The internet is loaded with new terminology. We won't try to cover all
of it, just the terms that are used on our web site...
An auto-responder is an email address that people can send mail to,
and it will automatically send back a response without any further
There are many types of auto-responders. We can customize them to
be "information only", where they only send information out to the
requester, or they can be "information->senders", where they return
information to the user, and forward the user's email on to another
email address (or alias, which can be many users).
CGI stands for "Common Gateway Interface." What it does is allow
the owner of a website to write programs that run on the web server
and deliver their output to a user's browser. We offer CGI scripting
for programs written in Perl. Perl is installed in /usr/bin/perl.
A domain name is the information a user needs to type into their
browser to get to your site. Think of it as your address on the
internet. Our customers have an option of using a domain name like
www.YOURNAME.com, or using our domain name, but with your first name,
like YOURNAME.neknetwork.com. The former requires a separate fee paid
to a company called Internic, the latter doesn't. Both require a setup
fee. Please see the Products page for more
Although it may sound deceptive, an email alias is really a
complicated way to say "nickname." What it means is you have an email
address like email@example.com, but all mail that goes to that address
ends up somewhere else, like firstname.lastname@example.org, or to a bunch
of other places, like joebob, and jimbob, and maryjo. Email aliases
are useful for establishing accounts for things like your sales
department; customers send email to email@example.com, and all of the online
sales reps get a copy. That way if half the department is out sick,
the customers mail doesn't sit for days on end.
PHP is a web based programming language that is a little like Perl, C
and others all thrown together. It is very handy for creating dynamic
web pages. It is easy to use because you embed the PHP code directly
into your web pages. Please see http://www.php.net for more information.
POP email account or mailbox
A POP email account is a physical mailbox on our server. You need to
use an internet mail client (email program) to retrieve mail from a
POP email account. Chances are you currently have a POP email account
from the provider who is giving you your internet access.
Unix is an operating system originally developed by Bell Labs. It
excells as server operating system because it's designed to allow many
programs to run at the same time without slowing the system down. Our
server is running the BSDi variety of Unix.