Category Archives: Under the Hood

WordPress.com Site Stats Help You Track Visitors to Your Site

They love you. They really love you! Or do they? How do you know? Site Stats.

Site Stats is a feature of WordPress.com and Jetpack WordPress Plugin that gives you information about your WordPress site visitors and statistics.

WordPress.com Site Stats tells you how many visits your site is getting, where in the world those visitors are located, which posts are the most popular, who is referring your site, tags and category data, top authors, and more. Continue reading WordPress.com Site Stats Help You Track Visitors to Your Site

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Internet Protocol: Street Addresses of the Internet

The TCP/IP model defines the four communication functions that protocols perform. TCP/IP is an open standard, which means that one company does not control it.

– Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion © 2008 Cisco Systems Inc.

TCP/IP: Transport Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

This quote from a Cisco CCNA textbook gives the industry definition for TCP/IP, but it does little to help us understand how the protocol actually delivers electrons of data across that etheric gulf woven of links known as the World Wide Web to our eyes and ears in the comfort of our own home or business.

To help understand the following section of this article think of the Internet Protocol addresses as street addresses identifying each and every resource networked.

The country designation in the address is a large network which can be divided up into subnets which are then represented by the state designator of your address. The resulting subnet is then divided up into smaller subnets to represent the city and divided into what we can consider our “street” subnet. It is in this subnet that our Public IP address which would represent our house’s or place of business’s address number. Continue reading Internet Protocol: Street Addresses of the Internet