Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Blog

October 29, 2007

A blog, or weblog, is a type of online diary that can be easily updated. An article on a blog is called a post, and will be dated. Blogs usually have comments sections allowing interaction and debate between the blogger and the audience. Blogs will often link to other blogs, creating an online world of blogs called the blogosphere.

Blogs offer a powerful opportunity for individuals, small businesses and organisations to have a visible voice despite their small size – through interesting posts that are linked to by other blogs, or disseminated across the web via RSS feeds.

Blogging software may be pay-for or free to use. Blogs are usually hosted by third parties Рpopular blogging sites include  Typepad, Blogger and WordPress.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Ping

August 30, 2007

On the internet, a ping involves sending a packet of data to an internet address. The destination server responds to the ping, demonstrating that it exists and is connected to the network. The speed of its response also assists the sending computer identify speed problems and therefore determine which is the most effective route for its traffic.

In blogging, blog software can be set up to automatically ping other servers when the blog is updated (so blog search engines and aggregators can offer frequently updated blog content).

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Really Simple Syndication – RSS

August 20, 2007

RSS, or really simple syndication as it usually (but not always) refers to, is a way of providing or receiving news feeds of new and updated content from websites and blogs. As a user, this saves you time as you no longer have to visit lots of sites you are interested in to find out if their content has been updated.

To receive RSS feeds you will need a news/feed reader or aggregator, which can be browser based or software. Then you simply click on the RSS link (often a small orange symbol) on the website or blog from which you want to receive a feed.

Some people refer to RSS as Rich Site Summary.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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