How to Juggle Web Jargon

Jan 16, 2017 | IT Services, Web Services

If you’ve ever run to Google because you didn’t know which version of a word to use or came across a term you’ve never heard of, you’re not alone.

Web JargonWe’ve all done it. Whether it’s an email, blog post or sending a text, certain words give us pause when we start to spell them as multiple spellings exist with varying definitions. So if you’ve ever had to completely reword a sentence to avoid any of the following technical terms, hopefully, this list will help.

Internet vs. Web

Internet refers to a worldwide network based on TCP/IP protocol that can connect computers from micros to supercomputers. The Web is short for “World Wide Web” and refers to digital content served through the Internet’s hardware.

Disk vs. Disc

Disc is optical media such as a CD or DVD, while Disk refers to magnetic media such as a floppy disk or the disk in a computer’ hard drive.


RAM (Random Access Memory) is the amount of memory available for use by programs on a computer. ROM (Read Only Memory) is a particular type of memory used to store programs that start a computer and do diagnostics.

CD-R vs. CD-RW

CD-R allows you to write data once on it, where a CD-RW will enable you to write data on it multiple times.


HTTP stands for “Hypertext Transfer Protocol” referring to the language of web pages. HTTPS is “Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secured” meaning the web page has a special layer of encryption added to protect personal information and passwords.


HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a language used for creating web pages. XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a markup language for coding web documents that allows designers to create their customized tags for structuring a page.


DPI (Dots Per Inch) refers to the number of printed dots contained within one inch of an image printed by a computer. PPI (Pixels Per Inch) refers to the number of pixels included within one inch of an image displayed on a computer monitor.

Emoji vs. Emoticon

An Emoji is a small image inserted into text that expresses an emotion or an idea such as a smiley face, unicorn, ice cream cone or a smiling unicorn eating an ice cream cone. An Emoticon is a representation of a human facial expression using only keyboard characters such as letters, numbers and punctuation marks.

Social Media vs. Social Bookmarking

Social Media is a broad term referring to media dissemination through social interaction. Social Bookmarking is a form of social media where users interact by recommending websites to each other.

Cookie vs. Cookies

Cookie is a small piece of information used as a means to identifying you during your session when connecting to specific servers via a web browser. Cookies are a delicious baked good that sometimes has chocolate chips in them, although some people opt to put raisins in them so always proceed with caution.

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