“Should I host my own blog?” is a question asked aspiring bloggers, organizations, businesses, and website owners alike.[Read more…] about 16+ Pros & Cons of Hosting Your Own Blog or Website
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For years, I’ve had issues with email forms on websites hosted at GoDaddy. Whether I was trying to get a contact form in WordPress to work, or simply forward emails within cPanel, the whole troubleshooting process was just a pain.
But GoDaddy’s documentation is straight-up horrible and poking around StackOverflow / Googling developer forums gets old after a while. So here’s a short guide to GoDaddy form email problems that I wish I had several years ago.[Read more…] about GoDaddy Email Problems: Solving Issues w/ Forms & Not Receiving Email
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
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
I recently had a reader question sent via email –
Is there a way to try out WordPress for free before signing up to a hosting site? Maybe a ‘try before you buy’ arrangement, or something which you can download and try out on a laptop? Am just worried about signing up and then finding WordPress isn’t for me.
That is an excellent question. Unlike website builder services like Weebly, Wix or Squarespace or even eCommerce platforms like Shopify or Bigcommerce – there’s no real “free trial” option for self-hosted WordPress.
There are 3 ways to try WordPress for free before you actually purchase hosting.[Read more…] about How To Try WordPress (for free) Before Purchasing Hosting for Your Website
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
This guide covers exactly how to set up a WordPress website from scratch for beginners.
Because here’s the problem: you are looking to start a website for your blog, business, portfolio, store, or forum – but the idea of messing with computer code, databases, or software sounds a bit daunting.[Read more…] about How To Set Up A WordPress Website From Scratch
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?
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.
Tired of your current hosting company and want to move?[Read more…] about How To Move Your WordPress Website To A New Hosting Company