E-commerce for Business with Alibaba Cloud Web Hosting

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Welcome

In an earlier tutorial and video, we looked at How to Build a Website with Alibaba Cloud Web Hosting . This involved registering a domain name via Alibaba Cloud, signing up for an Alibaba Cloud Web Hosting package, and then using the Alibaba Cloud DNS product to link the two items together. This final step ensured that someone who typed our chosen domain name into their web browser would get to see the pages uploaded to our Web Hosting account.

Transferring In

Internet domain names form the basis of a single global database. There are many companies worldwide, known as registrars, who will register a new domain name on your behalf and add it to that single global database.

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WordPress and WooCommerce on Web Hosting

Alibaba Cloud Web Hosting provides a quick, flexible and cheap way to set up a website on Alibaba Cloud using a shared server platform without the need to create or pay for a dedicated virtual server.

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Advanced DNS

A website comprises three key technologies, each of which works together to make the site function correctly. Until all three of these are in place the site won’t work. And while it’s customary for the three to be implemented in the order which follows, in practice it doesn’t really matter.

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Minimum Time to Live (TTL)

There are many DNS servers in the world, and they all communicate with each other in order to keep the database updated. For example, the Alibaba Cloud DNS servers will update other servers when new websites are created on Alibaba Cloud. Conversely, other servers will update Alibaba Cloud about new websites on servers other than those belonging to Alibaba Cloud.

A Record Limit and Subdomain Levels

There are various types of DNS settings, known as records. An “MX” record deals with email rather than websites. It specifies which email server or service should receive incoming email sent to addresses within the particular domain. MX stands for Mail Exchange.

World Lines

If you run a website on multiple servers, each located in different parts of the world, you can use the World Lines feature to automatically ensure that visitors to your site connect to their nearest server. You can specify a location by continent or country, and thus set up rules such as “if the visitor is based in the USA then direct them to the Silicon Valley server, otherwise direct them to the Beijing one”.

Protection QPS

One way that hackers attack a website is to attempt millions of simultaneous connections to the site from a large number of computers. This can cause the server which provides DNS services to the site to crash, and thus result in the site being unreachable.

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Summary

This tutorial has introduced new features and services which complement those discussed in a previous Tutorial covering the Alibaba Cloud Web Hosting product.

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