Web Hosting Content for Beginners: Domain Registration, DNS & How to Host a Website Explained

Web Hosting Content for Beginners: Domain Registration, DNS & How to Host a Website Explained

01.Aug.2021

what's up everyone ray del vecchio here
in the last 10 years i've built almost
70 websites
and haven't gone through the analytics
they've been seen by close to 1 million
people which is pretty mind-blowing
all of those website projects were
unique however
the core elements of how to set up a
website remain the same every single
time
this video is for the beginners out
there that want to build their first
website
and are confused by all the tech jargon
that goes along with that process
if that sounds like you stick around
because we're going to go through the
basics of how domain registration and
website hosting work
and then we'll discuss what the various
web hosting package types mean
and the pros and cons of each and
hopefully by the end
you'll have a better understanding of
how to choose the right one for your
situation
so let's start with how websites work
and i created a real simple graphic here
to go over the process
of domain registration and website
hosting for this example i picked two of
the big companies out there
godaddy.com and hostgator.com i use both
of them personally
and godaddy is most popular for domains
but
all of these companies generally offer
all services so godaddy has hosting
domains
website builders and hostgator does the
same exact thing
i haven't had a good experience with
godaddy hosting
which is why i've stayed away from them
from a hosting perspective but i've had
no problems with them just for domain
registration
so when you register your domain with
godaddy
you're going to get access to these dns
settings for each domain that you
register
and then when you sign up with a hosting
company like hostgator
they're going to send you their dns
servers so you sign up with your
hostgator account
and they're going to send you likely two
dns servers
all you have to do is go into your
godaddy settings and plug in your
hostgator dns servers
that's literally all you need to get set
up with your website
and the dns server its function is to
translate your domain into an ip address
so all it does is when you as the
visitor go to a website
you know you open up your browser and
type in a domain name it's going to send
that domain name
to a dns server where it maps it to the
ip address
of your web host and that's where it
gets all the files from so that's how
the website is downloaded
so hopefully that wasn't too confusing
for you and i hope that this graphic
is simple enough to understand but
really all you need to remember is that
when you register your domain wherever
you register the domain you should have
access to dns settings
and whatever you put within those dns
settings that's going to define
where your website is hosted
now before we go into the hosting
packages we have to figure out what your
goal is
you might be wanting to do one of many
things
so the first questions that you're going
to want to ask yourself are
do you want to create one website only
or if we project into the future
are you planning to build multiple
websites and does multiple websites mean
two or three or does it mean maybe 10 or
20
and then you have to think about the
software that you're going to use to
build the website
are you building from scratch with html
do you want to use a content management
system like wordpress
are you just going to use templates or
or a builder offered by the web hosting
company like hostgator or
godaddy or are you planning on doing
custom development
and maybe even code with a higher level
language like
php or javascript and last but not least
consider the traffic of the website so
if you're just starting out a website
it's not going to have high traffic it's
going to take a while to build up the
traffic
and then even for established websites
they might be low traffic if they're
local
and then on the other end of the
spectrum you might have a global
oriented website
based around a hobby or a general
interest that applies to people
worldwide
and in those cases once you get to a
point of high traffic
your web hosting options are going to
change and i have to point this
out you'll see a lot of people that
leave bad reviews
for cheaper web hosting companies
they're people that don't consider the
beginner's experience
you know you can always upgrade there's
nothing wrong with starting with a
cheaper package and upgrading
down the road when you start getting
more traffic
so let's look at the options that are
going to be available
to you on the majority of web hosting
companies across the internet
more than likely you're going to be
choosing from one of these types of
packages
shared hosting reseller hosting a
virtual private server
dedicated hosting cloud hosting
and managed wordpress hosting
the first one is shared hosting and this
is the cheapest
the quickest and the easiest to get
started you're going to see really great
deals for shared hosting packages
and this is really dominated by the big
companies
i mean that's really how all markets are
anything cheap is going to be dominated
by
big companies and anything that's really
expensive is by small companies that
offer
a high-end customer service experience
with that said
the main con to shared hosting is that
as the name suggests you're going to be
sharing your hosting package
with a lot of other websites depending
on you know who your neighbors are
that might mean that your website is
going to load slower
now with that said i think it's the
option that you should start with if
you're a beginner
for the reason of it being cheap and
that you can always upgrade
the next one is reseller hosting and
this is what i started with many years
ago
i had the vision that i wanted to create
websites for small businesses and local
businesses
so from the get-go i knew that i wanted
a plan where i can create multiple
hosting accounts
and that's really what reseller hosting
is it's pretty much shared hosting
but where you can create unlimited
websites and
as this name suggests you can actually
sell hosting plans
you don't need to create websites
specifically you could literally just
create hosting accounts
and let the people figure it out
themselves
a step above that is vps hosting
and this is virtual private server and
with this
you're getting resources that act like
your own
so so it acts as though it's not being
shared with other websites
even though from a physical perspective
it might literally be on the same server
but there's software over top of it that
give you dedicated resources
to run your website so you don't have to
worry about other websites interfering
with your performance they also give you
root access so if you need to do any
technical stuff for it level stuff
you're going to have more options with a
vps server versus a shared hosting
server
and the main downside is that this is
going to cost more than shared hosting
and it's also not as scalable as some of
the other options if you do start to get
more traffic
one step above vps is dedicated hosting
so this is where you actually get
physical resources
you know you get a physical web server
that is all yours
and that's where your website runs so
this is generally
expensive i think i've never looked into
this for myself
but just having browsed around i've seen
prices anywhere from like seventy five
dollars to two hundred dollars per month
for dedicated hosting plans
so this is something that you're really
only going to need if you have a high
traffic website and you're a technical
kind of person nowadays
a popular option is cloud hosting so
instead of
your host being on a physical computer
you know sitting somewhere maybe in the
united states or
internationally your website hosting is
on the cloud
and the big advantage to this is that
you have redundancy
so it's usually faster it's more
scalable especially if
the traffic surges start to happen you
know your site's not going to crash as
easily as it would if you were on a
shared server
that only had a specific amount of you
know ram or memory
so this is going to cost you a little
bit more and the other downside is that
you might not get the same access that
you would if you had a dedicated server
and a similar version of cloud hosting
is managed wordpress hosting so this is
specifically optimized for the wordpress
content management software and
database oriented websites they also do
a lot of updates for you so it's going
to be more secure you don't have to
worry about doing that manually
and similar to cloud hosting the
downsides to this are pricing control
so i had to do this for one of my
websites it started to get a lot of
traffic and
the performance of all the websites that
were on that shared server
and that included both personal and
client websites the load speed of all of
them started to decline so i knew i had
to
get my high traffic websites off of that
shared server
and just keep the low traffic websites
on there and when i switched over
to managed wordpress hosting and the
company i chose was kinsta.com
the performance of the website just went
through the roof the page load time
before was something between
a second to two seconds when i
transferred over to
kinsta it's now down to like 0.2 seconds
so it improved way more than what i
could have done
by tweaking all the settings within
wordpress or anything like that
if you're a beginner though don't worry
about any of that stuff
start with the most basic shared hosting
package and get your website up and
running
if you're ready to do that right now i
highly recommend hostgator
i've used them for almost a decade now
so they've been around a long time
they're very reliable and i think
they've been one of the easiest to use
go to hostgator.com wpc2
i'm partnering with them to give you the
best offer for a one-year term
you'll get 45 off and if you get to the
checkout page in another way
you can apply this discount using the
coupon code wpc2
and if you don't have the time right now
to set up your website or maybe you just
want a little bit more guidance
go to websiteprofitcourse.com beginner
i'm going to put together an email
series where you'll get this video
along with wordpress 101 tutorials so
you can get accustomed to how to
edit and create a website with wordpress
and on top of that
you'll get a full length tutorial step
by step on how to create a business
website from scratch
that should be more than enough to give
you the confidence to create your own
website this year
go ahead and check out that beginner
series and if you found this video
helpful
make sure you give it a thumbs up if
you're interested all in building
websites
you'll definitely want to subscribe to
my channel because i'm going to be
coming out with a lot of videos
a lot of short tutorials along with
other teaching videos like this
my goal this year is really to help as
many people create their website
i learned so much through all of my
websites
personal websites client websites i i
like to say that
websites are the best vehicle to learn
about business
because you could touch every aspect of
business with a website
so they're the the perfect launching pad
that doesn't take
a massive investment you know it doesn't
cost that much you can get started for
under a hundred dollars
in almost every case and if you have a
little bit more to work with
then that's where you want to invest
more in the strategy side of things
i don't think you want to invest right
away in the best technology when you
have
don't have web design you don't have any
traffic
all the links that i mentioned here will
be in the description below
that's all that i got for you today i
want to really thank you for taking the
time to watch this
and i hope to see you on the next video
have a great one everyone

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