Cpanel Site Publisher How To

A Quick how to Video on Publishing a Simple Website using Hostirian hosted Cpanel Site Publisher tool.

Overview
This interface enables you to quickly create a simple website, even if you have never created a website before. When you use this interface, you will select an appropriate template for your website, and then enter the website content that the template requests.

For example, you can use this interface to create a simple website with your business’s information, or to create a placeholder page while you prepare a more elaborate website.

To create or modify a Site Publisher website for one of your domains, perform the following steps:

  1. Select a domain from the list of available domains, addon domains, and subdomains.
    • If you only own a single domain, or if you accessed this interface via a link after subdomain or addon domain creation, the system automatically selects that domain and proceeds to the next step.
    • For more information about domain selection, read the Select a Domain section of this document.
  2. Select a template from the available options.
    • The Select a Template section of this interface displays a preview image, name, and description for each available Site Publisher template.
    • If you selected a domain that already uses a Site Publisher website, the system preselects the current template.
  3. Enter or update the desired website content.

    Note:

    The template that you select determines the content that you enter in the Customize and Publish section.

  4. Click Publish. A confirmation message will appear with a link to your new website.

Set Featured Image

Setting up a featured image for a post or page is quick and easy; to do so, locate the featured image box* on your editor page, and select Set Featured Image. When you’ve done so, it will bring up a page from where you will be able to drag-and-drop files, or select them straight off of your hard drive, to select the wanted image.
You can also choose from images that are in your media library, if you already have it added there. 

After you have selected the image, you will have options available to either edit the image or delete it if needed. Once you have finished selecting the right image and editing it to perfection, you can preview your changes or go ahead and publish the page/post with the image viewable to the public.

 

*If you are having difficulties locating this, it should be on the right hand side of the page. You may need to scroll down a bit to find it.

Cyber Security Month – 5 Tips for Better Cyber Security

October is Cyber Security Month, a notion that Hostirian holds very near to our hearts. Cyber Security is at the crux of what we believe in, and sentiments for stronger security are ones we strongly align with. Of course, there are many ways for one to go about ensuring they are secure, and it’s highly recommended that one takes the time to review just how safe they are and how safe they can be – in the meantime, we’ll start with 5 important tips for making sure you are on the right track to being safe and secure online:

  1. USE STRONG PASSWORDS
    I’m sure we’ve all read this one time and time again – told it even more times, yet it can’t be said enough. Password security is pivotal for cyber security, and by far the easiest to manage, but often times the most vulnerable. Remember, your passwords aren’t just meant to be bits of memorabilia for fond memories or a relative’s birthday, they are your protection from letting random people access your data. Make sure you are using a relatively complex password, and if need be are storing it in a secure location in case it has slipped your mind (albeit, having a hint rather than the password outright is far more advisable).
  2. KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UPDATED
    This one is as simple as it comes, and should be the easiest to keep track of. Often times, the software companies and teams are finding the vulnerable spots in their apps, and are constantly providing updates when they do to ensure they are putting out a safe product. Don’t overlook these updates!
  3. USE ANTI-MALWARE/ANTI-VIRUS PROTECTION
    Another common bit of advice, but just because it’s common doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Being safe and cautious won’t do you as much good if you aren’t also making sure you have those slips and cracks covered, and that’s where your anti-malware and anti-virus software come in handy, but which ones should you be using? It’s not as straightforward of an answer as some might make it seem, as some software offer different versions that cover more or different malware than another, so really it comes down to what your needs are. I’ve found that this write-up offers a great breakdown on what each company offers and what their software scans for, and be the perfect starting point for you if you are shopping for anti-malware/anti-virus products.
    To make sure you are fully protected, even when using anti-malware/anti-virus software, we also heavily advise having two security software. Have one to run in the background, and another to have ready for any on-the-spot moments to make sure nothing might have been overlooked or managed to slip its way through. Just remember to disable the one you have running in the background, lest you risk them interfering with one-another.
    Footnote: Make sure you are also using a Firewall and keeping it updated as well. You can never be too safe.
  4. BE WEARY OF ATTACHMENTS AND DOWNLOADS
    This one is going to mostly be related to your email usage, but it is by no means less important. Attachments and downloads are what most people recognize malware as, and they aren’t wrong for doing so. People are getting more creative in the malware they put-out, but email has still remained an effective means for them to do so. When you go to open an attachment, make sure you are aware of the source, the purpose of the attachment, and that you are expecting it. One of the biggest trends of late is spoofing – where someone will send an email under what appears to be another’s email address. This allows them to cover themselves up as, say, someone from your own contacts list, in order to gain your trust in what they are sending you. If you receive a suspicious email from someone you know, check with them to make sure they really did send it before opening.
  5. KEEP ALL IMPORTANT DATA BACKED UP 
    Last, but certainly not least, back. up. your. stuff. Humans are infallible, and sometimes mistakes happen. Maybe it was on your end, maybe it was on the company behind your anti-malware, maybe it was neither…either way you should always be prepared and be ready to get all of your data back up (pun absolutely intended) in case something does end up happening. I’ve said it once here, I’ll say it again: you cannot be too safe. Even if it only happens once, even if it never happens, the investment in making sure all your data is secure for you is definitely greater than the risk of losing it all.

-Trevor Newman

Creating Excerpts in WordPress

If you’ve been using WordPress for some time now, you may have come to notice that, by default, it places the entirety of your posts on the front page. This can, obviously, be an annoyance for visitors on your page, as they would have to scroll through blocks and walls of text just to look through it. To absolve this issue, you can create a Post Excerpt.

In order for post excerpts to work properly on your site, you must first go to Settings and select Reading. By default, ‘Article in a feed’ will be set to Full text – set it to Summary and save. Then, go to the Add New Post page to confirm if you have the excerpt module  enabled or not. If you don’t, just go to Screen Options at the top of the page, and check the box for Excerpt. You should now see the excerpt module below the main body for text.
Within the module, you can write a brief summary about your post, copy/paste a line from the post itself, etc., just put in the info you need and click Update.

If you notice that your full post is still being displayed, don’t fret – this is due to the fact that excerpts are meant to work with your posts in RSS feeds, which are generally used with widgets. Within your post editor, you will have an option (above the main body for text) called the Insert More Tag. Place your cursor at the point you would like your summary to end, and select the tag icon. This will separate that part of the post with a line, displaying which information visitors will be able to preview. Once you have finished, just hit update.

Editing Text in WordPress

Note: The Page and Post text-editor are functionally the same, therefore the information provided here can be applied to editing the text in either-or.

From the dashboard, go to either Pages or Posts and then click on the title of the post/page which you would like to edit (Alternatively, you can hover over the title and select Edit whenever it pops up underneath). Doing so will take us to, obviously, edit the page or post of our choosing, and it is here that we will be able to enter and edit the text.

-Adding text is simple. So simple, in fact, that it works just like every other website or computer document…simply hover your cursor over the empty space and click. Now you can begin typing away.

-To make any of your text bold, highlight the word(s) you would like bolded, and then click the Bold button in the text editor tool bar (the large, capital B).

-To italicize your text, you will perform the same actions as you did when you went to bold, only select Italics button instead (the slanted I).

-You can align your post/page, or even just certain parts of the text, but highlighting the appropriate text and selecting one of the alignment options (align left, align center, or align right).

You should be able to get a solid understanding of what your text will look like within the editor box, but if you would like a better preview just select the Preview Changes button under the Publish box.

How to Edit Images in WordPress

One of the benefits of using WordPress is that it allows you to edit your images from within the post itself, rather than having to edit it through another application or some other means.  This allows for convenient post and page management, and work simplicity.

To start editing your image, simply click on it. Doing so will bring up points around the image itself, which you can click and drag in order to scale the image as you wish. When you click on the image, you will also see the alignment tools for them – clicking on those will allow you to, of course, align the image how you would like within the post, as well as preview how the aligned image will appear among the post itself.

For further options, click on the edit icon, which will allow you to set the caption, the alternate text, manually specify image size, and give the image a clickable link.
You can also use the advanced option to define custom CSS or Rel attributes.

If you need further control when editing your images, you can use the Image Editor located in the image library.

Deleting Images in WordPress

If you want to delete a post from a post or page, simply select the image and click the Remove icon. The image will be removed from your post, but will stay available in your media library.
If you’d like to delete the image from your site permanently, go to your media library and select the image you would like to delete, then click Delete Permanently.

About WordPress Dashboard

The first thing you usually see when logging into WordPress is the Dashboard – a great way to get updates on your website statistics and more.
In the main area of your dashboard you will find widgets, which hold some news and basic information about your site.
-Drag and drop to position them however you would like
-Roll them closed by clicking the down-arrow icon in the far right corner by the widget title
-Some widgets have configuration options which can be accessed 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 labeled Screen Options and Help.
-Clicking on the Screen Options tab brings up customization options for your dashboard. It is here you can turn off and on the widgets you may or may not want shown at any given time.
-The Help tab provides information about those customizations, as well as links to documentation and support.

In the side bar you will find links that provide easy access to the different areas of your site.
-When the menu item is selected, a list of sub-menu items will appear below it.
-Hovering your cursor over any other items will also display their respective sub-menu.
You can click any of the options on the sub-menus to easily access any of the sub-sections of your site. 

Now to familiarize yourself with the Main Menu items:
-The Dashboard: Receive statistics and updates regarding your site
Posts: Create and manage the posts on your blog, as well as the tags and categories managing them
Media: Managing the media content library for things like PDF’s, videos, images, and audio files
Pages: Creating and managing pages on your site
Comments: Used to manage your visitor’s feedback
Appearance: Choose your theme, set up widgets, create custom navigation menus, etc.
Plugins: Extend the capabilities of your website, and lets you manage, activate, and deactivate them
Users: Allows you to view and manage all the site’s users, as well as allow you to edit your own profile
Tools: Provides tools to use for your site as well as options for importing/exporting content
Settings: Bulk of your sites options will be maintained here. The site’s name, privacy, and permalinks can all be configured here.

Lastly, at the very top, you will find the Admin Bar. Check out our article on that for further information regarding it.

#FollowFriday T-REX The Non Profit Organization Leading the Start Up Revolution in the Midwest

T-REX is a world class venue providing startup entrepreneurs with low cost & flexible enterprise space, while serving the region with quality programming and an inspiring community. The immaculate building and work area is a testament to the dedication and passion business leaders and corporations have for innovation and creativity. Starting a business is not for the weak heart, many of the challenges and hurdles that startup’s have to go through can be demotivating. T-REX serves as a safe haven for start ups that are working hard and fighting even harder to have a presence in their respective industry. With state of the art tools, work areas, and access to support systems, T-REX provides the start up community with important resources that a budding company needs access to, all at a very affordable cost.

T-REX operates under a highly adjusted pricing model that fits the needs of small business start up ventures. With memberships starting at only $50 per month, entrepreneurs can get access to private phone booths, fiber internet connection, unlimited coffee, shared conference rooms and inclusion into all T-REX programming, thus providing start ups with good market exposure. T-REX also offers office space for tech companies, helping these businesses lower the cost of rent and overhead so that they can focus on their true innovation. With 8 venture accelerators and organizations providing grants and in-kind support services, organizations that become members of T-REX are granted access to multiple areas of funding for their respective projects. There are 8 multi-million dollar organizations co-located in T-REX providing access to vital resources for T-REX members. Every organization is committed to producing and supporting the innovation of the start up community.

With every “do-good” non-profit comes a need to raise dollars for their respective efforts. During this past week T-REX provided the St. Louis community an update and announcement about their need to enhance the work place, and increase it’s space to help serve more of the start up community. With demand at an all time high, T-REX is close to capacity in accepting office space members, and general members to use the state of the art facility. They are now looking to the community and business leaders in STL to raise resources to build a larger work area and space for start up ventures.

T-REX is a place of innovation, a place to take a dream and put it into action. In an ever increasing competitive marketplace, the need for affordable work space and access to resources is in high demand because it provides entrepreneur’s with the chance to succeed. Hostirian is a proud sponsor of T-REX and believes in the core values of Providing, Creating and Accelerating the start up community. The belief that helping others achieve success, and adding to their quality of life in their profession will provide great returns on investments for both individual businesses supporting the mission and the economic state of our local business community. 68 companies have graduated from the T-REX program, and solidified their brick and mortar footprint right here in St. Louis, providing the St. Louis business community economic growth and potential to become even better than yesterday.

If you believe in innovation, growth and hard work, check out the T-REX building downtown in the Lammert Building at 911 Washington Avenue. Enter through the lobby and take the elevators to the 5th floor to witness and experience great organizations in the making. We promise you won’t regret it.

 

About Historian:

Hostirian is a global market managed service provider, specializing in colocation, website hosting, social media management, and custom web/software development.  The company’s dedication to the industry, and their clients have given them the honor of working with some of the largest companies in the market. Hostirian’s team of developers, techs, and executives are dedicated to protecting and managing all things IT so that their client’s can focus on what matters.

Hostirian provides complimentary audits of businesses IT infrastructure. The strategy that Hostirian develops for each client is unique to the specific needs and goals of the respective company. Get in touch today.

Improving your Business Security with Colocation

With market research estimating a drastic increase in demand over the next few years, managed service providers are working very hard to make sure that their colocation services are up to par with market competitors, resulting in better security and features for businesses looking to outsource their IT infrastructure. With the anticipated increase in demand comes an increase of malware and cyber attacks. This has significantly influenced managed service providers to work on increasing the quality and robustness of their services. 

Colocation can improve a company’s security capabilities in several ways.

  1. Preventing physical access
    1. Gone are the days where companies hold their servers in their closets, causing an increased risk of security. MSP’s that offer colocation can focus more resources on security and provide solutions that can go a long way toward supporting data protection goals.
  2. Avoiding data loss
    1. With cyber attacks anticipated to significantly increase over the next coming years, data backup and prevention is more important than ever before. Colocation providers can offer redundant power and network systems, facilities built to withstand natural disasters and relatively easy access to backup resources.
  3. Network Security
    1. Colocation providers offer customers a secure network link between the third party data center and corporate headquarters. This adds a layer of protection from hackers and other threats. Colocation data centers also are physically off the premise of the business, making them well protected from physical wiretaps.

A company looking to grow and sustain success in the current and future state of the marketplace will undoubtedly come to a fork in the road with their IT infrastructure. It is likely that businesses will need to make decisions on whether or not they can keep their IT in house, and deal with the overhead that comes along with that, or if they will work with a managed service provider that will manage and provide consistent security and upkeep of their important data files. Protection against cyber attacks and outsiders will continue to rise as technology advances, forcing businesses  to fully submerge themselves into the digital age. So our advice to businesses? Invest in your IT, and hire a provider that knows what they are doing. 

 

About Historian:

Hostirian is a global market managed service provider, specializing in colocation, website hosting, social media management, and custom web/software development.  The company’s dedication to the industry, and their clients have given them the honor of working with some of the largest companies in the market. Hostirian’s team of developers, techs, and executives are dedicated to protecting and managing all things IT so that their client’s can focus on what matters.

Hostirian provides complimentary audits of businesses IT infrastructure. The strategy that Hostirian develops for each client is unique to the specific needs and goals of the respective company. Get in touch today.