Hosting Services for WordPress Websites
Hardly had I returned from Namibia, the next Ycademy Seminar for the month of May 2015 was upon us and, with it, the question “What’s New On YORGOO?” While the idea had been to focus on SEO and Internet Marketing – something I was really looking forward to and still am – experience in the early days and first website setups on the new YORGOO had shown that different people have different needs in terms of web hosting – so I wasn’t off the hook just yet! We’ve all heard the saying that “…your website is as good as your hosting…” and this has never been more true at this moment in time with so many security changes happening on the net right now, and not only those. So while YORGOO is a very safe and sophisticated web hosting provider where website owners and/or designers don’t deal with updates, cpanels, server maintenance, hacks and the like as all this is steered and taken care of from a central cockpit – and that I just LOVE! – there is still a lot of demand for web hosting outside of YORGOO. With that the Webinar focused on WHMCS and the various hosting services for WP websites that people might need.
Web Hosting Plans
As this article comes late… as you may have noticed… and the plan was to not take it further especially as the next Ycademy Seminar is just around the corner, the fact is that the issue is not yet off the table as we’re looking at – and comparing – a number of Web Hosting Plans before deciding on our own.
What I often find with customers who are relatively new to the Internet environment is that they mix up Domain Hosting and Web Hosting, and why one needs both?
So let’s first get that confusion out of the way. . . in a simple way:
If someone looks your website up on the Internet, they type your domain name into a browser – it’s like looking up something in a telephone book – in my case that would be http://wegotop.com. This domain name is instantly translated – by the domain name server – into an IP address, to which all the files and folders the corresponding website consists of are being sent so you can see my website via a domain name (not a complicated IP address) in your browser. Without a domain name you wouldn’t see my website in the browser.
Domain names are hosted on domain hosts and – for a professional individual setup with your own details in the WHOIS lookup as the correct owner – they do come at a cost. I usually pay U$12.95 per year per domain name – and it’s a worthwhile investment, especially if it’s about your name and/or your company name. Imagine someone else has the same name as you do – wouldn’t you want to make sure YOU own that name on the web? You’d better! It’s even one of my favourite gifts when a new baby is born: to buy it his or her own domain name. He or she will sure be grateful for that one day. . . as long as the parents then keep the annual payments going. Without that, this domain will be lost and possibly – or even probably – bought by the next person with that same name.
Of course, if you’re starting out with no money, you can setup a free WordPress blog – but you’re then part of the WP environment – eg. http://biancagubalke.wordpress.com. There’s nothing wrong with that, however, to be taken seriously and brand YOUR name – not WordPress – you need to absolutely buy your own domain name. Even WordPress offers that possibility – as a costly upgrade. So be informed before making those decisions… be prepared – there’s noone else to take responsibility for you and yourself!
Now that we’ve explained the domain name hosting, where does the web hosting come in?
As mentioned above, when you look up any particular website, consisting of files, folders and media as each website does, all this has to be hosted on a server – in other words, a Web Host. It’s a bit like the space you rent for your traditional business – just that this one is on the Internet. So the websites are hosted on a server or web host who knows how to read each website layout, the way it is constructed, how what should function (eg. interactivity) and how it should appear on the web. Without that, your site files, folders, images and videos cannot be seen.
While many Web Hosts also offer Domain name hosting, we prefer to keep them separate. Why? Mainly for safety and security reasons.
Just imagine: what we’re talking about here is ‘shared hosting’, meaning you share the hosting space on a server with other people. Lots of other people who all have websites, send out emails and have shops, forums, membership sites etc. If there’s one amongst these members who say… spams or whose website is hacked, this can affect everyone on the server. To protect the server itself and its members, this ‘black sheep’ may be kicked out by the server. But that may even be too late as once a virus gets active it can move from file to file to file… we’ve seen that a lot over the past years. A server can also go down. And in rare cases – and we’ve seen this happening ourselves – a server can be lost. This can be dramatic, of course, as you lose all your work, but there are no guarantees on the Internet; we are all a little bit like pioneers. . . So as you’ll hardly find anyone to take the blame or the responsibility for what has happened, and you want to move fast to be back on the Internet highway again, rather be well prepared and protect yourself – for instance by not having your domain name and your website hosted on the same host. So if you lose something, you don’t lose all. I don’t want to scare you, however, these things do happen, they happened to me and many I know – but I never lost my domain names; at least that! Makes sense?
I actually wanted to talk about Hosting Packages. . . but as I often got the above question I thought I’d elaborate on that. . . and these are just some basics to help you understand. So watch out for my next post . . .