It’s so on right now.  As a successful blogger, I’ve picked up so much over the past few years.  Here on Planet-WebSecurity.org, I’ll share my most important lessons.  Of course, the main thing I want to get across is this: treat this like a real business.  Get the right team.  Put in the work.  Basically, man up.  (Yes, even the lady bloggers out there.)

Be safe.  I know it seems more like a hobby at times.  You buy a $12 domain, toss up a WordPress blog on cheap $3.75/month shared hosting (maybe a HostGator, HostMonster, Bluehost, or whatever)… and bam, you’re “in business.”

When compared to a more traditional, offline, brick-and-mortar business, it’s laughable how fast, simple and inexpensive it is to blog.  But don’t let that fact fool you into letting your guard down.

Or you’ll risk — gasp! — actually making money and building something amazing, only to have the proverbial rug yanked out from under you.  And trust me: the only thing worse than not succeeding at blogging?  Is crushing it, then getting crushed by your own stupid mistake… and losing everything you worked your face off for!  Es no bueno, as a wise man named Chip once said.  (LOL!  You see what I did there?)

Anyways, enough preaching.  I’ll step down from the podium.  Or get off my soapbox.  Or however the phrase goes.

This page will be a work in progress, but below, please allow me to walk you through some of my blogging takeaways that will safeguard your success as you grow your blogging empire over the years.  Sound sweet?  Cool.  I’ll start with website hosting and go in an order that makes sense, from start to “finish” — even though your blogging should never be “finished.”  (It’s a living, breathing, money-making being, my brother.)

Website Hosting Overview And Safety Precautions

In order to publish a website online a Web host is needed.  The Web host stores all the pages of a website and makes them available to computers connected to the Internet.  The domain name is actually linked to an IP address that points to a specific computer.  When somebody enters your domain name into their browser’s address field, the IP address is located and Web site is loaded from your Web host.

A Web host can have anywhere from one to several thousand computers that run Web hosting software.  Most websites you see on the Web are accessed from a “shared host,” which is a single computer that can host several hundred Web sites.  Larger websites often use a “dedicated host,” which is a single machine that hosts only one website.  Sites with extremely high amounts of traffic, such as apple.com or microsoft.com, use several computers to host one site.

If you want to publish your own website you will need to sign up for a “Web hosting service.”  There are thousands of web hosting services so finding a good Web host shouldn’t be too hard.  You must make sure the Web host you choose offers good technical support and ensures little or no downtime.  Most important, one that’s locked-down, preventing spammers and hackers from messing with your art (and your “murse,” if you carry one of those, haha).

After doing lots of research online, I decided the best bet for an affordable blog hosting solution that does all of that in spades?  Is SiteGround.  Here’s the video that convinced me to give them a try:

You can grab the Siteground coupon code, too, to save a few bucks.  Ain’t much, but every little bit helps, right?

Typically, you may have to pay a monthly fee that varies depending on how much disk space and bandwidth your site will use.  You will need to estimate how big your site will be and how much traffic you expect before signing up for a Web hosting service.

There is a difference between domains versus hosting versus website.  When you have a site visitor they are using your domain name to view your website.  As simple as it seems, there is a process that occurs from the time that the site visitor types in your domain and hits the enter.  When a site visitor enters your domain name into a browser the domain is then translated into your server IP address,  then the server sends that user your site files, which their browser represents to them as a typical web-page.

Without each of these three elements, you won’t really have a web-site.  The three basic parts that make up any current day website are:  domain names, web-hosting services and site files.  Computers communicate by using numbers called IP addresses to contact each other, much like using a phone number to dial a specific person’s phone.  Domain names on the internet are much like entries in a phone book.  Remember those things?  (Great grandma?)  The phone book tells people looking for a business what the entries are just as a domain (computer) tells people that a domain is hosted on the server.

The web-hosting or server is much like the space that you rent out to have your business in.  It’s merely the space itself and does not include furnishings, just as the web-hosting account doesn’t include a site for you to sell your products.  Without the hosting services, you won’t have a place for your files to reside, so your domain would then become like a disconnected phone number in the phone directory, and your site files would have nowhere to stay.

The site files are what visitors and potential customers actually see when going to a business site such as products and services.  The web-hosting server knows how to read these files, which explains how the webpage looks or instructs the server to do a series of computations.  These computations are things like figuring out what blog article it’s supposed to send back to the viewer or what forum post it’s supposed to send back.

What Blogging Questions Do You Have For Me?

As I build out this all-in-one WordPress blogging best practices website, you’ll inevitably have some questions.  And when you do: don’t be shy — ask away.  I’m so here to help you, it’s not even funny.  Email me here.

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