Easy WordPress Updates

Do you know how to update WordPress? You probably do, because it’s incredibly easy. But, what if there was an easier way to update one of the world’s most popular publishing platforms? Well good news, there is! We’re going to show you how.

WordPress out of the box is already easy to update. A few clicks, and you’re done. With our one click installer Softaculous, you can automate this entirely. First, we need to connect your WordPress website to our installer. Don’t worry, this is easy too! For those who have installed WordPress through our one click installer, be sure to skip to the section Setup Automatic WordPress Updates.

Import WordPress Into Softaculous

Start by logging into cPanel. Here, you’re going to look for an icon called Softaculous Apps Installer. Click this to enter Softaculous.

On the next page, you’re going to look for the WordPress logo. The WordPress logo will be displayed as a large “W” contained in a selection box. Normally, this will be the first option. Click this box to be taken to the next page where you will start to import your website.

On the next page, find and click on Import.

Navigating here was the hard part. Now comes the easy part!

  1. Choose the protocol your website uses. This can be http://, https://, http://www, or https://www.
  2. Choose the website domain you’re connecting to Softaculous.
  3. Click Import and you’re done!

You will see a success page after your WordPress website has been imported.

Setup Automatic WordPress Updates

Navigate to the installations page for your installed WordPress websites. In the following section, you will be presented with tools that will allow you to manage your website. Each row is unique to the website you’ll be managing.

  • Under Admin, you will be able to login directly into WordPress.
  • Under Options, you will have a suite of tools that allow you to clone, edit settings, backup, and remove your website.

For this demonstration, click on the pencil icon to be taken to the complete settings of your website. This is where everything happens, and where you’ll make some of your biggest changes. It will look like the image below.

On this page, you will now be able to enable automatic updates. Take a look at the following options and their checkboxes. Check any of the following options that you would like Softaculous to maintain for you.

Auto Upgrade will allow you to automatically update WordPress within minor versions, or major versions. For reference, a minor version change occurs when the WordPress version number changes from 4.1 to 4.2. A major version change occurs when the WordPress version number changes from 4.5 to 5.1.

If you have any custom plugins or themes, it is suggested to choose to only enable minor version upgrades until they have been tested with the next major version of WordPress.

Auto Upgrade WordPress Plugins will allow you to upgrade any plugins that you have installed directly within WordPress. Custom plugins do not apply here, and will need to be upgraded manually or by a developer.

Auto Upgrade WordPress Themes, similar to Plugins, will allow you to upgrade any themes that you have installed directly through WordPress. Just as with custom plugins, if you have any custom themes, these will need to be upgraded manually or by a developer. Child themes of course will still auto upgrade.

If you wish to receive email notices when upgrades occur, uncheck the box Disable Update Notifications Emails. If you would like to be on the safe side while Softaculous handles your upgrades, be sure to also enable backup options to add a little more redundancy in case anything needs to roll back.

When you’re done configuring your settings, click Save Installation Details, and you’re done! Softaculous will handle your WordPress upgrades for you.

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7 Advantages of a Dedicated Server

You know how much your business is worth, and how important it is to maintain a reliable online presence. You may also understand the importance of being on a reliable server free from bad neighbors, and possible abuse. Are you considering hosting your website on the cloud to reduce your risks of being on a shared server?

Even though GlowHost utilizes CloudLinux on all of our servers to protect the resources that are rightfully yours, we all want to avoid that box with many other customers sharing the same resources. Cloud hosting can be expensive. There are more cost effective solutions out there, like a Fully Managed Dedicated Server.

Imagine a platform where you’re in full control. No more restrictions on what software can be installed simply because it may affect other customers. No other platform comes close to offering more choices in a single package than a custom dedicated server.

Benefits of a Fully Dedicated Server

1. All Resources Belong To You

That’s right, no more sharing your cake with other customers. It’s all about you. On a dedicated server, you’ll have full control over how resources are used. It’s like a party where the only invitees are your website visitors.

  • Higher resource availability for websites that need it.
  • Greater choice in software that would otherwise cause problems on a shared server.
  • Cut out the unnecessary to keep things simpler and performant.

With that in mind, you’re the one who makes the calls on what software is installed, what the rules are, and how things are handled. Everything is built just how you want.

2. Stable Environment Without Unstable Guests

Have you ever wondered why a server was running so slow on a shared server? It could be that your host doesn’t run this nifty software called CloudLinux (which GlowHost uses), and a customer decided to launch a cat video that went utterly viral. On your own dedicated server, there’s no way this would ever happen, and you can reserve all your resources for your own viral cat videos and more.

  • Greater performance and stability.
  • No hassle dealing with hindrances from your neighbors.
  • Launch your own viral cat videos with confidence.

3. Built With Your Own Configuration

When you configure a dedicated server, you know that you’re building it just for your own purposes. That means you don’t need to add the bloat commonly packaged with other services, and you can remove anything that you don’t need since there wouldn’t be anyone else that depends on a specific component.

You choose the hard drive, how much RAM goes into the server, and the CPU processing power needed to run all of your applications. Your custom server revolves around your needs, and not the needs of a hundred other customers.

4. Your Own Software Choices

Not everyone is going to know what Node.js, Ruby on Rails, or Python apps are, so why would you want to install something you don’t need? Stay in control and keep unnecessary software out of your environment.

  • Install only the software you need.
  • Remove the software you don’t.
  • Configure software to suit your websites and not others.

You pick and choose what goes into your system. Less means more resources for your important applications, and a stabler, faster server.

Or, have a smorgasbord and install everything you think you might need. There’s nothing inherently wrong with bringing the whole buffet to your table. You’re in control!

5. Better Security Catered For Your Websites

If you’re planning to host only a script like WordPress on your server, why would you need to improve security for Drupal or Joomla websites? A web host will need to focus security around several platforms, while you only need to focus on what you know will be hosted on your server.

ModSecurity rules built for WordPress will not necessarily work for Drupal websites, and neither will the 100’s of generic rules built for a shared hosting server. The ability to remove excess bloat here will even lead to better website performance, and a lower memory footprint.

Possibly the greatest overlooked benefit to your websites’ security would be data separation and isolation from other websites. Dedicated servers allow you to separate your web assets effortlessly when compared to a shared hosting account, where all of your websites would share the same files or folders under a single user.

6. HIPAA And PCI DSS Compliance

For anyone looking to store cardholder data or collect sensitive patient information, a dedicated server may be required for your website. You’ll want to keep prying eyes out, and ensure that everything on board is locked down tight. Having complete control will give you the greatest oversight which is essential while you’re undergoing rigorous PCI compliance scans and HIPAA audits.

Not sure how to get started with HIPAA Compliance or PCI Compliance? Our experienced team is always here to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today! Assessments are always free.

7. Greater Freedom And Choice

Maintenance at 1PM? Unscheduled reboot that just lost you a sale? Waive these problems goodbye, because you’re in control with a dedicated server. Web hosts are tasked with a job to keep shared servers secure, performant, and reliable even if it results in a little downtime from reboots or updates.

  • Schedule when updates are performed.
  • Decide when reboots are scheduled.
  • Choose your own times when hardware is replaced or upgraded.

A dedicated server means freedom for your website, and more choices for you.

There are many advantages and benefits from having your own dedicated server. Compared to shared hosting, a VPS, or even cloud hosting, nothing comes close to being able to offer more options.

Are you considering a Fully Managed Dedicated Server? Then Contact Us today! Our team has been providing reliable hosting services since 2002, and our experience will give you the insights you need to make an informed decision if a dedicated server is right for you.