Using Jilt with Managed WooCommerce Hosting

All online store owners face potential lost revenue due to cart abandonment. We are very proud to offer Jilt integration with Managed WooCommerce Hosting as a way to address this problem, and we believe it will increase your store conversions and help you bring in more revenue. With Jilt, you can send personalized recovery emails encouraging your customers to complete their purchases. You can also establish an automatic schedule and then analyze these emails, to see which ones have the most positive impact on your business.

 

Doesn’t that sound great? Now let’s get you started with Jilt.

 

The initial Jilt integration will be completed as part of our white glove onboarding process before you start using your Managed WooCommerce Hosting store. You will receive your unique credentials as a part of this process.

  1. Once you have received your credentials, log into Jilt.

2. Your easy-to-navigate Jilt Dashboard will look like this:

3. Once logged in, it’s time to create your first campaign. This will let you recover abandoned carts in your store. You can decide how soon you email someone after they’ve left their cart behind, and how many times you want to email.

4. Not sure how you want to set your first campaign up? No problem! Jilt offers templates, so you can get started quickly and learn as you go.

5. Once you have created your first campaign, customize the emails to your potential or current customers.

Additional information on getting started with Jilt is available at here.

Using Beaver Builder with Managed WooCommerce Hosting

More than 500,000 sites have been designed and built with Beaver Builder. Each site looks unique and more importantly, the code used is lightweight, which means your store will load quickly while looking great. Managed WooCommerce Hosting includes Beaver Builder at no charge as part of our commitment to helping you grow your store. The best part? It works beautifully with Astra Pro.

 

Start using Beaver Builder now, with some easy first steps.

 

Beaver Builder is fast, functional, and intuitive. In order to get the most use out of Beaver Builder, right from the start, we recommend that you start by watching this official demo, which provides a step by step walk-through. Once you’re ready, try a few of these common and easy to use functions for building your page.

  1. Choose a template to customize, or build a page from scratch by selecting the blank template.

2. Add multi-column rows, adjust spacing, add backgrounds, and more with the Add Rows function. Simply drag and drop the representative icons onto the page.

3. Drag and drop modules into the layout to add various types of content:

4. Use Edit Content to mouse over rows, columns, or modules to edit and interact with them.

5. Edit content by using action buttons located around heading and content sections. You can move, edit, duplicate or delete rows, columns and modules.

6. Use the easy-to-find buttons on the top right to open the content panel and add new row layouts, modules or widgets.

7. Use the same buttons in the top right to publish changes, save a draft, or revert back to the last published draft.

8. Within the Modules panel,  choose between many different content and media options, which can be to clicked and dragged into your page layout. Choose as many or as few as you need to build your page.

Using PDF Invoices with Managed WooCommerce Hosting

Over 100,000 sites run the WooCommerce PDF Invoices and Packing Slips plugin. We knew this was the best way to attach PDF invoices to every order, so we’ve made sure it’s available to everyone using Managed WooCommerce Hosting.

With the WooCommerce PDF Invoice and Packing Slips plugin, you can:

  • Fully customize the look and feel of the invoice template using HTML and CSS.
  • Make invoices downloadable from the My Account page.
  • Define invoice numbering with custom formatting.
  • Create invoice and packing slips in many different languages.

 

Set WooCommerce PDF Invoice and Packing Slips to automatically attach invoices to each order notification with the instructions below.

 

  1. From your wp-admin dashboard, click on WooCommerce > PDF Invoices. The WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips General tab looks like this:

As you can see, there are templates available to use, and you can customize even further within this page.

2. Choose how and where you want to attach your PDF invoice and what common elements you want to display, on the Invoice tab.

3. Customize what you wish to display on the packing slip that will accompany your customer orders within the Packing Slip tab.

There are many ways to customize your PDF invoices and packing slips. Additional information for common tasks can be found here.

Using Pretty Links with Managed WooCommerce Hosting

Long, wordy links can make it difficult for you to share products in a way that is easy to remember and looks good in promotional material. To help, we’ve provided the Pretty Links plugin with your Managed WooCommerce Hosting so you can easily create short links for all your products. These short and pretty links make it easier for people to remember and your link more inviting to click.

 

Create and use Pretty Links for your WooCommerce store with these steps.

 

  1. Click on Pretty Links in your wp-admin sidebar.

2a. Click the Add Pretty Link button from the settings page or the admin menu for Pretty Links. Set the target URL (the long link you want to shorten), the Pretty Link, and the title.

2b.  Additional advanced options are available. Select the Tracking box to make sure you can see how many clicks your Pretty Link gets:

3. View the links you have created and how many clicks each link gets on the main Pretty Links page:

Read more about expiring your Pretty Links here.

 

 

Using Astra Pro with Managed WooCommerce Hosting

Speed is important, but did you know that many WooCommerce themes can actually slow down your store? This is why many people end up using the default store theme from WooCommerce. While the default theme is fast, it also means your site looks like everyone else’s.

This is why Managed WooCommerce Hosting provides you with a lightning fast theme called Astra. It works well with WooCommerce, and allows you to create unique stores that match your style. To make sure you have all the value possible with Astra we’ve gone further and added the Astra Pro plugin.

 

Let’s walk through how you use Astra and Astra Pro on your store.

 

As stated, Astra is a fast, performance-based theme and Astra Pro is a the plugin that extends the Astra theme to provide additional features. First, you will need to enable the additional features. Log into your store’s backend and navigate to Appearance > Astra > Addons.

This area allows you to enable and use elements like Custom Layouts and Header Sections. It also means you have the ability to customize your store appearance to suit you, rather than being locked into the same layout as everyone else. 

For more information on Astra Pro Addon , as well as recommended settings for Beaver Builder, please read the articles below.

What is Astra Pro Addon

Recommended Settings for Beaver Builder in Astra.

Setting up Custom Product Tabs with Managed WooCommerce Hosting

Being able to better describe your products is an easy way to increase unassisted sales in your WooCommerce store. Managed WooCommerce Hosting provides you with the Easy Custom WooCommerce Tabs plugin by Yikes. This gives you the ability to create multiple custom product tabs to accurately describe your products. The plugin even allows you to insert html or shortcodes to further highlight your products.

 

Let’s use the Easy Custom WooCommerce Tabs plugin to add custom tabs to your products!

 

  1. Login to your store, and navigate to Product data > Custom Tabs:

2. Click on Add a Tab:

3. Add a title for the tab, and a description for it in the text box below the title. Click on Save Tabs:

4. View the product page on the front-end of the site; the new custom tab will be there.

5. Add multiple tabs to a single product by following the instructions above as many times as needed. 


6. Click the up and down arrows to change the tab order and organize your tabs.

Find more information at the link below.

Custom Product Tabs for WooCommerce

Configuring NGINX for Managed WordPress

Running a WordPress site can be incredibly simple and used right out of the box, but you may need to customize or add specific files in order to get the most out of your site. Our Managed WordPress customers can include custom NGINX configurations for individual sites because we know that adding simple redirects or adjusting browser cache settings are actions that many of our Managed WordPress users do on a regular basis. Read on to learn how you can use this functionality for your own site.

On the Managed WordPress platform, custom configuration files are read from the NGINX folder within the site’s home directory. Any file ending with .conf will be read into NGINX on reload or restart, so a file called ~/nginx/user.conf.sample is provided as a placeholder.

While you can create and edit these files, it is necessary that you reach out to our Managed WordPress Support team to reload the NGINX configuration. This will allow us to test the file configuration and confirm that there are no errors or warnings. Because your site performance and uptime is important, the Managed WordPress support team will manually review files to check for potentially irregular and harmful configurations.

Although the primary use of this feature is for configuring redirects at the NGINX level. you may also set custom browser cache expiration times for static files. Any configurations beyond those described below are considered beyond scope support.

An example of simple redirects:

# Simple redirect to an individual page
location /example-redirect-123 {
add_header X-Redirect-By "Yoast SEO Premium";
return 301 /example-redirect;
}

# Rewrite all urls under an old path to a new path
location /category/old-category {
rewrite ^/category/old-category/(.*)$ /category/new-category/$1 permanent;
}

An example of adjusting browser cache settings:

# Reduces js and css cache times to a single day instead of the MWP default of 1 year.
location ~* \.(?:css|js)$ {
expires 24h;
access_log off;
add_header Cache-Control "public";
}

If you are looking to block access to a specific directory, you can complete this request by using the following command:

rewrite ^/wp-content/private_directory/(.*) /last;

Where “private_directory” is the directory you wish to block access to.

Configuring NGINX

  1. Log into the site via SSH.:ssh/sftp credential section in Managed WordPress portal highlighted
  2. Navigate to the NGINX directory located in the home directory.
    s150@default:~$ pwd
    /home/s150
    s150@default:~$ cd nginx
    s150@default:~ngingx$ ls
    user.conf.sample
    s150@default:~/nginx$
  3. Next, create a file ending in .conf:
    s150@default:~/nginx$ touch redirects.conf
    s150@default:~ngingx$ ls
    redirects.conf user.conf.sample
    s150@default:~/nginx$

    In this example, we are using redirects.conf, but you can name it anything you’d like, just make sure you remember the file name.
  4. Then modify the file with the configuration changes:
    s150@default:~/nginx$ vi redirects.conf
    s150@default:~ngingx$ cat redirects.conf
    # Limited to directives valid in the server block context
    # All files ending in '.conf' in this directory will be loaded
    # Please contact support to have them reload the nginx config files
    # for changes to go into effect.# Configure redirects
    #
    loacation /example-redirect-123 {
    add_header X-Redirect-By "Yoast SEO Premium";
    return 301 /example-redirect;
    }
    s150@default:~/nginx$
  5. Lastly, contact support to request review and reload of the config. You can easily reach our Managed WordPress support team by opening a chat or ticket through your Managed WordPress portal, or by calling our team at 1(833)845-4527 or 1(517)322-0434.

What is a LAMP stack?

The LAMP stack is the foundation for Linux hosted websites is the Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (LAMP) software stack.

The Four Layers of a LAMP Stack

Linux based web servers consist of four software components. These components, arranged in layers supporting one another, make up the software stack. Websites and Web Applications run on top of this underlying stack. The common software components that make up a traditional LAMP stack are:

  • Linux: The operating system (OS) makes up our first layer. Linux sets the foundation for the stack model. All other layers run on top of this layer.
  • Apache: The second layer consists of web server software, typically Apache Web Server. This layer resides on top of the Linux layer. Web servers are responsible for translating from web browsers to their correct website.
  • MySQL: Our third layer is where databases live. MySQL stores details that can be queried by scripting to construct a website. MySQL usually sits on top of the Linux layer alongside Apache/layer 2. In high end configurations, MySQL can be off loaded to a separate host server.
  • PHP: Sitting on top of them all is our fourth and final layer. The scripting layer consists of PHP and/or other similar web programming languages. Websites and Web Applications run within this layer.

We can visualize the LAMP stack like so:

Applying what you’ve learned

Understanding the four software layers of a LAMP stack aids the troubleshooting process. It allows us to see how each layer relies on one another. For instance; when a disk drive gets full, which is a Linux layer issue. This will also affect all other layers in the model. This is because those other layers rest on top of the affected layer. Likewise, when the MySQL database goes offline. We can expect to see PHP related problems due to their relationship. When we know which layer is exhibiting problems. We know which configuration files to examine for solutions.

Some Alternatives

The four traditional layers of a LAMP stack consist of free and open-source products. Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP are the cornerstone of a free, non-proprietary LAMP stack. There are several variants of the four stack model as well. These variants use alternative software replacing one or more of the traditional components. Some examples of these alternatives are:

  • WAMP: Windows, Apache, MySQL & PHP
  • WISA: Windows, IIS, SQL & ASP.net
  • MAMP: MacOS, Apache, MySQL & PHP

You can explore these alternative software stacks in greater depth using online resource. The LAMP stack Wiki is a great place to start:

How can we help?

The LAMP stack is an industry standard and is included in all of our Core-Managed and Fully Managed Linux based servers. Our support teams work hand in hand with the LAMP stack on a daily basis. You can rest assured we are at your disposal should you have questions or concerns. To learn more you can browse our latest product offerings.

What is the Liquid Web iThemes Bundle

In a recent press release from our Blog we announced that Liquid Web has acquired iThemes – a leader in WordPress plugin development. Needless to say, this is an exiting time. Another important step in our commitment to make WordPress hosting easier than ever.

Since 2016 we’ve actually had a partnership with iThemes to bundle Sync Pro into our WordPress platform. Moving forward we will expand this integration by adding BackupBuddy and iThemes Security. With this this awesome news we also have an awesome deal for our non-platform WordPress users.

The Liquid Web iThemes bundle

For our WordPress customers hosting on a traditional solutions we now offer an exclusive Liquid Web iThemes bundle. Through this bundle, for the first time ever, you can purchase the core iThemes plugins in a single package. With this offer you have access to iThemes Sync Pro, BackupBuddy and Security Pro for one low price. Check out our bundle product page to learn more about the exclusive offer.

Getting Support for iThemes Products

iThemes will remain an independent business unit of the Liquid Web family. This means that going forward we will continue providing support for these products under the iThemes brand. If you are seeking support for an iThemes plugin you can find documentation in their Help Center. And you can contact the iThemes Support team after logging into their Member Access Panel.

Official Plugin Documentation:

How To Install WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla On Cloud Sites with One-Click

Our Cloud Sites platform is a cut above the rest with its One-Click Installer we take the pain out of creating websites allowing you to focus on building out your website. Whether your CMS of choice is WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla – our Cloud Sites platform has streamlined the process of spinning up a new site. Setting up a new site is complicated – from adding administrators, uploading files and databases. We simplify all that complexity with our smooth-running installer. Our One-Click Installer quickly uploads & configures core files, getting your site up with speed and ease has never been easier.

Installing WordPress, Drupal or Joomla on Cloud Sites using our One-Click Installer

To begin the process you will need to be logged into your Cloud Sites control panel. Once you’ve logged in you will be able to begin the process. If you do not have a Cloud Sites account you can order one from our Cloud Sites product page.

  1. Create a Website: From your Cloud Sites Control Panel find and click the “Create Website” button.
  2. Choose Your CMS: Select the drop box next to application to install the latest version of your chosen CMS.
  3. Configurations: Fill in details of the site and click “Create New Application”. Three simple steps later, you have yourself a new site with time to spare.

And it’s just that simple – setting up a new website and CMS has never been so easy. No more having to build server infrastructure and no more installing the CMS software by hand. Our Cloud Sites platform will manage all of that for you, all you have to do is fill in a few blanks and hit “Create New Application” and you’ll be on your way. If you’re a current Cloud Sites customer give our rebuilt one-click CMS installer a try.

If you’re not a Cloud Sites customer yet, then never managing servers again is just $150/mo away. Our One-Click Installer is one of the many features offered within the Cloud Sites platform. Check out other ways to simplify your web hosting needs at our Cloud Sites product page. Once you sign up you’ll be ready to start immediately and getting your new site setup is just a few clicks away!