Building Your Website Guides

There are a variety of ways to build your website. In this guide we will cover WordPress and Drupal, as well as share some code snippets that we have found useful.

Content Management Systems (CMS) & Blogs

The most efficient way to build a website is to use a content management system (or CMS for short) to create it. A CMS allows you to focus on the content of your website or blog, without having to know how to program in HTML, PHP or other languages.

Domain Guide

One important part of building a website is your domain name. First we will cover domain name concepts, and then we will talk about specific domain registrars.

cPanel

cPanel Guide

cPanel is a popular web hosting control panel that is used worldwide by thousands of hosting companies. Some of them modify and customize cPanel to suit their brand, while others use cPanel pretty much straight out of the box. This guide will help you understand the features of cPanel and how to use them effectively.

If you are not familiar with cPanel or WHM, this video gives a great overview:

Web Hosting Control Panels

Web hosts use a variety of control panels. Some of them are widely available, and some are custom control panels written for a specific web host. Some hosts even use more than one control panel, one for billing and one for managing websites.

Web Hosting Guide

Once you have selected your web host, it is time to get acquainted with your web hosting control panel and tools so that you can configure your website. Most of the settings are "set and forget" while some you may come back to again and again, like webmail or traffic statistics.

Different web hosting companies may have different control panels (or sometimes no control panel at all), however the concepts are all the same. Since different web hosts use different control panels, we have organized our articles into general concepts, and then by control panel.

Web Hosting Companies & Domain Registrars

There are thousands of web hosting companies to choose from. Here is a short list of companies in the industry.

Each web host listed here has a profile page, which includes information about:

  1. the products and services they offer.
  2. the control panels they use.
  3. links to important pages on their websites (lots of links).
  4. their contact information.

The profiles may not look pretty, but they are information packed.

A New Ambitious Website

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The Complete Hosting Guide is an exciting project that I am looking forward to take on fully. It is now Day 2 in setting up this website, and things are going well. The template looks great, and Drupal has the features I need to organize the content well. I still have some tweaking to do, but overall things are looking good. I set up the forums and the website is accepting new members. The content is a bit sparse and quite frankly a mess at this point, but chances are no one will find this website until I get that sorted out anyway.

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