Most common encryption algorithm used to secure transmitted data through
Email address that is automatically routed to another. (i.e.: firstname.lastname@example.org
is sent to email@example.com)
America Online is an Internet Service Provider that accounts for roughly
80% of the online population.
Active Server Pages. Unlike HTML, this type of program can interpret logical
programming commands. This is also representative of “Application
Service Provider” which refers to a company that supplies thin-client
A file extension that identifies a Windows Media movie file format.
Program used to "browse" or access the Internet. Netscape
Navigator and Internet Explorer are Browsers.
High level programming language. Generally used to design programs for
local machines and not used on the Internet.
Used to access the Internet via a broadband connection for many home users.
Common Gateway Interface. Used to describe a programming script or language
used to interpret logical programming commands on a web site.
A computer system or process that requests a service of another computer
system or process. A workstation requesting the contents of a file from
a file server is a client of the file server. Your home PC is considered
a client computer when accessing the Internet.
When hosting companies rent space at a hosting facility in order to connect
there "owned" hardware to the Internet, they are co-locating
there equipment or servers.
Comma Separated Value file. A text-based data table format. Generally
used to import and export data to database tables via the Internet.
A grouping of data tables that contain specific relational data. A database
is not an Excel spreadsheet, but a number of "Spreadsheets"
linked together with common "keys" or data.
A hosting company term that identifies a web hosting server (computer)
that only contains a single "web site". Normal shared or
virtual hosting environments are servers that contain multiple "web
sites" on a single server.
A temporary connection to the Internet used by a large population to connect
to the Internet.
Domain Name Service. The DNS is essentially the phone book that enables
everyone connected to the Internet to locate your web site online. See
Also: IP Address and MX
A file extension used to identify a Microsoft Word Document.
Digital Subscriber Line. Used to access the Internet via a broadband
connection for many home users.
The program that enables you to send and receive Email via the Internet. Outlook
Express and Eudora are examples of email clients.
A field is a single data expression present in a database table.
Types are known as file extensions that are a part of filenames once they
are saved from a given program. See "GIF; JPG; TIF; CSV; XLS;
DOC; TXT; PDF; MOV; AVI; PPT; ZIP; MP3"
The interface between an online shopping cart and the merchant account
that processes online credit card transactions. This would be the
equivalent to the machine sitting on a retail outlets desk that "swipes"
Graphic Interchange Format. An image file generally used when displaying
"drawn" images in a web page.
Graphical User Interface. Used to describe the way users interact
with computer programs.
All websites must be "hosted" on a server in order to be connected
to the Internet. Hosting companies provide "hosting" services.
Hypertext Markup Language. This is the universal programming language
used to deliver web pages to your browser.
A type of email messages containing graphics and links that look like
a normal web page. The Email Client must be able to view these types of
Internet Protocol Address. Every web site, ISP connection and server
has an IP Address associated with it. This number is like a telephone
number. Every one is unique and the DNS acts as a phone book connection
the URL to appropriate IP.
Used to access the Internet via a broadband connection for businesses. Essentially
obsolete with DSL and Cable technology.
A programming language used on the Internet to deliver interactive programs
through browsers.JAVA programs must be downloaded to the client computer
fully before executing.
A programming language used as embedded scripting within HTML documents
to provide a more interactive element to static web pages.
An image file format generally used when displaying photo quality images
in a web page.
The field within a database table that is used to identify and associate
record data between multiple tables.
Local Area Network. One or More computers linked together in a single
The account id and transaction id that is associated with a merchant who
accepts credit card orders via the Internet or other "gateway"
A file extension that identifies an Apple Quicktime movie file format.
A file extension used to identify a popular music format.
Mail eXchange Record. This entry in the DNS (Internet Phone Book)
tells Internet users at what IP Address (Phone Number) to send email associated
with a particular URL (Website).
A version of the Structured Query Language database. See SQL.
Name Servers/DNS Servers
Each hosting company has its own Domain Name Servers, commonly referred to as Name Servers, which direct domain names to the appropriate hosting account. Any questions about this issue should be raised with your domain registrar and hosting provider.
Netscape software's browser. The Netsape browser is owned by AOL however,
the Internet Explorer browser is used for all AOL members.
Optical Cable Level 3. This term is used to describe a "fiber"
connection that is generally used to connect servers to the Internet. This
is the fastest connection available today.
Portable Document Format. Used to identify a document that requires
Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print. (Acrobat is a free download available
for all types of computers) http://www.adobe.com
Programming language used to create CGI programs or scripts that interact
with web sites.
An active server page programming language used to make web pages more
Packet Internet Groper. A program used to test reach ability of destinations
by sending them a request and waiting for a reply. The term is used as
a verb: "Ping host X to see if it is up!"
Post Office Protocol 3. This is the standard protocol used to retrieve
email from a given server via the Internet.
A file extension used to identify a Microsoft Power Point presentation
See "Key Field".
A "row" of single fields within a database table.
Two or more database tables linked together using "Key Field"
The number of vertical and horizontal "pixels" that a computer
or desktop PC monitor can display.
A computer connected to the Internet, WAN or LAN used to provide services
such as file storage or data delivery.
A security verification of a persons identity or process on a server.
A term used to describe a web site hosting environment that contains multiple
web sites (IP addresses) on a single server.
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol. This is the standard protocol used
to transfer email from server to server via the Internet.
Structured Query Language is a form of programming language that allows
other programming to communicate with databases.
Secure Socket Layer. This is an encryption technique used to secure
data transmitted via the Internet.
Used by most larger companies as a full-time connection to the Internet. An
AT&T term for a digital carrier facility used to transmit a DS-1 formatted
digital signal at 1.544 megabits per second.
Used by most larger companies as a full-time connection to the Internet.
A term for a digital carrier facility used to transmit a DS-3 formatted
digital signal at 44.746 megabits per second.
A table is a collection of records used to comprise a group of data within
A type of email message that does NOT contain images or links, but simply
A client computer of PC that does not have any processing power. Also
known as a "Dumb Terminal".
A Macintosh image file type. Very high quality and not generally used
in web sites.
Tracert (Trace Route)
A program used to Trace the Route of an IP address or (Phone Number) on
A file extension used to identify a common text file format.
The Uniform Resource Locator is the name associated with a given web site,
A term used to describe a web site hosting environment that contains multiple
web sites within a single IP address on a server. Note: Most individual
web sites have there own IP address assigned.
Wide Area Network. A group of computers linked together in multiple
Many hosting companies provide services that allow customers to check their email through the internet. This service is commonly referred to as Web Mail, and should be handled entirely through your hosting provider.
A file extension used to identify a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet document.
A file extension used to identify a compressed set of files. Used
to compress and transfer large file types across the Internet (See www.winzip.com