Category: Glossary of Confusing Stuff

How big is the Internet?
And just how much of it is worth your time?

August 5th, 2009

It’s time to boggle your mind with some statistics…


According to the most recent research, it is estimated that there are now over ONE TRILLION web pages on the Internet today. Both Google and Microsoft confirm this with Google stating that it already has those trillion+ web pages indexed (that’s gotta eat up a lot of storage space.)

Putting this into perspective: it means that there are more web pages than there are humans living on this planet (world population is estimated to be approximately 6.7 billion). Taking it even further with a little bit of elementary arithmetic, it’s the same as saying that each one of us bipedal, opposable-thumbed, conscious individuals has about 150 web pages of content online.

If you spent only one minute to read each web page in existence today, it would take you about 31,000 years of non-stop reading to get to each one; no sleeping and no bathroom breaks (unless you’re using wireless laptop, netbook, or iPhone ;) )

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HTML line break tag – when and how to use it

August 4th, 2009

HTML line break codeA lot of beginners to website design want to know how to create a line break using HTML. And while the tag used to create a line break is easy to remember, knowing when and how to use it correctly is a little more complicated. In addition, there are many times when you shouldn’t even use the HTML line break code at all.

In this post we’ll take a look at line breaks, what is the HTML tag for one, and when to and not to use them.

(By the way, if this is your first time visiting Newbie Website Design, then I encourage you to check out the My First Website series to learn how to build websites the right way.)

Let’s get learn more about HTML line breaks, shall we?

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What are web safe “hex” colors? (Plus an HTML color chart!)

July 29th, 2009

Chart of web safe hex colorsAs a beginner at website design, I remember the first time I encountered phrases like “web safe colors”, “HTML colors” and “hex colors.” Obviously the last term, “hex colors”, has nothing to do with using colors to bring ill-fortune to those so-called friends who wronged me in the past. But as a newbie to website design, how was I to know the truth? ;)

In this post, I’ll clear up exactly what web safe and HTML colors are and what exactly are “hex colors” (a.k.a. hexadecimal colors).

So put down your voodoo dolls and let’s get into it!

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The best fonts for websites (web safe fonts)

July 26th, 2009

The best fonts for websitesBeginners to website design often scratch their heads in confusion and ask themselves “What are the best fonts for web design?” The answer to this question is both easy and a little complicated. You see, while there are some good fonts for websites, there are also the highly necessary standard fonts for websites as well. Throw into the mix the fact that you can have any font on your website using images and you’ll undoubtedly scratch the hair right off your head.

In this post, I’d like to clear up the confusion and offer some solid “web font” advice to help make choosing your website fonts easier (and to prevent premature balding as well.)

Let’s begin with a little background information:

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What’s the difference between vector and bitmap (rasterized) images?

July 24th, 2009

Difference between vector and bitmap imagesThere are two types of images that you’ll need to understand as you get deeper into website design and graphic design: vector images and bitmap (rasterized) images.

Under normal conditions, one usually cannot tell the difference between a vector and a bitmap image. It’s only upon closer inspection that you can actually see those differences. But more importantly, it’s what vector images and bitmap (rasterized) images are that will allow you to use them correctly in graphic design.

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WordPress smilies or emoticons (BB#4)

July 17th, 2009

Whether you call them smilies or emoticons one thing is for sure: they are everywhere! Some blogs and forums use one system while different blogs and forums use slightly altered systems. Newbie Website Design is a WordPress based blog. That being so, you can use the WordPress smilies (a.k.a. emoticons) when you comment on any of the posts here.

Instead of making you search the Internet to find out how to write WordPress smilies (emoticons), you can now find them right here:

Wordpress smilies and emoticons

What is an HTML attribute, tag, & element?

July 7th, 2009

An HTML tag?As I prepare to write the next post in the “My First Website” series, it dawned on me (after my sixth cup of coffee) that I need to explain some website design jargon — specifically: what is an HTML attribute, element, and tag. I need to explain these terms because I’ll be using them quite often as we work through the series.

Of course, if you are not following along in the series you’ll still need to know what an HTML attribute, an HTML element, and an HTML tag are. Without this knowledge, trying to understand the other lessons and tutorials here on NWD will just make your head spin in a very unpleasant and slightly nauseating way.

Let’s begin:

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Different types of fonts

July 6th, 2009

Different types of fontsOne of the most challenging aspects of designing a new website, logo, pamphlet, etc., is deciding which font or fonts you are going to use. But with so many different types of fonts to choose from, how can one narrow down the choices to the perfect font or fonts for the project? Well, the first step in making that difficult “font choice” is knowing the difference between the different types of fonts.

In this post, you’ll learn exactly how to classify each type of font into the 7 common font categories. Without this knowledge you’ll not only have difficulty mixing and matching the different types of fonts into your website or other design projects, but also will create designs that are almost painful to the eyes (and we don’t want that!)

Here are the 7 common font categories:

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What is “hosting a website”?

July 4th, 2009

What is hosting a website?To many newbies, the whole process of making a website is drowned out by the confusing enigma that is hosting a website. Most don’t know were to begin. And for those that have a general idea of what website hosting is all about, they are still not quite sure about the “how to” aspect.

In this post, let’s take a look what website hosting entails, why it is better if you have a hosting company do it for you, and even a little bit about how your domain name (a.k.a. URL or website address) fits into the whole equation.

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What is Internet Marketing?

June 2nd, 2009

Make money online with Internet marketingIn these bad economic times, many people are looking into making money online in an attempt to earn a little extra cash to pay the bills, replace a lost job, or become an instant millionaire (like so many info products claim their system will enable you to do.) Yet, when one finally decides to dive into the Internet marketing arena, many questions arise:

  • What are the different ways I can make money online?
  • Is it easy to make money online?
  • What does real Internet marketing entail?
  • Do I have to be adept at making websites?
  • Must I make my own product?

And the most important:

  • Where do I begin?

If you have been asking yourself any of the above questions, then your prayers have been heard — for, here are answers:

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What is Lorem Ipsum? Why use it?

May 25th, 2009

What is Lorem Ipsum?Can you read this:

“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, neque velit suspendisse nunc mattis, eu duis vel viverra tortor, a massa feugiat, felis volutpat ut ultrices sit ante tincidunt. Amet fermentum, etiam lacus neque nonummy est mauris, urna nunc sagittis.”

You can’t? Good! Neither can I. And neither can 99.999% (approximately) of the people on this planet.

That’s the whole point of Lorem Ipsum — meaningless, jibberish text that can’t be read or understood and yet can flow naturally in a design layout. It’s actually one of those little-known design tools that is very important to the design process.

Let’s learn more about Lorem Ipsum and how to use it.
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