Shared Hosting and WordPress Presented by Al Davis
2Who is this guy?Shared Hosting Product Manager for more than 13 yearsIntro to WP Instructor at George Brown College in TorontoOne of the organizers of WordCamp Toronto 2011Co-Organizer of Toronto WordPress MeetupOrganizer of the Toronto WordPress Developers MeetupRecently launched wpteach.com (Jan 2012)
3What we will cover What is Shared Hosting? Why use Shared Hosting? What to look for in a Shared Hosting provider Things you should know a Hints on how to pick a provider How to set up WordPress- 4 different methods How to migrate a site
4What is Shared Hosting?Many websites reside on a web serverconnected to the internet.Each site sits on itsown partition, or section, of the server to keepit separate from other sites.This is generally the most economical option forhosting as many people share the overall cost ofserver maintenance. - Wikipedia
5Why Shared Hosting?Cost Effective The cost of servers, internet connectivity, maintenance and manpower is shared over many customers. The cost to run a server in a secure, redundant environment can easily run to tensof thousands of dollars per month.Run your business, not your technologyShared Hosting allows you to focus on running your business, not learning how to runa web server.All told, it’s the simplest way to have a website, ideal for small businesses.
6What is required?Minimum requirements for WordPress Version 3.2 ( released July 4) •PHP version 5.2.4 or greater •MySQl version 5.0 or greater
7Things you should know But providers don’t tell youAll that storage and bandwidth?...You’re never going to use it all.Text is cheap ... but pictures and video will kill your storageFTP Access...never needs to be cappedEmail storage...shouldn’t be bundled upMSAccess...is simply wrong. Don’t use it for your website. Ever. And I mean ever!!!!
8Things you should look forFrom a hosting providerCall supportHow long did it take to talk to a live person? Do they even have live support? Call when you are most likely to be working on your site. Calling at 10 am when you are going to be working at 7pm will not give you an accurate ideaAsk to be transferred to the sales departmentHow was that experience? Did sales know why you were transferred?Don’t get locked in Don’t commit for any more than 12 months maximum.
9Installing WordPress 4 different methods One-Click Installer FTP SSH Using a plug-in
10One-Click InstallerWhat is it?An application that installs software for the end user (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal etc.)Why Use it?Simple to use FastWhy Not to use it No control of what is installed No control of how it is installed Can be tough to go back and change the installation
14FTPWhat is FTP?Stands for File Transfer Protocol Fancy way of saying “moving files from your computer to the server via the internet”What do you need?FTP Client. There are many out there for Windows and Mac—some are even freeWhy use FTP? Fine control over what is installed When you’ve uploaded your files, you get to use the famous 5-minute install for WPWhy NOT to use FTPCan be slow depending upon your Internet connection Requires greater technical knowledge than One-Click Need to set up your own database for WP to work
25SSHWhat is SSH?Stands for Secure Shell Fancy way of saying “A secure channel to connect to your web server space.” Command line based ( Advanced users)What do you need?Command Line Tool- PuTTY – Windows Terminal - MacWhy use SSH? Much faster than FTP Guarantees you always get the latest version of WordPressWhy NOT to use SSH?Not all hosting providers offer full access (unable to connect to other sites) Requires greater technical knowledge Requires command line use
32Backup BuddyWhat is Backup Buddy?A WordPress plugin developed by ithemes ( www.ithemes.com) Like getting 3 plugins in one Installations Backups Migration toolWhy use Backup Buddy? Allows you to develop locally, deploy to a web server Takes all of your themes, custom CSS, plugins, content over in one smooth moveWhy NOT to use Backup Buddy?No custom installation of WordPress