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Web Hosting Podcast is dedicated to helping you get the most out of your web site hosting experience.

Covering topics that will help you speed up your site, stay secure and give you confidence to take your web site to the next level.

All Episodes

Bryan Muthig, CEO of A2 Hosting joins me to talk about hosting and their 20x faster web hosting.

Apr 2019

37 min

Today on Episode 30 Web Hosting Podcast. Sultan of rextheme.com joins me to discuss how their plugin, WPVR, can help you get started with Virtual Reality tours in WordPress. What is a Virtual Reality Tour? A Virtual Tour is a simulation of a real location. It is often made with media that would include a 360-degree camera and can mix text, video, audio and much more. Virtual tours provide the user a way to explore locations from the comfort of their home, business or on the road without having to physically go there.

Apr 2019

32 min

Status of PHP in Web Hosting. WordPress 5.1.1 is out. Gutenberg block add-on with 19 ready made blocks.Today on Episode 29 Web Hosting Podcast. The status of PHP and web hosting. WordPress 5.1.1 has been released with some great improvements. A gutenberg block add-on with 19 ready made blocks.

Mar 2019

17 min

Today on episode 28, Web Hosting Podcast. Where have I been and what is going on with the podcast? Have you taken the jump to WordPress 5 yet, if not then you are going to want to ensure you do a few things first. Google Page Speed is up to some new tricks with images.You may have been wondering why there has not been an episode in a while. It is time to talk about my depression and how I deal with it.Some things I do to try and reduce the effects of my depression, anxiety and panic attacks. If this helps even a single person get through their own depression then this will be worth it.

Jan 2019

25 min

Today on episode 27, Web Hosting Podcast. I sit down with Megan of websites503.com and discuss the current state of websites. Are websites really needed in a world of apps, social media, and smart devices? Are website going to be extinct or irrelevant in the coming years if not already?

Oct 2018

26 min

Today on episode 26, web hosting podcast. WordPress 5 gets a tentative release date. I discuss a social media experiment I tried. And cloudflare celebrated its 8th birthday in style by releasing some great new features and services.

Oct 2018

17 min

Today on episode 25, Web Hosting Podcast. Some of the most common cPanel tools you will use after you signup. Did you know there is a app for cPanel access that also includes webmail? We will be going over installing, and then configuring the app which is available for both iOS and Android.

Sep 2018

41 min

Today on Episode 24, Web Hosting Podcast. Are you obsessed with page speed ranking? Speed is always a great thing to have but the realization is, getting that perfect score is almost impossible with a website. Megan joins me to discuss some things that may cause your site to be slow. We also dive into pagespeed insights and discuss some surprising and shocking results we got.

Sep 2018

55 min

Today on episode 23 Web Hosting Podcast.Google Chrome 68 is now out and marking sites that do not use https as not secure. We cover a great backup plugin for wordpress called UpdraftPlus, this free plugin with premium options is a great way to ensure you have a regular backup of your WordPress site. Have you ever wanted to know how to hide the login url for wordpress, we go over how to do this in this episode.

Aug 2018

18 min

Today on episode 22 of Web Hosting Podcast. iDNS misdirection, this is a public service announcement for the alleged service provided by iDNS. This company may send out actual mail to you in an attempt to trick you into renewing your domain name with them. IGTV (Instagram TV) is now live, did you even notice? cPanel now supports git.

Jul 2018

12 min

Today on episode 21 Web Hosting Podcast. PCI (Payment Card Industry) changes that have come into affect. These changes make a dramatic shift to the encryption standard that you may not be aware of. If you are on a older operating system, and even some new ones, you may be left out in the cold and unable to get email or see your website. Chrome 68 is coming this month and if your site is not using https, then your visitors will start to see a "not secure" message. Moving your site to https should not break your budget with free SSL (AutoSSL) by cPanel.

Jul 2018

12 min

Today on episode 20 of Web Hosting Podcast. Steps to launching a website. We will cover all the steps needed to go from concept to launch, for the beginner. It is now easier than it has ever been to get a brand new website online and serving content. Have you wanted to make the jump and have your own website? Follow along and learn how to get your own website online.

Jun 2018

21 min

Today on Episode 19 of Web Hosting Podcast. Is VR, virtual reality, part of your website design strategy? You could be missing out if you are not. With the release of the Oculus Go last month, high end VR experiences have come to the masses. You can take advantage of this by including VR elements easily on your new or current website. Also a very interesting thing happened over the weekend.

Jun 2018

24 min

Today on episode 18 of Web Hosting Podcast, I continue the discussion of the wordpress hack dissection. I have been asked, since the last episode, about ways to harden and secure a wordpress install and what I recommend to do about managing updates. Also in this episode, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), Are you ready for the coming changes on May 25th? https://www.webhostingpodcast.com

May 2018

31 min

Today on episode 17 of Web Hosting Podcast, Megan and I, dissect a website hack we have been working on. We discuss the how, the what and ways to prevent future hacks. We also discuss the defacement of webhostingpodcast.com and how I recovered the site so quickly. And remember those quick tips I use to run? They are coming back in a new way!Podcast phone line 971 249 2359 is manned by me on Thursdays 9AM PST - 12PM PST. Feel free to call in and press (2) to reach me directly during those hours. If you want to just leave me a message anytime, press (1) and it will send you directly to a voicemail box. Dissection of a hack we have been dealing with, the topics we cover are.How we think it happened. How we cleaned it up.What could have prevented it.Info on what we found from sucuri, regarding this specific website hack.https://blog.sucuri.net/2017/04/wordpress-security-unwanted-redirects-via-infected-javascript-files.htmlYou will find the plugin I used to find that the wordpress core files had been modified. This plugin is since abandoned by automattic (the makers of wordpress, woocommerce and jetpack to name a few) but it can still be used. You need to download the hash file for the version of wordpress you are using. I would just like to point out that other external and filesystem based scans did NOT find this hack. Only by careful examination of the output of the exploit scanner were we able to find the source of this hack. It is no longer enough to just scan with one tool and think the site is clean. I recommend that you scan with multiple sources if you think you have been hacked, or if a hack keeps coming back after being cleaned. I also, and I can not stress this enough, recommend a daily backup of your website. There are many tools out there that will help you obtain a regular backup to a external location, such as dropbox, s3, ftp, or google drive. There is no reason to not have this setup for your site.This is the plugin link, https://wordpress.org/plugins/exploit-scanner/ And this is the location of the hash file on github. https://github.com/philipjohn/exploit-scanner-hashes

May 2018

27 min

Today on episode 16 of Web Hosting Podcast, I venture out on location to talk to Shannon and Eric about their company Opus Interactive http://www.opusinteractive.com/. We also now have a phone number for the podcast for you to call into.Opus Interactive is located in Hillsboro, Oregon at the Infomart Datacenter, this is the same world class facility that Linkedin chose to house their infrastructure. Opus Interactive has additional locations in Portland, Silicon Valley and Dallas with more coming online. The Hillsboro facility is 345,000 square feet and has 24 MW (megawatts) of power. That is enough to power almost 4,000 homes according to some sources. I would highly recommend that you visit their website for more information on Opus Interactive and the services they provide.We now have a google talk phone number that you can all into the show on. On Thursdays, from 9am PST - 12PM PST, I will be taking calls. If you have a question, idea, or just need some guidance, feel free to call the number and press 2 when prompted. This will put you into a queue that will allow me to take your call on a first come first served basis. If you would like to just leave a message, you can press 1 and I will get that voicemail emailed to me. Please make sure to let me know if I can put the recording into the podcast. If you are not comfortable with that idea, then no problem, just let me know. Since this number is a google talk number, I have no idea how well it will work. This is an experiment that I have wanted to try for quite a while, please keep that in mind.Web Hosting Podcast Phone:971 249 2359

Apr 2018

39 min

First part of this episode covers some security updates with Drupal and Wordpress.Drupal : https://www.drupal.org/sa-core-2018-002Wordpress : https://wordpress.org/news/2018/04/wordpress-4-9-5-security-and-maintenance-release/Then Megan Ferrell of websites503.com joins me again. We discuss "How is your web host possibly failing you?"

Apr 2018

49 min

In this episode I talk with Robert Indries of dgstudio.com about marketing, development and web hosting.dgstudio.com is a full service creative agency for your business brand and website. Robert, gives some great advice about getting your marketing brand out there. He provides several tips for things you can do for free as well as what not to do.If you would like to be our next special guest on web hosting podcast, fill out the contact form at https://webhostingpodcast.com/contact and we will make it happen. Please be sure to include a topic you would like to discuss.

Mar 2018

54 min

Today we discuss how to move your site from http to https using the one click installer called Installatron on cPanel along with autossl.I give you some of my favorite online website tools to use for your personal site.https://www.ssllabs.com/https://haveibeenpwned.com/https://www.whatismyip.com/http://www.whatsmyip.org/https://checkgzipcompression.comgoogle speed test and http://www.speedtest.net/https://slack.com

Mar 2018

23 min

I discuss some of the more basic terms used in hosting.This episode may be a little basic for some listeners, but I want to make sure that everyone knows the terminology and language that we talk about. My hope is to bring some listeners up to speed that may be confused by some of the terminology used in hosting. Again, this episode may not be fore everyone.I also discuss how google is going to be tagging websites that do NOT use https as unsafe starting July 2018 in chrome 68. Get those sites on SSL now before it is too late.I make a brief mention of wordpress and gutenberg. Wordpress 5 will likely include gutenberg, replacing the current editor. If you are not familiar with how to use this, it may be time to setup a test site and take it for a spin.

Feb 2018

37 min

Mautic is a marketing automation platform. There is a paid version at mautic.com and a open source self hosted community version at mautic.orgMautic is either a paid solution or a self hosted open source solution. I am going to specifically discuss the mautic.org version or self hosted version.

Feb 2018

23 min

Listen as I get schooled by Megan Ferrell about SEO, Search Engine Optimization. Megan gives the listener some great tips and advice on how to improve your SEO ranking.

Jan 2018

47 min

With the latest developments on Meltdown and Spectre, do you have a disaster plan in place for your website?What if your site suddenly becomes overwhelmingly popular?The same information should be gathered in a proactive manner to protect your sites future, whether it is for disaster or success. The "what if" plan should be a part of your sites life blood as you grow your digital footprint. We discuss what I include in my own "what if" packet that I store in my safe. I also cover some options to help with a sudden burst of site traffic, to help prevent your site from going offline.

Jan 2018

26 min

Happy New Year!!Backups and Archives, do you do these regularly and what is the difference?Why should you create a website archive? We cover this and a few other things you should do with your website to bring in the New Year.Additionally we cover how to create a new backup in cPanel.In our quick tip, we cover creating a email autoresponder for when you go on vacation.

Jan 2018

29 min

I discuss malware definitions and explain the differences between them. We quickly jump into ways to detect malware in your hosting account using cPanel built in "Virus Scanner" and cover a gotcha with external scanners like Sucuri.I also cover simple steps to follow if your website is ever hacked.

Dec 2017

26 min

David Anderson of Canvas Host joins me in the dungeon to discuss the upcoming vote to repeal Net Neutrality on December 14th 2017. It is very important that we keep the internet open. Please contact your representative and tell them you want to support Net Neutrality.Call your Senators and Representatives. Tell them to support net neutrality: 202-224-3121

Dec 2017

52 min

I take a look at 3 free do it yourself WordPress managed solutions that you can use. These are very simple and powerful applications that will help you keep your WordPress site updated, secure and running smoothly. Best of all they are entirely Free and will keep you more focused on the content of your site rather than the maintenance of it . Listen to the episode for a free $10 coupon code to use with one of the WordPress managed solutions I discuss, or just read the show notes.

Nov 2017

46 min

I talk about who the podcast is for and the future of web hosting podcast.Megan Ferrell (websites503.com) joins me to discuss "10 website security tips". We take the quiz, discuss our answers and throw a few extras in for good measure. See how your site rates by following along.feedback is always welcome https://webhostingpodcast.com/contact

Nov 2017

47 min

Today we discuss one click installers for hosting, why you need to use them and a great way to backup your files using installatron.We discuss domains and domain registration with David Anderson of Canvas Host, a Portland based full server web hosting provider.

Oct 2017

50 min

Get those web sites using HTTPS and stop using HTTP. AutoSSL and letsencrypt are out there for everyone. We cover some simple topics as to why you should be using HTTPS (SSL/TLS) and how to get free certificates for your web site.Caching can add great benefits to your web site speed and up time. We discuss a couple common options for WordPress, but more importantly we discuss the benefits of using Cloudflare. Best of all, it is free!

Oct 2017

19 min

Things to consider when picking a web host for you or your business.How to setup cache-control for your site images and elements. This will improve your site load speed and is very simple to setup.Enabling gzip compression for your web site. A simple tweak could save you a lot of money on bandwidth fees at your chosen hosting provider, as well as give your site a little speed boost.

Sep 2017

24 min

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