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Website Hosting Guide

  1. 1. Web Hosting Guide<br />Guide to Web Hosting <br />For Web Designers<br />
  2. 2. Topic<br /><ul><li>Getting Started
  3. 3. Types of Hosting
  4. 4. Hosting Needs
  5. 5. Bandwidth
  6. 6. Choosing a Host
  7. 7. Service & Support
  8. 8. Ease of Use
  9. 9. Hosting Features
  10. 10. Best Practice</li></li></ul><li>Getting Started <br />Select a Web Host<br />Sign up<br />Change Name servers<br />Upload Your Site - FTP<br />Sit Back, and Enjoy! <br /> Your site is now online for everyone to see!<br />Not So Fast!<br />
  11. 11. Hosting Types<br />Free<br />Shared<br />Virtual<br />Dedicated<br />Reseller<br />
  12. 12. Types<br />Free-Shared Hosting with other websites, usually have ads, limited space, bad neighbors<br />Shared - Low Priced, Shared with others sites, full feature, bandwidth fixed, limitations<br />Virtual -Software acts like servers, IP issued, server space can be divided up.<br />Dedicated - For Serious Hosting, Secured etc…<br />Reseller -You plan to host a lot of sites for customers. <br />
  13. 13. Hosting Needs<br />LAMP (LINUX, APACHE, MYSQL, PHP)<br />Linux or Windows<br /> Support<br />Ease of Use<br />Content Management<br />Email Hosting<br />Ecommerce<br />
  14. 14. Today’s Offering<br />Unlimited bandwidth<br />Unlimited HDD space<br />Average Site:<br />2GB bandwidth<br />250 Mb HDD space<br />
  15. 15. Offer<br />
  16. 16. Typical Usage<br />Small Business<br />Affiliate Sites <br />Blog<br />Personal<br />Community Site<br />Forum<br />
  17. 17. Choosing a Host<br /><ul><li>Do Research before buying
  18. 18. Transparent Support Information
  19. 19. Read Real Stories and Reviews about the Host
  20. 20. Use different password for Registrar and Hosting
  21. 21. Read the Terms of Service
  22. 22. Look for a 30 days money back guarantee
  23. 23. How long has the company been in business
  24. 24. Are they reselling from another reseller</li></li></ul><li>Finding the Best Web Hosting Service<br />Assess Your Needs<br />Price<br />Reliability and Speed<br />Data Transfer and Disk Space - Limits<br />Technical Support<br />Scripts and Special Features<br />Ease of Use: Control Panel<br />
  25. 25. Consideration<br /><ul><li>Special Needs
  26. 26. Video Hosting
  27. 27. Forums
  28. 28. Ecommerce
  29. 29. Email Hosting/Marketing</li></li></ul><li>Service & Support<br />99% Uptime<br />Money Back Guarantee<br />24/7 Technical Support<br />Support Portal<br />Live Chat Support<br />Direct Contact Numbers<br />Help Forum<br />Video Tutorials<br />Knowledge Base<br />
  30. 30. Hosting Features<br />Email Auto Responders<br />Catch All Email & Forwarders<br />Spam Control <br />Auto Script Installation (Wordpress)<br />Website Builders / Promotion Tools<br />Add-on & Sub.Domains<br />Backup Features / Monitoring <br />Multi-media Support Features<br />Site Stats Access<br />
  31. 31. Best Practice<br />Buy Domains Separately<br />Go Daddy For Domains<br />Own Your Domain<br />.Com is best<br />Don’t Host at Go Daddy<br />Free is Never Free<br />Shared Hosting is sharing space with other websites (good or bad)<br />
  32. 32. Hosting Monitoring Service<br />Key Things to Look For:<br />What is the interval between each time they check your site?<br />What methods do they provide to alert you to down time? SMS, Email<br />What Reporting do they provide for tracking long term site performance?<br />What are the price options?<br />
  33. 33. Monitoring Service<br />Key Features<br />Monitors every 1 min<br />Packages prices: Free and Paid<br />Alerts by SMS, Twitter and Email<br />20 SMS alerts are free as well as email<br />Excellent reporting<br />Reputable <br />30 Day free trial on the paid services<br />
  34. 34. Backup Service<br />Software Based<br />FTP Backup Tools<br />Online Vault <br />Cloud Backup<br />Server Side Backup<br />Manual Website Backup<br />Best Solution: <br />Automatically Scheduled Online Backup Service <br />
  35. 35. For Freelancers<br />WHM (Web Host Management)<br />WHMCS (Complete Billing & Support System)<br />Use with Reseller Accounts<br />Use to Manage Multiple Clients<br />For Complete Control of Website Development<br />Use for Selling Hosting, Domains, Web Design…<br />Auto Invoicing & Billing<br />Complete Auto Support System<br />
  36. 36. Search Engine Friendly Host <br />Geographically Relevant<br />Separate ips<br />Dedicated ips<br />Spam Control / Malware Free<br />Reliable Uptime<br />Fast Load Time<br />Good Neighborhood<br />