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When it comes to finding the perfect kind of hosting for your WordPress site you’re going to have a lot of different options at your disposal. The most likely starting point is going to be shared hosting, but once you’ve outgrown what shared hosting can offer your website, you’re going to have to make a decision about what to do next.
After shared hosting plans, the most common next choice is WordPress VPS hosting, especially for those who are running WordPress websites.
This form of web hosting sits nicely between beginner-oriented shared hosting and a more advanced dedicated server.
Below we explore what WordPress VPS hosting is, along with its benefits and drawbacks, so you can decide if this style of hosting is going to be the right fit for your new website.
What is WordPress VPS Hosting?
First, we’ll start with what VPS hosting actually is. VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It operates similar to a dedicated server, but instead of having a single physical server that you pull resources from, you’re pulling server resources from multiple physical servers, which are then linked together to create a single virtual dedicated server.
VPS hosting and shared hosting are similar in some ways. However, with shared hosting, you’re sharing a physical server with dozens or even hundreds of other websites. So, if one website is consuming resources outside of their limit, then there’s a chance this could affect other websites on the same server.
With VPS hosting you’re pulling resources from a number of different physical servers, so your server resources and other features are completely guaranteed. Plus, there are additional features in place that make your server environment completely private.
Essentially, VPS hosting plans act as a combination of shared hosting and dedicated hosting. It gives you much greater control over your site, while still being able to keep your hosting costs low.
With WordPress VPS hosting the same principles above are still in effect. However, instead of a general VPS server, every site using the service will be a WordPress site. This means that the server environment will be fully optimized for WordPress hosting.
This can help to ensure even greater levels of performance and security with your web hosting services. Plus, your hosting team will be much more knowledgeable about any issues surrounding your WordPress site.
If you’re a WordPress site owner who’s outgrown shared hosting, but don’t have the budget or traffic volume to justify a dedicated server, then WordPress VPS could be the perfect solution for your needs.
The Benefits of WordPress VPS Hosting
WordPress VPS hosting could be the hosting solution you’ve been looking for. Here are some of the biggest benefits your site will receive when upgrading to WordPress VPS hosting:
1. Improved Speed and Performance
Having a slow loading website will be incredibly detrimental to your success. Not only will you be providing a poor user experience, but you’ll also rank lower in the search engines as a result. Upgrading to WordPress VPS web hosting services is one of the best ways to speed up your website.
Put simply, slow performance will negatively impact your bottom line.
If you’re upgrading to VPS hosting one of the first things you’ll notice is the improved performance. Since you have resources that are completely dedicated to your site you’ll be able to easily meet your existing and growing levels of traffic.
Plus, with VPS hosting you can easily upgrade your server resources. So, if you know you’re going to be experiencing a month with higher traffic volume you can simply add more server resources. Or, if your site is experiencing long-term growth, you can quickly scale your server resources to meet your changing needs.
2. Higher Levels of Security
If you want to secure your website from hackers,then you can rest easy knowing that your WordPress VPS hosting will be incredibly secure.
In VPS hosting, each hosting account utilizes a hypervisor. This software helps to divvy up server resources and prevents any crossover or leaking of resources between the two. This helps to add a layer of additional protection for your virtual server.
Plus, since only WordPress sites will be using the VPS server additional security protocols can be put in place to elevate security levels even further.
3. Very Affordable, Considering the Feature Set
Considering everything that you’re getting with a VPS server, the price is surprisingly affordable. Of course, this price will grow with the more resources that are required by your site, but hopefully, by that point, you’ll be able to easily justify server costs.
Compared to the levels of performance and security that you were getting with shared hosting, VPS hosting is almost a steal.
4. Greater Levels of Server Customization and Control
With shared hosting, you’re limited by the initial configuration options that the hosting company provides for you. If you require a more unique hosting setup, or you want greater server access, then WordPress VPS is worth checking out.
Some WordPress VPS hosts may even offer managed services, which essentially means they take care of all the technical server tasks, so your time is freed up to focus on growing your website.
The Drawbacks of WordPress VPS Hosting
Still, VPS hosting isn’t perfect for every kind of website owner. In some cases, dedicated, shared, or even cloud hosting might be a better fit. Here are some of the most common drawbacks to WordPress VPS hosting:
1. Comparatively More Expensive than Shared Hosting
If you’ve been stretching your finances to pay for shared hosting, then you might not be ready for VPS hosting just yet. There are cheaper VPS plans available, but almost all of them will be more expensive than a beginner shared hosting plan.
However, when comparing the costs of VPS hosting vs. dedicated hosting, it’s incredibly cheap. Especially considering that the server environment you’re getting operates in a similar fashion to a dedicated server.
2. Issues With Resource Allocation
Proper resource allocation will help to ensure that your site has access to the resources it needs to function properly. However, since VPS hosting relies upon allocation technologies to create your virtualized server it might not always function properly. This will usually only be an issue if you’re using a low-quality hosting provider, but it’s worth mentioning nonetheless.
When considering a WordPress VPS host, make sure you do your research, check out user reviews, and see how long the hosting company has been in business. This is one reason you shouldn’t make your hosting decision based upon price alone. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
When Should I Consider Upgrading to WordPress VPS Hosting?
If this is your first time building a WordPress website, then you may not need WordPress VPS hosting. If you’re just getting started online, a shared hosting plan will offer you more than enough to build a website, launch it, and grow it through the initial stages.
However, once your website is out of the initial growth stages and you’re receiving considerable traffic, then it’s time to start thinking about WordPress VPS.
If you’re experiencing any of the following issues, then WordPress VPS might be the perfect solution:
Your website is slow. If you’ve done everything in your power to speed up WordPress, but it still performs poorly, then you’re probably maxing out with your current level of hosting. You’ve been experiencing security issues. If the frequency of website attacks is increasing, this could be a good thing as this might mean your site is becoming more popular. But, you’ll want to harden your security by upgrading your hosting package. Your traffic levels are growing steadily. If you’re not experiencing any performance issues, but your site is steadily growing, then you might want to prepare for the future, and upgrade your hosting before it becomes an issue.
Beyond the issues explained above, there are other ideal circumstances that require VPS hosting as well. If any of the following sounds like you, then consider moving to WordPress VPS hosting:
Your website isn’t experiencing massive amounts of traffic, but you’re steadily growing and could easily eclipse the shared hosting limits in the coming months.You have a high traffic website, and you want to bolster your levels of security or like having the ability to scale your site’s server resources. You’re planning a marketing initiative that’s going to result in a high volume of visitors coming back to your website. You have multiple websites (or are launching more) and you want them all under a single high-performance hosting plan.
How WordPress VPS Differs From Shared Hosting
With shared hosting, you’re sharing a physical server with potentially hundreds of other websites. Shared hosting is the most common form of hosting and a great choice for most website owners. With shared hosting, you won’t have the level of server resources provided by a VPS server, but the resources provided are more than enough to help you get your site off the ground.
VPS hosting does operate in a similar fashion to shared hosting, in that you’re still sharing a physical server environment. However, you have access to a greater level of server resources, and your server will operate like it’s own dedicated server. Meaning you won’t experience any negative unintended consequences of sharing a physical server.
Shared hosting is a great place to start, but once you’ve hit its limits, WordPress VPS is often the most logical next step.
How WordPress VPS Differs From Dedicated Hosting
With dedicated hosting, you have an entire physical server all to yourself. It’s one of the more expensive forms of hosting but it can provide you with very high levels of performance, security, and it gives you the ability to run a very custom server setup.
Depending on your hosting provider, a dedicated server might require that you have your own technical team to maintain the server, and assist with configuration and maintenance.
If you have a very large website that receives a ton of traffic, and you have a large budget, then dedicated WordPress hosting might be worth considering. However, if you don’t quite have the budget for a dedicated server, then VPS WordPress hosting can greatly benefit your site in the meantime.
How WordPress VPS Differs From Cloud Hosting
Cloud hosting is a relatively new form of hosting, and it operates in a very similar fashion to VPS hosting. When comparing cloud hosting vs. VSP hosting, cloud hosting allows you to utilize a network of servers that are grouped together into a server cluster.
This provides you with stellar levels of reliability and scalability. If a server on the network is experiencing issues you’ll be automatically switched to another server. The same goes for scaling your traffic. If you need more resources, then more servers will be added to the network.
Cloud hosting is great for high traffic volume websites, or those that have big traffic swings from month to month. However, you’re better off sticking with VPS hosting if you receive a moderate to high volume of steady traffic from month to month.
Closing Thoughts: Is WordPress VPS Right For Me?
The form of hosting you choose can make or break the success of your site. When site performance starts to lag you’re not only negatively influencing the user experience, but potentially your profits as well.
When compared to basic shared hosting, WordPress VPS hosting will give you access to greater levels of server resources, while providing you with improved security, and more customization options.
Overall, WordPress VPS operates similar to a dedicated server, but it does so in a virtualized environment. All at a fraction of the cost of what dedicated server hosting will cost you.
Finally, we have cloud hosting plans. VPS and cloud hosting are essentially cousins and operate in a similar fashion. Cloud hosting can be a solid choice if you have variable monthly traffic levels, while WordPress VPS will effectively serve any site with a steady medium to high monthly traffic numbers.
Hopefully, you have a deeper understanding of WordPress VPS hosting, and how it stacks up to the other forms of hosting out there on the market, so you can make the best decision that’ll effectively move your site towards a successful future.
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Some of the many questions that arise when building a website for a non-profit revolve around WordPress and WordPress Hosting. As a non-profit, there are many limiting factors that come into play when answering these questions. How much money will it cost, will there be support if or when needed, what is the best hosting plan that will not break the bank?
Rather than hiring a website developer, many nonprofits are beginning to build their own websites.
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Should you pay for separate email hosting for your business? There seem to be a lot of opinions on the topic. Some people swear you have to keep your email host separate from your web host. Others say it’s better to keep things together. We’re of the latter opinion.
In this blog post, we’re going to go over the difference between email hosting and web hosting and why we think it’s best to keep it all in one place.
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When you’re building an affiliate marketing revenue stream, you want your site to rank well in search results, display your affiliate content in an appealing way, and encourage your visitors to click those affiliate links.
A well-built WordPress theme can help you meet these affiliate marketing goals, and you don’t have to spend a lot to get one.
Best Free WordPress Themes for Affiliate Marketing
Here are half a dozen free WordPress themes that work for deal, review, and magazine-style affiliate marketing websites.
1. Advance Ecommerce Store
Advance Ecommerce Store from ThemeShopy is a good option if you feature affiliate deals, coupon codes, and/or products on your site.
The theme’s look is traditional e-commerce, so you can group your featured items into categories, share coupon codes at the top of the homepage, and display hot deals in the single-image slider above the fold. In the sidebar, you can set up your hottest deals or bestsellers, include testimonials, and display your latest posts.
Advance Ecommerce Store is SEO-friendly, fast-loading, and responsive. The free version lets you link up to four social media accounts. The paid version ($39) adds unlimited social media links, expanded customization options, WooCommerce compatibility, and third-party plugin support.
aReview from aThemes is built for affiliate marketers who write product and media reviews.
The theme’s auto-scrolling banner slider displays four featured images at a time on a laptop (one at a time on a phone) so it’s useful for sites that have a lot of content to display. Below the fold, a series of post excerpts and featured images includes buy now and read more buttons, while the adjacent sidebar (on laptop screens) lets visitors jump to top-reviewed products, social media, and more.
The built-in theme customizer tool makes it a snap to change aReview’s colors, front page, and page layouts to match your brand’s look. The customizer also lets you set up an optional review carousel. Google Fonts access is included, too—something many themes only offer in their paid version. Updates and bug fixes are included with the free version of aReview.
There’s no paid upgrade version of aReview, which is unusual, although aThemes does offer pro versions of some of its other themes.
Fastest from WPVKP helps your affiliate site get found in search results with schema markup and other SEO-friendly features. It’s also very lightweight to help your pages load fast so visitors will stick around and explore.
You can customize Fastest’s colors and background images and use the ad display tools to create banner and sidebar ads. Fastest’s design leads with an image grid header followed by recent posts, so it’s a good choice if you already have a lot of content for your site.
Like aReview, Fastest is available only as a free version with no paid upgrade option.
Juliet from Lyra Themes gives affiliate bloggers a beautiful platform that draws in visitors with its image-heavy design. It’s also mobile friendly, fast-loading, and WooCommerce compatible so you have the option to build your own store.
On a laptop, Juliet displays a full-width image header followed by a 4-column row of featured images from different blog categories. On smartphones, everything’s presented in a single column. The free version of Juliet gives you options for customizing logos, banner overlay colors, background colors and images, and other design elements.
Juliet Pro ($35 plus $8/month for support and updates) adds header, slider, and video display options. It also supports widgets like WP Instagram, MailChimp Subscription Form, and JetPack Social Media Sharing Icons to help you grow your audience through social media and email campaigns.
5. Lifestyle Magazine
Lifestyle Magazine from The Bootstrap Themes shows off your affiliate marketing site’s content with an image grid above the fold (single image on phones) so your visitors will find something to pique their interest as soon as they arrive.
It’s fast and SEO-friendly so you can get found more easily by shoppers who are searching for products and reviews, and it’s WooCommerce compatible so you can sell your own products easily.
The free version of Lifestyle Magazine comes with a single option for layout, header, and banner slider, but it also gives you drag-and-drop section editing tools, header image and banner options, and social media tools. The pro version ($49) gives you access to all Google Fonts, unlimited color choices, ad management and ad-blocker bypass tools, and more options for your layout, header, and slider.
ReviewZine from ThemeIsle is designed to be easy for non-technical site owners to use, customize, and display AdSense ads without knowing how to code. The theme includes an options panel where you can make changes to ReviewZine’s layout, colors, social media links, and your logo quickly and easily.
On a laptop, ReviewZine displays a header logo and banner ad, a three-image slider banner with featured images and post headlines, a column with your latest news, and a sidebar with recent posts and room for ads. On a smartphone, ReviewZine’s slider features a single image and headline, followed by a single column of posts and news.
ReviewZine’s banner slider is designed to earn you more affiliate conversions by displaying more of your review content to homepage visitors. This theme also includes a ratings chart template you can use to create and display detailed product reviews. There’s no paid upgrade version of ReviewZine, and you can also get ReviewZine’s parent theme, IsleMag, for free.
Picking Your WordPress Affiliate Marketing Theme
As you’re looking at possible themes, think about how they’ll work with your content. Check out the site demos the publishers offer and be sure to view the demos on more than one type of device. This is especially important if you know that most of your site traffic does or will come from mobile users, because there’s less “real estate” on a mobile homepage to wow new visitors, so you want to make sure your best content will show up and look good there.
Before you commit to a theme, download the ones you like best and try them out in live preview mode so you can see exactly what they’ll look like with your content. Once you make a decision and install your new theme, monitor your metrics for traffic, bounce rate, time spent on the site, and conversions to see if your theme is helping you grow your affiliate marketing business or if you need to make adjustments.
For more tips on growing your affiliate sales, check out our blogs on the essential tools for affiliate marketers and the best WordPress plugins for affiliate marketing.
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What’s Essential? That’s our entry-level dedicated hosting tier. It’s the most affordable dedicated hosting option we have.
But some of you may still be wondering what dedicated gives you that VPS or cloud simply don’t.
Shopping Around For Dedicated Hosting
Have you shopped for a new TV? You walk out onto the main floor and you’re bombarded with all the flashing screens.
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If you’re trying to launch your first website, you’re probably dealing with information overload. There are these things called domains you need to buy, web hosting services, website builders, and then HTML, CSS, and other coding languages are woven into this double helix of jargon that’s constantly evolving.
If you’re a bit confused, worry not. In this guide we’re going to:
Break down the differences between web hosting vs. website builder Explain the benefits of each Show you how to get started
What is Web Hosting?
When you rent a home, you’re paying for a piece of real estate to live in. Usually you fill this home with your own furniture and memorabilia, making it feel like your own.
Web hosting follows the same principle, except you’re paying for a home in what is called a “server,” where the data, content, and the information of your website will live. In order for you to claim this piece of real estate on the internet, you must pay to have it hosted. The bigger the piece you want, or the bigger your website, the more you’re going to have to pay.
But, at the most fundamental level, web hosting offers a plot for people to build websites on. When it comes to the debate of “web hosting vs website builder,” a website builder would be useless if not for hosting services — how can you build if you don’t have land, or a server, to build on?
What is a Website Builder?
If you’ve ever wondered, “What is a website builder?” you can think of it this way: it’s a tool that allows beginners and experts alike to build a website, without needing to know code. The pre-coded platforms work by providing a large variety of website templates and themes to choose from, which can then be customized and tailored to your needs. These tools are built to be user-friendly and often come with tutorials and technical support seeing as they’re designed to complement the DIY (do it yourself) method.
Since website builders exist on servers that users can access anywhere they have internet, they are in a certain sense also hosting your website. The sites are hosted on these servers regardless of whether or not a website is finished or launched. By returning to the real estate metaphor, think of website builder hosting like owning some acreage and slowly building atop the land. Once the home is complete and you’re done building, it’ll still be “hosted” on that land.
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Types of Web Hosting
Web hosting is an umbrella term and it refers to the act of renting space on a server; there are more specific types that fall beneath it. To understand the differences between web hosting and a website builder, it’s important that we break it down. The four most common types of web hosting are:
Shared HostingVPS HostingDedicated HostingWebsite Builder Hosting
Shared hosting is like an apartment complex; multiple small businesses rent apartments and share the resources. It’s the most affordable and popular type of hosting available, and usually it’s the first type of hosting used by different companies and individuals as they launch their website. This type of hosting is perfect for people who have relatively small websites and have less custom or elaborate needs. There are often storage limitations and can be limited to one or a few websites that you own.
Dedicated hosting is more expensive, and rightfully so as it’s a personalized type of hosting. On a dedicated host, a company or individual has a server all to themselves. They don’t share any resources, nor do they allow for any third party to rent or squat on their space. This allows for a full customization of the server, a higher bandwidth for traffic, and better security. If you have a bigger business or a website that experiences high volumes of traffic, take a close look at dedicated hosting.
The acronym “VPS” stands for Virtual Private Server. Think of this type of hosting as a hybrid between dedicated and shared. This “combination” hosting is reflected in both its price-point and functionality. With VPS hosting you’ll still share a server, but each company or individual on it has their own dedicated piece. What does that mean for you? It allows for more traffic while experiencing less slowdowns, and a bit more flexibility regarding customization. If you’re a small business that’s seeing growth and venturing into the mid-sized business territory, VPS could be a great fit.
Website Builder Hosting
You can use a website builder with any of the hosting types discussed above. However, keep in mind that all Website Builders are in a sense hosts. Think of it this way: no matter if you’re a big business or a small business, you want a quick and easy way of creating a beautiful, functional website. That’s what Website Builder is for. But, if you are a business or organization that needs to accommodate high customer traffic and secure their information,you’d want to invest in a more advanced hosting option (like a Dedicated Server.) If you’re an individual or small business whose website doesn’t get a lot of traffic (yet) then you can use Website Builder to create your site and keep it “hosted” there as you build and grow. Check out Domain.com’s Website Builder — with every domain name purchase you receive a free, basic Website Builder that’s good for creating a 6-page website.
If you’re using Website Builder Hosting as your primary hosting then it’s a good idea to also look at options that provide more security and room for growth of your website.
A Comparison of Website Hosting and Website Builder
When comparing web hosting and a website builder, semantics play a major role in defining the two. Here are some points to use to compare these products:
Web hosting allows an individual or company to rent a space on a server, which will host all the data and information of their given website. This space can take many different forms and is often chosen based specifically on the needs and budgetary requirements of an individual or enterprise A website builder cannot host more than one website or act as a server for anything other than the website you’re building with it. It’s not designed as a hosting platform, it’s both a storage locker and construction ground for your website. Remember, “website builder hosting” is a bit misleading, what’s being hosted is the Website Builder software, not the website being created by the Website Builder.Web hosting is rented space or digital real estate, it’s not a service that allows you to build a website. If you purchased hosting and want to build your website with it, you’re putting the cart before the horse. Think of it this way: you need a website in order to host it. Some hosting packages will offer tools to build a website, but that’s an added feature and not a standard feature of web hosting.A website builder allows the user to actually create the website they’re going to host on a server. Website builders provide pre-coded and templatized “sections of websites” that you get to put together and customize to create your own website. Domain.com’s Website Builder offers drag and drop functionality, making it a breeze to use.
At its core, the main difference is that web hosting is a piece of land, while a website builder is what allows the construction to happen atop that land.
A Website Builder Explained
As we mentioned, a website builder is a software platform used to build a website. Engineered for both experts and beginners alike, they are usually offered alongside a hosting platform to create an all-inclusive package. There are two types of website builders:
An online website builder – the website builder is hosted on the same server as the website and can be accessed anywhere there’s internet. This means that the user will never have to download or install software and can access their “build” — at any stage — so long as they have a healthy internet connection. These are more common than the following type.An offline website builder – typically thought to be geared more towards users with technical knowhow, an offline website builder is exactly as it sounds; a platform that works offline. This means the user will have to download the software and save the files locally, then upload them onto a server once they want to launch the website
If you choose to use a website builder hosting package that doesn’t mean that you’re bound to that specific hosting plan once your website has been built.
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What Should I Expect (And Want) from a Website Builder?
A quality website builder provides all the tools you need to build, maintain, and expand upon a website. A few common things to expect are:
Variety of Templates
The allure of using a website builder is that it’s pre-coded. This means that someone with zero knowledge of coding can utilize the user interface to create their own website. This is done by way of templates. Each website builder will have their own catalogue of templates which are pre-coded, designed, and color coordinated. Once selected, these templates can be customized to fit a brand or personality.
A good Website Builder will have an image editor, “drag and drop” functionality, and customizable templates. The functionality of a website builder should be easy to use and versatile.
It’s no secret that people are just as likely to visit your website on their mobile device as they are on their computer. Today, mobile formatting is not only important for websites, it’s an imperative. If the website builder that you’re considering doesn’t format for mobile, run away. You can’t risk losing customers because a website doesn’t load properly on their mobile device.
User-Friendly Interface & Technical Support
Website builders are designed to be user-friendly, allowing even the most computer illiterate of us to easily create a site. To that end, every website builder should be backed by a reputable and diligent technical customer support team. If anything in the website happens to break, or if certain pieces aren’t fitting together, then a good provider would offer customer support to troubleshoot the problem.
Analytics Tools & SEO
Analytics and SEO (search engine optimization) are now utilized by every successful website, so you should expect your website builder to offer some form of both. This can mean offering a flawless integration of Google Analytics, or even some ground level keyword generation for SEO. These types of tools will allow a user to understand how well they’ve positioned themselves on the internet, what they’re doing wrong, and where to improve.
When it comes to spelling out the differences between web hosting and a website builder, it’s best to separate them entirely. Some key takeaways:
Web hosting hosts both websites and website builders but by its definition is incapable of building a website.A website builder does not host a website so that consumers can access on the internet. Rather, it hosts the tools and pieces needed to create that website, allowing the user to build.Both web hosting and website builders work best in packages, where a website builder is utilized to create a website, then the website is hosted through the same bundle
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I Understand Now, How Do I Get Started?
Now that you understand there is no choosing one or the other, rather it’s about working to integrate both web hosting and a website builder, how do you get started?
First, you need a domain name. Your domain name is going to be the name of your website, which should hopefully align with your brand or company. From there, you can choose what type of hosting and website builder package you want.
If you’re still confused about all the options or have any questions regarding domains, hosting services, and website builders, then feel free to reach out to the experts at Domain.com and they’ll provide the answers you’re looking for. You don’t need to be an expert coder to create a fantastic website, you just need a solid website builder and a decent web hosting plan.
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The single page website or, as we call it, the QuickStarter design, is becoming more popular and commonplace on the internet. These simple sites are used by small businesses, entrepreneurs, bands, and many others. A single page site conveys all of your information in one easy to read scrolling format. This is beneficial for many reasons, and we want to show them to you.
Benefits of a Quickstarter Design
The biggest users of the Quickstarter design are small businesses and entrepreneurs.
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In our digital age, cybersecurity has become an important part of our online presence. As of late, it’s been highly visible in the news due to data breaches, emerging threats, and the advent of changing policies. The aftermath of these incidents has left many organizations and individuals wary of who they trust with their data.
But what can you do to mitigate security threats to your website?
Understanding what cybersecurity is and how it applies to your business can be a daunting task on its own that is why it is important to work with a hosting partner.
I work with our top enterprise clients on a day to day basis and I help them understand how important it is to protect their site against threats, whether it be a simple WordPress Brute Force attack, or threats affecting core parts of critical business infrastructure. I always find myself giving our customers the same advice, so I wanted to share my top 3 recommendations you can take to help safeguard your business.
Be on the lookout for security threats
Train your employees what to look for
Let’s dive into how each helps protect your business from security threats.
1. Be On the Lookout for Security Threats
In order to understand what security risks could affect you, we need to know what threats lurk on the horizon. Attackers are constantly evolving their methods and strategies to produce the greatest amount of potential harm as possible.
Our team at Liquid Web is constantly on the lookout for threats old and new. A common trend has been the use of enticing emails to trick users into visiting sites or downloading hidden content for the purposes of cryptocurrency mining (especially for bitcoins) or ransomware.
Pro Tip: Always be on the lookout for new types of threats and monitor your industry’s news. Talk to others in your organization and market and ask them what they’re seeing. Conversely, share information with your peers. Security is a team effort across employees, teams, organizations, and industries.
2. Develop Your Countermeasures
Once we identify something that has the potential to cause harm, we start reviewing what risk factors are involved to understand how and where the risk applies.
We can then proactively develop countermeasures based on risk assessment, whether that’s firewall rules, configuration adjustments, or ensuring patches are available (just to name a few.) Afterward, we’ll continue to monitor to see how the countermeasures are performing against the threat, making any changes as needed to ensure continued effectiveness in the long term.
Liquid Web provides firewall protection for all of our clients along with our legendary 24/7/365 support to help mitigate security threats.
Once a potential threat has been identified, we work to determine what risk potential and countermeasures are appropriate.
Some threats may be fended off by simply changing (or disabling) a configuration setting on a server, ensuring affected core software has been patched, or the creation of a firewall rule for example. There are also threats that require a more robust action to be taken, such as blocking a port from being able to send or receive traffic through our network.
While these are just a handful of examples, we take every possible precaution available to ensure that a threat risk potential is pre-emptively mitigated, while also avoiding alterations that could adversely affect performance.
The steps of risk management are always shifting and a concerted effort is made to constantly research, adapt, and respond to threats in an effective, timely, and non-intrusive manner. This allows us to achieve a comfortable balance between usability and security.
Pro Tip: Have a risk assessment performed so you can prepare a plan. What risks financial, technical, or personnel-related does your organization face? How do those risks impact both the short and long term operations of your business?
Ask yourself how any risk assessment plan will be rolled out to your organization. What obstacles might hinder that goal? How long might it take to roll out this plan? Understanding the risks you face, action items to implement, and the requirements thereof are the building blocks of a strong security awareness program.
3. Train Your Employees to Know What to Look For
The next facet of maintaining a strong security posture goes beyond risk management and mitigation, and into the importance of user education.
Simply put, users can be the best information security resource available when properly educated on technical and policy materials. Your employees are the first line of defense when it comes to identifying anything that could do harm to any personal or business assets.
Phishing: The #1 Attempt on your Data and Systems
One of the most common things you can educate anyone about is how to identify phishing attempts.
“Phishing is the act of using an enticing email, message, call or other means of communication to attempt users into providing sensitive information under the guise of being something that appears trustworthy at first glance.”
Phishing has been a tried and true method used by malicious players to gain the first foothold in an attack scenario.
In a study performed by Wombat Security, 76% of those responsible for information security said that their organized has experienced at least one type of phishing attack. The same study also discovered that 45% of respondents reporting phishing campaigns during 2016, of which 9% of users clicked on a phishing link sent to them.
That may not sound like a large number, but let’s take an organization with 1,000 people in it and apply that 9% figure to those users. That means 90 users would have clicked on a phishing link and could have provided credentials to the attacker which certainly sounds like a staggering amount, especially considering that a successful phishing attack only ever needs to work once.
So What Can You Do?
Training users to recognize such attempts will pay off long before investment into a security technology ever will because humans are adept at identifying patterns and adjusting behavior based on that information.
Some of those things you can inform users of are listed below. This is not an all-inclusive list but is one that Liquid Web has had success in establishing even the most basic of security awareness practices.
Do not click on items you do not recognize.
If it looks like something sent from within your business, ask the person that sent it if possible. Would your manager contact you from an external contact asking for sensitive business information? Understanding who should be asking for what and where that communication should be taking place is paramount to establishing an understanding of the normal practice.
Does the subject line or other identifying information match what you expect when visiting the known good site? For example, does paypal.com actually look like PayPal’s official website?
Report anything you feel may look suspicious and report it to your IT team. Good security and IT teams will periodically run phishing campaigns against their own employees to learn how effective your organization’s security awareness program is. This helps your organization learn from the results and make continuous improvements. If your team has questions, we can also help with answering them.
Pro Tip: If it looks sketchy it probably is. Don’t be afraid to report anything. Asking if something is legitimate or malicious gets others to follow in practice rather than assuming you’re working with the genuine article.
It’s never too early to start putting new systems, policies, and processes in place to mitigate security threats that are here and those on the horizon.
First, be vigilant: make sure to stay on top of emerging threats and trends.
Second, ensure you have countermeasures in place to protect from threats that are on the prowl.
Finally, educate your users and give them steps to take that ensure that phishing threats are properly mitigated, and just as importantly, promptly reported.
Liquid Web Can Help Mitigate Security Threats
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In a web hosting landscape now dominated by elastic cloud computing resources and managed WordPress services, it’s easy to lose sight of “the SKU that started it all.” That’s right; I’m talkin’ ‘bout shared web hosting.
Shared hosting is still one of the most affordable ways to establish and maintain an online presence, with more than enough power to grow with the needs of your website or web app over time.
This year, we’ve been working to make DreamHost’s shared hosting even better and wanted to catch you up on all of the great enhancements.
We’re currently in the process of upgrading the operating systems that run our shared hosting services. Ubuntu LTS version 18.04.2, also known as “Bionic Beaver,” will soon power all of our shared hosting web servers and MySQL database servers. In the future, Bionic Beaver will be the default OS on all of our managed hosting services, including our Virtual Private Servers and Dedicated Servers.
We’re also in the process of rolling out the latest version of PHP: 7.3. You may recall that PHP 7.0 was approximately twice as fast as PHP 5.6 when it launched in 2016. PHP 7.3 has shown itself to be faster still — 22 percent faster than even 7.0! With PHP-based apps like WordPress becoming more and more popular across the web, that extra speed is crucial to keeping things running smoothly.
We’ve also doubled the amount of RAM that shared hosting users can access. RAM-hungry web apps (and their plugins) are more popular than ever, and the extra memory ensures they’ve got plenty of breathing room.
Combined with some new Linux kernels that we’ve custom-built to address the unique needs of a shared hosting environment, the entry-level hosting experience at DreamHost has never been faster, more powerful, or more secure for as long as we’ve been doing this hosting thing!
As powerful as shared hosting is today, you can always upgrade your DreamHost experience to a Virtual Private Server for access to even more computing resources, should you ever need them. Upgrading to a VPS takes just a few seconds, and the migration of your data is automatic and instant.
No matter what you host with us or how you host it, rest assured that we’re always looking for ways to add new features, power, and value to your DreamHost experience. Thanks for letting us!
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When it comes to technology, there are a few brands that stand out amongst the others—Microsoft, Apple, and Sony. These brands dominate their respective fields, but they are soon to be joined by another—WordPress.
WordPress hosting has taken off in the past few years and is becoming the hottest trend when it comes to a content management system (CMS). So when we say that it is really taking off, let’s look at what that means and why you should consider creating your website using this system.
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You’re here because you want to build a website. Luckily, building a website is much easier than it used to be.
What used to take months and months of work can now be done in a single afternoon. Even if you’ve never built a website before, you can quickly build a professional website, all with the help of a website builder.
But, building a website requires more than just choosing the right website builder. There are a few foundational steps you’ll want to complete to help ensure the success of your site. Jumping in without a plan is a surefire way to get overwhelmed by the process.
Below you’ll learn about the different types of sites you can build, how to plan your website, and finally, how to build a website from scratch without having to touch a single line of code.
Why Build a Website?
There are plenty of reasons to build a website. Whether you have an idea for a new personal website, want to showcase your passion, start a blog, highlight your portfolio, build an eCommerce website, or create a website for your existing business, it couldn’t be easier to start a new site. And best of all, you don’t have to be an experienced web designer to make one.
Just a few years ago building a site was an intensive process. You either had to spend time learning to code yourself or hire a website developer to turn your vision into reality for you.
But today, with the help of intuitive website builders the process is incredibly simple. Even if you’ve never built a website before, or even registered a domain name, you can have a website online in a single afternoon, if not sooner.
Overall, the length of time it’ll take to build your website will depend upon the type of site you’re building. A simple 3-page website will be much faster to build than an eCommerce site that’s selling dozens of products.
Step 1: Determining Your Niche
The first step in website building is determining what kind of site you’re going to build. The approach you’re going to take to start a blog will be different than building a site for a physical storefront.
Review the questions below to determine what kind of site you’re going to build. This will help you save time over the long run and ensure you’re building the right kind of site the first time around.
Who’s Your Audience?
Every successful website serves a specific audience. By taking the time to understand exactly who your audience is first you’ll improve your chances of creating a successful site.
However, you won’t have to do this if you’re creating a simple website that you have no intention of building a business around. For example, maybe you’re creating a personal blog so you can practice writing in public, or you’re creating a simple one-page site for fun.
But, if you want to grow and monetize your website, then you’ll want to place a focus on your target audience.
Spend time browsing through other sites in your niche and attempt to infer the kind of audience they’re serving. Why do they like certain content types? Why are some forms of content more popular than others?
You can also head over to a tool called Buzzsumo to find the most shared content related to your niche. This can give you an idea of what your audience likes to consume and directions you can take with your site.
How Are You Serving Them?
Once you know who you’re serving, it’s time to figure out the best way to do that. For example, maybe you’ve found that your niche loves video content. In that case, you’ll build a site that’s oriented towards videos. Or maybe you’ve uncovered a ton of related eCommerce products you can sell, in that case, you’ll want to build a site that has eCommerce capabilities.
Spend time browsing through other sites in your niche to get an idea of certain site elements you’ll want to include.
Maybe you’ve found a similar site that you love the layout of, or you like the type of messaging they use on their site. As you browse through competitor sites take note of the things you like and other elements you think you could improve upon.
All of this will come in handy during the design phase.
Step 2: Planning Your New Website
Now that you know the type of site you’re going to build, let’s do some basic planning that’ll help to accelerate the site building process.
Below you’ll get a basic feel for the elements that make up a professional website. Get these elements right and your site will stand head and shoulders above your competition.
Most websites look and function the same. It can be tempting to buck trends and create something wholly unique, but you’ll do yourself a disservice in doing so.
Most users have certain expectations in mind when visiting a website. They expect certain website elements to be where they should be. The last thing you want is to confuse and overwhelm your visitors the moment they land on your website.
Basic website elements include:
An easy to use navigation bar, typically at the top of the siteHomepage text and a sidebar, or no sidebar at allLogical site organization that lets users intuitively move from page to page
The theme you choose should take care of your initial site organization. It can be tempting but try not to stray too far from the initial build. These templates are created by professional designers and developers and have web design best practices built in.
Essential Website Pages
The number of pages your site has will differ depending on the type of site you’re building. But generally, most sites will have the following website pages, no matter the niche:
Homepage. This is the first page your visitors will see. It should be simple, concise, and immediately tell your visitor’s what your site is about. About page. Your about page is your chance to establish a relationship with your visitors. It’s commonly one of the most popular pages on your site, so you’ll want to spend time creating quality copy that draws your readers in, tells them what you’re about, and speaks directly to their needs and how you’re uniquely qualified to solve them.Services/product page. This will look different depending on what you’re selling and the niche you’re in. However, most sites (unless it’s purely for personal use) will have one of these pages, if not multiple. Contact page. Depending on the type of site you’re creating you’ll probably want to make it easy for your visitors to contact you. This can be through a contact form, an email address, or even your phone number or Skype address. Blog page. Most sites will be able to find some value in maintaining a regular blog. Some sites are purely content-based, while others will be able to use the blog as a means to provide value to your visitors and improve search engine rankings.
Keep in mind that most website building software will take care of the basic website layout for you. Once you select a theme or a template, this will form the foundation for the rest of your site. However, by knowing what other pages you want to add, and what site elements you’ll want to include you’ll be able to speed up the process and avoid wasting time when creating your site.
Step 3: Choosing Your Website Building Platform
By now you’ve determined the type of site you’re going to build, and you have a plan of attack for the website elements and pages you’re going to create.
Now, it’s time to choose the right tool to help you build your website. As a beginner you’ll have a ton of different options at your disposal, from website builders to content management systems, and more.
One of the easiest ways to build your site will be using the GATOR website builder. Website builders in general greatly simplify the website building process. There are many things you can do with the Gator website builder. You’ll select a theme or template that will act as the foundation of your site, you’ll use the tool to make changes and customize your site, you’ll add content, and then publish your site online.
The process is quite intuitive and you’ll be able to build a custom website without having to change, or even look at, any code.
In time you can test out other website builders, tools, and content management systems, but when starting out you’ll want to give yourself the advantage of using one of the easiest tools out there. Once you’ve successfully built your first site you’ll have more confidence when it comes to customizing your site, or using different tools altogether.
Building a Website with the GATOR Website Builder
For the sake of this tutorial, we’ll show you how to build a website from scratch using the HostGator website builder.
This website builder is packed with a vast selection of professional themes that span dozens of niches. Once you fire up the tool you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to customize your template, add site elements, add pages, modify text, and more.
Follow the steps below to build a website from scratch using Gator:
1. Select Your Template
The first step when launching your website through HostGator’s website builder will be choosing your template. This template will act as the foundation for the rest of your site, so choose wisely. You’ll be able to filter the template selection based upon niche, or you can browse through all of the templates until you find the perfect fit.
Most of the themes can fit into a variety of niches. But, you’ll notice that the preloaded content and general structure is more niche-oriented. If you want to build your site as fast as possible, then choose a template that’s within your niche.
Once you’ve found a template you’d like to customize, just hover over the template and click ‘Select’.
2. Customize Your Template
With your template selected it’s time to start customizing. You’ll probably want to spend a few minutes clicking around and getting used to the layout. It might seem a little confusing at first, but it will get easier. Almost every element of your theme can be customized by clicking.
When you hover over and click any element of your site the tool will bring up a window to give you your customization options.
If you like the existing layout of the site, then all you’ll have to do is edit and switch out the existing text, and upload your own images.
On the left-hand menu you’ll be able to edit any additional pages, add new site elements and sections, along with changing out the overall color scheme.
Once you’re satisfied with your site all you have to do is click ‘Publish’. However, it’s probably a good idea to preview your site to catch any last-minute errors before you publish your site online.
Get Started Building with GATOR
As you can see, building a website is much easier than it used to be. Today there are myriad tools that can help you build a website in a single afternoon, all without having to touch a single line of code.
With the GATOR website builder, you can quickly and easily build a professional website completely from scratch. For beginners, it’s hard to beat the usefulness and simplicity of the GATOR website builder.
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If you’re building your first website, you may be wondering if you should use a WordPress hosting service or a website builder like Wix or Squarespace. It can be a tough decision – WordPress has been the gold standard for years, but other builders are quickly rising in popularity.
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We’re here to tell you that WordPress is still the way to go: It might not be the hot new trend, but it’s still the gold standard.
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