web hosting

What's wrong with GoDaddy?

GoDaddy

Episode 1610

William from Woodland Hills, CA

William wants to know why GoDaddy isn't trustworthy? Leo says he believes that GoDaddy uses its domain naming services to sell web hosting. They are rumored to also buy domains that people search for and don't buy, then sell them for a higher price. That's not cool. They also used to do really sexist advertising. But the real issue is that he believes that Deb Hosting and Domain Naming should be kept separate. Leo believes there are just better options out there.

What's a good, reliable web host?

Webhosting

Episode 1593

Don from Ashland, OR

Done works for a small publisher and has eCommerce on their website, but they're not satisfied with their web host. What does Leo recommend? Leo says that Squarespace, who is a sponsor, is great. They're very secure and have excellent service and support. You can even do a two-week trial to see if you like it.  There's also Soft Layer and WordPress.com.

Leo also uses Drupal for TechGuyLabs.com, and he recommends BlackMesh, Heroku, and Contegix for managing your Drupal systems. 

How Can I Create my Own Hosting Site That Only I Can Access With My Phone?

Raspberry Pi

Episode 1573

Jon from Indianapolis, Indiana

Gary wants to know if he can use a Raspberry Pi to host his own web site. Leo says that's a great idea. If he installs an FTP program, how can he get that to talk to his Apache server? Leo says this isn't ideal for a public site because of upload speeds and terms of service with the ISP. But if it's a personal file server that he can access for the web, that's legitimate. He also has to punch holes in his router firewall to get it, and that means to be sure his Pi is secure and up-to-date. Leo also recommends using Secure FTP to keep his system secure, and set port forwarding to Port 80.

How can I Get an Old Host to Redirect to my New Host?

Anchor

Episode 1572

Svera from Oslo, Norway

Svera is a podcaster and his current podcast host is shutting down and is offering no support to redirect his podcasts to another host. It took him five months to make a transition and it nearly killed his audience. Leo says that's why it's so important to keep control of all your domain names. Don't let your host control that, as when they go out of business, you lose your site. When you control your domain name, you can easily set up a redirect. Leo also suggests getting it up over to Anchor.FM.

What's a good alternative to my current hosting provider?

Mouse, keyboard, and monitor

Episode 1537

LaRayce from Santa Ynez, CA

LaRayce got her invoice for web hosting, and they've cut her three-year deal to a two-year deal. So she's looking for an alternative. Leo says it's easy to move, as web hosting is a commodity product now. Coding in HTML is pretty old-fashioned. Most websites don't run that way anymore. They use a content management system, which separates the site design from the content. That makes it a lot easier to update her content. WordPress and Squarespace are good examples.

Should I link my WordPress blog to my domain or transfer it?

web address

Episode 1492

Gerald from Texas

Gerald is setting up a website in WordPress and wants to know if he should set it up with a domain name or link to it. Leo says it's a good idea to have his own domain that he can control. From there, he can forward it to his website on WordPress and let them host it, or he can host it himself on his own server. It's not really practical to "roll your own" hosting. Gerald should let WordPress handle the hosting and just have the domain name forward to the website. That won't cost him anything.

What's an affordable and reliable web host?

Episode 1305

Mark from Honolulu, HI

Mark is looking for a new web host now that his hosting fees have tripled. Leo says that Mark got an introductory offer and then when that expired, he started to get charged the regular rate. Fortunately for Mark, he uses Wordpress on his site and he can just move it. The cost isn't really that bad so he could just pay the $12 a month hosting charge, or he could shop around. SquareSpace is a sponsor and Leo says that they provide excellent service and has the ability to scale as he gets more popular.

How can I get my domain back up?

Episode 1174

Sean from Orlando, FL

Sean made the mistake of transferring his domain name in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign. Now he is struggling with time outs. Leo says that Sean needs to talk to the domain registrar. But it takes time moving nameservers from one host to another. He might have to contact the original host and get them to release the domain name so the other host can pick it up. If he's hosting the site at home, then he'll have to run a domain server. This is the main reason why he shouldn't host the site at home.

What's the best "flashy" content management web host?

Episode 1092

Mark from South Carolina

Mark wants a "flashy" content management system. Leo says that content management systems (CMS) like Joomla, Drupal, or Wordpress would let him customize them heavily. Squarespace is a good option for a CMS that can be "flashy," and new looking. They are template driven, so it's great for commerce and he won't have to stay up with the latest technology. They will do that for him.