Website Hosting What You Must Know

Website Hosting What You Must Know

This article is written based on my personal experience. it is not full of charts with percentages and comparisons. The interaction with a Web Hosting company is now a vital part of your business operation. Even if you have a website for pleasure, you still have to host this webiste with a web hosting service.

How it works

The World Wide Web is where the world interacts. A website rents space on a server provided by the Hosting Company.

If we pause a moment and trace the journey from the personal computer through the Internet Service Provider (the phone company) using your browser of choice, you access the web.

Decision Time

At some point in the proceedings of having a website you are the decision maker and will have to decide which Hosting Company you will use.

How do you get to making the decision?

  • Don’t rely on anyone to tell you anything.
  • Absorb the information they tell you and then do this: check it out for yourself and validate what they say.
  • You do the research.
  • You check the facts.
  • Don’t let someone tell you something and the next day you find out, after you just signed up for a three year contract.

Never jump on something on an impulse with technology. Think before you click.

Logistics First

What is the name of your website? The domain you choose is important. It needs to be descriptive so someone knows what it is by looking at the domain. A hosting company can be a Domain Registrar, which means they have your domain listed in their database and they point the DNS (domain name servers) for you.

This is fine until you need to change hosts. Do you maintain the domain name yourself? You can if you register the domain with a Domain Registrar. Now here is where you need to be careful. A Domain Registrar will offer you, hosting,  free domain registration, email, the whole deal for a cheap price if you sign up today, and pay upfront three years in advance.

Don’t act in haste because it’s a great deal with a low monthly amount

Think about the wonderful deal you just paid for and in the next four minutes you’re inside the dashboard of your website, and ready to go.

The process can be overwhelming. You just have to go through the steps and what I call a process of elimination. Once you have the information then you can make the decision that is right for you.

Take ownership of tech information

Go to the source of the information. Always look at the date the information was published if you’re on a website. There is a ton of information on the web that hasn’t been updated.

Nothing is worse than finding out you’re using old information that doesn’t apply to the software or OS (operating system) you’re using. The hardware and software configurations have to match what you are using.

The Free Service

Great way to cut off your progress. When a service is free it’s going to have restrictions.

Free means upgrade. That’s the selling of free. We love it because it’s a temporary fix to our not wanting to part with money. It’s wise not to want to part with money, but not wise to want quality service for free. Your website is an extension of you.

The process takes time for the desired end result.

 

Which Hosting Company

At this time I cannot recommend one as I recently changed companies.

Only after I have been with a company for a while and am satisfied with their service, will I recommend them to someone.

The Professional Approach

You are going to pay for the service. You must be satisfied the service gives you what you need.

Is there sufficient documentation and is the Hosting Company on upgraded servers.

The Classic Website

The Classic Website

The Classic Website The Divi Theme

The user empowerment theme

The Classic Framework

The theme that gives you:

One click update

Regular bug fixes

Reputable theme company

Constantly improving

Quality, premium theme

Use the theme without having to know code

Does this theme deliver? There will always be the inevitable is this better than the other one you just looked at. How do you know? A choice of theme comes down to personal preference and what kind of website you want to have.

Placing Yourself in the Position of Knowing

When you start a project you are the founder and the idea has its origin in your mind. You work to achieve the concept and start an endeavor. The next step is building a website to carry your idea to promote a business or information source.

You are with this idea from the ground up, it makes sense to implement your website from the ground up. I don’t mean you must learn HTML (hypertext markup language) computer code. From the ground up means having the foundational knowledge of how the website operates and connects on the World Wide Web.

How do you get to have the foundational knowledge? You have hands on when you setup your website. Even if you’ve never managed a website, today it is vital knowledge you must have if you want to have a presence on the web.

The Expert Opinion

There will always be someone who’ll gladly tell you they are the expert. The person without the boast and selfishness is the real expert.

You are the Expert

Your experience is your authority. If you have no experience building a website, then who is the authority on your publishing platform.

Who Uses the Divi Theme?

The person who wants to take charge and know how the web works. It’s no use relying on someone to do it for you. They will never do the job to your satisfaction. You’re the only one who can do it. The classic framework gives you the publishing platform.

The learning curve is not that steep. Technology doesn’t belong to the privileged few who like to use it. Nor does it belong in the hands of the designer who restricts the use of your website, in case you mess with their design.

The Dependency Issue

The person who wants you dependent on them to make money, versus the maintenance fee to a web Hosting Company. These are two different services. You must be sure which one you need.

Website Maintenance

When is this necessary? When you want someone to take care of everything. It is known as SaaS (service as a Software Substitute).

There is nothing wrong with any service, providing it’s the service you need, and you’re the one who decided to implement the service.

 

Web Hosting Company

You want a reputable company. If it is cheap hosting, there will be insufficient memory for your website.

A web hosting company that cuts corners  to get you into the long term contract isn’t worth the cheap fees.

What you Do Want

Regular backup. Tech support when you need it at no extra cost. Updated servers with sufficient memory.

All fees and costs upfront, after the low cost introductory rate. Adequate documentation for any add on features. Dependable tech support. 

Affiliate Recommended

The FCC has started to crack down on Affiliate promotions. Some recommend four or five hosting companies because anyone can register to be an affiliate for any company.

Do the research yourself

Call the hosting company and speak with them on the phone. It is easy to form an opinion based on initial contact with a company.

You will see an Affiliate by Choice link in the footer. This is because I use this company and have personal experience of their excellent service.

Non-Tech Users Build Websites

Non-Tech Users Build Websites

What Does Non Teach Mean?

There’s no such thing as a non-tech person today. Everyone is tech savvy in that they can figure out how something works. Even Grandma knows now. Anyone can read a tutorial, watch a YouTube video and figure out how something works. The whole world has risen to the occasion. YouTube is the go to source for finding out how.

In relation to websites:

  • The developer knows how to code
  • The designer modifies the style relative to the subject or theme
  • The user is on the receiving end of the expertise, and has the best time of all
    • Using the theme

Who Is a Non-Tech User?

Everyone. You don’t have to be an ‘expert’ at something. Each person will use a website according to a level of preference.

My first website was with a software called Expression Web. After the tiresome restrictions of entering copy only within the HTML brackets, I decided there had to be a better way to enter content into a website.

Don’t think because I entered the text into the code brackets I know how to code. I just figured that out after looking at the content in the split screen view. It took too long to compose one paragraph, never mind a whole page of content.

The alternative was WordPress. You can use WordPress without knowing code. The whole key with websites is you learn as you go along. Don’t believe advertising, and fall for free and easy, up and running in minutes. I never tire of saying this because this is the hook to get you to believe it’s simple.

The non-tech user is the one who ends up solving the problem by logical conclusion with built in settings in the modules within the Divi Theme.

Decision

You’re going to learn to build your own website.

Decision

You’re going to pay someone to do it for you.

WordPress was recommended to me by a hosting company.  You could use WordPress without knowing code. They had video tutorials and WordPress Themes. I liked the look of the WordPress theme and bought one and started watching videos, and I can tell you, WordPress is the software for the non-tech user.

The more I used WordPress the more I learned about websites, plugins, images, pages, and blog posts. The theme came with one year tech support and a one-year license. Each year I had to renew the license and change the theme. I did not like this arrangement. Changing themes was time consuming, and I wanted to work on the content in the website not the theme.

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When you see it you know it

The Themes I was using were all the same layout. The only change was the pictures. I wanted a theme I could style myself.

And, you guessed it, it had to be without having to know code.

Then one day I saw it, the Divi Theme by Elegant Themes. The most flexible theme for the non-tech user. Finally, the way websites were meant to be built. Upgraded regularly, built in styles, all I had to do was learn how to use the setting.

Why I'm Still Using Divi

The Divi Theme came out in 2013. I’m still using the Divi Theme and never tire of it. Updates, improvements, clear instructions.

It is the only theme that allows you to create a website without having to use a new Theme.

The Visual Builder allows you to edit directly onto the page, and see your changes in real time. Now that’s a real time paradigm. The way a website is built has changed. Now you can concentrate on the content in the site and not on technical difficulties.

Solving The Mobile View Problem the Non Tech Way

Here’s an example of how the non-tech user figures out the jargon about mobile view.

The website you build will be viewed on a desktop, laptop, and mobile screen. You’ll read about how important the mobile view is, and depending on who you talk to there will be complex solutions to the problem of how the content stacks when viewed on a mobile device.

We read English from left to right. The web works the same way with information, it reads from left to right.

Let’s say we have a three column width layout on a web page. This is the layout selection that opens when you insert a column.

It is easy to see from the layout which column style you want. The columns are preset and all you do is select the layout.

column layout

Selecting the three column layout we’ll be able to use three different modules. In this image the Blurb Module is used.

Here’s an image of three blurb modules already built out. Blurb 1 – 3 on a desktop screen.

This is the desktop view of the blurbs. It’s interesting to note if the website is in a different language that reads from right to left. The stacking order for the mobile view would still place Blurb 1 on top.

 

The Tablet View

 

blurb stack tablet view

The Mobile Phone View

 

blurb stack mobile view

The Divi Theme is 100% responsive

The software adjusts to all the different screen sizes. Notice the viewing area on the bottom of the image. You will see the desktop, tablet, and mobile icon. All you do is click on the icon to see what the view will look like. Now there’s nothing complex about this. It’s the way the stacking works on the various screens.

We only looked at the three column width layout. You can experiment with the different views as you build the pages in your website.

This is how the non-tech user figures it out. All these settings are built into the modules. The only thing you have to watch for when putting in content is not to make the font size too large then it will break up because there is a width threshold.

Everything on this website is built with the Divi Theme

I’m the non-tech user. I use the modules and the settings to layout the content on the page. It is a unique experience to style a web page, blog post and project page with the freedom to use the settings all without needing to style the content with HTML or CSS. Of course this is a simple website and does not serve a large corporation or have a shopfront.

I don’t know how WordPress works on the back end, but I don’t need to know.

There are WordPress core developers who dedicate their talent to bringing out the best in the software. I don’t know how the back end of the Divi Theme works, I don’t need to. The designers and developers of Divi created the theme for the developer, the designer, and the non-tech user. Anyone can create a website with the Divi Theme.

The process solving the mobile view the non tech way is an example of how the Divi Theme works without needing to use code.

Divi For Non-Tech Users

Divi For Non-Tech Users

Finding the Right Theme

You’ve looked at all the WordPress Themes but still cannot find one that is right for your idea for a website. Eventually you settle on a free theme, it looks great, is easy to use, and best of all it’s free, takes five-minutes to install and you’re good to go.

If this is true, why is it difficult and expensive to maintain and operate a website. Because a website is not easy to use as we’ve been told

A website has a whole lot more to using it than just being easy to use. If you’re like me you’re not going to learn HTML code. You’re not going to pay someone to build a custom website, that you still won’t know how to operate.

About WordPress

WordPress was started with the idea to improve an existing blogging software called b2cafelog. In 2003, two developers, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little created an improved version which became WordPress.

WordPress started out as a blogging platform, today, 60 million people use WordPress worldwide. but it’s more than a blogging platform. WordPress is a flexible software ideal for a web presence for business or personal use. Installing WordPress is not difficult, it’s what comes after the install. We use the end-product. A great deal of work goes into the creation of a website. WordPress is an open source software and Developers from all over the world contribute to its source code.

It’s not necessary for us to know exactly how HTML works and what it does, what we want is software to do what we want it to. A website is composed of a system of organized data files and relational links connecting information. When you start using WordPress it becomes obvious how it works. The commands are the same and don’t change. Once you know them you can use them.

You are looking at a perfectly designed and formatted theme. The missing element is how do you enter the content into your site to make it do what you want it to do. If the theme comes from a reputable Theme company there will be ample documentation.

You will see this phrase used, “optimized for the user.”
As long as the “optimized” translates into using the software, and you’re not left wondering how WordPress works.

WordPress Has Two Ends

The Back End

The back end is where the developer works with the code. This is HTML code. The hypertext markup language the developer uses to give the computer the commands so we can see the result of the code.

HTML code is necessary to run the website. The way it is structured is logical and makes sense to the developer.

The code gives the computer the command to run the software. WordPress is the software that powers a website.

The Front End Editing Tools

The content management area is where you put the text and the images into the page. WordPress is a Content Management System. And the good news is the WordPress Page Editor is about to change. The familiar icons you see will be in a different place. It’s only a matter of finding them and then using them. The icons will stay the same.

The new Gutenberg Editor is coming to WordPress core. Change is inevitable in technology. Contrary to what you might read about the new editor, this change makes the user, (you and I) breathe a sigh of relief. That’s what we wanted it to do in the first place.

Introducing the Divi Theme

A complete library of predefined layouts to use

All of this can be accomplished without having to code using the Premium WordPress Theme, the Divi Theme. This Theme is the best kept secret of designers and developers. Divi has become so popular it is now the most used theme in the world, and has been translated into 32 different languages.

The learning curve with technology needs to be done with incremental steps and not quickly and easily. If you work with a classic framework you will have everything you need to build a website without having to know code.

The built in settings are a technology partner.

How Divi Works

Select the column width

Select a module to use

Open the module

Adjust the settings

Enter the content

Change the style as needed

Flexibile Website

A website must be flexible to accommodate changes and current trends. What is in style today might be out of style in six months.

This is what the Divi Theme is a classic framework.

Who Created Divi?

The Divi Theme was created by Nick Roach and the Elegant Themes team in 2013.

The Divi Theme is the balance of technology and artistry produced in a refined classic framework upon which to built a WordPress website.

The Design of Divi

Every element needed for a web page to work has been thought of by the makers of Divi.

Why would I make such a claim?

I’ve been using the Divi Theme since it came out. I experience this every time I use the Divi theme.

I followed the designer’s lead, using the predefined layouts in the Divi Library. At every turn when I needed to do something, the setting was built into the module. All I had to do was experiment with the setting.

What I don't Want

Buy a gorgeous theme for one year. At the end of the year pay to upgrade or buy another Theme.

Update WordPress core and the Theme breaks up.

No One is a Clueless Client

I disagree with the idea that someone is clueless. I don’t expect a client to be a developer or a designer.

The client is the one paying for the site. They want control over their site.

I Represent the User

The person on the receiving end of all the excellent work of the designer or the developer.

With the Divi Theme, it works. It works so well, this is why I do what I do.

All this is possible with the Divi Theme

If you’d like to learn how to use the Divi Theme contact me. There is no time like the present for a website. All you need is someone to show you what is possible.

The Divi Theme has a way of helping you achieve what you envision for your website.