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A symlink, or "symbolic link," is a type of entry that can be used in Unix based computer systems to refer to another
file or directory. The symlink is an alias for the other file or directory, and can in some cases function as a shortcut to
that element. Symlinks are sometimes used to help navigate complicated file systems or to trick restrictive software
applications into interpreting files a certain way. Yahoo! does not support the use of symlinks on members sites.
A thumbnail is a small version of a large image. The larger an image (in file size and actual pixel dimensions), the
longer it will take to download into a web browser. Because small images take much less time to load (in other
words, to be rendered), thumbnails are often used on a web page or in an application to allow the viewer to quickly
scan a series of images. Generally a viewer can click on or move his mouse over the thumbnail to load and view the
full size or larger image. SiteBuilder makes it easy to create thumbnails of images on your own web pages.
Today s Date
Today s Date is an add on available to all users that allows you display the current date on your web site. Today s
Date draws its information from the internal clock of your site visitors computers, so the date is always correct no
matter what your visitors time zone.
All Yahoo! email accounts offer a vacation autoresponse feature, which allows you to automatically reply to incoming
email messages. You might create an automatic reply when you re going on vacation, if you don t check your mail
frequently, or perfect for small business owners if you d like to generate an automated response to frequently
asked questions, such as pricing or hours of operation.
Your Site Statistics reports provide visitor profile information: details about those who view your site. The visitor
profile report includes information such as which browsers and operating systems your visitors use, whether their
changes to your site design; for example, if most of your site visitors use the Netscape browser instead of Internet
Explorer, you ll want to make sure your pages look great when viewed with Netscape.
Weather is an add on available to all users that allows you display current weather reports for just about any city in
the world on your web site. Your visitors will be able to click the name of a city to view detailed weather information,
charts, and severe weather warnings from Yahoo! Weather.
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Written in Perl and supported by a MySQL database, WebCalendar is an advanced add on that allows you to create a
fully interactive calendar for your site.
A Web Folder is a directory on your computer that acts as a shortcut to your web site. Web Folders, which are
supported on Windows OS computers (the equivalent feature on a Macintosh is called WebDAV), make it possible for
you to browse your files on a web server the same way you d browse files and folders saved on your own computer.
You can save your files in your Web Folder, then use FrontPage s "Publish" button to upload these files to your site.
A web host is an interconnected group of web servers containing web site data that other computers can access
through the Internet. Web hosts, such as Yahoo!, may also provide technical resources and site maintenance.
Web Hosting Control Panel
The Web Hosting Control Panel is your center of operations, the console from which you administer your Web Hosting
plan and create, update, and manage your web site. For a look at your control panel s features and organization, see
the Web Hosting Control Panel Overview at http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/webhosting/intro/intro 02.html.
A web site is a collection of web pages, usually linked to each other, that are made available on the World Wide Web
by an organization or individual.
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