Site Crashed ? Need a backup ? Use Softaculous Automated Backups!

What is an Automatic backup?

Backup is a system that copies your data into an archive which can be used to restore the files to the original state. By automating a backup through a regular back up system, you don’t have to back up your data manually. The automated backups are performed through cronjob/scheduled tasks.

How does Softaculous Automated Backup Feature Help?

I am sure we have lost our essential data at some point of time in life Or had a moment of panic where you thought you did? Data is too valuable to lose. Backing up data regularly will help you to crush such types of feeling and it will keep you free from the insecurity of losing your data. But manually backing up all the changes and data is a lot of hard work. Don’t worry! Team Softaculous has got your back.

We have a feature “Automated Backups” which will Backup your installations on a regular basis (as per your preference). You can use the Automated Backup feature for new installations as well as existing installations.

Configuring Automated Backups in Softaculous

1. Backup Frequency: This option lets you choose when you want softaculous to backup your installation.

  • Once a Day: Select this option if you want to backup your installation once in a day.
  • Once a Week: Select this option if you want to backup your installation once in a week.
  • Once a Month: Select this option if you want to backup your installation once in a month.
  • Custom: You can define custom time for cronjob to run the backup command.

2. Backup Rotation: This option helps you to choose how many recent backups you want to preserve.

For better understanding let’s see the below example:

Suppose you choose to backup your installation once a day and you choose the backup rotation value as 3. Softaculous will perform the backup once every day and will preserve maximum three backups for a particular installation. So if you start the automated backup on 11th Aug, Softaculous will create a backup on 11th Aug, 12 Aug & 13th Aug.  Now, When the backup is created on 14th Aug it will delete the backup created on 11th Aug as you have selected the backup rotation limit 3. Similarly, the backup created on 12th Aug will be deleted after the backup is created on 15th Aug. As soon as it creates the latest backup, it will delete the oldest back up as per your selected rotation preference(which is 3 in this case).

You can refer to the following link for configuring Automated Backups.

We hope this feature helps you recover your data in case of any unexpected disaster.

Prevent Breaking your live website with our Staging Feature

What is Staging?

The staging environment is a copy of your production website where you can preview any changes or upgrades before you apply them on your production website. This prevents any downtime or unexpected errors on your live website.

Why Risk your production website when you can play safe with our Staging tool!

How our Staging Tool makes the process Easier & Efficient? 

Our new Staging feature will help you create and manage staging copies with one just click.

You can create staging copy of your live website to test the upgrades, install plugins, themes, add new pages or any other changes to make sure you are satisfied with the changes before pushing it to the live installation.

Softaculous lets you maintain Staging as well as Production website simultaneously for any changes you would want to make in future.

Let’s take an Example of a WordPress installation

In this process, we will create a Staging copy of a live WordPress installation in a sub-directory “staging”.

1) Login to your control panel

  • Go to your panel (e.g. cPanel’s URL will be https://domain.com:2083) and log in with your credentials
  • Click on the Softaculous Icon or Link
  • This will take you to Softaculous Enduser Panel
  • Go to the Installations page as shown in the screenshot below

2) Choose the installation for which you want to create a Staging copy

  • Click on the Create Staging icon as shown in the screenshot below

The create Staging page will appear with the live installation details and a form asking for details about the staging copy you want to create.

3) Fill in the Staging Installation details as shown in the screenshot below

Click on the Create Staging button and it will do the trick.

That’s it! Your staging copy is ready. You can login to the WordPress admin panel with the same credentials as in the live installation.

Make any changes you need e.g. :

  • Install/Update Plugins
  • Install Themes
  • Update WordPress Core
  • Add/Edit Pages
  • Any other changes you would like to make.

Once you are satisfied with the changes in Staging copy, you can now Push these changes to your live website (again with just one click).

4) Choose the Staging installation you want to push to live

Click on the Push To Live icon next to the corresponding Staging installation you wish to push to live as shown in the screenshot below

The Push to Live page will appear asking for details about how you want to merge the changes i.e. you want to just update the files or update the database as well.

You will see two tabs :

  • Default Options

If you want to push the current staging website as is to your production website i.e. files as well as the exact same database. This option will

  1. Create a backup of your live website
  2. Overwrite all the files from your staging copy to your live installation
  3. Erase the database of your live installation and replace it with the one in your staging copy

  • Customize

This option will allow you to choose exactly what changes you want to push from your staging copy to live installation. You can choose if you want to

  • Push the Files
  • Full Database (includes structure changes as well as rows in the tables)
  • Only Database structure
  • Only Data from the database tables

This option will :

  1. Create a backup of your live website
  2. If you choose the “Overwrite Files/Folders” the files from your staging copy will be copied to your live website
  3. As per the option you choose it will make the changes to your database

Once you have decided what changes you want to Push to your live website, hit the Push to Live button.

That’s it! Let Softaculous do the hard work.

The Success message will appear and you can login to your production website and check if everything works fine.

We hope this feature helps you save time and hassle in managing your staging and live installations.

We will be coming up with more features soon.

Contact our support team for any assistance.

4 Simple SEO Steps for WordPress

Every search engine (like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc) ranks websites by “crawling” them, which means that they look through all the information on web pages for keywords and other relevant information. Then, they run that information through their algorithms, which rank each site, so the best theoretical search results come first.

The higher your site ranks, the more people will see it. The graph below demonstrates that the highest rated site receives around one-third of the total clicks per search, as opposed to the lower rated sites, which subsequently receive exponentially less traffic.

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The benefits of SEO are obvious, so let’s look at a few simple steps you can take to make your site rank a little higher.

HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR TITLE & TAGLINE

One of the most important SEO tools is a good site name. A title should not only brand your site but also describe the general idea of what a viewer should expect. Think about what keywords you would use to find your own site online, and then try to incorporate them into your title.

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Not all sites can use keywords in their titles; artists who want to use their name as a site title, or companies that don’t have keywords in their name, should not change the title to fit a keyword. That’s why it’s also very important to have a tagline as well.

The tagline, which appears right next to your site name on search engines, is a very short description of your site. You can use the tagline to further describe your site, and use keywords that will grab your audience.

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To change your site’s title and tagline, simply go to Settings > General in your dashboard and fill in the “Site Title” and “Tagline” fields at the top of the page.

HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR HEADERS

Within the content of each post, search engines will also rank keywords, and headers will be ranked the highest. There are 6 headers that can be used in each page (h1-h6), these headers are usually used as titles and subtitles, and they will enlarge the text.

The post title is also an H1 header, and should have more important keywords. Then H2-H6 are sub-headers, which are like chapter titles in a book; they tell a part of the story, but are less important than H1 to search engines, so you should use less important keywords under those headers.

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To change the text to a Header, simply open the drop down menu in the post editor, and select the header that is most appropriate.

THE BENEFITS OF AN XML SITEMAP

An XML sitemap is like a blueprint of your site, which tells the search engines what to crawl in your site. A sitemap allows search engines to find web pages that may not otherwise be crawled. For instance, if you have a page on your website that is not linked to any other pages, the search engines might not be able to find that page without an XML Sitemap. And, if the search engines say it helps them find your pages, it’s probably a good idea to listen to them.

But that’s not all that sitemaps can do for you. They can also give other important information about your site, including how often your site is updated, and other metadata that can help rank your site higher.

If the title and tagline are like the cover of a book, and the headers are like chapters, then an XML sitemap is like a table of contents in a book.

There are many options for sitemaps, you can make your own, or you can download on in a plugin. Simply go to Plugins > Download Plugins and type XML Sitemap in the search bar. There are many options, but one of the most popular is called Google XML Sitemaps

WHY CONTENT IS KING

Search engines don’t like when websites overuse SEO and try to rig the system. Google has updated their algorithms to catch websites that are stuffing keywords, and they actually lower your rank for that. It’s called “Black Hat SEO,” and it can even get you banned from appearing on search engines.

These SEO tips are only to help boost your site, they cannot replace the actual content of your site, which should be original and interesting. That should always be the main focus of a site, is the content, not how many people see it.

To put it plainly, the content of your site should be made for visitors, not search engines.

WHMCS 6.0 is here!

Version 6.0 is out now and available. You can auto install WHMCS 6.0.0 with one click via Softaculous. Here is the guide.  You can also upgrade your existing installations to WHMCS 6.0.0 via Softaculous. Here is the guide.

whmcs-v6-bannerVersion 6 is packed with new features, watch the video below for a look at some of them in action.

Key Features in WHMCS V6 include :

  • Optimized for Mobile

  • Contextual Sidebars

  • Dynamic Searching & Pagination

  • Client Notifications

  • Localisation – Bonjour, Ciao, Hola…

  • Developer Friendly

Release Notes for V6

Source : http://blog.whmcs.com

Magento 1.9.2.0 released with Security Patch SUPEE-6285

Magento 1.9.2.0 is now available via Softaculous. This release includes security patch SUPEE-6285 and it is strongly recommended to update your sites immediately.

You can refer to the following guide on how to upgrade your installations :
http://www.softaculous.com/docs/How_to_upgrade_installations

Details of the security patch are listed below :

SUPEE-6285 Patch Bundle

Date of Release: 07/07/2015

This bundle includes protection against the following security-related issues:

  • Customer Information Leak via RSS and Privilege Escalation
  • Request Forgery in Magento Connect Leads to Code Execution
  • Cross-site Scripting in Wishlist
  • Cross-site Scripting in Cart
  • Store Path Disclosure
  • Permissions on Log Files too Broad
  • Cross-site Scripting in Admin
  • Cross-site Scripting in Orders RSS

Source : http://docs.magento.com

WordPress 4.1.2 Security Release

WordPress 4.1.2 is now available via Softaculous. This is a critical security release for all previous versions and it is strongly recommended to update your sites immediately.

You can refer to the following guide on how to upgrade your installations :
http://www.softaculous.com/docs/How_to_upgrade_installations

WordPress versions 4.1.1 and earlier are affected by a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site.

Three other security issues were also fixed:

    In WordPress 4.1 and higher, files with invalid or unsafe names could be uploaded.
    In WordPress 3.9 and higher, a very limited cross-site scripting vulnerability could be used as part of a social engineering attack.
    Some plugins were vulnerable to an SQL injection vulnerability.

Four hardening changes have also been made in this release.

A number of plugins also released security fixes yesterday. Keep everything updated to stay secure.

Source : http://wordpress.org/

Reset the password of your WordPress installation

Forgot the password of your WordPress installation ? You can now reset the password for your WordPress installation from the Softaculous Enduser panel.

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Resetting the password from Softaculous is very simple and does not require any technical knowledge.

Step 1) Login to your control panel and go to Softaculous -> All Installations and click on the Edit Installation button next to the installation for which you want to reset the password.

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Step 2) On the Edit Installation page fill in the following fields :
Admin Username : This will be the username for which you want to reset the password.
Admin Password : This will be the NEW password.

After filling the above details click on the Save Installation Details button to reset the password.

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Once the password is reset you will see the success message as follows.

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Step 3) That’s it! You password has been reset. You can now login to your WordPress installation using the new password.

Experience Twenty Fifteen with WordPress 4.1 “Dinah”

Version 4.1 of WordPress, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, is now available for install and upgrade via Softaculous. New features in WordPress 4.1 help you focus on your writing, and the new default theme lets you show it off in style.

Try the new theme Twenty Fifteen

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The newest default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is a blog-focused theme designed for clarity.

Twenty Fifteen has flawless language support, with help from Google’s Noto font family.

The straightforward typography is readable on any screen size.

Your content always takes center stage, whether viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
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Distraction-free writing

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Just write.

Sometimes, you just need to concentrate on putting your thoughts into words. Try turning on distraction-free writing mode. When you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them.

The Finer Points

Choose a language

Right now, WordPress 4.1 is already translated into over forty languages, with more always in progress. You can switch to any translation on the General Settings screen.

Log out everywhere

If you’ve ever worried you forgot to sign out from a shared computer, you can now go to your profile and log out everywhere.

Vine embeds

Embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post. See the full list of supported embeds.

Plugin recommendations

The plugin installer suggests plugins for you to try. Recommendations are based on the plugins you and other users have installed.

Under the Hood

Complex Queries

Metadata, date, and term queries now support advanced conditional logic, like nested clauses and multiple operators — A AND ( B OR C ).

Customizer API

The customizer now supports conditionally showing panels and sections based on the page being previewed.

<title> tags in themes

add_theme_support( ‘title-tag’ ) tells WordPress to handle the complexities of document titles.

Developer Reference

Continued improvements to inline code documentation have made the developer reference more complete than ever.

Source : http://wordpress.org/

WordPress 4.0 “Benny” now available

Version 4.0 of WordPress, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, is available for download or update. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience.

WordPress is already updated to 4.0 in Softaculous. You can install a new copy of WordPress 4.0 or update existing installation to the latest version via Softaculous to experience the new features included in 4.0

Manage your media with style
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Explore your uploads in a beautiful, endless grid. A new details preview makes viewing and editing any amount of media in sequence a snap.

Working with embeds has never been easier
Paste in a YouTube URL on a new line, and watch it magically become an embedded video. Now try it with a tweet. Oh yeah — embedding has become a visual experience. The editor shows a true preview of your embedded content, saving you time and giving you confidence.

WordPress has expanded the services supported by default, too — you can embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED. Check out all of the embeds that WordPress supports.

Focus on your content
Writing and editing is smoother and more immersive with an editor that expands to fit your content as you write, and keeps the formatting tools available at all times.

Finding the right plugin
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There are more than 30,000 free and open source plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. WordPress 4.0 makes it easier to find the right one for your needs, with new metrics, improved search, and a more visual browsing experience.

Source : wordpress.org

20% discount on upgrading to Softaculous Premium

Using Softaculous Free version for more than 6 months ?

We have good news for you, upgrade your Free version of Softaculous to Premium at 20% discount on 1st year of purchase of yearly licenses.

Upgrading Softaculous to Premium version will allow access to 320+ scripts for all your users.

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Login to Softaculous Client Center here to buy your license :
https://www.softaculous.com/clients

You can refer the guide on how to buy the license here :
http://www.softaculous.com/docs/Buying_Information

For more details contact the Softaculous Sales team at sales@softaculous.com

Please Note :
1. This offer is valid until May 31st 2014
2. The discount will be available on the Invoice page after you click on “Purchase Softaculous” button on the Purchase page.
3. This offer is not valid for NOC Partners.