Web Hosting Server Advice

Why do I need web hosting?

Web hosting is like renting a computer (without a screen) in someone else’s house. When you want to look on your computer, you knock on the door. If you’ve paid your rent to them for looking after your computer, you have the right to knock on the door and use it.  Web servers are the same. They hold the files that display the website and it’s a permanent place where the domain name can ‘point’ to, called an IP address. When you type in a domain name, it knows where to take you to display the files.

Who should you use for web hosting?

After using various web servers all over the world for varying reasons, we’ve opted to use Pickaweb for our needs. We have SSD servers secured with SSL certificates and it’s all based in the UK. That’s our choice of hosting provider and we’re sticking to it. We’re also an affiliate so if you buy hosting through the links at the bottom of the page, we earn a small commission.

There are many companies that provide web hosting and as long as they are able to run the software you want, you are free to pick and choose as you see fit. Do some research and see which provider fits your needs best.

The main types of web server are

  • Shared Hosting – great for websites with low traffic load £
  • Reseller Hosting – gives the ability to allocate hosting accounts ££
  • Virtual Private Server (VPS) – space on a dedicated server £££
  • Dedicated Server – all machine resources to yourself ££££

Prices vary depending on the size of the space you require, machine speed and bandwidth allocated. If you are unsure about which host to use, feel free to contact us and we’ll happily assist you in making a decision.

 

How to point a subdomain to a Click Funnel link using CNAME

It can be a complicated process depending on who you have your domain name registered with but here are a few point that we learned.

  1. In your domain registrar account, you need to find the ‘manage domains’ or ‘Edit DNS’ area. You want to be looking for where you can add a new CNAME value.  Here’s what it looks like on BlueHost:

Here’s how it looks in Cpanel:

Once this is done, we are ready to proceed to the next step. This is where we configure the subdomain to point to the right funnel link.

2.  Next, login to your Click Funnel account and head over to the ‘Domains’ section. Choose ‘Add your own domain’

Enter the domain name you just created and CF does the rest.

Choose the funnel you wish to point to and you’re done!

Here’s the CF tutorial for Bluehost – the principle is the same for most hosts:

http://docs.clickfunnels.com/other/how-to-add-a-subdomain-within-bluehost

Need help? Contact the WP Mentor

 

SSD Cloud Hosting vs HDD shared hosting

What is SSD Cloud Hosting?

SSD Cloud Hosting is cloud based, super fast, UK web hosting.  It’s what we’re using and here’s why.

The videos below explain the key things you need to know about the difference between SSD and HDD hosting.  These are the storage devices that the web servers use to store our website files, much like a PC stores data files.

SSD Cloud Hosting

  • HDD = Hard Disk Drive
  • SSD = Solid State Drive
  • Cloud hosting means that files are stored in multiple locations

We’ve just moved 12 sites over to SSD Cloud Hosting and the difference is amazing.  This site is hosted on SSD servers from Pickaweb and the service and support has been amazing. Continue reading “SSD Cloud Hosting vs HDD shared hosting”