ASP - APPLICATION SERVICE PROVIDER
An ASP is a company that creates business software applications, and then makes the applications available on a subscription basis to other businesses. vitalnet.com has developed proprietary software and electronic commerce applications - vitalMax and vitalCart - to offer our clients a way to manage their web site content and do business on the Internet.
See Also: VITALMAX, VITALCART
An auto responder is a type of E-mail that automatically replies with a standard message to anyone who sends mail to it. They can be used as E-mail brochures to easily disseminate information to interested customers about specific products, new product announcements, or your company. They can also inform the sender that a message has been received. For instance, if you set up a vacation auto responder, you could turn it on when you leave, and anyone that sends mail to your address while you're gone will get an immediate response stating that you are out of town. Businesses use auto responders for getting more out to interested customers. vitalnet.com offers unlimited autoresponders with our hosting packages.
See Also: SMART AUTO RESPONDER
A bulletin board is an electronic message center that usually serves a specific interest group. One reaches a bulletin board through the Internet, and then reads or posts messages to relate to others who frequent the specific board.
CGI stands for Common Gateway Interface. CGI allows HTML pages to interact with programming applications.
A chat room is a virtual room where people can communicate in real time while on the Internet. Users type their messages with a keyboard and the entered text will appear on the monitor, along with the text of the other chat room visitors.
A dedicated server is a computer that only runs one type of server software, and is usually constructed according to the user's specifications. Dedicated servers are typically used for web sites that have high traffic, and need many resources and much processing power. vitalnet.com offers dedicated servers in the FreeBSD (UNIX) operating system.
A domain name is much like a trademark or a license. It allows people to find a web site by name instead of by number (IP address), thus providing the web site a more professional look. Plus, domain names are like fingerprints-there can only be one of any domain name in the world. If "http://www.myweb.com" is already registered by another company, then you must find a name that is not yet registered. Domain names can be 67 characters long in total. The length includes the ".com" at the end but does not include the "http://www" at the beginning.
See Also: IP ADDRESS, SUBDOMAIN
Electronic, or "e"-commerce is the selling of products and services over the Web. It can transform your static web site into an interactive, dynamic, and operational electronic commerce Web business! We help our customers to establish their online businesses and to sell their goods and services online. Please read about our electronic commerce solutions for the FreeBSD (UNIX) operating system.
See Also: VITALCART
E-mail is short for electronic mail. It is a way to communicate, and send letters, sales notices, brochures, and countless other things over the Internet.
See Also: AUTO RESPONDER
An E-mail alias account is sometimes called a forwarding account. This type of E-mail allows you to appear to have an address on one domain, yet behind the scenes the mail is forwarded on to your real E-mail account.
An E-mail POP (post office protocol) account is an actual E-mail box located on the server for which the address is made. When E-mail is sent to a real POP account, the mail is stored on the server until the user logs in with their E-mail software and downloads it.
The FreeBSD operating system is a version of UNIX, and it runs on Intel microprocessors and powers the servers of the Web's largest sites. FreeBSD is the operating system of choice for the vitalnet.com Web Servers.
See Also: OPERATING SYSTEM
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It is simply a way of uploading and downloading files across the Internet.
HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. HTML is a collection of platform-independent styles (indicated by markup tags) that define the various components of a World Wide Web document. To put it more simply, HTML is the language used to make Web Pages.
A hypertext link is a method of embedding a URL or Web Page, into an object, such as a segment of text, or an image. When this object is clicked on, the browser then addresses the embedded URL and sends the user to the intended destination. As a general rule of thumb, most words that are both colored and underlined, and many graphics, are linked and can be clicked on.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, is an organization that was recognized by the U.S. government in November, 1999, to administer the Net's core technical functions and to foster competition among domain name registrars.
See Also: REGISTRAR
Internet is a catchall word used to describe the massive worldwide network of computers. The word "Internet" literally means "network of networks." In itself, the Internet is comprised of thousands of smaller regional networks scattered throughout the globe. It is the communication backbone that ties together computers from all around the world. The World Wide Web is a part of the Internet that comprises a system of Internet servers that are formatted in HTML. One may access the Internet through a computer and an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Internic, or Network Solutions, was the original domain name licensing authority for the United States. They previously had a monopoly on domain name registration that was granted to them by the US Department of Commerce, until November, 1999, when competition was enforced and they were required to share their database and registry services with anyone who qualified as a registrar. ICANN is the newly appointed organization that oversees domain name registration issues.
See Also: ICANN, REGISTRAR
Internet Protocol, or IP, addresses are the numerical codes that relate to a specific domain name. It is possible that a domain name may identify one or more IP addresses. The format of an IP address is a 32-bit numeric address written as four numbers separated by periods. Each number can be zero to 255. For example, 220.127.116.11, could be an IP address.
See Also: Domain Name
IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. IRC is a massive network of text-based chat channels (rooms) and users all across the world.
See Also: CHAT ROOM
ISP stands for Internet Service Provider. These are typically fee-based companies that provide dial-up access to the Internet via SLP, PPP, or TCP/IP.
Examples: Earthlink, AOL, MSN
Java was developed by Sun Microsystems as a response to problems programming in the C++ language. It is a general programming language that is suited for use on the World Wide Web and is intended to be simple, cross-platform, high performance, multithreaded, and dynamic.
More Info on Java
A multiple-recipient alias, or MRA, is an E-mailalias that forwards on to multiple E-mail addresses. This means you can set any of your E-mail addresses, such as firstname.lastname@example.org, to automatically forward mail to multiple places, such as both your AOL and Earthlink account, at one time. Or, you can set up an alias like email@example.com that will go to every person in your accounting department. vitalnet.com offers MRAs with all its FreeBSD (UNIX) dedicated servers.
See Also: E-MAIL ALIAS
MSQL stands for Mini Structured Query Language. It is a lightweight database engine that has been designed to provide fast access to stored data with low memory requirements. MSQL offers a subset of SQL as its query interface. SQL is the most popular and standardized database language in the world that makes it easy to store, update and access information. For example, you can use SQL to retrieve product information and store customer information for a Web Site.
See Also: MySQL
MySQL is a true multi-user, multithreaded SQL database server. MySQL is fast and flexible enough to allow you to store logs and pictures in it. Its main goals are speed, robustness, and ease of use.
See Also: mSQL
An operating system (OS) is the basic structure on which your computer runs. The most common operating systems used on Web servers are FreeBSD (UNIX), Windows®, Linux, and Solaris. vitalnet.com's servers use FreeBSD.
See Also: UNIX, FREEBSD
Perl stands for Popular Extraction and Report Language and was designed for processing text. It is also a popular programming language used for creating interactive Web Sites.
See: E-MAIL POP
RAM is the most common type of memory found in computers and other devices. It is an acronym for random access memory, meaning that any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes. It is commonly known as the amount of memory in a computer that is available to programs.
REALAUDIO / REALVIDEO
RealMedia technology allows you to stream audio and video from your site. vitalnet.com offers full support of RealAudio and RealVideo.
A registrar is a company or organization that registers domain names. Previously, Network Solutions was the only domain name registrar, but competition for registrars was opened in November of 1999, and now there are about 25 registrars globally. ICANN is the new governing body for registrars.
See Also: ICANN, INTERNIC
Search engines are consistently ranked among the most popular sites on the Internet. This is because they are programs designed to scour the Web for specific keywords, and return a list of where these keywords are to be found. If you aren't sure of where to find something on the Web, search engines are the best place to start. They vary in style, but mainly, users choose a keyword or keywords, and then the search engines find the related topics for you. Chances are, if you have been on the Web before, you have already used at least one of more popular search engines: AltaVista, Excite, HotBot, InfoSeek, Lycos, WebCrawler, or Yahoo!
See: STOREFRONT, VITALCART
SMART AUTO RESPONDER
A smart auto responder is a highly evolved derivative of a regular auto responder in that it follows up its initial response with a user-specifiable number of follow-up E-mails. Smart auto responders are similar to standard auto responders, but smart auto responders can send multiple E-mail at varying intervals of time, from one hour apart to many days. Smart auto responders are a useful tool if you ever need to time delay a set of E-mail or attachments.
See Also: AUTO RESPONDER
"SPAM" mail is the practice of sending massive amounts of E-mail promotions or advertisements (and scams) to people that have not asked for it. Many times, SPAM E-mail lists are created by "harvesting" E-mail addresses from discussion boards and groups, chat rooms, IRC, and web pages. SPAM has an extremely negative connotation and most users find it annoying and a waste of resources. As stated in our SPAM (UCE) Accepted Use Policy, vitalnet.com strictly prohibits sending SPAM from accounts on our servers.
SSL is an acronym for secure sockets layer. SSL protects transmissions over the World Wide Web from spectators by encrypting the data while it gets transmitted over the Internet. SSL works through a certificate that authenticates a certain domain. With this certificate, secure transmissions on the server are "certified" and valid. Both Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer support SSL, and many web sites use this protocol to obtain confidential user information, such as credit card numbers. Web pages that require an SSL connection start with "https:" instead of "http:".
In order to sell your products on the Web, we must build an electronic storefront where users can browse your products, put desired products into an electronic shopping cart, and "check out" and pay for the items in their cart. You can use vitalCart , our proprietary electronic commerce software. It is one of the most robust and user-friendly solutions available.
See Also: VITALCART
A subdomain is anything that appears before your master domain in the URL, i.e. http://www.yourchoice.masterdomain.com.
See Also: DOMAIN NAME
The term Web "surfer" is a colloquialism for a person browsing the Web.
Telnet is a common way to remotely control Web servers. The Telnet program runs on your computer and connects your PC to a server on the Internet. You can then enter commands through the Telnet program and they will be executed as if you were entering them directly on the server console. This enables you to control the server and communicate with other servers on the Internet. To start a Telnet session, you must log in to a server by entering a valid username and password.
UNIX is a popular multi-user, multitasking operating system developed at Bell Labs in the early 1970s. Due to its portability, flexibility, and power, UNIX has become the leading operating system for Web Servers. FreeBSD, a flavor of UNIX, is vitalnet.com's operating system of choice and it is used on all of our servers.
See Also: OPERATING SYSTEM
URL stands for "Uniform Resource Locator" or "Universal Resource Locator". The part of the URL that is before the colon (:) shows which protocol should be used. What is after the colon provides the location of documents or other resources available electronically on the World Wide Web. It is basically the "address" for which to find a specific Web Page. Typically, a URL will be listed at the top of the page in a browser as the "location" or "address" of where exactly you are virtually situated.
Virtual hosting is a powerful feature available with all server options at vitalnet.com. Virtual hosting allows you to host additional domains on your server account for a low monthly fee, rather than purchase a separate account for each. You can virtually host domains that point to the same Web Site, or you can host domains that point to completely separate Web Sites.
vitalMax is our proprietary and comprehensive suite of Web-based applications that simplify content management of a Web Site. vitalMax has a point-and-click, user-friendly interface that makes maintaining your Web Site a breeze.
See Also: VITALCART
vitalCart is the custom storefront and online shopping cart created by vitalnet.com. We can provide you with a customized online store, set payment and shipping options, and build your catalog online. You focus on handling customer requests and fulfilling orders.
See Also: STOREFRONT, ELECTRONIC COMMERCE
A Web browser is a software package that allows your computer, once connected to the Web, to fetch documents from Web servers around the World, translate the HTML code in the documents and display the information to your screen.
MS Internet Explorer
A Web designer is a person who creates web sites. Web designers may use Web-authoring software or an HTML editor to create the actual pages, or they may design the overall look and let a Web master do the actual coding. Most often, they are also proficient with Web graphics and images.
A Web developer can also be a Web designer, but a Web developer typically has more database, CGI, and engineering experience. He or she develops the interface between the front and back end of a website.
A Web Page is any one particular page that is located on the World Wide Web. Web pages comprise a web site, and are distinct from other pages by their URL, i.e. http://www.vitalnet.com/index.html.
See Also: WEB SITE
A Web Server is a computer on the World Wide Web (connected to the Internet Backbone) that stores HTML documents that can be retrieved via a Web browser.
A Web Site is a location on the World Wide Web. Each Web Site contains a home page, which is the first document or Web Page that users see when they enter the site. The site might also contain additional documents, files, or Web Pages which are sometimes called "child pages."
See Also: WEB PAGE
WORLD WIDE WEB
Also known as: the Web. The World Wide Web is a point-and-click user-friendly Internet interface. It can also be considered the graphical extension of the Internet, since all the pages on the Web are formatted in HTML.