2018 Year In Review – Softaculous Auto Installer

Happy New Year from all of us at Softaculous !!

As we enter 2019, we would like to highlight some of the major changes that happened with Softaculous in 2018. It was a wonderful year at Softaculous and we are confident 2019 will be much bigger with several new features coming up in this year.

Major Changes in Softaculous in 2018

  1. Added 21 New Scripts: Some of the recent scripts we added include Hubzilla, IceHrm, WBCE CMS, Directus, Framadate, eLabFTW, Plikli CMS, Leafpub, Xibo, Atlantis CMS. Checkout the complete list here.
  2. 1307 Script Updates: With our commitment to keep our scripts library updated we released the updates for most of scripts on the same day when the script vendor released the update. Check out the complete list here.
  3. Added Staging option: This feature can be used to create a staging environment of your production website and test any changes you need. You can then Push these changes (files, database structure, database data) to your production website using the Push To Live option. You can refer to the Staging guide and Push to Live guide.
  4. Backup to Google Drive: You can now backup your website directly to your Google Drive account. You can refer to the Backup to Google Drive guide.
  5. WordPress Auto Upgrade Major/Minor branch: Users can now configure if they would like to auto upgrade their WordPress installations only to Minor versions or even upgrade to Major versions.
  6. WordPress Plugins and Themes Upgrade: Several improvements were made to the auto upgrade for WordPress Plugins and Themes which include checking for upgrades once every 24 hours.
  7. Added Quick Install option: Want to install scripts quickly ? This feature saves your time in configuring advanced options for a script and lets you install with minimal options and using default values for other options.
  8. Changed Password encryption to OpenSSL: Previously Softaculous used mcrypt for encrypting passwords which is Deprecated in PHP 7 hence we have moved to new password encryption method using OpenSSL. The existing passwords have been re-hashed.
  9. Support for PHP 7.1 and 7.2: With PHP community releasing new branches faster than ever, we have made changes in Softaculous to support all the latest versions of PHP. We also made structure changes in Softaculous to make sure Softaculous works fine when you upgrade the 3rd party PHP version.
  10. Better handling for Outdated Scripts: Softaculous now displays a notice on the script install page for scripts that have not been updated for more than 2 years (by the script vendor) so that the user knows that there has been no updates since two years for this script and make a wise decision if they want to install such script.

We would like to Thank all our clients for showing confidence in our products. We appreciate your business with us and assure you that we will deliver more features and enhancements in 2019

Regards,
The Softaculous Team

How to make your WordPress installation Secure

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WordPress is one of the most popular blog today. As it is the most popular application there are numerous hackers who are honing their skills to make it to the big leagues.

WordPress is pretty secure and they provide frequent updates but we can make the installation more secure by following some simple steps :

1. The most easiest way is to be updated with WordPress

WordPress provides security updates immediately if a loop hole is detected, so being updated with WordPress will help you to be more secure. It hardly takes a minute to update WordPress with Softaculous.

2. Generic admin username

Most users make a mistake by continuing with the default username for the administrator account ie is admin. Its a common username and every hacker would know that. Choose a username other than admin you can use your name i.e. john as your username. You can choose the username on the install form.

3. Choose a Strong Password

Using a simple password is a bad idea. Use a password that is more secure to let the hackers stay away from you. Use a combination of alphabets, numbers and special characters.

4. Secure permissions to the config file

The wp-config.php file contains all the configuration and settings of WordPress, exposing this file to hackers is a very big threat to your blog they could easily inject malware into your blog or delete the content on your blog. The solution for this is to revoke the permission to the config file. The WordPress config file is wp-config.php  which located in the root directory of your installation. Change the permission to something safe like 0600 if suPHP is enabled on your server. You can ask your host to confirm which permission is suitable on your server.

5. Backup regularly

Backing up your installation is very important because if your installation is hacked you can restore your installation from the backup. You should always take a back up of your database and files, it is recommended to take a weekly backup of your data there are several plugins that will do it for you or you can use Softaculous to backup and restore your installation.

6. Plugins

Make a point to update the plugins when there is an update available. It is always a good idea to be updated. Also, if you are not using a specific plugin, delete it.