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An applet is a small program
designed to run within another
application. Java is one of the
major languages used for creating
Web-based applets.

Bandwidth is the amount of data
that can be transferred over the
network in a fixed amount of time.
On the Internet, it is usually
expressed in bits per second (bps).
hosting server will allocate your
site a fixed amount of bandwidth
usage within a regular period
of time.

Often called a Web browser, it is
simply a software application used
to interpret HTML commands and
display page content. Examples
include Internet Explorer, Chrome,
Safari, etc.

DNS [Domain Name System (Service)]
An Internet system/service that
translates domain names into IP
addresses. Domain names are
alphabetic so they're easier to
remember. The Internet however,
is really based on IP addresses.
Every time you use a domain
name, therefore, a DNS service
must translate the name into the
corresponding IP address.

Domain Name
An unique name that identifies one
or more IP addresses. Domain
names are used in URLs' to identify
particular Web sites. Every web site
is located by its unique IP address.

FTP [File Transfer Protocol]
A typical file upload method.

Web Hosting
Usually refers to a computer (or a
network of servers) that stores the
files of a web site which has web
server software running on it,
connected to the Internet. Your
site is then said to be Hosted.

HTML [HyperText Markup Language]
HTML is a basic markup language
derived from the Standardized
General Markup Language (SGML),
providing the means for creating
simple hypertext documents,
intended for publishing on the
World Wide Web.

A global network connecting
millions of computers. Each
Internet computer, called a host,
is independent. The Internet is
not synonymous with World Wide
Web. The Internet and the Web
are two related but separate

IP [Internet Protocol]
The method or protocol by which
data is sent from one computer to
another on the Internet. Each
computer (known as a host) on
the Internet has at least one IP
address that uniquely identifies it
from all other computers on the

The resolution of an image
describes how fine the dots are
that make up that image. The
more dots, the higher the
resolution. When displayed on a
monitor, the dots are called pixels.
A 640 x 480 screen (resolution) is
capable of displaying 640 distinct
dots on each of its 480 lines, or
about 300,000 pixels.

Search Engine
A server (computer) or commonly a
collection of servers dedicated to
indexing internet web pages, storing
the results in a giant database and
returning lists of pages which match
particular searched queries from
within its database. The indexes are
normally and automatically
generated using spiders.

A computer, program or process
which responds to requests for
information from an user. On the
internet, all web pages reside on
servers (computers).

Similar to a real-world sense of traffic
on a road or freeway, traffic in a web sense is a measurement of the amount of users that visit a Web site.

URL [Uniform Resource Locator]
Each separate page accessible on the Web has a unique address which can by identified by it's URL. The first part of the address (eg; http or ftp etc) indicates what protocol to use, and the second part specifies the IP address or the domain name where the resource is located.

WWW [World Wide Web]
Is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. Browsers, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape are utilized to access the vast collection of interconnected (hyperlinked) documents on the web.

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