Presentation on theme: "Getting Set-up with Hosting and WordPress Gregory Young Alternative Hosting"— Presentation transcript:
Getting Set-up with Hosting and WordPress Gregory Young Alternative Hosting https://www.alternativehosting.com firstname.lastname@example.org @AlternativeHost https://www.facebook.com/AlternativeHosting 844-ALT-HOST
Choosing a Host Windows vs. Linux Linux is by far the most common for WordPress Linux is more compatible with plugins cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin cPanel is the most popular, user friendly Web Hosting vs. VPS Web hosting you worry about your site VPS you worry about everything, more control
Setting up WordPress Get your Host to do it Not every host will do this Extra cost Install using Fantastico/Softaculous Easy wizard driven interface No need to change passwords later Manual Install Upload files to server Setup database Manually configure
Uploading Files to Your Site FTP Fast, easy with tools like Filezilla. May not be supported by all hosts Sometimes requires some configuration cPanel File Manager Web based, similar to FTP Has maximum file size limits set by host WebDav Mount your website as a drive on your computer
Site Maintenance Plugin/Theme updates Need to periodically check and update WordPress updates Some servers need to be done manually Correctly configured servers will do minor updates automatically Major updates still have to be launched manually Prevents broken plugins/themes
Working with SSL Why use SSL Protect the logins of you and your users Protect any e-commerce transactions on your site How to get a SSL Certificate Need a static IP address Certificate signing request Purchasing a SSL certificate Installing a SSL Certificate on your site Enabling SSL Redirecting traffic to SSL.hosts file Inside WordPress
Safely Do Business with SSL Prevent hackers from stealing data your customers share with you. SSL stops hackers from tapping into your site to get passwords, credit card details, and sensitive information.
Apache, PHP, MySQL versions Current stable Apache is 2.4.9 Current stable PHP is 5.4.27 (5.5 is experimental) Current stable MySQL is 5.6.16 You want to make sure you are on the same major versions as above for maximum compatibility with WordPress
Backing Up Your Site Host Backups Good for a quick recovery, but should not be counted on cPanel Backups Need a “Home Directory” and a “MySQL Databases” backup for WordPress “Full Backup” can only be used to move to another server Third Party Backup Tools UpdraftPlus Backup plugin Scheduling options Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive
Migrating Your Site cPanel Backup/Restore Backup existing site and restore on the new server Your new host can also do a site transfer Third Party Applications Deploy a new WordPress site and restore the content The Hard Way Manually backup the site files and export the database Must edit the WordPress config files on the new host
Speeding Up Your Site W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin. Disk cache, memory cache, site optimization, CDN Amazon Cloudfront Low cost CDN solution. Works with W3 Total Cache Cloudflare Similar to a CDN, but sits in front of your server. Provides hack/attack protection for your site Works with W3 Total Cache Free for personal use – Cost for SSL sites
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