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Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

Disk Space
Bandwidth

Disk Space The space you have to store your web site.  All the information in your website has to be stores on computer with a special, always on, connection to the internet. This computer (our "server") has a large hard-drive on it (just like your own computer has) of which you are allowed a certain amount of space.  Depending on which plan you have chosen this would be 500MB, 2GB, or 3GB. 

Bandwidth The amount of electronic data that moves out of your site. Each time a visitor visits your site, pictures and text are sent to their computer which is termed Bandwidth. If you go over your allowed amount you are only billed for the extra you use.

Detailed Web Statistics You will need to know who is visiting and where they come from to make the most of your website! We provide software that allows you to see who is visiting, when and what they are looking at so you don't have to guess. This also lets you know how your advertising and search engine results are working out!.

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POP3 Email Addresses This describes the email account you will access your mail through. Our smallest package has 5 (five) POP3 account but you can create up to 20 "Alias" emails addresses. For example you can have postmaster@yourdomain.com but create susie@yourdomain.com. All mail to susie@yourdomain.com will be sent invisibly to postmaster@yourdomain.com

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Email Aliases An email address that points to another email address (bob@bobsdomain.com invisibly points to susan@shaw.ca). This allows you to have multiple email addresses to use but only one account to view everything from

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Email Catchall Feature If you want, mail that is sent to anyname@yourdomain.com is forwarded to your postmaster address OR you can set that any email not to specific address get bounced back! .

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Email Virus Scanner We scan all incoming email on our servers so that we can help in the fight against virus infections from email. Mail that is found to be infected never makes it to your post box! We provide this peace of mind to all customers. You should still use an anti virus program for your computer and email at home/office!!

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SMTP Mail You can create forms that email you the contents, this is done on the server and is called SMTP Mail. It is included as part of our server packages. This makes an easy way to collect information from customers or visitors without having to develop a database collection system.

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Email Control Panel A single place to manage your email services such as changing the password and username, creating aliases, removing aliases etc. You can also create "Vacation" messages that are sent to anyone sending you mail i.e." I am on vacation, please contact Betty Sue if it's an emergency".

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Web Mail Access We offer the ability for you to use any browser (such as Internet Explorer®) to access your email. So if you are traveling or just visiting a friend you can just visit your webmail panel, login and handle your mail. It's a great replacement for Hotmail® and has lots of great features.

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PHP Support PHP is a powerful way to make dynamic database driven sites, forms and portals. If you or your designer decide to use PHP we support the most current versions of PHP so you have drop and use access!

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Password Protect Directories If you want to create areas in your site that visitors need a password to get into, this is for you. You can make any number of folders on your site protected and change the passwords with ease. This is a handy feature for member or electronic product offerings (mail them the access information when they buy).

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MySQL Database If you or your designer think you need the power and flexibility of a database on your site (shopping, catalogue, membership directory etc) you will need MySQL access (A database type). We can also provide MS SQL and Oracle if you require the features or power of these premium databases (at substantial cost).

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Statistics Wow. This is where the rubber hits the road as it were. You can see how many people visit, who (sort of), when and what they looked at so that your websites strengths and weakenesses can be obeserved. BUT, there is a lot of Marketing-Speak mixed into the geek-speak.

1. Hits- the most misunderstood "metric" or means of measuring your visits. Every single page element (picture, icon, paragraph, counter etc) counts as one "hit". So, the more stuff on a page, the more "hits" a customer will generate when they visit. So if lets say you have 10 pages and a customer vists all 10 pages and each page has 40 items, that means one customer on one visit generates 400 hits. Now take into account people often "backtrack" or return to a page then go out again, a single person could rack up 800 hits. So if you get 200 visitors that would be 16,000 hits.

2. Visits- This is the most accurate snapshot of your site. This is like head count in a store ( 500 actual people came into the store this month). You can split vistis into "unique" and just plain "visits" to provide an even better idea of the traffic (500 Visits, 250 Unique) can mean that 250 people each visited twice. Take a look also at the visitation rate (number that visit once, twice etc). This gives you an idea how "sticky" your site is and how often people come back. On a retail site once a month may be good, on a daily news site it's not good.

3. Pages- This tells you how many pages you served up. This gives you an idea for advertising value. Advertising is charged on CPM (Cost per Mille (thousand)) and this corresponds to page views. So the more page views the more ad revenue and higher your ad rates. On the otherhand, if you sell luxurt goods direct, this means little.

4. Referrers: Who is linking to you and sending traffic.
 

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