The key to running a successful blog or website is having great content and making it easy for your users to find what they need. Part of providing great blog content usually involves using images and graphics to enhance your articles, posts and pages. Doing so will provide your readers with visual context and can help break up large blocks of text. Using lots of visual elements and images isn’t without its trade-off though.
The more HD photos you use, the more data a user has to download when reading your articles. This can mean longer load times for users, and higher disk and bandwidth usage for your server. That’s why you should always optimize your website’s images since long page loads can cost you views. In this featured video Chris Lema shows how our Managed WordPress improves this with a default plugin. Continue reading “Featured Video: Liquid Web Managed WordPress and Image Compression”
In this Knowledge Base article, we feature a video provided by Chris Lema to introduce the Managed WordPress Visual Comparison feature. If you run run a WordPress, you understand the potential headaches you may face when updating your plugins and themes. Do you choose to update on the fly and risk taking down your site; or do you set up a staging, keep it in sync with your live site and use that to test updates?
What if there was another way? A better way? Chris knows there is and we’re excited to show you what we’ve come up with. Continue reading “Featured Video: Liquid Web Managed WordPress Visual Comparisons Feature”
Behind Cloud Sites, racks full of both Linux and Windows servers power over 100,000 sites and applications. Every Windows-based page is served from clusters built and optimized especially for Windows, and every Linux-based page is served from clusters built and optimized especially for Linux. We use advanced load balancing technologies to automatically detect the type of technology you are running and route each request to the proper pool of servers.
This is a great example of the power of cloud computing, since you no longer have to make a hosting choice between Linux and Windows. Both PHP and .NET are included, allowing you to choose the technology you need site by site.
Continue reading “Choosing Your Cloud Sites Technology Setup”
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.
Continue reading “Best Editor for Web Development 2017”
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!
Featured Freeware highlights some of the Liquid Web staff’s favorite free software. This can range from useful command line tools, open-source packges useful in web-development, or even multi-platform applications. This week we are covering a treasured favorite, htop.
Note: This post assumes you have a working knowledge of top. You can read our article on using top
, if you are not familiar with the tool.
htop, or Hisham’s top, is an interactive process viewer for Unix systems. With htop you are provided the same functionality as top, however it provides some needed improvements. Most are in areas where top shows some of it’s age; for example, in htop you can scroll the list of processes vertically and horizontally to see all the process info.
Another benefit is that htop seems to start significantly faster, generally when using top there is a bit of a delay while the program loads up some initial data. So now that you know the basics of how htop differs from top, lets get to using it. First you’ll need to ensure it’s installed on the server and if not we’ll try to get it installed.
Continue reading “Featured Freeware: htop”
In this article you will learn how to backup your WordPress database using the wp-cli tool. Knowing how to backup your database is a critical skill to have when running a WordPress site. All your posts, pages, and more live in your database; keeping backups is critical.
You should always take a backup before any major changes to your site, just in case. It’s much quicker to take a backup now and do a restore if you need to, than to find a useful backup when you need it. Continue reading “Backup Your WordPress Database with WP-CLI”
WP-CLI is a command line tool for interacting with and managing WordPress sites. WP-CLI is very similar in functionality to what drush provides Drupal. If you are already familiar with using cli tools then this will be quick to pick up on. If not, then it may be a good time to start learning.
In this tutorial we’ll learn how to install wp-cli on a server and learn some basics. With WP-CLI you can speed up common maintenance, automate tasks, or even take backups. Continue reading “How to Install WP-CLI”