On this Craft Cms lesson we run through the types of licensing Craft provides and my favorite hosting providers.
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Hey guys. All right, let's go ahead and take a look at the licensing and the hosting of using craft. So craft CMS is not an open source software. So what that means is yes, you have to pay a license. If you want to use it for a commercial project or professionally, it is free, if you want to use it for your own personal website portfolio or a simple basic website, right?
So it's free. You can install it. And it has some really, really cool features. One of that best features that I think craft stands out from all the other CMS is that you can run multiple sites in a single installation for different languages, localization. But the downside to that is that it does not include hosting as opposed to webflow, for example, where you would pay two types of plans, which is a personal account, which enables you to have, a certain amount of projects and then you have to pay a hosting on top of that. And that was where it was very tricky with wet flow, because you would think that if you pay your account, you would have access to your page, but it's not like that. It actually, you have to get access to the account first and then pay for hosting.
And I think that having craft in your list of software, when you provide services either to your clients or if it's for your own business. I think the professional license is the best one to go, because in this case, we will be able to create unlimited user accounts, so having a registration system. Now, because we are actually just going to be testing this out locally, we won't be needing to pay for the license as a demo project.
And that's the really cool thing is that craft allows us to use the licensing for free professional license on a local environment. And that is something I will be teaching you how to set up in the next lessons. All right. So before we get into the actual hosting of craft, I want to show you a little bit of the features that I really like.
And if you go over to the features section, under the craftcms.com website. You'll get to see some of the incredible stuff that this powerful tool will let you do. One of the best things for me is the multi-site. Again, the ability for you to run multiple sites in a single craft install is brilliant and also very handy if you're trying to run multi-language systems or pages that need require different segments or based on your region, it's just very, very easy to set up. And also another very cool feature is the matrix. This is a field type, the field type matrix allows us to create fields or blocks within a posts of an entry that we're creating the image editor and the asset management. It is just so much better, so much friendlier than web flow. The ability to organize your photos by folders, the ability to edit them, enable us to create these images for responsive devices so that you don't have to do all the heavy lifting it does that for you.
The one-click updating on the software itself. If there's a new update coming up, then it's just as simple as clicking one button and it updates all your plugins for you. And then finally, the ability to debug. Uh, so while we're actually working with our syntax and this new templating, we can always look at all the errors that we might encounter and craft will let us know using this feedback screen. So every time we write something by mistake, or we've created a set of tags that don't match or are conflicting, then we get a very cool syntax error page. That will let us know where exactly on the code we have that mistake.
And there's just a lot of really cool things, including the graphQL can build it with react or node, and then just pull in the data from directly from craft CMS. So this is something a little bit more advanced, but it is always good to know that it's there. And it's definitely worth the license if you're trying to build professional websites.
All right. So let's go ahead and jump into the different hosting plans. There's different companies and then there's different purposes. It really depends on the project that you're trying to build, or you're trying to do there's of course, the shared hosts. There's a lot of caveats of having a shared host.
Where it's, you know, the bandwidth, the space, and you're pretty much just renting out space and resources from that same server. Then you have kind of more of a VPs or virtual private server, which is very similar to the shared hosting, having support. So having a fully managed hosting company that can help you, if you have any questions.
It probably has some kind of control panel where you can access your databases, unlimited emails. And there's a lot of other cool things that you could have if you had your own kind of dedicated hosting or cloud hosting with one of these services last but not least is one of my favorite hosting companies.
And that is of course, Fortrabbit. Super fast and they are reliable and they are focused on craft CMS. And I highly recommend this one because it is built around craft. So it kind of gives you everything you need to get started pretty quickly. We're going to be installing Kraft on one of their free two-day or three-day trial.
So we can take a look at the tour of what craft looks like on the backend. And all the cool, awesome stuff that it can do for us. You can start upgrading based on the amount of potential users and visitors you're expecting to have, and that will all grow as you grow as well. So it's always good to take a look at their pricing pages so you understand what is available for universal websites or more professional advanced applications. Yeah. So let's go ahead and check out how do we install fortrabbit on the next lesson. I'll see you there.
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