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 Outdated PHP scripts have insecure coding and are often hacked and injected with malware code.
Remove any scripts that are outdated and no longer in use.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.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Open an account at a web host that allows proxy websites. Many hosting companies do not allow proxies because they can generate a large amount of traffic that overloads the servers. Those that do allow proxy websites will typically prefer that you have a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or a dedicated server. Most hosts do not allow web proxies on a shared server.
Obtain a copy of PHProxy. This script acts as the software to power your proxy site. PHProxy is available free of charge, so anyone can make a proxy website without spending a lot of money.
Log into the control panel for your web hosting account. Create a MySQL database that will be used by the PHProxy script. Make note of the database name, user name and password that is associated with the database. This information is needed to configure the script to communicate with the database.
Edit the config.php file that is included with the script. Open the file with a HTML editor so that you can edit the contents of the file and save the new copy. Use Windows Notepad if you do not have a HTML editor. Simply open the file, edit the website name, website address, database name, database user name and database password. Save the file after the information has been edited.
Use an FTP program to upload all of the files to your hosting account. You can download a free copy of Filezilla FTP if you do not already have a program. Simply upload all of the files and folders included with PHProxy to your web hosting account. Your proxy website should now be operational.
Read the documentation that is included with PHProxy. Follow the instructions in the documentation to customize your script, such as changing colors, page layout or other visual elements. This will help you make a FTP website that stands out.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Log into your 'cPanel' on your 'Hostgator' account through the website that you are going to uninstall 'Wordpress' from. This can be done by typing in your domain name with a '/cpanel' a the end and substituting your website address for the domain. Type in your login, password and press 'OK.' This will bring you into the 'cPanel' which is used to manage the contents of the website.
Scroll down on the page until you see a symbol labeled 'Fantastico' and click on it with the left mouse button. You will now launch the script manager which is used by 'Hostgator' to install and uninstall various programs and plug-ins such as 'Wordpress.' To the left of the screen, 'Fantastico' will display the list of programs which has been installed on the hosting account. There is a 'remove' link located next to each of the programs.
Click the 'remove' link next to 'Wordpress' in order to completely uninstall it from 'Hostgator.' This process will take a few minutes, wait until it is completed before doing anything else on the computer. Once it is done, exit out of the cPanel and log into your website to check whether the website or blog is still visible. On certain occasions, the uninstaller will miss several files that will need to be uninstalled manually. This can only be done by the staff of 'Hostgator' which can be contacted via phone, email or instant messenger.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Decide which type of online directory you'd like to start. Online directories can be paid or free. A general directory has many different categories and subcategories and can be adapted to just about any purpose. Niche directories deal with just one or two kinds of topic (for instance, web designer directory or restaurant directory). Regional or city directories have categories and subcategories related to the businesses and organizations in a specific location. Article directories are websites that list many different categories and subcategories of article topics.
Choose a domain name for your online directory and purchase web hosting to host the website files for your directory. Many domain registrar services exist on the Internet and the majority of places allow you to buy a domain name and hosting at the same place. A few popular examples of registrars and web hosts include GoDaddy, Register.com and Namecheap.
Search for an online directory script that you'll be satisfied with when creating your online directory. You'll be able to choose from many paid and free directory scripts online. An example of a free directory script is PHP Link Directory version 2; a very sophisticated paid directory software includes Gossamer Links.Some important characteristics of a good online directory script that will be search friendly and amiable to visitors include being built in PHP and able to work with MySQL (database through your web host company); offering built-in paid subscriptions so you'll be able to profit from your directory; a featured listing posting; and being easily customizable.
Upload the online directory script to your web hosting service after you have decided on a program to use. This can be done by first downloading the software to your desktop (paying for it first if it is a paid script), and then uploading it to your web hosting server and your domain's main directory by using your host's file manager or via a free FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program such as FileZilla. Check with the particular online directory script vendor for any further instructions, such as whether changing file permissions is needed.
Make any design modifications to your online directory script if desired. Many online directories allow you to upload custom logos. Further design work can be outsourced, if needed, by posting projects on popular freelance websites such as Guru.com or Elance.com.
Decide on a category structure for your online directory. If you'll be creating a regional portal, you'll need to include major cities as categories and the businesses in each city as subcategories. If creating an online general Internet directory, you may need major categories like blogs, forums, hosting services, web designers, and Internet marketers and then subcategories for each.
Log in to the administrator side of your online directory and begin creating categories and subcategories for your directory. Some online directory scripts will have MySQL 'dumps' available, meaning that category structures will be prepopulated on your website. Specific instructions for automatically installing categories through a MySQL dump, if available, can be found from specific directory script vendors. Each directory script is different; your script vendor should also have instructions for creating category structures manually if needed.
Advertise your online directory to increase its popularity. Post links to your online directory in forums and forum signatures, create a blog post about it or even use banner advertisements. Whether starting a paid or a free directory, you can have potential members contact you to get started advertising in your directory listings.