35 Web Hosting Terms

Web hosting is a vital part of starting any Website. It provides your domain name with the space to store all files and data. But, because there are so many different web hosting providers out there, it can be hard to know what you need for your website and how much you should pay for it. This blog post will help you understand the basics of web hosting terminology in order to make an informed decision about which type of host best suits your needs!

  • Web hosting: Web hosting is the space that gives your domain name a place to store all of its files and data. It’s vital for starting any website, but because there are so many different web hosts out there it can be hard to know what you need for your site and how much you should pay.
  • Apache web server: Apache is the most common type of web server, and it’s free to download. It does require some configuration in order for your site to run well with it, though.
  • Auto responder: An auto-responder sends out a pre-written email message when someone fills out an online form on your website. You can use them as marketing tools or simply as a way of saving time by not having to personally reply every time you get an inquiry.
  • Backup: A backup copies all data from one place (or computer) so that if anything goes wrong there is still something available elsewhere.
  • Bandwidth: Bandwidth measures how much information can be moved across internet connections per second. Often bandwidth caps are put into place because they’re commonly used as a pricing model for web hosting. You can also use bandwidth as an indicator of how many browsers you can have on your site at the same time.
  • Browser: A browser is software that lets you access websites. There are two main types, desktop and mobile.
  • cPanel: cPanel is one type of control panel used to manage websites hosted on hosts like GoDaddy or HostGator.
  • DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service): DDoS attacks send lots of extra traffic to targeted servers in order to cause them trouble with overloads and downtime. They’re often sent from multiple sources in different locations so it’s difficult to stop them without blocking every IP address connected with those providers.
  • Dedicated server: Dedicated servers provide an entire computer for your website. You’ll need to purchase one yourself and then you can install whichever software is needed on it.
  • DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail): DKIM lets senders cryptographically sign emails that the recipient’s email system will use to validate authenticity of messages sent by a given sender, as well as helping with anti-spoofing.
  • Domain name: A domain name shows which part of the internet someone’s site belongs in – like .com or .gov. It also functions as an easy way to remember what type of content you’re visiting.
  • DNS (Domain Name System): The DNS stores all information about where domains are located so they can be found easily online.
  • FTP (File Transfer Protocol): FTP allows computers to share files with each other. It’s usually used for uploading and downloading content from a web server, but it can also be used as an alternate way of updating your website if you’re not using cPanel.
  • HTML (Hypertext Markup Language): HTML is the coding language that makes up every page on the internet by inserting text or images into pre-made forms called tags so they appear in different styles.
  • IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol): IMAP stores emails on remote servers rather than locally – which means when you read email messages too often, instead of deleting them off the phone, tablet, or computer they are still there until deleted off the server through this protocol.
  • IP address: An IP Address is a unique identifier for your computer, smartphone or other electronic device to connect to the internet.
  • MySQL: MySQL is a type of database that can store data and allow you to save it in tables so you can search through them more easily than with SQL databases. It’s often used as part of web hosting packages because it helps simplify administering websites on shared servers by letting multiple users access the same database without any conflict.
  • nginx: nginx is an open-source web server that helps to accelerate the delivery of content.
  • PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor): PHP is a programming language that lets developers add interactivity elements like comments, security features, and content management systems into pages of HTML code.
  • POP (Post Office Protocol): POP saves email messages locally before sending them off – which means when someone reads an email message too often, they’re deleted from the device rather than just off the server. This is a good option for someone who needs to access their emails on multiple devices at once and doesn’t want them duplicated or lost in transit.
  • Rackspace: Rackspace is an internet hosting company that specializes in cloud computing services like virtual servers, storage space, domain registration, etc.
  • SQL (Structured Query Language): SQL is a programming language designed specifically for accessing and manipulating data stored in tables – which are often used as part of web hosting packages because it helps simplify administering websites on shared servers by letting multiple users access the same database without any conflict.
  • SSH (Secure Shell) protocol: SSH can be used securely to connect to remote computers through a public network. It’s often used to log in securely and remotely administer a website, especially if the account doesn’t have full permissions on the server.
  • Reseller Hosting: Reseller hosting is when a company provides their clients with the tools to resell hosting services. It’s often used by people who have websites or blogs on a variety of subjects and want to monetize them, or people who have skills in the internet marketing area.
  • Shared Hosting: Shared Hosting is when one server has multiple websites hosted on it simultaneously while each site takes up only a small portion of its space so that other users don’t slow down or interfere with your site’s performance (and vice versa).
  • SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol): SMTP is a protocol email clients use to send and receive emails. It’s the program that pushes emails through various servers until they reach their final destination – which can be either an inbox or spam folder depending on whether you’ve been marked as trustworthy by the receiving server.
  • Softaculous: Softaculous is a web hosting control panel system that lets users install scripts with just one click. All popular scripts like WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, Magento are already included so there’s no need to go hunting for them yourself in order to get your site up and running quickly without any headaches.
  • Spam: Spam has become synonymous with unwanted commercial content (UC) sent out en masse over email or other online messaging services – usually in the form of advertisements.
  • SPF (Sender Policy Framework): SPF is a DNS record that helps to prevent an email server from being used for spam by allowing it to identify which mail servers may send emails on behalf of your domain.
  • SSL (Secure Sockets Layer): SSL encrypts data sent between computers, making them more difficult to intercept and read – so if you’re shopping online or banking through your browser, make sure you have this security measure enabled before doing anything where sensitive information might be revealed like social security numbers or credit card details.
  • Top-level Domain: Top-level domains are those at the very end of web addresses after .com/.net etc., and they help define what type of website is being hosted. Examples include .com, .edu., and .gov – you can find the full list on Icann’s website here:
  • Virtual Private Server: VPS is a virtual machine that offers hosting to multiple sites at once while appearing as if they’re each running on their own machines with no other users sharing them.
  • Unmanaged hosting: Unmanaged hosting is when an individual pays for web-hosting services that are not managed by the company providing them. The person will need to monitor their own website regularly to ensure it remains secure and running correctly at all times – which can be difficult if they’re inexperienced with certain aspects like programming languages.
  • Webmail: Webmail provides an email service through either a web browser or dedicated client software (e-mail clients) instead of using POP or IMAP protocols to retrieve messages from an email server locally like traditional mail programs do. The major benefit of this system is that it allows you to access your emails anywhere there’s internet without the need for additional hardware, which has helped make services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail hugely popular.
  • WordPress: WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that you can use to set up and easily maintain your own website from start to finish – without needing any technical skills or coding knowledge whatsoever.

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