A Complete Glossary Of Web Hosting Terms

Web hosting and related tech functions all come with their own terms and phrases. Here are some of the more common ones that you should familiarize yourself with so that you can better understand plans, know what's on offer, and differentiate between various features, functions, and benefits of different hosting packages and setups.

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Auto-responder

A pre-composed email that is sent automatically in response to new email that you receive; think of an out-of-office reply

Bandwidth

The amount of data that is transferred by your account whenever visitors come to your site or interact with it in some way, such as by uploading or downloading files

Blog

A blog is a website that allows writers to create and upload entries on any topic they wish; blogs are basically online logs

Cloud hosting

This is a type of web hosting service in which multiple servers are connected to provide better and faster performance to websites

CMS

glossary Management Systems are tools used for the organization and management of website glossary; they allow you to upload, download, rearrange, and format data, text, images etc. on to your website

Control panel

Also known as a dashboard, control panels are where you control everything that has anything to do with your website; add new domains, sub domains, upload new pages, or install various applications from here

Dedicated hosting

When you have a server dedicated to one client only; the client has full control over all resources and does not share anything with any other users

Disk space

This amount of storage space you can have on your server; more is needed if you plan to have more files, pages, emails, and data in general on your server

Domain names

These are unique names that identify different internet resources, such as websites

Downtime

The time during which a system or a machine is offline; the opposite of uptime

Drupal

Perhaps the most advanced of all CMSs available, Drupal allows you to do things that other CMSs do not; best suited for large organizations or experienced tech professionals, or enterprise-level business websites

E-commerce

Electronic commerce; trading goods, services, or funds over the net

Forum

An online message board that is used to post discussions, questions, solutions, etc.; a community chat space

Hosting

A type of online service that provides disk space to people or companies for running websites

Joomla

Another CMS, but one that is more technically advanced than WordPress; Joomla is best suited to people who have some basic level of coding or website servers experience; can be used to tailor websites to a high degree of specificity, and is open-source, meaning it is free for anyone to install and run

Linux server

A server that runs on Linux, which is a free, open-source operating system and the leading OS of servers worldwide

OS

Operating System; this is software that controls computer hardware and allows you to execute different things on your computer or electronic device

POP3

A type of email setup in which emails stored on a server are downloaded from the server to a local software program on your computer for offline reading

Reseller hosting

When a user rents out a chunk of server resources from a web host to sell smaller packages downstream to other users, often with local customization, tweaked functions, or specific settings. Find out more here.

Server

A computer that stores information and manages it's delivery to and from other computers; servers 'host' your website and they are where everything that comes up on your website is stored

Shared hosting

When you have numerous website accounts co-located in one centralized a server, they all share whatever system resources are available within that server. Find the best shared hosts here

Spam

Junk mail that is often sent in bulk to hawk products or services

SSL

Secure Sockets Layer is a type of coding or encryption that secures information exchange over the web

Uptime

The time during which your webpage does not go down and is accessible by users; it is usually expressed as a percentage of time out of the entire year

VPS Hosting

Virtual Private Server are physical servers that are partitioned so that each separate compartment functions as a fully-fledged server on its own, complete with its own RAM, storage space, bandwidth allowances, and OS

Webmail

A browser-based email solution that allows you to send and receive email without installing any software on your computer

Windows server

A server powered by the Windows operating system, often more expensive than Linux servers but may be required if your website uses technologies that only run with Windows

WordPress

A popular CMS; WordPress is open-source and is good for customization work, and is very likely to be available from your web host with one-click installation