Web Hosting Glossary

A glossary of definitions for Web Hosting and related terms and phrases. Other definitions may apply in different circumstances but are not included.

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Data Transfer

The total amount of outbound traffic from a web site, typically measured in gigabytes (GB). Bandwidth is a rate and data transfer is a total.

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Database

An organized collection on information that a computer program can quickly select desired pieces of data. Examples of database programs include MySQL and MS SQL.

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Dedicated Server

When referring to web hosting, a Dedicated Server means your web site is the only one on the server. Needed for only very busy web sites.

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Disk Space

The amount of space available on your servers harddrive that you have available for your web site and database.

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Domain Name

Is the text name corresponding to the numeric IP address of a computer on the Internet. A domain name must be unique.

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Domain Name System

The set of databases that performs the correspondence between an IP address and the fully qualified domain name. Note: The domain name system contains a kind of naming tree for IP addresses, hosts, and domains, identifying each Internet node unambiguously.

Abbreviation(s): DNS

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