Small Computer System Interface is a set of evolving standard electronic interfaces that allow personal computers to communicate with peripheral hardware such as disk drives, tape drives, CD-ROM...


An ISO (International Standards Organization) markup language for representing documents on computers. HTML is based on SGML concepts.


Service Level Agreement , A contract between the provider and the user that specifies the level of service that is expected during its term.


Serial Line Internet Protocol , A standard for using a regular telephone line (a serial line) and a modem to connect a computer as a real Internet site. SLIP is gradually being replaced by PPP.


Switched Multimegabit Data Service , A new standard for very high-speed data transfer.


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...


Simple Network Management Protocol , A set of standards for communication with devices connected to a TCP/IP network. Examples of these devices include routers, hubs, and switches. A device is said...

 SOA Record

Start Of Authority , A record that indicates where the DNS zone starts, and specifies timing information for zone transfers. Zone transfers send lookup data from the primary name server to the...


Structured Query Language , A specialized programming language for sending queries to databases. Most industrial-strength and many smaller database applications can be addressed using SQL. Each...


Secure Shell. Developed by SSH Communications Security, it is a standard for encrypted terminal Internet connections.SSH programs provide strong authentication and encrypted communications,...


Server side includes , is a set of tags which can be used within HTML pages to be replaced by something else, added ("included") by the server. An example might be that you have one file with...


Secure Socket Layer , A protocol designed by Netscape Communications to enable encrypted, authenticated communications across the Internet. SSL used mostly (but not exclusively) in communications...

 Scheduled Backup

Moving or copying data files and configuration files on your server to a local system or FTP server at specified times.


A type of computer code than can be directly executed by a program that understands the language in which the script is written. Scripts do not need to be compiled into object code to be executed.

 Scrolling text box

A labeled, multiple-line form field in which users can type one or more lines of text.

 Secondary Name Server

The backup Domain Name System (DNS) server that translates alphabetic domain names into numeric IP addresses.

 Secure Server

A secure server transmits data encrypted. This makes it virtually impossible for any one to access the data except for the person it is meant for. If you plan on doing credit card transactions...

 Security Certificate

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...

 Serial Terminal

A computer used to connect a modem, mouse, scanner, or other serial device using the computer's serial interface.


A computer, or a software package, that provides a specific kind of service to client software running on other computers. The term can refer to a particular piece of software, such as a WWW...

 Server Side Scripting and Programming Languages

A variety of scripting and programming languages is available to you in order to give greater function to your web site. Some of the primary examples are: PHP and Active Server Pages (ASP).

 Server-Side Image Map

An image map that passes the coordinates of the cursor to a CGI handler routine on the server. Server-side image maps require your server to compute the target URL of the hyperlink based on the...


A hosting operations operating environment designed to enable hosting providers to operate large-scale Web and e-commerce hosting businesses. ServerXchange includes all of the tools needed to allow...


A single client or server application that can be installed on a server.

 Service Plan

A template that defines the default resource assignments and service offerings to be applied when creating new domains.

 Service Provider

A service provider is a company who supplies Internet services to personal users or business. Among other things they provide access to the Internet or somewhere to place Web Pages making them...

 Setup fee

Initial fee charged by a host to set up your hosting account.

 Shared Hosting

Hosting service that allows you to effectively manage your site by sharing server space with other clients allowing for a lower cost of service.

 Shared Server

Shared web servers are a very popular way of providing low-cost web hosting services. Instead of requiring a separate computer for each site, dozens of sites can co-reside on the same computer. In...

 Shell Account

A UNIX shell account to their shared server Web site, allows a customers to update their Web site content using Telnet or SSH.


Shockwave, produced by Macromedia, allows you to view new forms of entertainment on the Web, such as games, music, rich-media chat, interactive product demos, and e-merchandising applications .

 Shopping Cart

Software that allows users to select products from a Web catalog, modify their choices, calculate prices, review their choices, and order them. Many hosts with e-commerce plans offer installed...

 Site Reports

Page request statistics about your IIS Web or FTP server.


When your computer is on the Internet via a SLIP connection, a socket is a conversation your computer is having with a computer elsewhere on the net. You may have one socket for an FTP session,...

 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...

 Special Character

A character not in the standard 7-bit ASCII character set, such as the copyright mark ((c)).

 Static (or dedicated) IP

If a host offers a static IP, it means that your site will be assigned a unique and unchanging IP address.


Playing multimedia files (audio and video) without requiring a full download. Audio and video are compressed but they still may require a lot of data transfer. Most popular streaming media formats...

 Strong Text

The HTML character style used for strong emphasis. Certain browsers display this style as bold.


Subdomain is a way to divide your site into sections with short and easy to remember names. For example, a section of your site for new users could be at Large websites...

 Subnet Mask

The method used for splitting IP networks into a series of subgroups. The mask is a binary pattern that is matched up with the IP address to turn part of the host IP address field into a field for...


A collection of commonly used applications for a particular function (for example,Web hosting or e-commerce). Suites always contain the most current version of each application. Suites are...


System Operator , Anyone responsible for the physical operations of a computer system or network resource. A System Administrator decides how often backups and maintenance should be performed and...

 System Console

A terminal used to monitor and control a computer or network.