Web Hosting Glossary!

For setting up a website and a selecting a web hosting package you might have become more familiar about the language of the internet. There are the lot of terms that you need to be aware of that will take you by surprise while coming across these terms. Here is a web hosting glossary that will help you learn more about them here.

Bandwidth: This means the amount of data that can be transferred to and from your website every second.

Blog: A regularly updated website or a webpage. The new entries are called blog posts, they can be either informational or can be used to drive traffic to your website or generate leads or for an SEO purpose.

CDN (Content Delivery Network):  A CDN is a system of servers that can be distributed across the multiple data centers around the world that delivers web content to be specific static files like website images and page styles to the end users.

Cloud Hosting:  Cloud hosting is a cluster of servers that mirror data across multiple storage devices instead of the single server. This redundancy ensures the reliability of your website.

CMS (Content Management System): It is a user-friendly application that you install on the server. A CMS allows the people without the coding language background to create, customize and manage the website.

Control Panel: Control Panel is a user interface based control menu to help you manage, monitor and control the functioning of a server. It helps you add a domain, create emails, install applications and manage the various other settings.

Datacenter: A data center is a specialized infrastructure facility that helps you keep the servers. A data center ensures that all your servers function 24/7 in good condition.

Dedicated Hosting: A Dedicated hosting allows you to lease the entire server for your use or your organization use without sharing the space with anybody else.

DNS: DNS stands for Domain name system helps you to translate easily to remember domain names to numerical IP address.

Domain Registrar: Domain Registrar is a company that is accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned names and number (ICANN) to register and manage the domain.

FTP and SFTP: FTP stands for File transfer protocol and SFTP stands for Secure File Transfer Protocol is used largely to transfer file between a computer and server. FTP is used especially for the bulk file transfer.

HTTP: Hypertext transfer protocol is an application protocol for transferring files on the web.

HTTPS: It stands for HyperText transfer Control Protocol Secure is used to establish a secure HTTP connection most commonly in conjunction with the Transport Layer Security.

Malware: These are the harmful software that aims to damage, disable, or take control of your computer, mobile devices, website, and network. It is often used to control the data and steal the information.  

Payment Gateway:  A payment gateway is a service that allows users to authorize credit card payments for e-commerce. Payment gateways often have specific compliance based on your business types and transactions volumes.

RAM: Random Access Memory (RAM) is where your server or computer stores the short term data that is needed to access regularly or quickly.  

SSL and TSL: A secure sockets layer (SSL), the predecessor of Transport layer security, is an encryption protocol designed to secure connections between computer systems.

TLDs: top-level domains (TLDs) are the suffixes such as .com, .net, .org, .in at the end of every web address.

Uptime: The amount of time the server is uninterrupted and your website is accessible. The uptime is usually expressed in the % (percentage) form.

Virus: A virus is a malware that self- replicate by infecting other programs, server or personal computers. Viruses are commonly transmitted through emails.

VPS: Virtual Private Server is a server that is formed by partitioning a dedicated server such that each formed server acts and operates as a standalone server.

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