Category: Getting Started

The Getting Started category includes information regarding the basics if you are new to hosting. Some articles also contain more in-depth data that can be useful to experienced clients as well. This material includes insights about web hosting, server setup, and site maintenance.

Securing Your CMS Admin Login

Posted on by David Singer | Updated:
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Why should I change my admin URL?

Most Content Management Systems (CMS’s) have a unique identifying login URL. For example, WordPress uses

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This tutorial describes the process of setting up SSH Keys for use when logging in to a remote server via SSH.

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The 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 of 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? 

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In 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.

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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:

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Why Choose CentOS 6 or 7

Posted on by Michael McDonald | Updated:
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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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Whether 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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How To Manually Set Up Clients in WHMCS

Posted on by Chris White | Updated:
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WHMCS is an amazingly capable software allowing you to manage your clients from initial purchase, continued support, and billing management on your Cloud Dedicated, VPS, or dedicated server. However, if you already have clients and you’re looking to get started with WHMCS, you will need to get those clients into the new system. While this process does require some manual work, it is absolutely possible and once they are set up, the automation can take over from there! In this guide, I will show you how to manually set up your existing clients into WHMCS.

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While managing your server, you’ll sometimes need to check on which software (or packages) you have installed on your system. You’ll need to know package names, version numbers, dates of installation, etc. In this Liquid Web tutorial, we’re going to be discussing how to inspect packages installed on your CentOS system. There are several ways to accomplish this, and we’ll discuss a few of them. Let’s dig in! To use these commands, you’ll need to log in to your server via SSH. For more information, see Logging into Your Server via Secure Shell (SSH).

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This guide will walk you through the steps for setting up a firewall using iptables in an Ubuntu VPS server. We’ll show you some common commands for manipulating the firewall, and teach you how to create your own rules.

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