These days, there are many options for aspiring web developers. Out of all the homepage toolkits and content management systems available on the net, WordPress is without a doubt the most popular, thanks to its all-rounder qualities. Originally intended to be blogging software, over the years the program has evolved to include a wide range of plugins, making it a suitable platform for almost any kind of web project. Despite its versatility, its size can sometimes mean that the platform suffers from weaknesses in its performance and security, which smaller, specialized WordPress alternatives do not. [...] ►
HTTP is indispensable as a mediator between the browser and web server: Both communicate with each other using the transmission protocol on the application layer by sending various types of messages. With an HTTP request, for example, the browser can request a resource or return its own data to the server. If one of these HTTP methods doesn’t work, error 405 (Method Not Allowed) occurs. But what exactly is behind this error message, which indicates a problem on the client side but actually concerns the server? [...] ►
You’re surfing around on the internet, but instead of getting the desired content you only receive an error message: annoying or even downright frustrating. Especially if you don’t exactly know what the status is supposed to mean. How are you expected to solve the problem, if you don’t know what’s causing it? This also goes for the error 401. Here we explain what the error means and what you can do about it. [...] ►
Privacy is one of the most important aspects of the Internet. Whoever wants to protect themselves will hopefully begin with one of the most basic elements of the World Wide Web: the hyperlink. References from one webpage to the other usually lead in one direction only – information exchange via HTTP, however, takes place in both directions. To prevent this from occurring, Internet users used to rely on “dereferrer” services. We will show you the disadvantages associated with these link anonymizers, and how you should instead proceed to avoid referrer spam and session hijacking. [...] ►
Do you want to have your own website, but you have hardly any programming skills? With a content management system, you can create a homepage for yourself or your company without HTML knowledge. Our WordPress guide will guide you step-by-step through the website making process, from installing and setting up WordPress, to creating content and publishing your material. [...] ►
If you want to juggle more than one channel with your content management system, you’ll quickly reach the limits. A classic CMS offers many simplifications, but at the same time is limited with its design options. For this reason, content creators sometimes rely on another solution: a headless CMS. This separates the frontend from the backend so that different websites and mobile apps can be centrally provided with the same content. But how exactly does it function, and which benefits does it offer? [...] ►
As an operator of an internet site, you will, of course, be interested in tailoring your website to the needs of your users in as much detail as possible. To be able to do this, it’s helpful to find out as much as you can about the behavior of your visitors. Web analytics programs make this possible. Many people have only heard of Google Analytics and don’t know about the advantages that other web tracking programs have to offer. Piwik is a particularly significant alternative. The tool is easy to set up and can easily be connected to WordPress via a plugin. [...] ►
Anyone can become an author online by starting a blog to publicize ideas and thoughts. But for many, a blog is much more than simply an online diary: if you want to mix it with the industry professionals and become a successful blogger, there are certain guidelines to be aware of. In this short series, we will guide you on the journey to blogging with success. We begin with part 1: creating a blog. [...] ►
Internet users are often confronted with error messages. HTTP status codes can be especially annoying, and even more so if you don’t understand what they mean. The message 'HTTP 400 – Bad Request' is a mystery for many internet users, but luckily it can be solved in most cases. We explain what the error message means and how to fix the error. [...] ►
HTTP status codes emerge when something isn’t running properly on the internet. In this respect, the 502 Bad Gateway error is no exception. But this familiar error message can be particularly tricky: It’s not actually clear where the source of the problem lies. In the chain of gateways along which internet requests run, the error could occur at a number of different points. This article explains where internet users and webmasters can start their search for the source of the error. [...] ►
The 1&1 Web Hosting Guide: advice for website administration
Hosting an internet presence (web hosting) is getting easier and easier thanks to the variety of tools and increasingly user-friendly content management systems. But it’s still good to familiarize yourself with the finer points of online service administration: and this is where our Web Hosting Guide comes in. In our Digital Guide to hosting, you’ll find in-depth information and recommendations on programs, tools, plugins as well as general hosting tips. These useful articles are designed for all levels, from beginners to professional users: with relevant content and comprehensive detail, the 1&1 Web Hosting Guide offers expert knowledge to a broad readership.
CMS, blogs, and technical matters
The ‘Hosting’ category is one of six sections of the 1&1 Digital Guide. This is then split into three further subcategories: ‘CMS’, ‘Blogs’, and ‘Technical matters’. The first of these is devoted to content management systems, looking at the considerable number of options available for website creation and administration. The ‘Blogs’ subcategory offers advice and guidance on the establishment and operation of a successful weblog. Here, we also introduce the many extensions and tweaks available for the most widely used blogging and CMS application of all – WordPress. Our final section focuses on information and tips on ‘Technical matters’. This subcategory explores the different sorts of web hosting, the various programs which lighten your web hosting workload, new hosting opportunities, and everything else you need to know about the administration of internet resources.
From beginner to expert: hosting tips for every ability
Our Web Hosting Guide isn’t just for checking basic requirements and techniques of site administration – trained professionals can also expand upon their existing knowledge by reading our articles. Articles like ‘What is shared hosting?’ or our ‘Blog with success’ series are suitable for readers who are new to web hosting, whereas specific posts like ‘Indexing management with robots.txt’ or ‘The top ten .htaccess tricks’ require prior knowledge and experience. This variety makes our Web Hosting Guide attractive and accessible for anyone interested in website administration. Whether you’re a small to medium-sized enterprise, a blogger, a developer, or simply a technology enthusiast: 1&1 has got you covered.