What is this page?
This page will be a living document. I will constantly be adding new terms to it as time passes.
It will serve like a glossary of a book, dictionary or a JargonBuster as I’m calling it.
If you have any entry request please let me know and I will consider adding a new entry for you.
I hope it will grow to become a valuable resource over time.
Web Hosting Jargon
- Web Hosting: is something you need if you want to have a website. Web hosting is a service provided by a hosting provider (such as Bluehost) that essentially lets you rent server resources (CPU, RAM and storage). Most people do not have server administration skills nor do they wish to learn these highly specialized skills. So a hosting provider like Bluehost will manage the servers for you (maintenance, support, patching, etc.) so you can just focus on managing your website.
- Shared Hosting: one of the most popular hosting options for people just starting out with blogging and websites. Shared hosting allows multiple websites to share a single server. To use a real world accommodation analogy, it is basically like timesharing or having one house with multiple tenants sharing the different rooms inside. Naturally this makes it the cheapest most economical option for most people to start with. However the cheap price comes with some limitations which I go into in some of my articles. But if you are just starting out, this is usually the place to start.
- VPS: stands for Virtual Private Server. Also known as a Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS).A VPS is a virtualized server, with its own copy of operating system and allocated server resources (CPU, RAM, storage). To use the same real world accommodation analogy as used above for Shared Hosting. Instead of sharing a house with many other people. This is more like you are renting your own little apartment. You get the whole place to yourself – even though it is still a step down than a physical dedicated server (which I will explain in future articles) which is like renting out your own house. All you need to know for now is this is usually the next step up from Shared Hosting. Like if your website grows to have hundreds of thousands of visitors a month you may consider moving to a VPS hosting plan.