The Top 21 Web Hosting Terms Every Website Owner Should Know

1.Add-on domain 

An add- on domain is an additional website that is incorporated under a single web hosting account, it shares the resources allocated to the primary hosting account. 


CDN (content delivery network) is a network of servers that are distributed across various data centres around the world. It delivers web content, especially static files to web users. 


This is a well-known database system that comes with A2 hosting plans. It is commonly used alongside PHP to create various web applications such as MediaWiki and WordPress. 


Softaculous is a script library that makes it makes it easy for you to install web applications onto your webspace. There are two versions, paid and free – your web hosting provider covering the cost of the latter. With the free version, you get access to 50+ scripts and on the paid version, you have access to over 220+ scripts. 


SSH is a method used to transfer files on a server. On most web hosting platforms, it is banned. 


Because website security is paramount, firewall is put in place to safeguard a website against attacks. Consider firewalls to be security guards who are given specific rules that help them evaluate the authenticity of a guest. 


A subdomain is an additional domain name that makes possible for you to host additional websites or organise a part of a website on the same server, without having to register extra domain names. 

7.IP addresses 

Apart from having a URL address, websites have an IP (Internet Protocol) address. This address is made up of a unique set of numbers. The domain names cannot be understood by computers this is why, when a web user imputes them in a browser, the query is redirected to the IP address that computers can understand. 

8.Load balancing 

Load balances are the manner in which HTTP traffic is balanced across various servers. Hosting providers use load balancing to increase reliability when there is high traffic directed at one IP address – which prevents server overload. 

9. Uptime 

This is a term that describes the amount of time a server is online. It is typically measured in percentage. The rule is, the higher the percentage, the higher uptime. 

10.Domain parking 

Domain parking makes it possible to park (redirect traffic) from another domain name. 

11.Cloud hosting 

With Cloud hosting, your data is spread across various storage devices, instead of just one. This ensures the reliability of your website. 

12.HT access 

This allows you to set parameters for a single file. It is more commonly used for permissions to determine who has access to a specific file. 

13.Control Panel 

Control panels are what allows you to manage your website on a web hosting account. Control panels come with a wide range of options that allow you to install CMS like WordPress, manage your domain names or add email addresses. There are various kinds of control panels are available – the most popular ones are Plesk and cPanel. However, it is not uncommon to see web hosting companies who provided their own custom-built control panels. 


A lot of web hosting providers offer one-click installation options, which make it easy to install applications like WordPress. This is made possible because of script libraries – Fantastico is one of the most common options. It makes automation of application installation possible without a lot of technical know-how required. 


Secure sockets layer (SSL) is a type of encryption that secures online transactions and interactions on websites. The early adopters of SSL were e-commerce websites who require payment transactions to be secure but now it is widely used. When a web page is secured, the address usually reads in place of

16.Dedicated server 

Dedicated servers are separate physical servers that host only one account. With this type of server, you have total control over resource usage, operating system and so on. Dedicated servers only service one “dedicated” website, instead of multiple websites on one server, the performance of the website on a dedicated server is usually faster. 


Domain name servers (DNS) is the bridge that connects IP addresses and URLs. That is, when you impute a URL in a browser, it is the DNS that finds the server where the website you are looking for is hosted – before it can be displayed on your browser. Before you can create a website, you would have to register a domain name. To make things easier, ensure that your web host and domain registrar at the same. Even though it is possible to have them as separate entities. 

18.Managed hosting 

Managed hosting is a service not really web hosting plan. With this service, you are basically outsourcing the management of your website for a fee. 


This helps to make your website load faster when a web visitor visits it. Website files that are static (not frequently updated), are stored on the server, so they do not have to be recreated and transported every time a web page on your website is loaded. Because of the importance of page loading speeds, caching is becoming very popular 


There is a dizzy hierarchy in the domain name systems were certain domain name extensions are more relevant than others -these domain names are referred to as top-level domains (TLDs) 


The bandwidth is the amount of traffic a website can take on a hosting plan -specifically the amount of data transfer that the account can handle. This encompasses email sent or received, files downloaded and uploaded – and the number of visitors that can use the website simultaneously. 

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