The minute you start looking for web hosting, you are faced with a whole new dictionary of words. This article will help you understand what these terms are and what they mean to you as a business owner.
Terms you will see when looking for hosting:
Server – is basically a computer that delivers information to other computers and is where your website is hosted or lives.
Linux Server – is a server that uses a Linux operating system.
Windows Server – is a server that uses the Windows operating system.
Shared Hosting – means that your website is sitting on a server with other websites owned by different people. All resources are shared across the board by all users. These accounts do have system specifications which can become overloaded. Meaning that one person could hog all the resources.
Reseller Hosting – primarily used by individuals who want to host lots of domains and may wish to resell hosting to their own customers.
VPS Hosting – means virtual private server which is a server that has been divided into specific sections, with each one acting as its own server. Usually has more flexibility than a shared plan.
Dedicated Hosting – is when your account is the only one on that particular server.
Terms Used On Individual Hosting Plans & When Setting Up Your Websites:
Bandwidth – refers to the amount of data transfer that is used on your account. A data transfer occurs each time a visitor goes to your site, or when you upload and download files to your hosting account.
Disk Space – this is the amount of space you have available on your server to store files, documents, images, emails and more.
Dedicated IP – is a web address that belongs to you and is not shared with anyone else. Can help protect your website and keep it from getting tagged as spam.
Domain – is the URL or address of your website.
Add on Domain – is a separate website that will use part of your resources.
Parked Domain – a domain that you have purchased and is not in use. You may have bought it so no-one else could take the variation of your specific business name.
SSL – means secure socket layer and is normally used on ecommerce sites for accepting credit cards. These sites will have https:// associated with them.
Uptime – refers to the time that your website is up and running without any interruptions. Look for companies that offer a 99% uptime.
.htaccess – used to set permissions for certain files on your account.
FTP – file transfer protocol which is way to upload and download larger files to your site.
cPanel – another way to upload and download files as well as managing aspects of your web hosting account. This includes setting up email addresses, adding sub domains and databases and more…
SSH – secure shell which is another way to transfer files. This is not always available on shared sites.
Fantastico – is a way to add certain scripts to your site such as WordPress and Joomla.
Softaculous – install apps and scripts to your site. Similar to Fantastico and varies depending on which hosting company you go with.
MySQL – is a database that can be used for different applications. Such as automatic updates and checking for new emails or tickets on a certain site.
Language Support – pertains to the different languages that are used in your hosting account. Terms you will see are PHP and Perl.
Logs – these are services that are provided by your web host. They include things like Awstats – shows you how much traffic you are getting to your site. Helps you keep track of your bandwidth usage, shows error pages and more.
WordPress – this is the most popular script used today for creating your website or blog. It is a software platform that allows you to design and run your website efficiently.
Blog – normally refers to a portion of a website that is used on a daily basis for posting updates and images.
Webmail – this is located inside your Cpanel and allows you to manage your email accounts associated with your domain. This is how you would set up a business email at your domain; for example, [email protected]