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A company that sells Internet connectivity.
A Java-like Microsoft language that permits Web-originated
be run from Microsoft Explorer browser.
Client or robot programs, often able to act autonomously or
An alternative name for an object, such as a variable, file, or
An image (img) attribute specifying that text can be displayed
browser as an alternative to the image.
Allows for users to access your Web site with standard FTP
software in order to upload/download files without supplying a
username and password (anonymous). With the advent of the
specifications and browsers, however, this is fairly moot, since
same can be done through your browser. Some people just prefer
anonymous FTP available, whether or not they use it
A high-level program that can be included in an HTML page, much
an image can be included. The program's code is then executed by
browser. Note: Many older browsers cannot interpret Java applets
Applications software (also called end-user programs) includes
database programs, word processors, and spreadsheets.
speaking, applications software sits on top of systems software
because it is unable to run without the operating system and
A program that enables you to search for files anywhere on the
Internet by filename.
Words or numbers you enter as part of an HTML tag to expand or
how that tag operates.
The precursor to the Internet, ARPANET was a large wide-area
created in 1969 by the United States Defense Advanced Research
Acronym for AMERICAN STANDARD CODE FOR INFORMATION INTERCHANGE,
standard character set.
The process of identifying an individual, usually based on a
Computer programs that aid in creating HTML documents by
code for tags.
A backbone is a large transmission line that carries data
from smaller lines that interconnect with it. On the Internet or
wide area network, a backbone is a set of paths that local or
networks connect to for long-distance interconnection.
Interliant employs extensive emergency backup systems including
redundant power generators capable of operating the equipment
complete power outage.
The process of copying files so that they are preserved in the
equipment failure or catastrophe. If files are damaged on the
we resort to the backup copy to restore the files back to the
The amount of data that can be transmitted in a fixed amount of
For digital devices, the bandwidth is usually expressed in bits
second(bps) or bytes per second.
A graphic advertising image on a Web site.
The speed rate of a data channel - expressed as bits per second
- which is usually used when referring to the speed of
Bulletin Board System. An electronic message center. Most
boards serve specific interest groups.
Pertaining to a number system that has just two unique digits.
Computers are based on the binary numbering system, which
just two unique numbers, 0 and 1.
Short for binary digit, the smallest unit of information on a
A single bit can hold only one of two values: 0 or 1.
A test used to compare performance of hardware and/or
HTML tag used to enclose the body (all the text and tags) of the
Nearly all Web browsers support a bookmarking feature that lets
save the address (URL) of a Web page so that you can easily
the page at a later time.
Short for Web browser, a software application used to locate and
display Web pages.
Eight bits; the fundamental unit of personal computer data.
Pronounced cash, a special high-speed storage mechanism. It can
either a reserved section of main memory or an independent
European Particle Physics Laboratory, the developers of the
The scripting language used to write gateway scripts for CERN
Web servers. CGI programs are the most common way for Web
interact dynamically with users. Many HTML pages that contain
for example, use a CGI program to process the form's data once
Real-time communication between two users via computer. Once a
has been initiated, either user can enter text by typing on the
keyboard and the entered text will appear on the other user's
One of the leading manufacturers of network equipment. Cisco's
business is in internet working products, such as routers,
In Web advertising, the click through rate is the number of
an advertisement (such as a banner ad) is expressed as a
the number of times that the page where the ad appears was
Thus, the click through rate would be 10% if one in ten people
viewed the advertisement clicked on it, and landed on the
A network architecture in which each computer or process on the
network is either a client or a server. Servers are powerful
or processes dedicated to managing disk drives (file servers),
printers (print servers), or network traffic (network servers).
Clients are PCs or workstations on which users run applications.
Clients rely on servers for resources, such as files, devices,
even processing power.
Some companies own a server, but want to locate it in the secure
environment of a Web hosting provider. That way they can take
advantage of the fastest possible connections to the Internet
handing over day-to-day management of the site.
A computer buzzword that refers to a program or device's ability
link with other programs and devices.
Every Interliant customer is given access to a wide range of
utilities including; account administration, site performance, a
site toolbox, e-mail, server management and permissions.
A message given to a Web browser by a Web server. The browser
the message in a text file called cookie.txt. The message is
back to the server each time the browser requests a page from
Pairs of numbers used to define the edges of the clickable areas
clickable image maps.
Pronounced demon or damon, a process that runs in the background
performs a specified operation at predefined times or in
certain events. The term daemon is a UNIX term, though many
operating systems provide support for daemons, though they're
sometimes called other names. Windows, for example, refers to
and System Agents and services. Typical daemon processes include
spoolers, e-mail handlers, and other programs that perform
administrative tasks for the operating system.
A database is a structured set of records, such as a mailing
Web browser can access a public database by Perl Scripts. There
many ways for a user to find information in a database. When the
is structured as a table in a single file, a user need only
page and use the browser's Find feature. However, to search a
relational database spread over many files, a sophisticated CGI
is required to access the data.
Interliant's Flagship Data Center in Atlanta, GA features
T3s, 10/ 100 Mbs switched fast Ethernet, performance-proven
routers and Catalyst switches.
The outward bound traffic from a Web site, with the exception of
e-mail. Any HTML, graphic, audio or video file that is accessed
someone viewing your site is included.
A permanently connected telephone line between two computer
Dedicated lines make up the bulk of the Internet.
A dedicated server is a single computer in a network reserved
serving the needs of the network. For example, some networks
that one computer be set aside to manage communications between
the other computers. A dedicated server could also be a computer
manages printer resources.
An "on ramp" to the Internet-the service which allows
"dial" into the Internet through their communication
An attachment to an electronic message used for security
most common use of a digital certificate is to verify that a
sending a message is who he or she claims to be, and to provide
receiver with the means to encode a reply.
A photograph stored in a format recognizable and usable by
A major division on a hard drive or server used to divide and
The amount of server disk storage allocated to your account.
space can be used to store HTML and graphics files, programs or
scripts, mail messages, compressed files, or other files that
your Web site. This does not include the log files, as they are
by the processes on the server. Space can be purchased for $5
month for each additional 20 MB.
Short for Digital Linear Tape, a type of magnetic tape storage
originally developed by DEC and now marketed by several
DLTs are half an inch wide and the cartridges come in several
ranging from 20 to over 40 GB. DLT drives are faster than most
types of tape drives, achieving transfer rates of 2.5 MBps.
Short for Domain Name System (or Service), an Internet service
translates domain names into IP addresses. Because domain names
alphabetic, they're easier to remember. The Internet however, is
really based on IP addresses. Every time you use a domain name,
therefore, a DNS service must translate the name into the
corresponding IP address. For example, the domain name
might translate to 126.96.36.199.
An article, book, or other work, typically containing text or
media, that includes information content.
The name for a company, organization, or individual's Internet
connection. Individual computers within this domain all end with
domain as a part of their host name.
To transfer a file from another computer to your computer.
Web pages more animated and more responsive to user interaction
previous versions of HTML. Dynamic Web pages are constructed
DHTML language (standard HTML, style sheets and
The purchasing of items over the Internet.
A communication system that allows you to send text, files
graphical messages over the Internet.
An autoresponder will send a standard response e-mail message
on a text file you specify) to anyone who sends an e-mail to a
specific e-mail address (which you specify) at your domain.
Interliant offers fully POP3 compliant e-mail boxes that can be
to send and receive e-mail from any connection to the Internet.
Interliant has a wide selection of options and features
unlimited aliases, forwarding and autoresponders as well as
The translation of data into a secret code. Encryption is the
effective way to achieve data security. To read an encrypted
must have access to a secret key or password that enables you to
decrypt it. Unencrypted data is called plain text; encrypted
referred to as cipher text.
A local-area network (LAN) protocol developed by Xerox
cooperation with DEC and Intel in 1976. Ethernet uses a bus or
topology and supports data transfer rates of 10 Mbps. It is one
most widely implemented LAN standards. A newer version of
called 100Base-T (or Fast Ethernet), supports data transfer
100 Mbps. And the newest version, Gigabit Ethernet supports data
of 1 gigabit (1,000 megabits) per second.
An extranet is a private network that uses Internet protocols
public telecommunications lines. An extranet can be viewed as
a company's intranet that is extended to users outside the
The main purpose of an extranet is to share information with
individuals or groups outside a company, such as suppliers,
Frequently Asked Questions - the role of these is to answer the
majority of questions commonly asked by newcomers. FAQs provide
means by which questions that are frequently asked can be
into one document. The majority of FAQs are posted on the USENET
The patterns and standards used to store a program on a disk.
are GIF, JPEG, AIFF.
A file server is a computer and storage device dedicated to
files. Any user on the network can store files on the
A system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a
network. Firewalls can be implemented in both hardware and
or a combination of both.
The device in a computer that reads a "floppy disk," a
random access, removable data storage medium that can be used
personal computers and Web servers.
HTML documents designed with fill-in text boxes, lists of
other elements that allow the user of the form to send
back to the Web server. (E.g. registration form, order form,
An HTML tag introduced by Netscape to allow partitioning of the
browser window into independent document display areas.
A packet-switching protocol for connecting devices on a Wide
Network (WAN). Frame Relay networks in the U.S. support data
rates at T-1 (1.544 Mbps) and T-3 (45 Mbps) speeds. In fact, you
think of Frame Relay as a way of utilizing existing T-1 and T-3
owned by a service provider. Most telephone companies now
Frame Relay service for customers who want connections at 56
Copyrighted software given away for free by the author. Although
available for free, the author retains the copyright, which
you cannot do anything with it that is not expressly allowed by
author. Usually, the author allows people to use the software,
The primary method for accessing files via the Internet.
You will have unlimited access to your account via FTP,
telnet 24 hours a day in order to maintain your site. It is
recommended that the majority of work on your site be done
your own system and then uploaded to our server. This affords
most flexibility and safety in regard to backing up your
In data communications, a gigabit is one billion bits
bits to be exact). Bit - the smallest unit of data in a
bit has a single binary value, either 0 or 1.
In data communications, a gigabyte is one billion bytes
bytes to be exact). Byte - a group of eight binary digits
a unit by a computer and used especially to represent an
A popular type of image file format. Stands for Graphic Image
2 to the 30th power (1,073,741,824) bytes. One gigabyte is equal
1,024 megabytes. Gigabyte is often abbreviated as G or GB.
A menu-based information system on the Internet popularized
its ability to interconnect different Gopher sites on the same
A class of software that helps groups of colleagues
attached to a local-area network organize their activities.
groupware supports the following operations: scheduling meetings
allocating resources, e-mail, password protection for documents,
telephone utilities, electronic newsletters, file distribution.
Groupware is sometimes called workgroup productivity
the mechanism that controls the positioning, reading, and
the hard disk, which furnishes the largest amount of data
the PC. Although the hard disk drive (often shortened to
drive") and the hard disk are not the same thing, they are
packaged as a unit and so either term is sometimes used to refer
the whole unit.
The HTML tag used to enclose the beginning elements in the HTML
document, including the title.
A hits counter is a tool that allows a Webmaster to determine
times a particular page is accessed by visitors.
The first page that you intend people to see at your Web
The name of a computer on the Internet, used to identify it in
To provide the infrastructure for a computer service. For
company like Interliant hosts Web servers. This means that we
the hardware, software, and communications lines required by the
server, but the content on the server may be controlled by the
The coding scheme used to format text for use on the World Wide
The transmission standard used to send HTML documents across the
A special type of database system, invented by Ted Nelson in the
1960s, in which objects (text, pictures, music, programs, and so
can be creatively linked to each other.
Site or documents that can be automatically updated or provide a
measure of interaction with the reader.
The general term used to describe the worldwide network of
and services encompassing some 20-40 million computer users and
of information systems including e-mail, Gopher, FTP, and the
Microsoft's Web browser. Like Netscape Navigator, Internet
enables you to view Web pages. Both browsers support Java and
An intranet is a private network that is contained within a
enterprise. The main purpose of an intranet is to share company
information and computing resources among employees.
Every computer connected to the Internet has to have an address.
is expressed in two ways: as an IP address in dotted decimal
e.g. 188.8.131.52; or by a more memorable machine name, e.g.
interliant.com. Each computer has a unique IP address, allowing
computers to address the data that they send to the correct
on the Internet.
An Integrated Serviced Digital Network allows you to send
information at speeds of 128Kb over the normal telephone
like a telephone call, you dial the number of the computer you
calling and establish a digital connection. It takes only a few
milliseconds and the cost is the same as a normal telephone
A company that provides access to the Internet. For a monthly
service provider gives you a software package, username,
access phone number. Equipped with a modem, you can then log on
Internet and browse the World Wide Web and USENET, and send and
receive e-mail. In addition to serving individuals, ISPs also
large companies, providing a direct connection from the
networks to the Internet. ISPs themselves are connected to one
through Network Access Points (NAPs).
Short for Independent Software Vendor, a company that produces
A programming language designed for program execution on the
side, i.e. in a browser. It is best for creating applets and
applications for the Internet, intranets and any other complex
A proprietary scripting language by Netscape that adds
author-specified user events to static pages.
Joint Photographic Experts Group, ISO/CCITT standard for
still images (grayscale or color).
Short for kilobyte. When used to describe data storage, KB
represents 1,024 bytes. When used to describe data transfer
represents 1,000 bytes.
In text editing and database management systems, a keyword is an
entry that identifies a specific record or document or a
term extracted from a data set during indexing.
Short for Local Area Network or a computer network that spans a
relatively small area. Most LANs are confined to a single
group of buildings. However, one LAN can be connected to other
over any distance via telephone lines and radio waves. A system
LANs connected in this way is called a wide-area network
The text or graphic used in an HTML document to jump from one
to another. Typically underlined.
developed by Linus Torvalds at the University of Helsinki
is a UNIX-like operating system. It provides computer users a
very low-cost operating system comparable to traditional and
more expensive UNIX systems.
A file that lists actions that occurred. For example, Web
maintain log files listing every request made to the server.
file analysis tools like WebTrends, it's possible to get a good
of where visitors are coming from, how often they return, and
navigate through a site. Using cookies enables Webmasters to log
more detailed information about how individual users are
A program, written in Perl language, that automates management
distribution to e-mail lists.
In data communications, a megabit is one million bits (1,048,576
to be exact). Bit - the smallest unit of data in a computer. A
a single binary value, either 0 or 1.
In data communications, a megabyte is one million bytes
bytes to be exact). Byte - a group of eight binary digits
a unit by a computer and used especially to represent an
An on-screen display that lists available choices.
An Internet merchant account allows a merchant to process credit
online and to have the funds electronically transferred into
A merchant payment center consolidates and automates the tasks
establishing a merchant bank account and accessing a payment
for online transaction processing.
A million cycles of electromagnetic currency alternation per
and is used as a unit of measure for the "clock speed"
FrontPage extensions are available on both Unix and NT in order
you to use the FrontPage client software to create your Web
Support for the FrontPage client software is provided by
Short for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, a specification
formatting non-ASCII messages so that they can be sent over the
Internet. Many e-mail clients now support MIME, which enables
send and receive graphics, audio, and video files via the
mail system. In addition, MIME supports messages in character
other than ASCII.
Stands for MOdulator/DEModulator - a device that translates the
digital information from your computer into analogue signals
be passed down an ordinary telephone line. This allows one
'talk' to another computer using the telephone line as a
A typeface in which the width of each character is the same.
One of the first graphical browsers. Developed by the NCSA, this
browser fueled the growth of the Web. It is available in
Windows, Mac, and UNIX.
The original name for Netscape's browser, now called Navigator.
people claim that the term is a contraction of Mosaic Godzilla
Mosaic killer), since Mosaic was the number one Web browser at
time Netscape began developing its product. The term Mozilla is
used by many Web developers and appears in server log files that
identify the browsers being used.
Documents that combine text, graphics, sound, movies, or other
A true multi-user, multi-threaded SQL (Structured Query
database server. SQL is the most popular database language in
world. MySQL is a client/server implementation that consists of
server daemon mysqld and many different client
A popular commercial graphical browser. It is available in
for Windows, Mac, and UNIX, and is used by approximately 60% of
people that use the WWW.
A computer circuit board or card that is installed in a computer
allow a connection to a network.
Short for Networks Operations Center. The Interliant NOC
monitoring of our Network including: Real-time Network status,
Performance reporting, Real-time alarming, event correlation and
In networks, a processing location. A node can be a computer or
other device, such as a printer. Every node has a unique network
address, sometimes called a Data Link Control (DLC) address or
Access Control (MAC) address.
The most advanced version of the Windows operating system.
is a 32-bit operating system that supports preemptive
There are actually two versions of Windows NT: Windows NT
designed to act as a server in networks and Windows NT
stand-alone or client workstations.
An optical fiber that transmits data between two network
OC-3 line runs at three times the base rate (OC-1) of 51.84
Stands for original equipment manufacturer. OEMs buy computers
and customize them for a particular application. They then sell
customized computer under their own name.
A database of your products and services that customers browse
the Web, select the items they want and purchase.
Software that is developed, tested, and improved through public
collaboration. It is distributed with the intent that the source
will be shared among others, ensuring an open future
A piece of a message transmitted over a packet-switching
of the key features of a packet is that it contains the
address in addition to the data. In IP networks, packets are
A parked domain points to exactly the same HTML files as the
domain does since they share the same IP number. The parked
cannot point directly to a subdirectory of the primary domain.
possible to make users refer to subdirectories and have mail be
received at the parked domain, but some of the
is lost and is more technical than can be discussed here.
A payment gateway is software that is hosted on a server that
online store to a process that verifies that a customer, who is
placing a credit card order, has the credit available and that
order should be accepted. Later, when the merchant is ready to
the charges for processing, the payment gateway accepts them and
submits the charges to a payment processor who facilitates the
transfer of funds to the merchant.
Popular Extraction and Report Language, the most widely used
for programming CGI applications.
Short for Picture Element, a pixel is a single point in a
image. Graphics monitors display pictures by dividing the
screen into thousands (or millions) of pixels, arranged in rows
The actual facility to retrieve e-mail directly from our server
a standard e-mail client, such as Eudora, Pegasus, Netscape Mail
Internet Explorer Mail.
An interface on a computer which you can connect a device.
computers have various types of ports. Internally, there are
ports for connecting disk drives, display screens, and
Externally, personal computers have ports for connecting modems,
printers, mice, and other peripheral devices.
A typeface in which the width of a character varies, i.e. an
is narrower than an "m".
The logic circuitry that processes and responds to basic
operate a computer.
A request for information from a database. There are three
methods for posing queries: (1) Choosing parameters from a menu:
this method, the database system presents a list of parameters
which you can choose. (2) Query by example (QBE): In this
system presents a blank record and lets you specify the fields
values that define the query. (3) Query language: Many database
systems require you to make requests for information in the form
stylized query that must be written in a special query
Physical storage unit for computers or network devices.
An acronym for random access memory, a type of computer memory
can be accessed randomly; that is, any byte of memory can be
without touching the preceding bytes. RAM is the most common
memory found in computers and other devices, such as
Occurring immediately. The term is used to describe a number of
different computer features. For example, real-time operating
are systems that respond to input immediately.
Credit Card Transaction Processing
Includes the establishment of Internet merchant accounts, and
the ability to do online credit card acceptance including
authorization and daily online settlements.
Administering a computer or network from a remote location.
Pronounced rahm, acronym for read-only memory, computer memory
which data has been prerecorded. Once data has been written onto
chip, it cannot be removed and can only be read.
The top directory in a file system. The root directory is
the operating system and has a special name; for example, in DOS
systems the root directory is called \. The root directory is
sometimes referred to simply as the root.
A device that connects two Local Area Networks. Routers are
bridges, but provide additional functionality, such as the
filter messages and forwardthem to different places based on
criteria. The Internet uses routers extensively to forward
from one host to another.
The Small Computer System Interface is a set of evolving
electronic interfaces that allow personal computers to
with peripheral hardware such as disk drives, tape drives,
drives, printers, and scanners. SCSI is faster and more flexible
A program that searches documents for specified keywords and
list of the documents where the keywords were found. Although
engine is really a general class of programs, the term is often
to specifically describe systems like Alta Vista and Excite that
enable users to search for documents on the World Wide Web and
A locked cabinet located in a monitored data center where
can connect their servers to the Internet.
The most popular UNIX-based implementation of the Simple Mail
Protocol (SMTP) for transmitting e-mail.
A computer or device on a network that manages network
example, a file server is a computer and storage device
storing files. Any user on the network can store files on the
A print server is a computer that manages one or more printers,
network server is a computer that manages network traffic. A
server is a computer system that processes database queries.
Scripting and Programming Languages
A variety of scripting and programming languages is available to
in order to give greater function to your Web site. Some of the
primary examples are: Unix, perl, shell script, Server-Side
PHP, Miva (formerly HTMLScript), NT, ColdFusion, and Active
Shared Web servers are a very popular way of providing low-cost
hosting services. Instead of requiring a separate computer for
server, dozens of shared sites can co-reside on the same
most cases, performance is not affected and each Web site
if it is being served by a dedicated server.
Software that is distributed at no cost to the user (the author
maintains the copyright).
Access to an interactive user interface where the user can
with a Unix operating system. The shell is the layer of
that understands and executes the commands a user enters.
Shopping cart software acts as an online store's catalog and
process. Typically, it allows a consumer to browse the Web site,
select items for purchase as they browse, review what they have
selected; make necessary modifications or additions; and
Short for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, a protocol for sending
messages between servers. Most e-mail systems that send mail
Internet use SMTP to send messages from one server to another;
messages can then be retrieved with an e-mail client using
In UNIX and some other operating systems, a software object that
connects an application to a network protocol. In UNIX, for
program can send and receive TCP/IP messages by opening a socket
reading and writing data to and from the socket. This simplifies
program development because the programmer need only worry about
manipulating the socket and can rely on the operating system to
actually transport messages across the network correctly.
Secure Socket Layer, or SSL, support allows the transfer of data
A dedicated phone connection supporting data rates of 1.544Mbits
second. A T-1 line actually consists of 24 individual channels,
of which supports 64Kbits per second. Each 64Kbit/second channel
be configured to carry voice or data traffic.
A dedicated phone connection supporting data rates of about 43
T-3 line actually consists of 672 individual channels, each of
supports 64 Kbps.
The basic unit of HTML coding, consisting of a word inside
(<) and greater-than (>) brackets.
Acronym for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, the
of communications protocols used to connect hosts on the
TCP/IP uses several protocols, the two main ones being TCP and
TCP/IP is built into the UNIX operating system and is used by
Internet, making it the de facto standard for transmitting data
networks. Even network operating systems that have their own
protocols, such as Netware, also support TCP/IP.
The science of translating sound into electrical signals,
them, and then converting them back to sound; that is, the
telephones. The term is used frequently to refer to computer
and software that performs functions traditionally performed by
A method of logging onto remote computer systems using a
program or other applications using the Telnet protocol. You can
the Telnet application to run commands and programs on a remote
A host operating system developed by AT&T that allows
clients to access the resources of one host simultaneously. Many
the news, mail, WWW and name servers on the Internet use this
The transmission of a file from one computer system to another,
usually larger computer system. In terms of Web hosting, it
happen when a file is transmitted to the host's Web servers.
Defined by Tim Berners-Lee's 1993 IETF Draft "Uniform
Locators" --- describing a document or service on the
a string which identifies the protocol, server machine, and
information (e.g., file path).
A worldwide bulletin board system that can be accessed through
Internet or through many online services. The USENET contains
than 14,000 forums, called newsgroups that cover every
interest group. It is used daily by millions of people around
Short for Unix-to-Unix Copy, a Unix utility and protocol that
one computer to send files to another computer over a direct
connection or via modems and the telephone system. For most file
transfer applications, UUCP has been superseded by other
such as FTP, SMTP and NNTP.
People who come to a particular Web site.
Short for virtual private network, a network that is constructed
using public wires to connect nodes. For example, there are a
of systems that enable you to create networks using the Internet
the medium for transporting data. These systems use encryption
other security mechanisms to ensure that only authorized users
access the network and that the data cannot be intercepted.
Pronounced ver-mal, and short for Virtual Reality Modeling
VRML is a specification for displaying 3-dimensional objects on
World Wide Web. You can think of it as the 3-D equivalent of
Files written in VRML have a .wrl extension (short for world).
these files, you need a VRML browser or a VRML plug-in to a Web
A computer network that spans a relatively large geographical
Typically, a WAN consists of two or more local-area networks
Computers connected to a wide-area network are often connected
public networks, such as the telephone system. They can also be
connected through leased lines or satellites. The largest WAN in
existence is the Internet.
A copy of your business entity on the Web.
A person or company that can help you create or improve an
A variety of methods is available in order to create dynamic
that interact with databases. PHP-mSQL or PHP-mySQL and
dBase-compatible are available on Unix, while coldfusion-ODBC
compatible (Access, FoxPro, dBase) are available for NT.
An individual who manages a Web site. Depending on the size of
site, the Webmaster might be responsible for any of the
Making sure that the Web server hardware and software is running
properly, Designing the Web site, Creating and updating Web
Replying to user feedback, Creating CGI scripts, Monitoring
through the site.
The operation of your Web site, the server on which it is
well as its connection to the Internet.
A Web site.
A computer that delivers (serves up) Web pages. Every Web server
an IP address and possibly a domain name. For example, if you
the URL http://webhosting.interliant.com/index.html in your
this sends a request to the server whose domain name is
webhosting.interliant.com. The server then fetches the page
index.html and sends it to your browser.
A phase in creating a web presence, where the site navigation,
and content are determined and a developer writes the code.
An Internet utility that returns information about a domain name
address. For example, if you enter a domain name such as
interliant.com, whois will return the name and address of the
A special symbol that stands for one or more characters. Many
operating systems and applications support wildcards for
files and directories. This enables you to select multiple files
a single specification. For example, in DOS and Windows, the
(*) is a wild card that stands for any combination of
The World Wide Web in simplest terms is an internationally
organized collection of information. What does this mean?
this means using the right software you can read, see and even
specific information that someone else has made public via your
Short for eXtensible Markup Language, a new specification being
developed by the W3C. XML is a pared-down version of SGML,
especially for Web documents. It enables designers to create
customized tags to provide functionality not available with
example, XML supports links that point to multiple documents, as
opposed to HTML links, which can reference just one destination
George McDaniel (ed.) IBM Dictionary of Computing, Tenth
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary online, www.m-w.com
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