Tech in Plain English


Plain English: CMS stands for “content management system” which is basically a complex piece of software that has a web based control panel to make it easy for you to display information, pictures, videos, etc. on a web page. It does the hard part of organizing the site for you allowing you to simply type in text and add pictures, etc. to a page.

The core function of content management systems is to present information on web sites. CMS features vary widely from system to system. Simple systems showcase a handful of features, while other releases, notably enterprise systems, offer more complex and powerful functions. Most CMS include Web-based publishing, format management, revision control (version control), indexing, search, and retrieval. The CMS increments the version number when new updates are added to an already-existing file. A CMS may serve as a central repository containing documents, movies, pictures, phone numbers, scientific data. CMSs can be used for storing, controlling, revising, semantically enriching and publishing documentation.


Plain English: Joomla is one of the most popular CMS software applications used to build websites these days. It is free to use and has excellent developers. I highly recommend it.

Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.


Plain English: LAMP is an acronym representing 4 different free software packages which work together to run websites.

LAMP is a solution stack of free, open source software. The acronym LAMP refers to the first letters of Linux (operating system), Apache HTTP Server, MySQL (database software), and PHP, Perl or Python, principal components to build a viable general purpose web server. Though the original authors of these programs did not design them all to work specifically with each other, the development philosophy and tool sets are shared and were developed in close conjunction. The software combination has become popular because it is free of cost, open-source, and therefore easily adaptable, and because of the ubiquity of its components which are bundled with most current Linux distributions.


Plain English: MySQL is free robust database system used by the majority of websites on the Internet to dynamically store and display data.

The MySQL development project has made its source code available under the terms of the GNU General Public License, as well as under a variety of proprietary agreements. MySQL is a popular choice of database for use in web applications, and is a central component of the widely used LAMP open source web application software stack (and other ‘AMP’ stacks). LAMP is an acronym for “Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP/Python.” Free-software-open source projects that require a full-featured database management system often use MySQL


Plain English: PHP is a fancy computer code used to design interactive web pages. You don’t see it on the page but under the surface it is doing its thing!

PHP is an open-source server-side scripting language designed for Web development to produce dynamic Web pages. It is one of the first developed server-side scripting languages to be embedded into an HTML source document rather than calling an external file to process data. The code is interpreted by a Web server with a PHP processor module which generates the resulting Web page

Web Server

Plain English: A web server is just a fancy computer designed to connect to the Internet 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and house (host) websites for the public to view.

Web server can refer to either the hardware (the computer) or the software (the computer application) that helps to deliver Web content that can be accessed through the Internet.The most common use of web servers is to host websites, but there are other uses such as gaming, data storage or running enterprise applications


Plain English: WordPress is one of the best blogging and CMS software packages used today. It also has a web based system used to add content, pictures, etc. It is free software.

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system.

X-tra Questions?

Of course, this page can’t cover every technical term. Hopefully, the terms listed will be helpful to you and if you would like to ask about a specific item or term which is not covered here, please feel free to send me a message and I’ll try to help you out with an explanation.