In this course you'll learn how to choose the perfect web host and web hosting account for your circumstances.
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Choosing a web-host is often a difficult, but important task for anyone starting an Internet-based business. It often seems confusing because there are many web-hosting accounts to choose from, and a huge number of features offered by each web-host. How can you decide?
This course will take you through everything in a step-by-step manner. You'll learn about the different types of web-hosting accounts and all the different features they offer, with full explanations of jargon along the way. :)
I've had web-hosting accounts since 1997, or 1996 if you include free webspace. I've had everything from free webspace to shared web-hosting accounts, to three dedicated servers running at the same time! I can help you choose the right type of web-hosting account with the right features at the right web-host!
After the introductions, we look at the different types of web-hosting account, from shared to reseller, to Virtual Private Servers, dedicated servers and cloud hosting.
We then look in detail at as many different web-hosting features as I could think of, and I try to explain what each feature is, what it does and how important it is likely to be in your choice of web-host.
In the next section, we consider which reviews of web-hosting we can use to help make a decision, and which are biased.
Finally, we look at common web-host problems and check to see if we can spot them before signing up with a web-host.
After taking this course you will know how to decide which web-hosting account is right for you and which features you'll want the account to have. You'll also know which reviews can help you decide whether or not to go with a particular web-host, and which problems to look for before signing up.
This course is aimed at beginners, but more experienced people may also find value in it.
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As this is a comprehensive beginner's course, we're starting at the very beginning with an explanation of what web-hosting is.
Why do you need a web-host? Wouldn't it be easier to host your files on your own computer? Perhaps not...
From free hosting (in 1996) to three dedicated servers at the same time, find out why I can help you choose a web-host based on experience.
Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 1!
There are only a few different types of web-hosting accounts. This lecture introduces them, then the other lectures in this section explain them in greater detail.
A detailed description of what a shared web-hosting account is, its advantages and disadvantages.
A detailed description of what a reseller web-hosting account is, its advantages and disadvantages.
A detailed description of what a VPS (Virtual Private Server) web-hosting account is, its advantages and disadvantages.
A detailed description of what a dedicated web-hosting account is, its advantages and disadvantages.
A detailed description of what a cloud web-hosting account is, its advantages and disadvantages.
If you have special hosting requirements, it may help you decide on which type of hosting account you require.
A summary of the different web-hosting account options.
Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 2
An introduction to this section which comprehensively describes the various different web-hosting features.
The importance of price as an element in choosing a web-host, including potentially hidden costs.
What money-back guarantee or refund policy does your web-host offer, and is it important?
Information about the amount of web-space a web-host will offer you, from a set amount to "unlimited", but what does "unlimited" really mean?
Bandwidth doesn't mean what most people think it means. What does it really mean, and how does that affect choosing a web-host?
It's easy to calculate your data transfer requirements. In this lecture we do just that!
Databases are important for almost all websites with functionality. In this lecture we explore what they, and what they do.
Does a potential web-host limit the number of domain names you can host with them? What about the number of sub-domains?
Not all web-hosts are mail-hosts. What does that mean? Find out in this lecture.
Auto-installers are wonderful tools that help you save time installing and configuring complex pieces of software. Does your potential web-host offer them?
Most stats packages offered by web-hosts can be beaten by a free services. What is it? This lecture explains.
What website management tools do potential web-hosts offer? Which is most common, and why should you probably use it?
Managing your web-host account shouldn't be a hassle. How can you find out what a potential web-host offers by way of account management before signing up? Find out in this lecture.
How many options are available to contact a potential web-host with a support issue? How many should there be?
Does a web-host offer to back-up your website data? What should you know about their offer?
What percentage of uptime guarantee should you look for? What happens if the web-host fails to meet the guaranteed uptime?
Does a web-host offer FTP access to their web-servers? What about secure FTP?
When do you need a Windows server instead of a Linux one? Which is more common, and why?
Will your web-hosting account be instantly set up? If not, how long will it take?
Who will be responsible for installing server patches, fixes and updates? Who will pay for it?
Does the geographical location of the web-host's servers matter? If so, what can you do about it?
Who is responsible for the security of your web-server... you, or the web-host? It may not be as clear-cut as you think.
Are you interested in a web-host's eco-friendly credentials? What's the potential drawback of an eco-friendly web-host?
If a web-server loses power, all the websites it hosts will go offline. What should a web-host provide to prevent your websites going offline due to a loss of power?
Sometimes web-hosts offer inducements (freebies) to get you to sign up. Should you ignore them, or not?
Sometimes web-hosts list a few features too many! So which features on their lists are "pointless", and can be disregarded?
A summary of the multitude of web-hosting features described in this section.
Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 3!
Web-host reviews can be important, but it's vital to know which ones to trust and which ones to ignore. This section will explain how to differentiate between the two.
Which reviews can you absolutely trust? There aren't many sources of 100% trustworthy reviews.
Unlike the number of trusted sources, there are many sources of biased reviews. This lecture explains the common sources of fake reviews.
How long should a review be valid before it's considered to be "outdated"? This lecture discusses the issue.
This lecture offers a different way to use testimonials posted to a web-host's website.
A summary of the issues surrounding the use of third party reviews when choosing a web-host.
Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 4!
This section looks as common web-hosting problems, with a view to identifying them before joining a web-host, if possible.
How can you identify a web-host whose web-servers are slow before joining them? This lecture provides some possibilities.
This lecture walks you through how to find a website hosted at a specific web-host so that you can monitor the performance of the website, and, by extension, that of the web-host.
Downtime isn't always an uncommon event that lasts for hours. What can you do about short, frequent downtime?
Poor technical support is a common complaint about web-hosts. Is there anything you can do about it?
If your websites are hosted on a server with a bad reputation, they can be filtered out. How can you prevent that situation from happening?
Which fees are hidden in a web-host's "Terms of Service", and what does it say about the web-host?
Will a web-host "throttle" your website traffic with no warning? Hopefully not, if you've watched this lecture!
Does a particular web-host over-step the line when it comes to marketing to you?
Should you accept a long tie-in to get the best web-hosting price? Perhaps not.
What happens when your web-host is bought by another company? Will it mean a deterioration in service?
A summary of what getting a great web-host really means, and how to achieve it.
Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 5
This lecture recaps what was taught in the course, what students should now be able to do having taken the course, and recommends the next steps to take.
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Since selling his first ebook online in 1997, Neil has enjoyed helping online entrepreneurs by producing simple, "how to" guides and products covering almost every facet of "Internet marketing" from Adsense and Wordpress to Info-publishing and SEO.
As a former scientist with a Ph.D. in breast cancer research, Neil's expertise is in distilling complex problems into workable solutions. Whether you're brand new to Internet marketing or are successfully generating income and profits online, let's work together to boost your Internet success!