17 Oct 2017

Create Custom Menu

How to create custom menu for your WordPress site.

Custom menu feature is one of the cool feature WordPress has provided along with its V.3 update. Since then I have been loving it and have enabled this feature on every theme I created. At the same time I have been receiving numerous comments, emails, tweets, etc from theme users who are unable to figure out how this thing works. They often get stumped by the blank navigation areas once the theme is installed. In a way I am responsible for this confusion, because the custom menu code has an option to declare a fallback menu, and I have not declared it. I did it intentionally, because If I had declared the fallback menus, most of the users would not have noticed this cool new custom menu feature. Instead they would just stick with the regular page and category menu system.

I had previously created a screen cast to explain how to add this custom menu feature on a theme which does not support it by default. I that screen cast I had briefly explained how to enable this feature. Since it was under a different title I think most users with this problem did not bothered to look into it. So I decided to create this post with a screen cast with step by step tutorial on how to get this done.

 

5 Steps involved in this process.

1. Once the theme is installed go to Appearance > Menu

2. You will find an option to create a menu. Give a name to the menu and click ” Create Menu”

3. Then select and add page items or category items or custom links to the menu from the left and save the menu.

4. You will find list of menu items in the  tabs format.  To make any list item a child item, just drag that item with your mouse to the right until you see it being set a child item.(slightly offset to the right)

5. On the top left of the menu admin panel you will have the list of available menu locations on the current theme. This will be a drop-down select box. From here you will be able to select the menu you want to display in that location. Once the menu is selected hit save.

17 Oct 2017

WordPress Protection

WordPress is one of the most popular CMS script available now. It has great feature, can be installed and handled easily. We have seen many of our customer using WordPress for their site. Once your site is getting popular, intruders will always try to break your protection. So it is very important that you have sufficient security protection enabled for your WordPress site. On this post, i will try to give some tips which will help you to protect your WordPress blog from getting attacked or hacked.

Always Update: WordPress does release new update frequently and one should update his/her script as soon as the update is available.

Change Permission: Make sure to have 600 permission which means read and write permission for the user only on your wp-config.php file. You should be able to change the permission from cPanel File Manager.

Install Security Plugins: These are some very important security plugins which must be installed on a WordPress site.

1. Better WP Security: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/better-wp-security/

2. WordPress Firewall Plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-firewall/

3. WordPress Antivirus Plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antivirus/

4. Secure WordPress Plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/secure-wordpress/

5. Wp-Malwatch Plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-malwatch/

Protect the Admin Folder: You can protect your WordPress Admin folder with Directory Protection which will add extra layer of security. You can enable the protection by going cPanel >> Password Protect Directories.

Limit Admin Access: As WordPress admin folder is one of the most important folder, so we suggest to limit the admin access with IP. Only the allowed IPs will be able to access the admin folder.

Here is how to do this:

i. Create a .htaccess file under the WordPress admin folder
ii. Put the following code in it

order deny,allow
allow from 0.0.0.0
deny from all

Please change the allow IP with your IP. You can find your IP by accessing the following site: http://www.whatismyip.com

Backup Regularly: TetraHost do take weekly backup of your content but it is always better to take regular backup of your working database and wordpress contents. Unfortunately if it got hacked then, you can easily restore your site from the latest backup you’ll have for it.

Remove WordPress Version: Hackers are smart enough to crack the wordpress blog even if they came to know the wordpress version. so its always safe to remove your wordpress version. Here you go for it:

Go to Appearance > Editor and choose the Header.php file and delete below code from the source code to hide your WordPress version:

<meta name=”generator” content=”WordPress <?php bloginfo(‘version’); ?>” />

That’s it. Follow the above steps and you are secure in all way with a WordPress site!

17 Oct 2017

SEO Tools for cPanel !

Today, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is imperative to give your business the exposure it needs to be successful and allows potential customers to find you easily online. Having Search Engine Optimization will bring more direct hits to your website. More exposure means increased customers, increased sales and increased business success for you.

APT COM Hosting knows how important it is to have your business website online with easy accessibility for potential customers. That is why APT COM Hosting has now included Attracta, the Search Engine Optimization plug-in that allows you to apply SEO related techniques to your website directly and quickly. You will find this plug-in in your cPanel, in the section called Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools, The World’s Largest SEO Service.. It is absolutely free and their is no need to have great knowledge to maintaining it.

Feature :

  • Guaranteed Inclusion in Google, Yahoo! and Bing
  • Get Listed in the Powerful Attracta Directory
  • Easily Scan for Malware and Google Blacklisting
  • Improve Your Search Ranking with In-Depth SEO Tips and Videos
  • Used by more websites than any other SEO Tools

The Attracta SEO plug-in will optimize and send your website to the top of the Google, Yahoo and Bing. Attracta comes with many features and tools to ensure your website is visible and reachable online.

  • We crawl your website finding all of its pages, including pages that can’t be found by search engines’ crawlers, to create an XML Sitemap and SEO dashboard report.
  • We submit your XML Sitemap directly to the XML interface of major search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Ask— plus help you find and fix SEO errors.
  • The search engines use your XML Sitemap to drive more qualified traffic to your site by indexing more pages in search results.

Question: How can i use it?

  • Login to the cPanel
  • Go to “Update Contact Info”
  • Here please check the email address and set the correct one that you want to use with your Attracta Account
  • Once you set the email properly, Go to SEO and Marketing Tools
  • Click on any icon and Agree the Attracta Terms & Conditions
  • As soon as you accept their TOS, your account will be created and details will be emailed to you
  • That is it! You are ON with your Attracta SEO Account!

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17 Oct 2017

Introducing CloudLinux

APT COM is proud to announce CloudLinux is installed on our shared Servers.
CloudLinux is a revolutionary Operating System that allows each cPanel account on our servers to have its own CPU allocations. With a standard Linux installation, a single user can cause issues for everybody else on the server, where as with CloudLinux that account would be limited to their own CPU allocation and would not cause issues for everybody else on the server.
One of the largest benefits of CloudLinux is that it will keep a single account from overwhelming a server and causing slow performance or downtime. Each and every account is limited to a maximum of 1 CPU Core instead of having free and open reign to system resources, and since we run high end servers with upto 16 cores this effectively means that it’s extraordinarily unlikely for the server that your account is on to become slow or unresponsive due to the actions of one, or even a handful of customers.

 

CloudLinux + cPanel =


Improved stability by limiting the resources any single user can consume
In shared hosting, the most common reason for downtime is a single account slowing down other accounts on the server. Using cPanel & WHM software with CloudLinux utilizes innovative Lightweight Virtual Environment (LVE) technology, improving the density and stability of your shared hosting environment for all tenants.

Advanced server security
With unique CageFS technology, CloudLinux encapsulates each customer, preventing users from seeing each other and viewing sensitive information. It also prevents a large number of attacks, including most privilege escalation and information disclosure attacks.

Increased server efficiency
By monitoring and containing resource spikes, CloudLinux eliminates the need to leave server resources idle, providing server manager with the ability to host twice as many accounts on their cPanel & WHM server.

Multiple PHP versions
Using CloudLinux together with cPanel & WHM software gives our customers with the flexibility to choose the PHP version that they need. This includes versions 4.4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 and 7.0 as well as more than 50 PHP extensions and the ability to adjust php.ini settings.

Hardened kernel
The shared hosting environment is unlike any other and the CloudLinux kernel takes that into account. It can protect against symlink attacks and trace exploits, while restricting the visibility of ProcFS to only what is necessary — making your cPanel & WHM accounts more secure.

Admin interface within cPanel & WHM software to easily manage account usage
Within cPanel & WHM, CloudLinux gives us and our clients the visibility and accessibility to see and control the exact resource usage of each website.
Enjoy Hosting with APT COM!
17 Oct 2017

MySQL to MariaDB Upgrade

We are upgrading database system of our all hosting server accounts by migrating from MySQL 5.6 to MariaDB 10.1, a relational database management system (RDBMS) that provides all the functionality of MySQL 5.6, and more. This migration will improve long-term compatibility with various Content Management Systems such as WordPress, Joomla and includes benefits for our customers by offering added features and performance improvements over Oracle’s MySQL. MariaDB is the community-developed fork of MySQL and, due to its high-compatibility, is a drop-in replacement. This means that the migration will be seamless and your database will continue to run as normal – and you may see an increase in performance as well.

Why we are moving to MariaDB?
Better Security and More Features. This ensures that upgrades and security fixes are in-sync. Better Performance Such global collaboration ensures that security and development is open and vibrant. If any of our client face any issue with their website database connection, please change database user password and update website configuration file which should resolve the issue. If you still have any issue feel free to open a support ticket immediately by sending email to support [at] aptctg.com
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