Have you ever been using your account and read something that looks like it’s a code for spies and secret agents? Not to worry! FatCow is here to help interpret this web-speak for you with a few commonly used terms and acronyms that our support teams use every day.
FTP – FTP, or “File Transfer Protocol,” is the name for the method that is used to upload and transfer files from one source to another, such as from your computer to your hosting account. To use this service, you need to enter your “path” settings for where you want your files to go (such as ftp.yourdomain.com) into an FTP client (such as FileZilla or CuteFTP), which will then manage the transfer process over the internet.
SEO – SEO stands for “Search Engine Optimization.” This is a method of adding unique keywords and tags to your website that will help to increase its rankings in a search engine’s results. FatCow has a team of experts in SEO who specialize in learning how search engines check for these keywords.
IP address – An IP address, or “Internet Protocol address,” is how the internet classifies the location of a computer or other internet connected device that is located in the physical world. This information can be used to directly access an online location, although using a domain name to find a website is far more common when using a web browser.
DNS – DNS, or “Domain Name System,” is the system that translates information used by the internet regarding the location of a website. Specifically, it translates an IP address into a more easily identifiable record for internet users.
URL – URL, which stands for “Uniform Resource Locator,” refers to the naming system for indicating the location of a domain. For most websites, the URL is the “http://” part of the website address that comes before the domain name.
WHOIS – WHOIS is a public resource of all registered domains. A WHOIS entry will often include contact information for the domain’s owner, which can be hidden if the owner has purchased a Domain Privacy service. A WHOIS search can be performed at the website: who.is.