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    Active Server Pages (ASP) ASPs are HTML documents embedded with scripts (typically Microsoft's VB Script or Jscript). These scripts are processed by the server prior to being transferred to the user.

    ActiveX A set of properties that define how applications are to share information with each other. These properties are known as controls.

    Auto Responder An automated program that acknowledges receipt of an e-mail message, and then sends back a previously prepared email to the sender, letting them know it was received.

    Bandwidth The amount of data that can be transmitted at a given moment to a server. The higher your bandwidth, the larger amount of traffic your site can handle at one time.

    Browser This is the client software that displays (interprets) the HTML code it receives from the server.

    Cookie A text file sent to a user's Web browser from a Web server. Cookies are typically exchanged back and forth between the two in order to prepare custom content for users, and to exchange data like registration information.

    CSS Short for Cascading Style Sheets, used to add more functionality to simple HTML pages

    Domain Names Domain names are the word sequences users enter in their URL bar to visit your site. They are attached to a DNS, short for Domain Naming System, which is used to translate numeric addresses (known as IP, or Internet Protocol, addresses) into words. Each site you visit on the net has a numeric IP address behind its name.

    Firewall A piece of security software designed to protect Web servers. They are typically used to protect sites from hacker attacks/unauthorized access.

    Flash A popular piece of animation software developed by Macromedia. Flash is widely used on the Web because it requires little bandwidth, therefore making it friendly to users with low or high-speed connections.

    FrontPage A popular site design and management tool developed by Microsoft.

    FTP Short for File Transfer Protocol, a method of allowing remote users and Web servers to exchange files.

    HTML Short for HyperText Markup Language, the language by which Web servers and client browsers communicate. All server-side functions (such as database processing), although they may be performed in another language, must eventually be output back to the user in HTML.

    HTTP Stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol, the protocol by which HTML files move across the Internet. HTTP requires a client browser and an HTTP server (typically a Web server).

    IP Short for Internet Protocol, which designates the format of "data packets" that are used to exchange information over the Internet.

    Javascript A scripting language which enables web designers to add dynamic, interactive elements to a web site.

    MIME Short for Multipurpose Internet Email Extensions, a protocol that allows users to transfer non-text messages like audio, video and images through e-mail.

    Name Server A server responsible for translating domain names and IP addresses.

    Parking All domain names have to be stored on a server in order to be purchased. Most domain registration services will therefore temporarily place a newly purchased name on their servers until a hosting plan is purchased or the owner points the DNS to a different site. This is known as parking.

    PHP PHP is another scripting language. Like ASP, it's commands are embedded within the HTML of a web page. The commands are executed on the web server, making it browser independent. The web browser only sees the resulting HTML output of the PHP code.

    POP Short for Post Office Protocol. An e-mail protocol that mail software use to communicate with mail servers.

    Shopping Cart A program designed to handle the e-commerce section of a Web site. Shopping cart software lets users browse for and purchase products online.

    SMTP Short for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, a protocol used by mail servers to exchange messages with each other.

    SQL Short for Standard Query Language. A standard protocol used to request information from databases. Servers which can handle SQL are known as SQL servers.

    SSL Short for Secure Sockets Layer, a protocol developed by Netscape to handle and protect confidential/sensitive information required for e-commerce transactions (like credit card numbers). SSL address usually begin with 'https'.

    TCP Short for Transmission Control Protocol, an important network protocol. TCP allows two hosts to connect and exchange data, and ensures that "data packets" are delivered exactly as sent.

    TLD Short for Top Level Domain, the suffix for major domain names like .com, .net and .org.

    URL Short for Uniform Resource Locator, The standard way to give the address of any resource on the Internet that is part of the World Wide Web (WWW).

    Virtual Host A shared hosting solution, the most basic of hosting types. Numerous Web sites are shared on one server.

    WHOIS A central database which tracks all domain name/IP registrations.

    XHTML Short for Extensible Hypertext Markup Language, a hybrid between HTML and XML that is more universally acceptable in Web pages and search engines than XML.

    XML Short for Extensible Markup Language. XML is a language allowing developers to create their own markup tags. All XML tags are defined by the programmer, and can be interpreted differently in different applications. For example, the "" tag in HTML means Italics, but could mean anything in XML, depending on the function the developer assigns to it.


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