Archive for the ‘Wordpress’ category

10 ways to speed up WordPress load times

January 24th, 2013

The reason why you choose WordPress to build your website is because it is easy to use and you do not need any HTML background knowledge to create your website. So, when your website is done and completed, you work very hard to create more posts and content everyday. Your website traffic picks up and it starts to grow. To enhance your readers browsing experiences, you start using more WordPress plugins so that your website can have a few extra features (i.e. Social Media Share button, different language translators, etc). However, you start to realize that the more plugins and posts you make, the longer load time your website experiences. What should you do now?

Nobody likes slow websites. Nobody likes to wait around for websites to load every minute. Your (potential) readers will leave your website when it does not load for 10 seconds which means it is very important to optimize the load time of your WordPress website. Therefore, we have prepared a list with 10 easy tips to speed up your website.

1. Caching Plugin

Caching plugin helps your website improve its load speed because the plugin caches every aspect of your website. As a result, this will significantly reduce the download time. Among the different caching plugins available online, we recommend W3 Total Cache because it is very simple to use (and it’s FREE)!

2. Optimizing Image

Image file sizes are much larger than text files. If your website is image-oriented, it will take a much longer time to load your website. There is a free plugin called WP-Smushlt which can automatically help you reduce the file sizes of your website but does not reduce the quality of the image. Definitely check this out!

3. Another Image-related plugin: LazyLoad

This plugin will not only speed up your website load time but will also help your website lower the bandwidth by loading less data for your viewers who do not scroll down your website. For example, if your website is vertically long and requires readers to scroll down in order to view your entire page, with LazyLoad, the images on the lower side on your website will NOT load until your readers scroll down.

4. Optimizing databases

There are three plugins that we would like to recommend for optimizing your WordPress databases. The first one is WP-Optimize. This plugin, as the name suggests, optimizes your database by reducing the overhead of spams, drafts, tables, etc. Second, you can also consider installing WP-DBManger to help you schedule dates for database optimization.

Last, Revision Control is another great tool that can help you optimize your database. This plugin enables you to set the numbers of revisions you make for each post. WordPress, by default, stores all of your drafts indefinitely. By installing this powerful plugin, your database will be very lightweight compared to other websites without this plugin.

5. Removing unused plugins

The title says it all. If there are plugins that you do not use, simply delete them. Give it a try! Your site will load faster for sure!

6. Optimizing your home page

Your home page is the most important part that requires a quick load speed among all of your other pages because this is where your readers normally enter first. Here are a few tips to optimize your home page

  • - Show excerpts of your posts.
  • - Set fewer number of posts displayed on your home page (we recommend 5 posts)
  • - Set the Social Media Share plugins to only display on the actual post page instead of the home page.

Remember the key: less is MORE!!

7. Enabling hotlink protection

Hotlinking happens when external websites direct a link to the images on your websites making your server load increase. In cPanel, there is a function called “HotLink Protection”. Once you enable the protection, you can eliminate this form of “bandwidth theft”.

8. cPanel “Optimize Website” Feature

Another great feature of cPanel! There is a feature under “Software/Services” in cPanel which is called “Optimize Website”. By enabling this feature, cPanel tweaks the way Apache will handle requests and will compress content before sending it to the visitor’s browsers.

9. Making use of Google PageSpeed Insights

PageSpeed Insights, developed by Google, is a tool that analyzes the content of a web page and provides suggestions to make that page load faster. Check out their official page for full details.

10. Good web hosting service company

A good web host can provide not only stable uptime and connection but also professional solutions and support when needed. At Doteasy, our in-house Customer Support agents are resourceful web technicians and experts. We can provide speedy solutions for WordPress and other website builder programs. It’s our goal to keep our customers up-to-date with the latest web hosting trends through our blog, our Scripts Library, and our how-to video tutorials on the YouTube channel.

Lack of time to complete all these tips?

It takes a great amount of time to secure a website and maintain a quick load time. Therefore, we strongly recommend our customers to perform all of the above tips on your own. But, we understand that many of you do not have the time to do these tasks on your website. In this case, we can suggest to you our Managed Hosting plan which is an ideal solution for customers who need some extra help in maintaining their websites. Our Managed Hosting plan includes automated website backup as well as import, export, and optimization of your MySQL databases. To learn more, check out our Managed Hosting service feature page.

Softaculous Video: Inspired by a True Story

October 2nd, 2012

We know that for those with little HTML experience, building a website can be both a difficult and tedious task. To help solve this problem, Doteasy has web tools such as our Website Creator and Softaculous to help customers jumpstart their websites without going through any coding. These user-friendly and powerful tools can build a website in just a few clicks. To better demonstrate how quick and easy it is to build a website, we’ve stepped outside our studio to make this “inspired by a true story” video so you’ll know how to make good use of Softaculous in your daily life. Enjoy!

Doteasy Presents: Scripts Library

September 27th, 2012

Every business needs a website. A real estate agent can publish the active properties listing online. A photographer can share his pictures to create a portfolio. A dental office can showcase their dental services and provide patients with detailed dental education. A scrapbooker can sell his hand-made pieces online.

But most of all, a business needs a website because its consumers are on the internet looking for services to serve their needs!

We know that not all businesses have the resources, including time and money, to invest on creating a website. That’s why we offer Softaculous, an app-store model that lets you browse through different web applications to install and help you build your website. Softaculous offers more than 250 web applications listed in 25 categories.

There must be at least one application that will suit your business needs!

The installation does not require any coding and scripting knowledge. All you need is to click the “install” button and fill out the credentials info. Your website will be LIVE instantly! But if you don’t like the application after the installation, simply hit the “remove” button and you’re done!

We’re here to help your business grow through your online presence. Therefore, to help you find the best web application you need, we’ve created a Script Library. We’ll explain to you what each web application is for, the installation steps, and the customization . Please stay tuned for more details. You may also subscribe to our YouTube video channels and “like” us on Facebook to receive more updates on our products and services. Or, simply contact us through our Live Chat support, telephone support, and Customer Support Ticket system. Our Customer Service and Technical Support agents will be happy to assist you.

Overview of cPanel

September 4th, 2012

There are many routine website management tools you need to use in order to maintain your website (e.g. File Manager, FTP program, Email Account Setup, Disk Space Usage, etc.). For this reason, a one-page control panel is an indispensable tool for almost all web hosting plans. cPanel in particular, is the leading control panel interface in the web hosting industry today for its user-friendly interface and customizability. To get a sense of how user-friendly it is to use cPanel, please visit our cPanel Demo page.


cPanel is an icon-driven interface which enhances better navigation behaviour. It is customizable, meaning you can re-locate or even hide certain fields based on your preferences. Check out this video as we walk you through the navigation steps in cPanel!

If you’re on a PHP web hosting plan with us, one of the most attractive features of cPanel is the Softaculous web tool, an automatic script installer which can aid you in the installation of 250 powerful scripts in just a few clicks. For each script, you can find the “See Demo” button and the “Admin Panel” button. As the names suggest, you can view an actual web page installed with the script and also test out the script by logging into the admin page. If you like the script, simply hit the “install” button and the installation proceed automatically, very much like an app installation on your smartphone! Wanna try it out first, check our our Softaculous demo page.

We’ve prepared another video to demonstrate how quick and easy it is to install a script with Softaculous.

If you are currently using Ensim panel or a subscriber to our Basic Hosting plan and would like to upgrade to the Unlimited Hosting Plan with cPanel and Softaculous, please contact our Tech Support through our Live Chat System, Support Ticket System, or Service Hotline. Check out this page for full details!

What is Softaculous?

August 10th, 2012

If you are looking for the easy-to-use, app-store model when building your website, then all you need is an auto-installer. An auto-installer is a software that helps you add a shopping cart, photo gallery, forum or any application to your website in just a simple point and click. One of the best auto-installers available is Softaculous.

Softaculous is one of the most comprehensive auto-installer available. With a library of hundreds of scripts, it is powerful yet easy-to-use. With Softaculous, you don’t need to download or upload any files.

And best of all, Softaculous is provided to Doteasy Unlimited Hosting clients completely FREE! You can try out the Softaculous demo by visiting this page.

 

Here is a video tutorial on how to install scripts by using Softaculous!

Softaculous Scripts Library

Softaculous has hundreds of scripts spread over the following categories:

  • Blog
  • Micro blogs
  • Portals/CMS
  • Forums
  • Image gallery
  • Wikis
  • Social networking
  • Ad management
  • Calendar
  • Gaming
  • Mail
  • Polls and survey
  • Project management
  • E-Commerce
  • ERP
  • Guest book
  • Customer support
  • Educational
  • Frameworks
  • DB tools
  • Music
  • Video
  • RSS

In other words, anything you need to accomplish with your website, there’s probably an application for it in the Softaculous library.

For example, if you need to create a blog or a website, there’s WordPress and Joomla. If you need a forum or discussion board, there’s phpBB or Simple Machines Forum. For those of you planning on using your website as an online store or product catalogue, there’s OpenCart, PrestaShop, ZenCart, osCommerce or CubeCart. Want to display your photographs with a professional touch? There’s ZenPhoto or Gallery. Other popular applications include Drupal, Dolphin, WHMCS, Moodle, Coppermine, PhpWiki, Magento, SimpleInvoices, Zend and hundreds more.

How to use Softaculous to install an application

To access Softaculous, click on the Softaculous icon on the main screen of your cPanel interface.

Once logged into Softaculous, you simply need to select an application from the list located at the left column and follow the steps given in the install tab. The chosen application will be installed on your Doteasy web hosting account within seconds. The Softaculous system is designed to keep these programs at their newest versions so that each time you install an application, you can rest assured that you are getting the latest stable version of the software and that it is installed and working properly.

How to upgrade an application

The Softaculous developers regularly release new versions of the applications that can be configured via the auto installer. When you access Softaculous, you will see the home page. If there are any updates for your installed applications, you will see a note on the top of the page. You can click on the note and you will be taken to a new page on which Softaculous will list all outdated software. You will be able to update them simply by clicking on the blue update icon.

How to uninstall an application in Softaculous

From the top right menu on the Softaculous home page, you will find the All Installations button which looks like a wooden box.  Click on the icon and you will see all applications you have installed on your account. To delete any of the applications, simply click on the red Remove button. You can also select several applications and delete them all by selecting Remove from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page. By default the Softaculous software will delete the files, database and database user.

Can Softaculous take over software installed by Fantastico?

If you have already installed an application to your website using Fantastico, you may be wondering if you can manage it using Softaculous. Yes, Softaculous can take over any application installed by Fanstastico, allowing Softaculous to update and backup the application.