Web Hosting Terms Explained – HostGator Hosted

When you first start building your website, one of the first things you will notice are all of these terms, abbreviations, and jargon that might be totally new to you. We totally get it and have been in that same position before.

That is why we thought it would be a fun idea to review some of the most common bits of webhosting jargon for you, and what better way to do it than with a game show? And what better contestants than Scott’s family?

While we can’t cover every useful bit of webhosting jargon, we can cover some of the most common ones.

In this video we will cover:

00:00 – Introduction
00:55 – IP Address
01:51 – DNS
02:39 – SSL
03:23 – CMS
04:13 – URL
05:00 – Wrap-Up

IP Address:
An internet protocol (IP) address is a website or device’s address on the web as far as machines are concerned. So while humans will use your domain name to access your website, their router will find the website via its IP address.

DNS stands for domain name system, the system that translates domain names into IP addresses so that people can more easily access websites.

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It’s a type of security technology that encrypts data as it’s transferred between a browser and a web server.

CMS stands for Content Management System. It’s a type of software designed to make managing all the files that make up a website easier.

A URL is a webpage’s main address on the web. It’s similar to a domain name, except that the domain is the address at a website level (e.g. www.hostgator.com) and a URL is the address at a page level (e.g. www.hostgator.com/web-hosting).

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