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HostAdvice Best Customer Service Award 2017

August, 2017 – We are happy to announce the new award received from HostAdvice: 

HostAdvice Best Customer Service Award – 2017

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HostAdvice anonymously tested our services and based on their customer service experience, they awarded us this great award. This confirms once again the quality of support we offer to our clients.

Check the new award in our dedicated page for awards at https://www.plothost.com/awards/

Interested in our web hosting services? Check our shared hosting plans and reseller hosting plans.

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WordPress Automatic Updates

Many users are asking us how to enable automatic updates in WordPress. For the moment, there is no option in the WordPress admin panel. You must enable this option by editing the configuration file – wp-config.php.

wordpress autoupdate

The line that needs to be added to the bottom of the wp-config.php file to enable automatic minor and major updates is:

define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', true );

More info on the WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE option from the WordPress site:

WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE can be defined with one of three values, each producing a different behavior:

Value of true – Development, minor, and major updates are all enabled
Value of false – Development, minor, and major updates are all disabled
Value of ‘minor’ – Minor updates are enabled, development, and major updates are disabled

Notice: The WordPress will update itself to a development release ONLY if you already are using such a release.

The video tutorial for this article:

References:
https://codex.wordpress.org/Configuring_Automatic_Background_Updates

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The mysql_upgrade command [MySQL/MariaDB]

It is recommended to run this command every time to update your MySQL/MariaDB from one major release to another. For example when upgrading from MySQL 5.7 to MySQL 8; MariaDB 10 to MariaDB 11. It checks all the databases(with all the tables) for any incompatibilities. It also updates the system tables with new privileges or options that might have been added in the new version.

The command with options is:

mysql_upgrade [--force] [--user=# --password
--host=hostname --port=# --socket=#
--protocol=tcp|socket|pipe|memory
--verbose] OTHER_OPTIONS]

Simply run the command in shell:

root@www [/home]# mysql_upgrade

References:

https://mariadb.com/kb/en/library/mysql_upgrade/

https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/mysql-upgrade.html

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WHM Tweak Settings

WHM Tweak Settings section is where you will find many, many options for your cPanel server.

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To access and modify WHM Tweak Settings:

  1. Access WHM
  2. Go to Server Configuration >> Tweak Settings
  3. Here you will have some tabs – Compression, Security, PHP etc. Modify the option(s) you want and click the Save button.
Notice that you can search the for specific settings via the Find box.

The video tutorial for this article:

More info on https://documentation.cpanel.net/display/74Docs/Tweak+Settings

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Statistics Software Configuration

Probably not many users use the Statistics Software (Analog/Awstats/Webalizer) that come with cPanel, but you may want to allow this option on the server. In the last years, most of the sites use Google Analytics.

On the same WHM configuration page will be able to configure the Log/Bandwidth Processing Frequency.

whm statistics software configuration

To modify the Statistics Software Configuration:

  1. Connect to WHM
  2. Go to Server Configuration >> Statistics Software Configuration
  3. To see specific/all user’s statistics summary, go to the Statistics Status Summary and click the Go button.
  4. To process the stats for one user go to the Process Statistics for User section, select the user from the drop-down list box and click the Go button.
  5. To select the stats software to allow on the server go to Generators Configuration, choose the stats software you want and click the Save button.
  6. To change the log/bandwidth processing frequency, go to Schedule Configuration, enter the interval and click the Change button.

The video tutorial for the tutorial:

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Change root password in WHM

For security reasons is a very good idea to change your password often. You can change the root password via shell, but also via the WHM interface.

whm chnage root password

To change the root password in WHM:

  1. Log into WHM using your root credentials
  2. Navigate to Server Configuration >> Change Root Password
  3. Enter or Generate a strong password. (you can generate a max 18 char long password)
  4. Click the Change Password button. You will see a confirmation message: The system successfully updated the root password. The following service passwords changed: system
Notice that only the user root can change the root password. A reseller with “all privileges” can’t change the root password. The user will get an error message API failure: (XID aexhaf) You do not have a user named “root”.
Tip: Use the passwd command to change the password from command line.

The video tutorial for this article:

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