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Active Server Pages (ASP)
Active Server Pages (ASPs) are Web pages that contain server-side scripts in addition to the usual mixture of text and HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) tags. Server-side scripts are special commands you put in Web pages that are processed before the pages are sent from your Personal Web Server to the Web browser of someone who's visiting your Web site.
Active Server Pages .NET (ASP.NET)
ASP.NET (formerly referred to as ASP+) is more than the next version of Active Server Pages (ASP); it is a unified Web development platform that provides the services necessary for developers to build enterprise-class Web applications. While ASP.NET is largely syntax-compatible with ASP, it also provides a new programming model and infrastructure that enables a powerful new class of applications. You can augment your existing ASP applications by incrementally adding ASP.NET functionality to them.
Anonymous FTP
Anonymous FTP allows you to place large files for download in a location where anyone can download the file without a username and password.
Bandwidth usage
Each month you are allowed to upload/download/serve files to a certain limit. When you log into the admin system, you can immediately see what percentage of this month's bandwidth you have used up (rounded up to the nearest %).
Our blogware is powered by B2, a PHP blogware which supports mutiple users, categories, comments, image upload and more.
Bulletin board
Our Bulletin Board is powered by phpBB, a powerful, highly customisable open source bulletin board package.
CGI-BIN access
Some services limit your ability to use scripts to customize your site. Unpicked provides you with your very own CGI-BIN to allow you to develop your site to the fullest.
CGI library (PERL support)
We not only include a cgi-bin with your account, but we also provide helpful scripts for you to use to improve your site in our CGI Library.
Chat solutions
Use PHP Chat to add real time chat to your website.
Cisco routers
We use Cisco routers with BGP4 protocol because that's the best solution available.
Control panel
The account control panel allows you to:
- Upload files
- Change your password
- Monitor space usage
- Check Email
Daily tape backups
We back up your files daily in order to protect your data and help you succeed. We do, however, recommend you copy your own files regularly as an extra precaution.
Data transfer (bandwidth)
Whenever a visitor comes to your site, data is sent from our web servers to your visitor's computer. This data can be composed of web pages, images, movies, sound files, programs, compressed files, or anything else on your site that can be viewed or downloaded by visitors. All this requested data added together equals your total data transfer. The more visitors you have, the higher data transfer limit you'll need.
Disk space for storing files
Your web site consists of text, graphics, sound, or video files that occupy disk space on a server. If you already have this data on your computer, check the combined size of those files to verify if your hosting package supports them.
Domain name
A domain name is also called a web address. Like a memorable street address, it can help people find you online. You can register your own name, your company's name, key words to describe your business, or even a short phrase - whatever will make your web address easy to remember for your friends or customers. Once your domain is registered, you can build a public web site at your own web address (e.g., and create a personalized email address (e.g.,
Email filtering
Filter emails on arrival for malicious/banned content.
Email forwarding
Email forwards enable you to have email messages redirected to a specific email account. For example, you can set up the email account to forward all messages to your account These forwards can be added or deleted at any time.
Error logs
This file lists errors encountered by the server in trying to provide services requested - eg, files not found, broken scripts, denied access to files.
Error pages
Customize documents returned when the server encounters an error.
Email autoresponders
All your email accounts can be set up to automatically respond to incoming messages. This is a good feature to use if you're on vacation, if you don't check your mail frequently, or if you would like to create an automated response to frequently asked questions, such as pricing or hours of operation.
File manager
Upload, edit and set access permissions for files on your web site.
Formail script
Upload, edit and set access permissions for files on your web site.
FrontPage 2000/2002 extensions
Microsoft® FrontPage®, is a software program for creating and managing web pages. You can work exclusively in the familiar Office® interface without having to program, or take direct control of your HTML code. FrontPage 2002 supports collaborative web authoring and more.
FTP access
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. FTP is a convenient, easy way to send multiple or large files across the Internet. It is a very useful tool for building and editing your web site.
Our Guestbook enables your customers to leave their comments on your web page.
Apache handlers. Tell the browser about files it receives.
JAVA applets
Add dynamic java applets to your website such as Clocks, Counters, Countdown, and Date.
Macromedia Shockwave
Shockwave lets you create animated interfaces, interactive games, stream CD-quality audio, and add a whole new dynamic dimension to your site. It involves only two components- the Macromedia Shockwave Flash player, and a program to create the Shockwave "movies", such as Director 6.x, Flash, or Authorware, all produced by Macromedia.
A byte is the smallest unit of data measurement in computers. The following conversions give you an idea of how big a megabyte is:
1000 Bytes (B) = 1 Kilobyte (KB)
1000 Kilobytes (KB) = 1 Megabyte (MB)
1000 Megabytes (MB) = 1 Gigabyte (GB) Our web hosting uses gigabytes to measure disk space
MIDI files
MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. MIDI is a standard that lets your MIDI device (like your MIDI keyboard) communicate with other MIDI devices and your computer. When you hit a key on your keyboard, a series of controller messages (sets of digital information) are sent to your computer and interpreted by your sequencer. An example of a MIDI control message would be the Note On/Off message. When you hit a key, you are triggering a midi event, or turning it "on". When you release the key, the midi message is stopped, thus turning it "OFF".
MIME support
Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions is a freely available set of specifications that offers a way to interchange text in languages with different character sets, and multi-media e-mail among many different computer systems that use Internet mail standards. keeps it's servers up to date with the latest mime types to allow you the greatest amount of flexibility possible. We even take reasonable requests for adding MIME types as well.
Multilingual domain name
Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) are domain names or Web addresses, represented by local language characters. IDNs are available in more than 350 languages. From Korean to Greek, Russian to Chinese, domain names are now truly global.
Multiple T3s
We have redundant T3 connections to our servers to provide more than enough bandwidth for your site.
MySQL database
MySQL® is considered the most popular open source database in the world. Fast and powerful, it is perfect for high-traffic, heavy-load sites. Using PHP scripting to read and write to your MySQL database gives you ultimate control of your site.
Network monitoring
Our System Administration team monitors the network 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure your site is up and running at all times.
ODBC stands for Open Database Connect and is a Microsoft specification. ODBC provides a standard way of defining data sources and their data access methods. ODBC is designed around SQL and relational databases, but there is nothing preventing translation of the incoming SQL to another language.
Password protected directories
Set up password protection on any directory in your account from within your account's control panel. This will ensure that ONLY authenticated users can access the content beneath.
PHP language
PHP is a widely-used, general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. PHP allows you to do many of the same functions as C and PERL - connecting to a database, reading and writing files, etc.
PHP Nuke
PHP Nuke is a news automated system specially designed to be used in Intranets and Internet. The Administrator has total control of his web site, registered users, and he will have in hand a powerful assembly of tools to maintain an active and 100% interactive web site using databases.
You can receive your email from your favorite email program (such as Outlook or Eudora) via POP. Post Office Protocol (POP) is a protocol used to retrieve email from a mail server.
Raw log files access & statistics provides the raw data generated by the server from your site to you in the form of log files. This gives you the flexibility to manage and analyze your own site data.
Real Audio/Video
You can use Real Audio/Video streaming technologies to improve your users experience.
Server Side Includes (SSI)
Server Side Includes allow you to dynamically include data in your Web pages.
Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
SSL is an accepted standard for transferring information securely across the Internet. It encrypts data passed between the server and the browser, so that unauthorized parties cannot interpret sensitive, confidential or personal information, such as a phone number, address or credit card information.
Shopping cart offers a comprehensive and flexible e-commerce solution free of charge. You will be able to manage and configure your shopping cart solution from within your account's control panel.
This solution is designed to accommodate either a simple Web site or a complex e-commerce store.
Streaming media
Streaming media is a process in which audio, video, and other multimedia can be delivered live or anytime, anywhere over the Internet or company intranet.
UPS power backups
We run UPS power backups along with a backup generation system to make sure your site doesn't go down, even in a power outtage!
URL redirect services
Make certain web addresses on your site redirect users to another web address.
Web based email access
Our Control Panel allows you to manage your email messages from any computer with Web access.
Web based statistics
Our web stats are powered by AWStats (Advanced Web Statistics). AWStats is a powerful tool that generates a wide range of reports on how your website is accessed.
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