Do You Know Your ABC

Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014

We get asked lots of questions about what things really mean regarding technical jargon so we are compiling an A to Z of answers in plain English to your most frequently asked questions and queries. 

We will be publishing a full glossery on our new website (coming soon) but here are A, B and C to give you a taster.

AJAX SEARCH

Asynchronous JavaScript and XML Search is an interactive web application that allows users to search quickly for properties and offers auto population in drop down boxes whilst typing keywords.

Ajax acts as hotline between a user's browser and the server. Instead of loading a traditional web page, the user's browser loads Ajax, which displays the page the user sees and if it needs additional data, it requests it from the server, whilst simultaneously updating the page to give users a faster viewing experience.

 

AMENITY DATA SETS

Amenity Data Sets are files of information that are added to your websites database. These data sets contain Amenity information covering a designated area chosen by clients. Data sets can contain information on Schools (including OFSTED Reports), Transport, Health and Leisure Facilities. Information is updated annually and gives website users a useful insight into the designated areas services and amenities.

 

BROWSER

A browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including web pages, images, video and other files. When you open your browser and enter a request, your browser contacts the web server and requests information. The Web server sends the information back to your web browser which displays the results on the computer or other internet-enabled device being used.

Your browser is the most important piece of software on your computer as it is the 2-way door between you and the WWW. Keeping your browser up-to-date is very important for both your security (2-way traffic) and for fast page loading and enhanced browsing experience.  

Popular browsers include: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

Browsers are free to upgrade and install.

Check your browser is up-to-date at http://whatbrowser.org/

 

BROWSER CACHE

Your browser has a memory and to help you save time loading pages, it stores a snapshot image of pages that you have visited previously in it’s memory. This helps you by speeding up the time it takes to load a website page as the browser doesn’t have to wait for the WWW to send back the information it needs.

However, sometimes the website you visited before might have changed but your browser cache doesn’t know this and displays the old image.

If this happens, you could force the browser to retrieve the information from the server instead of from the cache by pressing CTRL & F5 or manually refreshing

To completely clear you browser cache, you can normally go to Menu - Tools - Clear Browser Cache on your browser, although some browsers may differ. by pressing Shift and the Reload Icon    on your browser bar.

 

COOKIES

Cookies are a simple text files that are sent from a website to a user's computer as a kind of Post It Note telling the computer to remember that site for the next visit. The next time you visit that website, your PC sends the website a message saying “Hi, it’s me again!”. Each cookie has it’s own unique ID so that the website can log you down as a repeat user and track what pages and functions you use or visit. This can be used to improve user experience and log how many new visitors the website has received from the data collected.

If you want to view cookies on your PC, browsers differ but you can usually find them by going to Menu - Settings - Advanced Privacy Settings - Content Settings - All Cookies and Site Data from your browser.

 

CLEARING COOKIES

Although cookies are generally nothing to worry about, you can usually clear cookies by clicking on your browser Menu - Tools - Clear Browsing History - Delete Cookies and other site and plug-in data. Browsers differ so consult your browser help option if necessary.

 

COOKIES & THE LAW

Although the majority of cookies are harmless and are in fact helpful to both users and website owners, EU Data Protection Laws were brought in to protect and inform web users that information was being collected and stored using cookies. Occasionally cookies have been used unscrupulously but the new regulations were designed limit the kind of information and personal details cookies can collect.

It is a legal requirement to inform websites users if your website uses cookies and for what purpose. This can be done by either a clickable consent or by implied consent. In other words, by continuing to use the website, you consent to cookies.

 

CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - CMS

Content Management Systems are the input systems used by web designers and website owners to add new content to websites without affecting the body of the website. The Property Jungle’s own CMS tool allows clients to add blogs, news, articles and pictures to their websites without the risk of damaging their website’s integrity. CMS allows clients to upload directly to their own websites and publish to the WWW.

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