Create a Client Network by Hosting WordPress Sites

Reduce cost by building your own servers, automate daily backups, and make monthly income from clients.
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

So you want to learn how to host your own WordPress sites? You're in the right place! This course will teach you not only how to host your own sites (to save money), but also how you can make recurring money by hosting client sites.

Think of this course as a Do-It-Yourself guide to learning proven techniques that will allow you to easily set up a server yourself and make recurring monthly income from hosting websites. Say goodbye to paying a high price for an all-inclusive web hosting company or expensive hosting 1-click add ons.

Whether you've built a VPS server before or you're looking to offer your clients web hosting, there will be plenty to learn from this course. Each lesson has a worksheet with the links and commands discussed in the corresponding video.

We'll cover a lot in this course, from comparing a Virtual Private Server against the commonly used shared hosting, purchasing a VPS, using the command line on both Mac and Windows, installing the server packages you'll need and configuring them, and also installing the database and then the WordPress files.

We'll stress test your new server so you can have the confidence in what you're building and if you plan on selling hosting plans to clients, you'll have the confidence behind what you're offering. You can easily charge $30/mo per client for the value that you'll be able to offer after taking this course.

I'll show you how to host multiple sites on the same server that you're already getting an incredible deal on, which further increases your profit margin.

Automation helps build processes that every business needs to succeed, and it also makes a team of 1 feel like so much more. I'll show you how to set up automated daily back ups of your database and as a bonus, I've developed an exclusive command line script that takes everything you'll learn and automates building a server for you. In about a minute you can go from a fresh server to the standard Hello World! blog post you get with a WordPress installation.

I look forward to teaching you how you can make money hosting WordPress sites!

What are the requirements?

  • Students should understand that this course will be face-paced screencasts of the process, where I explain what we're doing and why.
  • This course is for students with a Mac (or Linux-based) or Windows machine. Students with a Mac should have the Terminal app (or similar) installed. Windows students will need puTTY. Both of which we will cover in the Getting Started steps.
  • You should come prepared to spend a few dollars on a new VPS hosting plan; in this course I use RamNode. This course does not cover or test other providers, and although the material and scripts should work on other hosts, to learn the material successfully, and follow through the steps exactly, it's required you follow along using this provider. Once you've learned the material successfully, you should be able to take this knowledge and apply it with only minor modifications based on how the hosting provider works - if any differently.
  • You should own at least 1 domain, through GoDaddy, for example. We'll use the top-level or a sub-domain for the course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what a Virtual Private Server (VPS) is and why it's better than shared hosting
  • Save money by learning how to host websites on a Linux-based VPS manually, versus paying extra for CPanel or using expensive one-click hosting providers
  • Specifically, learn how to set up multiple WordPress sites per server using the command line, on Ubuntu Linux and Nginx
  • Build a non-cloud VPS from scratch to host multiple sites
  • Learn how to automate cheap database backups with Amazon S3
  • $$ Make money by using these skills to run a web hosting company
  • $$ Make consistent monthly income by having your clients host with your low-overhead hosting business
  • Go faster with the automated installation script of everything you will learn in this course

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for students with an intermediate knowledge of web technologies. Students should have some knowledge of the command line and basic commands such as chmod, chown, cd, and what sudo is. Students should also understand what a database is and administration tools like phpMyAdmin, and have a basic knowledge of web servers such as Apache and Nginx.
  • Although this course is focused on students with some technical know-how on a Linux-based environment, students who have a will to learn can pick up things quickly.
  • This course is not designed for those who have never set up a database, don't understand the concepts behind what a web server does or have never used the command line.
  • This course is designed for you to come prepared with the basic knowledge of Linux, WordPress, MySQL, phpMyAdmin and how they are used.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Section 1: Introduction

Welcome and thank you for taking this course! I'm excited to teach you these proven techniques that I use on my servers. We've got a lot to cover!


3 Main Types of Servers

  • Shared - You typically get something like this free with the purchase of a domain. There are different tiers, but even the premium shared hosting is more or less better of a bad type of hosting.
  • VPS (Virtual Private Server) - Pricing can be very comparable to shared hosting and that's because there's nothing fancy about it. It's a manual process, but that's what this course is going to cover - building your VPS. VPS shares hardware resources with others leasing the same server, but you're guaranteed the CPU and RAM you've paid for, so your site has consistent performance. Heavy usage of someone else's VPS on the same server will not affect your server or site. Also, you can add anything you'd like on a VPS, where shared hosting is very limited in what you can do or settings you can change.
  • Dedicated - Similar to VPS, although instead the whole physical server is leased.

Windows doesn't have a terminal by default like a Mac computer does. I'll cover how to get on the same playing ground on a Windows machine by using puTTY and Super puTTY (saved sessions, multiple windows). Then I'll cover connecting to a VPS on a Mac and show you a way to keep shortcuts to your VPSes, using a tool that you can download on your Mac.

Section 2: Getting Started

There are a lot of VPS hosting providers out there. I haven't been able to find any that beat RamNode's price and once you find a host you like, you tend to stay with them. RamNode has some unique differences from other SSD VPS hosting providers, such as you are the root user (makes things easier) and you can install Windows on a KVM VPS - the cheapest Windows VPS you can find as long as you have a Windows license already.


We're going to first change our root password to something that we can remember.

We'll SFTP into our server with Transmit for Mac and FlashFXP for Windows - FlashFXP is cool because it's like Transmit where it'll upload to the server when you've saved the file you're editing.


We're going to remove Apache that comes installed by default, and we're installing other packages that we'll need, including Nginx as our new web server (to replace Apache).

Section 3: Building

The base configuration files that we'll use for the vhost....using Nginx over Apache because it has easier syntax for the configurations and it can handle more requests compared to Apache on a server with the same specs. Set up virtual host.


We'll install the database server and GUI administration tool. localhost vhost.


Now that you've got all of your dependencies and a blank database setup, we can let WordPress do its installation.


Use some free services to stress test your server. This gives you the confidence that what you've done is a great solution. Keep RAM and CPU around X.

Uptime with Pingdom
Section 4: Make Money

All of the skills you've learned can transfer to save yourself money or to make extra income selling to your clients in multiple ways - including hosting their site after you've built it, or focus just on hosting by itself. We'll cover how you can take these skills and use them in a profitable hosting business where you can build monthly income with minimal effort.


Now that you've done the hard work of the initial setup, adding sites is a simple few steps.


Whether you're selling hosting to clients or hosting your own sites, you'll want backups just in case something goes wrong. This will show you how to automate this task every day. I keep 3 weeks to a months worth of backups on S3 and it takes up so little space that I haven't paid anything since I started doing this a year ago.

Section 5: BONUS!!

We used s3cmd for the daily backup script and we can use it to save our configurations, because as your business grows, you'll need more servers - you can transport the scripts easily between servers.


As you're building your server, it's great to practice your skills. You can do that by wiping your server clean, but be warned, it erases everything you've done!


This script isn't guaranteed and will most likely have updates to improve usability. It's OK for you to use, but you cannot give it away and definitely cannot sell it. I'm going to go through the process twice and show you how you can test this for yourself as many times as you'd like to get comfortable. The video will also not be cut or sped up, that way you can see how long it literally takes to setup a site with this method!

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Instructor Biography

TJ Nevis, Creator of Quality Tech Courses

TJ Nevis has found an interest in web technologies for over 15 years. In 2013, he started his own company, Nevis Technology, to be able to work on a broad scope of different applications. He currently works on a wide range of projects including maintaining custom legacy systems, creating custom WordPress solutions and WordPress plugins, and creating custom dashboards and APIs with AngularJS and NodeJS. TJ keeps up to date with the fast paced changes, new techniques, and evolving technologies in his web development business.

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