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Splash Page - this is an intro page on a site's main page that either consists of nothing but an enter button or some ill concieved graphic rich flash intro that one has to sit through before one can actually visit the content of a site. Splash pages just waste time.

Meta Redirect - this is a type of redirect done via meta tags. Upon initial entry to a page a meta redirect will send you to another page or site. Meta Redirects are frequently used to route one to advertising pages or to route one to another site after the old site is no more.

Meta Refresh - this is a way of locking a visit into a site by making their back button not work. A meta refresh will automatically refresh the page a person is on when one tries to leave the site by pressing the back button. This makes it not possible to leave the site in this usual manner. The only way to leave a meta refresh site is to type in another url directly or go under your internet browser selecting view and then goto and selecting the previous page you were on. Sometimes by pressing the back button very rapidly you can get away too. Meta refreshes are not popular with internet users.

Java Redirect - this is similar to a meta redirect except it it done via javascript. In essence upon visit to a given webpage the user is instantly redirected to another page.

Meta Tags - these are code snippets that are used either for keywords which are displayed on a few search engines or to refresh the page via meta refresh and prevent an internet user from being able to use their back button to leave a site.

Title Tag - this is the piece of code that determines a page's title in many search engine results and the title seen by internet users when they visit a given page.

Font - this is the term for the type of text style used on a webpage. A larger font or smaller font would also mean to use smaller or larger versions of a given font.

Frames and Noframes - frames are a way to create a website such that certain elements remain visible at all time. In essence you can combine multiple page elements together which remain on every page a person visits via frames to in theory create a more user friendly site experience. In reality frames make it harder for internet users to bookmark the exact webpage they want and hinder search engine indexability of a webpage. No frames is the use of traditional html webpages that allow the exact html page to be bookmarked. Many sites that use frames have a frame or no frame option because a lot of people hate frames.

Favicon.ico - a file that modern Internet Explorer browsers look for when a user bookmarks a site. The ico extension is for a graphic format known as icon, and if one has a favico.ico file set up the graphic will appear next to the webpage title in a user's Internet Explorer bookmarks. You can see how many Internet Explorer users are bookmarking a given site based on the requests for favico.ico rather the site has the file set up or not. This term is sometimes referred to simply as favico.

Java - a type of computer language sometimes used on webpages to allow for interactivity. Short snippets of java are javascripts.

Javascript - a type of script found on webpages that allows things like popups, popunders, and interactive elements on a webpage.

GIF - a graphic format first made popular by Compuserve. GIF stands for graphic interlaced format. GIF is not nearly as compressed of an image format as JPEG but it works well for graphics with few colors such as found in web icons and buttons.

Jpg or Jpeg - a very popular compressed image format that is often used for photographs or images with many colors. JPEG stands for Joint Picture Expert Group.

BMP or Bitmap - an uncompressed graphic format that is utilized for high quality image work for photography and desktop publishing. Bitmaps take up far more hardrive space than Jpegs and are usually not appropriate for inclusion on websites.

PDF File - a text file format invented by the Adobe graphic publishing company. PDF format allows a text brochere or document to be presented in the exact same format as it was when in printed form. Including links to PDF formats exclusively on a website is not a good idea though as not everyone has a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat.

Cookie - a small file placed on internet user's hardrives after visiting websites or after viewing ads from some online adnetworks. The purpose of a cookie it to keep track of user preferences, limit exposure of intrusive type ads, or keep track of login and password information for certain sites.

Html - acronym for Hypertext Markup Language which is the dominant file format in use on webpages today. Html is the page itself so if one views then this webpage would be an html webpage.

Hyperlink or Link - term for an embedded html code that allows an internet user to go from webpage to webpage and website to website. Hyperlinks are often used as underlined blue text that changes color after the hyperlink is clicked. A graphic can be a hyperlink to another webpage as well.

Default Page - term for the page that is presented when one types in something like without indicating a given html to view. Usually the file saved as index.htm or index.html are the default pages presented under such a situation.