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Web hosting FREE WEB HOSTING GUIDE 33 Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know!uide
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Web hosting FREE WEB HOSTING GUIDE 33 Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know!uide
Web hosting FREE WEB HOSTING GUIDE 33 Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know!uide
Web hosting FREE WEB HOSTING GUIDE 33 Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know!uide
Web hosting FREE WEB HOSTING GUIDE 33 Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know!uide
Web hosting FREE WEB HOSTING GUIDE 33 Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know!uide
Web hosting FREE WEB HOSTING GUIDE 33 Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know!uide
Web hosting FREE WEB HOSTING GUIDE 33 Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know!uide
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This free web hosting guide will save you a ton of time and money when selecting a company to host or transfer your website. Here are the most 33 secrets you probably didn’t know!

This free web hosting guide will save you a ton of time and money when selecting a company to host or transfer your website. Here are the most 33 secrets you probably didn’t know!

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  • 1. FREE WEB HOSTING GUIDE33 Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know!By Herman Drostwww.iSiteBuild.comWeb Design, Hosting, SEOCopyright 2013, iSiteBuild.com All Rights Reserved
  • 2. Table of ContentsPREPARATION...........................................................................................................................31. What are the goals of your website?..............................................................................32. What type of hosting service do you need?...................................................................3REQUIREMENTS/FEATURES...................................................................................................43. Disk Space......................................................................................................................44. Bandwidth.......................................................................................................................45. Server Speed..................................................................................................................56. Uptime............................................................................................................................57. Reliability........................................................................................................................58. Backups..........................................................................................................................59. Responsive Technical Support ......................................................................................610. cPanel Access..............................................................................................................611. Softaculous...................................................................................................................612. CGI Bin.........................................................................................................................613. Perl...............................................................................................................................614. Server Side Includes (SSI)...........................................................................................615. FTP Access...................................................................................................................716. Website Statistics.........................................................................................................717. MySQL Databases........................................................................................................718. FREE Shared SSL........................................................................................................719. POP3, SMTP, IMAP Email............................................................................................720. Website Builder ............................................................................................................821. Subdomains..................................................................................................................822. Add-on Domains ..........................................................................................................823. Domain Pointers...........................................................................................................824. Autoresponders............................................................................................................825. Email Aliases................................................................................................................926. Front Page Support......................................................................................................927. PHP Scripting...............................................................................................................928. Password Protection.....................................................................................................929. SpamAssassin..............................................................................................................930. Custom Error Pages...................................................................................................1031. Secure Data Center....................................................................................................1032. State-of-the-art Technology........................................................................................1033. Affordable....................................................................................................................10
  • 3. Many website owners often make the mistake of deciding too quickly which company to hosttheir website with. They don’t do their homework beforehand and pay the price later. Thismeans they’ll have to find an alternative web host then transfer their files, databases, etc tothe new one. No one wants to endure this kind of frustration as it takes the focus away frombuilding your business.This free web hosting guide will save you a ton of time and money when selecting a companyto host or transfer your website. Here are the most important points to consider before layingout your cash:PREPARATION1. What are the goals of your website?Before deciding on a web host think about the goals you have for your website so you candetermine how much space and bandwidth you will need. For instance if your goal is togenerate leads for your business you won’t need much space however if you plan on addinglots of content on a regular basis make sure you can upgrade your hosting plan as the needarises.Resources20 Reasons to Put Your Business on the Web2. What type of hosting service do you need?Shared (virtual) web hostingThis is the most common type most website owners choose. You share the same space onthe same server with other websites. Most website owners purchase this type of servicebecause it’s inexpensive and usually provides sufficient space and bandwidth for their needs.Dedicated hostingThis means you have the whole server to yourself. It is not shared by other websites exceptthe ones you own. This is commonly used for large websites that need tons of space andbandwidth. Expect to pay over $100/month.Reseller hostingIf you need to host multiple websites or want to resell hosting services to other site ownersconsider a reseller hosting plan. Keep in mind you’ll need to learn how to use the web hostingcontrol panel as well as cpanel (if using a Linux server). If you have no desire to learn this orthe time, look for someone who will do this for you.Free HostingThese companies are able to offer free hosting because they include advertising. Others mayoffer free hosting if you register a domain name with them. You only pay when you upgradeyour hosting plan. Free hosting means you get what you pay for. I wouldn’t recommend it ifyou plan on building a serious business online.
  • 4. ResourcesTop 7 Web Hosting Mistakes to AvoidREQUIREMENTS/FEATURES3. Disk SpaceThis refers to the amount of space (MB) you need to host your files on the server. To get anidea how much space you need right click on the folder containing your files and view theproperties. A basic website containing a few images and 10 pages won’t consume much discspace e.g. 50MB will probably be sufficient. If not you can always upgrade to a higher plan.If your site contains a lot of graphics (e.g. a photography site) or store a ton of informationyou’ll need a greater amount of disc space and pay a higher fee.Note: Avoid hosting companies that offer unlimited web space and unlimited bandwidth. Inreality there is no such thing because server space and bandwidth is limited. If your sitesuddenly experiences a ton of visitors you could use up all the bandwidth on the servercausing the company to shut down your site so it doesn’t affect the other sites on the server.ResourcesWhat is Hosting Space | How Much Do I Need | How To Choose a HostUse Add-On Domains To Optimize Your Web Hosting SpaceHow Much Hosting Space Do You Need?4. BandwidthThis refers to the amount of data transfer. For instance if your site contains video or audiofiles that are regularly played you’ll consume large quantities of bandwidth. Data transfer willbe higher than a site containing mostly text. The average website uses less than 200MB ofbandwidth per month.Resources
  • 5. How much space and bandwidth do I need?How To Reduce Web Hosting Bandwidth5. Server SpeedA slow web server will cause your site to load slowly. Website visitors have little patience forslow loading sites and will leave and go elsewhere. One of Google’s main ranking factors issite speed so if your site doesn’t load quickly it may affect your rankings in the searchengines.To speed up your site reduce the size and number of your images, videos, fix html errors andreduce the number of plugins (if you’re using WordPress).To check the load times of your web pages visit http://gtmetrix.com/.ResourcesSite Speed – 5 Ways to Decrease Your Website Loading TimeHow to Calculate and Speed-Up the Download Time of Your Web Site6. UptimeIf your site goes offline due to server downtime you may lose leads and sales. The moreuptime your hosting provider guarantees, the better. 99% uptime is the minimum acceptablestandard. Look for 99% plus guaranteed uptime. Keep in mind most servers will require somedowntime (usually 1% or less) due to server upgrades, maintenance, etc.7. ReliabilityCheck how long the company has been in business. If it’s only been a few months or years itmay mean they lack experience and you don’t know how reliable they are.ResourcesHow to Choose a Hosting Company That’s Reliable8. BackupsIf the server goes down or experiences a disaster (e.g. fire in the building housing the server)your site will go offline and not be available to your visitors. Check if the hosting companydoes daily backups of the server and if they also keep off site back-ups in case of thedisaster.Sidenote: It’s a good idea make backups of your own site on a regular basis just in case aserver fails. You can do a one click backup from cpanel to a folder on your desktop orpurchase an automated solution such as BackUpBuddy. This software also enables you toeasily transfer a WordPress website to another hosting provider (preserves all files,databases and plugins).ResourcesHow to Backup SQL Database – 4 Top Methods
  • 6. How to Backup mySQL Database With phpMyAdmin9. Responsive Technical SupportInevitably you’ll run into problems while hosting your website therefore highly responsivetechnical support is a must. Test the response times by sending an email or calling techsupport. If they don’t respond to your email within 24 hours or less look for another provider.10. cPanel AccessThe cpanel is a dashboard that allows you to easily manage your hosting account. It containseasy-to-view icons on the main page that include such features as:• Add/edit/delete email accounts• Check website statistics• Monitor web space and bandwidth usage• List of databases you’ve set-up• Access to setup and maintain databases• Installation of scripts ie WordPress, Joomla, Forums, etcResourcesHow to Use Cpanel: Top 7 Ways to Use a Web Host Control Panel11. SoftaculousSoftaculous is an auto installer for cPanel. It enables you to install scripts in just ONE STEPi.e. WordPress, Joomla, Forums, etc.12. CGI BinThis is a standard feature included in almost all hosting companies. It enables you to enhancethe content of Web pages over and above what simple HTML provides.If you do not have access to your own CGI Bin, you cannot install your own cgi scripts andprograms. For instance you may want to install an opt-in form that requires a cgi script to beinstalled in the CGI Bin folder.ResourcesHow to Install a CGI Script and Increase Website Interactivity13. PerlThis is a programming language often nicknamed “the Swiss Army chainsaw of scriptinglanguages” because of its flexibility and power to enhance your website.
  • 7. 14. Server Side Includes (SSI)This allows you to update all web pages simultaneously across your whole site by simplyupdating one line of code. It’s a great feature to implement if you need to maintain/update anhtml website.ResourcesHow to Update Your Web Site Using Server Side Includes (SSI)15. FTP AccessThis allows you unlimited and unrestricted access to your site. You’ll need an FTP program totransfer files from your computer to the server such as Filezilla (free) or SmartFTP.Alternatively you can also use the FTP feature included in cpanel although it’s more difficult touse.16. Website StatisticsIt’s imperative to monitor how many visitors your website is receiving, where they are comingfrom, what keywords they are using to find your site and what the top referrers are. Mosthosting plans include a web stats program (ie AW Stats) so check before you decide whatcompany to go with.ResourcesHow to Analyze Your Web Site TrafficHow To Monitor Website Traffic17. MySQL DatabasesIf you’re building a WordPress website you’ll need at least one MySQL Database. You mayneed additional databases if you want to add a forum or membership component. Check howmany databases are included in your web hosting plan and how much you’ll need to payshould you require more.18. FREE Shared SSLIf you’re accepting payments on your website you’ll need a SSL certificate to ensuretransactions are secure (unless you use PayPal as your online payment provider). A freeshared SSL means the certificate is included in your hosting plan although it is shared byother websites on the same server.19. POP3, SMTP, IMAP EmailThese days you need to be able to stay in touch with your customers via your computer, cellphone and tablet therefore check that your web host offers POP3, SMTP, IMAP Emailso you can access your email from all your devices.Resources
  • 8. How to Organize Your Email Without Losing ItHow to Stop Spam Mail20. Website BuilderSome hosting companies include browser-based sitebuilding software with cpanel. This is agreat option to have if you want to build to quickly build a web presence without spending afortune hiring a professional web designer.ResourcesRVSitebuilder is browser based sitebuilding software that installs directly into cPanel. Itseasy-to-follow workflow, social media plugins, and robust content management featuresmakes it easy for even non-programmers to create, market, and maintain a high-end webpresence.21. SubdomainsSubdomains are useful for adding additional sections to your website such as a forum or blogie blog.domain.com. A subdomain can even have it’s own stats and email accounts.22. Add-on DomainsAn add-on domain is a new domain that is added on top of your main domain. It creates asubdirectory within your main web hosting directory but can show a different website. Theadd-on domain collects the information from the subdomain directory using the same spaceand bandwidth as your main account, however it doesn’t have its own cpanel.ResourcesUse Add-On Domains To Optimize Your Web Hosting Space23. Domain PointersDomain pointing allows you to host multiple sites with just one hosting account. This can saveyou hundreds of dollars each year.ResourcesHow do Domain Pointers Work?24. AutorespondersAutoresponders enable you to deliver your message automatically by email. It can work foryou 24 hours per day delivering information without being at your computer. By placing yourmarketing message in your autoresponder, customers can request information any time of theday and instantly have it in their mailbox. This will save you hours of manually filling outforms.Note: Autoresponders included in cpanel (web hosting control panel) only offer one reply.They are not to be confused with stand-a-lone autoresponder services such as Aweber which
  • 9. enables you to store contacts in a database and automatically send out a series of emails atpre-scheduled times.ResourcesAutoresponder Marketing SystemHow to Make Use of AutorespondersEmail Marketing Software Review: YourMailingListProvider (YMLP)25. Email AliasesAn email alias is an alternative email address that points to an existing user account. Forexample, the user bill@domain.com might also want to receive email addressed towilliam@domain.com. If you create william@domain.com as an email alias forbill@domain.com, email will be delivered to both of these addresses in the same inbox.26. Front Page SupportThere are still many people that use the once popular Front Page Software to build theirwebsites. In order to upload files to the server Front Page Extensions need to be installed. Soif you’re still using Front Page to build or maintain websites check the hosting company hasFront Page extensions installed.27. PHP ScriptingPHP is a server-side scripting language designed for web development. It extends thefunctioning of your website. Check your web hosting plan to see if it has support for the scriptyou need. Outdated scripts may not work for your site.ResourcesCreate a Simple, Effective PHP Form for Your WebsiteSecure PHP Form Mail ScriptHow to Install and Configure Master Form v428. Password ProtectionA password protected folder or file is useful if you don’t want to give access to the generalpublic. Within cpanel you can easily password protect a directory or sub-directory on yourwebsite so it’s only accessible to those people who have the login information.ResourcesHow To Password Protect A File Or Folder And Stop Snoopers29. SpamAssassinEmail spam prevents you from easily viewing your important emails because you need tospend time sorting out what to keep and what to delete. SpamAssassin is an automated emailfiltering system that attempts to identify spam messages based on the content of the email’s
  • 10. headers and body.ResourcesHow to Stop Form Mail SpamHow to Stop Email Spam with SpamAssassinHow to Mass Delete Comments From WordPress Using phpMyAdmin30. Custom Error PagesYou may have seen the dreaded “404 error” page. This occurs when the web server can notfind that page so access to an area of the website is denied. It could be caused by a brokenlink or the person misspelling the address for that page.Creating your own custom error pages within cpanel enables you to redirect visitors toanother page ie your home page or site map page so they don’t get lost. This should definitelybe included on your web hosting checklist.ResourcesHow to Create a Custom 404 Error Page to Stop Losing Website Visitors31. Secure Data CenterWeb hosting providers both big and small need a central location where they house theirservers and equipment. It is important to have some idea as to where these systems arelocated. If you seek reliability and high quality you may not really want your important webventure hosted in someone’s basement. Most large web hosting companies house theirservers in a secure, fireproof building.32. State-of-the-art TechnologyMost web hosting companies will provide some detail on their data centers including thedifferent bandwidth providers they use, and physical security of their premises. Check if theyutilize rock solid servers and if each server contains an additional hard drive for continuousbackups so it provides protection for your crucial data on multiple levels.
  • 11. 33. AffordableAvoid purchasing the cheapest host you can find because you’ll probably get what you pay for(ie slow or unresponsive tech support). Instead check off the features you need to host yoursite, test the response times and ask if tech support has extensive knowledge on buildingwebsites as you may need their help when you get stuck building yours.And now I’d like to invite you toSUBSCRIBE to my FREE E-COURSE21 Highly Effective Ways To GenerateFree Traffic To Your WebsiteView My Affordable Web Hosting PlansWarm Regards,Herman Drost

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