- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 6, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118540573
- ISBN-13: 978-1118540572
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,050 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
- 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
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Top Customer Reviews
Peter's book is an excellent introduction to getting you started. I actually contacted Peter a couple weeks before his book came out and he was extremely gracious in providing some personal insight to get me going. I purchased his book (in Kindle form) the day it was released and am finding it an invaluable resource. Already, it has helped guide me through several tricky situations on my website, and I'm using it to create a "to-do" list of actions I should take to clean everything up when time allows.
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. Thank you Mr. Pollock, you've done a great job!
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. And then the book gives a list of free apps, what your host won't do for the money you pay, and some really good resources.
Pollock, who lives in California, is a blogger, web host, speaker, and all-around subject matter resource. I know enough to know he knows what he's talking about.
Did reading the book make me an expert in all these technical things? No. But it did provide an base of understanding for the next conversation with the IT guy about issues with my blog site. So the next time I hear something about UNIX, I'll know why it's an option.
Peter Pollock, you have done the communications community - the non-technical side of the communications community - a real service. PR people, marketers, advertisers, authors, and writers owe you a debt.
(And for the record, the SQL noted above, short for Structured Query Language, is "a way of storing large amounts of data abd quickly retrieving, searching and storing that data." It's in the book's glossary, not to mention a hefty explanation in the text itself.)
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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