ClickHOST Simple. Honest. Safe. 2016-04-25T18:01:59Z http://www.clickhost.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Emory Rowland http://www.clickfire.com/ <![CDATA[How Do I Know My Website Is Safe?]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4264 2016-03-31T20:14:49Z 2016-04-12T10:45:40Z Computer security is one of those buzzwords you often hear but may not clearly understand. Some types of security are pretty easy to wrap your brain around. Home security, car anti-theft devices and even a simple padlock are examples of security we can all understand. Your website, however, doesn’t have a keyhole or a blinking red light to let you know it is safe.

Let’s take a look at the different aspects of computer security and how they can apply to your website. After all you don’t want your business to become the next security hack article on a tech blog.

What Is Computer Security, and Why Do You Need It?

Computer security wasn’t as much of an issue in the days before constant internet connectivity. The only ways someone could get onto your computer was to physically be at the keyboard, trying to figure out what your passwords are while you weren’t home, or to just take the whole thing from your house. Then the internet arrived.

With all of the wonderful things that the internet brings us, it also brings the bad. Your computer, as soon as it is powered on, is connected to the entire world. Unfortunately, there are lots of bad guys out there who would like to steal things from your computer.

Your Personal Computer

Your personal computer holds tons of information about you that hackers can use. Credit card numbers, bank accounts, bills that you are paying, addresses, email accounts and even photos can be stolen from your personal computer by hackers. This is your digital identity; with it hackers can steal your hard earned money, your credit or your identity.

Keep your personal computer safe by using HTTPS websites wherever possible. HTTPS is a secure method for access websites. Communications between your computer and the web are encrypted, so the traffic is harder for hackers to read.

Be careful when connecting your computer (or other mobile devices) to public Wi-Fi. This includes hotels, Starbucks or anywhere else that has public access. Hackers can exploit these networks to get personal information from your devices.

Your Business Website

First of all, if your business website was hard to find, it wouldn’t be a very good website. That means that you need to advertise its presence to the Internet or improve your SEO. But, it also means your website will be a free and open invitation for hackers to come and see what you are offering. This comes with the territory, sadly.

Now, what could hackers possibly want with your website? Well, just like your home computer, you website might have crucial information about you or your business that can allow them to steal your identity. More importantly, you may be storing customer data, a nearly limitless resource for all sorts of computer criminals.

What about WordPress?

You may be surprised to know that if your site runs WordPress, you already have a degree of security capability built in. But, unless you take some additional proactive steps, hackers can find ways to exploit even the best content management systems (CMS), allowing them to gain access to parts of your site that are not protected.

WordPress is open source software that hackers can obtain and experiment on to find exploits. As they find them, WordPress developers will patch those issues so that they can no longer be used. Therefore, even if you are totally up to date with all of the other security on your website, an unsecured WordPress installation can be a back door for hackers to sneak into your site.

How Do I Secure WordPress?

There are several ways that you can go about keeping security tight for WordPress.

  • Keep WordPress Updated – Just like the operating system on your personal computer, WordPress puts out patches that address security issues. As the developers for WordPress see that hackers have found an exploit, they fix that hole in the software. If you are not running the latest version of WordPress, then you are putting your site at risk for being hacked. Keeping up-to-date by running the latest version is one of the best (and easiest) ways to keep safe.
  • Limit WordPress Installs – While there are several legitimate reasons to be running more than one copy of WordPress, you need to make sure there’s a good reason for them. You may have also tried to install WordPress a few times before getting the hang of how to set it up. Are these old installations still sitting around? The only installations of the software that should be active on your site are the ones that are currently being used (and maybe a development environment for testing changes). Having more than that can actually lead to cross-contamination of your sites and create vulnerabilities.
  • Lock Down Default Admin Functions – Because WordPress is available to anyone that wants to use it, hackers are aware of what the default settings are. This includes things like “wp-admin” as your administrator URL and “admin” as the default user name. Even if you aren’t using these, they can provide a vulnerability into your website if you have not deleted or changed them. Once you get WordPress up and running, you need to delete the Admin account and change your wp-admin URL. This will prevent hackers from having a very easy way into your site.
  • Get Rid of the Clutter – Are you using all of those themes? What about all of those plugins you had every intention of installing but found out were just too difficult? Themes that sit around and plugins that go unused are all just exploits waiting to be found. The more common the theme or plugin, the easier it is to exploit. Keep the clutter off of your site by deleting all of the unused themes and plugins that you just aren’t using.
  • Use Security Plugins – WordPress wants you to keep your site secure, and software developers also know that you want to keep your site secure. This is why third party tools such as Sucuri, iThemes and WordFence exist to keep WordPress locked down.

A Word on Passwords

Passwords are very important for keeping a site safe. Having a password of “password,” “admin” or “1 2 3 4 5” is an invitation for hackers to break into your website. It would be the same as leaving the keys to your brand new house sitting in the lock.

When crafting passwords, be sure to make a strong password. That means not only using letters or numbers, but combining them along with punctuation marks. Instead of using words, using the first letter of each word in a phrase can produce something that makes no sense to hackers but makes perfect sense to you. Consider the phrase “Keep this password a secret or face the consequences.” You can easily turn that into the password “kTpA$oFtC.” What hacker is ever going to crack that? They will make a few attempts and then move on.

Another option is to use a password manager like LastPass. These are software programs that will store a master password (that is encrypted) and then store long strings of characters and numbers for your website passwords. You keep your master password, and LastPass does the work of keeping your online accounts safe.

Hackers Happen

Sometimes even the best security can fail. Hackers will and do find a way in. Hopefully, some of the suggestions above will make your site less of a target and keep the hackers frustrated

To really put your mind at ease, consider one of ClickHOST’s web hosting plans, which include hacker monitoring and premium spam filters. We’re here to make web hosting simple.

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Emory Rowland http://www.clickfire.com/ <![CDATA[Why Care About SSD Hosting?]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4258 2016-03-31T19:58:30Z 2016-03-31T19:58:30Z Your website is what represents you to the outside world, which means that you want to put your best foot forward with potential customers, employers or contractors. Regardless of the need for your website, a bad one can leave you with a negative first impression from anyone who comes across your site.

One of the ways that you can improve your website is by using an SSD hosting service, aka a host that supports an SSD drive. You may have some questions: What is an SSD drive? What are its advantages? Is it worth the cost?

Let’s take a look.

What Is an SSD Drive?

SSD stands for Solid State Drive, a technical term that means there are no moving parts inside of the hard drive.

In case you didn’t know, the hard drive is the storage device that holds all of your website’s data. That includes images, text, ordering software and anything else that comprise the site. The data can be stored on a traditional, mechanical hard drive or on an SSD.

Because an SSD has no moving parts, it has several advantages over a mechanical drive. It works similar to your flash drive or an SD Card you would put into your camera.

SSD Hosting Advantages

The first advantage is pretty obvious: speed. SSD drives are much faster than a mechanical drive. Since there are no moving parts, there is no seek time (the time it takes for the head to get to the part of the storage that holds your data).

One measurement used by experts to judge the speed of a hard drive is called Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS). It is a key measurement used to determine the speed at which a hard drive can be accessed, letting us know just how quickly input and output operations can be performed by a device. A higher number of IOPS equates to better performance, and using an SSD will increase the amount of IOPS. This means that your data is quickly and reliably recovered from the hard drives and served up on your website.

Ultimately, a faster performance means a better performance for your website. People don’t have time to wait around for your site to load, so why add to the load time by having to wait for a mechanical drive to access the data on the hard drive?

Is Speed Really That Important?

If you are using CMS based websites like WordPress, my favorite platform, then an SSD drive can be a considerable speed upgrade for you. CMS based websites are very hard drive intensive, which makes the hard drive a major bottle neck for these types of websites. Upgrading to an SSD hosting service will remove those bottlenecks and provide you with the faster services available today.

If you care about your users and what they do on your website, then speed is critical. Study after study has shown that only good things come from improved site speed. My favorite is one by Amazon that calculated that one second costs 1.6 billion. If you run an ecommerce site, speed should be on your mind. I preach site speed to my SEO clients not just because it helps conversions but because Google counts it as a ranking factor, albeit a mild one.

Improved Reliability

When a mechanical hard drive stops working, it does just that: it stops working. The data that is on it is no longer accessible, and it needs to be recovered via backup. An SSD, however, works differently since SSDs are smart enough to know when parts of the device are going bad. The SSD will just stop writing to those bad portions and will (automatically) move the data to another part of the hard drive, meaning data can be more easily recovered if it is lost, but more importantly, data is therefore much less likely to be lost in the first place.

The Upgrade Is Worth the Cost – ClickHOST Offers Free SSD Hosting!

SSD hosting is included in ClickHOST’s offerings! Improved reliability and improved speed, all for the same price – a deal you cannot afford to pass up!

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Carel http://www.clickhost.com <![CDATA[WordCamp Atlanta 2016]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4243 2016-03-08T01:39:30Z 2016-03-08T01:39:30Z This will be the 5th year in a row that we will be at WordCamp in Atlanta! WordCamp attracts WordPress enthusiasts with very diverse backgrounds and experience levels. This year we expect over 500 attendees over 3 days at the Loudermilk Conference Center in downtown Atlanta.

ClickHOST is a Platinum Sponsor for WordCamp Atlanta 2016. Carel, our owner, will also be presenting on AWS & WordPress Hosting – A beginners guide. Come and say hi and have some fun with us as we learn to use how to host WordPress on AWS (Amazon Web Services).

Come and learn from WordPress experts and specialists from all over the world. It will be 3 days of networking, learning and sharing. If you didn’t get a ticket then ask on Twitter using hashtag #WCATL.

WordCamp Atlanta 2016 Logo

WordCamp Atlanta 2016 Event details

Where: The Loudermilk Center is located at 40 Courtland Street NE in Downtown, Atlanta
When: March 18-20, 2016
Features: This year there will be 3 Workshop tracks on the Friday, then All Users, Design, Developer and Business tracks on Saturday and Sunday. WordCamp ATL 2016 schedule.
Cost: $40 for 2 days (includes a t-shirt and lunches). $20 extra for the Friday workshops.
Ride: WordCampers get a free rides from Lyft. Use this link: http://lyft.com/invited/WCATL16 to get $50 in ride savings.

The friendly ClickHOST folks will be in attendance this year. We have all kinds of goodies that we’ll be giving away. Come to our booth, or our presentation, or just say hi, and ask for our special WordCamp give-away. We also have a very limited number of special t-shirts to give away.

Will we see you at WordCamp Atlanta this year?

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Rhonda Pugh http://www.clickhost.com/ <![CDATA[I Need My Email]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4203 2015-12-11T19:14:30Z 2015-12-15T12:14:02Z Email is a way of life…seriously, can you live without your email?

It is the way your small business communicates with clients, takes orders, sends newsletters, and submits invoicing. And, if it is not working, nothing can be more infuriating!

PS: Be sure to read to the bottom of this post for a very special 50% off Google Apps promo code. 

Webmail

As a part of your hosting services with ClickHOST, you receive email services too.  We offer Webmail email applications that enable you to check your e-mail accounts via your web browser.   Using one of our Webmail applications, you can send and receive e-mail messages, create an address book, create a specialized signature line, and perform other common email tasks with the convenience of checking email from any computer or browser.  We offer three webmail applications that you can choose from:

ClickHOST Webmail Clients

Email Clients

If you are looking for more email account features, you may want to use a Third-party email client.  ClickHOST uses the IMAP and POP3 protocols to allow you access to your emails from our mail servers to your computer utilizing an email client such as Microsoft Outlook, Mac Mail, or Mozilla Thunderbird, etc. This includes Mobile email clients such as iPhone, Android, etc.   These will require an initial configuration of the email client to access the emails from the server.

When setting up your email client it is important to understand the differences between using IMAP and POP3 protocols.  The main difference is that IMAP always syncs with the mail server so that any changes you make in your email client  will instantly appear on your webmail inbox.  Even more helpful, updates will be in-sync between your email clients too (Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, and mobile devices)!  With POP3, however, your email client and the mail server are not synced.  Therefore, any changes you make to your email account in the email client will not appear in the webmail inbox or across your various devices.  This is good to know if you decide to utilize your webmail randomly or on the fly.

Premium Spam Filtering

A close second to the infuriation of your email not working is getting Spam!  With ClickHOST mail services, every hosting plan comes with extensive spam control software from SpamExperts.  SpamExperts applies sensitive spam-filtering and spam pattern detection detaining spam from entering your inbox thus protecting your email service from junk email and email threats.   Typically an add-on expense at other Hosting Providers, SpamExperts is FREE with your hosting plan at ClickHOST.  We just think that email and spam-filtering go hand-in-hand, right?!

Here is an example of how much spam we block, filter using SpamExperts:SpamExperts Graphs

Google Business Apps, Microsoft Outlook 365

Ok, this is good, but your business uses Google Business Apps, Microsoft Outlook 365 or another Email Service Provider already.  No worries!  If you host your website at ClickHOST and want to keep your email at one of these Email Providers, your email will be relayed through their external servers using MX Entries.  Don’t know what a MX entry is?  No sweat, we can help you with that too.  Just let us know…our Support Team is always happy to assist!

O, btw, we have a very special offer for Google Apps for Work. Use this link, Google Apps Special Offer and promo code: AXCK6N7F37YRHY to receive 50% off your 1st year. Be sure to do this before December 31, 2015.

Need more information about how to set-up your email accounts with ClickHOST, feel free to browse our Knowledgebase for articles and detailed instructions for configuring the most popular Third-party email clients and devices.

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Rhonda Pugh http://www.clickhost.com/ <![CDATA[I want to leave my Website Hosting Company]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4163 2015-10-22T00:27:28Z 2015-10-22T00:27:28Z You feel stuck with your hosting company

You are not happy with your current hosting provider.  They are not providing you the service you feel your business deserves.   When you call your hosting provider, you don’t speak to an actual person, or there is a long lag time before you can get resolution to a problem.  Wow, your website sure loads slowly…maybe it is time to move to a faster-more reliable hosting provider.

I know moving to a new hosting provider can seem scary.   You don’t want to lose anything in the move.   Then there is email to consider.  Any interruption of service by making a move with email associated could be painful or cause you to miss important information.  Or, maybe you just don’t have time to mess with it and are afraid it will be too time-consuming.   Who can you contact to make sure you move to the right provider and it is done properly?

Well, may I make a suggestion?

I just happen to know this great hosting provider called, you guessed it…ClickHOST!

We make the choice to leave your current hosting provider easy!  Just sign-up for one of our Hosting Plans, and before you check-out make sure you select the Site Transfer Assistance option. After check-out, you’ll receive an email with instructions to provide us with account accesses.  Then sit back and relax, we take it from there.   Our knowledgeable Support Team is on it and will coordinate the whole move.

The complete migration process handled for you

First, your site files and database are copied over to our server.   You will be provided a preview link for testing to ensure your website is working properly on our servers.

How do I migrate my email?

We will coordinate transition of your email accounts, providing you with logins and configuration settings with easy to follow instructions for you to update your email software and devices after the switch.

When you are ready, the Nameserver is updated for you. Wait for propagation…Congrats!  You have just successfully migrated your site to the best, fastest and most secure hosting environment around!

Oh, I almost forgot one very important step…Close your account with the other provider.  You won’t need them anymore!

And, why stop at moving your website and email only, let us help you transfer your Domain Registration here too!

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Rhonda Pugh http://www.clickhost.com/ <![CDATA[Security Risk! Multiple Web Sites on One Hosting Account]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4138 2015-08-18T01:12:22Z 2015-08-18T11:15:22Z Multiple websites on one hosting account can be a security risk

I wanted to bring to light a security risk that you may be taking and not even know it…having multiple websites on one hosting account.

What is the big deal?

Now, you may be wondering–what is the big deal?  I can have unlimited domains under my ClickHOST BETTER Hosting Plan.  And, you can…but, what generally happens is you have one “good” site that represents your business.  This site drives traffic to your on-line presence.   You love and care for this site; it is your baby.  Then you add another domain under the same user account, maybe it is a business idea you are toying with.  Maybe it is for a new blog on why Pet Rocks should make a comeback.  Or, maybe you just want to create a test site before you implement changes on your “good” site.  Okay, now you have several CMS instances on the same user account.

Pet Rocks really shouldn’t make a comeback

Some time goes by…you forget about that new start-up concept site.  Turns out, Pet Rocks really shouldn’t make a comeback, and you have implemented the updates to your “good” site, but forgot to delete the test site.  Overtime, these add-on instances become out of date and become susceptible to security vulnerabilities.  Did we learn nothing from our blog, Why Update WordPress?  Once an attacker has found a way to infiltrate one of these vulnerable sites, then any susceptibility on them can be used to cross-contaminate all your sites and compromise your whole account.  It’s frustrating, but the hackers don’t care how important a site is to you or that you haven’t looked at it in months, all they want is a way to get in and do their dirty work.

We scan regularly for malware

As a Hosting Provider, we take the security of your website very seriously!  We scan for malware regularly and keep you informed and assist with clean-up when the unfortunate happens.

But, there are some things that you can do too.  We suggest that you keep only the necessary files, themes and plugins that allow your site to function as desired.  And, keep software versions updated.   Use multiple domains under one user account only if they are related to the same business and can be managed as such.  That way, you can keep better track of test sites or landing pages that have a shelf-life.  Put new business websites on their own hosting account, so you can close the account if/when the business concept is no longer viable.  Above all, do regular audits and housekeeping of your sites.

Also, don’t forget about your old Joomla or Drupal backups in your hosting account. These old versions of your website are easily compromised too. If you want to keep them, then be sure to create an archive of the files and delete the CMS files.

It is not a matter of if you will get a virus; it is more of a question of when.  Be a responsible website and hosting account owner.  Keep separate hosting accounts as needed, do regular maintenance, and you can reduce your chances.

Do you have an experience that you want to share with us?

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Rhonda Pugh http://www.clickhost.com/ <![CDATA[10 Easy Tips to Generate more Business from your Website]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4112 2015-08-04T18:26:28Z 2015-08-06T11:25:23Z What can I do to generate more business from my website?

Customers ask us all the time, “What are some easy things I can do on my website to generate more business?”  So in response to popular demand, here are our Top 10 Recommendations for generating more business from your website:

1.  Placement of Your Phone number – Move it to the right-hand corner of your website header. And, make it Click-to-Call for smart phones. Most visitors to your website are only interested in finding you phone number. If they don’t find it prominently displayed on your homepage, they’ll just click away to your competitor. 95% of all visitors will never click beyond your home page.

2.  Add a Social Media feed – Add a Twitter, Facebook and/or LinkedIn feed to your home page. It makes your website more dynamic, and makes it convenient for your visitors and for Google search.
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3.  SEO friendly URL’s – Make sure your URL’s are Search Engine Optimized (SEO) friendly. This makes it easy for Google to search the content of your website.  And, for you Techies, make sure you have robots.txt and XML sitemap files.

4.  Submit to dmoz.orgdmoz.org is the largest human edited website directory, and it is FREE.  It’s used by all your big search engines:  Google, Yahoo!, and Bing to name a few.
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5.  Use Custom email addresses with your domain – Nothing looks less professional than and @gmail or @yahoo.com email address for your business. Use your domain name, for example:  Rhonda@clickhost.com and to reduce spammers from getting your email use: rhonda [at] clickhost [dot] com on your site.

6.  Social media sharing – Make it easy for visitors to share your information on Social media with Share Buttons. WordPress has some great plugins to help, especially using the JetPack plugin.
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7.  E-mail signup/mailing – Offer FREE quality content in exchange for an email address. Integrate it with a mailing system like MailChimp or ConstantContact to make it easy on yourself. Here is ours if you are interested in signing up for our awesome newsletter 😀.

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8.  Mobile-Optimized website – People that start a search on a smartphone are ready to buy or to contact you. Don’t miss out on mobile marketing! Not sure if you website is Google mobile-friendly? See our blog post to Check if your website is responsive and Google mobile-friendly.
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9.  Promotions/Coupons – People love a bargain! Place these Call-to-Actions on your Home page.

10.  FREE Tools – Use FREE tools that offer numerous suggestions for website improvements like:  woorank.com,  hubspot.com or Positionly.com (affiliate link).
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What other tips do you have?  Please share!

 

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Rhonda Pugh http://www.clickhost.com/ <![CDATA[Why Update WordPress?]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4096 2015-07-20T13:43:17Z 2015-07-28T14:44:16Z We all have maintenance items that we put off.  Like getting a physical, changing the oil in your car, or updating your website’s theme.  You know these are important things to do.  But, they are not fun, take time out of our schedule, or seem like daunting tasks to do yourself.

But, ask yourself…

“When was the last time I did a backup for my website?”

When was the last time I updated my WordPress, my Theme, or my plugins?

WordPress plugins update WordPress updates

Can you remember?  If not, you might need some help!

 

Why is it important to update WordPress?

Like any software, Developers release updated versions to provide cool new features or to fix known bugs.    WordPress, its themes and plugins are no different.   Updated versions can protect the security of your website and can keep your plugins and themes functioning properly providing a stable and secure version of the software.

If you get behind on updates, you run the potential of “breaking” things when you do finally update causing the need to restore from a backup (which we already established, you can’t remember when was the last time you did one) or causing the need for a designer to come to your rescue to repair.   Extra time and expense you were probably not planning.  Not fun…

I know what you are thinking…you get it, you understand, but you still don’t want to mess with it.   OK, let us help!

Did you know Our BEST Plan makes it easy?   Daily WordPress backups, managed WordPress and plugin upgrades, unlimited malware monitoring/removal, and 2 hours of updates per month are all a part of this plan!  Pretty good deal, right?!

WordPress is a great CMS!  They are going to continue to work hard to provide its user with a reliable platform, improved features and prevent potential bugs.  But, you have to do your part as a website owner to keep WordPress, your themes and plugins up to date.

Upgrade or Order our BEST plan today

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Rhonda Pugh http://www.clickhost.com/ <![CDATA[Do I need an SSL certificate on my website?]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4087 2015-07-17T23:22:01Z 2015-07-21T13:01:09Z In our world of online shopping, online invoicing, membership logins and unscrupulous hackers, having a SSL certificate for your site is more important than ever!   As your customer’s sensitive information is passed over the World Wide Web, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certificates provide a visual indicator that your website is legitimate and secure.

How do SSLs work?

SSL Certificates encrypt sensitive information sent over the Internet ensuring its receipt to the correct destination server.   As usernames, passwords, credit card numbers or other confidential information is passed online, the information becomes readable making it easy for identity thieves or other hackers to retrieve this personal information if it is not encrypted with an SSL Certificate.   In addition to encryption, a proper SSL certificate also provides Authentication guaranteeing the information being sent is being delivered to the right server and not a thief’s server.

Do I need an SSL Certificate?

To understand if your website needs an SSL certificate, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is my site an e-commerce site that collects credit card information? It is your obligation to ensure this data is secure and protected.  It is the responsible thing to do for your valued-customers.
  • Do I use a 3rd party payment processor? If you are passing your customers to make payment using a 3rd party payment processor like PayPal, then you don’t need an SSL Certificate.  However, if you use Paypal for payment processing but still allow your customer to input their personal information on your site, then in that case, you do need the SSL certificate.
  • Do you have a User login or Member login? Even if your website isn’t confidential in nature, if you are requiring your visitors to enter a username and password to login to your site, you need an SSL.

Where do I purchase an SSL certificate?

ClickHOST is proud to offer you and your customer’s peace of mind for their online processing.   See pricing and to order your SSL certificate TODAY!  We’ll do all the heavy lifting to install the SSL for you from processing, approval and installation.

SIMPLE. HONEST. SAFE.

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Chase Livingston http://jetpack.me <![CDATA[Supercharge Your Site with Jetpack]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=3970 2015-06-26T18:56:50Z 2015-06-30T11:00:38Z Supercharge Your Site with Jetpack: The 5 Features You Should Be Using

The Jetpack plugin for your WordPress site is a must-have if you’re interested in getting the most out of your site. You can do anything from publish new posts on social media to optimizing your images by serving them from WordPress.com’s servers. Let’s take a look at five of the most popular features you should be using.

1. Photon

WordPress JetPack Photon

Photon is Jetpack’s image caching module. In essence, any images that are inserted into posts or pages on your site are automatically uploaded and served from WordPress.com’s servers instead of your own to take the load off of your server and allow it to focus on other requests.Photon is great for reducing server load on your site and freeing up server resources for other, potentially more important tasks. Due to the fact that WordPress.com servers are located all over the world, Photon also offers the added benefit of always serving the images from the datacenter closest to where your visitor is requesting them from, thus also minimizing load time.

2. Related Posts

WordPress JetPack related-posts

It’s beneficial for many writers to show their readers other posts they may be interested in once they’ve finished reading a post. Jetpack’s Related Posts module allows you to do just that without any performance cost. The work of determining which posts are related is done by an algorithm that runs on WordPress.com’s servers so there’s no strain on your site, and the posts are just loaded in automatically at the end of each post on your site. There are also lots of customization options to have them fit your specific needs.Many other Related Posts plugins run the algorithm on your site, which is often slow and unreliable if you don’t have a dedicated server. Jetpack’s Related Posts module offloads that task to WordPress.com’s servers by syncing your post content up, then performing relational analysis on them, and finally simply syncing those results back down to your site to display on your posts.

3. WordPress.com Stats

WordPress JetPack stats

Everyone is curious about the number of visitors their site gets, what those visitors look at, how long they stick around, etc… Jetpack has built-in WordPress.com Stats to make it incredibly easy for you to find all of that information and more. The stats are tracked and synced with WordPress.com, so you can view them in your Dashboard, as well as at WordPress.com.

There are obviously a large number of stats plugins and services available, with one of the most popular being Google Analytics. Running WordPress.com Stats alongside Google Analytics can give you a great average as to your visitor’s behavior and other important metrics. If Google Analytics is more power than you need, WordPress.com Stats are also a great, simple alternative for those who don’t need the power and customizations Google Analytics offers.

4. Manage

WordPress JetPack manage

Managing one site can be a pain at times, much less more than one. This is where Jetpack’s Manage features come in. They allow you to manage things like Plugins, Themes, Settings, Updates, and more all from one central place on WordPress.com. You can have your plugins update automatically, or adjust the timezone on your site, all from this single location.

Manage is a powerful tool for people who are running multiple WordPress sites, or even freelancers who develop many sites for different clients. It’s possible to authorize your WordPress.com account on as many WordPress sites as you wish using Jetpack and then manage many aspects of those sites, all from one convenient location at WordPress.com.

5. Protect

WordPress JetPack protect

Jetpack Protect is the newest member to the Jetpack family. Currently it blocks unwanted login attempts to your site by automatically blacklisting IP addresses that attempt unsuccessful logins. Lock yourself out by trying one too many incorrect passwords? Don’t worry, you can whitelist your IP address via Jetpack Manage at WordPress.com and regain access quickly and easily.

Brute force login attempts are a common attack vector against WordPress sites, with bots or other malicious individuals trying to gain access to your site by trying many different username and password combinations until they possibly find the right pair and gain access to do harm. Jetpack Protect automatically blocks an IP address from attempting new logins after a few failed attempts, thus mitigating the brute force login attack vulnerability of your site.

These are just five of the many features Jetpack includes, I encourage you to check them all out and see how they can help you supercharge your website! For more reading on Jetpack, check out WP Tavern’s WordPress articles on the topic. Post Status also has some great WordPress posts on Jetpack as well.

ClickHOST Note: ClickHOST recommends JetPack for all our WordPress Hosting customers. We also use it ourselves and we are very impressed with the easy-of-use and powerful features.

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