Between shared, dedicated, and VPS web hosting, it can be pretty hard to figure out exactly which one is best for you and which one makes the most sense for your company. VPS web hosting is a fairly new option that is catching on because it offers an in-between option for users who aren’t quite ready to spring for a dedicated server but have outgrown a shared server.
Since VPS hosting is still capturing attention as a viable alternative, let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about the service.
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If you’re new to creating or managing a blog or website, you may feel a little overwhelmed when looking for easy WordPress hosting. You have to figure out all the basics: install WordPress. set up the pages, design your website, create content, add images, and so much more. Before all of that, however, you need to find a place to park your site. You need a hosting provider. Prices and packages vary by such extremes that it can seem overwhelming.
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It can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to choosing a web host for your websites needs, and even more so for a site using the ever popular WordPress CMS. When terms such as ‘managed’ and ‘unmanaged’ are being used, different bullet points will fall under each category. And when comparing host to host, it can even be daunting on deciphering what exactly falls under the ‘managed’ umbrella, as well as the ‘unmanaged’ umbrella.
This article aims to help clarify ‘managed’ and ‘unmanaged’ WordPress offerings at Liquid Web as well as identifying which you would most benefit from using.
Each host or company may define their own managed service level differently. Observing our own support comparison grid will give you an idea of the type of support and ‘managed’ features that you would get with Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress solution.
With a managed host, the traditional responsibilities of server administration are now handled by us at Liquid Web, allowing you and your team to get back to focusing on the business/developmental aspect of your site.
Some of these tasks can include installing a web server, maintaining and patching OS upgrades, or configuring the networking. Instead of full-blown server administration with unmanaged hosting, you get to just focus on the website. However, this does mean that you need to be aware of the environment variables set forth by Liquid Web and will need to adjust site settings/ behavior to be compatible with the environment variables.
Should there be additional questions regarding the support aspect, take a look at our Managed WordPress Scope of Support article.
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Who Would Be a Good Candidate For Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress?
Someone who doesn’t have the required skill set to run a self-managed server right off the bat would be an ideal candidate for Managed WordPress.
Typical examples may include:
The occasional mom and pop shop
Additionally, we offer premium plugins that are exclusive to our Managed WordPress offering. Some of these include iThemes Sync, iThemes Security, and TinyPNG. which include features like tracking and viewing google analytics data, or checking the SEO status of a post. TinyPNG is added to help with automatic image compression, resulting in faster site speeds.
WordPress also makes it easy enough to design and customize a site. Add iThemes Sync, and you now have one main dashboard to control and update multiple sites through one universal login.
No need to worry about all the nerdy and techy stuff when you have the Most Helpful Humans in Hosting on standby ready to help.
Here at Liquid Web, we want to provide the best-managed experience possible, and we’ve incorporated what some would consider managed features into our self-managed services as well.
At the very minimum here’s what our introductory Cloud VPS offerings come with:
Application Infrastructure ( Control panel or software used to interact with the product )
Generally speaking, however, this particular self-managed service is ideal for folks who are all about their own customizations and have their own specific requirements for applications. Some don’t mind building the site and server from scratch. Sometimes there is a need for total control and working around host implementations is not doable, or restrictions are placed on the site.
Cloud Sites is essentially a pre-configured LAMP stack (offered as a platform as a service or PAAS) that can host PHP based sites, including WordPress.
This product encompasses both aspects of the managed and unmanaged services. It’s managed in the sense that we manage the networking, storage devices, databases, Apache and PHP servers, and the other included technologies. Where the unmanaged aspect would come into play is after the one-click install for WordPress is selected. But in regards to the application itself, it is not managed.
For example, a managed feature in Managed WordPress would be the automatic updating of plugins. In Cloud Sites, that feature is not available. The application itself is managed by the user, but the user is not managing the server, infrastructure, or the hardware.
More information can be found here in our Cloud Sites Scope of Support article.
Both of these platforms have their own separate limitations and have their own unique differences that your site administrator may like, whereas another may not. It really is a matter of determining the sites needs along with different host’s offering features.
The Difference in Managed Services
This is the beauty in ‘Managed’ Services. It no longer requires you to know all the technical and nerdy stuff that we thrive on. That’s not to say that some forehand knowledge isn’t required, but when it comes to the overall picture and what goes into running a server with tasks such as installing a web server, configuring vhosts, opening up ports that allow incoming and outgoing transmissions, installing and maintaining a database, and potential blacklisting are some of the areas that the administrator would solely be responsible for.
However, in some cases, an unmanaged host is the way to go because of potential host restrictions or environmental limitations. Make sure to look at the levels of support with each hosting provider you are checking out.
The grid below shows and highlights the levels of support per the classification of the services offered through Liquid Web. This is our definition of ‘managed’ and ‘unmanaged’ services.
As stated earlier, each host will vary and differ from one another when it comes to their defined managed meaning. However, our Managed WordPress offering is pre-configured out of the box with premium plugins that are not available through every host. These plugins would have extra costs to have installed to a site. These are now tacked on with every single managed WordPress offering. We provide the plugins as part of the default install to maximize the experience when hosting WordPress sites with Liquid Web.
Additionally, not only do we provide premium plugins, but we have also incorporated backups, a user-friendly management portal, automatic plugin updates, staging sites, and NO overage charges!
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Live video began gaining popularity in 2016 but today it’s one of the biggest assets brands have to reach and engage their audience. With the advancement of mobile technology, the speed of broadcasting, the exposure it provides and the fact that customers prefer video content (and are more likely to take an action after watching
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Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, recently announced that WordPress 5.0 will be released on Thursday, December 6th.
“Based on the stability, testing, and reports on the release candidates for WordPress 5.0 so far, we are now targeting Thursday December 6th for public release and announcement.”
You may ask, what is WordPress 5.0 and will it really make that much of a difference to my website?
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The holidays are fast approaching! If you run an e-commerce site, it’s about to get a lot more traffic. For many retailers, this is the busiest time of the year–and as a small business, it’s imperative that your website is running at peak performance.
With big sites like Amazon and Walmart to compete with, you can’t risk a poor customer experience.
Now is the time to prep and get make sure everything is in order–these are our suggestions for improving your holiday sales strategy:
Optimize for Speed
This holiday season, site speed should be your #1 priority.
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One of our most commonly asked questions is, “What is a virtual server?” Until recently, you had two main types of hosting options: shared hosting (the cheapest and most common option); and, dedicated server hosting option that is completely yours (the most expensive option).
Luckily, hosting companies can now offer a middle-of-the-road option: the virtual private server. A virtual private server (or VPS), offers you all the power and customization options of a dedicated server without the high cost.
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Photo by Sara Kurfeß / UnsplashIn September, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal to address the removal of terrorist content online. There has been significant political pressure, particularly as the EU elections of 2019 approach, towards internet companies taking on increased responsibility in the area of terrorist propaganda online. This proposal would be a marked move from various voluntary initiatives taken up by some social media companies in recent times towards a legal responsibility framework for many. While appreciating the concerns around terrorism, Cloudflare is not only troubled by the late presentation of this proposal – which leaves inadequate time for a thorough review before this EU legislative term expires – but also much of the substance. Along with others such as CDT, GSMA/ETNO and Mozilla, we have significant concerns around the legal implications, practical application and possible unintended consequences of the proposal, some of which we outline below. Furthermore, we believe that little evidence has been presented as to the necessity of the proposed measures. Concerns and shortcomingsThe Commission’s proposal does not account for the complexity and range of information society services having a storage component - not all services have the same reach and impact, and so a one-size-fits-all approach is not justified. This has been a concerning trend overall with EU legislative proposals: in wishing to regulate the behaviour of a few large social media platforms, many other providers of differing sizes and types are brought within scope with sweeping and clumsy definitions. The reality is that only the largest providers have the resources and means to address many of the requirements, which further cements their position as gate-keepers and dominant players in the marketplace.We also have concerns that the proposal will chill legitimate online speech. The overly broad definition of “terrorist content” covers the “inciting or advocating, including by glorifying, the commission of terrorist offences” and other activities related to the encouragement, instruction or promotion of terrorist-related activities. Under this definition, almost any type of terrorism-related content, including of an educational, journalistic or academic-based nature, could be within scope of a removal order. This poses very real risks of removal of legitimate content, with its consequent effects on freedom of expression and information, as companies are incentivized to avoid any possibility of liability. The proposal is simply not robust enough to ensure that legitimate content actually remains online.Cloudflare would suggest that given the high risk of unintended consequences, if a proposal like this is to go forward as a result of political pressure, additional due process should be required and the proposal should be significantly narrowed. Judicial authorities alone should be empowered to issue removal orders. From a practical standpoint, having all EU countries, each with multiple potential authorities, issuing orders for content removal seems likely to exacerbate concerns about the effect on freedom of expression. Each EU country should instead elect just one authority to issue the orders or better still, a one-stop-shop model could be established with one European entity serving as the single interface for hosting service providers. Given that providers are in turn asked to appoint one company and legal representative, this seems like a practical way to streamline the process and reduce the likelihood of divergent views about what constitutes content deemed appropriate for removal.The proposal calls for the removal of terrorism content within a one-hour timeframe. Regardless of the fact that a legal assessment of the content is not required, an operational discussion still has to take place within a company as to the appropriate type of removal measure and how and where it is effected. As noted in the Commission’s Impact Assessment, over 90% of European companies are SMEs and so asking all providers to fulfil the removal requirements within 60 minutes is highly unreasonable. The privatisation of law enforcement - a troubling trendA growing number of regulatory and policy initiatives at European level have seen Internet service providers encouraged to proactively decide on the legality and nature of content online, undertake risk assessments along with the balancing of fundamental rights and freedoms, and evaluate any conflicts of law, all while potentially facing liability if they make those assessments incorrectly. This has effectively resulted in a privatisation of law enforcement, with the additional risk that smaller providers will look to crude, untested tools in order to help meet compliance. The shifting of the burden of responsibility from the State to the provider is also seen here in the ask to providers to manage complaints from content providers, with no role foreseen for the competent authorities.Furthermore, this proposal foresees a scenario whereby companies could be asked to take on proactive measures – which could include filtering – if they receive even one removal order. Not only is this not a proportionate ask but it is a departure from the well-established legal principle of “no general monitoring” as set out in Article 15 of the EU eCommerce Directive. The idea of internet filtering has been creeping into a range of legislative proposals and should be a concern for all. Process ahead Member States are advancing at pace with their review and may already reach an agreed position this week. Meanwhile the European Parliament, which also has to undertake a review, has yet to commence its work in earnest. Cloudflare will be working to ensure that our concerns around this proposal are heard and that due process, legality and proportionality are not sacrificed in the political rush. You can follow progress of this file here.
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No one can deny that social media is one of the best ways to market your business to the world. Unfortunately, chances are good that your competitors probably know this as well.
So, how do you find your way through the tangle of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and all the other social media platforms that are out there? It takes a lot of strategic planning to become a major player in the social media marketing world.
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Web hosting can be a challenging part of any web development business. You want to give your clients good service, but you also want to run an efficient and profitable business. WHMCS is an easy-to-use interface to help you manage—and grow—your business.
What Is WHMCS?
WHMCS is an all-in-one client management platform to help you automate your web hosting business. It allows you to sell products and services, automatically set up hosting accounts, handle recurring billing, and deal with support issues.
You can create custom hosting packages and sell them directly to your clients. Plus, it is designed for automation, so account provisioning, billing, and email are all set up automatically.
Liquid Web resellers get a free WHMCS license, and our specialists can help you make the most of it.
How Can WHMCS Help?
It can be a key system in your hosting business. It’s designed to help you be more efficient and offer seamless services to your clients.
We’ve got five specific ways it can help:
1. Sell Web Hosting
The most basic function that WHMCS helps with is selling web hosting directly from your website.
When a customer buys a hosting package from you, WHMCS automatically processes the payment, provisions a Cpanel account, and sends the customer an email with all the details. No work from you.
There are a ton of options and extras available:
You can completely customize the product offerings, creating your own packages, names, prices, and more.
You can set up different payment plans, including recurring billing and automatic renewal.
If you don’t want to automate the process, you don’t have to. You can have it automatically set up when payment is received, or after you’ve had a client meeting—whatever works for your process.
You can edit all the email templates for a customized experience.
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2. Sell Domain Names
You can also sell domain names through WHMCS. You’re not limited to just hosting.
If you have an existing relationship with a domain registrar, you should be able to set it up through WHMCS. Or you can create a relationship with a new registrar using the list of ones that work with WHMCS.
Enom is one of the recommended options, and by going through WHMCS you jump up to another pricing tier that’s better than what typical resellers can get.
3. Set Up Recurring Billing
More than just domains and hosting, you can use WHMCS to sell just about anything. With the recurring billing option, you can set yourself up for ongoing recurring income.
So you could sell website management plans that automatically renew every month or year.
Set up packages specific to what your clients need. Maybe that’s an all-in-one offering, or maybe it’s an a la carte approach where clients can choose web development, design, hosting, domains, ongoing maintenance, support, etc.
4. Support Tickets for Clients
WHMCS also has a platform to handle support tickets for clients. Rather than dealing with a barrage of emails or paying for a third-party system, you can integrate your support efforts with your sales offerings in one handy spot.
Like any standard ticketing system, you can see a queue of support tickets, add notes, send replies, create custom fields, attach files, keep a client log, etc.
You can also add staff to review tickets where they have limited access to the support section, so you’re not the only one handling support questions.
5. Support Knowledge Base
Because common support questions come up all the time, you can also create a support knowledge base. This is a way to offer self-help for clients and minimize the time you spend dealing with support questions.
You do have to create the support articles, but there’s an entire infrastructure to handle it. You can set up categories and sub-categories, set the display order, see which articles are viewed most, and more.
You can also offer downloads that are available behind a login, so you can offer both a public knowledge base and exclusive articles for clients only.
Growing Your Business
WHMCS is pretty powerful. It can be very simple, but it also has a lot of detail and complication through plugins and add-ons that really make it versatile.
All of that means you have the tools at your disposal to grow your business. You can offer the packages you want and sell them directly to your clients. You can set up the process and system you want, tailored to your brand and voice. Give your clients the experience you want them to have.
And it’s all offered in an easy-to-use, one-stop, seamless system. WHMCS is the billing and automation platform to make your job easier and help your business do better.
For more help with WHMCS, watch our Grow Your Web Business With WHMCS webinar.
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Start automating selling hosting, recurring billing and more with WHMCS. Or become a Liquid Web Resellers gain access to WHMCS at no additional cost.
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