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.

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

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

AMPPS now available for Linux distros

The Softaculous AMPPS Team has released AMPPS 2.3 for Linux. This version of AMPPS adds the latest versions of PHP, MySQL, phpMyAdmin, etc.

AMPPS is a free WAMP (Windows), LAMP (Linux) and MAMP (Macintosh) stack of Apache, MySQL, MongoDB, PHP, Perl & Python for desktops. AMPPS enables you to focus more on using applications rather than maintaining them as it has the Softaculous Auto Installer with 300+ scripts. AMPPS is suited for PHP and MySQL developers who develop PHP applications on their desktops.

The current version of AMPPS for Linux include :

  • Softaculous 4.4.4
  • Apache 2.4.7
  • PHP 5.5.10, PHP 5.4.26 and 5.3.28
  • PERL 5.18.1
  • Python 2.7.6 with mod_wsgi 3.4 module
  • MySQL 5.6.16
  • phpMyAdmin 4.1.9
  • SQLite Manager 1.2.4
  • MongoDB 2.4.9
  • RockMongo 1.1.5
  • Pure-FTPd Server 1.0.36


Ampps Linux will work with most of the desktop / GUI distros of linux like Fedora, CentOS, Redhat, Ubuntu, etc.
You can download AMPPS for Linux, Windows or Mac from the AMPPS download center :
http://www.ampps.com/download

We hope you enjoy the feature(s), we will be adding many more features in the upcoming versions.

What’s new with WordPress 3.8

WordPress 3.8 is now available via Softaculous. Upgrade your existing installation to 3.8 with one click or install a fresh new blog.

WordPress has gotten a facelift. 3.8 brings a fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard. Gone are overbearing gradients and dozens of shades of grey — bring on a bigger, bolder, more colorful design!

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Modern aesthetic

The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.

Clean typography

The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing. It’s even open source, just like WordPress.

Refined contrast

Beautiful design should never sacrifice legibility. With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.

WordPress on every device

responsiveWe all access the internet in different ways. Smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop — no matter what you use, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.

High definition at high speed

WordPress is sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen. By ditching pixels, pages load significantly faster, too.

Admin color schemes to match your personality

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WordPress just got a colorful new update. WordPress 3.8 includes eight new admin color schemes so you can pick the one that suits you best.

Color schemes can be previewed and changed from your Profile page.

Refined theme management

themesThe new themes screen lets you survey your themes at a glance. Or want more information? Click to discover more. Then sit back and use your keyboard’s navigation arrows to flip through every theme you’ve got.

Smoother widget experience

Drag-drag-drag. Scroll-scroll-scroll. Widget management can be complicated. With the new design, WordPress team has worked to streamline the widgets screen.

Have a large monitor? Multiple widget areas stack side-by-side to use the available space. Using a tablet? Just tap a widget to add it.

Twenty Fourteen, a sleek new magazine theme

The new Twenty Fourteen theme displayed on a laptop. tablet and phone

Turn your blog into a magazine

Create a beautiful magazine-style site with WordPress and Twenty Fourteen. Choose a grid or a slider to display featured content on your homepage. Customize your site with three widget areas or change your layout with two page templates.

With a striking design that does not compromise our WordPress’ simplicity, Twenty Fourteen is the most intrepid default theme yet.

Try Twenty Fourteen live

Source : http://wordpress.org

Subrion CMS 3: Now More Powerful & Flexible Than Ever Before

Subrion is an open-source PHP content management system which has always aimed to be as comprehensive as possible in terms of functionality, whilst holding true to it’s user-friendly ethos.

The development team behind Subrion CMS – Intelliants, have recently announced a major update for their flagship content management system, calling it Subrion CMS 3.
Key features such as full source editing, per-page permissions and extensive plugin options have always been part of the platform, but now with a host of improvements recently launched along with Subrion CMS 3, users are in for a far more powerful Subrion experience. Let’s explore how.

Enhanced Admin Dashboard, Plugin Installation & Fields Management

The most obvious improvement introduced by Subrion CMS 3, is the enhanced admin dashboard. The core version comes in a selection of 5 different colours by default, making it easy to customize your experience right out of the box.

The brand new dashboard, along with its 5 bundled colours, is extremely easy on the eyes, and even simpler to use, thanks to bold menus and logically grouped tools and features which makes managing content a breeze.

This new user interface is sleek and organized, allowing you to access different areas of your Subrion admin panel with ease, whilst also displaying key content such as Twitter news and recent activity via the main dashboard.

Remote Plugin installation

Subrion CMS 3 also brings about remote plugin installation, which scraps the need for manual downloading and uploading of plugins via FTP.

Instead, a simple three-step process is all you need to worry about. Once you navigate over to the Plugins page on your admin panel, you can select the Remote Mode filter for your available plugins, and then click install. It’s that easy.

Improved Fields Management

You can also look forward to improved fields management features for item listings. Whether the fields relate to members, auto listing, real estate listing, coupons, or anything else, you can easily extend your listings with the additional fields.

Fields can be created in many different forms, including, text field, WYSIWYG, checkboxes, radios, pictures, attachments, and much more.

The best part is, there is no need to make any PHP/HTML changes, as you can have complete control over your fields right from the admin panel.

Built-In Blogging & Professional Templates

With Subrion CMS 3 also comes bundled with a built-in blogging functionality, which means there is no need to combine Subrion with any other blogging platform or content management system in order to create a blog.

The latest version of Subrion also introduces a new iaBootstrap template framework, which is based on Twitter Bootstrap 2. The framework simplifies new template development for Subrion CMS, providing all templates with a responsive nature.

Speaking of responsive design, Subrion CMS 3 ensures that both its templates and admin dashboard can be viewed via mobile browsers, so you can manage your content easily – anywhere you go.

Premium Extension Packages, Major Re-factoring & a 20% Discount

With version 3 of their platform, Subrion were aiming to make their software more scalable, reliable, and stable than every before – and they did just that.

This is due to some major re-factoring work, with improvements to nearly 90% of Subrion’s core code. Major improvements include improved PHP 5 support, and the addition of MySQLi support.

Along with all these Subrion CMS 3 enhancements, you can also extend the default functionality of the platform instantly, with 6 premium extension packages.

These paid premium packages allow you to add further functionality in terms of article publishing, coupons, real estate listings, directory listings, and more.

There is also some great news for Softaculous & Webuzo readers. Subrion have kindly offered a 20% discount off all orders, including on their Premium Extension Packages which are detailed above.

To claim your discount, simply use the discount code, “SOFTACULOUS” upon checkout.

Soruce : www.intelliants.com

Oxwall – the new kind of social network software

Oxwall is a fast-growing open source project that aims at creating a new generation community site platform. Oxwall aims at a wide range of audiences – starting from small private family websites up to top level destinations for millions users.

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It is possible because of the flexibility that Oxwall provides. Oxwall Store contains hundreds of actively supported plugins and themes by Oxwall Foundation, 3rd party developers, and designers. You can have any combination of plugins set up, the way you need them in your particular case.

Oxwall is also a robust product that scales to millions users. Check Wall.fm, which is a commercial cloud solution for Oxwall. It hosts tens thousands active community websites and niche social networks, and works on the Oxwall platform.

Today it’s really hard to find an actively developed, commercial quality open source piece of software with a growing community of 3rd party developers. Oxwall is just that and we have big plans for the future of the social web.

How to start

– Not sure how to go ahead with installation and stuff? Use Softaculous auto installer or professional service for Oxwall by Skalfa (the original Oxwall developer company);
– Want to add some juice beyond stock configuration? Shop Oxwall plugins and themes at the official, carefully curated Oxwall Store;
– Can’t find a particular plugin or theme for your needs? Contact an Oxwall specialist on oDesk

Source : http://oxwall.org/

Create your online store in just 15 minutes using ShopSite

So, you’ve got something to sell? Great! In as little as 15 minutes you can be selling your products with software that grows with you, regardless of your experience on the web. With Softaculous, you can install ShopSite with a single click which makes it incredibly easy to get your online store up and running!! The quickest way to find ShopSite on Softaculous is to search for ShopSite from within your Softaculous account. ShopSite on Softaculous will install a try-before-you-buy ShopSite Pro demo store – showcasing the best online shopping cart software we have to offer. Now you can see for yourself how fast it is to get started and get your store front online!

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What can you expect from ShopSite?

How about:

  • A wizard that will walk you through all of the steps necessary to create web pages, populate them with your products, and publish them to the internet
  • Order Anywhere buttons that can be placed wherever HTML is supported, allowing you to sell practically anywhere on the web – you can sell products from your blog or via email
  • Scalable software that will work for all sorts of companies, from a single employee to multiple departments and everything in between
  • Software updates match trends in eCommerce, SEO, and web development
  • Mobile ready pages for customers on the go
  • Social media integration to better interact with your customers, current and future
  • Friendly support and a knowledgeable forum community.

A full feature list can be seen here:
http://www.shopsite.com/scchecklist.html

Try ShopSite Pro today! If you like what you see, buying ShopSite Pro will transfer any and all work you’ve already done in the demo store to your live store. It’s never been easier!

Source : http://shopsite.com/