What Is Hosting Anyway? Have You Ever Seen One?
I can guarantee you that as a business owner the hosting account is the last place that you want to spend your time on. You have enough on your mind as it is, without having to deal with this geeky stuff. However, even if you have other people do the work, you want to know what is going on. So you might want to spot check or just know what your programmer (or manager or cousin or whoever that might be) is talking about.
Today I am going to show you around what the hosting account is, which is the next step in understanding websites and online presence. Hosting is an account that holds your website files to which we will point our domain name so that when we type in the domain name, the address of the website will show up in your browser. This will be the real website that is published live.
So let me go into this.
You would go to a hosting services website, such as Bluehost, GoDaddy or any particular one you want where you would sign up for their hosting services. You would pay a monthly fee and what they will give you is a cPanel. This stands for “control panel” which is a tool that is not free but when you have a paid account you are able to access it.
A cPanel basically looks like the screenshots above (you can also see a full video of this post on our YouTube channel). It has a lot of different tools which you can use to do all kinds of different things. Let me show you real quick what the main things are. The file manager which is where you’re going to put your files of your website. It has the Windows Explorer style (folder style) navigation. You can upload, download files in here. You can create files and actually edit some files with code editor, etc if you wanted to.
Another thing is you can actually create e-mail accounts. You go to create an e-mail, you decide whatever domain name you want it pointed to. You could decide that you want to have [email protected] and then you generate a password and set up the limitations for the e-mail address and you create it. You can use it as a regular e-mail if you wanted to.
You could create all kinds of things here (in the cPanel) like backups which are very important if you don’t have it automated. You click the “Backups” section in your control panel and download a full website backup which will download the files to your computer. It’s very important to have a backup so that if something happens you can just roll back.
Often times hosting will provide you the ability to do “quick installs” which appear under the ‘Software and Services’ section of your control panel. Quick installs allow you to install whole websites with one click which is pretty cool.
If you wanted to deal with databases, there are all kinds of tools in the cPanel.
So that goes for the cPanel. Again, you’ve got the file manager, database manager, the e-mail accounts, the backups and quick installs where you can install your website.
It doesn’t cost a lot of money to start a basic hosting account. It goes for about $4.00 a month for a shared host (more the different types of accounts in another post, keep your eyes peeled!).
There you go, now you are a cPanel ninja!
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