Glossary of FreeToastHost Terms

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FreeToastHost, like any other topic, has its share of terms and acronyms which can be puzzling to new users. Some of them are set out below.

The list also includes some more general computer terms which come up regularly.

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Agenda Templates

Agenda Templates are named agendas that are used as a common starting place for creating dated agendas.  The dated agendas are really the "working agendas" actually used for specific meetings.  The use of Agenda Templates allows you to save time by saving a copy of frequently used dated agendas as a named agenda.  (You can also create named agendas from scratch.)

Authentication

Authentication refers the method by which software verifies your identity.  

Browser Cache

Typically, much of the information displayed in a website is the same from one visit to another.  Because of this, browsers try to save frequently used website content in the "browser cache" so it can be retrieved quickly and does not have to be retrieved from the server which takes longer.   Thus, the browser cache is really just a local file storage area used to help speed up your browser.

Browser Cookie

A browser cookie is a small file placed on your computer by your browser to help it remember information for a website between visits to that website.  One key aspect of cookies is that they can be cleared since they reside on the user's computer.

Custom Domain

In addition to a website alias, clubs (and districts) may optionally choose to choose to register a custom domain name for use for a given time frame.  (it must be renewed for continued use.)  This custom domain name is then used as the basis for their website address and email addresses instead of a club number or website alias. 

DNS (Domain Name Server)

The DNS is a mechanism by which people can enter meaningful text based domain names into browsers and the browser then queries one or more DNS servers to find the text based domain name and convert it to the numeric IP address that is actually used to locate a website or resource.  The Internet actually runs on the numeric IP addresses, but by using DNS, meaningful text based domain names can be used as an alternative to the numeric IP addresses to access websites and resources.

Email Templates

Email Templates are emails that you have saved with a name to be reused later.  The use of Email Templates allows you to save time by saving a copy of frequently used emails as a named template.  These templates can also include variables to be filled-in when the email is actually sent.

HTML (HyperText Markup Language)

HTML is the main underlying coding scheme used for creating web pages for the Internet.  HTML defines certain keywords and codes in angle brackets <> that are used to define the organization and content of web pages.   Additionally, HTML allows for extensive formatting of content via references to external stylesheets (CSS), embedded style blocks, and inline styles.  HTML is flexible enough to allow the incorporation of scripts, frames, hyperlinks, and media. The current version of HTML in use is HTML5, which incorporates features to allow for very dynamic, modern web sites.  While HTML is very useful for producing rich web pages that can be viewed on the computer screen via a web browser, it typically offers only limited support for printed page layout. 

Iframe

An iframe is a type of HTML element (denoted by the <iframe> tag) that allows for content from one website or resource to be included into another website via a frame (like a window in a website to another website).   FreeToastHost uses iframes to include Google Maps in your Meeting Information/Directions page, but you can also use the for other purposes, such as including your club's DCB scoreboard into a custom page in your website.

Localization

Localization is an "umbrella term" that refers to the languages, standards, customs, and formats that are prevailing for different locations (locales) in the world.  Thus, this would include what language, time zone, and formats used for dates, times, and currency are prevailing for a particular location.  In some cases this can be inferred if your physical location (latitude and longitude) can be determined directly or via lookup from your IP address (geolocation). Otherwise, localization features may be implemented by allowing users to explicitly set their preferred language, time zone, and formats.

Meta Tags

Meta tags are a type of HTML element that stores miscellaneous information about your website.  Generally speaking, FreeToastHost handles most meta tags and you should not need to do anything with them.  (The only exceptions are meta tags used for setting up Webmaster Tools.)  Also, meta tags should not be inserted in content for FreeToastHost.

Publicly-available email addresses

These are email addresses that anyone can send an email to. They include the officer addresses, the admin address, and the contact address (if it is used).

Website Alias

A website alias is a short piece of easy to remember text used in place of the club number in a website address to simplify accessing the website without having to remember the club (or district) number.