WordPress Tutorial 3: How to Install a New Plugin, Theme, or Widget

This is part 3 in an ongoing series on WordPress. Please see Part 1: WordPress Tutorial 1: Installation Setup and Part 2: WordPress Tutorial 2: Terminology and Part 4: WordPress Tutorial 4: Recommended WordPress Plugins. Please note that this guide is primarily intended for customers utilizing a Linux server running cPanel. If you do not have a Linux server with cPanel please see the documentation at wordpress.org for further assistance.

The three most common changes you will make to your website involve the look (themes), the functionality (plugins), and modular elements (widgets).
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How To: Lowering Your DNS TTLs

Whenever making DNS changes, lowering your TTLs (Time To Live) 24 hours ahead of time will reduce the amount of time that your change takes to propagate.
This article assumes that you are running BIND on a linux server, that you already have an understanding of what DNS is, the different types of DNS entries, and how DNS works. Please note: The incorrect editing of your zone file can take your site offline. All editing must be done on the authoritative nameservers for the given domain.

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How and Why: Enabling Apache’s Piped Logging

Apache by default logs data directly to log files. While this isn’t a bad thing, it is not your only option. Both Apache 1.x and Apache 2.x bring with them the option of enabling something called “Piped Logging”, though cPanel will only allow you to enable it for version 2.x.

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CSF: Config Server Firewall Installation

An alternative firewall to APF is the Config Server Firewall, or CSF.

CSF is generally considered a more advanced firewall as there are more configuration options compared to other firewalls, while still being simple enough to install and configure that even novice administrators can use it. This article will give you a simple overview about how to install and configure CSF and its security plugin LFD (Login Failure Daemon).

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