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.

For reviews on Hosting Service Providers, please see our Web Hosting category.

Search for glossary terms (regular expression allowed)
Begin with Contains Exact termSounds like
Term Definition
Secure Shell

Allows remote login and other network services to operate securely over an unsecured network. Popular Windows SSH clients include WinSCP and PuTTY.

Abbreviation(s): SSH

Hits: 499
Secure Socket Layer

Is a commonly-used protocol for managing the security of a message transmission over the Internet.

Abbreviation(s): SSL

Hits: 536
Server Side Includes

A type of HTML comment that directs the Web server to dynamically generate data for the Web page upon request.

Abbreviation(s): SSI

Hits: 521
Service Plan

The rate plan you select when choosing an internet or web hosting provider.

Synonym(s): Service Package, Subscription

Hits: 518
Setup Fee

A one time fee web hosts charge when you initial open an account. Use to cover costs of configuring a server for your use. Web hosting services have started to waive this fee for most plans.

Hits: 492
Shared Server

Is when more than one account members web sites are on the same web server. All resources of the server is shared between account holders including CPU, Memeory, Bandwidth and Disk Space. The most common and cheapest approach to web hosting. Usually the best way to go for most web hosting solutions.

Hits: 515
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol

A protocol used to send and receive email.

Abbreviation(s): SMTP

Hits: 467
SiteLock

A cloud-based, website security solution for small businesses. It works as an early detection alarm for common online threats like malware injections, bot attacks etc. It not only protects websites from potential online threats, but also fixes vulnerabilities. The features available depend on the subscription level selected.

Hits: 543
SpamExperts

A company which offers professional anti-spam email filtering for Web Hosting Providers, Resellers, ISPs and Telcos.

Hits: 565
Static IP Address

A fixed Internet Protocol address that is the same for a network device every time it's used.

Hits: 487
Structured Query Language

A language that provides an interface to relational database systems. It was developed by IBM in the 1970s for use in System R. SQL is a de facto standard, as well as an ISO and ANSI standard.

Abbreviation(s): SQL

Hits: 478