Hamilton Telecommunications' Website Compass

18 WebsiteCompass FAQs Dr. Webbie Answers your frequently asked questions QUESTION: I’m now seeing Reels in my Facebook News Feed. What is this? ANSWER: On September 29, 2021, Facebook launched Reels for iOS and Android in the U.S. Reels is a short-form video feature very much like TikTok. The goal is to offer more ways for people to express themselves, grow their communities, and reach new audiences. Creators can include music, audio, and augmented-reality effects in Reels, with lengths limited to 30 seconds. (By con- trast, Instagram Reels can be up to 60 seconds long.) Reels can appear in the Facebook News Feed or in Groups. If you’re interested in making videos for Reels, Facebook provides many content-creation tools. You can search for a song from the Facebook music library or use your own original audio, as well as select augmented-reality effects created by Facebook or third-party developers. Reels also lets you set a timer to record clips hands-free, as well as speed up or slow down the video while you record (to help you stay synchro- nized with music or make slow-motion videos). After you’ve created a Reel, you can choose how to share it. Reels on Facebook are set to be public for creators who are over 18, but you can change the audience at any time. Audience options include Public, Friends, or Friends Except. QUESTION: What are the different parts of a URL called? ANSWER: Let’s start at the beginning. URL stands for “Uniform Resource Locator.”The name comes from the fact that website addresses were designed as a uniform method of stating the location of many different kinds of files or resources on the internet. There are five basic parts of a URL, moving from left to right: Scheme: The scheme tells web servers which protocol to use when it accesses a page on a website. You’ll most commonly see the scheme https:// at the start of a URL. Subdomain: A subdomain indicates which particular page of a website the web browser should serve up. For example, “docs” is the subdomain in “https://docs.google.com .” Second-level Domain: This is the name of the website, which is typically the name or abbreviation for a company or other organization. In the above example, “google” is the second- level domain. Top-level Domain: The top-level domain specifies what type of entity an organization registers as on the internet. For example, “.com” is intended for commercial entities in the U.S, and “.edu” is intended for academic institutions. Subdirectory: Also known as a subfolder, a subdirectory helps people as well as web crawlers understand which particular section of a webpage they’re on. For example, in “https://shop. store.com/socks, ” the subdomain is “shop” and the subdirectory is “socks.”

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