WordPress has just released its latest update, version 3.5.1. This update is mainly for maintenance and security purposes. Check out this blog post from official WordPress web page which lists the issues that this update addresses.
It is extremely important for you to keep your WordPress website updated to avoid security holes. To update, you can login to your WordPress dashboard and click the “Please update now” on top of the admin panel. Or, contact us by submitting a support ticket or live chat with us if you can’t locate the update button.
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!
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:
Polls and survey
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.
Whether you are redesigning your website because you are unhappy with the way it looks or function, or you need to improve search engine rankings and sales conversions, it is important to understand what it is you wish to accomplish during the redesign.
Other things to keep in mind when redesigning:
People love consistency. For the consideration of your visitors, you might want to make sure your redesign is not so drastic that it is not recognizable to your regular visitors.
Do not break your brand with your new design. Consistency is important, especially when talking about your business’ branding.
Create a planning sitemap. Draw out every page on your website in a map format so that you can clearly see the interaction and navigation between pages.
Avoid unnecessary bells and whistles. Keep your redesign simple.
Don’t forget the small stuff: favicon, custom default gravatar, broken links, etc.
Google Analytics – it’s always important to take a look at what’s working and what’s broken on your current website. With Google Analytics, you can see what pages are being viewed, how people are navigating your site and what browsers and screen resolutions are most popular.
Theme Switch (for WordPress only) – If you are redesigning a WordPress site, Theme Switch is a plugin that you should consider using. It allows you to view a different theme then the rest of your visitors.
Adobe Kuler – it offers a collection of color schemes that will help finding the perfect colors fast and easy, and best of all, all swatches are sortable and exportable right into Photoshop.
Adobe Browser Lab – nothing will slow down a redesign more than spending hours browser testing. The Adobe Browser Lab allows you to test your site across all major browsers, including Internet Explorer, Chrome, FireFox and Safari.
When and how your launch your redesign can have a big impact on your traffic and in generating buzz about your new site and your product. A big relaunch around the holidays or at the start of a big promotion can draw traffic and general interest. For example, Smashing Magazine timed its redesign to coincide with the introduction of the Smashing Network.
Ways to make the transition smoother:
Try to keep vital elements of your website similar to their existing counterparts (ie. the main navigation and header)
Provide users a blog post or news announcement discussing the change
Set up a 301-Redirect (permanent redirect) for all pages and URLs on the old website. This will ensure that visitors who click on indexed search results are still taken to the relevant pages and it also eliminates 404-Error pages from showing up as a result of your redesign’s new URL structure.
Make sure error pages contain helpful, updated information
Maybe you’ve had issues with your website with IE6 and you’ve been trying to fix the errors or even to the extent many designers have gone – use complex coding trickery to make things work. WordPress has been doing just that for some time and finally, it announces an end to IE6 support on their hosted WordPress.com blogs and soon the self-hosted WordPress installs with WordPress 3.2 .
What’s so bad about IE6?
IE6 is outdated technology – many of the new web technologies are simply incompatible with IE6: CSS v2, HTML 5, PNG transparency, general security. In fact, Microsoft has recently launched a website, IE6Countdown.com, to ask users to move away from the IE6 browser. Currently IE6 usage is 12% worldwide and Microsoft hopes to drop that to less than 1%.
So why are people still using IE6?
IE6 is the standard browser of Windows XP, which is still the most used operating system worldwide. Also, many people do not see the need to upgrade. So, unless a significant company like Google not loading in IE6, people will remain content with their browser.
Seeing big names like WordPress drop support completely might make you rethink your own battles with IE6. WordPress 3.2 is available in June, which means many of us will be upgrading our WordPress blogs. But this new WordPress version does not support IE6, so you will need to advise your site visitors. There are two ways:
The “IE6 Upgrade Option” plugin for WordPress will display a warning screen if your visitor is using IE6 when they visit your website. The warning simply informs them that their IE6 browser is out of date and insecure and provide links to sites where more a more modern browser (such as FireFox, Chrome, IE9) can be downloaded.
Microsoft has provided a simple code on their IECountdown.com website that you can copy and paste within the <body> tag of your website. For more information you can visit their website at: http://ie6countdown.com/join-us.html