With so much technical jargon surrounding web hosting, it can be difficult to know what all the various terms mean. The following are some of the most common web hosting phrases used and a brief explanation of their meaning:


Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred over the internet from your website to the person visiting your site. The more people visiting your website, the more bandwidth your website requires. dande1st don’t put any caps on the amount of bandwidth that your website needs.


You can think of storage as the physical space where your website is held. Just like your home computer’s hard drive can fill up when more files are placed on it, so too will your hosting account fill up the more you add to it.

Tip: Be wary of hosting companies who promote “Unlimited Storage” plans as these are generally too good to be true. Often there will be an acceptable usage clause that if exceeded, could see your hosting account shut down.


Your database is where all the dynamic content of your website is stored and is essentially a number of tables made up of rows and columns which hold information.

For example, when you write a blog post, that content is stored in the database to be served up anytime someone requests that page. Along with your website’s content, databases often store login details, form enquiries, and visitors comments.


Just as your home computer has CPU Core’s (usually 2 to 4), the server where your website is housed will have dozens of CPU’s. A CPU is essentially the brains of the server and executes programs and runs scripts.

The larger the CPU’s capacity, the more information your server can process at any one time. dande1st provides hosting plans that allocated different numbers of CPU cores to your service, with 100% CPU allowance representing 1 CPU core, 200% CPU allowance representing 2 CPU cores and so on.


In hosting terms, Memory is the amount of temporary data that a server can hold when running multiple processes at once. The more processes that are being run concurrently means the more ram your website will need to run. If you have a high traffic website, opting for a plan with more ram will ensure your website is running optimally around the clock.

Web Server

A web server is a program that uses HTTP to serve files that are requested from your server to the person requesting them. When a browser sends a request, the server searches for the files and sends them back to the browser over HTTP.
Operating System

All computers need an operating system to run their software and your hosting hardware is no different. The operating system interacts with the underlying hardware and allows other programs to run on top of it.


New eBook Launched

dande1st.com have published the ebook version of Takeaway – the Sale of the Government Printing Office which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the first Government Asset Sale in New Zealand when on January 24, 1990, the Crown and Graeme Hart of the Rank Group signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement for the Government Printing Office that was to come into effect on January 31, 1990.

The signing of the Sale and Purchase Agreement was the beginning of the end of a poorly conceived sale process that was drawn out over two years. But even following the signing of the agreement it took a further 10 months before the Crown were able to fully complete their obligations which would allow Rank full management of the business. But the Agreement signed on January 24 allowed for the Rank Group to take all the profits of the business even though they had only paid a small deposit and during that time the GPO sales turnover was more than the profit the Government made on the sale of this business asset.

To make matters worse for the Crown, Rank managed to get out of paying any interest on the balance of the money owing when they offered to help finalise issues that the government departments and consultants responsible were having. This amounted to Rank saving a further $1.5 million. Rank also were able to save over $2 million off their original bid for the business following an audit after the sale. The purchase of this Government asset was the springboard that was to launch Rank into the country’s wealthiest investment business that 30 years on is worth more than the national debt reduction the assets sales programme was supposed to achieve.

Takeaway – The sale of The Government Printing Office revisits the GPO in the 1980s of change and looks at what went wrong with the sale process and the effects and aftermath the sale created for the business, that years later triggered a Commission of Inquiry due to the very poor sale result that was less than the cost of the sale process itself and led to a profitable printing, publishing and stationery business being sold for much less than it was worth.

Available now as an ebook.

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