Glossary

Shared web hosting – Shared hosting is Web hosting in which the web hosting service provider hosts multiple Web sites, each having its own Internet domain name, from a single Web server. This means that all the resources of that server are shared between all the domains that are hosted on that serve. The domains might be owned by one customer or many customers. This works fine for most small to medium sized businesses. Most Web hosting companies provide shared hosting. Although shared hosting is a less expensive way for businesses to create a Web presence, it is usually not sufficient for Web sites with high traffic. In high traffic websites you will need a dedicated server

Dedicated server web hosting – Dedicated server Web hosting means you are renting an entire physical server for use all by yourself. Getting a dedicated server means you don’t have to share system resources with other websites. The downside is the high cost of renting and maintaining a dedicated server. Dedicated servers can cost $200 or more.

VPS Hosting – VPS stands for virtual private server. A VPS Web hosting plan means you share the physical server hardware with other websites, but you are allocated a dedicated slice of the system resources. A VPS is a good bridge between low cost shared hosting and getting a dedicated server.

Web hosting – The business of providing the storage, connectivity, and services necessary to serve files for a website.

WordPress – WordPress is an open source blogging tool and publishing platform powered by PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites and as of August 2011 powers 22% of all new websites. WordPress is currently the most popular content management system in use on the Internet.

Blog – A blog (a blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites.

PHP – is a serve side, general purpose scripting language that was developed to create dynamic web pages. PHP code is imbedded in HTML files. PHP Originally meant Personal Home Page. It has been developed over the years and is now use in many websites. WordPress uses PHP for much of its customization.

MySQL – is a relational database management system, running as a server providing access to multiple databases. It is free software and is used by WordPress to store the content of the website.

POP3 -is the Post Office Protocol (POP) used by local e-mail clients to retrieve e-mail from a remote server over a TCP/IP connection. The POP protocol has been developed through several versions, with version 3 (POP3) being the current standard.

CGI Databases – CGI stands for Common Gateway Interface. Most web hosts have CGI databases. This means that you can access data that is stored in databases from a web page. The hosting services provide various applications and utilities to allow you easy access to the data.

Moodle – Moodle was originally developed by Martin Dougiamas to help educators create online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content, and is in continual evolution. Moodle is very similar to a learning management system. Moodle can be used in many types of environments such as in education, training and development, and business settings.

cPanel –  is the industry leader for turning standalone servers into a fully automated point-and-click hosting platform. When a hosting service has cPanel installed access to features like installing WordPress, configuring email and doing database backups are easily done through a user interface that is point and click.

FTP – stands for File Transfer Protocol. This is the way you transfer files from your PC to the web hosting server.

SSL – stands for Secure Socket Layers. This is a way for providing secure communication over the internet. The protocol provides encryption so that any data that is transmitted cannot be intercepted. This is vital when transferring personal information

eCommerce or electronic commerce refers to the buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks. It also includes the entire online process of developing, marketing, selling, delivering, servicing and paying for products and services.

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