If you are shopping for website hosting or browsing technology news, you are likely to come across the term “LAMP Stack” somewhere.[Read more…] about LAMP Stack Explained
Website Software FAQs & Explainers
Explore frequently asked questions & answers about website software problems and understand software concepts so that you can buy the right tools to grow your website.
A subdomain is a domain that is attached to a root (or main domain) that can direct browser requests to specific files on a specific server.
You are currently looking at files on shivarweb.com – but more specifically, you are looking at files on the www.shivarweb.com subdomain, since I also use subdomains like app.shivarweb.com and other for experiments.
As an analogy, if a domain is like a physical address, but on the Internet, then a subdomain is like a Suite or Apartment number. Like a Suite number, they only make sense as part of the larger address, but they allow visitors to access a more more specific (and usually different) location.[Read more…] about Subdomains Explained
WordPress Hosting is a hosting product that is pre-configured to host a WordPress powered website efficiently. There is no industry-standard definition for “WordPress Hosting” so the exact product will vary by host. WordPress Hosting is usually used for the 3 “S’s” – to simplify, to secure, and to speed up a WordPress install compared to a WordPress install on a typical Linux server.[Read more…] about What is WordPress Hosting?
Website hosting is reserved space on a computer server that stores & serves files related to a website (ie, HTML, CSS, images, etc) to browsers when requested via the Internet. Website hosting is usually connected to a human-readable domain name.
As an analogy, website hosting is like a plot of physical land…but on the Internet. Like a physical plot of land, it’s usually connected to a known address, and it’s only truly useful if you build something on it.
Also like physical land, website hosting can come with an infrastructure to make your project easier / cheaper. It also has many tradeoffs.
That’s the short version. But there’s more to website hosting than the definition.[Read more…] about Website Hosting Explained
You’re probably here because you’ve heard the buzz about WordPress (Alignable’s SMB Index says WordPress is the most trusted software for small business), but are wondering if there are situations in which someone should not use WordPress for their business website.
WordPress is an incredibly versatile website platform — I won’t hide my enthusiasm for it. But there is no such thing as a “best website platform”. There’s only the best choice based on your goals, resources and preferences.
Most website platforms promote with features and price. But like buying a house – price and features don’t tell the whole story. They don’t tell you if this platform is a good choice for your website.
When evaluating whether or not to use WordPress, you need to think about your needs for a website. Do you need flexibility? Support? A mixture of both?
Here’s how to figure out if/when someone should not use WordPress for their business website.[Read more…] about When Should Someone Not Use WordPress?
Choosing the best web hosting plan for your specific project has always been a bit confusing. Plan features never line up. Terminology never matches. And pricing varies according to current discounts and plan length.
But that was before the latest trend in web hosting – WordPress-specific hosting plans.
Nearly every hosting company offers a “WordPress Hosting Plan” in some form.
Sometimes those plans are nothing more than a headline change.
Sometimes they are very well-priced for the extra services. And sometimes they are plainly upsells with dressed up “features.”
It’s maddening – because here’s the thing. WordPress software runs fine on typical web hosting.
You do not need “WordPress Hosting” to run WordPress software.
All you need is a Linux-based hosting account that supports PHP and mySQL – aka plain vanilla shared web hosting.
Both are run of the mill features since the early 2000s. So what’s with all the WordPress Hosting plans vs. Web Hosting plans?
Well – sometimes a WordPress-specific plan is absolutely worth paying for. WordPress does have some needs & requirements that are not “generic” so some companies can offer seriously better service, support & performance for WordPress installs.[Read more…] about WordPress Hosting vs. Web Hosting Explained
Web Hosting and Domain Registration are two elements of running a website. But it’s important to understand the difference and use cases.
Web Hosting is an account on a computer (aka server) that can store and serve website files via the Internet.
Domain Registration is leasing a human-readable word (e.g., amazon.com) that directs people to specific website files via a browser.
As an analogy, a domain is an “address” on the Internet. Hosting is the “land” or space where your website files live.
That’s the short version. But there’s more to web hosting vs. domain registration than their definition.[Read more…] about Web Hosting vs. Domain Registration Explained
There has never been a time when running a website has been more accessible, convenient, and profitable than now.
But there has also never been a time when running a website has been so confusing, frustrating, and winner-take-all than now.
And that contradiction comes because some of the major computing & networking innovations from the 2010s are finally coming to the everyday Internet.
And as the 2010s close out and the 2020s begin, here are some of my considerations (in no specific order) that I think would be useful for DIYers, freelancers, small online business owners, and anyone planning an online presence.[Read more…] about 20+ Considerations on The Future of Web Hosting, Website Builders & Digital Marketing Beyond 2020
Domain Names are human-readable words (e.g., amazon.com) that direct Internet browsers to specific files on a specific server.
As an analogy, a domain is like a physical address… but on the Internet. Like a physical address, they don’t really do anything on their own, but they are critical to understanding when you are building an online project.[Read more…] about Domain Names Explained
So, how much does a website cost per year?
Wait for it…. it depends. :)
But yes – “it depends” is not helpful at all.[Read more…] about How Much a Website Costs Per Year Explained
Cloud Hosting is a website hosting product that distributes your website data among an entire network of data centers with near infinite resources.
Cloud hosting usually charge per use rather than per resource feature. Cloud hosting is provided by the big tech companies like Amazon, Google, Oracle, Microsoft and IBM – but is sometimes resold via traditional hosting brands who bundle customer support.[Read more…] about What is Cloud Hosting?
Website builders are a type of software that turns visual design elements into HTML / CSS files that browsers can show as a website. Modern website builders are usually bundled in some form with hosting to provide storage & server abilities for those files.
As an analogy, imagine a website is like a physical home. Website builders are a bit like pre-built houses or condominiums with infrastructure & services provided. Usually the land (hosting), address (domain) and services are bundled with the home. There are usually costs & limitations, but also much more convenience compared to building a home from scratch.[Read more…] about Website Builders Explained
Reseller Hosting is a hosting product that dedicates specific server resources to an administrator who can create shared hosting accounts. Reseller Hosting is typically used as a stable, affordable product for freelancers & agencies to provide to clients. It allows agencies & freelancers to generate recurring revenue via hosting, maintenance & turn-key solutions while providing clients with world-class infrastructure & technical expertise.
So you’re exploring starting a website. And you’ve chosen WordPress as your software of choice. It powers more than 25% of the Internet. It’s famous for its versatility and ease of use.
Here’s a concise overview of what you should think about before getting started. [Read more…] about WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org: Which Should You Use?