The terms of web hosting servers and websites, can be downright baffling – particularly when a person is new to obtaining a web server and new to the industry. The technical terms can be too, well, too technical which causes even more confusion. In order to help disperse some of the misunderstanding, this web hosting term glossary can come in handy. Following are terms and definitions for the various hosting plans available:
Domain Add On – An add on domain is a unconnected website that is built in your website account that shares the resources of the specific plan you happen to have.
Bandwidth – A bandwidth is the number of data transmission that is utilized on your web hosting account. This data transfer happens whenever a person uses or visits your website – an email is received or sent or files are either downloaded or uploaded.
Dedicated IP – The address for an IP is the address that is used only by your site. An IP address is essential in order to receive payment through the website.
Parked Domain – A parked domain is a distinct domain that is pointed to your current account. People often buy the .net and the .com forms of their domains. If a person uses either one of them, the identical information will be shown.
SSL – SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, which is a way of encryption normally used for sites of Ecommerce so that the ability to receive credit cards is a safe one.
Uptime – Uptime means the quantity of time the web server is continuous which means that the amount of time your website is available. Uptimes are usually displayed as a percentage. You should want a site that has a high uptime of 99% otherwise access to your website will be disrupted.
.htaccess – This permits you to set limits on specific files.
FTP – This means File Transfer Protocol, which is a way of downloading and uploading files.
SSH – Secure Shell is a way of filing transfers. Several shared hosts won’t permit this kind of file transfer.