List of useful terms to help you better navigate the world of hosting services

30/45/60/90-day Money-Back Guarantee – Is a guarantee that clients can request a refund in case they are not satisfied with the services offered. The specified period is the time during which the refund can be requested.

99.9% Service Uptime Guarantee – Is a guarantee that the hosting service will make the website available to users 99.9% of the time. A good rating is anything over 99,9%, like 99,97%, for example.

Apache web server – Is a popular, stable and feature-rich server. This is an open-source platform used to construct most of the websites existing today.

Backup – Is a copy of files or data, saved in the event of data loss or corruption.

Bandwidth – Represents the rate of data transfer and is expressed as the amount of data transfer per second. Bandwidth acts like the channel connection used to get data from your website to the computers of your visitors.

Bandwidth Limit – The amount of data transfer allowed for your account.

Blog – A website containing personal entries and articles based on the owner’s own opinion. The format can be used to present a personal portfolio for designs, photography and links to products. It is great as a promotional tool by itself, or it can be added to a website to help with SEO efforts.

CMS – The Content Management System is a tool for easy, on-site content administration.

Control Panel – It is the main management tool for your account. It allows full control over the website, such as uploading pages, installing applications etc.

cPanel – It is the most popular control panel as most people consider it easy to use and feature-rich.

Data Center – The physical specialized facility providing the technical infrastructure of the entire hosting service.

Dedicated server – A physical server on which a single account is hosted. This means you don’t need to share resources with anyone else and the performance of your website is significantly better.

Disk Space – Represents how much server space is dedicated to you for your pages, images, videos and files.

Domain name – Is the name visitors use to find and access your site. Each one is allocated an IP address, which the computer reads. But remembering a number sequence is more difficult than remembering a domain name.

Email Manager – Enables you to administer all email activity.

FTP – Is short for File Transfer Protocol, and it allows you to upload and download files. In most cases, hosts will assign accounts to third party users to move files to and from the website.

Instant Account Activation – Is a feature that ensures your website setup as soon as you get approval from the host’s sale department.

Hosting Server – Is the machine that allows you to run your website.

HTML – Stands for Hypertext Markup Language and it is the standard language used to create web pages.

HTTP – Hypertext Transfer Protocol is the protocol used to transfer images, text, video, and other form of media over the Internet.

Language Support – Indicates the types of programming languages you could use for your hosting account.

Linux – Is a free and open source operating system used as a desktop operating system or for servers. Linux is known for its stability and reliability.

Linux Server – Is a server that uses Linux.

Managed hosting – Is a type of service where the provider takes care of configuration, upgrades and everything related to system administration. This is a great option for anyone starting out and who does not know the ins and outs of online hosting.

MySQL – Is a database system used to build a variety of web applications. It is used through the PHPMyAdmin web database manager, it allows users to create dynamic websites and it gives them easy management of their content.

PHP – Is a scripting language that allows users to embed code directly into the HTML of a page.

Plesk – Is a popular, feature rich control panel, available to shared hosting users. It allows the automation of server operations.

Reseller Hosting – Happens when an individual purchases the resources on part of a server to host multiple domains. Each of the domain owners pay him for hosting and he administers the distribution and usage of resources. Server administration, however, remains with the original hosting company.

Shared hosting – When several clients share the same server and its resources. This is the best way to start off online as it has reduced costs and it makes more sense money-wise to share a server when the website does not need as many resources. Add the benefits of managed hosting, and you get the perfect solution for a beginner.

Shared Hosting Server – Is the physical server whose resources are divided between accounts. It can host many personal blogs, brochure websites and small e-commerce stores. As you start to need more to keep up the website, you might have to move to a different type of server.

Semi-managed hosting – Is a service that gives account owners some of the power to make configuration changes, upgrades and other administrative modifications to their own websites. It is meant for people who need to have a bit more control over their accounts and can manage without a managed hosting deal.

Set-Up Fee – Is a fee account owners need to pay to have their accounts installed. This is not the rule as some hosting service providers may choose to include it, while some may not.

Softaculous – Is an auto installer that gives users access to the most popular of web applications, such as WordPress and Drupal, with only a few clicks. It usually comes with the packages that give users access to cPanel.

SSL – Is short for Secure Socket Layer and it enables online stores to accept credit cards in a secure environment. To make sure a website is secure for payments, its address must start with https://.

Traffic Stats Tool – Is a tool that enables you to check the traffic on your website and control fluctuations. By keeping an eye on your website’s performance, you can secure its stability.

Unlimited Domains Hosting – Permits one account to host and manage unlimited domains and subdomains. It is one of the most sought after features.

VPS Hosting – Means hosting on a Virtual Private Server. With this type of server, account owners get a full server partition which acts as an independent server, giving them more resources, flexibility and control over their system configuration. Users get root access for unmanaged VPS, but need not worry about server administration if they get managed VPS. Financially, this is the middle solution between a shared hosting deal and a dedicated server.

Windows Server – Is a server that runs on Windows.

WordPress – Is the most popular blogging platform available. It is an open source software, available for free, with a high customizable rate. The most attractive feature a service provider can give is the one click installation of this content management system.