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What is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

This is one of the most relevant questions for us to try to answer. Many internet users around the world don’t really know what shared hosting is, how they can use it and what they can do with…
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Latest Shared Hosting News

InMotion Hosting Announces Improved Shared Hosting With SSDs
(The Hosting News) – Leading website hosting company InMotion Hostingrecently announced a series of upgrades to their shared web hosting service, including free solid-state drives (SSDs), secure shell access (SSH), unlimited websites on their …
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New Web Hosting Company Offers Cheap Shared Web
Shared web hosting is very simple to use and users will benefit from numerous helpful guidelines to help them. For a webmaster that is a novice, it is very important and advisable to start with a shared hosting plan. WebHosting2K is offering shared …
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Nice Shared Hosting photos

A few nice shared hosting images I found:

Image by StephenMcleod – International Man of Mystery
‘Anonymous’ has become increasingly more infamous in the past year or two for stunts such as swamping the MTV European Music Awards with votes which saw Rick Astley carried to victory as part of something of an in-joke for those embedded in cyber culture, or the more serious concerted actions against the ‘Church’ of Scientology for their attempts at internet censorship.

Since Wikileaks has become a household name and we’re all glued to the news to see what’s going to happen next in this fascinating collision of cyberspace and politics, Anonymous has once again reared its head into the mainstream by launching one of the biggest and most widely publicised Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks it’s managed so far – ‘Operation Payback’. The target? Mastercard, for their role in choking off financial donations to the whistle-blowing site.

After initially only seeming to take down the company’s corporate website for hours (which, let’s face it, no-one ever visits), it appears that for whatever reason, be it shared-hosting or otherwise, the actual Mastercard payment systems were also affected.

With over 3000 members in the IRC channel where the attacks were being co-ordinated from; huge mainstream media coverage and Mastercard left reeling, attention was inevitably turned towards Visa for their part in the spectacle..

Almost instantaneously, the site was brought to its knees, which is where it remains as I write this.

Elsewhere, the number of mirrors of the Wikileaks site (direct and exact copies) that have been set up has sprung from just a couple of hundred to over 1000 in a matter of days, as groups and individuals around the internet rally in support.

So what’s important about all of this?

The most interesting thing is that it all goes far beyond this current issue of ‘CableGate’, despite its obvious importance.

This is a cultural shift that has been looming since the politicians and media proudly declared that "file sharing was dead" back when they won a court case to close Napster. Oh how wrong they were on that one.

…and that’s exactly the point. What lessons have been learned since then? It seems very little. The internet is an incredible creation because of its refusal to submit to any authority that tries to repress its existence in the freedom and communication of information. Every time an organisation or state tries to stem the flow, it gets overwhelmed by the sheer volume that follows.

I love that, and I love the possibilities that it creates.

Media correspondents can talk about half understood things like ‘net neutrality’ and ‘hacktivism’ all they want, but the really exciting thing is the shift in mindset from the idea that one person is powerless on their own; the power of the collective.

Glasgow, July 2010
Hasselblad 500CM – Kodak Portra 400UC expired 2005

How to Make a Website that’s Awesome – PowerPoint SlideDeck – 02

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How to make a website that’s awesome

Here are the resources I use:

Why Aim for an Awesome Website?
– have your end goal in mind
– business websites need professionalism
– personal websites can be more casual
– evaluate your options and then do something!

Web Hosting is Awesome
– figure out what web hosting is right for you
– share hosting is fine for most people
– VPS hosting for >2,000 hits per day
– dedicated hosting for >15,000 hits per day
– share hosting is where you start

Don’t Forget Your Domain Name
– make it meaningful
– make it easy to spell
– make it catchy
– make it original
– no dashes & no numbers

Create the Website
– you can program it all if you want
– no need to start from scratch
– start with a content management system (CMS)

Content Management Systems Rock
– Joomla, Drupal, and many more are options
– WordPress is a great start
– Just go with WordPress, please!

Why Use a Content Management System
– choose from ready-made designs
– use ready-made plugins
– tons of support available
– no need to know how to program
– keep more of your money $ $ $

Big Website Dreams And You
– keep your big dreams in mind
– but start out doing the basics
– pick your host & domain name
– pick your content management system
– do something today

Here are the resources I use:

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