What is a CLIENT?

CLIENT is geek-speak for the computer (and its software) used for viewing websites, e-mailing, etc. The opposite of a CLIENT is a SERVER. In baseball terms, the CLIENT is the batter and the SERVER is the pitcher.

  • Miscrosoft OutLook© and Outlook Express© are E-mail CLIENTS
  • Filezilla is an FTP CLIENT
  • Internet Explorer (IE) is a web CLIENT
When you key in a website address on the address line of your BROWSER or select a previously visited website from your list of "favorites", the CLIENT sends out a request on the internet asking for the content at that address to be sent down to it.

At this point, your computer becomes the CLIENT of the "sender" computer which is, in turn, referred to as the SERVER.