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Category: Tips & Tricks

How to Set Up a Smarthost SMTP Relay with cPanel

Do your users’ emails disappear somewhere between your server and the recipient? They send emails, but the messages never reach their destination. Somewhere out there, in the wilds of the internet, a system beyond your control scrutinizes messages and thinks: Nope! Email delivery issues can be incredibly frustrating.  Messages that go missing in this way are collateral damage in the never-ending war against spam. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and inbox providers want to stop spam …

How to Configure DNS Nameservers with cPanel

The domain name system (DNS) is fiendishly complicated, and managing the nameservers that power it can be perplexing. Server administrators know how frustrating it is to change DNS configurations and patiently wait for them to propagate, only to find out something went wrong and the site is still unreachable. You’ll be happy to hear that cPanel & WHM makes it super easy to manage domains and even a private nameserver.  In this article, we’re going …

Spam Filtering on cPanel: Everything You Need To Know About SpamAssassin

Spam is a huge challenge for anyone who hosts email, even though users only see a tiny fraction of the spam they’re sent.  Most unwanted messages never reach inboxes, but an incredible 54 percent of all email traffic is spam, and that’s down from 70 percent a decade ago.    The good thing is ISPs and hosting providers are better at stamping out spammers, and users are more aware of the risks.  Still,  hundreds of billions …

How To Use WordPress as a Headless CMS

Headless WordPress is a new and increasingly popular way to build web apps that combine WordPress’s peerless content management with the power and flexibility of JavaScript front-end interfaces. Many developers, including WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, see headless as the future of web app development.  We’re going to take a closer look at what headless WordPress is, how to use a headless content management system, and why you’d want to. But first, let’s talk about how …

Choosing a hosting platform in 2020

Choosing a hosting platform in 2020 is more like navigating a labyrinth, and with so many options, it can seem like a daunting task. Over the past decade, the web hosting market has grown over 100%, currently valued at $62 billion in 2020. As with much of technology in the past decade, web hosting is in constant flux. From new technologies to consolation and acquisitions, the competition in the industry has never been so fierce.  Aspects to consider …

How To Fix “Error Establishing a Database Connection” in WordPress

The “Error establishing a database connection” message strikes fear in a WordPress users heart, prompting many a panicked support request. You try to load a page, but all you see is a white box with a mysterious error message. WordPress is down and the “helpful” suggestions beneath the error are more confusing than useful. How can you fix a database error when you can’t even open the admin dashboard to see what’s wrong? Fortunately, “Error …

Malware Scanners for cPanel: Keeping Your Server Safe

The web is awash with malware, and, as anyone who administers websites knows, web servers are a prime target. Malware criminals absolutely love web hosting servers because they have exploitable network resources, they attract lots of visitors, and they are a rich source of data for identity theft and credit card fraud. Servers are also targets because they host software managed by non-technical publishers and retailers that don’t prioritize security. Ignoring software updates or dealing …

Open Source Software: Hearts, Minds, and Acquisitions

How Open Source Software is changing the world: In the past decade, Open Source Software has become a legitimized business model and has taken the world by storm. What started back in the 1980s as a free software initiative has grown into massive volunteer communities and industry-leading software platforms. A recent CB Insights report estimates that the Open Source service industry will reach nearly $33 billion by 2022. The History of Open Source Software: Open Source Software has its roots …

Moving from brick and mortar to an online presence

The future of brick and mortar shops has been changing into a hybrid of traditional and digital, and the current health crisis is fast-tracking the digital experience.  As the stay-home orders came in, and only essential business could remain open with some others slowly opening with restrictions, the e-commerce industry and digital brands went into overdrive.  Brick-and-Mortar retailers traditionally offer products and services to their customers face-to-face in a storefront that gives them a unique advantage over …

All Lanes Open on the Internet Superhighway

While the asphalt highways were silent and working from home became the norm, the internet superhighway expanded.  In the first half of 2020, everything quickly ground to a halt worldwide, and the internet became our lifeline to the outside world. Throughout the past 20 years, we have seen the internet grow in times of crisis, but never in history have we as a planet used the internet as much for our day to day lives.   …