either shows the current URL or accepts a typed URL that the user wishes to go to.



Address bar in Chrome


Address bar in Firefox
Address bar in Internet Explorer


So, when you're looking for a specific artist's site, like MarshaRobinett.com, you would type her domain name or URL in the address bar and it would take you directly to her website.


A search bar is a box that accepts typed-in text in order to look up something or launch a search for related information.  

Search bar in Chrome.  As a bonus, in Chrome, the address bar is actually

a unibar and will take either a URL or a search so you can use it for

either function.



Search bar in FireFox



Search bar in IE


This is perfect for when you're searching for something in general, for example "Marsha Robinett art", as it will pull up a listing of all the sites that might pertain to those keywords added.



Navigation Bars, Categories, and Collections


Another set of misunderstood words are navigation bar, categories and collections.


A navigation bar is a set of links, buttons or images in a row or column that serves as a control point to link the user to sections on a Web site.  We call the links "categories" here at FASO.  














How a navigation bar

might look either on

the left or right side of

the screen.

         How a navigation bar might look at the top or bottom 

         of the website.


Categories are the links in your navigation bar that further organize your site into easily viewable subject matter.  These could include Contact the artist, About the artist, or any other page of your website.


Collections are groupings of images in your portfolio that are similar, whether it be a style, status, or subject matter.  You can create collections based on any criteria you like.  You also have the option of leaving them as a grouping in a works portfolio or you can show special attention to certain collections by adding them to your navigation bar.



How collections could look in your 



How collections look when added 

to the navigation bar.



Browsers and Operating System 

Occasionally, a ticket will be sent to support and we'll not be able to replicate the problem you're having.  Sometimes, it helps if we try using the same browser and operating system that you are using.  Some folks aren't quite sure what we're asking when we send a request for that information but it's simpler than you might think.


A browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and also display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files.  Popular browsers are Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.  


An operating system is software that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs.  On a PC the Operating system is "Windows" and on a Mac the Operating system is "OS X". 





Other times, it's helpful to know specifically what page you're having trouble with or you would like to know how to post a link but aren't sure what information you need to do so.  Having an exact URL makes both of these issues much easier to deal with.


A URL is a formatted text string used by Web browsers, email clients and other software to identify a network resource on the Internet.  It's a specific address on the web like http://faso.com or http://apple.com.  You can find the URL of a web page by looking in the address bar.



Domain Terminology


And finally, some of the most confusing and scary terms you'll come across involve your domain.  I went to our fearless leader, Clint Watson, and he came up with an easier way to remember these terms by giving me an excellent analogy instead of me giving you spooky definitions that are clear as mud.



A DOMAIN is like a phone number.
A WEBSITE is like your house.
A DOMAIN REGISTRAR is like the phone company.
DNS is like the phone company's exchange settings

Here's the analogy:


You can point your PHONE NUMBER to your HOUSE by having the PHONE COMPANY change the EXCHANGE settings for YOUR PHONE NUMBER.




You can point your DOMAIN to your WEBSITE by having your DOMAIN REGISTRAR change the DNS settings for your DOMAIN.


And with that, we'll end today's lesson on tricky terms...it's high time that you step away from the computer and get back to creating amazing art.  :-)

9 Responses to Tricky Terms Defined

Maggie Leiby
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Thanks for the excellent explaination of some of those "tricky" terms. Although, I understood most of them, you helped clarify the others.
My question is, can you tell me why I would have a need to have the Domain Registrar change my DNS setting? That part is still a bit foggy to me. And, what are the DNS settings? Thanks for your help and I love haveing my wed site through Fine Art Studio On Line. Again, thank you.

Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA
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Hello Carrie:

This is great. A grat idea to explain all this.
Thank you sooo much. Really appreciate it.

Marsha McDonald
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Oh, WOW! I wish this had been available a long time ago. Thank you, thank you! I've always dreaded calling tech help because I know I couldn't describe very well what I wanted done. I definitely used the "thingy" word a number of times, and hated doing so.

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Thanks for the metaphor; it helps. Can you explain hidden search strings? I hear about them. Something like a string of words that are written in black on a white background, then turned to white that still affect the search engines?

Carrie Turner
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If you registered your domain through FASO, you don't ever have to worry about that.

If you registered it elsewhere, you'll have to make those changes to get your domain working with your FASO website.

Usually, the change only has to be made once so it's not something you have to continually worry about.

Carrie Turner
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Sandy and Marsha,

No worries - anytime you're not sure, we'll still accept the words "thingy", "dillywhopper", and "doodad". :-)

Have an awesome day!

Carrie Turner
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I checked with our developers and this is what they had to say about hidden search strings:

"It worked in the late 90's on early search engines. However, it hasn't worked in at least 10 years. Google will detect it if you do that and penalize your site. We had an artist who did it once and within a couple of days their entire domain was blacklisted out of Google and, to our knowledge, they never got back in.

It is a huge no-no. The best bet for artists is to focus on creating good art and connecting individually with people who like their art. Playing with SEO is like playing with fire."

Hope that helps!

Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA
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And...what'ca m'call'it? :)

There are thingy's I have to review on my web site ..etc..that I have been wanting to change or what ever...Gotta get to that one of these times.

So glad for the warning about the SEO thing.

I had received an e-mail about renewing or re-registering my domain name or lose it, and I am wondering if I need to do that or not?

Carrie Turner
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Send a ticket in to support and they can tell you more about your domain situation.

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