Web Hosting Review Terms

Terms we use in our reviews


The following terms, features and definitions are all used in our in depth reviews of individual web hosting providers.

Price per Month: The price a user must pay per month to keep his site supported by the host.

Setup Fee: The initial, one time fee to set up a website with a web host.

Domain: How much it costs to have your domain on the host’s client.

Disk Space: The amount of storage space allotted to store pictures, files, videos, programs, etc.

Bandwidth: The amount of data that can be transferred over the network in a fixed amount of time.

Money Back Guarantee: How long a user has to try out a hosting service and still get his money back if he is not satisfied. After the allotted time, he is not guaranteed any money back.

Uptime Guarantee: The percentage of uptime (the total time the system is in service and operating) promised.

Multiple Domains: How many websites you can have on the host’s server with their own domain.

Website Builder: An HTML editor software for creating web pages.

Traffic Statistics: Whether or not your host will update you with statistics about your site and the traffic to your site.

Shopping Cart: A feature that allows users to select goods as they browse through an online catalogue. In the shopping cart you can review and update your products before paying for the goods.

E-mail Accounts: How many email accounts the host allots each domain. Ex. Yourname@yourdomain.com

Spam Protection: Whether or not the email service of the host has a spy ware protection against junk emails.

Webmail: An application that allows users to access and write e-mail through a web browser.

SMTP: (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) A protocol used for sending and receiving emails.

FrontPage Ext.: An HTML editor created by Microsoft for Windows OS.

CGI / PERL Support: Common Gateway Interface and Practical Extraction and Reporting Language.

MYSQL Databases: An open source relational database management system
Support: A programming language that allows web developers to create dynamic content that interacts with databases, used for developing web based software applications.

JavaScript: A type of internet program which allows users to add effects and interactivity to their websites such as drop down menus, navigation buttons, slideshows, and pop-up windows.

Flash / Shockwave: Flash is software used to create graphics and animations. Shockwave is

Real Audio / Video: A media player that plays many different multimedia formats.

SSL Support: Secure Sockets Layer. A protocol used for managing message transmission over the internet.

Server Backups: If the host’s server has a backup or not. A backup improves uptime.

Software Brand: What type of control panel the host uses such as vDeck or cPanel.

24/7 Phone Support: If the host provides 24 hour, 7 day a week phone support for questions from users.

Toll Free Support: If the host provides toll free support for questions from users.

24/7 Live Chat: If the host provides 24 hour, 7 day a week live online chat for questions from users.

24/7 E-mail Support: If the host provides 24 hour, 7 day a week tech support via email for questions from users.