What do all those acronyms mean?
Domain Name System is a system of mapping names to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Because
domain names are alphabetic, they're easier for humans to remember. The Internet, however,
is really based on IP addresses. Every time you use a domain name, DNS translates the name into
the corresponding IP address. It is similar to a phonebook for the Internet.
An alternate e-mail address that points to another account. E-mail sent to the alternate
address will be automatically routed to the Inbox of the official address. Click here
to read more about e-mail aliases.
File Transfer Protocol is a standard method of moving files across the Internet.
Hypertext Markup Language is the coding language used to create documents for use on the World
Wide Web as webpages.
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol is the protocol used between a Web browser and a server
to request a document and transfer its contents.
Internet Protocol is the most basic protocol used to communicate on the Internet. An IP number
is a numerical address consisting of four numbers seperated by periods. Each IP address
uniquely identifies a certain computer on the Internet.
K or KB
Kilobytes are typically used to measure the size of computer files. A kilobyte is equivalent
to 1,024 bytes.
Large computer files are measured in Megabytes. A megabyte is equivalent to 1,024 kilobytes.
MySQL (Structured Query Language) is a freely available third-party database engine designed
to provide fast access to stored data. Data can be stored, updated and deleted using languages
such as PHP. The data can be retrieved from the database to allow the generation of dynamic
Hypertext Preprocessor is an open source scripting language used to create dynamic Web pages.
PHP script is enclosed within special tags. This way, the author can jump between HTML and
PHP simplifying the process or writing HTML pages. Because PHP is executed on the server,
the client cannot view the PHP code, protecting it from being plagiarized. PHP's strength
lies in its compatibility with many types of databases.
Post Office Protocol version 3 is the transport protocol used for receiving e-mails. When you
use your e-mail client to retrieve e-mail messages, the client communicates with the e-mail
server via POP3. POP3 e-mail accounts are generally provided through a web hosting account.
Click here to read more about POP3 e-mail accounts.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, protocol used for transmitting private documents via the
Internet. Click here to read more about SSL.
Uniform Resource Locator is a method of accessing Internet resources. URLs contain information
about both the access method to use and also about the resource itself, and are used by Web
browsers to connect you directly to a specific document or page on the World Wide Web.
The World Wide Web is a collection of information servers linked together through a language
called hypertext. This allows you to select a hypertext link on one page which may take you
to a different server halfway around the world. You do this through a World Wide Web browser,
such as Internet Explorer, Netscape, or Mozilla.
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