Whether you are paying for your own hosting account, or getting hosting of
domain or subdomain through TibetBridges —
It's like renting a room in a building:
Only you can take care of your own website on the server!
Your own hosting account
There are many excellent web hosting companies. Most of the info below will apply to any good hosting company, but it is written is specifically for HostGator.com, my current favorite.
A hosting account through TibetBridges
The purpose of TibetBridges is for people who want to own their website. Hosting on TibetBridges is provided only for people and organisations we are working directly with, doing or learning web programming, server administration, etc.
A subdomain account under TibetBridges.com, TibetanGeeks.com, or WebWalker.to
The purpose of giving a subdomain is for people who want to own their website. A subdomain is provided only for people and organisations we are working directly with, doing or learning web programming, server administration, etc.
|Many thanks to Jeff Lebow, who provides and pays for these hosting accounts at HostGator.|
|Q1 What is TibetBridges for? you who want to learn|
|Q2 Do i pay for hosting or subdomain here? yes!|
|Q3 What does TibetBridges hosting provide? your own "house on the web"||Q4 What does a TibetBridges subdomain provide? "a room in a house"|
|Q5 Do i have any responsibilities towards TibetBridges in return? yes!|
|Q6 Who can get a hosting account here? you who want to learn||Q7 Who can get a subdomain account here? you who want to learn|
|Q8 So — should i use TibetBridges for hosting? maybe|
|What are some good hosting companies? infos|
|How do i transfer my website to a new host? infos|
TibetBridges is hosted at HostGator.com. You can see all the facilities available at http://www.hostgator.com/resellers.shtml
This is to protect the other websites on the TibetBridges account,
which ultimately protects Tibetans in Tibet.
James administers this server for the purpose of teaching web development and server administration. So you will be expected to listen patiently to lectures, warnings, advice, and technical information ... and even act on them!
TibetBridges is not the right place for you ...
TibetBridges may not the right place for you ...
These are all fine things to need, there's nothing wrong with any of them —
they are just not part of the
mandate of TibetBridges hosting.
There are many great and inexpensive hosting companies these days, in India and all over the world. Here are some ideas for finding good web hosting.
Given that, the most secure server in the world cannot protect you
from shooting yourself in the foot. HostGator has an excellent article
on the subject at
And i agree with all of it.
If your site is being built with CMS software: As important as basic security, and server security, is the CMS software you are using, how often it is updated, and especially the security knowledge of whoever is building the site/administering the CMS.
Building websites used to be just fun. Now it has aspects of entering a war zone! But there we are.
For password: i can't, even if i wanted to! This is good, it makes your password very safe. Nobody can see it, not even the owner of the server.
For your other info: All that is your responsibility, not mine. I have given over 100 accounts over the years. Not my job to remember all those! Your landlord doesn't keep the info about the lock on your room, or what is inside your room, either. Right?
The keys to your voice to the world!
You don't have to sneak away! We are happy that you are finding the right hosting for you.
And the thing is, there's no automatic way to know that a site has moved to another host. If you tell us, we can free up that space for someone else.
Also, it saves me a lot of time — when i do notice a site is no more active, it takes a lot of checking and emailing to make sure it is really gone! After all, you don't want me to delete an account that is being used, right?
It often happens that there is staff turnover, and new staff doesn't get all the information
about the website. Sooner or later something breaks, and they call me.
This isn't useful! It is better if they can get all the info about the site at the beginning.
Also the reason for providing hosting, is to teach people how to make better websites. So we need to be in contact to do that.
:)So here's one starting point: http://tibetangeeks.com/technologies/web_development/
If it looks like you are in over your head, there are some other options for getting yourself a website:
Nope. You will!
Again, it's just like having a room in a building. The building owner can make sure the walls are solid, and that there are doors, and bars on the windows. But if you don't lock your doors, or don't keep the bars closed, the monkeys can still get in! So in the end, protecting your website is up to you.
It's really easy. Just ...
Here's more ways your website gets hacked. (Unfortunately, most of them happen because of your actions :/ );
.cgi .pl cgi-script
.cgi .pl cgi-scriptmeans that files ending in
.plwill be run as programs (cgi scripts).
.shtml server-parsedmeans that files ending in
.shtmlwill be looked at by apache, to see if there are any server-side include lines inside. That is: apache has to *parse* the file.
.htmlas well as
The best way:
(Note: using Google Apps fully for everyone involved in the website, means that everyone has to have a Gmail account. Also, there are security and privacy concerns in using Gmail and Google Apps. Just so you know.)
Ok, so you really want to use Google Apps! Here's how:
ftp(unix and mswindows).
Check the following things first!
ftpprogram to upload your files, it will first show you your "home directory".
public_html. (The first is just a shortcut to the second.)
If you are still having problems, contact me and we'll figure it out. (I will need these things to be able to help.)
myname' and your domain is '
bigwebsite.org', your ftp login name is
|Fifth row:||Chatroom, PHP Chat, and Bulletin Board are three programs you can install on your website.|
|installs many other programs on your website.|
We wish we could!
But you know what?
The main things that start the process of a website getting hacked are,
And, i'm sorry to say, both those things are in the hands of the web developer — this means you.
$ cvs -d:pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvsroot/gallery login
$ cvs -d:pserver:email@example.com:/cvsroot/gallery co gallery2
$ cd gallery2
$ cvs update -Pd
You can get someone, or some program, to do it for you – but you still have to know enough to be able to tell them/it what to do!1
Doesn't your site ... your organisation ... the Tibetan cause ... deserve the best?2
That physics law about “conservation of energy”:
If it seems easier and less complicated at one level, it is just going to be harder and more complicated at another level.
You only get out of something what you put into it.4
“There's no such thing as a free lunch.”5
Plato, who wrote one of the original manuals on living life and on the working of the mind, says,
"...Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be exceedingly simple-minded..."
I shall continue to be simple-minded, to try to be clear, to hope that all of you care as much about the web and about your own websites as we do, and to hope that you want to learn as much as you can about them.