In the vast realm of the internet, where websites and email communication reign supreme, the Domain Name System (DNS) serves as the unsung hero. DNS records are the invisible architects that translate human-readable domain names into machine-readable IP addresses, facilitating the seamless operation of websites and email services. In this article, we will embark on a journey to unravel the intricacies of DNS records and their crucial role in making the digital world accessible.
Despite what many people think, website maintenance and website hosting are not the same. Sure, the terms often get used interchangeably, but they are not synonyms. Each of them is necessary, however, to having a successful website and ensuring that you get the most leads you can from visitors.
If you have never had a website, or are trying to decide what you need, then understanding the difference between each of these services is important. After all, you want to be certain that in getting your company on the Web, you do it right the first time.
So, what is a CDN? A CDN is an abbrieviation for “Content Delivery Network.”
A content delivery network is a series of servers designed to deliver your website content to your visitors as quickly as possible, regardless of where they are located.
Recently, GoDaddy announced that 1.2 million of their WordPress customers had been affected by unauthorized access. This breach was a result of GoDaddy’s use of plaintext passwords. This number does not include the many customers whose websites have been affected by the breach.
The breach officially occurred in early September but was not identified until November 17th. GoDaddy responded quickly and took action to control and lessen the damage. However, it is believed that this data breach will have far-reaching consequences and that anyone who uses Go Daddy’s Managed WordPress arrangement should assume their site was affected until they hear otherwise.
Every day numerous websites are hacked. It doesn’t matter how large or small the company is, any site is fair game to hackers. These hacking attacks are typically achieved with ease because hacking can be automated via “bots.” These bots scan the Web and look for specific vulnerabilities on a website. Elements such as plugins or themes with known vulnerabilities make it easy for hackers to attack your site. So, what actions do you take to minimize your risk? One of the first things you can do is choose a hosting provider who will be there for you in the event that your site still gets hit- despite your precautions!
That sounds easy- right? Perhaps, but not every hosting provider is the same. Not only do hosting providers vary in price, but the packages, type of server, and services differ. But, before delving into the must-have list for host providers, let’s take a moment to explain the types of servers- as those will play a significant role in the host provider selection process.
Did you know?
- WordPress.org offers over 50,000 plugins and over 3,500 GPL-licensed themes.
- The WordPress plugins have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times.
- 1,250,000,000+ total plugin downloads have happened on WordPress.org so far.
- With 82+ million total downloads Akismet is the most popular plugin of all time.
If you have a WordPress website then chances are, you have a few plugins included in your site’s design. And, as the stats above indicate, you are not alone. After all, they play a significant role in the safety and usability of a website. They can be uploaded to your website easily and gives your site functionality that can take developers a significant amount of time to create on their own.
Powering over one third of all websites, WordPress is one of the most ubiquitous website design platforms on the Web. Consequently, there are an abundance of tools and web-related aspects designed to work with it. This is a good thing, because the choices are many. However, this plethora of choices can also make it difficult to determine what elements are best for your needs. One example of this is the choosing of a hosting provider.
There are 4 types of hosting options often considered by website owners – shared hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), dedicated servers, and managed WordPress hosting. With all of these options, making the right choice might seem like an overwhelming task with too many factors to understand. To cut to the chase, the key features you should look for in a reliable host for WordPress sites would be speed, security, support, robust backups, included SSL certs, and helpful developer tools. In this post, we will break down the details of what all of that means so you can make an informed decision when choosing the best WordPress hosting provider for your website.
Did You Know….
- Studies show that product/service assessment takes buyers about 90 seconds.
- When that same shopper is looking to buy online, that number is reduced to 8 seconds – 94% of those impressions are influenced by the website design.
- More startling, is that when shopping online, your product is not just judged for what it is but 75% of users judge your brand credibility based on your website design.
Consequently, it is vital that you have a website design that commands the attention of your site guests, so that you can maximize user engagement.