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WordPress Updated to Version 4.0

wordpressA new update for the popular blogging and content-management software WordPress was released recently. The new version (4.0) brings a number of writing and management improvements, as well as some miscellaneous security fixes. You can learn more about this release on the WordPress Blog.

You can easily upgrade your WordPress installation using Softaculous, or directly in your WordPress Dashboard. Keep in mind that since this update will make changes to your WordPress core files, as well as your database, you’ll want to be sure that you have downloaded a current backup of your site.

As with any popular online software, you should always ensure that you are running the latest available public release of WordPress. This is not only to help ensure you are protected from all known security issues, but also so that you can take full advantage of the latest features. You’ll also want to check any plugins you have installed, and make sure they are updated as well. If you have any plugins installed that you aren’t using, you should remove them as they can also pose a security risk.

Note that InclusiveHost provides basic support for WordPress installation and updates to our customers. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this service, feel free to contact us.

Preventing Disasters with Backups

backupsDid you know that according to Backblaze’s annual Backup Awareness Month survey, about 30% of all website owners have never backed up their files? That’s a surprising number! At InclusiveHost we understand the importance of your data to your livelihood. We offer the option of automated, worry-free nightly backups on all of our web hosting packages.

A common view of those who don’t backup their data regularly, don’t value their website. We know that this is not how most website developers and owners actually feel, considering most have invested months or even years into building up their website and online presence. Unfortunately many webmasters aren’t aware of the importance of regular backups. This oversight can lead to loss of data, traffic, and customers when disaster strikes.

Backups aren’t just useful with a hardware failure. According to information provided by Safeware, approximately 29% of all website disasters are the result of user error? We have successfully restored entire websites simply because an important file or folder was accidentally deleted.

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Cloud vs. VPS Hosting: What’s the Difference?

vps_cloudThe term “cloud” has been thrown around the hosting industry quite a bit recently, but what does it really mean? How does cloud hosting compare to more traditional virtual server technologies? More importantly, is having your important data “in the cloud” a good thing or a bad thing? We’ll do our best to clear up any confusion you may have, while helping you decide which option best suits your particular needs.

Basically speaking, having your data “in the cloud” means that it is stored using technology that doesn’t depend on one particular hard drive or server. The idea is that if a particular component fails, the remainder of the network will compensate. This ensures that your data always remains accessible even in the event of a malfunction.

The problem with this basic description is when the term “cloud” is used to describe many other types of virtual hosting technologies, such as Virtual Private Servers (VPS). The fact is, while a VPS can be hosted in a cloud network, it is a fundamentally different technology.

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Reducing Page Load Times

pageloadReducing the amount of time your website takes to load is a key aspect in having happy visitors. How often would you wait for a website to load? Personally, if the website is having troubles after several seconds I’ll navigate away. This is echoed by multiple studies on the importance of a fast loading store, and checkout for the customer.

According to Akamai, who is responsible for delivering upwards of 30% of all internet traffic, website speed has a high impact on customer experience:

“23 percent of dissatisfied online shoppers attributed their dissatisfaction to the web site being too slow or taking too long to load, while 57 percent of online shoppers insist on a rapid checkout process, up nearly 10 percent from three years ago.”

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Help! What Hosting Plan Do I Choose?

chooseChoosing a web hosting package can be daunting to say the least. There are so many options from so many different providers, all offering different perks and limits. So how do you choose? We suggest these following questions to help narrow down the possibilities:

How much space does my website use?

This is one of the most important first steps you can complete. This will normally help narrow down which hosting packages can accommodate your needs. You’ll also want to account for some future growth. Are you planning on uploading a large amount of pictures, videos, or other downloadable content in a short period of time? Plan for it! This will help avoid a possible headache in the future, and even prevent a move between services.

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