Webmaster dictionary

The Webmaster Dictionary: A list of terms, acronyms, and companies that most webmasters should, or want to, know about. Covers Apache to WordPress.

A Terms

  • Amazon S3 - Amazon Simple Storage Service. Object storage built to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere
  • Apache - The Apache web server software
  • AWS - Amazon Web Services.

B Terms

  • Bandwidth - For shared hosting: typically refers to the total amount of transfer allowed per month.

C Terms

  • Cloud - Marketing jargon. For most companies, this means something slightly different than every other company.
  • Cloud Hosting - Typically refers to virtualized, scalable, and fault tolerant hosting... but not always.
  • CloudFlare - A company specializing in enhancing website performance, security, and reliability. Offers DNS, CDN, WAF, DDoS Protection, and much more.
  • cPanel - A commonly provided control panel for linux hosts offering PHP and some other languages. Includes tools for Mail accounts, databases,
  • CPU - In hosting: typically refers to the amount of CPU resources allocated to your account or virtual server. Actual performance varies based on many factors, so one company offering 1 core of CPU may actually be more than another company offering two.
  • CSR - Certificate Signing Request. Generated using an SSL key and used to request an actual SSL certificate from a certificate authority.

D Terms

  • DB - Database. Typically MySQL or PostgreSQL.
  • DDoS - Distributed denial of service attack. Many computers are used to overwhelm the resources of a target system, typically to disrupt or take a website offline.
  • Dedicated Server - Leased server hardware dedicated soley to your account. May be managed or unmanaged.
  • Digital Ocean[1] - A cloud computing company offering a range of VPS and related services.
  • Disk space - Typically refers to the amount of disk space allocated to your account or server. Bad things can happen when your disk is 100% used.
  • DNS - Domain name system. Think of it like a phone book for the internet. Converts the domain name you type into the IP address your computer should connect too.
  • Droplet - Marketing term used by Digital Ocean to describe their VPS.
  • Dynamic page - Unlike static pages, which do not change after being uploaded to the web server, dynamic pages make use of backend languages and databases to construct a response to be sent to the client instead of sending their own source code. Examples include WordPress and most PHP scripts.


This page is a work in progrss. More terms and definitions coming soon.

  • Entry Processes
  • Firewall
  • Ghost
  • Git
  • Github
  • Heroku
  • HTTP
  • httpd.conf - Main configuration file for the Apache web server
  • IMAP
  • IP Address
  • MariaDB
  • Managed server
  • Memcache
  • MongoDB
  • MySQL
  • Nginx
  • NodeJS
  • Passenger
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • POP3
  • PostgreSQL
  • Premium Hosting
  • Python
  • Railgun
  • Rails
  • RAM
  • Redis
  • Registrar
  • Reseller Hosting
  • Ruby
  • Shared Hosting
  • SMTP
  • SSD
  • SSL
  • SSL Certificate
  • SSL Certificate Key
  • Static page
  • Storage
  • TLD
  • TLS
  • Transfer
  • URL
  • VPS
  • WHM
  • WHT (Web Hosting Talk)
  • WordPress

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