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Glosssary of Web Terms

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Password

Your password, used in conjunction with an account name, that is needed to gain access to a control panel or website.
 

PDF

(Portable Document Format) Developed by Adobe, it is built into most browsers allowing you to send formatted documents that will stay formatted regardless of what browser users are using. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader, which allows you to read PDF files, for free.
 

PGP

(Pretty Good Privacy) Based on public key encryption, PGP is a secure way to send sensitive data via email.
 

Perl

(Practical Extraction and Report Language) A programming language used for both very small and simple tasks and large complex applications. It is generally used for creating CGI programs.
 

PHP

(originally Personal Home Page tools) An open source, server-side, cross platform, HTML embedded web scripting language allowing you to create dynamic web pages. PHP is used in place of ASP. PHP-enabled web pages are treated just like regular HTML pages and you can create and edit them the same way you normally create regular HTML pages. PHP filename extensions - .php/.php3/.phtml. Get more information about php.
 

Ping

A command allowing you to check if a server is running.
 

Plug-in

An add-on to a browser that enables it with additional features.
 

PNG

(Portable Network Graphics) A graphics format specifically design for use on the web. It enables compression of images without any loss of quality.
 

Podcasting

A form of audio broadcast on an "iPod".
 

POP

(Post Office Protocol) The means by which Email is retrieved from the mail server. Get your own pop email account at DomainIt.
 

Portal

A website that is usually the first place a user visits online. For instance, Yahoo!, which contains search data, news, weather, and so on would be considered a web portal.
 

Propagation

Refers to the process whereby name servers across the Internet are updated with new information so that they resolve to the proper location after a DNS update. This process can take from 12-72 hours to complete.
 

Protocol

A set of standards that define how traffic and communications are handled by a computer or network.
 


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