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Web Hosting For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-54057-2
360 pages
May 2013
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Host your own website or blog with this unique guide

If you'd like to make the leap from a hosted environment to a self-hosted service, this book is for you. You may be making the move from casual blogging to professional blogging. Or, you might already be self-hosting, but want a good guide to show you how to get more out of your plan. In simple, easy-to-understand language, this helpful book breaks down all the functions of web hosting for self-hosted users, from setting up new e-mail accounts to backing up and securing your site, analyzing server logs, choosing a platform to install, and more.

  • Breaks down the functions of web hosting for new self-hosters, including casual bloggers who may be moving into professional blogging
  • Helps those who are already self-hosting maximize the services they are paying for
  • Offers a one-stop, complete resource on web hosting, rather than just a few chapters, as in many blogging books
  • Covers setting up and using e-mail accounts, working with FTP clients, backing up and securing sites, using cloud services, understanding domains and DNS, using built-in databases, and more

Web Hosting For Dummies helps you take charge of your own web hosting and having fun in the process!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Web Hosting 7

Chapter 1: Explaining Web Hosting in Real-World Terms 9

Chapter 2: Evaluating Web Hosting Technologies 21

Part II: Getting to Know the Essential Services 37

Chapter 3: Using Hosted E-mail 39

Chapter 4: Managing Files 61

Chapter 5: Working with Databases — It’s Essential 77

Chapter 6: Protecting and Speeding Up Your Site by Understanding Logs 101

Chapter 7: Building Your Site Using Scripts 113

Part III: Managing Security and Access 121

Chapter 8: Taking Command of Website Security 123

Chapter 9: Decoding Domains and DNS 149

Chapter 10: Confi guring Advanced Functions in cPanel 181

Chapter 11: Managing Your Control Panel from a Mobile Device 191

Part IV: Knowing What to Do When Things Go Wrong 201

Chapter 12: Troubleshooting and Resolving Issues 203

Chapter 13: Moving to a New Host 211

Part V: Increasing Control with a Virtual Private Server or Dedicated Server 221

Chapter 14: Making the Right Technology Choices 223

Chapter 15: Keeping the Lid on Pandora’s Box with WebHost Manager 227

Chapter 16: Getting Down to the Command Line with Secure SHell 243

Part VI: The Part of Tens 261

Chapter 17: Ten Invaluable Free Apps 263

Chapter 18: Ten Things Your Host Won’t Help with (for Free) 269

Chapter 19: Ten Essential Online Resources 273

Part VII: Appendixes 283

Appendix A: Navigating Your Control Panel 285

Appendix B: Glossary 313

Index 319

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Author Information

Peter Pollock is a blogger, web host, and speaker who has addressed such groups as the Type-A Blogger's Conference and BlogWorld New Media Expo. He loves sharing what he's learned about web hosting, site security, and building websites. Find him at PeterPollock.com or on Twitter, @PeterPollock.

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Press Release

May 10, 2013
Web Hosting For Dummies Now Available to Help Readers Learn How to Host Their Own Website or Blog

Today, the world’s bestselling reference series, For Dummies® announces Web Hosting For Dummies (Wiley, 978-1-118-54057-2, May 2013, US $24.99), a complete guide for bloggers, small business owners, and web designers and developers that want to either make the leap from a hosted to self-hosted service, or unlock the powerful web hosting tools they have been paying for but never utilized. In a straightforward and fun language that has defined the For Dummies® series for over 20 years, author Peter Pollock reveals the ins and outs of self-hosting a website and all of the functionality that most users never access.

For many new users, there’s a layer of complexity that prevents them from moving to a dedicated web hosting service or using the existing service to its fullest. “All of the different names, ‘Web hosting’, ‘website hosting’, ‘self hosting,’ or ‘blog hosting,’ can be confusing at first. However, they all mean that you have complete control of how your website is made available to the world,” said Pollock.

Inside Web Hosting For Dummies, Pollock uses simple, easy-to-understand language, to break down all the functions of web hosting for self-hosted users, from setting up new e-mail accounts to backing up and securing a website, analyzing server logs, choosing a platform to install and more. Coverage also includes clear explanations of more complex topics such as working with FTP clients, backing up and securing sites, understanding domains and DNS and using built-in databases.

Web Hosting For Dummies helps readers take charge of their own web hosting and having fun in the process. The book is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a full list of retailers, visit www.dummies.com/buy/9781118540572. For additional information about this book and related For Dummies products, visit www.dummies.com. For readers that are interested in finding out more about web hosting solutions there is a new site www.webhostingfordummies.com powered by DreamHost. Here visitors can take a 14-day free trial and receive a special price of only $29.95 on a year of web hosting from DreamHost.

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