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The Best Porn » Glossary

Glossary Definitions of terms used throughout our site.

Last Updated: Oct 14th, 2009
   

3rd Party Content

This type of content is what we call "filler" content. It means the site leases plug-in galleries or feeds from other providers.

900 Number

An alternative to credit card payment. Sites that allow you to pay by calling a 1-900 number which charges your phone bill (one-time).

AVS Service

Includes both AVS and AEN services. These sites offer access to a large network of sites (usually over 1,000 up to 100,000's) for one price.

Broadcast Cam

Private cam sites that offer the ability to broadcast your video (via webcam) to the model.

Cam Control

Private cam sites that allow you to control the models webcam remotely (pan, zoom, etc).

Captures

Screen captures are graphical snapshots of each site's members area. We take captures when we have members access.

Clone

A site where the members area is identical or nearly identical to another site.

Company Sites

Sites owned by the same company as the site review you're currently viewing.

Content Dated

Whether or not the site has dates labeled for all it's content in it's members area.

Cross-Sells

Additional checkbox offers (to another site) on a site's join page, usually pre-checked.

Discounts

Lower prices we've worked out with the site and passed on to you. View all our discounts here. The discounted price will show on the join page after simply clicking to the site from it's review page on our site.

Download Limit

A site that will suspend your membership (temporarily) when you've exceeded a specific amount of downloads defined by the site (usually measured daily by gigabytes).

Download Manager

Software that helps organize multiple downloads and sometimes speeds up downloads at compatible web-sites (most sites are compatible).

Downloadable

If the site's videos are downloadable to your hard drive.

DRM

If the site's videos are protected with DRM, which prevents the content from easily being shared or converted to another file type. Users don't like it because they can't convert the file and the video may expire at anytime. DRM stands for Digital Rights Management.

DVD Videos

As we categorize it, web-site videos transfered online from retail DVDs.

Exclusive Content

Images or videos that cannot be found anywhere else. There are a few variations, but that's the general definition. Sometimes content might be semi-exclusive if the content is found on a few other sites, but overall generally hard to find anywhere else.

Express Review

A former review format (legacy) that was completed by a single reviewer. It gave a quick overview of where the site ranked, but didn't provide much detail. This format was retired in Aug 2009.

Facts Updated

This is the date when the site facts were last updated.

Follow-Up Review

A former review format (legacy). This was what we used to call our review updates. This format was retired in Aug 2009.

Frame Rate

As applied to private cams, this defines how many FPS (frames per second) the live cam feeds offer. 30 FPS is equivalent to TV.

Full Scenes

Site offers a single video download for each complete full porn scene or episode.

Geo-Targeted Pricing

When a site offers different price points depending on where you're accessing the web-site from. This isn't something we generally list unless it's reported to us by a user.

HD Video

Videos that were shot with HD camcorders and made available in HD resolution. HD is considered widescreen 16:9 format with resolutions of 1280x720 or higher. HD Video clarity and sharpeness is judged in our reviews.

Hi-Res Images

If the site's pictures are offerred in high-resolution defined as a combined width/height total of 1,800 pixels or more.

Independent Billing

These are independent billing processing companies that simply act as a financial broker for the customer and site. Independent billing helps avoid fraud.

Listed Date

The date we initially published the web-site on our site.

Logging In

In the review, this is defined as what is required when logging into the subject site. Some sites require a simple user/pw, while others require pin #'s and other security verification.

Members Area

The private section of a pay-site that is only available to paying users.

Model Index

If the site offers a browseable thumbnail index (A-Z) of all content models and links to all content for each.

Mullti-Bandwidth

If the site's videos are offerred in both low and high bandwidth files.

Networks

These sites give you access to a group full membership sites for one price. Most sites within the network are owned by the same company.

Niche

A niche is simply a specialized porn genre. We categorize sites in up to 3 niches each. View all niches and browse their ranked sites.

Non-Recurring

A one-time fee/charge that does not automatically re-bill.

Official Review

Our former detailed review format completed by all 4 senior editors (Vanessa, Duke, Spencer, Maggie). Retired as of Aug 2009.

Online Check

An alternative to credit card payment. Sites that allow you to pay via your checking account.

Outside Review

A review from an outside review source. These reviews are not endorsed by us, they simply give you an idea of the site(s) scored elsewhere.

Partner Program

These are money-making programs offerred by the site or company. Most sites offer these programs (aka affiliate programs) and pay webmasters for producing sales.

Pay Per View

Sites that simply charge for only content you want to buy. There are no recurring charges, but the cost per video (or image) can be steep compared to free-for-all membership sites.

Pay Site

A commercial adult site that charges a fee for access to a members area. Nearly all sites listed and reviewed with us are considered pay-sites.

Pop-Ups

Those annoying pop-up windows that invade your browser space without permission. Some sites might pop-up a single ad window, others might use a chain of pop-ups. The good sites never need to use any. :)

Postal Mail

An alternative to credit card payment. Sites that allow you to pay by sending a check and/or money order via snail mail.

Private Cams

These sites offer live girls broadcasted via webcam. They usually allow you to chat for free with the girls, and charge a premium per minute fee for a nude/hardcore show.

Recurring

A fee/charge that is automatically billed periodically (usually monthly).

Review 2.0

Our new review format as of Aug 2009. For more information, read this announcement.

Site Facts

Site facts are specific site details our admin collects for sites we get members access to. This includes billing details, content details, and company info.

Site Launched

This is the approx date (month/yr, if available) the site first appeared on the web.

Site News

News about a web-site posted directly from the site's webmaster or rep.

Spam

Annoying unwanted e-mail solicitations.

Streaming Player

The type of player used to stream video from the web-site. In our review, we include the player type (flash/wmv), plus other facts about the speed and quality.

Streaming Video

Videos that can be watched immediately directly from the web-site without waiting for a file to download.

TBP

Abbreviation for our site, TheBestPorn.

Trial

A site that offers a low cost (usually $3-5) membership that grants access for a few days. Some sites offer full access while others give limited access. Full trials are highlighted in green, while limited trials are red.

Update Log

A dedicated page in a site's members area that links and describes all past content updates over a long period of time.

v2.0

This is an indicator when a review was completed using our new Review 2.0 format.

Vid Caps

If the site offers images (thru an image gallery) that were captured from the videos offerred.

Watermark

A small branded logo, domain, or other mark that appears in the corner of an image or video.

Webmaster

The person in charge of developing and/or maintaining a web-site.

ZIP Files

If the site offers zip files allowing you to download full galleries in one compressed zip file.

If there's anything you know of that we're missing, please let us know. Thanks.


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