Web hosting glossary

Web Hosting Glossary of important terms 

Welcome to the best web hosting glossary of collection of different web hosting terms and definitions. Though there are many terms which is not possible to get covered in this post so I will try to include some important terminologies in this web hosting glossary only. Lets look at them.

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 1. Access Logs : An access logs is a term which is self explanatory itself. "Access log" simply means to check for your website visitors. Almost every control panel comes with the option of checking your access log details. Access logs make you better understand your website audience by provide you with full details about  your visitors information which includes but is not limited to
  •  Ip address of your website visitors.
  • Date and time of their visit
  • Duration of their visit
  • Geographical location of the visitors
  • Which pages got mostly seen and how much data is downloaded. 

2. Apache : Apache is a free ware open source software. Apache is mainly used for web server management.Because of it's open source it is most widely used software for web servers.Even big companies like Google use it for their web server.When Apache first came, it was meant to be only for UNIX servers but as many upgrades came later on, made APACHE compatible with Windows as well as other operating platforms.APACHE is currently in use by many web hosting companies to manage their client websites. Since APACHE is open source,the source code can be edited and the software can be tailor made and this makes APACHE very secure, reliable and productive. Also their are frequent updates available on the internet for APACHE up gradation and this makes APACHE even more secure, reliable and productive.

3. ASP: Acronym for Active Server Pages. Active Server pages is nothing more than a server side scripting language which is Introduced by Microsoft to generate dynamic webpages on the server itself.
ASP is also denoted as a classic ASP, a script engine which uses VB scripts and works on server only to produce dynamic webpages.

4. ActiveX:  ActiveX is introduced by Microsoft in an intent to enhance the reusability standard in programming.  With ActiveX an organization can produce reusable software parts which can then be recalled or inherited in other programmings if needed.

5. Add-on: This is a term which is more often used by web hosting companies. An add-on is something which comes as an extra product or service to enhance the usability. Add-on are generally included by webmasters to enhance their site overall performance and provide their visitors with more interactivity. Add-on are but not limited to guest posting facility, maps, Facebook integration, commenting feature, Chat etc.

6. Bandwidth: It is also termed as Data transfer in web hosting industry so don't confuse. Bandwidth is something which concerns both web host as well as their clients. A web host will try to put limit on the bandwidth allotment and a client will always look for the plan which provides more bandwidth in less cost.
Bandwidth in simple terms means the amount of data that can the downloaded or uploaded in a month by a website. A data can be a simple text file or an image or a video etc. Let's say if you got a content of 5MB which you upload on your website and a visitor downloads it., so the total bandwidth used is 10MB( 5MB for you to upload on your server and 5MB for a visitor to download the file from your server).
Bandwidth is also utilized if someone visits your website. So if your analytic shows that your website has 124 page views and if 10KB is used per page view in loading the page then this means that the total bandwidth used in 124 page views is 1 MB.

7.Backups: Backups means to keep a record or a duplicate copy of your web documents which could be needed in case of  document losses.Web hosts do maintain backup of a website so that if any accident occurs from their or your side, a backup of all your documents is available. Their are some web hosts which offer a backup service of every 24 hours so that you get maximum maximum backups of  your most recent documents. 

8.Blog hosting: This is again a very important feature that most of the people look for when selecting their web host. Almost every individual blog and almost every company and business have a blog to show case their product and features. A blog hosting is not something extra special when it comes to hosting. Unlike the traditional hosting a blog hosting provides easy way to install blogging platforms like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal etc on the server with a single click etc.

9.Cookie: cookies are often misunderstood as a virus or a spyware but actually a cookie is something which a web server sends to a web browser to store and is used when you visit that web server again. Cookies help websites to understand about your preferences and your likes, what you might be looking for etc. Big search engine giants like Google use cookies to show you better ads. In my opinion cookies are safe and do not contain viruses etc.

10.Corn Jobs: A corn job is something which is more like a robotic stuff. You only have to pass command once and it will repeat that task on your server whenever it is scheduled for. e.g. If you set a backup task to be run everyday at 6 in the morning then the corn will per it's backup job at every 6 in the morning according to it's server clock.

11. Custom mail box: Whenever you register a domain name you get a custom mail box usually on your domain name e.g. If Facebook was your domain name then a custom email address on your name could be like shiv@facebook.com.
12.Custom error pages: A custom error page helps you create a error message page which you can then redirect using 401 and if a user misspells a URL then instead of returning an error message you visitor you can help him get redirected back to your home page or any other page that you may like. These custom error pages also help you maximize your traffic.
13.Control Panel: A control panel is where you manage all your website features and services. A control panel is used to login to ftp, create and manage emails, manage disk space, run corn jobs, check bandwidth usage etc.

14. Data Transfer: As discussed above, data transfer is same as Bandwidth usage. Check Bandwidth to know more in case if you don't.

15. DNS:  Acronym for domain name server. Every domain name is joined with it's server ip address through DNS. So as you register a domain name it is then mapped with the server ip address so that whenever a person types in your domain name he/she gets transferred to the right server.

16. Dedicated Server: There are many kinds of server a web host has to offer which includes shared, virtual, dedicated and cloud hosting etc. A dedicated server is costly but it comes with little or no limitation. Your files are not shared and you have access to a full dedicated server and no one shares it with you. You can host as many files and sites as you want etc. To know more on more on Dedicated servers check  Best servers for small business.

Note: I have tried my best to list all the web hosting terms in this web hosting dictionary to make it the best web hosting glocary for my visitors. However if you know about particular web hosting terms which are not in this web hosting Dictionary. Please do inform me by commenting at the bottom of the page. I would seriously love to include your comment in the web hosting glossary if found useful.

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