DNS: An Overview

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What is DNS?

The Domain Name Service (or DNS) is the key to the presence of your server on the internet. You are probably aware your domain has an “IP” address, which stands for Internet Protocol; that number is your domain’s literal web address on the internet. A typical IP address is a series of four numbers called octets that are identified like so: 10.10.10.10.  You can think of your IP address as being similar to a postal address. The IP address is the exact location where your domain lives. I usually explain it like this;

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Interworx vs. cPanel: Part 1

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In this next series of articles, we will be doing a side by side comparison of the main features of both InterWorx/SiteWorx vs. cPanel/WHM. We offer this information to assist our clients in choosing the right product to fit their needs. Let’s dive right in…

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Enable Root Login via SSH In Ubuntu

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy default, SSH on Ubuntu comes configured in a way that disables the root users log in. This was originally enabled as a security precaution which means that you cannot directly log in as the root user over SSH. However, you can usually get around the need for root ssh login by using the sudo command. In some cases, though it’s just more convenient to get directly logged in as root.

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How To Enable Server Backups in WHM/cPanel

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe most important thing you can do to protect your server against data loss is to take regular backups. Properly configured backups are a critical aspect to the maintenance of any website and can mean the difference between a quick recovery and rebuilding a site from scratch. If a critical file were to be deleted accidentally, a database became irreparably corrupted, or your site was infected with malware, would you be able to restore your data and get your site back up within a few minutes? 

If you can’t answer “yes” to these questions, then it’s time to review your backup strategy.

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Using The One-Time Secret Tool In Manage

Reading Time: 2 minutesIn order for one of our clients to start using the ‘one time secret’ tool within manage, you will need to login to the Manage portal to get started. Typically, passwords are not meant to be shared. Unfortunately, sometimes you will need to share a password or other sensitive data with the support admin you are working with. Regrettably, trying to pass along individuals character over the phone can be frustrating, annoying, and overly time consuming, and more so when a password is long and if the phone has a bad connection.

So, what can we do when it is time to share a password with support? Using the One Time Secret tool in your Liquid Web account allows you and your Heroic Support admin to share a password in a safe and secure manner that will enable them access to your password or other sensitive data.

The One Time Secret tool is also useful when you need us to change a server’s root password for you or, we need a cpanel password to assist you with a support request.

Note:
The username and IP address of the secret submitter are kept in logs stored internally, as well as timestamps for submission, and retrieval or expiration.

So, how do we access and utilize this tool? Let’s jump right in…

  1. Log into your Liquid Web account.
  2. From the home page of your account, click on Account in the left side menu and then, one the “Secrets” tab.secrets tab
    Warning:
    One Time Secret is not available for HIPAA customers.
  3. This will open the One-Time Secret home page.
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  4. Click Create New One-Time Secret.create new button highlighted
  5. Enter the message or password you need to share with us. This will encrypt the message and store it in an internal database.secret created
  6. Click Submit One-Time Secret to save your password. Click the link below to view the secure one-time secret.

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Both you and the admin can now view the password. Passwords are decrypted when the secret is viewed.

Caution:
Your secret is only viewable once before it is removed forever. Additionally, if the secret is not viewed within 24 hours, it is removed from the One Time Secret tool.

Have more questions about this tool? Reach out to one of our Heroic Support admins 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by creating a ticket at support@liquidweb.com, opening a chat with us or giving us a call at 1-800-580-4985. We are always looking forward to providing an answer to any questions you may have!

Thank you for hosting with Liquidweb!

Where is the Apache configuration in CentOS?

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Apache Main Configuration Files

On a CentOS server, the package manager used to install the Apache web server (such as rpm, yum, or dnf) will typically default to placing the main Apache configuration file in of one of the following locations on the server:

/etc/apache2/httpd.conf
/etc/apache2/apache2.conf
/etc/httpd/httpd.conf
/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

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Why Choose CentOS 6 or 7

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Introduction

The servers that run our applications, our businesses, all depend on the stability and underlying features offered by the operating system (or OS) installed. As administrators, we have to plan ahead and think to the future of how our users will use the machines we oversee while simultaneously ensuring that those machines remain stable and online. There are numerous operating systems to choose from; however one of the most popular, most stable, and highly supported OSes is CentOS. A combination of excellent features, rock-solid performance stability, and the backing of enterprise-focused institutions such as Red Hat and Fedora have led to CentOS becoming a mainstay OS that administrators can count on.

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How To Install the LAMP Stack on CentOS 7

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhether you’re new to hosting websites or a seasoned developer, you’ve more than likely heard of a LAMP stack. The LAMP stack is the base set of applications that most websites running on a Linux server are served from and is commonly referred to as “Lamp”. Rather than a single program that interacts with the website being served, LAMP is actually a number of independent programs that operate in tandem: Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, and PHP. Throughout this article, we’ll walk through installing the LAMP stack on your CentOS 7 server so you can run a website from any Dedicated Server or Virtual Private Server. Although we’re focusing on installing LAMP on a CentOS 7 server, the steps that we’ll cover are very similar across multiple Linux distributions.

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