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Active Server Page is an HTML page that includes one or more scripts (small embedded programs) that are processed on a Microsoft Web server before the page is sent to the user.

Bandwidth is the term used to describe information transfer capacity. For example your modem is capable of carrying between 28.8Kbps and 33.6Kbps (bps = bits per/second). Different Internet applications use different amounts of bandwidth.

The common gateway interface (CGI) is a standard way for a Web server to pass a Web user's request to an application program and to receive data back to forward to the user. When the user requests a Web page (for example, by clicking on a highlighted word or entering a Web site address), the server sends back the requested page.

However, when a user fills out a form on a Web page and sends it in, it usually needs to be processed by an application program. The Web server typically passes the form information to a small application program that processes the data and may send back a confirmation message.

Cold Fusion:
Made by Allaire, is a popular and sophisticated set of products for building Web sites and serving pages to users. With ColdFusion, a company can build a content database using input templates and combine these with application programs to create a Web site in which pages are developed dynamically as they are served.

Registering a domain name on the Internet is the equivalent of registering a company name. Once registered, no one else can use that name.

A domain name is a way by which a company can uniquely identify itself on the Internet - branding. For example: If your company name was Money, Inc., the domain name could be money.co.nz. Your Web site would be located at http://www.money.co.nz and your email addresses would be in the form of user_name@money.co.nz

File Transfer Protocol is a common way of moving files between Internet sites. FTP is often used for transferring files to a Web server.

Host / Server:
The computer used to house your WWW material. It is connected to the Internet 24 hours a day. A host / server will normally house multiple "Virtual Servers".

Hyper Text Markup Language is the set of "markup" symbols or codes inserted in a file intended for display on a World Wide Web browser. The markup tells the Web browser how to display a Web page's words and images for the user.


Is a UNIX-like operating system that was designed to provide personal computer users a free or very low-cost operating system comparable to traditional and usually more expensive UNIX systems.

Mb: As a measure of computer processor storage and real and virtual memory, a megabyte (abbreviated Mb) is 2 to the 20th power bytes, or 1,048,576 bytes in decimal notation.

Read Access to logs:
If requested Web site administrators can be provided with access to a statistics logs file.

In general, a server is a computer program that provides services to other computer programs in the same or other computers.

The total size of files stored on a host computer. Most Web sites average between 500 K to 10 Mb's.

Secure Order Form:
A secure document is hosted on a server that uses encryption technology to protect sensitive information. If a Web site has the capacity for online ordering it usually uses a Secure Order Form to allow clients to have their credit card details protected.

An access or hit indicates that a file (graphic, sound, video or text) has been requested from the server. Traffic is the volume of accesses / hits that a Web site generates.

In 1974, UNIX became the first operating system written in the C language. UNIX has evolved as a kind of large freeware product, with many extensions and new ideas provided in a variety of versions of UNIX by different companies, universities, and individuals.

Unix Secure Directory:
Is where secure forms are located on our server.

Virtual Server:
A specific combination of software and disk space on a "Host" / "Server" that will serve your information on the WWW using your domain name.

Windows NT:
Windows NT is the Microsoft Windows personal computer operating system designed for users and businesses needing advanced capability. Windows NT is actually two products: Microsoft NT Workstation and Microsoft NT Server. The Server is required, together with an Internet server such as Microsoft's IIS, for a Windows system that plans to serve Web pages such as the one at Plain.