WordPress Security: A Basic Overview

wordpress-security-300x175WordPress Security is something that should be concentrated on during the entire life of your blog, not just when you install WordPress.  WordPress is in a constant state of evolution, being updated on a regular basis, and so are WordPress plugins.  These changes can both increase your WordPress security levels, and can decrease them if you are not careful.  The primary reason for an update, whether it be for WordPress itself, or one of its plugins is that vulnerabilities are discovered, and if you continue to use the older versions of WordPress, or your plugins, you decrease your WordPress security, and open your WordPress blog up to possible attacks.

A WordPress upgrade meant to patch a vulnerability in WordPress security does you no good if you do not take advantage of that upgrade.  Worse, if you do not upgrade, you can possibly create a larger problem, as you are leaving your blog open to the very vulnerability that the upgrade was meant to patch.  Since WordPress documents in their change log why they are doing the upgrade, you are now running a blog with a publically documented vulnerability; a roadmap to possibly compromise your blog. When it comes to WordPress security, there are several basic fields that the topic can be broken down into.  We will cover these basic broad categories, and point you to some additional resources on the site so that you can do further reading.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave us a comment, use our contact form, or drop us a line at security at wordpresspinterestplugin.com.

WordPress Security: Basic Topics

  1. WordPress Installation
  2. WordPress Database Security
  3. WordPress File Security and WordPress Directory Security
  4. WordPress Information Security
  5. WordPress Security Maintenance and WordPress Security Upkeep

WordPress Security: WordPress Installation

As with the installation of any script that you do on your hosting account or server, there are a number of items that can be done at installation time to increase WordPress security.  These items range anywhere from simple things like picking a strong password for your administrator account, to changing file permissions on vital files, to moving files out of web accessable locations.  All of these can assist with WordPress security.  Remember that WordPress security begins with the initial foundation that you lay during your installation.  In addition, especially with WordPress, it can be difficult to return to these foundational steps once you have your blog installed.  WordPress security begins with your installation, and we have a number of articles on WordPress installation to help you with this.

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The database is the heart and soul of your blog, and a good place to look to when you are concerned with WordPress security.  All of your posts, tags, categories, and anything else that is related to your personalized blog is stored in your database.  Without the database, WordPress has no way to store any of the information that you put into it, and as such, should be a prime target for your WordPress security efforts.

WordPress Security: Backing Up Your WordPress Database

WordPress security when it comes to your database can be as simple as backing up your database, and as advanced as changing the structure of the database to make it harder for hackers to make database injection attempts against it.  Most hosting companies now days do regular backups of your hosting account, but you should never, ever rely on a backup made by your hosting company.  Not only do most hosting companies’ Terms of Service state that these are courtesy backups, and should not be relied on, when it comes to WordPress Security, you should be taking matters into your own hands.  Regular database backups are vital to a WordPress security plan.  We cover a number of methods for this in our articles on WordPress database backups.
Controlling access to vital files is an important part of WordPress security.  Just like a database is the central repository of all information for your blog, the files are the very engine that makes your blog function properly.  Files like your wp-config.php file contain information that is central to WordPress security, and if breached, can have effects from your blog simply going offline with an error, all the way to your blog being completely defaced and destroyed by a hacker.  WordPress file security ranges from simply changing file permissions to moving files out of web accessable locations.  In our WordPress file security section, we discuss several methods for accomplishing this important facet of WordPress security.

WordPress Security: WordPress File Security

Whether you know it or not, your blog is sending out information that could possibly compromise your WordPress security and the safety of your blog.  Do you know that WordPress, with its default settings, sends out the version of WordPress that you are running everytime it generates a page?  If a WordPress security update has been released, and for whatever reason you have not upgraded yet, a hacker looking to penetrate your blog will know that you are running an older, vulnerable version of WordPress.  Let us help you patch some of those WordPress security holes with our articles on WordPress security.

WordPress Security: Reducing Public Information

The final step to a good WordPress security plan is regular maintenance.  When you first install your blog, even following all of our tips, your blog could become vulnerable without regular maintenance.  Would you run your car for a year without performing basic maintenance on it and expect it to be in tip top shape at the end of that time?  The same rules apply to your blog.  Doing regular maintenance on your blog such as backing up your WordPress database, keeping your WordPress installation up to date, and more will keep your WordPress security at the top of its game.

 

Change Your Default WordPress Database Prefix

A solid WordPress security practice is to change the prefix of the WordPress database tables when you are installing WordPress.  The goal here is that WordPress security is heightened by changing the default WordPress database table prefix from wp_ to something different.  This changes the default WordPress database table names, and helps to block those hackers seeking to penetrate WordPress security by performing database injection attempts.

For example, a hacker has decided that he is going to deface your corporate blog, and will know that your user table should be wp_users, but if you have changed the database prefix from wp_ to perhaps four_ then the injection attempt against wp_users will automatically fail, as that table does not exist.  Your hacker does not know this, just that his attempt failed, and your WordPress security is intact.  The hacker is none the wiser, and may move on to easier hunting grounds.

Changing the prefix to your WordPress database tables during the installation of your blog is simple.  The installation process will ask you not only for the database name, user, and password, but also the database prefix that you wish to use for your tables.  To increase WordPress Security, simply alter the default database prefix “wp_” to something else.  This prefix can be anything, such as a shortened version of your blog name, or something completely random.  Many times, when I am installing a blog, I will use a prefix like “greengrass_” or something else completely unrelated to the blog.  This increases WordPress security even more.WordPress Security: Changing Your Database Prefix During an Install.

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Changing the Default WordPress Database Prefix After Installing WordPress

Now you may be asking, “What if I have already installed my blog?  Can I change the prefix of my WordPress database now to increase my WordPress security?”  Yes, even though this a bit more difficult than doing it when you first set your blog up, it is quite possible to make this change after you blog is installed.  To do this WordPress security upgrade, you are going to need to set aside approximately 10 minutes to make the changes.  During this period of time, your blog is going to be down, so you may wish to put up a maintenance page until you are through.

1. As always, before making any type of changes to your WordPress database, you should do a database backup.  The method to actually back your database up is going to vary from hosting company to hosting company, and from control panel to control panel, therefore, I do not intend to cover those specifics here.

2. Next, in your wp-config.php file, you are going to edit your database prefix from “wp_” to something more secure.  The line to actually edit is line 65, and will read $table_prefix  = ‘wp_’;.  You can change this to an abbreviated form of the name of your blog, such as “tbr_”, or you could do something completely random, such as “wp_kG^#18Uh”.  The more randomness you add here, of course, the better your WordPress security is increased.

3. Now you will need to make some edits to your database itself, changing the prefix to match the one that you came up with in Step 2.  Using PHPMyAdmin, or whatever program that your hosting company has for you to manage your database, you will need to run the following SQL commands to change the WordPress database prefix to the one that you changed it to in wp-config.php.  In the example below, you will change “new_prefix_” to whatever new database prefix it is that you have decided to use.

RENAME table `wp_commentmeta` TO `new_prefix__commentmeta`;
RENAME table `wp_comments` TO `new_prefix__comments`;
RENAME table `wp_links` TO `new_prefix__links`;
RENAME table `wp_options` TO `new_prefix__options`;
RENAME table `wp_postmeta` TO `new_prefix__postmeta`;
RENAME table `wp_posts` TO `new_prefix__posts`;
RENAME table `wp_terms` TO `new_prefix__terms`;
RENAME table `wp_term_relationships` TO `new_prefix__term_relationships`;
RENAME table `wp_term_taxonomy` TO `new_prefix__term_taxonomy`;
RENAME table `wp_usermeta` TO `new_prefix__usermeta`;
RENAME table `wp_users` TO `new_prefix__users`;

Please note at this point that if you have installed additional plugins after the installation of your blog, you may have additional tables besides the ones listed above that need their prefix changed.  Just follow the syntax that I have used above, and run additional SQL commands to rename the database pefixes on those tables also.  If you happen to be using PHPMyAdmin, or some other database administration script, you will be able to run multiple lines of SQL commands at once (note that a “;” terminates a MySQL command).

4. The next step in this WordPress security process is to edit the wp_options table to reflect the new WordPress database prefix.  If this is not done, your blog will not function.  Using the method described above, run the following MySQL command, once again changing “new_prefix_” to your newly chosen database prefix.  This MySQL command will search the wp_options table, returning the wp_user_roles option, along with any other plugin-created options, custom scripts, or other entries.  The goal here is to rename any entries in the wp_options table that begin with “wp_” to the newly chosen database prefix.

SELECT * FROM wp_new_prefix_options WHERE option_name LIKE ‘ %wp_%’;

5. The final edit that we will need to make is in the usermeta table.  We are going to be looking for any instances of the old “wp_” database prefix so that we can edit that prefix to our newly chosen one. Once again, we are going to run a MySQL command to find these instances.  When you run the following command, it will reveal those rows that have the instances of the old prefix so that they can be altered.

SELECT * FROM new_prefix_usermeta WHERE meta_key LIKE ‘wp_%’;

To show an example of this, running this MySQL query on a newly installed WordPress install returned the following results from the usermeta table.

The number of fields that you will need to alter is going to depend on a number of different factors: the number of plugins that you have, as well as a few other variables.  The important thing to keep in mind is that you need to change any entry returned by this search from the default “wp_” prefix to the new one that you have chosen.

Finishing Up: Testing Functionality

When you have finished this last step, this WordPress security upgrade should be complete.  All entries of the old “wp_” prefix in the wordpress database should be gone, and replaced with the new wordpress database prefix that we selected in Step 2.  Now comes the moment of truth: disable your maintenance page, if any, and test the functionality of your blog.  Do this by going through your blog, checking links and posts, and assuring yourself that everything is functioning properly.  If the blog appears to be functioning properly, then it would appear that your WordPress security upgrade has been a success.  Now, make an additional backup of your WordPress database for good measure: WordPress security should never be stopped.

Best Practices to Maintain Your Health

Data is showing that people are experiencing more and more health problems. There are many factors that are contributing to these issues. It is important for a person to learn ways to increase overall wellness. Here are ten of the best ways to stay as healthy as possible.

1.  Rest.  In this fast paced society, people are running around everywhere. People are going to bed later and getting up earlier. Sleep is not a top priority. However, lack of sleep has been associated with an elevated risk for heart problems and high blood pressure. When a person is tired, productivity is low as well. Experts recommend that adults sleep at least eight hours of sleep every night. When a person gets the correct amount of sleep, health will become better.

2.  Proper Diet.  Everyone knows that eating well will be the best foundation for good health. A balanced diet will keep blood pressure at a good level. It also keeps dangerous diseases away. Meals filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy products will be best. It is important to keep fats and sugar to a minimum. Alcohol should be consumed sparingly as well.

3.  Exercises.  To stay healthy, a person must remain active.  Experts recommend that adults partake in at least two hours of aerobic exercise every week. A person does not need to hit the gym or spend large amounts of money on equipment. Simply playing with the kids or taking a walk around the neighborhood should supply the necessary exercises to stay well. It may also be helpful to perform some muscle strengthening activities as well. Taking the stairs or working with free weights will accomplish this goal.

4.  Use Sunscreen.  Many people worry about the heart or other organs. However, caring for the skin is also a key part in maintaining overall wellness. When skin is exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time, aging can occur and cancer may develop. The American Cancer Society has guidelines for adults and children regarding sunscreen. All people should wear lotion with an SPF of 15 or more and stay out of the sun between mid morning and mid afternoon. This is the time when rays from the sun are very intense. When enjoying outdoor activity, it is wise to wear protective clothing.

5.  Stop Smoking.  One in five people will die because of the smoking habit.  Smoking is often responsible for cases of lung cancer along with stroke and heart disease. Secondhand smoke is also very dangerous. Despite the addicting habit, there are numerous products on the market that can help a person quit.

6.  Lower Stress.  Stress is at an all time high in this country. A person goes to work and deals with many hassles, then returns hone to a family that has requirements as well.  Stress causes high blood pressure, heart problems, anxiety, and depression. It is essential to find ways to relax.  Meditation, deep breathing, and exercises such as yoga can  help a person unwind. When a person has a calm mind, emotions are more stable and mood is heightened.

7.  Oral Care.  A major health factor that gets ignored is oral care. Visiting a dentist is an important part of a wellness program. Taking proper care of teeth and gums can prevent problems including heart disease, diabetes, or stroke.  It is essential to brush and floss each day. A white smile is a good indication of a healthy body.

8.  Maintain Good Friendships.  Studies have shown that people who are surrounded by family and friends often have top physical and mental health. Social relationships offer a support system throughout life. This lengthens lifespan, increases immunity, and keeps the mind sharp. A person does not need to be a social butterfly to reap these benefits.  Having one or two quality relationships will provide these essential results.

9.  Protect The Body.  One of the best practices that promotes great health and wellness is protecting the body from injury.  Whenever a person drives in a car, it is essential to wear a seat belt. These devices save thousands of lives each month.  Besides seat belts, a person should wear a helmet when driving a bike or motorcycle. Helmets prevent brain injuries.

10.  Visit A Doctor.  Even when a person is not sick, it makes sense to maintain a routine of regular checkups. This is a way to detect health problems early. Immunizations, prostate exams, and pap tests are all important yearly exams.  It is also helpful to monitor blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It does not require much effort to take preventative measures in order to stay healthy.

There are numerous practices that a person can follow in order to maintain positive health and wellness. A person must tend to both emotional and physical needs. Diet, exercises, and a balanced mind will be crucial parts of an everyday routine.  In the end, a person will be able to live a happier and healthier life.

Eating Right and Exercising for Optimal Health

If you’re looking for ways to live a healthier life, you are certainly not alone. Americans are spending upwards of $46 billion in diet products including foods, books, and exercise machines. It’s clear that people do want to get healthy not only to look better but to feel better as well. Doing so also helps you to avoid health risks that often arise from poor diet and lack of exercises.

Starting with Dieting

One of the first areas a person zero’s in on when they think about wellness is starting a new diet. It is human nature to want fast results and instant results from a pill or a ‘proven’ new diet for melting away the pounds.

Stop and think about how many diets you have been on in your life. You probably have lost a great deal when you add up all the pounds you’ve lost in the past 5 years. However, did the weight stay off? For most, the answer is a resounding no. That’s because quick fix diets and diet pills are not the answer to weight loss or overall wellness.

Looking at Food in a New Way

While many people do suffer from being overweight, even people who are not overweight but eat a poor diet are not as healthy as they could be. Food needs to be looked at in a new way. For instance, food is not the enemy, it’s the food choices that become the problem. Eliminating certain items from your diet can greatly improve your overall health and well being.

Eliminate the following:

* Processed foods
* Fast foods \ fatty foods
* Large amounts of red meat
* Lower sodium intake for your kidneys
* Partially hydrogenated oil

The one item on the list above that you may not have heard of is partially hydrogenated oil. Back in the 1970s, foods such as crackers, cereals, chips and many other ready made food were processed with butter. The discovery of hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils changed all of that.

It was clear that hydrogenated oils were much cheaper to use than butter and manufacturers quickly switched everything they could to replace butter usage and thus cut costs. Hydrogenated oils start as polyunsaturated, which is a healthy fat but it is then treated chemically through a process called hydrogenation, which makes it into a solid base and this turns into the bad trans fat.

Start Reading Labels!

When you buy products at your grocery store, read the labels to see if you see the word ‘hydrogenated‘ anywhere in the ingredient list. If so, choose another product. By eliminating foods that contain this ‘bad fat’ you can increase your overall health and wellness. In addition, by eliminating this your cholesterol levels can be impacted positively. It can also help with weight loss since you won’t be eating as many processed foods.

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Foods to Eat

Let’s face it, everyone has heard, “Eat more fruits and vegetables and lean meats” but the problem is, not everyone enjoys veggies and fruits. This is especially true if you didn’t have a good variety as a child. Veggies and fruits are sometimes an acquired taste. By slowly changing your diet and including fresh vegetables and fruits, you will begin to find you truly enjoy the taste.

Lean meats and fish especially salmon are excellent sources of protein. Whole grains are also a very good source of carbohydrates, which is what fuels your body, while protein is good for energy and your muscles. Low-fat cheese such as cottage cheese is another excellent addition for it’s calcium content.

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What Exercises Actually Work?

Like diets and the many products you’ll find on the market, you’ll also find several machines and other devices specifically for various exercises. The truth is, just like with quick diets, there is no magic exercise machine that can give you rock hard abs in a month.

Some of the best exercises you can engage in include:

* Walking
* Jogging
* Aerobics
* Water aerobics
* Biking

All of these will get the heart pumping and help to bring the body into a fit state. These work well and most do not even cost anything except your time.

When it comes to your overall health and wellness, there are no quick fixes. Trying to lose weight too quickly or exercise too much, will only make you dread the ‘diet’ and the ‘exercise program’ and then being eating poorly again.

By taking small steps every day to improve your health such as eating fast foods and processed foods and learning to incorporate fresher foods will pay off. Especially when you combine it moderate aerobic exercise.

Juicing has also been shown to substantially increase overall health!

 

HDW Player Installation In WordPress

Installing HDW Player plugin can be achieved in three easy methods:

  1. Finding and Install via WordPress Admin.
  2. Uploading Manually via WordPress Admin.
  3. Uploading Manually via FTP.

Finding and Install via WordPress Admin:

  1. From the WordPress plugin menu click on Add New.
  2. Search “HDW Player” on search box, then install HDW Player Plugin (Video Player & Video Gallery) from searching result.

Uploading Manually via WordPress Admin :

  1. Download the latest package.
  2. From the WordPress plugin menu click on Add New.
  3. Under the Upload menu, Use the Browse button to select the plugin zip file that was downloaded, then click on Install Now. The plugin will be uploaded to your site and installed. It can then be activated.

Uploading Manually via FTP :

  1. Download the latest package and unzip the plugin.
  2. Now you will need to upload the plugin to your site’s wp-content/plugins/ directory using FTP.
  3. Congrats! You have installed the Plugin. It can then be activated.

VPS Hosting

A VPS web hosting server is a virtual private web server configured on a physical hosting server, which permits customers to have their own server to accommodate web content. It provides a perfect balance between cost and performance, so it is frequently the favored choice for more resource-requiring sites that cannot be hosted on a shared web hosting server. As a few persons keep their own personal private virtual web server on the same machine, all resources can be availed of, which diminishes the cost per capita. Each and every VPS hosting server includes complete root-level access, which allows people to install any software platforms or script libraries that may be needed for given applications to function.

Pluses of the Virtual Private Web Server Hosting Service

The upside of owning a Virtual Private Server is that it is thoroughly independent of the rest of the accounts on the physical server. It can be rebooted, updated, and can even offer a different Operating System than those of the remaining private virtual server hosting accounts on that physical server. It is virtually like a dedicated web hosting server, but a private virtual server costs just a fraction of the price of a dedicated hosting machine.

Restrictions of the VPS Server Web Hosting Service

Each private virtual hosting server plan includes some server storage, bandwidth and central processing unit load quotas. The web hosting firms are supplying diverse plans so each client can obtain the most appropriate package for their necessities. A less advanced virtual server may be utilized to store one single site, while a more advanced one would be a more relevant platform for keeping a set of websites and not worrying about system resources. ‘100webspace.com’ is among the top hosting distributors that are furnishing a bunch of VPS hosting plans.

Web Space Hosting Control Panel Variants: Hepsia, cPanel, DirectAdmin, etc.

The web site content on a virtual private web server is administered via a web hosting CP just as any other cheap shared hosting account. This may be the web space hosting Control Panel that the web hosting distributor is supplying, or any other Control Panel that the customer avails of – Hepsia, cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, H-Sphere, and so on. All web site files, emails, databases and domains can be managed via the webspace hosting Control Panel, and some panels also offer a couple of management levels – master reseller, reseller, user, etc. This presents a lot of possibilities for business as the virtual web hosting server owners can resell hosting packages or have resellers of their own. More advanced persons can manage everything via a Secure Shell terminal as well.

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers – A Virtualization Panel

All necessary web hosting server, FTP, MySQL, etc. software apps are pre-installed on the VPS web hosting server by default, so there is no reason to bother about that. Software updates, installations, restarting operations, etc. are all done via a server virtualization panel that permits the user to handle the virtual hosting server via a graphical interface, which makes the administration of a VPS web server easier and more convenient. An apt example of such a panel is Parallels Virtuozzo Containers. The administration panel is also utilized to create and restore backups, thus sparing you the time you’d otherwise have had to spend waiting for the web hosting vendor’s support department to perform these assignments.

Private Virtual Server Hosting – a Low-Priced and Stable Service

An essential feature of the private virtual server package are the so-called “burstable” system resources. If a concrete site is creating high server load or approaches the quota limit at some stage, extra system resources are allocated to this virtual hosting server on condition that they are present on the physical server. This immensely helps to maintain all websites online and makes the virtual web hosting server a stable and reliable web hosting solution.

A VPS Server – The Logical Choice When You Need More Features

A Virtual Private Server is a great choice for frequently visited web portals that require a lot of system resources. It is powerful enough but simultaneously it is much cheaper than a dedicated server. If the web hosting firm offers a bunch of different plans, upgrading from one to the other is also simple and no site movement will be required, therefore there will be no downtime as far as the domain names that are hosted on the virtual private web hosting server are concerned. The administration is not much different than that of a shared web hosting account, but the performance is much better in terms of stability and speed.

Joomla Web Hosting

If you are new to the World Wide Web and you wish to kick off your very first web page, or you are looking for a substitute for the web design software that you are currently utilizing, you may try a script-driven content management system (CMS) software app.

Joomla – Perhaps The Best Known Content Management Application

A CMS (Content Management System) software application denotes a set of features administered through one single administration dashboard that enables you to establish and run web pages easily. You can think of it as a frame, or a pre-built site, atop of which you start setting up and configuring your very own online portal. The most popular open-source CMS software is Joomla, and it is among the finest possibilities you can select from to develop your weblog.

A Brief Chronicle Of The Joomla Content Management Software Platform

Joomla is an open-source Content Management System script built and maintained by hundreds of volunteers working in collaboration in the Joomla Project organization. It can operate on any web hosting platform that works with PHP and MySQL databases, so you can use it with any site hosting package – from a free-of-cost to a shared web hosting account. And why not to a virtual server or a dedicated server? The installation takes just several mins, or if your web hosting provider offers this option, you can utilize a PHP script installation tool that would accomplish the job for you.

Build Feature-Rich Pages, It’s Comparatively Simple

Once Joomla is activated, you can sign in to the admin panel and start creating feature-rich online portals, articles, or any other web content you can recollect. A couple of examples of sites that you can make with the open-source script are family-oriented or religious web pages, school web sites, e-zines and online newspapers, e-business portals, or community-based websites.

An Immense Variety of Joomla Skins

The strength of Joomla arises from its vast community and the countless multitude of enthusiasts who hatch Joomla themes and plug-ins that allow you to append numerous new functions to your web page and bestow it with a matchless look. There are practically 1000’s of add-ons to choose from, and since the PHP-based script is open-source and free to download, so are all the plug-ins and the design skins offered on the Joomla website. The installation is really simple – all you need to perform is upload the add-on files to the proper folder in your web site hosting account, then sign in to the Joomla admin panel and install that specific plugin from a list with all the plug-ins that you presently avail of.

Multi-Language Support

Both the administration Control Panel and the concrete online portal that you make can be in any language, which makes Joomla the most appropriate choice for localizing a website in different languages so that if you would like to make a company portal, for instance, you can target users from different parts of the world. The administration is done through user interfaces known as Managers, which permit you to manage every facet of your web page – media, languages, web templates, plugins, users.

Trustworthy Joomla Web Hosting

NTC Hosting is one of the companies that offer Joomla with each and every site hosting account of theirs. It can be quickly activated through their 1-click PHP script installer, and you can select it during the signup procedure, or you can activate it at a later time. The company furnishes unmetered web hosting services at cheap prices so that you could kick off any kind of online portal availing of Joomla and not worry about resources.

Joomla – The Prime Option for Inexperienced and Qualified Users

Even though Joomla is remarkably simple to utilize, it also boasts multiple high-end features and enables developers to devise custom catalogs, reservation software systems, data-reporting software tools or e-business platforms. This functionality renders the Content Management System script the best known CMS platform and it is the first preference of both rookies and trained developers.

The Nature of Website Hosting

You have a concept that you desire to turn into a website? Your very first move should be to preserve your inspiration and discover a place for your web page online so that it will be constantly visible to the whole world.

Where should you host your site?

Because the number of websites on the web has increased rapidly in the last couple of years, the demand for web hosting services has also lead to the birth of countless website hosting distributors. These are firms that offer you hard drive space for your own web site on their web hosting servers.

Types of hosting services

The range of hosting services varies immensely, so do the requirements of the web site proprietors. The most basic type of web hosting is the small-scale file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based graphical user interface. A lot of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide this service free of cost. Personal web site proprietors and companies can also get website hosting services from different web hosting vendors. Personal web site hosting services are typically either free, ad-supported, or inexpensive. Business web site hosting services typically cost more, but owing to the big rivalry on the marketplace, a growing number of web hosting suppliers, such as ExclusiveHosting, supply business web hosting services at cheap prices and with flexible invoicing cycles.

Kinds of sites and their requirements

The cost-free web hosting solution is generally sufficient for personal sites such as portfolios or blogs. A more elaborate site, like a social networking site or a corporate web site, needs a more powerful website hosting solution that provides database support and application development platforms (e.g. PHP). If you want to host an online shop, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting provider of your choosing. At present, Secure Sockets Layer certificates are offered by the majority of hosting service providers.

The hosting Control Panel

The hosting distributor typically also offers a hosting Control Panel graphical user interface for administering your files, email boxes, electronic mail aliases, domain names, DNS records, and so on.

Service dependability

When picking a website hosting package, website availability is a very important factor. The availability of a web site is assessed on an annual basis by taking into consideration the time when the web site is publicly accessible and viewable on the World Wide Web. Network and service uptime guarantees, therefore, should be cautiously examined when signing up for a web hosting service. The best thing to do is double-check the service-level agreements and the Terms of Service of the web hosting provider of your choice in advance. Finding reviews from current customers is also a very sensible move before you decide to register.

The shared hosting platform

The most widely used and modestly priced type of hosting service is the shared hosting solution. It offers 24×7 customer support, which is a great advantage for clients who do not want to cope with server maintenance procedures, but could also hamper clients who wish to exercise more authority over the web hosting server. For such customers, a virtual web server or a dedicated hosting server would be more suitable. Most popular applications and scripts work alright on a shared web server. Besides, the shared web hosting solution is less expensive than other types of hosting solutions, like the dedicated server web hosting solution, since the web hosting packages provider splits the web server among many customers. The shared web hosting solution usually includes resource usage limits that guarantee that the separate customers do not intervene with each other and that the web hosting server remains stable.

Handling your shared hosting account

Shared hosting plans typically include a web-based web hosting Control Panel interface, like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. Most of the large-sized web hosting service providers, such as ExclusiveHosting, utilize their very own personal custom-designed Control Panel.

Web server maintenance

With the shared hosting solution, the web hosting services provider is responsible for administering the web and e-mail servers, for installing server software, security updates and patches, and for offering technical support to its clients. The majority of web servers are based on the Linux OS. The host’s sysadmins are in charge of maintaining the Operating System up to date, unless you have a dedicated hosting server and full server root access.

Free Web Hosting Solutions

Free Web Hosting

You want to host your website for free, but where do you do that without ads being incorporated on your website? Is that even possible? It turns out that it is feasible indeed, although there is a very small number of web hosting service providers delivering free web hosting packages without adverts.

My recently found free hosting supplier

A short while ago I discovered 100Webspace, a UK-registered web hosting packages provider, which supplies charge-free web site hosting solutions. The major reason why they can offer charge-free hosting packages without any advertisements is the circumstance that you can set up only one single charge-free web hosting account with them, whereas web hosting companies that place banner advertisements on your websites allow you to create as many charge-free website hosting user accounts as you desire.

Free web site hosting limitations

Many free hosting distributors disallow the use of their cost-free web site hosting packages just for file or image hosting purposes and the use of bandwidth for hotlinking purposes. Lots of free web hosting providers forbid hotlinking or direct linking and the inclusion of different computer file extensions. 100Webspace makes no exception and prohibits inline linking by default.

File size limits

Other common restrictions imposed on free-of-charge web hosting accounts by free web hosting vendors are connected with the size of the files. For example, 100Webspace does not permit customers to upload files greater than 500 kilobytes or big audio and video files. Even if you try to upload a large file or a forbidden file type, it will not work out. You can upload more sizeable files and dodge this limitation if you upgrade to a professional paid web hosting package. 100Webspace supplies remarkably affordably priced web site hosting solutions in case you require extra system resources.

File quotas

One additional free web site hosting account limitation is associated with the number of files you can store inside the website hosting account. Paid website hosting accounts normally include file quotas too, but cost-free web hosting plans have much more limited file quotas. Let’s take as an example the cost-free web site hosting package supplied by 100Webspace. You can only store five thousand files in your free-of-charge web hosting account and have to shift to a professional paid hosting package if you need to host more. The free-of-charge hosting plan does not offer an email service too, so this type of hosting service is predominantly appropriate for testing purposes or if you have a family-oriented, non-profit portal, which needs an extremely small amount of traffic and includes very few files. If your little website project starts to enlarge, though, you do not necessarily have to swap hosting providers, because there also is the option to upgrade your website hosting package to a paid one without ever having to switch

Free Web Hosting Services

Free Web Hosting

Plenty of web hosting corporations at the moment are delivering free-of-cost web page hosting solutions, drawing more and more clients. The cost-free service is adequate if you possess a personal web site or if you do not wish to invest cash for a paid professional web hosting plan. Let’s have a gaze at some of the pros and cons of the free web hosting solution as a whole.

Benefit No.1: Free-of-Charge Web Hosting is… Free

The strongest side is that you get a top free web hosting service – this would exclude any costs connected with running a personal website, a weblog, a forum, or even a small-sized corporate portal. Since the free web page hosting vendors are also providing standard web hosting plans, they will try to provide you with a steady service and to convince you that their web hosting servers are stable. If you receive a reliable free-of-charge service, it indicates that you’d obtain an even greater paid service, so it is in their own best self-interest to supply you with a steady free-of-cost site hosting service. This will make you more likely to contemplate getting a cloud hosting plan from them in the near future.

Strong Side Number Two: Saves You Cash

The free web hosting service is an acceptable option if you do not want to invest cash in your website or you are making your initial moves in website design and want to determine how well you can manage, but you are reluctant to give money for that. What’s more, if you would like a web page for a certain occasion such as a class gathering, a fundraising mission, or regional elections, you may consider a free-of-cost webspace hosting service as you will not be constrained by any service contracts and you will not have to pay on a monthly or yearly basis for the webspace hosting plan, which you may not even avail of after the event has elapsed.

Disadvantage No.1: Forced Commercials

No matter how solid the charge-free hosting solution might appear, it also has disadvantages – precisely because it is free-of-cost. Since the clients do not pay for their hosting accounts, the only way for the hosting company to offer this service is to put ads on each and every page of your website. Some hosting corporations even use pop-up windows and this may hinder the guests to your website from visiting it or from returning again in the near future. The advertisements will also make any business online portal look amateurish – few people would buy anything from a service provider that cannot afford to give money for its own online portal.

Drawback Number Two: Limited Technical Support

There are some technical limitations as well. Since the web hosting service is free-of-charge, the storage space, traffic and file size quotas are traditionally quite limited, while electronic mail or database support is not constantly available. You can upgrade either the whole plan to a reliable web hosting plan, or you can upgrade only a single functionality, such as server storage, on the basis of the upgrade choices given by the free host that you are utilizing. Another negative point is that you may be provided with minimal or no customer and tech support and that there is no warranty for the dependability of the web servers. Every web hosting firm would like to offer stable solutions, but as long as you do not pay a single cent, as is the case with the cost-free webspace hosting service, you cannot anticipate to receive such solutions.

Half-Priced Hosting – The Worthier Alternative?

Examining the positive and negative aspects of the cost-free webspace hosting service, you can determine whether you demand such a solution or a paid professional one. Some hosting providers like 50Webs, for example, provide several standard shared hosting packages that are quite cheap and immensely exceed the resources delivered by any charge-free web hosting plan.