Web Hosting Essentials: Right Web Host + Web Hosting Account
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Choose the right web host, web hosting account and web hosting features! [webhost introduction]
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the different types of web-hosting accounts.
  • Decide which type of web-hosting account is right for them based on their circumstances.
  • Understand the different web-hosting features.
  • Decide which type of web-hosting features they need based on their circumstances.
  • Understand which reviews to consider, and which to reject as fake or biased.
  • Know the common types of web-hosting problems, and which can be identified before signing up with a web-host.
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  • No prior knowledge is required. Beginners are welcome. All jargon is explained and I'll answer any questions posted in the discussion area.

In this course you'll learn how to choose the perfect web host and web hosting account for your circumstances.

[last update: 1st March 2016]

"I have also decided to upgrade my hosting package choice due to several things Neil pointed out." (5-stars, Crystal Whiting, Feb 2016)

"I have never seen a hosting presentation better then this one." (5-stars, Anthony DeCurtis, Feb 2016)

"The instructor makes all the lectures clear and concise. Thanks Neil for another fantastic course." (5-stars, David Mackay, Jan 2016)

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is FOR... anyone wanting to choose a web-host and web-hosting account, but is unsure which account, feature or host is right for them
  • This course is NOT FOR... anyone who is comfortable with web-hosting and the jargon of the industry. This course does not explain how to use web-hosting, only how to choose a web-host.
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66 Lectures
Web Hosting Essentials: Introduction And Orientation
7 Lectures 22:51

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Preview 04:42

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Preview 04:53

My Udemy courses are going to form a complete guide to starting, growing and running an online business successfully. This lecture explains how the first few courses fit into the overall plan.

How My Other Udemy Courses Relate To This One

This lecture introduces the course and explains what you'll learn from it.

What You'll Learn From This Course

If you need help while taking this course, you'll find how to get it in this lecture.

How To Get Help

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How To Leave a Review

This lecture describes our policy regarding affiliate links within our courses.

Affiliate Link Policy
What Is Web Hosting?
3 Lectures 06:54

As this is a comprehensive beginner's course, we're starting at the very beginning with an explanation of what web-hosting is.

Preview 00:48

Why do you need a web-host? Wouldn't it be easier to host your files on your own computer? Perhaps not...

Why Do You Need A Web-Host?

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.

My Web-Hosting Experience Since 1997

Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 1!

Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 1!
4 questions
Choosing A Web-Host: Account Types
8 Lectures 20:58

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.

Preview 02:44

A detailed description of what a shared web-hosting account is, its advantages and disadvantages.

What Is A Shared Web Hosting Account?

A detailed description of what a reseller web-hosting account is, its advantages and disadvantages.

What Is A Reseller Hosting Account?

A detailed description of what a VPS (Virtual Private Server) web-hosting account is, its advantages and disadvantages.

What Is A Virtual Private Server Hosting Account?

A detailed description of what a dedicated web-hosting account is, its advantages and disadvantages.

What Is A Dedicated Server Hosting Account?

A detailed description of what a cloud web-hosting account is, its advantages and disadvantages.

What Is A Cloud Hosting Account?

If you have special hosting requirements, it may help you decide on which type of hosting account you require.

Do You Have Special Hosting Requirements?

A summary of the different web-hosting account options.

Web-Hosting Accounts Summary

Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 2

Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 2!
8 questions
Choosing A Web-Host: Features
27 Lectures 53:57

An introduction to this section which comprehensively describes the various different web-hosting features.

Preview 01:34

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?

Money-Back Guarantee And Refund Policy

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?

Bandwidth (Data Transfer)

It's easy to calculate your data transfer requirements. In this lecture we do just that!

Calculating Your Data Transfer Requirements

Databases are important for almost all websites with functionality. In this lecture we explore what they, and what they do.

What Are Databases, And What Do 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?

How Many Domains And Sub-Domain?

Not all web-hosts are mail-hosts. What does that mean? Find out in this lecture.

Email At YourDomain.com

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.

Stats Packages

What website management tools do potential web-hosts offer? Which is most common, and why should you probably use it?

Website Management

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.

Account Management And Billing

How many options are available to contact a potential web-host with a support issue? How many should there be?

Support: Is Anyone There?

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?

Uptime Guarantee

Does a web-host offer FTP access to their web-servers? What about secure FTP?

FTP Access

When do you need a Windows server instead of a Linux one? Which is more common, and why?

Windows Or Unix Server

Will your web-hosting account be instantly set up? If not, how long will it take?

Setup Time

Who will be responsible for installing server patches, fixes and updates? Who will pay for it?

Managed vs Unmanaged

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?

Pointless Features!

A summary of the multitude of web-hosting features described in this section.

Web-Hosting Features Summary

Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 3!

Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 3!
12 questions
Choosing A Web-Host: Reviews
6 Lectures 05:30

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.

Preview 00:58

Which reviews can you absolutely trust? There aren't many sources of 100% trustworthy reviews.

Trusted Reviews

Unlike the number of trusted sources, there are many sources of biased reviews. This lecture explains the common sources of fake reviews.

Fake Reviews

How long should a review be valid before it's considered to be "outdated"? This lecture discusses the issue.

Outdated Reviews

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.

Web-Host Reviews Summary

Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 4!

Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 4!
5 questions
Choosing A Web-Host: Common Problems
12 Lectures 16:47

This section looks as common web-hosting problems, with a view to identifying them before joining a web-host, if possible.

Preview 00:50

How can you identify a web-host whose web-servers are slow before joining them? This lecture provides some possibilities.

Slow Websites

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.

Exercise: Finding An Example Website

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?

Tech Support

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?

Bad Neighbourhood

Which fees are hidden in a web-host's "Terms of Service", and what does it say about the web-host?

Hidden Fees

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?

Upsell Offers

Should you accept a long tie-in to get the best web-hosting price? Perhaps not.

Lengthy Tie-Ins

What happens when your web-host is bought by another company? Will it mean a deterioration in service?

Host Churn

A summary of what getting a great web-host really means, and how to achieve it.

Common Web-Hosting Problems Summary

Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 5

Wicked Web-Hosting Quiz Number 5
4 questions
Choosing A Web-Host: Next Steps!
3 Lectures 06:17

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.

Course Recap And Next Steps

Links to discounted and free courses by Neil and Linda.

Bonus Lecture!

3 pages
About the Instructor
Neil and Linda Shearing
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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!