Web Hosting Glossary

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  • Mail Exchanger - A mail transfer agent or MTA (also called a mail server, or a mail exchange server in the context of the Domain Name System) is a computer program or software agent which transfers electronic mail messages from one computer to another. �
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  • Mail forward - (alias) A mail forward, or alias, is an extra email address for a mailbox. A mail forward does not have its own password or mailbox; rather, a mail forward redirects (forwards) mail to a specified mailbox. �
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  • Mail Server - A computer devoted to sending, receiving and storing mail �
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  • Mailbox - An electronic message storage place for data. A customer can retrieve messages from his/her own mailbox and can send messages to other trading partners� mailboxes. �
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  • Mailing List - A list of email addresses to which messages are sent. You can subscribe to a mailing list typically by sending an email to the contact address with the following in the body of the message: the word subscribe, the name of the list, and your email address. �
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  • MAN - (Metropolitan Area Network) A data network designed for a town or city. In terms of geographic breadth, MANs are larger than local-area networks (LANs), but smaller than wide-area networks (WANs). MANs are usually characterized by very high-speed connections using fiber optical cable or other digital media. �
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  • Managed Hosting - An expanded dedicated hosting service where the web host will manage your dedicated server for you. �
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  • Manager - Someone who controls resources and expenditures.�
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  • Maps - Mail Abuse Prevention System is a not for profit organization committed to defending the internet's email system from spammers. �
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  • Megabits (Mb) per second - A transmission rate of 1 megabit per second, where 1 Megabit corresponds to 1,024 kilobits. �
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  • Megabyte - A unit of measurement equal to 1 million bytes or 1,024 kilobytes or 1,048,576 bytes. �
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  • Member - A Buyer, Seller, or Service Provider that has been accepted into the network after completing the application process and transacts on the System. �
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  • Message Board - An application that allows users to post and reply to messages from other users and review the flow of a discussion. Also known as a discussion group. �
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  • Meta Tag - An HTML tag which provides information about a web document. Unlike regular tags, Meta tags do not provide formatting information for the browser. Instead they provide such information as the author, date of creation or latest update for the page, and keywords which indicate the subject matter. Search engines often use keywords from Meta tags to index their databases. �
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  • MHz - A unit of frequency equal to one million cycles per second.�
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  • Microsoft FrontPage - Microsoft FrontPage is a WYSIWYG HTML editor and web site administration tool from Microsoft for the Windows operating system. It is part of Microsoft Office and included in some versions of the popular bundle. See official website.
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  • Microsoft NT - A popular operating system for higher-end computers called workstations as well as web servers and other types of servers. �
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  • Microsoft SQL Server - Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system produced by Microsoft. It supports a superset of Structured Query Language SQL, the most common database language. It is commonly used by businesses for small to medium sized databases, and in the past 5 years large enterprise databases and competes with other relational database products for this market segment. �
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  • MIDI - (musical instruments digital interface) Standard specifications that enable electronic instruments such as the synthesizer, sampler, sequencer, and drum machine from any manufacturer to communicate with one another and with computers. �
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  • MIME - (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) WWW's ability to recognize and handle files of different types is largely dependent on the use of the MIME standard. The standard provides for a system of registration of file types with information about the applications needed to process them. This information is incorporated into Web server and browser software, and enables the automatic recognition and display of registered file types. �
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  • Mini-Site - Mini-site is usually a very small site with two or three pages. Its main focus is to sell just one product, or to collect visitors' email addresses to try to sell them at a later date. �
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  • Mirror site - A Web site that is a replica of an already existing site, used to reduce network traffic (hits on a server) or improve the availability of the original site. Mirror sites are useful when the original site generates too much traffic for a single server to support. Mirror sites also increase the speed with which files or Web sites can be accessed: users can download files more quickly from a server that is geographically closer to them.�
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  • Miva - MIVA is a powerful e-commerce software program designed especially for small and medium-sized businesses. See more details here.
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  • Modem - Short for modulator/demodulator. A communications device that converts one form of a signal to another that is suitable for transmission over communication circuits, typically from digital to analog and then from analog to digital. �
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  • Modify - (Domain Name) Modify is a function where contact information or DNS information can be updated to reflect new changes pertaining to a domain name. Administrative and Technical Contacts have the ability to modify domain name information. You can Log In using your User ID and Password after you have registered a domain name and make on-line modifications to your contact record and DNS information. �
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  • Module - Tools and features on the tabs of your Web Hosting Control Panel are grouped thematically into smaller sections called modules. �
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  • Monthly file transfer - Your hosting plan usually limits how much data, usually measured in megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB), you can transfer to and from your host server in a given month. An average brochure site does not need much � maybe 200 MB a month or less. Sites with a lot of visitors (traffic), or large size files, like video, music or lots of graphics, will need more. �
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  • MOO - (mud, object, oriented) An environment which allows more than one person to talk at one time, often also allowing display of emotions and object manipulation in a given environment. �
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  • Mosaic - Mosaic is a web browser (client) for the World Wide Web written at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Its development began in 1992 and officially ceased on January 7, 1997. See official website.
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  • MP3 - MPEG Layer 3. A new standard for audio compression. It is capable of 10:1 compression with no noticeable loss in quality. MP3s have become a popular way to distribute CD quality music on the Internet. �
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  • MSQL - MSQL stands for Mini Structured Query Language. It is a lightweight database engine that has been designed to provide fast access to stored data with low memory requirements. MSQL offers a subset of SQL as its query interface. SQL is the most popular and standardized database language in the world that makes it easy to store, update and access information. For example, you can use SQL to retrieve product information and store customer information for a Web Site. �
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  • MUD - (multi user dungeon or dimension) MUD is a multi-user simulation environment. Some are purely for fun; others are used for education purposes. �
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  • MUSE - MUSE is a MIDI/Audio sequencer with recording and editing capabilities written by Werner Schweer. MUSE aims to be a complete multitrack virtual studio for Linux. It is published under the GNU General Public License. �
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  • MX Record - (Mail Exchange Record) Mail exchange Record is an entry in a domain name database that specifies a mail server to handle a domain name's email. �
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  • MySQL - MySQL (pronounced "my ess cue el") is an open source relational database management system (RDBMS) that uses Structured Query Language (SQL), the most popular language for adding, accessing, and processing data in a database. Because it is open source, anyone can download MySQL and tailor it to their needs in accordance with the general public license. MySQL is noted mainly for its speed, reliability, and flexibility. See official website.
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