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Web Hosting For Dummies Paperback – May 6, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1118540572 ISBN-10: 1118540573 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118540573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118540572
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children.

I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote this book to try and teach just those skills. 

I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! 

My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site. I truly hope this book helps you with that!

From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Interpret web hosting terms, domains, and DNS
  • Choose the right platform to install
  • Use built-in databases and new e-mail accounts
  • Work with FTP clients, use cloud services, and back up your site

Ready to take the plunge into web hosting? Learn how to do it yourself!

Thinking about hosting your own website or blog? Or have you already signed up with a service and want to be sure you're getting everything you paid for? This guide to web hosting shares what Peter Pollock learned the hard way, so you don't have to make his mistakes. Learn the secrets of web hosting, showcase your site, and get your money's worth.

  • What it means — find out what goes into web hosting and understand the different technologies
  • Some practical stuff — discover the advantages of hosted e-mail and the different ways to upload and download files
  • Databases and logs — choose a database technology and learn to protect and speed up your site with information from logs
  • Essential security — protect your visitors with SSL certificates and secure your site by locking up the SSH
  • It's your domain — enhance your site with creative use of your domain name, subdomains, and add-on domains
  • When there's a glitch — recognize common problems and find out how to resolve them
  • About control — gain more of it by using a virtual private server or dedicated server
  • Calling all geeks — make the most of command-line access if you have it

Open the book and find:

  • How your website is like a store
  • Tips on matching services to your needs
  • A guide to choosing a server
  • Advice on managing your database
  • How scripts can make life easier
  • Things to consider when sharing a server
  • When you might want to change hosts
  • Ten useful, free apps

More About the Author

Peter is a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (he was so excited to get an iPad that he made up a song and dance about it). He is English by birth, but currently lives in California with his wife and three children.

Peter ran a web hosting business for nine years and has been building websites for even longer than that.

He has fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and doesn't understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site!

His passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs - and he believes that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

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At first I thought it would be a waste of money and time....I was so amazed!!!!
Edward Cottman
This is a great resource for those who are new to web hosting and really don't know much about servers, VPS, cPanel, and so on.
Dan Fullerton
And then I discovered that Peter Pollock had written a book for me, "Web Hosting for Dummies."
Glynn Young

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Glynn Young VINE VOICE on May 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
My day-to-day job involves just about everything online - social media, web sites, blogs, online news sites, news portals, discussion boards, and basecamps of one sort or another. Outside of work, I'm involved in two online sites and this blog.

That said, I'm not a geek. My understanding and knowledge do not extend to all the terms, phrases, systems, and processes associated with the online world. Ask me how Twitter or Facebook work as relationship and communication channels, and I'm all over it. Ask me about the databases that sit behind Twitter or even my own blog, and I will likely give you a blank look.

I don't program TV remotes, either.

And then I discovered that Peter Pollock had written a book for me, "Web Hosting for Dummies."

No, I'm not looking to host my own blog site. But I deal with people who do host blogs, and web sites, and news portals, and I deal with them every day. Now I know what questions to ask to make sure I'm getting what I pay for.

What Pollock has done here is to take all of the technical underpinnings for web hosting and provided a comprehensive summary of everything you might want to know and everything you need to know.

And it's written in plain English.

If I had read this a month ago, I would have understood a conversation two tech people were having about SQL inquiries, and why it was important.

"Web Hosting for Dummies" provides all the essentials - what it is and how it works; what's essential to make it work (like databases, logs, and possibly scripts) (and what all those are); how to manage security (absolutely critical in this age of hackers and online thieves); troubleshooting; and what kind of server you should choose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrianna Domingos on May 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Whether you want to learn how to run the behind-the-scenes of your website or just want to be able to talk intelligently to your service providers, you need to read this book.

In true For Dummies style, you can choose to read this book cover to cover or pick it up as a reference to guide you through task-by-task. For the purpose of this review, I opted to read the book cover-to-cover, but you might not want to read it quite the same way.

The first six or seven chapters work perfectly as a read through; you'll want to go back and take notes, but overall you'll come away with a much clearer understanding of the basics. Chapters 7 through 16 are a little more advanced and you may want to take them a step at a time while actively sitting in front of your computer. I had to sit on my hands to force myself to focus on reading rather than immediately starting to apply my new skills in my cPanel.

Chapters 17, 18, and 19 comprise the standard For Dummies Part of Tens and you'll find 10 Invaluable Free Apps, 10 Things Your Host Won't Help With (for free), and 10 Essential Online Resources. Who doesn't love a top ten anything?

Another invaluable part of this book (as if I've found any of it to be less valuable), are the appendices. Peter provides diagrams for four of the most popular cPanels to ensure that you can apply your newly acquired web hosting knowledge to your specific hosting solution.

All in all, I consider this a must own for your professional development library. Not only is it a fun read (I laughed aloud several times while reading it resulting in really weird aren't-you-reading-a-reference-book-look from my spouse), it's a book you'll keep coming back to time and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erica E. Mueller on May 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Here I am on page 28 and I'm already learning new things. And that's saying a lot, cause I've been developing for the web for about 13 years and offering and selling hosting (shared and cloud) for almost a decade.

Peter compares web hosting services and terms to every day things so you get a really picture of each and he does it in a way that even the geeks among us can appreciate!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Perkins on May 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
Over the last few years I've learned some things about hosting, but that has been mainly from trial and error or finding articles online. In other words, I spent a lot of time looking for answers to questions that were difficult to find.

If this book had been written a few years ago, I would have been able to save a lot of time and frustration because it truly deals with the major issues that we need to learn. And not only that, Pollock, does a great job of writing a technical book that's not too technical to understand.

In short, if you are looking into hosting, or if you are just looking for something to go to, then I'd recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Cottman on June 11, 2013
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Bought this book to gain a better understanding of the Web Hosting arena and using C-Panel features, etc. At first I thought it would be a waste of money and time....I was so amazed!!!! Easy to comprehend, made sense and now I'll be using this book like I do with my Bible-as my "Day to Day guide".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 30, 2013
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As a burgeoning web developer teaching myself the most popular technologies (HTML5, CSS, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript) for creating dynamic websites, I am planning on going live this summer, but I was stuck in a peculiar position: While I had locked down some great domain names and I have been using a convenient and easy all-in-one server package (XAMPP) on my computers for learning, development, and testing purposes, I didn't know very much about web hosting.

I did learn a few things about web hosting here and there by reading disparate sources scattered across the web. But these sources usually weren't very comprehensive, and as a beginner it can be difficult to distinguish the experts from the non-experts. In fact, sometimes the "experts" even disagree with each other!

But now we have Peter Pollock's excellent book Web Hosting for Dummies. I have been waiting for months for this book to be published because a fruitless search for web hosting books on Amazon back in January or February showed just how unmet this demand has been. Mr. Pollock has stepped into the market and met the demand, effectively bridging the gap between the plethora of content I have planned, and the practical realities of making it happen. I can now understand and navigate the world of professional web hosting.

Mr. Pollock has a wealth of experience as a web host and developer, and he has taken the time to respond to me in private, by email and Twitter, for which I must thank him profusely. I have both the Kindle and paperback versions (highlighting and taking notes in the margins, like a college textbook, no less!) and the formatting of both versions has turned out very well. And, of course, the content is fantastic.
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