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A risk-free form of advertising in which a company pays its affiliate partners a commission for sales and/or leads generated through their internet marketing activities.
Common job title for the person that manages an Affiliate Program. Typical activities of an Affiliate Manager include, managing regular day-to-day correspondence with affiliates, manually reviewing and approving affiliate applications, recruiting new affiliates, motivating existing affiliates, and assisting in the development and design of links, banners and marketing material for the affiliate program.
An alternative name for an object.
For example, an e-mail alias for the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
could be email@example.com. Any e-mail sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
will actually be sent to the mailbox at email@example.com
because it is an alias and not an actual mailbox.
A mail auto-responder is an automatic reply that is sent out
whenever a selected mailbox receives a message.
A common use of an auto-responder is to send a vacation message
to anyone sending an e-mail to your mailbox, notifying them
that you will be out of the office until a specified date.
A high-speed line or series of connections that forms a major
pathway within a network. The term Internet
backbone is often used to describe the main network connections
composing the Internet.
Bandwidth (Traffic or Data Transfer)
This refers to the total amount of data that can be transmitted
in a month. This usually refers to images, text, or anything
else that the web server must transfer to the user's web browser.
1 GB (gigabyte) of data is approximately
100,000 hits assuming an average
of 10 kilobytes per hit.
If the total size of each page
view is 50 kilobytes then 1
gigabyte of data transfer would
be approximately 20,000 page views.
Biometric hand scanners
This biometric method is based on the distinct characteristics
of the hands; these include external contour, internal lines,
and geometry of the hand.
They work by comparing the image of the hand with the previously
enrolled sample. The user enters his identification number on
a keypad and places his hand on a platter. A camera captures
the image of the hand and then software analyzes it.
A measurement of how fast data is moved from one place to another.
A 28.8 modem can move 28,800 bits per second.
Client software that is used to look at various kinds of Internet
resources. Examples include Microsoft's Internet Explorer and
A unit of storage capable of holding a single character
CGI (common gateway interface)
CGI is a programming language that communicates with the web
Usually a CGI program is a small program that takes data from
a web server and does something with it, like putting the content
of a form into an e-mail message, or turning the data into a
A message given to a Web browser by a Web server. The browser
stores the message in a text file called cookie.txt. The message
is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests
a page from the server.
The main purpose of cookies is to identify users and possibly
prepare customized Web pages for them. When you enter a Web
site using cookies, you may be asked to fill out a form providing
such information as your name and interests. This information
is packaged into a cookie and sent to your Web browser which
stores it for later use. The next time you go to the same Web
site, your browser will send the cookie to the Web server. The
server can use this information to present you with custom Web
pages. So, for example, instead of seeing just a generic welcome
page you might see a welcome page with your name on it.
Cost per Click (CPC) Advertising
Ad placements where a cost is associated with every click the ad generates. Many search engines, including Google, Yahoo, AOL and MSN, offer this form of advertising to gain additional exposure on their search pages.
A database stores large amounts of information. When we speak
of databases for web hosting we are usually talking about web sites
that need to add, delete, and update large quantities of information
via the web.
The unique name that identifies an Internet site.
Domain Names always have 2 or more parts, separated by dots.
The part on the left is the most specific and often is a company
name or description of the company. The part on the right is
the most general and is called a top-level domain, or TLD.
Common TLD's are com (for "commercial") , net, and
org (for "organization").
Refers to a circuit that transmits 45,000,000 bits per second.
E-Commerce (Electronic Commerce)
Refers to the general exchange of goods and services via the
E-mail (Electronic Mail)
Messages, usually text, sent from one person to another via
computer. E-mail can also be sent automatically to a large number
of addresses using a Mailing
It is common practice to have users fill in sensitive data on
a secure web page (see SSL) and
then have the contents of this form emailed to you. However,
the email itself is still open to malicious attacks. This is
where email encryption becomes necessary.
Email encryption will allow you to have sensitive data, such
as credit card information, emailed to you in an encrypted form.
WebBloom Designs simplifies this process by providing an email
encryption script, similar to FormMail, which will take the
contents of a form and automatically encrypt them for you.
FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
A very common method of moving files between two Internet sites.
FTP is a special way to login to another Internet site for the
purposes of retrieving and/or sending files. There are many
Internet sites that have established publicly accessible repositories
of material that can be obtained using FTP, by logging in using
the account name anonymous, thus these sites are called anonymous
GIF (Graphic Interchange Format)
A type of image file. GIF files are graphics or pictures, often
used on Web pages.
This file format is best suited for simple graphics with minimal
shading or color variation or graphics which require transparency
due to its limitation of 256 colors.
For compressing a photo or similarly complex image, the JPEG
file format is preferable.
One billion bytes.
As used in reference to the World Wide Web, 'hit' means a single
request from a web browser for a single item from a web server.
So, in order for a web browser to display a web page that contains
3 graphics, 4 'hits' would occur at the server: 1 for the HTML
page, and one for each of the 3 graphics.
Refers to the main web page for a business, organization, person
or simply the main page out of a collection of web pages.
A Web host is in the business of providing server space, Internet
connections, web services and file maintenance for web sites
controlled by individuals or companies that do not have their
own web servers.
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
The coding language used to create Hypertext documents for use
on the World Wide Web.
HTML looks a lot like old-fashioned typesetting code, where
you surround a block of text with codes that indicate how it
should appear, additionally, in HTML you can specify that a
block of text, or a word, is linked to another file on the Internet
HTML files are meant to be viewed using a World Wide Web Client
Program, such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Explorer.
HTTP (Hypertext Transport Protocol)
The protocol for moving hypertext files across the Internet
It requires a HTTP client program on one end, and an HTTP server
program on the other end. HTTP is the most important protocol
used in the World Wide Web.
IP Number (Internet Protocol Number)
A unique number consisting of 4 parts separated by dots, e.g.
Every machine that is on the Internet has a unique IP number.
Most machines also have one or more Domain
Names that are easier for people to remember that can be
used in place of an IP number.
The main network connections that make up the Internet
Web sites hosted with WebBloom Designs
are connected directly to multiple Internet backbone providers
1 OC-12 and 1 OC-3
line with Qwest (a leader in reliable and secure broadband Internet
based data communications)
1 OC-12 line with AT&T (runs
the world's largest, most sophisticated communications network)
1 OC-3 line with UUNET (a global
leader in Internet communications solutions)
1 DS-3 line with Time Warner (the
world's leading media company)
1 DS-3 line with SBC
A scripting language developed by Netscape that interacts with
HTML source code, allowing for interactive web sites (not to
be confused with Java).
retrieve information about the browser and react to mouse movement
that occur when the mouse is rolled over a particular area), and detecting
JPEG or JPG (Joint Photographic Experts
A type of image file. JPG files are graphics or pictures, often
used on Web pages.
This file format is best suited for complex graphics due to
its ability to use millions of colors.
For compressing relatively simple images or images which require
transparency, the GIF file format
A system that allows people to send e-mail to one address, whereupon
their message is copied and sent to all of the other subscribers
to the mailing list.
A million bytes. 1024 kilobytes.
Any time you connect two or more computers together so that
they can share resources, you have a computer network.
Connect two or more networks together and you have an Internet.
Refers to a circuit that transmits 155,000,000 bits per second.
Refers to a circuit that transmits 600,000,000 bits per second.
An OC-12 line can handle over 400 times more data than a
The accessing of a web page.
A page view differs from a hit
by counting only the number of times a page has been accessed,
whereas a hit counts the number
of times that all the elements in a page, including graphics,
have been accessed.
Parking (Domain Name)
Parking is the process by which someone selects a domain name,
and "parks" it by registering the domain name under
someone's name servers. This allows the person to own the domain
name without having to worry about creating and hosting a site
for the domain name.
Parking a domain name alone will result in no service (this
includes web hosting and e-mail) for that particular domain
name. A parked domain name may be "unparked" at anytime.
Perl (Practical Extraction and Report
Perl is a programming language especially designed for processing
Because of its strong text processing abilities, Perl has become
one of the most popular languages for writing CGI
PHP (Personal Home Page or Hypertext
PHP is a scripting language used to create dynamic web pages.
run on the server, which allows it to interact with databases
and information on the server. This makes PHP ideal for tasks
like, returning the results of an SQL
POP (Post Office Protocol)
A protocol used to retrieve e-mail from a mail server. Most
e-mail applications (sometimes called an e-mail client) use
the POP protocol, although some can use the newer IMAP (Internet
Message Access Protocol).
Register (Domain Name)
Since every domain is unique, registries have been set up to
assign domains to individuals and organizations. When a domain
is registered with the appropriate registry, that domain is
assigned and becomes no longer available for anyone else to
Typically, there are registration and renewal fees (local registry
fees) associated with the right to use a domain.
A special-purpose computer (or software package) that handles
the connection between two or more networks.
Routers spend all their time looking at the destination addresses
of the packets passing through them and deciding which route
to send them on.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
The process of optimizing a web site for specific keyword phrases to encourage a better position when these phrases are part of a Web search.
A chunk of information (often stored as a text file) that is
used by the SSL protocol to establish
a secure connection.
Security Certificates contain information about who it belongs
to, who it was issued by, a unique serial number or other unique
identification, valid dates, and an encrypted 'fingerprint'
that can be used to verify the contents of the certificate.
In order for an SSL connection to be created both sides must
have a valid Security Certificate.
A program designed to handle the e-commerce
section of a Web site. Shopping cart software lets users browse
for and purchase products online.
SMTP (Simple Mail Transport Protocol)
The main protocol used to send electronic mail on the Internet
SMTP consists of a set of rules for how a program sending mail
and a program receiving mail should interact.
Spam or Spamming
An inappropriate attempt to use a mailing list, or USENET or
other networked communications facility as if it was a broadcast
medium (which it is not) by sending the same message to a large
number of people who didn't ask for it.
SQL (Structured Query Language)
A specialized programming language for sending queries to databases.
SSI (Server Side Includes)
Commands that can be included in web pages that are processed
by the web server when a user requests a file.
A common use for SSI commands is to insert the date or last
modified date on a file.
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)
A protocol designed by Netscape Communications to enable encrypted,
authenticated communications across the Internet. SSL is used
mostly (but not exclusively) in communications between web browsers
and web servers.
URL's that begin with "https" indicate that an SSL
connection will be used.
SSL provides 3 important things: Privacy, Authentication, and
Message Integrity. In an SSL connection each side of the connection
must have a Security
Certificate, which each side's software sends to the other.
Each side then encrypts what it sends using information from
both its own and the other side's Certificate, ensuring that
only the intended recipient can decrypt it, and that the other
side can be sure the data came from the place it claims to have
come from, and that the message has not been tampered with.
The amount of server disk storage allocated to your account.
This space can be used to store HTML and graphics files, programs
or scripts, mail messages, compressed files, or other files
that make up your web site.
Refers to a circuit that transmits 1,536,000 bits per second.
A computer operating system. UNIX is designed to be used by
many people at the same time (it is multi-user).
It is the most common operating system for servers on the Internet
Linux and FreeBSD are free implementations of UNIX
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. A URL looks like
A complete web solution for small business which includes a domain name, web site, and web hosting for only $50 per month.
WebMail, unlike normal e-mail,
can be accessed anywhere in the world through a web page using
an Internet browser. This means
you can send, view and organize e-mails on any computer with
an Internet connection making WebMail an ideal choice for people
who want to keep in touch while traveling.
Every web site you visit must be located on a web server, which consists of a computer, server software, and a connection to the Internet. A web host provides this by renting space on their web servers.
Web site Statistics
Web sites hosted with WebBloom Designs
receive daily statistics of their web site traffic. Some of the
more important statistics included are hits
and page views.