If you’ve followed my guide to setting up your own server and using WordOps to install and manage your WordPress site, you’ve probably realized that I don’t install any FTP server, such as PureFTP or VSFTP. So how do you access and edit your files easily? Firstly, it’s always best to install the minimum number… Continue reading How to Edit Webroot (/var/www) Files via SFTP
Backing Up Both Your Sites and Servers
This guide is only relevant if you are managing your hosting server and WordPress installation yourself. If you followed my BlueHost guide (which I highly recommend for those who are still learning how to blog) then this article is not applicable, because BlueHost take care of back ups for you. A reader was checking out… Continue reading Backing Up Both Your Sites and Servers
Weekly Server Security and Maintenance Routine Steps
This guide is part of my advanced series of articles for WordPress hosting. If you are looking for easy, beginner-friendly WordPress blog hosting, then I recommend BlueHost. If you’ve followed my steps for setting up your server and then installing WordOps and creating your WordPress site then you should be up and running by now.… Continue reading Weekly Server Security and Maintenance Routine Steps
How to Point Your Domain to Your Server (Setup DNS)
Let’s say you’ve come up with the domain name you want to use for your new WordPress site and have registered it – maybe somewhere like Uniregistry (what I use) or GoDaddy. What’s next? How do you “connect” or point your domain to your web hosting account / server and get your new site up… Continue reading How to Point Your Domain to Your Server (Setup DNS)
Optimal WordPress Setup with WordOps & Caching
Running your own server can be time consuming and difficult. If you are just starting your blogging journey then I highly recommend that you begin with BlueHost. It took me several years before I was comfortable enough to move some of my sites off onto their own servers, and it is by no means required… Continue reading Optimal WordPress Setup with WordOps & Caching
15 Free Tools To Sell Products Online
If you haven’t been paying attention, retail e-commerce sales in the United States have been going absolutely ballistic for over a decade now, up to $791.70 billion in 2020. If you’re not currently selling online and that isn’t enough to jolt you into action, or if your current online retail store needs a spruce up,… Continue reading 15 Free Tools To Sell Products Online
Advanced Wordpess Hosting Server Setup Steps – SSH Keys, Firewall & Other Tweaks
Running your own server can be time consuming and difficult. If you are just starting your blogging journey then I highly recommend that you begin with BlueHost. It took me several years before I was comfortable enough to move some of my sites off onto their own servers, and it is by no means required… Continue reading Advanced Wordpess Hosting Server Setup Steps – SSH Keys, Firewall & Other Tweaks
Fail! What Customers Think Web Hosts Do (But They Don’t)
If you ask someone what they think a web host does, you’ll get a plethora of responses – and many of them are wrong. “Hosting” sounds a lot like generic customer service, and “web”? Well, surely that can describe just about anything to do with the internet or websites. You’d be surprised at just how… Continue reading Fail! What Customers Think Web Hosts Do (But They Don’t)
Statistics on Web Performance (and How Hosting Impacts It!)
Are your website visitors happy with your site’s performance? As happy as they could be? Maybe not, considering that people tend to complain only when a situation is so out of control that they have no other choice. With online visitors, they’ll often “show” their dissatisfaction by leaving your site (and never returning again). Check… Continue reading Statistics on Web Performance (and How Hosting Impacts It!)
Should You Care about “Niche Hosting”?
There are millions of web hosts around the globe, from the smallest operation you can imagine, to giants like BlueHost and others. In such a market, it’s no wonder some hosts are looking into niche hosting. This is a fully saturated market brimming with competition, and yet the average person would be lucky to name… Continue reading Should You Care about “Niche Hosting”?
Can You Change Web Hosts With Zero Downtime?
Yes, it is possible to change web hosts with zero downtime, but you need to prepare and plan for the move well in advance. Lower Your TTL The first thing you need to do, well before the change (like a week), is log into your domain registrar and change the TTL (time to live) to… Continue reading Can You Change Web Hosts With Zero Downtime?
5 Signs You Need to Dump Your Web Host
If you’re like many website owners, you may have taken advantage of the free or low cost hosting that was offered when you registered your domain. Especially if it was for a free shared hosting package, it just made sense at the time to tick one more item off your to-do list. Unfortunately, not all… Continue reading 5 Signs You Need to Dump Your Web Host
Tips to Improve Website Safety
With over one billion websites being online there are scores of website hacks every single day, yet only a small proportion gain any significant media attention. However, that doesn’t make the damage that a hack can do any less devastating. Even if none of your customer’s data is actually stolen and used, a hack can… Continue reading Tips to Improve Website Safety
Best Sources for Web Design and Design Inspiration
In the current information age where everything is connected and businesses are made (and broken) by engagement and reach, a compelling and stylish website is the key to retain visitors and customers. Whether you are building a personal portfolio or constructing the online bastion of a startup, web design is what will define the face… Continue reading Best Sources for Web Design and Design Inspiration
How Long Will Your Customers Wait for Slow Web Hosting?
The easy answer to “how long will your customers wait for slow web hosting?” is not as long as you think. If poor web hosting has led to slow page load times for your customers, you’re losing them and your profits, it really is that simple. According to most studies, customers expect a website to… Continue reading How Long Will Your Customers Wait for Slow Web Hosting?
Signs Your Competition Has Better Web Hosting
Whether you’re a brand new blogger or a well established business, it’s important to keep an eye on the competition. They can help dictate your next move, and they’re a great tool for figuring out where you are in the grand scheme of things. Alternatively, you might even be able to partner or collaborate with… Continue reading Signs Your Competition Has Better Web Hosting
5 Common Misconceptions About Web Hosting
There’s a lot of misconceptions about website hosting on the internet. Whether you’re a beginner looking for hosting for your first website, or an experienced webmaster deploying a dedicated server for his or her latest project, it’s interesting how many myths about hosting prevail. As long as your site seems to be functioning and you’re… Continue reading 5 Common Misconceptions About Web Hosting
Worst Passwords of the Year
Every year millions of passwords get leaked. This means that there is a lot of data out there that makes for some unfortunate situations! The majority of hacks and data breaches could be easily prevented with basic security measures. Between you and your web host, both of you need to be regularly changing your passwords,… Continue reading Worst Passwords of the Year
Don’t Host Your Personal Email
After Hillary Clinton was accused of using a “homebrew mail server” (as the Associated Press dubbed it), a lot of people became interested in reclaiming the privacy of their email. With all the leaks and hacks, as well as incredible amounts of personal information saved and shared via email, it makes sense. The Clinton email… Continue reading Don’t Host Your Personal Email
Check These Benchmarks When Picking Web Hosts
Shopping for a new web host can seem overwhelming, but there are a few benchmarks that hosts need to achieve before earning your business. It might seem trivial, especially if you want a shared hosting plan for free or very low cost, but your web host can speed up or slow down your site. They… Continue reading Check These Benchmarks When Picking Web Hosts
What Does Hosting have to do with SEO?
As the owner or manager of a website, should you focus on search engine optimization (SEO) first or finding the right web host? Both are equally important, but what many people don’t realize is that SEO and web hosting go hand in hand. The best practices for SEO are constantly evolving, and there are many… Continue reading What Does Hosting have to do with SEO?
4 Things Web Hosts Should Offer
Having a host who “only” offers hosting is like going to a restaurant that only serves one dish — and a bland one at that. A good web host should have a variety of offerings to make one stop shopping as easy as possible. However, perspective customers should still look around. Just because a company… Continue reading 4 Things Web Hosts Should Offer
The “Root” of the Problem
You might notice some web hosts offering you “root access”, but what does that even mean? In web hosting and server management, it’s critical that you (the one who actually operates the server) can get to the “root problems” as they pop up. Root access is the term used for having an administrator level for… Continue reading The “Root” of the Problem
What is Green Hosting?
These days everyone wants to be green, most probably including your host. In fact, “green hosting” is critical for many clients wanting more sustainability from the company hosting their website and content. A truly green web server works continuously to lower energy consumption. There are many ways to do this, starting with the data center… Continue reading What is Green Hosting?
5 Host Features To Be Wary Of
You’re often told what you need form a web host, but what about things you could really do without? Some shady web host companies prey on the fact that a lot of consumers don’t really know what they’re looking for. So how can you tell the difference between jargon and mumbo jumbo, and figure out… Continue reading 5 Host Features To Be Wary Of
The Real Cost of Web Hosting
As a savvy business/website owner, you’re always looking out for the best deals and ways to save. That’s a smart move, but at what cost? It’s very tempting when you see all those ads for free web hosting to just sign up and never think about it again. After all, isn’t all web hosting the… Continue reading The Real Cost of Web Hosting