Monday, August 31, 2015
Change the main website password (also known as the web hosting plan password) once a month. Use a combination of numbers, letters and symbols to form a secure password that is hard to guess or crack through hacking programs. For example, the password 'N3409Fn29aa' is harder to guess than 'sunshine29,'
Log in to each PHP script installed and in use (guestbook, blog, mailing list) and change their administrator passwords. Form difficult administrator password for each script that you're using on the website.
Update all scripts that are in use and are planned to be parts of the website in the future. Upgrade to latest available and stable versions by downloading them from the developers' websites. Update any security patches available through the developer. Outdated PHP scripts have insecure coding and are often hacked and injected with malware code.
Remove any scripts that are outdated and no longer in use. Delete the files off the web server or follow uninstall directions if available through your website's control panel.
Disable global directives and variables (which can be used to gain access to administrator panels and inject malware code) from your web hosting account. Alter the '.htaccess' file to secure the website and protect it from this common malice.
Log into WHM. You will need your username and password.
Click the Create a New Account link from the Account Functions menu.
Enter the domain name into the Domain field, and the username into the UserName field. The UserName field will initially default to a name based on the domain you enter, but you may change it if you wish.
Enter a password into the Password field, and the disk quota into the Quota field. The Quota field, measured in MegaBytes, controls how much hard-disk space the new account is allotted.
Decide whether to allow CGI access, Shell access and FrontPage extensions, then check the respective boxes accordingly.
Decide on limits for the following boxes and enter values for each in the text field for each: Max FTP Accounts, Max Email Accounts, Max Email Lists, Max SQL Databases and Max Sub Domains.
Enter the maximum bandwidth for the account (in MegaBytes) into the Bandwidth Limit field.
Do your homework when deciding which host to move your website to. Moving your site to a new host is a lot of work so you don't want to have to do it too often. Choose a new web host that offers room for expansion if your business grows.
Give yourself plenty of time to make the change over to the new host. Even though it means one month of double expenses, it is a good idea to start services with your new host one month before discontinuing services with your old host. This will give you 30 days to work out any problems at the new site.
Pack up your business at your current hosting site by making copies of all of your web pages and files on CD. Arrange to have services you were using and don't need any more to be disconnected at the end of the month.
Notify your domain name registrar of your move. This is the company that you registered your ecommerce site name with. They need to know the domain name and IP address for both your old web host and your new one.
Set up your site at your new web host by uploading all of the pages and files you packed onto CD. Start any new services that you need in your new home.
Notify your customers of your new email address if it changed when you moved to the new hosting site. Set up mail forwarding with your new web host to ensure that any mail sent to your old email address will be forwarded.
Log in to Plesk as the administrative user.
Click on the domain with the document root that you want to change.
Click on 'Web Directories,' then click on 'Preferences.'
Move to the Documents section and set the document root to a location you want to have it set as.
Click 'Save' to apply the settings.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Hold a raffle. Advertising prizes will get more people in the door, some of who may walk out more interested in your products than they may have expected. Remember, just because people think they won't be interested, doesn't mean that they really won't become so. Getting them in the door for your party can sometimes be your biggest obstacle.
Keep plenty of samples, so that you can make sure that everyone gets one. Many people don't think they will like a product, but change their mind after using it. Therefore, it is important that you don't run out.
Find a friend who is in a related direct sales business and host a party together. This will give you both a chance at additional customers or prospects, since those who came for your friend's products may be interested in yours and vice versa.
Offer to have a babysitter on hand for those who have small children. Sometimes a mom of a young child feels that she cannot attend a direct sales party like this because her child may disrupt the party. If you have a baby sitter on hand for these parents, they are more likely to come. An ideal candidate would be a teen, who won't charge too much and will like to make a little extra cash.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Decide where to host your mirror site. If you only need local access to your site, you can host the installation locally on your personal computer. Using a local host allows instant changes without an Internet connection. Remote hosting, through a web server, gives you access from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. It is best to test user functionality before moving a change to your production site.
Set your mirror URL. Log into your domain name control panel and add a sub-domain for your mirror site. If you are using a local host, install a program like WAMP and set up a directory localhost that you can access through your web browser. If you are using a remote host, choose a domain like mirror.yoursite.com or test.yoursite.com to use for hosting.
Install WordPress into the mirror directory. If you are skilled at editing databases and php files, you can copy the database and WordPress directory directly to the new host. If not, use the WordPress installation wizard or your hosting WordPress installation tool to setup a new WordPress site hosted at your new URL.
Copy your production WordPress site to the new installation. WordPress has a user friendly export/import function that will automate the data transfer. In the WordPress administration panel, you can find the export and import functions under the 'Tools' menu.
Copy your template and set your file permissions. Using an FTP client, copy your theme files and set your file permissions on the mirror site to match your production site. Also, make sure you have a .htaccess file that is writable by WordPress with 775 file permission so your new site will function properly.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Go to your domain name registrar company on the Web. Log in to your account by typing your username and password in the appropriate fields. Wait for the page to download completely to see the list of your domain names.
Select your new domain name. If you have multiple domain names you will want to make sure you choose the correct name. Choose only the name of the domain that you wish to edit.
Go to the domain name's control panel or configuration page by clicking on the provided link. Choose the link that will allow you to change the domain name's name servers from the different configuration options.
Delete the old name servers from the field and enter the new name servers. Enter the correct name server codes for the primary and secondary fields. Check your new name server for the corresponding codes.
Save the changes you made. Depending on your registrar company, the modifications you made may take from 24 to 48 hours before they can take effect. It does not usually take this long, but don't be alarmed if it does.
Log into your registrant account after a couple of days and click on the modified domain name from your list. Check the domain name info to ensure that all changes have been implemented. If the changes did not take place you can reenter the information or contact the registrar.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Create a Flickr account. Select 'Create Your Account' on the main page of the Flickr website. You will be directed to sign up for a Yahoo! ID, if you do not already have one. Fill out the registration form and create a user name. Once you have set up an account, use your Yahoo! ID to sign into Flickr. Click on 'Personalize Your Profile' to add information to your account and change your user settings.
Upload your images to Flickr. After you add the files, organize them into separate sets. The default privacy setting for all of your newly uploaded photos is 'public.' If your album is public, you can share it by copying the album's URL that appears in the address bar of your browser and sending it to others in an email.
Change the access level of your album sets to 'private.' Click on an album set. Under the 'Batch Edit' tab, choose 'Change Permissions.' To make your album private, select 'Only You' and further specify if you want the album to be visible to friends and/or family. Select the 'Change Permissions' button to finalize your preferences.
Create a Guest Pass for others to view private albums. Click on a private album set. Select the 'Share This' button. Enter the email addresses of the recipients. Add a Guest Pass by checking the appropriate boxes. You can optionally include a personal message for your email. After you click 'Send,' a Guest Pass to view your private album will be sent to the recipients you specified. The Guest Pass will not expire until you delete it from your Guest Pass history.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Open Windows Notepad or another text or HTML editor on your computer. Open the HTML file in which you want to place links that open in a new tab or window.
Position the cursor at the point in the HTML code where you want to place the link. Enter the following HTML code:http://www.somesite.com/somepage.htm' target='_blank'>Link Text
Change the 'http://www.somesite.com/somepage.htm' value to the actual website and page to open with the link.
Change the 'Link Text' value to the text you want to display for the link. For instance, 'Click Here to go to Somesite.com' or any other descriptive text.
Click 'File,' then 'Save' on the editor toolbar.
Use an FTP program or log in to the control panel of your Web hosting account to upload the new HTML file to your site. When visitors click links formatted with the above syntax, Web pages will open in a new tab if the browser supports the option. If the browser does not support tabbed pages, the link will open and display the Web page in a new browser window.