Typically the first thing you’ll see when logging in to WordPress is your dashboard. It’s a great way to get updates on your website, statistics, and more. In the main area of your dashboard you’ll find widgets that provide news and basic information about your site. You can drag and drop these widgets to position them however you’d like. You can also roll them up by clicking the down arrow icon in the far right corner of the widget title. Some widgets have configuration options that you can access by hovering over the title bar and clicking on the configure link that appears.
In the upper right hand corner of the screen you will see a couple of pull down tabs labelled Screen Options and Help. Clicking on the Screen Options tab brings up customization options for your dashboard. Here, you can turn off and on the widgets you desire to have hidden or shown at any given time.
The Help tab provides some information about these customizations, as well as some helpful links to documentation and support.
In the Side Bar you’ll find buttons that provide easy access to different areas of your website. When the menu item is selected, a list of sub-menu items will appear below it. Hovering your mouse over any of these buttons will also display the sub-menu. You can click these to easily access any of the sub-sections of your site.
The main menu items include:
Dashboard, where you can receive updates and statistics regarding your website.
Posts is where you create and manage the posts on your blog as well as the tags and categories managing them.
The Media Button is for managing the Media Content library for things like images, video, and audio.
The Pages button is for creating and managing pages on your site.
Comments is used to manage your visitors feedback.
Appearance is used to choose your Theme, set up Widgets, create custom navigation menus, and more.
Plugins gives you the power to extend the capabilities of your website, and allows you to manage them, activate and deactivate them.
Users allows you to manage and view all of the site’s users. It also allows you to edit your own profile, giving you options to change your password, email address, and screen name.
Tools provides some powerful tools plus options for importing and exporting content.
The Settings option is were the bulk of your site’s options are maintained: Your website’s name, privacy, and permalink settings can all be configured to your liking here.
And finally, at the top of the page you will find the Admin Bar which provides access to commonly used features and information.
So now we get down to the purpose of this series, which is our quest for the best managed wordpress hosting for WordPress Multisite installations. To be certain, any of the hosting providers in the previous two articles – part 1 and part 2 – would be perfectly fine for any kind of WordPress Hosting if you don’t need to enable MultiSite support. I have several GoDaddy accounts and I’m perfectly fine with them. They give you the most bang for your buck. In fact, almost all of the hosting providers in the previous article support Multisite but not on Managed WordPress.
Why is this important? Managed WordPress hosting accounts are a special type of hosting designed specifically for WordPress. You usually don’t get access to any kind of CPanel or other server management user interface. The site compression, firewall, anti-malware scans, backups, etc. are all handled externally to your website. You get access to – in most cases – only the ability to restore backups, push/pull content to/from a staging environment, and access to your WordPress Admin Dashboard. You typically don’t get access to create FTP accounts, create add-on domains, etc.
I’ve always loved Billie Holiday, so a little smile crossed my lips when I saw that WordPress 4.3 was code named “Billie”, and in fact was named after her.
A plethora of previously reported bug were fixed with this release – 180 or so in fact, so both developers and designers should enjoy a much more stable experience. I’ve been working with 4.3 for a few days now and it seems pretty tight. A lot of the enhancements in this version are under the hood API changes, depreciation of old code, a new singular.php template that simplifies things a bit for theme developers.
In this article, I’m going to focus mainly on the more visible changes. (more…)
In my previous post, I laid out the groundwork for what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it. In case you didn’t read it, click the link above to read Part 1. But if you’d rather just get a quick fill-in, then read on.
A business associate of mine and I decided to team up to create a very high capacity website that needed to be able to start small and scale to millions of visitors per month, even millions of visitors per day eventually. This kind of large scale application takes a huge amount of technical knowledge, granular separation of component parts into separate servers and services, a high degree of network engineering and linux administration knowledge, the ability to provide 24/7/365 support and replication of assets both on the same LAN as well as on a wider network of replicated servers in multiple data centers. We need the site be be highly available, and we need support with the technical chops to help us design it, build it, scale it, and support it when things go wrong. (more…)
This is the first article in a series of articles that will explore the process of finding the best managed WordPress hosting service for a new web venture that I expect to scale to millions of users per month.
Part 1: The pain points.
Hosting a website for most small businesses is a fairly inexpensive affair, with the vast majority of websites getting modest amounts of traffic that can easily be serviced by most shared hosting providers. Most providers have a 99.9% uptime guarantee. What that means is that your web server will respond to requests 99.9% of the time, but that guarantee usually comes with caveats that protect the hosting company from having to issue refunds for what they call “perceived outages”.
For example, if your web server is running but can’t connect to another resource like your database, you’ll get a “Can’t connect to database” error but that doesn’t technically count as downtime. Why? Because your web server is responding to requests. The fact that the database is missing or down doesn’t matter.
So when a partner of mine and I decided to start a new venture utilizing WordPress Multisite hosting, (more…)
Quietly, and with little fanfare, I rolled out the new Florida News Flash web site over the weekend. On the surface, it’s not a million mile departure from the old site. But when you start looking closer, you’ll find that the entire site is a completely different animal. It’s very fast, hosted on a Managed WordPress hosting environment at my hosting company Be Awesome Hosting. The new site can handle hundreds of thousands of visitors per month and we can scale it up to virtually unlimited visitors due to the optimized and scale-able architecture of Managed WordPress.
Of course the header has been completely revamped with a new and more dramatic graphic. The menu was painstakingly crafted to have the same look as the old site, which the client really liked, but the dropdown menu items have a really neat pearly-white gradient scheme which is much better than the old site’s static Facebook blue. The home page is sectioned up into a Featured Article slider displaying the last five articles the publisher designates as Featured. Then there are sections for News, Politics, Events, and Police Beat with different sub-sections. Following that, there’s a three column section for Opinion, In Case You Missed It, and Health News. The page finishes with a Carousel which shows the latest 10 articles regardless of category.
I implemented Social Media sharing and following capabilities everywhere on the site, including (more…)
The WordPress Plugin “YouTube Channel Gallery” (found at https://wordpress.org/plugins/youtube-channel-gallery/) is a very popular plugin used by over 50,000 web sites. Recently, Google made changes to the YouTube API and the new Version 3 has caused a lot of web sites to suddenly lose their awesome channel feeds. This video will show you how to fix the “YouTube Channel Gallery Plugin Not Working” problem without changing to another plugin.
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Hi, this is Jerry Boutot and AppDataWorks IT Consulting Services.
In this video I’m going to show you how to easily fix the YouTube Channel Gallery plugin so that it continues to work on your website after the YouTube Data API Version 3 changes.
Recently, Google changed the YouTube Data API to Version 3 and effectively broke the YouTube Channel Gallery feed for many websites, mine included. Suddenly , when users visit your page containing the YouTube Channel Gallery plugin, they may see the error you see on the screen instead of your videos. (more…)
With WordPress positioned nicely as the de-facto standard for blog based SEO Optimized websites, with estimates as high as 60-70 percent of new websites being built on the very flexible and extendible platform, and professional IT services companies like AppDataWorks offering WordPress site development as the “go to” platform for all small businesses with most requirements, almost anything you can think of other than the most unique and custom type of web application can be built in WordPress. Even totally custom sites with custom data and completely custom (never before seen) types of data and displays, if you want to program all of the php for it.
I created this WordPress Overview Video because my clients are always wanting to try and take over their own blogging and page maintenance, and I can’t blame them. I do a lot of ad-hoc training and so I thought I’d start producing a video series for clients and anyone else that wants a down to earth perspective on wordpress and how regular people want to use it (not the real programming geeks – business owners and web developers that have to develop really awesome websites on a budget).
Disasters can happen, and when they do, they can be extremely expensive to deal with. The best thing you can do to prevent a catastrophe is to be smart about how you spend your money now. Think about it: when the database that drives your web site is trashed, do you really want to find out at that point in time that your web site design company doesn’t know about, or understand, that it is your responsibility to back up your site contents: your files, your folder structure, images, videos, audio… all of it. But more importantly, especially today in the days of database driven Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress and Drupal – the database.
And this is a real and present danger, not just some remote possibility, and it can happen at any time, and because of seemingly improbable reasons, and totally without warning. And when it does happen, you will be so happy when the true professional you hired – and paid big bucks for – says to you, hey no problem we’ve got backups. (more…)