Best Web Development Tools of 2017: Editors/IDEs and Package Management
The worlds of web hosting and web development are in a constant state of evolution. Every year we see design trends change, coding standards adapt and new frameworks/CMS created. With such a quick pace of change it’s easy to get lost trying to keep up.
As a web hosting company we don’t often talk about the tools used to create the web. We’re usually ultra focused on the components that enable us to server and support you; things like: server hardware, Linux, Apache and etc.
We may not support development tools, but we do want to help our customers to build amazing stuff.
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Lately there’s been a lot of speculation about Googles up-coming changes to how sites without an SSL are going to be treated. As January draws towards a close we have seen an increase in customers with concerns of how this will affect their site. Both in terms of people being able to see it and how it might affect their search ranking.
This article aims to clear up some of the confusion and to demystify the changes. If you are unfamiliar with how SSL/TLS or HTTPS works please take a look at our article on the subject.
If you aren’t interested in how these changes came about feel free to skip down to: How These Changes Affect Your Site
Continue reading “Will my site be marked unsafe in Chrome 56+?”
Every single day 100s of terabytes of data is being transferred across the internet. In fact, based on Intel’s 2012 report, nearly 640K Gb of data is transferred every single minute. That’s more than 204 million Emails, 47,000 app downloads, 1.3 million YouTube videos watched and 6 million Facebook views.
We’re talking about a seriously massive amount of data here. So how do we know if that data is being transferred securely? Enter the SSL/TLS protocols.
Continue reading “How does an SSL work?”
For Cloud Sites customers, new and old, logging into your Cloud Sites control panel is likely one of the first things you’ll want to know how to do. Using the control panel you can leverage the power of the Cloud Sites platform in a simple to use interface.
Logging into Cloud Sites control panel
- Open your web-browser to: https://www.liquidweb.com/
- Click ‘My Account’ in the top nav bar.
- Enter your username and password and click Login.
Assuming you provided the correct credentials you will see the dialog update.
- In the My Account dialog click the “Cloud Sites Control Panel” button.
You are now logged into the Cloud Sites control panel!
If you have any questions or concerns our Heroic Support® team is always here to assist. Please feel free to open a ticket, make a call, or start a chat!
Storm Object Storage delivers a durable, secure, highly available solution for storage needs of virtually any size. With object storage access occurs via API calls to the object storage cluster, which replaces the need to rely on additional servers for dedicated storage.
Here we use the client Cyberduck to interact with Storm Object Storage. Cyberduck is available for download from https://cyberduck.io/?l=en.
- These instructions are intended specifically for configuring Cyberduck for use with Storm Object Storage.
- I’ll be working from a Microsoft Windows 8 desktop with Cyberduck already installed.
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Welcome Cloud Sites customers. The following is to help answer questions you may have as you prepare to utilize your Cloud Sites account with Liquid Web. For more information beyond the questions below, feel free to reference this note from Jim Geiger, CEO of Liquid Web.
Cloud Sites FAQ: Table of Contents
Who does this impact?
Rackspace Cloud Sites customers will have only the Cloud Sites product transitioned to Liquid Web. All other Rackspace services will continue to be managed, operated and invoiced via Rackspace. Only the Cloud Sites product is transitioning.
Rackspace has shifted focus away from Platform as a Service (PaaS) Web Hosting and has sold the Cloud Sites product, customer base, support team and all infrastructure to Liquid Web, who is a leader in this market space.
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Written by Jim Geiger, CEO
We have some very exciting news to share with our Cloud Sites customers. As you may have seen from last summer’s press release, Liquid Web acquired the Cloud Sites platform and business operations from Rackspace. I wanted to officially welcome you to the Liquid Web family and explain what this means to you. Continue reading “Welcome Cloud Sites Customers”
The Manage interface is Liquid Web’s Account and Cloud Management Portal. From Manage it is possible to control your cloud servers and services, whether your deployment is one Storm® VPS (Virtual Private Server), or a combination of many Storm® Dedicated servers and other cloud services.
Manage will help you administer your private network, VPN (Virtual Private Network), CDN (Content Delivery Network), firewalls, upgrades, and much more!
- These instructions are intended specifically for logging into Liquid Web’s Account and Cloud Management Portal, called Manage.
Continue reading “How to Login to Manage”
If your server uses IIS, you can use web.config files to control your website’s configuration without editing your server configuration files. You can even apply different settings to different directories within your website.
You can easily create a web.config file by creating a plaintext file and uploading it to your server. If you have multiple web.config files, remember that files higher up in the filepath always take precedence. If you want to make a configuration change to your whole server, we recommend editing server-level IIS settings instead.
Before making any changes to configuration files, we strongly recommend you take a backup of the file.
Some common uses for web.config files include:
- redirecting URLs to be more easily readable (e.g., mysite.com/product/shirt instead of mysite.com/prodid=1234)
- loading custom error pages (e.g., 404 pages)
- forcing your site to use https instead of http.
- password protecting certain directories
- preventing hot-linking
If you have a server that uses Plesk, we recommend using the Plesk control panel to change these types of configurations instead of web.config files. You can also use the File Manager in Plesk to edit the web.config file.
One of the most important things you can do to ensure the security and stability of your Linux server is to keep the kernel updated. Some Kernel updates patch security vulnerabilities and other issues. Kernel patches are released as issues are discovered.
Unless you are regularly checking for kernel updates, or your notified of a security issue, you may not be aware when a kernel update is available. Additionally, since updating the kernel traditionally requires a reboot, the prospect of associated downtime often prevents the updates from being applied as quickly as they should be.
KernelCare changes all that.
Automatic Updates; No Reboot Necessary
KernelCare is a CloudLinux product that automatically updates the Linux kernel to address security and stability issues without the need for a server reboot, even during its initial install. You can read more on KernelCare in our article: What Is KernelCare?
Liquid Web provides KernelCare on all new managed Storm® and Dedicated servers running a supported operating system (CentOS 5, 6, and 7, which also may report as “Derived From Red Hat Enterprise Linux”; or CloudLinux 5 and 6). Moreover, as part of Liquid Web’s proactive response to security concerns, KernelCare has been applied to nearly all existing Fully Managed servers running a supported operating system.
What Does It Mean For You?
KernelCare runs transparently on your server. There are no settings you need to configure nor commands that need to be run once installed. KernelCare will regularly check for kernel updates and automatically apply them as they become available with no impact on your server or services.
With KernelCare you never have to worry if your server’s kernel is protected against a particular vulnerability. You know it is. You never have to worry about downtime caused by rebooting to apply a kernel patch; cause there is none. And you never have to worry about how long you’ll have to wait for a new patch to be applied to your server. KernelCare offers the most efficient protection by automatically updating the kernel as soon as a patch is available, with no need for a reboot.
Liquid Web’s Heroic Support is always available to assist customers with this or any other issue. If you need our assistance please contact us:
Toll Free 1.800.580.4985