Those of you who are familiar with creating and maintaining a web site may find some of this information redundant, but we encourage you to explore this section to get an overview of your web site’s new home.

For those who are just beginning to learn the benefits of having and maintaining a web presence, you will find this section invaluable to your efforts to maintain your web site on our servers.

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Creating a Website in 5 Minutes or Less

Make a Website on a Budget in 5 Minutes or Less


Can you really make a website in under 5 minutes? And on a budget?

Yes, you can!

You don’t need to understand code or hire a web developer to create a great website. This article will break down the basics so that you can get started! There are four critical steps to creating your fabulous, functional website:

  1. Get hosting -> We recommend Bluehost. At $2.95 it’s the best value on the market.
  2. Select a domain name
  3. Choose a Content Management System (CMS) -> With Bluehost you can set up a WordPress website with one click.
  4. Customize your theme

That’s it! It’s that simple. You need to do the first steps to get to the fun bit (Step 4), but they are quick and easy. Read more

How much Bandwidth and Disk Space do I Really Need?

How Much Bandwidth and Disk Space Do I Really Need?

You may be wondering if 50 or 100 GB of bandwidth is enough for your website. Bandwidth is all about the number of visitors (traffic) you have to your site. % of websites currently on the web use no more than 5 GB of bandwidth a month. It’s only sites that are expected to produce a significant amount […]

How to Stream MP3

How to Stream MP3

[REMINDER: The transmission, storage, or presentation of any information, data or material in violation of any United States Federal, State or local law is strictly prohibited under the terms and conditions of your hosting account. This includes copyrighted material used without permission.]

To stream an mp3 file, upload your mp3 file to your www directory (or to a subdirectory of your www directory) in BINARY format.

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Speed up your website

How to Speed Up Any Website (Especially WordPress)

You have probably noticed while browsing Hosting Manual that we have fantastic website speed. Surprize, we are running this website on shared web hosting so that we do what we preach.

The truth is the majority of small business websites are fine with good old regular shared hosting. There are a couple of review sites who bash shared hosting companies while upselling you to higher tier hosting solutions at those very companies. Don’t be fooled!

You can get impressive speed even on a shared hosting plan. Read more

Websitr Golive Checklist

Publishing Your Website: Go-Live Checklist

I have participated in the creation and publishing of hundreds of websites. I have learned what are the crucial elements on every website to make it successful. Follow these tips and your website will likely attract a lot of visitors. Fail in more than a couple of them, and you will have a hard time getting anywhere with your website. Read more

Server-Side Includes (SSI)

Server-Side Includes (SSI)

What are Server-Side Includes?

Server-Side Includes (commonly called SSI) are small commands that you can put in your HTML document. These commands perform specific functions, such as inserting text, the date, server variables, etc.

For example, on the page that you’re reading right now, the main navigation links in the left column and the section links at the top and bottom of the page are both server-side includes. This allows us to make changes to the navigation by changing only 1 file instead of changing dozens of individual pages. Read more

Your “index” or “home” Page

Your “index” or “home” Page

If you want your visitors to see a home page by typing http://yourdomainname.com/ instead of http://yourdomainname.com/mypage.html, you need to define a “default” page. On some servers, this page must be named index followed by an allowable extension. Allowable index page names are:

index.htm
index.html
index.shtml
index.cgi
index.php

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