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Web hosting
The business of providing the storage, connectivity, and services necessary to serve files for a website.

Shared Hosting
Hosting option whereby several client websites are housed on and share the resources of a web server.

IP (Internet Protocol)
Internet Protocol Address, a number used to uniquely identify a computer or device on an internal network or the Internet by TCP/IP. It consists of a series of four numbers separated by dots (for example

Domain Name
Domain names, such as www.your_domain.com, are easier to remember, so DNS servers associate each IP address with a domain. When you point your browser toward www.your_domain.com, your browser takes you to the corresponding IP address. There are different levels of domains. Examples of the various levels are as follows: Top-level (TLD) - .com, .net, .org, .edu, .gov. Example: www.hostcrown.com

Sub Domain
A sub domain allows you to create separate web addresses from just one domain, for example: http://domain.hostcrown.com.

URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
The standard way to give the address of any resource on the Internet that is part of the World Wide Web (WWW). Example: http://www.hostcrown.com/contact/

FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
It stands for File Transfer Protocal . Its a method of using a FTP program to log on to another computer to copy files. When you log on you enter your username and password to access to all your files.

Anonymous FTP
A method of using the FTP program to log on to another computer to copy files, even though you don't have an account on the other computer. When you log on, you enter anonymous as the username and your address as the password, and you get access to publicly available files.

The amount of data that can be transferred through an connection in a given amount of time.

Data transfer
This is the amount of digital data that is moved from one place to another in a given time.

SSL (Secured Sockets Layer)
SSL is a application layer protocol created by Netscape for managing the security of message transmissions in a network. SSL uses the public-and-private key encryption system from RSA, which also includes the use of a digital certificate.

The smallest unit of measure for computer data. Bits can be turned on or off and are used in various combinations to represent different kinds of information.

8 bits

1024 bytes

1024 KiloBytes

1024 MegaBytes