web hosting glossary, web hosting terms defined by Virtualempire.com

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CGI (Common Gateway Interface) is the protocol used for many programs that can be run from a web site. Examples include guest books, form email processor, discussion forum, search engine, automatic links page, shopping cart, etc. Your Virtual Empire account comes with all of the progams above and many more already installed and ready to use on your web site for no additional cost. Most of them have simple configuration or templates that you can modify to reflect the way in which you will use them. Your Virtual Empire account does not allow you to create your own cgi programs, but we dont't charge for any of the ones in our library. If you need a program that we don't yet have, just Request It. In most cases we will create the program and add it to our library at no cost to you.

Data Transfer / Hits

You have unlimited data transfer (or hits) on your virtual server. Any outward-bound traffic from your web site is considered data transfer. For example, each time a html file, image, or other element on your web page is loaded, data transfer is generated.

Detailed Web Statistics

Comprehensive daily graphical reports on your website visitor demographics. The reports dispay daily information, but are generated once per week.

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.

All Virtual Empire accounts are allowed 40 MB disk space. 40 MB may seem like a small amount when comparing it to your computers hard drive needs, but on the internet 40 MB is quite large. 40 MB is more than enough to build even very large web sites. Additional disk space may be available (subject to restrictions and availability).

E-Mail Forwarders (Aliases)

Email forwarders are accounts that receive email from one email address and forwards it automatically to another address. All Virtual Empire accounts include unlimited Email Forwarders. All email sent to Anything@yourdomain.com will be forwarded to your email account. This way you can use as many different email address as you like.

Your Virtual Empire account also includes one email (POP3) account where you can actually send, receive and store email messages. You can have your domain email (everything@yourdomain.com) forwarded to this account, or to any other account you choose.

E-Mail POP3

Each of our hosting packages comes with 1 unique POP3 E-Mail account in addition to unlimited E-Mail forwarding. You have the option to retrieve e-mail directly from POP3 mailboxes using our EZ-Mail web interface or by using a standard e-mail client program such as Eudora.

Free Domain Name Registration

We will register your domain for free - you will need to pay InterNIC $70 for your domain when they bill you!

FrontPage 98 Extensions

FrontPage Extensions are used to make certain functions work when you use the Microsoft FrontPage 98 web editor. We support most FrontPage 98 Extensions (no ASP or Database). Please see our website for full information on FrontPage extensions!

FTP File Transfer Protocol; method used to "upload" your web site files to your virtual server. You have three options for uploading files to your Virtual Empire account: FTP, FrontPage, or our EZ-Uploader web interface.

You have unlimited access to your virtual 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.

Virtual Empire does NOT allow anonymous FTP access (used to give your visitors access to your files). You MAY use a web link to make files accessable to visitors.

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.


A scripting language where programs you embed into web pages execute from the visitors browser.

Member Tools Menu

An administration utility accessed via any web browser for instant control and management of your website. All of the Virtual Empire EZ tools can be accessed here.

MIME Types

Refers to the file types supported by our servers.

Password Protected Pages

Protect your webpages with our EZ Lock protection tool. You manage a list of active users for selected web pages.

Raw Log Files

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

Real Audio / Video

Virtual Empire does NOT currently support Real Audio / Video.

Shopping Cart

Add the convenience and power of our integrated shopping cart system for e-commerce webhosting for no additional cost!

SSL Encryption

Secure Socket Layers (SSL) allows you to encrypt credit card numbers or other confidential documents so that it is impossible to intercept during a transmission. You may place your order forms etc in a special directory where all users must use a secure connection on our certificate. There is no extra charge for this service.

SSL will light up the key in your customer's browser, greatly increasing customer trust when buying from your site.


Visual Basic Scripting.

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