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The Importance of VPS Hosting for WordPress

December 15th, 2016 Comments off

The success of your marketing is supreme blogging. Writing a blog is all together a fun activity. Without it, you probably don’t have anything to promote on social media platforms, no interaction with your customers and leads, very few pages to convert your leads into hot clients and thus poor SEO. However, at the beginning it is difficult to arrive on a decision of choosing a free solution like WordPress, Blogger or going for paid solutions. If you are new to blogging, self-hosted option is a difficult choice to make. However, if you are having a long term vision of blogging, self-hosted option is the best option.

With shared-hosted, you can make whatever changes you feel like doing, make your WordPress site look like the way you want it, install or uninstall plugins as per your needs. You are the care taker for your WordPress site. You can control each and every aspect of your website. Before getting your hands dirty in blog writing, study the different hosting options for your blog.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is being a small part of a big server along with other websites and people who share the same server. Sometimes, hundreds of people share the same server. Larger websites gulp up too many resources affecting your website. Shared hosting is widely used by the newbies because it is simple, quick and most important it is cheap. That is what beginners choose but then later on it proves to be a big mistake. If you are planning for long term blogging then within some time you will get too big for shared hosting and you would like to migrate to a bigger host. But, people are not able to decide when they have grown too big for shared hosting. Here, you don’t need a deep study and analysis. If you are on shared hosting and your website is taking time to load then it’s time to shift to a bigger host. It is that easy. Shared hosting is like living in a college boardinghouse and having only one restroom. To use the restroom everyone has to get in line.

Virtual Private Server

Virtual Private Server is taking a portion of the building, having private access to your portion and without your portion no one can have access to your portion. VPS is a virtual private server which exists on a powerful server. People believe that a VPS is difficult to set up and is very expensive. This is not true. There are some companies that offer great services for as little as $6 a month. VPS server ensures assured allotment of resources which only you can access unlike shared hosting. In short, if there is a larger website on another VPS which is hosted on the same machine, you don’t need to worry about it as it is not going to affect the resources you consume. Assume that there is a big computer and many small computers are running inside it. If your VPS is not overloaded, your website will function properly. However, if you still feel your website needs something big you can easily upgrade your VPS to a dominant one within few minutes without migrating.

One such drawback of VPS is that you are wholly and solely responsible for the server. If anything goes wrong with something that is deployed on your server then your host will be of no help to you. That is why you will witness users taking back up of their WordPress site.

You don’t need to have technical knowledge to set up a WordPress site on a VPS. You can simply install a free and open source control pan-el such as Zpanel which will do all the hard work. You will have a great control panel that is web based which will help you to manage your website, email addresses etc. but which is very powerful than shared hosting

So, it seems that VPS hosting is better than shared hosting. Though you will face difficulties initially regarding setup and other things but it will be a savior for long term blogging and smooth functioning of the website.

 

 

Now Install WordPress Blog On Self Hosted Domain

April 30th, 2012 Comments off

Installing wordpress is not a rocket science now a days, any new webmaster can also do it without much difficulties. It is recommended to install wordpress from your cPanel as this would make it easy to create your database also. Though many of the web hosting services providers provide you some automated scripts for wordpress installation but installing it manually may help you to retain total control, installing wordpress on your localhost does not differ than general installation.

Following are the simple steps for installing wordpress on a self hosted domain.

Create A Database

You should create your database in the initial stage of wordpress installation, you can do this by entering in to your cPanel, there you can find Databases >> MySql databases >> Create a New Database. Once the database is created you can create multiple users and assign the required privileges to these database users as per your requirement.

Download and Upload WordPress

In this second step you need to download the wordpress zip file which is widely available in the internet but downloading it from the official website (wordpress.org) is always recommended. Once you have downloaded the file you can upload it directly on the server and extract it. This action will create a folder with name ‘Wordpress’ which will be the root folder and you need to move all the files to this folder.

Press ‘Refresh’ button and follow the given steps.

This is end part of your wordpress installation, you will be guided through the steps by which you need to fist add the database name, username and password, then you will have to add the username and password of email, after finishing all the processes successfully you can login and start posting.

So apart from creating database there is nothing different in installing wordpress on a local host than installing it on your cPanel hosting account.

How to Extend Maximum Upload File Size In WordPress?

January 31st, 2012 Comments off

As most of use know and WordPress is the most popular platform for building websites and blogs. While working in wordpress many times you need to upload the data. This data can be of any type like an application file, an image or any video. The default limit set for such uploads is 8 megabytes. Experienced webmasters who has hosted there websites with large web hosting resources, know very well that many times the data to be uploaded can be larger than 8 megabytes and fortunately one can increase this 8 megabytes limit in wordpress. Many webmaster try to do it by making changes in ‘.htaccess‘ file, but this doesn’t work always. I would like to share following simple method to extend the maximum upload file size limit in wordpress.

  • Crate a ‘php.ini’ file and upload it in to ‘/wp-admin’ folder.
  • Then add the following code

memory_limit = 28M

upload_max_filesize = 28M

post_max_size = 28M

file_uploads = On

Here I have used 28 megabytes for just a example and you can replace with your desired limit to be set for maximum upload file size limit in wordpress.

Customization Options With Date Formats In WordPress

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

When WordPress is used as a CMS on a Web Hosting account, it provides many great features within its Dashbord. ‘Date Format’ and ‘Time Format’ are two of these options available to display the Date and Time on your website or blog, according to your need. There are some regularly found formats available in predefined form, but few webmasters like to use their own customized formats. The ‘Custom’ option button (radio button) is available under both ‘Date Format’ and ‘Time Format’ for such customization. This post is for the webmasters who are newbies and never handled these predefined formats in custom field.

Following are the characters to be entered in the ‘Text Box’ beside the custom button option under ‘Date Format’, to get the output shown on the actual Website or Blog.

d

Small form of character ‘D’ is used to get the output of Date as ‘Numeric and with leading zero’ for example Dates from 1 to 9 will be shown as 01, 02, 03……

j

Small form of the character ‘J’ is used to get appearance of full name of the Date of month in numeric format. e.g. 1, 2, 3…..

S

Capital form of the character ‘S’ is used to get the appearance of suffix for the date . e.g. ‘st‘, ‘nd‘, ‘rd‘, ‘th‘ in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th…..

l

Small form of the character ‘L’ used to get the appearance of full name of the day. e.g. Monday, Tuesday…..

D

Capital form of the character ‘D’ is f used to get the appearance of day of the week with first three characters only. e.g. Mon, Tue, Wed…

m

Small form of character ‘M’ is used to get the appearance of Month as ‘Numeric and with leading zero’ format. e.g. month of from January to December will be shown as 01 to 12…..

n

Small form of character ‘N’ is used to get the appearance of Month as ‘Numeric and without leading zero’ format. e.g. month of from January to December will be shown as 1, 2, 3, 4, to 12

F

Capital form of character ‘F’ is used to get the appearance of Month as ‘Full name as Characters’ format. e.g. January, February…..

M

Capital form of character ‘M’ is used to get the appearance of Month as ‘with first three characters only.’ e.g. Jan, Feb, Mar…..

Y

Capital form of character ‘Y’ is used to get the appearance of a Year as ‘Numeric and with four digits’ e.g. 2011, 2012….

y

Small form of character ‘N’ is used to get the appearance of Year as ‘‘Numeric and with two digits’. e.g. Year 2011 and 2012 will appear as 11 and 12 respectively.

Know How To Configure WordPress Settings

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

WordPress is largely preferred CMS on web hosting accounts. After building a website or blog on a WordPress platform, you need to configure various settings with it. For configuring these settings you have to log in as admin at ‘yourdomain.com/wp-admin’. Here you should go to ‘Dashboard’ and click on ‘Settings’. Here you are on the main Setting page where you can find the following options where you can enter the information about website or blog.

Blog Title – Enter the main ‘Title’ of your blog here.

Tagline – This is related to the main subject of your website or blog and can be filled with promotional keywords.

WordPress address (URL) and Blog address (URL) – Both of these fields mostly contain the home page URL of your website or blog.

E-mail address – You should enter an email ID which will be used by the administrator of the Website or Blog.

Membership – This is a small ‘checkbox’ for Applying or relieving the restrictions over the registrations.

New User Default Role – When someone is allowed to register an account with the Website or Blog, these are the options found in the drop down list and allow you to set his role and user level as by default. There are generally five options that can be found in this list as following

‘Subscriber, Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor’

Timezone – You can set your desired ‘Timezone’ from here.

Date Format – Following are the date formats available which you can use to display the dates with the material on your Website or Blog.

Month DD, YYYY

YYYY/MM/DD

MM/DD/YYYY

DD/MM/YYYY

Custom – (Refer to ‘Customization Options With Date Formats In WordPress’)

Time Format – Similar to Date format, you can also set a format for the time so that it will appear in a specific format of your choice.

Week Starts On – It’s simply to set the starting day of week according to your preference.

Causes For The Blank Page Or Blank Screen Problem In WordPress.

June 22nd, 2011 Comments off

There are few occasions when you face the problem of blank page or blank screen problem in the WordPress. These type of problems persists mostly when a new plugin or a new wordpress theme is installed on you web hosting account. Though these errors can be fixed but when they occurs, its very frustrating time for webmasters because he becomes unable to see log in screen and faces a blank white screen. The main cause behind these type errors are incompatibility of that particular plugin or theme with your wordpress version due to certain error in the the PHP code.

The first step to be taken while handling such errors is to deactivate all your plugins and recheck the website. If the website appears up then there problem is surely with the plugins. After this you need to activate the plug in one by one and check the website after activation of each plugin, by adopting this method you can sort out the problematic plugin causing for the error. Once this plugin with problem with it is identified you should search for another substitute plugin which can be used as a replacement of it and also is compatible with your wordpress version.

But the basic question you may have now that ‘how to deactivate or activate the plugins as you are not able to login in to the wordpress dashboard?’ For that you can refer this http://www.host.co.in/knowledgebase/how-to-deactivate-activate-plugins-or-theme-without-logging-into-wordpress-dashboard

Plugins to make WordPress Secure

November 29th, 2010 Comments off

WordPress can be more secure on your website hosting with the below mentioned Plugins:

Login Lockdown

Login Lockdown will record the IP address and time-stamp of every failed login. If certain failed login attempts were made from same IP range in certain period of time, all requests from that range will be disabled.

WordPress File Monitor

WordPress File Monitor, monitors the editing, adding or deleting files during the WordPress installation process. Any of the function if performed, the application automatically generates an email alert which is sent to the specified address. Time-stamp of one of the above 3 modifications is recorded.

WordPress Database Backup

WordPress Database Backup plugin needs to be installed upon your first installation, allowing you to easily backup your wp-database core tables. Any other tables can be saved on the same database. Backup can be securely be kept on to your HDD, email or domain space. By installing this plugin you can create a backup for the entire database to avoid any hassles if the original database is deleted by any reason or is hacked.

Invisible Defender

Invisible Defender defends you any spambots for the registration, comment or login forms by adding the 2 extra fields that were hidden by CSS(cascading style sheet). Your dashboard will display the number of blocked spammers.

AskApache Password Protect

AskApache Password Protect, protects the wp admin-directory, wp-includes, wp-content, plugins. The Admin panel is protected with a effective htaccess protection, preventing all spambots and unwanted users to access you site, providing you the complete control over your site.

Admin SSL

Admin SSL is very useful to protect the admin pages, posts, secured logins, supports all SSL setups and encrypted cookie content. The plugin is compatible on WordPress 2.3-2.7 versions only.

WordPress Semisecure Login

WordPress Semisecure Login increases the security of your WordPress login. It uses the client-side MD5 encryption on password when the user log-ins. Although many of the users neglect it, if they are using ForceSSL or AdminSSL.

WordPress Security Scan

WordPress Security scanner scans the WordPress installation for file/directory permissions, admin protection/security issues, recommends you the correct actions, and helps in fixing the vulnerabilities as a whole.

Force SSL

Force SSL requires the users to use the SSL connection (secure connection) to connect to your site, redirecting the requests of regular http to request for new trusty http.

Secure WordPress

Secure WordPress helps in securing you WordPress-Installation, and removes the any error information from your login pages, forums, adds index.html to plugin directory, removes wp-version except in admin-panel.

What is Fantastico?

July 4th, 2009 Comments off

Fantastico Scripts are executed when websites are created, or when new application is added to an existing website. Actually it is a system which is designed to install scripts easily. The biggest advantage is that it integrates with the popularly used Cpanel which offers hosting customers variety of things which include installation of popular programs and scripts with ease of a just single click on a button.

The scripts that Fantastico installs creates tables in databases, installs softwares, modifies permissions and configuration files too. It normally targets Open source softwares, it also installs some proprietary softwares. More than Fifty applications are associated with Fantastico

Fantastico is a program which is developed keeping non-technical user in consideration, while more technical person showed interest in it who dont wish to waste time manually configuring many installation.It can be great a choice when you think of  nistalling something like blog. It supports WordPress and Nucleus.

Fantastico is included freely in Hosting packages for the custmers.Cutomers love the variety of software available with Fantastico. It is availabe with Linux Hosting packages only.

You can not expect a disadvantage from such a wonderfull software,however lets face it.

Customers depend upon the hosting provider and the Fantastico makers to update the Scripts collection on a periodic basis.Due to ths reason some scripts run Out of date or open to exploits,however the customers need not worry.

Customers should just contact support and request for the latest stable version of fantastico.