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Active Server Pages (ASP)
Active Server Pages: A Microsoft-invented programming environment that allows Web developers to create server-side scripted templates that generate dynamic, interactive applications. Embedded ASP codes in standard HTML can achieve a range of possibilities, from Web content customized to a user's individual tastes or a complex database application that may access legacy data from a mainframe.

ASP Mail
AspMail allows you to send SMTP mail directly from a Web page


ASP Upload
AspUpload enables an ASP application to capture, save and process files uploaded to the Web server with a browser. It allows you to add file upload functionality to your Web application in as little as 2 lines of ASP script.


CGI bin
Common Gateway Interface (CGI) is a protocol that allows a Web page to run a program on a Web server. Forms, counters, and guestbooks are common examples of CGI programs.
You will have access to your own cgi-local bin in which you may place your own custom CGI scripts. We offer several pre-written scripts, available free for your use.

Customer MIME type Support
Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions: The standard for attaching non-text files (such as graphics, spreadsheets, word processor documents, sound files, etc.) to email messages.

CyberCash
CyberCash is an add-on module to Mercantec Softcart. It is a powerful platform that allows merchants to accept payments over the Internet with real time or batch processing with a minimum of software. You must first obtain an Internet Merchant Account from your financial institution, then ADD ON the Cybercash component.

Data Traffic (Transfer)
Any outward-bound traffic from your Web site is considered data transfer. For example, each time an HTML file, image, or other element on your Web page is loaded, data transfer is generated.

Disk Space
Disk space refers to the amount of server disk storage your account is allocated. This space is used to store your html files, graphics, audio clips, POP mail messages, and all other files that make up your Web site. Each of our shared servers includes a specified allotment of disk storage space, but additional space can be purchased for any account.

Domain Pointers
Domain name pointers resolve to the root level of your shared server just like your original domain name. Additional domain pointers are an excellent way to drive more traffic to your Web site! (Additional domain names cannot point to a subdirectory of your shared server.)

eMail Auto Responders
Autoresponders may be used to send automated responses to incoming eMail sent to a specific address. For example, an autoresponder could be used to send a standard message and collateral to persons addressing [email protected]

FTP
File Transfer Protocol; method used to upload our Web site files to your shared server. You have unlimited access to your shared server via FTP 24-hours a day to set up and maintain your Web site. You can work on HTML documents, graphics, and scripts locally, then upload files to your Web site when ready.

Full Tape Backup
Comprehensive backups of your data. In the event of permanent data loss, a restoration may occur that will recover your lost files.

Mail Forwarders
When you sign up for your hosting plan, you'll receive a domain email account ([email protected]). You might also have an email address provided by your local ISP. With mail forwarding, all email addressed to [email protected] will be sent to your "real" email address. Additional mail forwarding options include the ability to forward different yourname.com email to specific addresses on the Internet. For example, email addressed to [email protected] could forward to your "real" email address (provided by your ISP), while [email protected] could forward to a different email address.

Mailing List
A group discussion conducted through email messages, specific to a topic or common interest. When a message is sent to a mailing list, each list subscriber receives a copy.

Microsoft® FrontPage® 2000/2002 Extensions
FrontPage is a WYSIWYG Web page editor by Microsoft. In order to use FrontPage to create and maintain your Web site, your hosting service must install "extensions" (CGI programs that provide the server side implementation of FrontPage) for your account. SBC offers FrontPage 2000 extensions for UNIX hosting accounts and FrontPage 2002 extensions for Windows 2000.

MS Access Database
Microsoft Access is the best selling database in the world since it comes bundled in Microsoft Office. Powerful and fully compatible with ASP scripting, this feature is available on NT shared servers only. Once you have requested an Access DB, you must also supply us with the DSN name you will be using. MS Access databases typically service individuals and small groups (10-20 users) with no more than one to five megabytes of data, which could easily be processed on the desktop. Otherwise Microsoft SQL Server, which can support thousands of users with terabytes of information, and provides other enterprise-level database capabilities.

MS Media Player
MS Media Player is a multimedia application for streaming audio. You may only have a maximum of 20MB of space designated for your MS Media Player files. SBC's WebHosting.Com platform supports 10 concurrent threads per server for streaming audio. We recommend that you switch to a dedicated server if the above specifications do not suit your needs.

MS SQL 7.0 Database
High-end performance database application for NT servers, for large and complicated back-end integration of database files.

MySQL Database
A UNIX based SQL database (see above), very easy to use!

MS Visual InterDev 6.0
A tool commonly used for database integration on NT servers.

ODBC Data Sources
ODBC is a standard for accessing different database systems. There are interfaces for Visual Basic, Visual C++, SQL and the ODBC driver pack contains drivers for the Access, Paradox, dBase, Text, Excel and Btrieve databases.

Office Server Extensions
The Microsoft Office Server Extensions feature allows you to use publishing, collaboration, and document management capabilities on a Web server from within Office 2000, Windows Explorer, and your Web browser. Front the Office Server Extensions start page, you can find, view, and manage folders on a Web server, collaborate on documents, manage subscriptions to documents on a Web server, and get Help for Web server features and other product information about Office.

Password Protected Pages
Protect your Web pages with groups of password and user ID combinations.

PHP4
PHP is an open-source, server-side HTML embedded scripting language used to create dynamic Web pages. A dynamic Web page is a page that interacts with the user, so that each user visiting the page sees customized information. PHP is freely available and used primarily on Linux (UNIX) Web servers, and as an alternative to Microsoft's Active Server Pages technology. As with ASP, the PHP script is embedded within a Web page along with its HTML. Before the page resolves, the Web server calls PHP to interpret and perform the operations called for in the PHP script. An HTML page with PHP script is typically given a file name suffix of ".php," ".php4," or ".phtml."

POP3 eMail
Post Office Protocol - or - Point Of Presence: Post Office Protocol is a method of retrieving email from a server. Point Of Presence is a telephone number that provides dial-up Internet access. Each of our hosting packages comes with unique POP3 eMail accounts, in addition to eMail forwarding. You have the option to retrieve eMail directly from POP3 mailboxes on the mail server using an eMail program such as Eudora. Your POP eMail accounts can be instantly created from the Web control panel included with all shared server packages. Each of our shared servers includes a specific number of POP3 eMail boxes, but additional boxes can be purchased for any account in 5 account increments for a cost of $1/eMail per month.

Raw Log Files
For statistical analysis, you may download for compiling on your local machine.

Real Media (Real Audio / Video)
We provide full support for RealMedia™ technology from RealNetworks™ to stream audio and video from your site. Streaming is beneficial for audio and video because it reduces wait times for viewing files.

Server Side Includes
Add the convenience and flexibility of embedding CGI capability into your Web pages.

Shockwave
A multimedia application by MacroMedia for dynamic online visual presentations.

Shopping Cart
Add the convenience and power of our integrated shopping cart system for eCommerce Web hosting!

SSL Encryption
Secure Sockets Layer: A protocol designed by Netscape to enable encrypted communications across the Internet. It provides privacy, authentication, and message integrity. SSL is often used in communications between browsers and servers. A URL that begins with "https" is a clue that an SSL connection will be used on the Web site. During an SSL connection, each side sends a Security Certificate to the other. Both sides then encrypt what they send, ensuring that only the intended recipient can decode it.

Urchin
The hosting industry standard in Web traffic reporting, Urchin is Ameritech's preferred Web statistics and log analysis tool. Designed to provide critical insight into your Web site's user activity, the sophisticated reporting and easy-to-use, browser-based interface allow you to get the traffic data you need to optimize your site.

The fast-loading, intuitive and in-depth reports provide you flexible date range and multilingual functionality. Built-in help sections link to more detailed descriptions and there is no software to download.

VBScript
Visual Basic Scripting on NT shared Web hosting servers.

Web Mail
A method used to access e-mail messages through a web browser using HTTP. You can conveniently access your domain email from any browser around the world!

Web-Based Control Panel
An administration utility accessed via any Web browser for instant control and complete management of your Web site. Allows the easy setup of mailboxes, aliases, password protection, statistical reporting, FTP through your Web browser to your account, and much more!

Windows Media
Microsoft® Windows Media™, a set of digital media components and features for personal computers and consumer appliances

Zone File Editor
Gives customer ability to update A name, C name an MX records online, via customer control panel.

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