10 Web Hosting Terms Explained

10 Web Hosting Terms Explained

Even if you believe you are reasonably familiar with web hosting and how it is used, we are sure that now and then you come across a term relating to web hosting and are unsure what it means. Alternatively, you may be completely new to web hosting and when you see some of the jargon relating to it, have no idea what it is referring to.

Believe us when we say that regardless of which of the two scenarios above most closely relates to you, you are in good company because even those with firsthand experience of web hosting, such as web designers, are at a loss sometimes to fully understand some of the terminologies that web hosting generates.

It is fair to say that the world of technical subjects, including web hosting, seems to take great delight in making them seem far more complicated than they really are by inventing jargon that causes more confusion than it does clarity. To try and make web hosting somewhat clearer we thought it would be worthwhile if explained some web hosting terms to you, so here are ten of them.

Bandwidth: This is the term used to describe the amount of data that your website is allowed to use. In practical terms, it equates to the amount of data that is either downloaded or uploaded to your website. Websites that use large files such as videos require more bandwidth than those that are mainly text-based.

CMS: Stands for Content Management System. This is a means of allowing those with no technical nor design skills to create and manage websites. The most popular CMS is WordPress.

DNS: Stands for Domain Name System. This is the technology responsible for allowing websites to be identified by their domain names such as google.com, instead of hard-to-remember IP addresses.