Our previous Tech Tuesday subject was learning about and using domain names, the importance of having a domain name, different extensions of domain names... The “address” for your website...such as https://www.busy-mom.com , so today we will continue with hosting.
Web Hosting is for providing a storage space and access for your website. Service organizations, businesses and individuals can post the websites and web pages for other people to access on the internet.
The websites are stored in computers called servers to “house” your files so that when other people want to access them all they have to do is type the domain addresses or urls on their web browsers.
Let's look at the different types of hosting:
- Shared Hosting - Shared Hosting is good for small businesses. This means multiple websites are stored in one server.
- Virtual Private Server Hosting ( VPS) - This is good for websites or owners that need more control but don't want to invest in dedicated servers. Each website is stored in its own virtual server though they still share the physical server.
- Dedicated Server Hosting - This gives the individual more control of the server on which the website is stored on. This option allows only your website to be stored on that server.
- Cloud Hosting - This is not different from virtual servers whereby many computers are connected together and use the resources to provide the hosting service. The resources used to run your website may run in more than one server and therefore reduces the chance of downtime due to server malfunction.
- Managed Hosting - Is the type of hosting where the provider looks after day-to-day management of the hardware, operating systems and standardized applications. Example please use WordPress managed hosting.
- Colocation Hosting - Instead of keeping servers in-house in the private Data Center, you may choose to collocate by renting a space in Colocation Center. The center will provide power, ip address, bandwidth, and cooling systems that your server may require. Normally the space is rented out in racks and cabinets. Colocation gives access to higher levels of bandwidth than the normal office servers.
This is also known as a web hosting control panel. Cpanel lets you easily manage your website and files. After hosting you will receive a cPanel link together with your username and password. You can also access your cPanel by typing your url then forward slash followed by the word cPanel. Use the link provided, the username and password to login to your cPanel and there you can control your website and access your files. Also through cPanel you can access features like WordPress that can help you in making a website and you can also create your emails and much more.
Plesk is similar hosting control panel for Windows hosting and servers but less popular.
To create a WordPress website, look into your cPanel then scroll down to installations and choose WordPress then click install. Follow the directions that will require you to put your WordPress site name and then download to the website. It will also request a WordPress username and WordPress password, which you're going to create your own, this is so when you want to login to your website you can use the username and the password chosen to create the website to login. this is important to keep your WordPress data secure.
Next segment on Tech Tuesday will be all about email! We are starting with the basics then advancing so you have enough knowledge to get your business online.
That of course does not replace getting professional advice from a Internet Consultant like me, or a web designer, developer, Seo expert, etc. But I can help you pull all of those together.
If you have any suggestions about upcoming topics, I'll be happy to try to do that for you!
Email me any time at Ava@avahosting.biz