Glossary of Internet terms. Underlined orange links point to terms within this Glossary.
- Command Line
- Content Management System
A modem that allows communication data to travel over television cables (either coaxial or fibre optic) as opposed to regular telephone lines. See also ADSL, Dial Up
Acronym for : Common Gateway Interface. A method of interfacing computer programs via HTTP, to produce dynamic - content as opposed to static content.
Short for : Change Mode. A command that lets the webmaster change the permissions associated with a file or directory on a UNIX system. See also our Script Installation FAQ
Short for : Change Ownership. A Unix command that lets a root user set the ownership of a file or directory. Only the owner of a file or directory can create, edit or delete files and directories contained within a directory. If you have root access to your system via SSH, type :
for information on setting or changing ownership of files and directories.
Acronym for : Content Management System. The management of content / web pages via a web based control panel. See this page for more information on an actual CMS product.
A cable commonly used to transmit information. Coaxial cable consists of a solid center conductor which is surrounded by insulation which in turn is surrounded by an outer conductor, which prevents the cable from emitting or absorbing electrical noise. All of this is then covered with an outer sheathing. Coaxial cables have a wide bandwidth and are capable of concurrently carrying several data, voice, and video conversations over great distances.
A directive issued to a software program.
A prompt where directives are typed. More commonly handled by a GUI
Text, image media or any other element viewed on a web page. Everything you're reading right now is Text content.
Content Management System
Content Management System. The management of content / web pages via a web based control panel. See this page for more information on an actual CMS product. Content Management Systems make it easy for non-technical users to update and manage articles, news stories, or entire web pages. They usually come with feature that include user access levels, file uploads 25, WYSIWYG editors, password protected login, customization options, document search engines, customizable HTML templates, and many other features. The administrator also determines what pages can be edited by each user. Also know as Page Publishers or Page Updaters, content management systems allow site owners (rather than webmasters) to easily update their site's content without having any HTML knowledge required and without fear of things going horribly wrong. By passing on the responsibility of updates to clients, webmasters also save time and frustration.
A Linux - daemon that executes scripts or tasks at predefined times or intervals. E.g. you could have a script send you reports via email at 7am daily.