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Website Hosting - Chris Miller

Understanding Website Hosting

What is Website Hosting?

The web and internet in general can be a tough thing to wrap your head around. That’s ok though, it’s up to folks like myself to make your online experience simple and easy to use. With that said, I will release a series of articles on the discussion of web design, development, and hosting.

website hosting - Chris Miller

The above picture gives you an idea of what a server facilities looks. Countless racks of computers stay connected to the internet 24 / 7 / 365 making the web possible.

Website Hosting refers to a service in which your website is being hosted on a special type of computer called a web server. Website hosting is necessary and responsible for every website you visit online. Without website hosting, it would be impossible for the web to exist.

The server is where your website is stored and hosted, therefore it is required to stay connected and running 24 / 7 / 365, otherwise your website would be off the grid and unreachable to potential visitors.

Additionally, the server requires routine backup & maintenance, security updates, an ISP or Internet Service Provider, and constant monitoring to quickly address any unforeseen issues that may arise. If you’re using a CMS or content management system, that platform will also have its own routine maintenance to address as well.

Think of it as the foundation or land that your building sits on and also factor in that your building requires running water, electricity, and other necessary resources to keep the building alive. This is essentially what website hosting is.

Hopefully this helps you to better understand what web hosting is and why it’s necessary for your website. If you have any questions regarding website hosting or interested in hiring me to build your website, visit the contact page and send me a message!

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New Redesign & Launch

Launched on November 4th 2013, the www.millertchris.com has been rethought with mobile devices in mind!  Built entirely on HTML5, CSS3, PHP, & the latest Javascript goodness, this site is responsive on every mobile device using modern web standards.  The underbelly uses Twitters Bootstrap & WordPress to do most of the heavy lifting around here.  Installed on a Cloud VPS running Ubuntu Server, you should notice that the site loads quickly with little wait time.  It will only get better from here!

Let’s talk about services.

Folks would know me as a web designer, some would know me as a filmmaker.  However, what most folks didn’t know was that I provide both services.  That’s right!  It’s natural for me, it feels intwined and overlapped.  So I figured, why not?

Through my web services, I offer a plethora of design, hosting, consulting, SEO, and much more.  If you’re looking for a one stop shop when it comes to your website, look no further.  The same can be said for video services as well.

You may ask yourself “How does one person capable of doing so much?”

Let’s start by saying that I care about keeping my client base small and intimate.  Unlike web design and hosting, filmmaking requires no maintenance.  Once the project has been produced, it’s online and circulating.  Done!  Web Design can be a very different story, especially when it comes to dynamic sites, eCommerce, or general hosting.

Customers need support and with great services comes great support.  At least that’s how it’s supposed to work, right?

That’s the conundrum i’ve always found myself in with large companies, the bigger the numbers, the more support suffers in return effecting the customer.  I care too much about the end user or recipeint to be apart of that.

With that said, keeping a small base while enjoying what you’re truly passionate about is the main goal.

Quality not quantity.

Let’s touch on some of the enhancmenets to the new site!

Here are some of the new features you will find:

Home Page

The new home page sports a modern layout with short summaries encompassing a snapshot of the services have to offer.  When you want to learn more, simply navigate to the section you want to brush up on.

Portfolio Section

It’s much easier to browse all past and current projects by visiting the Portfolio section.  Using Javascript to provide loading and sorting of all projects.

Blog Section

Simliar to the portfolio section, the new blog will be updated from time to time providing free tips and tricks, as well as providing updates on new projects.

Monthly Newsletter

You can now signup for my monthly newsletter which will provide free tips & useful information regarding websites, online marketing, & of course film making.  You will find the newsletter signup located at the footer of most pages.

In the coming months, I will be updating and adding new content, sections, and enhancements to the website, providing more insight and information.

Welcome to the new redesign of www.millertchris.com