Extras and Tools

Tips n Tricks

There’s lots of lovely things you can add on and play with in our libraries. We’ll store some of these here… but some may be external references for you to play with too. All these have been vetted by us, and used by us so that you can use them with a certain peace of mind (but always be vigilant with your digital security!) If you have any questions or need a hand installing any of these.

Cpanel – your life

Ok, so you really need to get comfortable using Cpanel. It gives you access to pretty much everything you’ll need to manage your website effectively. We give you these details when you begin your service with us – but we can always reset or change your password anytime in the future. Cpanel gives you access to File Manager, Usage stats and logs, Database access and much much more.

Running PHP 7

Jump into your Cpanel and type Php into the search tool at the top. Check that you’re Cpanel is configured to PHP 7 (or later). This will vastly increase load and parse speed times.

Gzip

A vastly underrated tool. Gzip automatically compresses all your images (and some html) throughout your entire size. This can improve your page load speed considerably! If using WordPress, you can install many 3rd party tools to do this (we recommend Comet Cache Pro) but you can also do it yourself by editing your ht.access file. Add this code to it. (Remember to always take a backup of code before editing it!)

# Enable GZIP compression. <IfModule deflate_module> <IfModule filter_module> AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain text/html AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml application/xml application/xhtml+xml application/xml-dtd AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rdf+xml application/rss+xml application/atom+xml image/svg+xml AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css text/javascript application/javascript application/x-javascript AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font/opentype application/font-otf application/x-font-otf AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font/truetype application/font-ttf application/x-font-ttf </IfModule> </IfModule>

HTTPS

Our server offers free SSL, as part of our latest WHM and Cpanel on our Apache server. Google and many browsers now fully support HTTPS, so not securing your site can damage your rankings. WordPress has many 3rd party HTTPS plugins, we recommend using WordPress HTTPS (search for this on your plugin page)

Run a backup of your website

Hey, it’s a good idea. Jump into your Cpanel and nav to Backup Wizard. Complete a full backup and then download it to your computer. Then relax. If everything explodes, you’ll at least have a copy of your website to re-upload.

PHP MyAdmin

It’s complicated to start with.. but is an amazing tool to give you quick and visual access to your MySQL databases. You can also execute commands onto your database (instead of manually entering them individually – damn no one wants to do that).