Glossary of common terms

This glossary defines a number of words you will see used often in discussions about Moodle - you'll find them highlighted throughout this course.

If you wish to import this glossary to your Moodle site, you can download this file of exported entries: glossary_of_common_terms_20101214.xml.

Please feel free to add new words here!




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CSS

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:14 PM
 
Abbreviation for "Cascading Style Sheets". CSS defines styles and colours and how they should be applied to a web page.
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database

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:16 PM
 
An electronic collection of information, stored in tables of data. For example, Moodle contains a table of all users in a site. There are many brands of database software, but most people use MySQL.
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dataroot

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:17 PM
 
The place where Moodle can save uploaded files. This directory should be readable and writeable by the web server user but it should not be accessible directly via the web.
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domain

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:18 PM
 
A name given to a computer or a group of computers. eg moodle.org. You can buy new domain names from a domain name registrar, of which there are many.
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upload

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:19 PM
 
To move your files from a personal computer "up" to a server. Also see FTP and download.
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dirroot

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:20 PM
 
The dirroot is the name for the directory in which you have installed Moodle. It's a setting in config.php that must be entered correctly.
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FTP

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:21 PM
 
File Transfer Protocol - a method of copying files from one computer to another. For example, you might FTP your Moodle files from your home computer to your web server.
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hosting provider

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:22 PM
 
A business that will host your web site for a monthly fee. You provide a domain name that you own, and after they've set it up for you, you can copy your files to their server and set up your site.
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Javascript

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:23 PM
 
A scripting language that can be used to write small programs in web pages, such as popup menus. Moodle uses a little Javascript.
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MySQL

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:24 PM
 
MySQL is the world's most popular open source database, recognized for its speed and reliability.

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