Web hosting glossary of terms
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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.
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 allows you to place large files for download in a location where anyone can download the file without a username and password.
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.
Our Bulletin Board is powered by phpBB, a powerful, highly customisable open source bulletin board package.
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.
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.
Use PHP Chat to add real time chat to your website.
We use Cisco routers with BGP4 protocol because that's the best solution available.
The account control panel allows you to:
- Upload files
- Change your password
- Monitor space usage
- Check Email
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.
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.
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.
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., www.my-domain-name.com) and create a personalized email
address (e.g., email@example.com).
Filter emails on arrival for malicious/banned content.
Email forwards enable you to have email messages redirected to a specific email account. For example, you can set up
the email account firstname.lastname@example.org to forward all messages to your account email@example.com. These forwards
can be added or deleted at any time.
This file lists errors encountered by the server in trying to provide services requested - eg,
files not found, broken scripts, denied access to files.
Customize documents returned when the server encounters an error.
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.
Upload, edit and set access permissions for files on your web site.
Upload, edit and set access permissions for files on your web site.
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 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.
Add dynamic java applets to your website such as Clocks, Counters, Countdown, and Date.
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 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".
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. Unpicked.com 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.
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.
We have redundant T3 connections to our servers to provide more than enough bandwidth for your site.
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.
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.
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Unpicked.com 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.
You can use Real Audio/Video streaming technologies to improve your users experience.
Server Side Includes allow you to dynamically include data in your Web pages.
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.
Unpicked.com 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 is a process in which audio, video, and other multimedia can be delivered live or anytime, anywhere over the Internet or company intranet.
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!
Make certain web addresses on your site redirect users to another web address.
Our Control Panel allows you to manage your email messages from any computer with Web access.
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.