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Web hosting, Domain hosting… all these different types of hosting! It’s pretty confusing if you haven’t had experience in dealing with it before.
In today’s video I’m going to talk to you about the different types of hosting there are and a few of the back end tools that are available to help you to manage your website effectively.
What’s the Difference?
First of all, let’s look at the difference between domain hosting and web hosting.
Domain hosting is for your domain name which is usually something like: www.myphotographywebsite.com
Normally your website would just be an IP address which is a bunch of numbers and not very easy for your clients to remember, that’s why you have domain hosting, to make your website easy to remember and give it some meaning.
In your domain hosting you have your DNS zone file. This is where you link your IP address and web hosting nameservers to your memorable domain name. This ensures all your content is displayed correctly when someone types in your domain name. It’s also where you can edit your mail exchange servers if you are using an external mail server like Gmail.
Now let’s look at Web Hosting.
Your web hosting is where all the files for your website are kept. It’s the same as having a really big hard drive, except you just can’t see it. It’s in another location. There are a number of ways you can access the files on your web hosting server, one of those ways is through a cpanel. Depending on what type of web hosting you have, you may or may not have a cpanel.
Cpanel is the place where you can run a backup of your website and make other changes to your files another one of these ways.
If you have a wordpress website, then I have some really exciting news for you. I have recently just changed to managed wordpress account with GoDaddy. This webhosting is excellent and I can’t rave about it enough. GoDaddy manage all my files for me, they automatically do regular backups and updates and they let me know if I have a plugin that’s causing security issues on my site.
As you may have seen from one of my previous videos, I recently had a big problem with not having a current backup of my website. With managed wordpress, I will never have to worry about this happening again. It’s a bit more expensive but it’s totally worth it.
If you want to migrate over to managed wordpress as well, click here. It’s really one of the best decisions I ever made so I highly recommend you do the same.
Hopefully this helps you when setting up a photography website, if you want any more advice feel free to contact me.