Category: How To

How To Install WordPress

In this post I’ll show you How To Install WordPress.  Installing WordPress is very straightforward and the steps depend on what your hosting account provides.  There are many hosting addons that make it a once-click operation (like Softaculous, Fantastico, or MOJO Marketplace), but even if you don’t have one on your hosting account it’s still relatively easy. I’ll start with the simplest method and close it out with the manual method. cPanel With Softaculous or Fantastico Log in to your cPanel account (typically Click the Softaculous or Fantastico icon Select WordPress Enter your WordPress settings and click Install That’s

How To Enable GZIP Compression In cPanel WHM

Have you ever wondered How To Enable GZIP Compression In cPanel WHM? I moved servers earlier this year at the same host provider and lately I noticed my sites were somewhat slower. That’s odd for a more powerful server with more memory, so I started digging around. It turns out that I forgot to migrate my pre_virtualhost_global.conf file that ensured all sites on my dedicated server were compressing content to browsers. I’ve had a dedicated server for over 10 years and it boggles my mind that I still forget to do some basic things. If you don’t have a VPS

How To Fix Login Issues With A New Server

This will only apply to you if you have a VPS or Dedicated server AND the cPHulk portion will only apply if you have cPanel/WHM installed. If you have a VPS or Dedicated server without cPanel/WHM, then skip to Step 2. I had a brand new server created for me with CentOS 7 and cPanel/WHM so that I could migrate from my older server.  They provided the initial login and password to me, but I couldn’t log in to WHM.  That’s odd, so I tried to shell in and it worked fine. My first thought was that maybe my IP

cPanel WHM Change The Default Website Page

Change The Default Website Page I was recently looking at my apache traffic and noticed some HEAD hits to my ip address directly instead of any of my hosted domains (probably scanning for vulnerabilities).  I then browsed the address and saw that it was giving away more information than I wanted.  It basically says “If you are the owner of this website, please contact your hosting provider”. Ok – so how do I change the default website page for my server’s IP address on my cPanel/WHM server? All of my sites are properly configured, so the only time this would

How To Fix Adobe Flash Crashing

How To Fix Adobe Flash Crashing I recently had continual problems with the Firefox browser crashing and sometimes completely hanging on any page with Adobe Flash.  This should be something easy to fix – right?  Nope.  I’m highly technical and spent a ridiculous amount of time researching this and testing out every idea.  The problem was that nothing worked, so I started using Chrome exclusively. I’ve always used both of these browsers, but due to the continual crashes I had to stop using Firefox.   After a few days the Adobe Flash player started crashing in Chrome.  That’s it – I

Reduce SMTP Brute Force Attacks On cPanel WHM

Recently I noticed a huge increase in SMTP brute force attacks on my server.  I started digging around to see what steps I could take and found a simple solution.  This solution alone has reduced my server load and SMTP brute force attempts. If you have a dedicated server, VPS server, or another solution with WHM then this solution is for you.  If you have a shared hosting account, then this is not for you. Ensure that you have ConfigServer Firewall installed, but if not it’s easy to install: The following steps assume that you have ConfigServer Firewall installed

Choose cPanel WHM or Plesk

How To Choose Between cPanel/WHM or Plesk If you’re one of the many people who are trying to choose between one of these managers, then we can help.  Most people who have used cPanel/WHM or Plesk already know which they prefer and tend to stay with them. Both packages have grown dramatically over the years, but in my opinion cPanel/WHM far exceeds what Plesk can do.  It also depends whether you’re using Linux or Windows as a hosting platform because cPanel/WHM won’t run on Windows. You have to look at many factors beyond what each web host manager provides.  If

Edit Large Files

How To Edit A Large File I recently needed to edit (actually search) a 1.4 GIG file.  I use Sublime Text for almost everything, but knew that it really wasn’t designed for huge files. My first try was Notepad++ because I love it and remembered using it on a large file before. Nope – it wouldn’t even start. I thought that I had gVim installed, but didn’t.  That took me on a Google search and I found some amazing editors that handle massive files. One of the editors I found was EmEditor and it rocked this huge file!  It opened