• Hello Fabrik Community

    Fabrik is now in the hands of the development team that brought you Fabrik for Joomla 4. We have recently transitioned the Fabrik site over to a new server and are busy trying to clean it up. We have upgraded the site to Joomla 4 and are running the latest version of Fabrik 4. We have also upgraded the Xenforo forum software to the latest version. Many of the widgets you might have been used to on the forum are no longer operational, many abandoned by the developers. We hope to bring back some of the important ones as we have time.

    Exciting times to be sure.

    The Fabrik 4.0 Official release is now available. In addition, the Fabrik codebase is now available in a public repository. See the notices about these in the announcements section

    We wish to shout out a very big Thank You to all of you who have made donations. They have really helped. But we can always use more...wink..wink..

    Also a big Thank You to those of you who have been assisting others in the forum. This takes a very big burden off of us as we work on bugs, the website and the future of Fabrik.

Choosing a Web Host

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  • Introduction​


    To set up a website you need two things:
    1. Domain Name
    2. Web Hosting

    Domain Names​


    There are several low cost and adequate domain registrars that you can purchase domains from.

    Web Hosting​


    Web hosting can generally be purchased at a variety of levels:

    • Shared - Most small businesses and personal websites start off using 'Shared Hosting' where there are many sites hosted on a shared server.
    • Virtual Dedicated - 'Virtual Dedicated Servers' or 'Virtual Private Servers' (VDS/VPS) are usually the next step for sites experiencing growth or requiring extra features and allocate space for a server to run in a 'virtual' dedicated space.
    • Dedicated - 'Dedicated Servers' are the next step up and as the name implies are servers dedicated to hosting your website only and are priced accordingly.

    Pricing​


    It is common practise for web hosts to charge based on a number of factors and configuration settings, these include:

    • Mangement - Is the hosting managed ie do you have access to support
    • RAM - How much RAM the server has
    • Storage - The amount of disk space you have
    • Bandwidth - How much incoming and outgoing bandwidth you will need
    • Hours Used - This is usually set at 730 and refers to the amount of uptime in a month (730 hours ~ 1 month)
    • cPanel - Often use of the software package cPanel will be charged as an extra monthy fee
    • IP Addresses - The number of IP addresses you have
    • MySQL - How many databases and users you can create
    • Backups - Will your data be backed up
    • Subdomains - The amount of subdomains you can create
    There are then optional extra features such as an SSL certificate that anyone dealing with secure content should consider.

    Software​


    The benefits of using VDS hosting over shared hosting is that you can define which versions of software such as PHP and MySQL you will be using. Shared hosting often limits this to one particular version as it effects a number of sites, although some hosts do offer dual configuration.
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