1. What are MIME types?
The MIME Types option in your cPanel Control Panel (MIME Types icon) allows you to set certain programs
to be used for specific extensions. In easier-to-understand
terms, MIME Types help your web server to identify what
type of file is being requested by your browsers. For
instance, when the web server gets a request from a browser
such as Internet Explorer or Netscape, for a file that
ends in .html, the web server knows that it is an html
document because that extension is stored in the MIME
Types. If the web server gets a request from a browser
for a file that ends in .gif, the web server knows that
it is an image because that too is stored in the MIME
Types. This applies to every file, image, application,
etc. that may be requested by a web browser. If the extension
is not stored within the MIME Types, the web server will
not recognize it and will not be able to assist the browser
and that particular file type will not be viewable by
MIME types are identified by the server by the following
For example, adding the following two MIME Types will
allow users to view ipx images on your web pages:
where application identifies the subtype, x-ipscript
identifies the application, and .ips identifies the extension
used for that application.
For more information on MIME Types you can visit http://www.cnet.com/Resources/Info/Glossary/Terms/mime.html
2. Can I use the MIME types feature
if I'm using FrontPage?
No. This feature is not available for FrontPage users.
If any MIME types are needed, FP users will have to add
them using FrontPage or else your web files may not be