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Anonymous FTP: Allows the transfer of files via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) without an account.
ASP (Active Server Pages): A server-side scripting language developed by Microsoft that provides for dynamic database driven pages.
Auto responder: A simple software that generates an automatic reply to any incoming emails.
CGI (Common Gateway Interface): A communications protocol that allows for interaction between HTTP servers and other server based applications
CGI-BIN: The most common directory name for storing CGI files on a server
Control Panel: A back-end, web based interface provided by your hosting company that allows you to manage domains, email, applications and other website details.
Database: An interactive storage and organization system for information. Databases are used with a scripting language to generate dynamic pages and help increase user experience and functionality.
Dedicated Server: A server that services only one account meaning you rent or own the entire machine as opposed to sharing server space with others
Disk Storage Space: Hard drive space on a webserver or web hosting account.
Domain Name: The name that labels your site. Such as www.ebay.com, or www.roarhosting.com. A domain name is the unique identity that people can use to find your website
E-Commerce: Electronic shopping. The act of sales transactions via a website.
Email Forwarding: Sending an email to a different address once it's received at a designated address. Automatic or manual forwarding simply resends the email received to the intended destination.
Firewall: A security software or hardware that helps protect computers from unwanted intrusions
FrontPage: A website editor created by Microsoft.
FrontPage extensions: A collection of server-side applications that allow for the use of advanced features offered by the FrontPage software
FTP: A system for transferring files to and from your web server
GB (gigabyte): A unit of measurement for hard drive and memory capacity. 1 GB = 1024 megabytes
IMAP (Instant Message Access Protocol): Allows for user access to remotely stored emails
IP Address (Internet Protocol Address): A series of numbers separated by periods, given to computers and servers on the internet.
Kilobyte (KB): A unit of measurement for hard drive and memory capacity. 1 KB = 1024 bytes
Linux: An open source operating system
Managed Hosting: A hosting service where your servers are maintained by a 3rd party (hosting company)
Megabyte (MB): A unit of measurement for hard drive and memory capacity. 1 MB = 1024 kilobytes
Merchant Account: A bank account that allows for credit card processing. A merchant account is required for independent processing of cards via the web or otherwise.
Microsoft Access: database creation software from Microsoft
Miva Empressa: An XML scripting language developed by Miva.
Miva Merchant: An Ecommerce storefront software and business management system for online merchants
MS SQL: Database management protocol from Microsoft
MySQL: Open source database management system. Probably the most commonly used method of database integration
Perl: A CGI coding language for creating web based apps.
PHP: Open source scripting language for dynamic site creation
POP (Post Office Protocol): A method of email transferring. Allows users to download email messages from a server to a local computer.
POP3 Email: An email account that utilizes the POP transfer system.
Server: A computer that holds all files related to your website and serves them to your visitors when they request.
Setup Fee: A one-time charge for setting up a hosting account.
Shared Hosting: A basic webhosting package. Your server space is shared with other sites making it much more affordable.
Shopping Cart: A software that manages products and handles transactions making it possible for customers to purchase directly from your website.
SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol): Another method of transferring email. SMTP is usually used to send mail where POP is used to receive.
SQL (Structured Query Language): The most popular standard language for accessing databases.
SSI (Server Side Includes): Included information assigned by the server before a document is retrieved in a browser
SSL (Secure Socket Layer): A secure connection protocol that allows for increased security and privacy when connected via HTTP
Static IP Address: A dedicated IP address assigned to a computer that never changes.
Subdomain: A separate area of a master domain that divides sites into sections for example mail.yahoo.com
Uptime: The amount of time a server is online and working properly.
UNIX: First developed in the 1970's, UNIX is a multi user operating system used by many web hosts.
VPS (Virtual Private Server): A shared server hosting plan that allows for more freedom and is managed by the customer. Gives the feeling of dedicated server without the cost.
WAP (Wireless Application Protocol): A system for linking mobile phones and other components to the internet.
Web-Based Email: Email that you can access from any computer via the World Wide Web.
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