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Add a “Back to Top” Button On Your WordPress Blog

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When you’re working on a new website for your business, you want to get everything just right. So how do you do that? The key is to give your visitors what they want – and web users today want convenience. They expect your site to be fast-loading, beautiful to look at, and (more than anything else) user-friendly. There are dozens, maybe even hundreds, of little things you can do to improve the usability of your website, but today we’re going to talk about the “Back to Top” button. Continue reading Add a “Back to Top” Button On Your WordPress Blog at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Claim Your Domain to Unlock The Full Web

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As we’ve said before on this blog, you don’t want to be using the Internet with training wheels. When the Internet became more openly available in the 90s, it was seen as more of a fad. It took many years and the success of a few tech titans to change peoples’ opinions about how the web could work for them. But a whole slew of Internet services have popped up to make getting your own content on the web more simple. Continue reading Claim Your Domain to Unlock The Full Web at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

How Much Does a Website Cost?

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The post How Much Does a Website Cost? appeared first on HostGator Blog. How much does a website cost? Is there a general range I should expect to pay for a new website? If you’re just getting started online, then you’ve probably turned these questions over in your head. They’re very important questions to answer. Unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer for either of them. It all depends on the goals of your site, the type of site you’re building, and the method you’re going to take to build out your website. As a general rule of thumb the more hands-on you’re going to be throughout the process the lower the cost will be. So, using a website builder or a CMS will be much cheaper than hiring a professional website designer. Below we’ll examine how much a website costs to build, as well as the factors that will influence the overall cost. Website Cost Considerations The price of your website will depend on a lot of different factors. Both pre-existing factors, as well as the type of site you’re going to build. Here are a few of the main considerations that will influence the overall price. 1. Your Choice of Domain and Hosting Every website needs a domain name and hosting. Your domain name is what people will type into the address bar to access your site. While your hosting is where all of your website’s files will be stored. You can purchase these together or separately. 2. The Platform That Powers Your Site You’re going to have a lot of different options when it comes to building out your site. You can use a website builder, choose a CMS like WordPress, or even hire a professional to build your site for you. With WordPress, you can rely on free themes and plugins to reduce your overall cost, while with a website builder you’ll typically pay a monthly fee. Hiring a web developer will be the most expensive option. We’ll cover this in more detail below. 3. The Type of Website You’re Building The type of website you’re building will greatly influence the overall cost. For example, if you’re building a simple personal blog, then your expenses will be very low. But, if you’re building out a complex eCommerce store, then you should expect higher website build costs. Generally, the more complex and feature-rich your website, the higher the cost will be. But, this cost can be offset by doing most of the design tasks yourself, or using the right website builder software or CMS. Essential Website Expenses: Domains and Hosting Costs The overall cost of building your site will be greatly influenced by factors above, like the type of site you’re building, and what software or platform will form the foundation for your site. But, there are two essential expenses to building a website that you won’t be able to avoid: your domain name and hosting. Here’s how the cost of these two elements breaks down. 1. Domain Name Costs Your domain name is probably one of the first things you’ll purchase. Your domain name is the URL that people will type into their website browser to actually view your site. We won’t get into choosing your domain name here. But here are a few great resources for choosing the perfect domain name: How You Can Choose the Best Domain Name for Your BlogThe 7 Best Domain Name Suggestion ToolsIs My Domain Name Available? Every domain isn’t created equal. Most domains will run you around $9 to $15 per year. However, the costs can run up into the hundreds or thousands, if you’re absolutely set on a certain domain. Here are a few factors that will influence the overall cost of your domain: The Top-Level Domain The top-level domain is the .com or .org that follows your domain. The top-level domain or domain name extension you choose will influence the overall cost of your domain. There are dozens of different top-level domains to choose from. But, the most common are .com, .org, .net, and .co. You’re probably best off choosing .com if it’s available. A lot of other domain name extensions are experimental, or country-specific, but sticking with common and widely recognized extensions is probably your best bet. Going for more abstract and creative domain name extensions will probably add a higher fee to your domain name purchase. The Type of Domain Purchasing a brand new domain will definitely be the cheapest option for acquiring a domain. But, there are other options available if you’re absolutely set on a domain. Here are two common methods for acquiring a domain besides purchasing it through a registrar: Reach out to the current site owner. If you do a domain search on HostGator Domains and see that the domain is already taken, then you might be able to get in touch with the owner and place a bid. This will usually be a more expensive route. You should expect to pay at least a couple hundred dollars, maybe more. Purchase your domain through a marketplace. There are sites like Sedo that list domain names that people already own. These domains are pretty pricey, but if you have the budget, this allows you to buy a domain outright, or make an offer. Once you’ve settled on your domain name it’s time to buy it. If you’re looking for the best deal, then you’ll probably want to buy your domain name right here at HostGator. Just type in your desired domain name, see if it’s available, and complete the purchase. If your domain is available, then your desired extension will influence the yearly price. You can simplify your life even further by purchasing your domain name and hosting together. 2. Website Hosting Costs Choosing the right web host for your website is a decision you’ll want to take seriously. The right web host will make it easy for you to build your website, as well as improve site performance, keep your site secure, and a lot more. When it comes to web hosting, you’re going to have a lot of different hosting options to choose from. For example, you’ve got shared hosting, WordPress hosting, cloud hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated hosting. On top of that, you have different hosting plans within each type of hosting. The hosting package you choose will greatly influence how much your site costs to build. Generally, hosting packages will range from $10/month to $150+/mo. That’s just a very basic estimation. Shared hosting will typically be the cheapest plan, but as your website requires more server resources to function, then you’ll need to upgrade to a more expensive plan. However, as your website grows, both in size and traffic levels, you’ll hopefully be making more money to cover the additional hosting costs. If this is your first website, then a basic shared hosting package will probably be the best type of hosting for your needs. Shared hosting is beginner-friendly, easy to set up, is very cheap, and gives you enough server resources to get you through the initial stages of growing your site. Did we mention it’s cheap? Yes. Here at HostGator, you can pick up the cheapest shared hosting plan for less than $3 a month! Website Design Costs: DIY vs. Professional Services With your domain name and hosting secured it’s time to look at the other big factor that’ll influence the cost of building your website. This section is highly variable, as you’ll soon learn. But, as a general rule of thumb, the more work you’ll willing to do yourself, the cheaper designing your website will be. Here’s a look at the two different routes to building your website: 1. DIY Website Building Costs When building your website yourself you’re going to have a few different options to explore. Unless you know how to code (or want to learn), you’ll primarily be relying on a website builder or a CMS like WordPress to build out your site. Here’s a cost breakdown of each of these two routes to site creation. Cost of Using a Website Builder Website builders make it incredibly easy to build out your site. These tools are created for complete beginners meaning it won’t take any coding knowledge to build out your site. The general process will be as follows: you select a template, make changes via a drag and drop interface, add your content, then publish your site. There are dozens of different website builders that exist online today, including one here at HostGator. By using a builder like the Gator Website Builder you’ll help to keep costs low while building out a beautiful and functional website. Cost of Using WordPress to Build Out Your Site Another common option is using WordPress to build out your site. WordPress is a free CMS, so there won’t be any upfront costs required to build your site. All you need to do is install WordPress on your site, which you can do from within cPanel. Then, you’ll customize your site by choosing a theme, and add more features to your site via the vast plugin library. The costs for using WordPress to build your site are highly variable. For example, you can get away with building a WordPress site entirely for free by relying on free themes and plugins. Or, you can spend $100+ on a premium theme, along with premium plugins that range from $10-50+ per month. It all depends on your theme and plugin selection. 2. Professional Website Design Costs Getting your website built by a professional will be the most expensive option by far. The price for a professional website build will vary greatly. The overall cost depends on the type of site you want to be built and who you’re using to build out your website. Here’s a general average cost breakdown for professional web design services: Basic small business site – $1000 – $7500+Larger business site – $10,000 – $25k+eCommerce site – $5000 – $20k+Freelance hire – $500 – $5000+ These are very rough estimates. Generally, if you’re going to hire a developer via a site like Upwork then your costs will be cheaper than if you’re hiring a web design agency to build out your site. It’ll also be cheaper to have a developer customize an existing theme than create a brand new WordPress theme from scratch. On the other hand, if you hire a web design agency, they’ll be able to bring their expertise from creating hundreds of sites and apply that knowledge to your site. They may also bring additional expertise a freelance developer may not have, like UX, SEO, and PPC. How Much Does a Website Cost? The Verdict Hopefully, you have a better idea of the answer to the question: how much does a website cost? As you can see there are ways you can build a website for basically nothing, while other website builds will run up into the thousands of dollars. If you’re looking for the cheapest way to get a website online, then consider using some of the resources here at HostGator. For a domain name and the cheapest shared hosting plan, you’re looking at roughly a $15 upfront investment. Then, you can use WordPress or the bundled website builder. If you’re going to be hiring a professional to build out your website then expect to pay a lot more. The overall cost will depend on the designer or design firm you’re using, along with what you’re asking them to do. For example, doing WordPress theme customizations will be cheaper than building out a 100-page eCommerce site. There is no clear cut cost for the price you’ll pay to build out your website. But, this is kind of a good thing. It means that you can build a website, no matter your budget or existing technical skills. You can create your new website yourself, or you can hire a professional to take care of everything for you. Overall, it’s up to you how much your website costs to build. Whether you have a low or high budget, you’ll be able to find the right combination of tools to help launch your dream website. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

10 Reasons InMotion Hosting is the Best for WordPress

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Once you design your WordPress website, you still have some tasks left to do. Chief among these is finding a hosting service that can meet your needs and keep your website up and protected. In order to choose the right hosting service, it’s necessary to do a lot of research and compare the different options available to you. But one of the best hosting services currently on the market is InMotion Hosting. InMotion has several things going for it, so let’s look at 10 reasons why you should consider this host for your site: Not a New Name—One thing that you need to realize about hosting providers is that there are many who pop up claiming to be the best, only to fizzle out in a few years. Continue reading 10 Reasons InMotion Hosting is the Best for WordPress at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

The cPanel Mail Server – cPanel Eats Its Own Dog Food

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“Eating your own dog food” is a popular practice amongst companies where the employees are encouraged, and often do, use their own product in real life scenarios. The phrase “eating your own dog food” was purported to have been coined in the 1970s when television advertisements for Alpo Dog Food. Spokesman Lorne Greene pointed out that he had fed Alpo to his own dogs. Another possibility, even stranger, was a story of the president of ...

Setting Up Meetings Just Got Easier with New Features in LinkedIn Messenger

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Having a community of professionals to exchange ideas with, ask advice from, or chat about industry trends can go a long way in helping you be more productive and successful. In fact, 70% of professionals say their support system is one of the top factors contributing to success at work. One of the best ways to nurture your professional community is by staying in touch regularly and setting up time to chat. When scheduling, we know the top things you need to know is when to meet and where to... .

What is VPS Hosting?

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Want to take your business online? First, you’ll need to find somewhere to house your website. To do this, you’ll need to find a web hosting plan and there are several options available with each designed to serve a different level of demand. If you are looking for the best VPS hosting plan, keep reading to learn more from our complete VPS hosting guide. This article will provide a VPS hosting comparison so you can find the best hosting solution for you and your needs. VPS hosting is essentially a combination of shared hosting and dedicated hosting. The acronym “VPS” stands for “Virtual Private Server,” which is intended to convey that nearly all of the advanced features that are enjoyed via a dedicated server can be had at a much lower price point, comparable to that of a shared server. Users who opt for a VPS package are graced with the computing power necessary to run a complex side or grow an online business. General research shows that the enlistment of a dedicated private server will likely cost upwards of $100 per month. For many small to medium-sized businesses, this is simply too expensive, so they must find a more cost-effective alternative that retains all the features necessary to run their website. It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. How Does VPS Web Hosting Work? With VPS web hosting, the service provider essentially takes a single piece of hardware, the server, and virtually partitions it off into a number of individual hosting spaces, each with its own dedicated operating environment. Think of it like an apartment building, where every unit in the shared building is fully self-contained with all the same necessities as a freestanding house. Each space is completely customizable, subject to the needs and tastes of each occupant, and each unit has its own dedicated utilities which share a common source.   Why Should I Choose VPS Hosting? VPS hosting packages offer a number of advantages over other common hosting options. In comparison, VPS hosting is more reliable, flexible, and scalable than shared hosting. While VPS hosting does cost more, the jump in price is negligible for all but the smallest enterprises. In comparison to dedicated hosting, VPS offers nearly all of the same benefits in regard to customizability, scalability, and security that typically drive businesses to opt for a dedicated server. Reliability In the context of hosting, reliability boils down to the degree of confidence with which you can expect your website to run smoothly without downtime. In the case of a shared hosting plan, in which bandwidth usage is shared openly amongst every website housed on the server, there is risk of your website experiencing downtime due to what is known as the “bad neighbor effect”. This occurs when one of the “neighbors” on the server experiences unusually high traffic to their site, which places a high demand for resources on the server. When this kind of hoarding occurs, those resources become unavailable to other websites, causing them to slow or become unreachable altogether. Obviously, if your website is unreachable, that is bad for business. VPS hosting insulates websites from their neighbors by virtually partitioning them from one another and allocating resources for their sole use. In comparison, this makes VPS hosted websites very reliable, since no competition for bandwidth usage results in minimized downtime. Flexibility Flexibility and customizability are interchangeable terms here. In a shared hosting environment, any changes to the operating system or coding may have a direct effect on the other websites hosted on the web server and are thus not allowed. VPS hosting services allow you to customize your environment to the specific needs of your project without the risk of affecting your neighbors or stealing server resources. Scalability Another benefit of having both a dedicated virtual space and an assigned set of resources is that it makes scaling a simple matter. As your business grows, so will things like web traffic and the number of people you employ. VPS hosting allows the freedom to add bandwidth, storage, email accounts and more to ensure that your hosting can scale with you. It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. VPS Hosting Features Once you have selected and registered your domain name, you will need to select the hosting solution that best suits your needs. Typically, a range of hosting plans are offered which include varying amounts of resources. As the amount of resources available in each package increases, so does the price. The services offered in these packages will include: Business email plansStorageRAMCPU powerData TransfersDomain Hosting What Makes A Good VPS Package? A good package will include enough RAM and bandwidth to keep your site running glitch free, as well as enough disk space to consolidate all of your files into a single digital storage space. A great hosting package will also have a sufficient number of monthly data transfers included in their base fee rather than nickel-and-diming you for additional transfers after you exceed the initial allotment. VPS hosting packages offered by Domain.com check all the boxes. Additionally, some packages at Domain.com boast unlimited offerings for resources like email and premium domains, which make them extremely attractive to businesses that expect to experience a lot of growth. Domain.com’s top packages include unlimited email accounts, domains, and MySQL databases with no setup costs or other hidden fees. Unlimited Email Having the freedom to create as many email accounts as you need is critical for businesses that plan to grow. Domain.com lets you create an unlimited number of email accounts with no additional cost, allowing you to scale your email accounts along with the rest of your business. Additionally, desirable email packages include plenty of storage for each individual account. Domain.com offers a rather generous capacity on each mailbox at 500MB, or 10,000 email messages (whichever comes first). Unlimited Disk Space A great VPS host will provide unlimited disk space to help you curate all the content you wish to have on your site. Contrary to what the name suggests, it is technically possible to exceed the allotment of disk space provided under an “unlimited” plan. However, upstanding web hosts will work closely with clients to consolidate or reduce the number of files they use in order to operate more efficiently. Typically, this only happens with customers storing tens of thousands of files at a time, so it is a relatively small concern. Large Bandwidth Bandwidth is the amount of traffic that streams between your business’ website and other websites on the internet, and a good VPS package will support all the bandwidth your website demands. By doing so, your host ensures that your website maintains optimum performance at all times. VPS hosting provided by Domain.com includes all the bandwidth you might need to operate with plans offering between 1000-2000GB. They are built specifically to handle the data transfer demands of all but the largest of big business. That is to say, large corporations like Amazon will not be hosting their data on a VPS server—they simply don’t provide the bandwidth to support that level of traffic—but smaller businesses will be well served. Management Services Setting up and managing websites on a private server requires a good deal of technical knowledge. One of the more convenient features of VPS hosting is that it does not require any technical knowledge on the part of the customer. In-house technicians will manage things like: the setup process oversight and maintenance of the host server installation of your operating system malware removal software other services such as security scans This allows business owners to focus on running their companies, without concerning themselves with IT. Security A lot of sensitive and valuable information is transmitted in the process of running a business online. Some of this includes information regarding your business finances or your customers’ personal information. Whatever it may be, this data needs to be encrypted and kept safe so that it isn’t stolen and used by anyone with bad intentions. One of the benefits of VPS hosting is that the physical server is kept in a location safeguarded against physical attack or theft. Additionally, the host company provides protection from malware and any other source or online attempt to steal your sensitive information. Security Tools There are a couple of security tools used to protect your information, like the Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, and another called SiteLock security. Any business that sells products or services online needs to have an SSL Certificate included in their VPS package to keep financial information confidential during transmission. Hosting plans purchased through Domain.com include a free SSL certificate upon signup, saving you money, as well as access to SiteLock. Customer Service Any great VPS host will provide top notch customer service. You want your web hosting provider to be responsive and available at any time of day. The experts at Domain.com pride themselves on providing the best customer service available in the industry. They offer live chat customer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to address concerns, answer questions, and help you find solutions that serve your growing needs. It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. Still Unsure? If you find that you are still unsure if VPS hosting is the right type of plan for you, then below you’ll find a comparison between shared and dedicated, the two other primary hosting forms. VPS vs. Shared Hosting Compared to shared hosting, VPS hosting offers a greater amount of resources available to website owners. In a shared hosting environment, your site is subject to the fluctuations and demands from hundreds or even thousands of other websites housed on the same server as your website. Lack of sufficient storage space means you might need to store some of your files elsewhere, while lack of sufficient bandwidth could make your site slow to load or unreachable altogether. Lack of security is another concern regarding shared hosting, as faulty coding or changes made to neighboring websites could negatively impact the performance of your site. VPS vs. Dedicated Hosting By offering unlimited disk space and bandwidth with their VPS hosting packages, Domain.com covers the primary demands that might prompt a complex or growing business to choose dedicated hosting in the first place. While you lack some of the custom perks that you would with a dedicated host, like choosing your operating system (ex: Windows), VPS hosting plans through Domain.com include installation of Linux with the ability to run PHP, Perl, and Python at a dramatically reduced cost. How Much Does VPS Hosting Cost? VPS hosting provides some of the best value out of all the available hosting options out there. Since it’s a bit of a hybrid hosting service it has features of both shared and dedicated hosting, so it follows that the price falls somewhere in between the two other hosting options. A few factors influence the price of a given VPS hosting plan: the amount of RAM, disk space, and bandwidth that you need. Additional features like management services and the inclusion of tools like a control panel may also affect the price. Domain.com’s VPS Hosting Plans Check out Domain.com’s VPS hosting options, offered at discounted introductory rates here:S Standard512 MB dedicated RAM20 GB disk space1000 GB bandwidthLinux: Cent OSPHP, Perl, PythonStarting at $29.70/mo. Pro1024 MB dedicated RAM40 GB disk space1500 GB bandwidthLinux: Cent OSPHP, Perl, PythonStarting at $41.60/mo. Premium2048 MB dedicated RAM60 GB disk space2000 GB bandwidthLinux: Cent OSPHP, Perl, PythonStarting at $67.95/mo. Conclusion VPS hosting is a fantastic option for nearly any small to medium-sized business looking to take their services online. It offers the power, flexibility, and stability of dedicated hosting at a price point that makes it extremely enticing. For those who are new to the online world and those who see large potential for future growth, the support and scalability offered by a VPS hosting package simply can’t be overlooked. Don’t know which type of hosting plan to choose? Contact Domain.com today to learn more about our VPS hosting services. As one of the leading VPS providers in the industry, we’ll be able to provide you with all the information you need to make the right decision for you and your website. The post What is VPS Hosting? appeared first on Domain.com | Blog.

Drupal Vs WordPress

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When it comes to designing a worthwhile website, the choice of content management system (CMS) may not be readily apparent. Complicating this choice are the almost-tribal sentiments of each system’s loyalists, each convinced of the “rightness” of their favorite. But both are open source, free to use, and provide a multitude of plug-ins and modules. … Continue reading →

Are Single Page Websites The New Thing?

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More and more companies are standing behind the single page website model. And it makes sense. A single page website can hold more content than you might think. A single page can scroll infinitely, but you’ll want to make sure to have your targeted content placed strategically. Don’t Let Your Site Become a Confusing Mess When designing a website it’s important to consider the user experience. Back in the early days of the web, you may remember seeing cluttered, distracting websites. Continue reading Are Single Page Websites The New Thing? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

What Is WordPress Hosting?

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The post What Is WordPress Hosting? appeared first on HostGator Blog. If you’ve been thinking about building a website using WordPress, then you’ve probably come across WordPress hosting at some point. Hosting is one of the most important, but commonly overlooked aspects of running your website. Without a high-quality host behind you, your site will load slowly, have high downtime, and even be less secure, or more susceptible to hacking. By choosing a quality WordPress host you can greatly improve the performance of your WordPress site while giving yourself a ton of additional advantages. Learn what WordPress hosting actually is, the various forms of WordPress hosting that are available, how it can benefit your site, and finally what to look for in a quality WordPress host. What Is WordPress Hosting? In the purest sense, WordPress web hosting is a host that’s been optimized to run WordPress. The additional features offered will vary depending on the type of WordPress hosting you go with. But, generally it’ll be equipped with features like one-click-install, so you can quickly install WordPress on your site, or automatic updates to the WordPress core. Generally, WordPress hosting will have support staff that’s better versed in WordPress-related technical issues than your standard hosting staff. Keep in mind that WordPress hosting is not a requirement if you want to run WordPress. You can run WordPress on almost any style of host as the requirements to run WordPress are quite minimal. In fact, the only technical requirements support for running WordPress include MySQL 5.0.15 or higher and PHP 5.2.4 or higher. However, just because you can run WordPress on technically any host doesn’t mean you should. A WordPress host will help you get the most out of your website and offer you greater levels of performance across the board. The Different Types of WordPress Hosting Available Above you learned that any kind of hosting solution can technically be WordPress hosting, once you install WordPress. However, actual WordPress hosting is a specific type of hosting environment that’s been optimized to help WordPress run better. Here are the most common types of WordPress hosting that you’ll find. 1. Shared WordPress Hosting Shared WordPress hosting is the cheapest form of WordPress hosting you’ll be able to find. Think of it as a step up from traditional shared hosting in that it’s optimized specifically for WordPress. Still, with a shared WordPress hosting solution, you’ll be sharing server resources with other websites. This sharing of the web server environment is what helps to keep costs low. The web server you’re sharing will still be optimized for WordPress though, so you will get improved performance over a traditional shared server. Other common features you’ll find in traditional WordPress hosting include the ability to use a one-click WordPress installer, so you can install WordPress in a couple of minutes. Some hosts will even give you the ability to pre-install WordPress the moment you sign up for hosting. Other features you may find include automatic updates to the WordPress core, along with your themes and plugins, and of course, a knowledgeable support team. Any other WordPress-related features included in your package will be host specific. 2. Managed WordPress Hosting Managed WordPress sites enjoy one of the highest levels of hosting available for WordPress sites. Managed WordPress hosting takes the stress out of hosting and managing your site, as you’ll have a team of WordPress experts behind you every step of the way. Typically, managed WordPress hosting will utilize a dedicated server. However it can also be configured with VPS hosting, cloud hosting, or even a shared server environment. The exact type of server specifications depends upon the hosting provider you end up choosing. Most often you’ll find that managed WordPress hosts utilize dedicated servers, so that gives you more control over server setup and scalability. Here are a few of the biggest benefits of WordPress managed hosting: Incredibly fast speeds. If you run a WordPress site, then you can get extremely fast loading speeds by using an optimized server environment. High levels of security. With WordPress hosting you have a secure hosting environment designed to protect against WordPress-specific attacks. Up to date server. With automated updates you can ensure your site remains fast and secure without any added work on your end. Dedicated support team. WordPress hosting offers you a support staff that’s well versed in WordPress and can help you quickly remedy any hosting or site issues. High-level of uptime. If your site makes money, then every moment it’s offline you’re losing money. A WordPress host can help stop this from happening. Managed WordPress hosting is one of the more customized hosting solutions available. As a result, there are some drawbacks that might not align with the goals of your site. For example, there are typically plugin restrictions. Certain plugins can be banned due to their codebase, their security protocols, or a variety of other reasons. So, if you’re using a plugin that the host doesn’t allow, then you’ll need to find an alternative or consider a different form of hosting altogether. Also, if you want to run any other kind of site beyond WordPress you can’t do so with managed WordPress hosting. There simply isn’t support to run any other kind of site on the heavily customized server environment. Lastly, the costs of managed WordPress hosting might be prohibitive for some website owners. If your website is very profitable, then investing in managed WordPress hosting can help improve your site’s performance, while saving you time on any technical hosting tasks. If you have a small budget, then there’s no shame in starting with shared WordPress hosting and upgrading once you have the budget. 3 Big Benefits of WordPress Hosting No matter what type of WordPress hosting you choose you’ll find some incredible advantages. Here are a few reasons why people choose WordPress hosting. 1. Very Fast Speeds Today having a fast loading website is non-negotiable. If your website loads slowly not only will you be providing a poor user experience, but you’ll rank lower in the search engines too. WordPress hosting is one of the best ways to speed up your website.. Even using shared WordPress hosting will improve your site’s performance over standard shared hosting plans. By only running WordPress on certain servers, you can make optimization and performance tweaks. However, for the highest levels of performance, you’ll want to opt for WordPress managed hosting. With managed WordPress hosting you’ll get a hosting environment that’s been completely optimized to your site. Plus, you’ll have a team or WordPress experts behind you that will work to make optimizations and offer advice to further elevate levels of performance. 2. High Level of Security Security isn’t usually thought of until it’s too late. However, by being proactive about website security you’ll keep your site secure while keeping all of your visitor and user data safe. WordPress hosting has the unique advantage of being able to protect against WordPress-specific attacks. When you’re using a more generalized host any security protocols in place will only protect against more broad attacks. However, with WordPress hosting you can implement security measures against attacks that specifically target WordPress. Since WordPress is the most commonly hacked CMS, you’ll want to take additional steps to protect your site. A lot of WordPress hosts will also have regular security scanning and monitoring, so you can be sure your site is always protected. With managed WordPress hosting this is usually taken a step further. If your site does experience a security breach, the host managing your site will help you fully recover and patch any security holes. 3. Up to Date Software When you’re running a WordPress site you’ll need to run updates on a regular basis. It’s a small task that only takes a couple of minutes. But, a lot of site owners usually forget to check into their sites to see if any updates are available. Not only is keeping your site up to date a way to ensure high performance, but it will keep your site more secure. Like most things, security related updates are issued to patch security holes that have been discovered. Without updating your themes and plugins you leave your site open to being exploited. Plus, when new versions of the WordPress core have released any plugins or themes usually make updates as well to remain compatible. Depending on the WordPress host you’re using, automatic updates might be a part of the hosting package. This will ensure your site is patched against any known security issues and always running the latest version of the WordPress core, plugins, and themes. Shared vs Managed WordPress Hosting: Which is Best? The general rule of thumb is smaller WordPress sites that get less traffic should utilize shared WordPress hosting, while established WordPress sites that get higher levels of traffic should opt for managed WordPress hosting. However, two of the biggest considerations should be your overall budget and how much time you have to manage your site. Across the board shared WordPress hosting services will be cheaper. If you have little to no budget, then you’ll probably want to opt for this style of WordPress hosting. Managed WordPress hosting is going to be the more expensive option, but you’ll also have to spend less time managing your site. All technical and maintenance tasks will be taken care of by a team of WordPress experts. This will free up your time to take care of more value-add tasks related to your site. Overall, managed WordPress hosting will give you the highest levels of performance, security, and features, but if you’re on a budget, then using shared WordPress hosting will still offer your site a lot. What to Look for in a Quality WordPress Host The most important aspect in choosing a WordPress host is quality. But, what hosting factors actually make for a quality host? Overall, it depends upon your unique needs as a site owner. But three of the most important metrics include the speed, the level of uptime, and the quality of the support team. Speed. Speed refers to how long your site takes to load, along with the time it takes to open new tabs and basically navigate the site. If your site loads too slowly you’ll have a poor user experience, which will negatively impact your search engine rankings, and make it difficult for your site to succeed. Uptime. Uptime is the percentage of time your site stays online. Most hosts will offer 99% uptime, meaning that 99% of the time your site will be accessible on the internet. Having high uptime is important, especially for sites who are processing transactions. When you have a profitable website every second your site is offline will cost you money. Some hosts will be able to provide 100% guaranteed uptime. In this scenario, when server updates or maintenance need to be done your site will be transferred to another fully operational server. Support. When you’re dealing with a WordPress host you’ll want a knowledgeable support team behind you. If you run into any issues with your site or server you’ll want to have these issues resolved quickly. Hopefully, you won’t need to rely on your support team often, but when the need arises you’ll want to ensure they have your back for all things WordPress-related. Closing Thoughts on WordPress Hosting Essentially, WordPress hosting is any form of hosting that’s been optimized to run WordPress. The most common forms of WordPress hosting you’ll find are managed and shared web hosting, although there are other types available. Shared WordPress hosting services, also known as WordPress hosting, will be the cheapest form of WordPress hosting available. You’ll get a WordPress-optimized hosting platform t that you’ll be sharing will other users. However, each user will have their own partitioned server environment that gives you access to a certain level of server resources. The other form available is WordPress managed hosting. The managed hosting platform will provide you with a very high performing server environment that will help you get the most out of WordPress, along with a dedicated WordPress team that will help to manage and optimize your site and server environment. Hopefully, by now you can answer the question: what is WordPress web hosting? And you can decide if it’s the right step for your new site. If you’re ready to learn how to build a website or register a domain, contact the experts at HostGator today for more information. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

What’s the Right Price to Pay for a Dedicated Server?

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A dedicated server, for dedicated hosting, is a big investment for your business, but one that will pay off in the long run. How? Increased speed, security, and performance will not only make your website more user-friendly but will lead to more conversions and greater sales. Don’t believe us? Studies show that 79% of shoppers who are dissatisfied with website performance are less likely to buy from the same site again and that every additional second added on to your load time results in a 7% loss in conversions. Continue reading What’s the Right Price to Pay for a Dedicated Server? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Using Behavioral Intelligence to Improve Website Performance [Webinar]

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Most businesses collect an immense amount of intelligence. That’s because data has the ability to inform decisions, give your business a competitive edge, and provide valuable information about your customers. However, those readily available metrics, like page views and session length, might not be going far enough. Even worse, this surface-level date could be leading… The post Using Behavioral Intelligence to Improve Website Performance [Webinar] appeared first on WP Engine.

WordPress is Making Lasting Connections With Meetups

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Here at InMotion Hosting, we’re all about WordPress. Our popular WordPress education channel is a one-stop resource for everything WordPress. And we often refer new WordPress users there. But there’s another great resource we haven’t mentioned before: WordPress meetups. WordPress meetups are popping in cities all around the world. Chances are you probably have a meetup going on nearby this week. Getting Involved in the WordPress Community WordPress meetups are an easy way to get involved in the WordPress community. Continue reading WordPress is Making Lasting Connections With Meetups at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Spectrum for UDP: DDoS protection and firewalling for unreliable protocols

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Today, we're announcing Spectrum for UDP. Spectrum for UDP works the same as Spectrum for TCP: Spectrum sits between your clients and your origin. Incoming connections are proxied through, whilst applying our DDoS protection and IP Firewall rules. This allows you to protect your services from all sorts of nasty attacks and completely hides your origin behind Cloudflare.Last year, we launched Spectrum. Spectrum brought the power of our DDoS and firewall features to all TCP ports and services. Spectrum for TCP allows you to protect your SSH services, gaming protocols, and as of last month, even FTP servers. We’ve seen customers running all sorts of applications behind Spectrum, such as Bitfly, Nicehash, and Hypixel.This is great if you're running TCP services, but plenty of our customers also have workloads running over UDP. As an example, many multiplayer games prefer the low cost and lighter weight of UDP and don't care about whether packets arrive or not.UDP applications have historically been hard to protect and secure, which is why we built Spectrum for UDP. Spectrum for UDP allows you to protect standard UDP services (such as RDP over UDP), but can also protect any custom protocol you come up with! The only requirement is that it uses UDP as an underlying protocol.Configuring a UDP application on SpectrumTo configure on the dashboard, simply switch the application type from TCP to UDP:Retrieving client informationWith Spectrum, we terminate the connection and open a new one to your origin. But, what if you want to still see who's actually connecting to you? For TCP, there's Proxy Protocol. Whilst initially introduced by HAProxy, it has since been adopted by more parties, such as nginx. We added support late 2018, allowing you to easily read the client's IP and port from a header that precedes each data stream.Unfortunately, there is no equivalent for UDP, so we're rolling our own. Due to the fact that UDP is connection-less, we can't get away with the Proxy Protocol approach for TCP, which prepends the entire stream with one header. Instead, we are forced to prepend each packet with a small header that specifies:the original client IPthe Spectrum IPthe original client portthe Spectrum portSchema representing a UDP packet prefaced with our Simple Proxy Protocol header.0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Magic Number | | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ + | | + + | | + Client Address + | | + +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | | | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ + | | + + | | + Proxy Address + | | + +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | | Client Port | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ | Proxy Port | Payload... | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ Simple Proxy Protocol is turned off by default, which means UDP packets will arrive at your origin as if they were sent from Spectrum. To enable, just enable it on your Spectrum app.Getting access to Spectrum for UDPWe're excited about launching this and and even more excited to see what you'll build and protect with it. In fact, what if you could build serverless services on Spectrum, without actually having an origin running? Stay tuned for some cool announcements in the near future.Spectrum for UDP is currently an Enterprise-only feature. To get UDP enabled for your account, please reach out to your account team and we’ll get you set up. One more thing... if you’re at GDC this year, say hello at booth P1639! We’d love to talk more and learn about what you’d like to do with Spectrum.

WordPress Dictionary: The Beginner’s Glossary to Get Started

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New to WordPress? All of the industry jargon and techy speak can be confusing if you don’t have a background in web design. To help ease beginners into the swing of things, WPBeginner launched a glossary back in 2013. It’s filled with commonly used phrases and terms that might be useful to anyone creating a WordPress site (but that newbies might not be all that familiar with). Syed Balkhi, founder of WPBeginner.com, says the idea came to him in 2012 while he was chatting with an attendee at WordCamp Columbus. Continue reading WordPress Dictionary: The Beginner’s Glossary to Get Started at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

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