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How do you update WordPress?

When updates are available, you will be notified in the WordPress->Dashboard->Updates menu.

You should always apply updates as soon as possible.  You’re able to set WordPress to update itself automatically.  If you’re doing it manually, ensure you have made a backup of the site and database.  If you utilise automatic updates, ensure you have regular backups being taken.

Automatic WordPress Update

To set automatic WordPress updates without the use of a plugin:

  • -FTP into your server or log into the File Manager via cPanel
  • -Look for and edit the config.php file – This is normally located in the public_html folder
  • -Add
  • -And save

 

Manual update

-Download updates from the official repository.
-FTP into your server or log into the File Manager via cPanel
-Remove the wp-admin and wp-includes directories
-From the WordPress repository WordPress download in step 1, replace the files from the root directory, wp-admin and wp-includes directories
-Log in as admin
-If prompted update the Database
-Navigate to the plugin update screen and apply updates if needed
-Navigate to website to ensure it is operational

 

Further reading:
How to minimise spam?
How do I choose secure WordPress plugins?

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Should You Buy a Domain from the Same Place You Host Your Site?

Buying a domain name from the same place as your hosting provider is ease of use.

By buying your domain or transferring your domain to Blue Ocean Web Hosting – it means we can take care of business faster and more efficiently if you require changes to the domain setup or something goes askew.  By having it on our books we can offer a much faster and improved service.

Another benefit is that all website related billing comes from the one place, us.  There are many scams out there now that pretend to want to renew your domain.  These scammers send fake invoices asking for domain renewal payments.  By having all web hosting services with us, you are more likely to question an invoice when it comes from a third party you have never heard of.

Unlike many web hosting providers, we do not own your domain.  If you sell your business for example, you are able to quickly access the necessary codes etc to be able to transfer the domain to the new owner if need be.  Some hosting providers create big issues and roadblocks if you want to transfer the domain.

If you are on one of our website maintenance plans – for us to provide the best service and security we do insist that the domain is registered with us.

Further reading:
What is DNS?
How long does it take to transfer a domain ?
Do I need to buy a SSL certificate?

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Domain redemption, what is it and what to do ?

After about 40 days of your domain sitting in the ‘expired’ state, it will be deleted at the registry.  Once the domain is deleted at the registry, the status of the domain changes to ‘Redemption’.

Once your domain has reached the Redemption phase, it can only be renewed with the Registrar in which it expired with.  Blue Ocean Web Hosting is not the Registrar.  We need to contact the Registrar of the particular domain extension you are wanting to redeem.

The Registrar are the ones that apply the sometimes hefty fee for renewal of domains in this phase.  The Redemption phase lasts 30 days, then 5 days pending deletion, before it is removed and is available again for registration.

If your domain has entered the ‘Redemption’ phase, you will need to log into your Blue Ocean Web Hosting account and lodge a ticket.  We can then raise an invoice for the RGP fee and process the request.

For a list of auDA accredited registrars can be found here.

 

Further Reading:

What is DNS?
What is DNS Propagation?