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alias
If a domain customer with the domain yourdomain.com wanted the email address sales@yourdomain.com, the username sales would have to be available on our main server. Since it is not, we can alias the mail for sales@yourdomain.com to a new username on our server, such as sales000, for instance. In order to retrieve the mail, the user would log onto the mail server as sales000, but the email address would still be sales@yourdomain.com as far as anyone else can tell.


bandwidth
This word has a couple of definitions. In one sense, it is the carrying capacity of a transmission line or channel. This is usually measured in BPS, or bits per second. In the other sense, it is the amount of information you can transfer.


bit
The basic unit of information in a binary numbering system. Eight bits comprise an octet, or a byte.


BPS
bits per second - The amount of data that can be transmitted over a communications medium.


byte
A byte is equal to eight bits. For more information, please refer to our bits/bytes FAQ.


catch-all
This is a service that we provide upon request to domain customers. If the operative domain is yourdomain.com, a catch-all would merely ensure that mail sent to anyname@yourdomain.com would be received by the main address set for the catch-all. This can be used in conjunction with other mailboxes,aliases, and/or forwarding.


CGI
Common Gateway Interface - The standard for running programs on a server from a Web page. The programs are called scripts. Some of the more common CGI programs are mail forms and web counters, but scripts can be written to do many and varied other things.


client
A remote computer connected to a host or server computer. Also refers to the software that makes this connection possible.


DNS
Domain Name System - A database system that translates an IP address into a domain name. DNS maintains this database for resolving host names and IP addresses. This allows users to specify remote computers by host names rather than numerical IP addresses.


domain name
The address of an internet site. It consists of 2 or more segments, separated by a dot (e.g. yourdomain.com). Each domain is unique, and InterNIC makes sure that only one person registers a particular domain.


Domain Name Service
In order for a domain to be registered with InterNIC, there need to be two DNS servers to which the domain will point. Internet Channel supplies Domain Name Service as part of several of our Commercial Services.


FTP
File Transfer Protocol - The procedure used for uploading and downloading files via the internet.


host name
The address of a computer on a network that is a repository for services available to other computers on the network.


InterNIC
The organization that governs the allotment of domain names.


IP address
Internet Protocol address - A numeric address assigned to every computer or server that is connected to the internet.


ISP
Internet Service Provider - a company that provides internet access.


mailbox
The space on the server in which your email collects until it is deleted.


Mail Forwarding
Email for one or more addresses can be forwarded to another mailbox or address, whether it be at Internet Channel or another ISP.


newsgroup
A discussion group on Usenet. There are tens of thousands of different newsgroups, each devoted to a specific subject.


POP
Post Office Protocol - The protocol used by mail clients to retrieve mail from the server.


server
A host computer on a network that answers requests for information from it. The term server is also used to refer to the software that makes the process of serving information possible.


SMTP
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol - The protocol used to send email.


Usenet
A bulletin board system with tens of thousands of discussions called newsgroups, each one specific to a particular theme. People can view articles posted by other people, and post their own articles in reply.


username
The name one uses to log into an account. It is also usually the part of the email address that precedes the @.


Web Hosting
The files for a customer's website are kept on an Internet Channel server. The customer can use FTP to maintain the site. Internet Channel offers two types of Web Hosting; Basic Web Service, and Custom Web Service.