Learn More About Our Key Terms. Here at Media One Pro we go out of our way to make things easy for you and your company. If you are interested, here are key terms to help you better understand the industry of web design, online marketing, logo design, print design, company apparel and our printing services.
Active Server Pages: A Microsoft-invented programming environment that allows Web developers to create server-side scripted templates that generate dynamic, interactive applications. Embedded ASP codes in standard HTML can achieve a range of possibilities, from Web content customized to a user’s individual tastes or a complex database application that may access legacy data from a mainframe.
ASP Mail: Asp Mail allows you to send SMTP mail directly from a Web page.
ASP Upload: Asp Upload enables an ASP application to capture, save and process files uploaded to the Web server with a browser. It allows you to add file upload functionality to your Web application in as little as 2 lines of ASP script.
Bitmap file: Bitmap files are popular and the best to use on the Web. They can be used with most word-processing applications. They are small in size, but hard to manipulate because they are inefficient in resolution. The most popular bitmap files are GIF, JPEG, TIFF, and BMP.
CGI bin: Common Gateway Interface (CGI) is a protocol that allows a Web page to run a program on a Web server. Forms, counters, and guestbooks are common examples of CGI programs.
Data Traffic (Transfer): Any outward-bound traffic from your Web site is considered data transfer. For example, each time an HTML file, image, or other element on your Web page is loaded, data transfer is generated.
Disk Space: Disk space refers to the amount of server disk storage your account is allocated. This space is used to store your html files, graphics, audio clips, POP mail messages, and all other files that make up your Web site.
Dynamic web page: A dynamic web page is a web page that uses some scripting language, such as PHP or ASP, to allow the web server to adapt the content of the web page to a particular situation. Dynamic web pages can also be used to upload information from the browser to store it on the web server. Examples of web based applications that use dynamic web pages are guest books, chat rooms, web logs, and forums.
The information content that is displayed on the web page in your browser will normally not be stored in the file containing that web page on the web server, but in a separate database. When the page is requested from the server, the web server will retrieve such a dynamic web page, process it to retrieve the relevant information from the database, and then puts that information in the HTML of the web page.
With dynamic web pages, the same information can be displayed on many different web pages, but only needs to be managed in one place: in the database. At the same time, we can create another web page to manage the information in the database (change it, update it, etc), as well as upload new information to enable users to create new web pages on the fly.
Email Auto Responders: Auto responders may be used to send automated responses to incoming email sent to a specific address. For example, an auto responder could be used to send a standard message and collateral to persons addressing pricelist@yourdomain.
FTP: File Transfer Protocol; method used to upload our Web site files to a server.
Full Tape Backup: Comprehensive backups of your data. In the event of permanent data loss, a restoration may occur that will recover your lost files.
Mail Forwarders: When you sign up for your hosting plan, you’ll receive a domain email account (firstname.lastname@example.org). You might also have an email address provided by your local ISP. With mail forwarding, all email addressed to email@example.com will be sent to your “real” email address. Additional mail forwarding options include the ability to forward different yourname.com email to specific addresses on the Internet. For example, email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org could forward to your “real” email address (provided by your ISP), while email@example.com could forward to a different email address.
Mailing List: A group discussion conducted through email messages, specific to a topic or common interest. When a message is sent to a mailing list, each list subscriber receives a copy.
MySQL Database: A UNIX based SQL database
MS Visual InterDev 6.0: A tool commonly used for database integration on Windows 2003 servers.
ODBC Data Sources: ODBC is a standard for accessing different database systems. There are interfaces for Visual Basic, Visual C++, SQL and the ODBC driver pack contains drivers for the Access, Paradox, dBase, Text, Excel and Btrieve databases.
Pantone colors: Pantone or ‘spot’ colors are used by professional print shops. It is a color system that helps designers, print shops, and customers talk universally about color.
Password Protected Pages: Protect your Web pages with groups of password and user ID combinations.
PHP4: PHP is an open-source, server-side HTML embedded scripting language used to create dynamic Web pages. A dynamic Web page is a page that interacts with the user, so that each user visiting the page sees customized information. PHP is freely available and used primarily on Linux (UNIX) Web servers, and as an alternative to Microsoft’s Active Server Pages technology. As with ASP, the PHP script is embedded within a Web page along with its HTML. Before the page resolves, the Web server calls PHP to interpret and perform the operations called for in the PHP script. An HTML page with PHP script is typically given a file name suffix of “.php,” “.php4,” or “.phtml.”
POP3 Email: Post Office Protocol – or – Point Of Presence: Post Office Protocol is a method of retrieving email from a server. Each of our hosting packages comes with unique POP3 Email accounts, in addition to email forwarding. You have the option to retrieve email directly from POP3 mailboxes on the mail server using an email program such as Eudora.
Server Side Includes: Add the convenience and flexibility of embedding CGI capability into your Web pages.
Shockwave: A multimedia application by MacroMedia for dynamic online visual presentations.
Shopping Cart: Add the convenience and power of our integrated shopping cart system for eCommerce Web hosting!
SSL Encryption: Secure Sockets Layer: A protocol designed by Netscape to enable encrypted communications across the Internet. It provides privacy, authentication, and message integrity. SSL is often used in communications between browsers and servers. A URL that begins with “https” is a clue that an SSL connection will be used on the Web site. During an SSL connection, each side sends a Security Certificate to the other. Both sides then encrypt what they send, ensuring that only the intended recipient can decode it.
Uptime: Uptime is literally what it means – it is the amount of time your site is online throughout the entire month. The best uptime would be 100%, but because things can break, many hosts offer 99.9% uptime guarantees.
Vector files: Vector files can be resized, scaled, and enable the user to change color or fonts of an image. Vector files are used by professional designers and print shops. GIFs or bitmap formats are recommended for Web sites.
Web Hosting: Web hosting is the act of renting space and bandwidth through a company so that you may publish your web site online.
Webmaster: A webmaster is someone who has the responsibility of managing a web site. Most web masters not only oversee the day to day running of the web site and its web hosting, but also develop new pages for the web site and optimize and promote the web site for the search engines.
Web server: A web server is either a special computer or server for reliable hosting of web sites, or the software application that runs on that server. The two main web server applications used by most web hosting providers are Microsoft’s Internet Information Services (IIS) for windows hosting and Apache for Unix hosting. Both use the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to transfer web pages to your web browser.
Web robot: A web robot is a program that automatically retrieves web pages by following the links on web pages that it has already retrieved before. Web robots are used by search engines to find web pages for inclusion in their search database. Other web robots, however, will try to harvest any email addresses on your web pages to include in their email database, which they then use or sell to email spammers. Through a special file on your web host, called robots.text, you can tell a web robot which pages you would like it to ignore. Most email harvesting robots will, of course, just ignore the instructions in your robots.txt file.
Web Mail: A method used to access email messages through a web browser using HTTP. You can conveniently access your domain email from any browser around the world!
Windows Media: Microsoft® Windows MediaT, a set of digital media components and features for personal computers and consumer appliances.