Hosting Glossary

Web hosting terms can be a bit confusing, especially when shopping for a new web hosting. Sometimes definitions can be too technical. However, you can use this handy web hosting glossary to get around the mess:

Hosting Types

Dedicated hosting – A hosting account where only one web host can control the whole server. All resources are allocated to an account.
Linux Server – A server using Linux, a free and open source operating system used by many shared and free web hosts
Reseller Hosting – A block of server resources is sold for a purpose that will house more than one domain in a person’s name
Server – A computer that forwards information to other computers. Your website will probably be found on a server where your web host is
Shared hosting – where a website’s account is located on a server shared with other accounts. System resources are shared across all accounts. Most personal and commercial sites can use shared hosting without exceeding system features.
VPS Hosting – Virtual Private Server, each partition is a partitioned server acting as its own server. Usually this is cheaper than a dedicated server, but it is more flexible and functional than a shared plan
Windows Server – A server that uses Windows as its operating system. Such a plan is usually more expensive, but it is necessary to fulfill certain applications

Choosing a Plan

Add to Domain – A separate website on your account that shares the resources of your plan.
Bandwidth – The amount of data transfer used in your account. This means whenever an individual visits or uses your site, an e-mail is sent or received, or files are downloaded and downloaded.
Dedicated IP – An IP address used only by your website. This is necessary if SSL is used to accept payments via the website
Disk Space – The amount of space allocated to the server to store files, pages, e-mails, and more.
Park Area – A separate area that points to your current account. Often people buy .com and .net versions of their domains. If you use one, the same information is displayed
SSL – Secure Socket Layer is a widely used encryption tool for e-commerce sites, so it is safe to accept credit cards. When using a secure page, you will see “https: //” in the address bar.
Uptime – While the server is uninterrupted and accessible to your website. This is usually shown as a percentage. If you want a high working time (over 99%) to avoid disrupting your access to your site

Website Setup

.htaccess – Allows you to set parameters in specific files. It is usually used for permissions to determine which access permissions are allowed to a particular file
FTP – File Transfer Protocol is a tool for uploading and downloading files. Most hosts have feature availability, such as anonymous FTP, and some can transfer files to others through account transfer
SSH – Secure Shell is a file transfer tool. Many shared hosts will not allow this type of file transfer


Auto Responder – A way to automatically send an email in response to an incoming person. Used for “far” messages, usually on the fly and typical response times may be delayed
Catch All – An email address that will receive any email sent to your account without an already assigned email address
IMAP – Internet Message Access Protocol is a way to retrieve mail. It leaves a copy on the server until it is permanently deleted. Ideal for those who use multiple computers and e-mail clients at work and at home
Mailing List – Allows you to mail a group of people at a location. Frequently used by businesses for customer news updates
Pop 3 – An e-mail protocol that allows you to receive e-mails from the server
SMTP – An e-mail protocol that allows you to send e-mail. Most web hosting servers allow you to use it to send email. However, some ISPs require you to use servers to send email while using their services, unlike web hosting
Spam – unwanted bulk mail, usually trying to sell services or products. Many hosts will provide a way to automatically control spam
Webmail – Separate e-mail software is a way to send and receive e-mails over the Internet unnecessarily


Blog – Various sections of various websites or a website with various entries. Typical blog posts include links to your site, news about your site, comments on the world, pictures, videos, and more. Blogs are also used as a means to drive businesses on a site because blog posts are given more weight by search engines.
CMS – Short for Content Management System. CMS is a way to organize and manage the content of a website more easily; for this reason, it is displayed professionally, but it is easy to change.
Control Panel – The control panel is a central hub for the web hosting account. This is where the user modifies and modifies web host properties, such as adding new domains and subdomains, uploading web pages, and installing server applications.
Error Pages – What happens when a person tries to access a web page that is trying to access an area that is not accessible due to a server problem or has not been registered.
Fantastico – A commercial script library that can be used to automate the setup of a Web application
Forum – A web-based message board where users can post questions or problems and receive answers from other users or the host’s host
Guestbook – A web page where a person can leave their contact information and opinions on the site or request more information. Web page designers include them to get feedback from the site,
Language Support – Types of programming languages ‚Äč‚Äčthat will work with your hosting account. You should be sure that you have at least PHP and Perl (and most of them do).
MySQL – A database system that is often found in hosting packages. Usually used with various applications
WordPress – The most popular blogging software. It is free, open source software that is highly customizable and mostly used as a CMS. Many hosts offer this as a one-click setup

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