Like novels and art, websites do not truly count until they are published. Whatever the scale of the enterprise - from the smallest boutique site on cheap hosting to vast maps of data spanned across multiple servers - finding and purchasing a domain name and setting up a server can be an intimidating, even overwhelming prospect.
This reading list takes you through the very basics of servers, domain names and hosting, starting with general recommendations and working up to creating your own server for site testing and development, with more complex entries added over time.
Time: 1 hour
- Understanding TLDs
- Choosing & Registering a Domain
- Choosing a Hosting Provider
- Web Hosting Recommendations
- Intro to Server Setup
- Installing MAMP on OS X
- Installing WAMPP on Windows
- Uploading with FTP
- Changing Domain Names
Content Management Systems
Content Management Systems (popularly referred to as “CMS’s”) allow easier creation and editing of increasingly complex websites.
Once you have a site up, running, and growing, performance becomes an issue. This series explores opportunities to increase server performance without spending more money, using caching and compression:
As soon as your site is online, security also becomes an issue. There are several steps you can take to secure site files:
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