Sunday, September 25, 2011

Easily confused Wiki terms

Almost all the people on web are familiar with wikipidea. When I started working I was very much confused about the terms Wiki, Wikia, Media Wiki and how are they related to Wikipidea. So here is what I have learnt about these terms-
  • If the pages of any site can easily be edited in Browser itself, then such type of site is known as Wiki. In other terms anyone on the web can easily change or edit the contents of Wiki. There are many popular Wiki on the internet like Wikipidea, Kavitakosh, Bharatkosh etc.

  • The software used by Wiki sites is called Wiki Software. MediaWiki is an example of Wiki Software. Wikipidea is based on MediaWiki.

  • Wikia is a company that provides free hosting for your own Wiki site. Just create an account on Wikia and you can create your own Wiki through them for free.
I hope that now the differences between Wiki, Wikipedia, Wikia and MediaWiki must have become clear to my readers and there must be no confusion left.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Some Useful Websites

Everyone has their own favorite sites. Today I want to share some of my favorite sites. I hope you will also like these sites and will find them useful.

Google Maps - On this site we can view maps and satellite images of our given desired location. We can click and drag maps to view adjacent sections immediately and can zoom by clicking on + sign given on the left.
Depending on our location we can also get the directions from one location to another. In the search field, enter the from and to locations(if location given does not match with what the site has in its database, it gives a list of options from which we can choose) and click on Get Directions. Directions appear on the maps as a blue line. Google Maps breaks down directions into numbered sections in the left panel, along with an estimated drive time.

Wikipedia - A free encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone. This is one of the most popular sites on the Internet. Often the information is so detailed that it has become number one search result on google for many topics. One should be careful that since it can be edited by anyone there is a chance that an article might not be accurate and/or up-to-date. Therefore fact checking using references and other sources is recommended.

Abhivyakti - Best Hindi magazine on web. A great collection of contemporary Hindi literature.

Ninite - This site provides easiest and fastest way to update or install free softwares. It gives you the option to choose which softwares you want to install and then makes a customized installer for you which downloads and installs the software you have chosen. This eliminates the tediousness of going to each software's web site and downloading and installing them individually.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

What is a Web Server?

A Web Server is the computer and/or the software running on it through which any type of data is made available on the Internet. For example web pages of any web site are provided by a web server.

What is Web Hosting?

Web Hosting is the service of storing all the files of any web site on an Internet connected web server so that other people can view that site.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tip: What is a Top Level Domain?

A Top Level Domain is the last part of any website name by which that site is registered and which remains under the control of the Domain Registrar. For example, in, " .org" is the top level domain and in, " " is the top level domain.