Why Do You Need Web Hosting?

Why Do You Need Web Hosting?

A lot of people tend to think that registering a domain name is good enough to get a website active. What they fail to understand is that a domain is as good as your name, a name by which others may recognize you. In order to get a website active and live on the internet, you need to host a website. If you are seeking to build a website without taking web hosting services, registering domain names will serve no purpose. Having a web hosting account is very important in order to get a website hosted. A web hosting company makes it possible for your website to be accessed by everyone on the web.

Web hosting is basically the space that you buy on a web server to store your website files. When you buy website hosting you basically rent server space on a server where your web files will be placed. So whenever somebody will look up for your website by entering your domain, he will get directed to your website. You can design a website on your own computer but unless you upload it on a hosting server it can never be accessed by anyone.

Web hosts usually charge for the service they render. You as a user also have the ability to have your own full-fledged server right from your own home, but the main difference between investing in your own server and picking a hosting company is that designing your own server is likely to cost you dearly. To set up a server, you will require a powerful computer with a good processor and lots of RAM and also an operating system like Linux or Windows. To add to that you will also be required to have technical skills to manage and run the server.

When you hire a web hosting company, it will manage all backend concerns, including the maintenance and repair of the servers. So basically, web hosts are designed to make your life easier by saving you the hassle.

While there are multiple hosting services available, it is always advised not to buy something that is expensive. With a little bit of research one can get good web hosting services at an affordable price. You should not get tricked into buying more than what you actually require. There is always a scope to upgrade your hosting plan if your website starts generating huge amount of traffic.

How to Install WordPress Manually

How to Install WordPress Manually

It is not necessary to manually install WordPress as it can be quickly installed via QuickInstall, however, if you are having trouble with this method, this article will cover the steps needed to install WordPress manually.

Step 1: Download WordPress
Download the WordPress package to your local computer from http://wordpress.org/download/.
Unzip the downloaded file to a folder on your local computer.

Step 2: Upload WordPress to Hosting Account
There are three available options for uploading WordPress to a hosting account.

Upload via FTP – Please see FTP Getting Started for more information.
Upload via File Manager – Please see How to Upload Using the File Manager for instructions.
Upload via SSH – Please see How to Get and Use SSH Access for instructions.

Step 3: Create MySQL Database and User
WordPress stores its information in a database. Therefore, a database will need to be created.

Log into cPanel.
In the Databases section, click the MySQL Database Wizard icon.

For Step 1: Create A Database, enter the database name and click Next Step.
For Step 2: Create Database Users, enter the database user name and password and click Create User.
For Step 3: Add User to the Database, click the All Privileges checkbox and click Next Step.
For Step 4: Complete the task, make note of the database name, username and password, as you will need them for Step 4⤵ below.
Step 4: Configure wp-config.php

The wp-config-sample.php file contains the database information and tells the WordPress application which database to pull information from. This step must be completed to ensure the correct database information is associated with the WordPress installation.

The wp-config-sample.php file can be found in File Manager in the folder where WordPress is installed. To modify the file:

Log into cPanel.
In the Files section, click the File Manager icon.
In the pop-up box, select Web Root and check the box for Show Hidden Files (dotfiles), then click Go.
If you don’t see the pop-up box, you may have selected the “Skip this question, and always open this directory in the future when opening File Manager” option.

To make the pop-up reappear, simply click reset all interface settings at the very bottom of your cPanel.

From the left navigation menu in File Manager, click public_html to expand the folder.
Click the folder containing the WordPress installation.
On the right side of the File Manager screen, locate the wp-config-sample.php file.
Right click on the file, select Rename and change the name of the file to wp-config.php. Click the Rename File button.
Right-click on the wp-config.php file and select Code Edit. When the file opens, look for the following information:
define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here’);

/** MySQL database username */
define(‘DB_USER’, ‘username_here’);

/** MySQL database password */
define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password_here’);
Replace database_name_here with the name of the database you created (above in Step 3: Create MySQL Database and User ⤴).
Replace username_here with the username of the database you created.
Replace password_here with the password of the database that you created.
When done editing, click the Save Changes button, then close the file.

Step 5: Run the Installation
Open a new browser window and go to the installation page to run the installation script. Depending on where you installed the script, you will find it at either of the following URLs:

http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php
http://example.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php
Be sure to replace example.com in the example above with your actual domain name.

You should now see a welcome page that says “Welcome to the famous five minute WordPress installation process!”

Step 6: Complete the install WordPress
On this page, fill in the fields for:
Site Name
Username
Password (needs to be entered twice)
Email address (login information will be sent to this email address)
Select whether or not to have the search engines index the site
Click Install Now, and you should be taken to the final screen, showing the following message:

 

Success! WordPress has been installed.