VARCHAR vs. TEXT for MySQL Databases

When you’re building a database for a web application, one of the most impactful decisions is the data type you choose for text data fields. MySQL provides multiple string data types, each with unique characteristics and trade-offs. The data type you choose affects how much data you can store, where it’s stored, the functionality available to you, and the performance of everyday database operations. In this article, we’ll look at one frequently asked question concerning …

What Are the Best Shopify® Alternatives in 2021?

U.S. ecommerce sales rose by over 44% last year, the most significant single-year increase since ecommerce became a serious player in the retail space at the beginning of the century. As COVID-19 closed brick-and-mortar stores and kept customers at home, shopping moved online and retailers rapidly expanded ecommerce operations. Shopify, the cloud ecommerce platform, is one of the biggest beneficiaries.  Shopify aims to lower ecommerce’s technical barriers and simplify store management. That …

A Farewell To Paper Lantern

With the introduction of the Jupiter theme in version 98, you may have wondered about the fate of Paper Lantern. Today we officially announce Paper Lantern’s deprecation and its eventual removal from the product. What does this mean for you? If you are already using Jupiter, relax; you are good for all future updates. If you are using Paper Lantern, why not give Jupiter a try? You can continue using Paper Lantern for the short term, but eventually, we will stop supporting this theme. How much …

How To Use Cookie-Free Domains for Faster Website Performance

Cookies are how websites remember. Without them, they forget you as soon as a page finishes loading. This ability to remember allows you to log in to a content management system or put products in an ecommerce shopping cart. It’s what allows a dynamic CMS like WordPress to personalize web pages. But sites don’t need to include a cookie with every file they serve, and needless cookies increase latency and generate unnecessary network traffic.  Cookie-free …

How to Change the Main Shared IP Address on cPanel®

cPanel & WHM’s main shared IP address is used by new shared hosting accounts created on a server. This allows web hosts to create new accounts easily and automates the otherwise complex and time-consuming domain and web server configuration process. But what if you want to change the main shared IP address on your cPanel server? In this article, we outline a three-step process for changing a server’s shared IP address. Changing the main shared …

How To Manually Remove Malware From Websites

Your website has been compromised, and you suspect the attackers have injected malware into its code. What can you do about it? There are many ways to approach a malware infection, and we’ll look at some in a moment, but your final recourse may be to roll up your sleeves, hunt through the site’s files, and remove the malware manually. This article will show you how to find malware code in your site’s files and …

How to Manage Inode Quotas and Control Inode Usage

The CentOS operating system has several features that restrict users’ resource consumption. They help web hosts and server administrators to fairly distribute resources on shared servers and to create tiered account systems. Without quotas, rogue users can—accidentally or deliberately—use more than their fair share, hurting their neighbors’ web hosting performance. Inode quotas limit the number of files a user can create. In this article, we explore what inodes are, how to display inode quotas in …

What is a Yat? Emoji Identifiers Explained

Many of the most complex systems on the web deal with naming and identity verification. If you manage a website, you’re already familiar with web URLs, IP addresses, signed SSL certificates, and perhaps cryptocurrency addresses. But what if you could have a single name that links to all of your online identities, an identifier that is uniquely yours and tied to your social media handles and domain names? And what if, instead of web addresses …

Introducing Jupiter – A New Look For cPanel

Creating a new theme for cPanel is no small task. We knew we had to not only keep what our current users love, but also provide an easy-to-use format for newer users. We want you to be able to find the tools you need (and any help you may need) without delay. This is what led us to develop two main pages for Jupiter – the Tools page and the Solutions page. The Main Menu allows you to easily switch between these two pages. The Tools …

Synchronizing Your cPanel® Calendar, Contacts, and Email on Android with ActiveSync

Starting in v98, cPanel & WHM added support for Android-based mobile devices to interact with calendars and contacts via ActiveSync. What is ActiveSync? Microsoft® originally developed the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol—commonly known as ActiveSync—for use by mobile devices in combination with its Exchange Server. The protocol uses a lightweight version of XML called WBXML to optimize traffic for the frequently slow and unreliable connections that may be encountered on cellular networks and public …