Glossary

Anonymous FTP

          Capability of setting up a public area for remote access to your server
ASP

          Active Server Pages, Microsoft's technology to enables HTML pages to be dynamic and interactive
          Y: by embedding scripts, i.e. either VBScript or JScript, Microsoft's alternative of JavaScript. Since the scripts in ASP pages (suffix .asp) are processed by the server, any browser can work with ASP pages regardless of its support for the scripting language used therein.
          Active Server Pages enable web developers to make their sites dynamic with database driven content. The code is mainly written in VB Script, and it is produced on the server of the web site instead of the browser of your web site visitors. The server reads the ASP code and then translates it to raw HTML. This means that the web site owner doesn't have to worry about the visitor having the right tools to view the the web site's dynamic content.
ASP.NET

          ASP.net is the next generation of Microsoft's Active Server Page (ASP), a feature of their Internet Information Server (IIS). ASP.net is different from ASP in two major ways: it supports code written in compiled languages like C++, Visual Basic, and Perl, and, it features server controls that can separate the code from the content, allowing WYSIWYG editing of pages.
CGI

          (Common Gateway Interface) -- A set of rules that describe how a Web Server communicates with another piece of software on the same machine, and how the other piece of software (the "CGI program") talks to the web server. Any piece of software can be a CGI program if it handles input and output according to the CGI standard. Usually a CGI program is a small program that takes data from a web server and does something with it, like putting the content of a form into an e-mail message, or turning the data into a database query. You can often see that a CGI program is being used by seeing "cgi-bin" in a URL, but not always. CGI is often used to accomplish tasks which are not supported by basic HTML, such as a "hit" counter or guest book. You may use this directory to set up scripts that you write or find elsewhere on the Web. We offer several pre-written scripts, available free for your use. These include a clock, counter, guest book, form e-mail processor, discussion forum, and much more!

Chat

          A form of interactive online communication that allows you to have real time conversations with others on your computer. Chatting on the Internet can take place via Web pages in places known as chat rooms or on IRC channels . Either way, when participating in a chat discussion, your messages are instantaneously relayed to other members and their messages are instantaneously relayed to you.

Cold Fusion

          Cold Fusion is a sophisticated scripting language for web developers that want advanced site development and database interfacing. Cold Fusion supports MS Access, dBase, FoxPro, and Paradox databases.

Data Transfer / Hits

          You have a limited number of data transfer (or hits) on your virtual server. Any outward-bound traffic from your web site is considered data transfer. For example, each time a html file, image, or other element on your web page is loaded, data transfer is generated.

Dedicated IP Number

          Your website can have your own dedicated IP number. This will ensure that your site will always be active and easily found.


Detailed Web Statistics

          Comprehensive daily graphical reports on your website visitor demographics.
Disk Space

          Disk space refers to the amount of server disk storage your account is allocated. This space is used to store your html files, graphics, audio clips, POP mail messages, and all other files that make up your Web site. Each of our virtual servers includes a specified allotment of disk storage space, but additional space can be purchased for any account or you can upgrade to higher plans.

Domain Name

          A domain is the main subdivision of Internet addresses, the last three letters after the final dot, and it tells you what kind of organization you are dealing with. There are six top-level domains widely used in the US: .com (commercial) .edu (educational),.net (network operations), .gov (US government), .mil (US military) and .org (organization). Other, two letter domains represent countries; thus;.uk for the United Kingdom and so on
E-Mail Auto Responders

          Auto responders may be used to send automated responses to incoming e-mail sent to a specific address. An auto responder could be used to send a standard message to persons addressing sales@yourdomain.com for example.

E-Mail POP3

          All Hosting plans come with unique POP3 E-Mail accounts, in addition to E-Mail forwarding. You have the option to retrieve e-mail directly from POP3 mailboxes on the mail server using an e-mail program such as Outlook Express. Your POP E-Mail accounts can be instantly created from the web control panel included with all virtual server packages. E-Mail Aliases / Forwarders Using E-Mail Aliases or forwarders, you can receive any email at (***)@yourdomain.com. Specific mail forwarding options may be enabled in your web control panel to redirect or forward E-Mail names to different addresses on the Internet. For example, e-mail addressed to sales@yourdomain.com could forward to an account at VSNL (yourname@vsnl.com) or to another E-Mail address on your domain (yourname@yourdomain.com).
FTP

          File Transfer Protocol; method used to "upload" your web site files to your virtual server. You have unlimited access to your virtual server via FTP 24-hours a day to set up and maintain your Web site. You can work on HTML documents, graphics, and scripts locally, then upload files to your Web site when ready.
Full Tape Backup

          Comprehensive backups of your data. In the event of permanent data loss, a restoration may occur that will recover your lost files.
Graphical Web Control Panel

          An administration utility accessed via any web browser for instant control and complete management of your website. Allows the easy setup of mailboxes, aliases, password protection, statistical reporting, FTP through your web browser to your account, and much more!
Hosting

          (also known as Web hosting, Web site hosting, and Webhosting) is the business of housing, serving, and maintaining files for one or more Web sites. More important than the computer space that is provided for Web site files is the fast connection to the Internet.Once your website is completed the site must be placed on a web "Server" (a computer which is permanently connected to the Internet). This means that your site can be accessed anywhere around the world at any time.

          Think of this as renting space on a computer that has been optimized to deliver web pages really fast. It is connected to the internet through a very high speed connection. The combination of fast response and high data transfer rate means that requests for pages are processed very quickly. Good data centers also have multiple connections to the internet, backup power generators, and perform frequent backups. Most hosting services offer connections on T-1 or T-3 lines. Typically, an individual business hosting its own site would require a similar connection and it would be expensive. Using a hosting service lets many users share the cost of a fast Internet connection for serving files.
Mailing List

          A list service for emailing your customers in a consolidated fashion.

MySQL Database

          A UNIX based SQL database, very easy to use!
404: Not Found

          If a visitor to your site reaches an non-existent page, instead of that dull "404" message, you can place your logo, message, or anything you like in that area!
Password Protected Pages

          Protect your webpages with groups of password and user ID combinations.
Perl

          Practical extraction and reporting language, or Perl, is a scripting language first created by Larry Wall to be used as duct tape for programming with the Unix operating system. Due to its immense power for handling piles of text and, consequently, as a common gateway interface (CGI) scripting language, Perl became very popular among server-side scripters. Perl has a large community of contributing programmers and, what's more, costs nothing and is free to redistribute. These circumstances have helped Perl evolve from a scripting language used to generate server stats into a language many use for database administration
PHP

          Self-referentially short for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, an open source, server-side, HTML embedded scripting language used to create dynamic Web pages. In an HTML document, PHP script (similar syntax to that of Perl or C ) is enclosed within special PHP tags. Because PHP is embedded within tags, the author can jump between HTML and PHP (similar to ASP and Cold Fusion) instead of having to rely on heavy amounts of code to output HTML. And, because PHP is executed on the server, the client cannot view the PHP code. PHP can perform any task that any CGI program can do, but its strength lies in its compatibility with many types of databases. Also, PHP can talk across networks using IMAP, SNMP, NNTP, POP3, or HTTP. PHP was created sometime in 1994 by Rasmus Lerdorf. During mid 1997, PHP development entered the hands of other contributors. Two of them, Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans, rewrote the parser from scratch to create PHP version 3 (PHP3).
Raw Log Files

          For statistical analysis, you may download for compiling on your local machine.
Real Audio / Video

          RealMedia™ technology from RealNetworks™ to stream audio and video from your site. Streaming is beneficial for audio and video because it reduces wait times for viewing files.
Server Side Includes

          Add the convenience and flexibility of embedding CGI capability into your web pages.
Shockwave

          A multimedia application by Macromedia for dynamic online visual presentations.
Shopping Cart

          Add the convenience and power of our integrated shopping cart system for e-commerce web hosting!

SMTP

          When you're exchanging electronic mail on the Internet, SMTP is what keeps the process orderly. It's a protocol that regulates what goes on between the mail servers
SSL Encryption Secure Socket Layers

          (SSL) allows you to encrypt credit card numbers or other confidential documents so that it is impossible to intercept during a transmission. SSL will light up the key in your customer's browser, greatly increasing customer trust when buying from your site.
WWW

          An Internet server which stores websites. We host websites on powerful Linux and Windows 2000 servers . 

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