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Best Website Hosting and Reviews Sources We Recommend

Cut Through The ConfusionFiguring your way through the minefield of good, bad and downright ugly advice can be a laborious process. So we have compiled a collection of useful hosting resources that we like and recommend. We are not affiliated with any of these sites, no one has paid us for these links and as always it is up to you to decide what to do once you have taken the advice.

So feel free to check out any of these sites and then let us know what you think in the comments section below. If you have any other useful server resources that you want to share with us also drop them below and we will check out when we get around to it (our team is always very busy managing hundred of websites).

What is cPanel?

cPanel is a server platform that makes hosting a website on a server much, much easier. There are other types of server panel but cPanel is by far the most popular. Most shared hosting packages and lots of managed servers come with cPanel already installed so you don’t really need to know how to install it but you do need to know how to use it. This short video will give you a good idea of the basics, after the its pretty easy to figure out and there are tons more in depth videos on YouTube to keep you going:

What is FTP and Do You Need it?

FTP is short for File Transfer Protocol. It is used to transfer (both upload and download) files from your computer to your server. Some people see it as kind of old fashioned these days as you can do all the same stuff with cPanel (see previous entry) but many people still swear by it (including some of our team). To use FTP you will need a tool like Filezilla (free to use) and then check out a basic tutorial like this one to get you started (don’t worry its way easier than it looks):

Want the Best (SAFE) SEO Advice?

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a notoriously murky part of the internet. There are a ton of scammers in this niche selling products and advice that either do not work or are actually dangerous to your site. But there is huge potential reward from SEO as it can be an amazing source of free traffic. So it is worth learning but you need to be careful where you get your advice. We think that Search Engine Land is an excellent place to start. After that you can start looking around for good SEO bloggers, but please be careful. As then old adage goes, if it sounds too good to be true then it most probably is!

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a web site building tool and a content management system. It is extremely popular, very user friendly and totally free (although there are lots of paid add-ons like themes and plugins that you can buy if you need them). If you are new to website hosting and design we strongly recommend you use WordPress to build your first sites. Its fast to install (see the next section), easy to use, super flexible and there are tons of tutorials, forums and guides out there to help you figure it all out. Here is really basic introduction to WordPress:

What is Softaculous?

Softaculous is a tool you can add to cPanel to help you install other apps on to your website server. Its most common us is as a super fast way of installing WordPress onto your server so you can easily build it out into a website.

Website Hosting Reviews

If you are looking for cheap website hosting deals and offers then website hosting review sites are a good place to start. There reviews may not always be totally unbiased. However they do usually offer some good server discount tokens and deals that you might be able to take advantage of. Whenever you are ready to buy a website hosting package always Google website hosting discount and the name of the provider first just to make sure you are getting the best deal you can. Here is a good place to get started…

How to Host a Website

Well to be honest we hope that this site is a good place to start when trying to figure out how to host a website…! But there are of course lots of other great resources such as the awesome video below. Its not everything you need to know but it is a great start:

Free Website Hosting and Domain

To get your own free website hosting and domain is very difficult. There are some free hosting companies out there and for sites with very small amounts of traffic they can be a good hosting solution. Also some hosting providers will give you a free domain if you sign up for a certain amount of hosting. If you are on a really tight budget, the best thing to do, is a lot of research, always double check the fine details but it is possible to get free hosting and domains if you look really carefully.

More on Website Design and Hosting

Some of the larger website hosting providers offer website design and hosting packages. These can be ok but you need to be aware that they might not be the cheapest website design deals you can find. There are so many web designer’s online working on freelance sites, etc, that the competition is huge and there is a ton of potential savings to be made. So get accurate, detailed prices before you decided whom to go with.

What Are Bots and How Do You Block Them?

Bots can be good and bad so you need to be careful as to which ones you block. Good ones are from sites like search engines, they send them to crawl all over you site so it knows what it is about and then the search engine can include you site in its search results. If a search engine can not crawl your site then it will not show it in its results.

Bad bots can include spammers, hackers, spy bots (your competition checking you out) and other nefarious types of online activity. Blocking them all is close to impossible but a really easy way to block lots of them (without blocking the good bots is to try this plugin… Or you can DIY using the tips in the YouTube video:

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