What About Women in Tech?

me-standingEveryone – meet Laurence Bradford.

Laurence is a kickbutt coder, a stellar content creatrix and a Product Educator at Teachable, working to improve the overall experience for users. If you haven’t heard of Teachable yet, this is how we’ll be hosting the courses we create like our new cPanel course (otw soon!) Everything Laurence touches turns to awesome – she’s been a friend of WH4S for some time, so we’re excited to bring you some of her insights about coding, content creation and life.

First things first – if you haven’t seen it yet, check out Laurence’s blog, Learn to Code With Me.

In addition to her awesome coding blog, Laurence is a regular contributor to Forbes. Check out some of her writing about how to level up in technology here!

Laurence also hosts a podcast that’s well worth a listen. 

This will be the SECOND in a two-part series about Laurence.

 

WH4S: And we’re back! So Laurence, talk to me a little bit about women in tech – maybe share some of your experiences or give some advice.

Laurence: I’ve been really fortunate in some ways that i have people in my life who are in tech. And what i mean is – surprisingly my father has been in tech my entire life. So you’d think I’d have learned and taught myself sooner but it never even occurred to me to learn to code back then. It took me a while.

And then my boyfriend is a software engineer. When we first met he was a designer and he ended up evolving. So I have these resources around me that have been super helpful in sticking with coding. I’m not sure I’d code if I didn’t have such great personal resources. You can’t control so many things.

But for women overall, having technical skills – and this is true for men too – is very empowering and it makes you so much more valuable. So women who want to be the freelancer or consultant, you can charge so much more if you’re doing something technical than if you’re doing writing.

So many people ask me, “How do I get started writing?” And I say, if you want to make money, don’t write. Do web development! I do get paid to write now, but it took me a long, long time.

So it’s very lucrative to have coding skills in freelancing and in full-time roles. And I think especially for women, knowing to code will make you a little more confident.

I was just reading something last night where a study was done with men and women about job ads. And women only apply if they met 90% of job qualifications, while men apply if they met 50%. Which to me isn’t very shocking. It definitely makes sense. But I think having the technical skills – which for me, has made me feel more empowered, lets us bring more to the table. And because of that coding has boosted my self-confidence.

When you have more confidence you can do things like negotiate your salary, speak out during meetings … that’s important.

WH4S: Any parting thoughts on this subject?

I also want to say that being “there” means more than you think. What I mean is, sometimes in the past I would feel guilty about not doing “enough” to help other women get into tech. (Something women often feel – not being “enough”!) But I now know that simply being there – in an engineering position, working in tech in one way or another, in some kind of leadership role – is enough because it shows other women (especially those younger/new in their career) that it is possible. Seeing is believing. If more women see other women in tech roles, they’ll know it’s possible they can do it, too.

Also, if looking to work full-time, notice the gender breakdown at the company. That’s one thing I noticed right away about Teachable: tons of women work there. (In fact, it could be a 50/50 split – which is basically unheard of IMO at a tech startup.) There were other companies I interviewed at that didn’t have as many women working there – and that stuck out to me. There were many reasons why I worked at Teachable – but one of them was because I noticed that they had lots of women there, and in leadership roles.

Check out these great articles by Laurence!

Why Every Millennial Should Learn Some Code

15 Mobile Apps Millennial Entrepreneurs Are Using to Get Ahead

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Finally, stay tuned for next week’s follow-up to our interview with Laurence Bradford!

 

It’s Time You Learned to Code.

me-standingEveryone – meet Laurence Bradford.

Laurence is a kickbutt coder, a stellar content creatrix and a Product Educator at Teachable, working to improve the overall experience for users. If you haven’t heard of Teachable yet, this is how we’ll be hosting the courses we create like our new cPanel course (otw soon!) Everything Laurence touches turns to awesome – she’s been a friend of WH4S for some time, so we’re excited to bring you some of her insights about coding, content creation and life.

First things first – if you haven’t seen it yet, check out Laurence’s blog, Learn to Code With Me.

In addition to her awesome coding blog, Laurence is a regular contributor to Forbes. Check out some of her writing about how to level up in technology here!

Laurence also hosts a podcast that’s well worth a listen. 

This will be the first in a two-part series about Laurence.

WH4S: Laurence! What made you want to start coding, or how did you become interested in the process?

Laurence: I first began teaching myself when I was living in Thailand – I was in Bangkok and I thought I wanted to pursue economic development, specifically in Southeast Asia – a very niche kind of field. I ended up getting an internship at a place in Thailand I thought was going to be perfect and would be setting up the path for the rest of my life. Turns out it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I found it extremely boring – I was there for about 3 months. So I started teaching myself how to build websites while I was working there and that kind of got the ball rolling.

I came back to the US and was doing a bunch of development workshops, online learning of the various platforms. After learning for a year and a half it was pretty frustrating and on again, off again. I decided to start the LTCWM blog as a way to hold myself accountable.

It’s totally evolved so much since I started it. Some of my early posts were personal – I’d write about what I was learning, my goals – then it ended up being about helping other people teach themselves how to code. So less about me, more about creating value and information for others.

 

WH4S: So what motivated that shift?

Laurence: So honestly, it was when I began getting more traffic to the site. I always wanted people to read it – it was sort of always in the back of my head so I started the blog in 2014 or so. Then in that same year in about October/November is when this sort of shift started to happen where i was more strategic about  creating stuff people would like and share – and getting more traffic, building the audience.

And I think part of the reason why I became more interested in doing that is because I realized I didn’t want to work full time as a developer. For the first 1.5 to 2 years when I was learning that’s what i thought my end goal was. It kind of hit me that I didn’t want to write code all day. I didn’t want to build websites all day.

I really hated freelancing. I like it in some ways because it gave me freedom and mobility. I could travel in Asia and build WordPress sites, but ti isn’t fulfilling to me. It was definitely not as fulfilling as the things I’m doing right now. It was a combination of factors … I had this realization i didn’t want to be a full time web developer.

I said to myself, “Yes i love technology, I love making it accessible for people – but do i want to build Ruby on Rails apps for a startup or big company?” No.

 

WH4S: So you learned to code. so if you’re not doing it for other people is all the coding for you? Do you build your own sites? How do you utilize coding for yourself?

Laurence: For Teachable, I am working with people on the engineering team figuring out how we can adjust things in the interface … so having that understanding definitely helps when communicating and working with engineering people. Even if your job isn’t coding, even if you’re doing marketing or product stuff/customer support, a lot of the stuff is technical at Teachable. so having that understanding can help you be better in any job.

 

WH4S: So where do you recommend people start if they want to learn to code?

Laurence: Some people want to build mobile apps and that’s a different story – but for most people who aren’t sure what they want to do and want to see what it’s like, I tell people, start with HTML because it’s a great entry point. It’s not technically programming but it’s still web markup and a lot of positions look for people who know those skills. It’s a foundation. So if you’re in web develpment you have to know things like HTML/CSS before moving forward.

There are so many places – and honestly aside from HTML and CSS, it’s like, pick something and stick with it. Don’t bounce around. When I started I’d go from, “I’m gonna learn python, I’m gonna learn Ruby “- and it’s just like learning anything in life. If you try to learn multiple things at once, you’r’e gonna fail. Imagine learning Mandarin, French and 14 different language sat the same time. It’s impossible.

So start with something, learn it well so you know what you’re doing and then move on to the next.

The same goes with resources – stick with one. If you have some training and are working on a  project, unless it’s absolutely horrible, stick with it.

 

Check out these articles from Laurence!

How to Prep for Your Technical Interview (According to the Pros)

13 Tech Companies That Offer Insanely Cool Work Perks

How to Jumpstart a Lucrative Career in Data Science

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We’re super excited to share our most recent news – our affiliate program is 100% back online!

In case you haven’t signed up with us before, here’s the skinny: Each time you tell a friend, family member or colleague about our products, you get 20% of the sale. This can really add up. Because our hosting products are some of the most affordable out there and designed for students, it’s an easy sale – and each time you do make a sale, you get paid!

We pay out on the last day of the month via PayPal and will deposit whatever money you request into your account at the end of each month. With school in session again in the fall, it’s a great way to make some extra cash!

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What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation?

Summer Vacation BeachSchool’s out for many of us, and there really isn’t a better time to get that website going and start thinking about what happens next fall.

That’s not to say you should toil away over these next few weeks. We know it’s good to catch up with friends, start working on that summer job or even work on your tan! But when it comes down to it, August comes quicker than you think – so why not get a jump on those personal projects you’re thinking about before the next school season comes around?

We create web hosting packages for students because we’re as excited about the possibilities as you are. When you’re able to set up your own creation right from an easy to manage dashboard, you’re completely in the driver’s seat. Without having to deal with the big money and the crazy tech of other web hosts, you’re able to latch onto an experience that’s 100% about you and that you own entirely. And when that happens, you can spend your summer vacation not just enjoying yourself and spending time with friends – but investing in your future with a creation of your very own.

Whether you’re looking to put together a resume site, a portfolio site or a blog about your travels, you can start answering the “What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation” question before it comes up next fall.

We’d love to talk to you about all the creative, cut-above-the-rest designs you can set up when you host your own website. Take a look at our plans and let us help you get there!

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How to Keep Your Site Secure

Digital safety blue conceptThere’s plenty of incentive to making sure your site is as secure as possible. From our end, we do everything we can to make sure state-of-the-art technology and hardware are up to standards. We’re one of the top website providers out there when it comes to making sure everything is up to date and we’re running one of the best server systems possible in terms of quality and integrity.

However, no matter how advanced the host or hosting program, website installs can still be vulnerable. We’ve talked before about recommending a website like WordPress. Web Hosting for Students is great when you’re using an easy to manage CMS like WordPress; however there are some security vulnerabilities you should be aware of, no matter what CMS or structure you decide to run your site on.

First of all, not all CMS systems will auto-update. It’s important to keep a consistent backup of your website files. If you’re on WordPress, this also includes using the WordPress Export Tool to download your database so you don’t lose all your content. Make sure you also use a backup plugin! Because of space constraints, you’ll really only want to save 1-2 backups.

You’ll want to click and follow prompts that encourage you to update WordPress or your CMS, making sure you have a backup of what’s already on your site for safekeeping.

It’s important to keep your site updated. As your CMS provider identifies security vulnerabilities, the software will be updated to reflect new security measures. You don’t want to mess around with site security!

It’s also important to use secure passwords. It might seem like a pain, but the longer your password and the more special characters and variation you use, the less likely the chances of a hacker getting into your site or someone you know logging into your website. You should also try to vary up your password across services to add and maintain that extra level of security.

If you’re using WordPress, try to stick to only the minimum amount of plugins you need. Plugins have the tendency to conflict with one another or even with an updated version of WordPress, so make sure to check your site after any new plugin installation or site update!

One last note: We are now offering FREE SSL!!! which you can activate for your account within cPanel by going to “Let’s Encrypt SSL”. Let us know if you have any questions!

Creating a Student Website: Why Use CMS Systems?

student web hostingCreating a website doesn’t have to be painful. You can also individualize content and create your own student website without having to know how to code. There are plenty of ways to get your information out there on the web – whether you’re looking at building a site for projects, a blog or vlog, starting your own business or featuring a portfolio. There are more ways to do it than you’d believe – and if you have questions on how to get started, we’re here to help!

CMS stands for content management system. To make it simple, this is how you’ll add and manage content on your website. Everything that you’ll feature on your site is considered content, whether we’re talking about pictures, videos or text. So the first step is deciding what type of content you’d like to feature. The second is pushing that content out there.

WordPress. One of the most – if not THE most recognized and popular CMS system, WordPress is easy to use and install and super flexible. WordPress gives fairly easy to follow instructions and there are forums out there to help you if you’re not technically proficient on the back end.

Joomla. Once you get it installed, you can use its drag and drop interface to configure your site to look how you want. Both WordPress and Joomla work on “theme” type systems where you can add a skin to your website that allows the look to be completely customized. There’s very little guesswork – for both, you just swap your own information into the existing info that’s in your theme or skin.

User note – we tend to like WordPress a little better due to less learning curve and flexibility. Keep this in mind!

WooCommerce. If you’re going with WordPress, Woo has a fun and flexible platform that will allow you to sell your wares direct from your own website. It’s fairly easy to install and use, so why not give it a shot? In the “Plugins” section of your WordPress dashboard, do a search for Woocommerce plugins and take a look at all the user-friendly, easy-to-configure options they offer.

Read more about where our students come from, and check out your plans below!

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Unlimited Email Accounts
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What Can I Create?

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Never made your own website? We’re glad to help! The possibilities are endless – whether you’re working on your own personal project or gearing up for Fall of 2016, Web Hosting for Students is happy to help you think of some ideas for your first (or second! or third!) website or web project.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Your Band Website. Produce your own music or take part in your own band? WHFS domains and web space can be used to install various CMS as well as a stand alone website. These sites can be integrated with Bandcamp, Soundcloud or other music apps to ensure you don’t exceed bandwidth and you keep your new fans up-to-date on shows.

 

An Art Portfolio. If you’re an artist – whether you’re interested in painting, photography or fashion, WHFS is proud to offer CMS capabilities for sites like WordPress. With WordPress comes a world of possibilities, including easily creating and uploading your own online portfolio. If you haven’t yet decided what late-summer internship to go for or you’re considering your class creation possibilities for next year, you’ll find your online portfolio easy to update and useful. It’s also a great idea to have your portfolio site in place when you print out your next set of business cards.

 

A blog or showcase for your personal writings. It’s easy to set up a blog or even vlog, especially if you’re linking from somewhere like Youtube. Your thoughts are easy to capture and record even from a smartphone or tablet when you have the space online to store them. Whether you’re interested in sharing a travel blog or vlog, talking about future art or personal projects or recording your adventures with friends or family, a blog or vlog is a great choice to record your life. You can also hook social media sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube, Instagram or Twitter to your blog.

 

No matter how you choose to show off your style, having your own space on the web that you maintain and control is super easy with Web Hosting for Students. Our plans and pricing are as affordable as they come, and our customer service and support aim high to get what you need. Get ready for summer’s end now and start working on and showcasing your best online before the next school season is under way!

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