How To Turn On ModPagespeed For Your Domain

mod_pagespeed, a Google web server module that automatically optimizes and boosts your site performance is now available to all web hosting accounts.

Web Hosting Magic mod_pagespeed web hosting


While it is available to be used, customers have to explicitly enable it on their domains and websites to start reaping its benefits.

Before enabling mod_pagespeed for any domain, we highly recommend that you double-check to ensure that it has a valid SSL/TLS certificate (which by the way is FREE to all web hosting accounts).


How To Turn On ModPagespeed For Your Website

To enable mod_pagespeed on your domain:

Log in to cPanel

Select File Manager from the Files section.

Select the .htaccess file and click on Edit

If the file is not visible, configure File Manager to show hidden files.

how to enable htaccess file in cPanel

If you are still unable to see a .htaccess file after toggling File Manager to show hidden files, then you need to manually create one.

Once you have opened your .htaccess file, add the following to the rule found at https://cdn.ordercloudserver.com/announcements/modpagespeed-on.txt to the file.

Save to close the file then visit the website to make sure that everything is OK.


How To Check To See If ModPageSpeed Working

You can easily verify it works either by:

  • reviewing the response headers via your favorite browser's Developer Tools
  • checking for the headers using the curl command:
    curl -v --silent https://example.com/ 2>&1 | grep pagespeed
  • viewing your web page source code and looking for instances of "x-mod-pagespeed "
  • or using third-party tools such as https://securityheaders.com or https://www.sureoak.com/seo-tools/http-headers-checker to check the header and look for ModPagespeed.

ModPagespeed comes with standard core filters that are configured to be safe for most websites.

If you are adding additional filters, we assume that you understand the risk.

We highly recommend that you try everything out in a development environment before enabling mod_pagespeed on a live website.

If you discover after enabling mod_pagespeed that your website is having issues, please disable mod_pagespeed.

If you are not a customer yet, please visit our web hosting plans at ⁣dashboard.webhostingmagic.com/store/web-hosting-packages to gain access to a better web hosting service with mod_pagespeed.

How To Optimize Your PHP Website Using PHP X-Ray

The Web Hosting Magic team is happy to announce that our PHP optimization tool called PHP X-Ray has exited beta testing and is now available to customers.

You know that feeling you get when you have done everything you could to optimize your PHP website performance, and still, nothing seems to work.

As a good webmaster, you have gone through the code, done everything you could, and even reinstall the CMS software.

You just can't seem to nail the cause of the sluggish-performing website which can be because of:

  • poorly-coded plugins & theme
  • slow database queries
  • poorly-written code functionality
  • external calls
  • slow APIs
  • and even possibly spikes in website traffic.

The fact is that without a dedicated tracing tool that easily plugs into your CMS and analyzes the site to help you identify the root cause, resolving this might be like shooting in the wind and hoping something will stick.

Enter PHP X-Ray.

PHP X-Ray (located in the Software section) is a tool you can use to monitor and diagnose performance in content management systems (CMS) applications such as WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal easily without affecting uptime.

So instead of tediously combing through web application code and plugins, you can scan your website, identify performance bottlenecks in case of a slow website and resolve them swiftly.

How To Find Your Slow Website Issue Using PHP X-Ray

For accounts or hosting packages with PHP X-Ray enabled, all you need to do is to:

  1. Log in to your cPanel and scroll down to Software.
  2. Click on PHP X-Ray and when the page loads, create a tracing task. If you are unable to see the tool in Jupiter, please change your theme to paper_lantern.
  3. Specify the site URLs or domains that have performance issues by selecting the domain from the drop-down list. To specify URL or wildcard, end-users should use the input field next to the domain. Please note that the URL option should be a valid URL of the domain that exists on your current hosting account. The field supports wildcard matching. Click How to use special characters to learn more about wildcard matching.
  4. Click Run, then visit the site and perform an action.

For instance, you can submit a form on the site to perform a POST request, which will trigger PHP X-Ray data collection.

Now return to the tracing dashboard to review feedback.

You will see the task in the list of tracing tasks.

PHP X-Ray will sort requests by order of the slowest requests at the top so that you can prioritize issues.

View the Details page to get additional information about the performance issue and feedback on the root cause.

Let's say that a WordPress plugin is using extensive resources for the request, you will find the details on this page.

All you have to do is to disable the plugin in the CMS administrative dashboard.

Revisit the site, and performance should improve.

The Details page in the trace dashboard should also show no performance issues.

We hope that this will help you optimize your website without the need to spend a fortune on doing just that.

Not yet a customer yet?

Get one of our budget-friendly web hosting packages at www.webhostingmagic.com/pricing.html

Behold Jupiter, Our New cPanel Theme

We are delighted to introduce you to our new cPanel theme that is designed to improve the cPanel interface for both new/experienced users and cPanel more user-friendly.

The name is called Jupiter and if you log in to your cPanel, switch to the new theme, you will notice on the side-pane that it now has two main pages: the Tools page and the Solutions page.

The Tools Page lists cPanel’s applications and grouped them into categories. Like in Paper Lantern, you can click on and drag these groups to arrange them in any order. On the right sidebar, the General Information and Statistics panels display website and server information at a glance.

The Solutions Page is created with first-time cPanel users in mind. It is designed to guide you on how to use cPanel effectively and efficiently. Experienced users may also find this page to be a valuable source of information.

On the Solution page, the top twenty questions asked by our users are listed.

Clicking on any of these questions will take you to our public documentation to help you find a solution to your issue.

If you don’t see the problem you are experiencing, we have also included links to our documentation at https://dashboard.webhostingmagic.com/knowledgebase.

The Main Menu allows you to easily switch between these two pages.

While Jupiter is now the default for all newly-created accounts, customers with existing accounts can choose the one you are most comfortable with or switch between these two modern user interfaces.

Note: Before proceeding with the theme switch, please note that some plugins that we provide haven't been configured to work with the new Jupiter theme. If you are unable to see or use the JetBackup, Softaculous, etc after switching to Jupiter, please switch back to Paper_Lantern/Glass to use them.

In the Paper Lantern theme – From the cPanel interface, select your theme in the General Information panel from the drop-down menu:

cPanel Paper_Lantern Theme

In the Jupiter theme – From the Tools page in the cPanel Interface, select your theme in the General Information panel from the drop-down menu:

cPanel Jupiter Theme

We hope that you will find Jupiter as useful as we believe you would and have a great weekend!

Google & Facebook Accounts Login Enabled

Google & Facebook Logins

We often see situations where customers forget their log-in credentials and have to use the password reset over and over again.

To help address this issue, we have enabled the Facebook & Google Sign-In integration for faster sign-up and automatic sign-in.

Having said that, there is very important to point out.

The billing console also grants you (and anyone with your credentials) access to your servers, payment methods, billing/email/ticket history, etc.

If your Google account or Facebook account is compromised and you have not enabled two-factor authentication on your Web Hosting Magic account(s), the intruder will gain access to your data.

Before using this log-in feature, please do visit your security settings page and enable 2FA.

That way, if anyone should ever gain access to your Google or Facebook account(s) and attempt to login to your Web Hosting Magic, they will be stopped stone-cold since they won't be able to complete the authentication process.


How To Login With Google or Facebook

There are two ways to associate Google, Facebook, or Twitter with your account and use it for subsequent logins.

Option 1:

  1. Visit https://dashboard.webhostingmagic.com/login
  2. Select either Google or Facebook to log in.

You will see a notice such as:

Link Initiated!

Please ensure that you have completed the initial account registration before attempting to associate either of these services with your existing Web Hosting Magic account. You just need to do this once.

Once this has been done, you can log in with either Google or Facebook the next time you visit.

You can also log out and log in with them.

Option 2:

  1. Log in with your existing account with email and password
  2. Visit https://dashboard.webhostingmagic.com/user/security and then link your Google or Facebook accounts.

Next time you visit, you can then either of these to log in.

If you receive an error message when attempting to sign in with these, please use your normal sign-in credentials and do let us know via www.webhostingmagic.com/feedback.html about the issue so we can get it sorted out.

Changes Made To Our Branding Color Logo and Images

Web Hosting Magic Design Team

Conventional wisdom dictates that a business shouldn't change its logo or branding identity once set.

We totally agree ... as long as you are a conventional company.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said that "perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

We are on a quest to find perfection even when its meaning keeps evolving technologically because we believe that there is always something to be improved on.

The alternative is staleness and it is something we really want to avoid as much as possible.

 

Our web dev design team recently made changes to our branding: colors, images, logo, etc and these can be seen when you visit our service/social websites.

While the previous ones are OK-ish, we think that these changes closely reflect our services especially as we seek to differentiate ourselves from an over-crowded market.

 

We hope you like it. If you don't, please do let us know by visiting www.webhostingmagic.com/feedback.html


Please visit our website at https://www.webhostingmagic.com/ and/or the billing system at https://dashboard.webhostingmagic.com/ to see the changes.

For a better experience, please do clear your browser cache when visiting.

Announcing Our New Server Status Page


Routine system maintenance (to keep the machine hale & hearty), unplanned outages (gremlins) do happen.

When this pops up, you want to know about it.

Not only to help you plan, but we believe that this also will keep you abreast of any existing issues.

As part of a long-standing effort to be proactive and transparent, we have created a public status page to inform customers of network maintenance and/or real-time server issues.

The page is located at https://status.webhostingmagic.com/


Statuspage Bot Dancing


When you visit the page, scroll down and you can see options to:

  • subscribe to receive emails
  • subscribe to receive desktop notifications

Unlike the page at dashboard.webhostingmagic.com/serverstatus.php which requires logging in to view current status, no login required for this public-facing page.

It is important to note though that not all systems will be available on this page.

We hope this helps and of course, will be looking forward to your suggestions & feedback.

Thanks.


Malware Scan on Demand Now Available In Your cPanel

Over the past several months, we have been inundated with the feature request from our enterprise customers for a way to enable scan action in cPanel so developers could run a scan at any time on their own. 

Today, we happy that as part of our test case, customers using in the Oregon region using the hostname: west.cpanel now have access to this option.

Configurable options to enable/disable the Scan action in the UI.

  • Extended real-time scan folder list
  • Enhanced coverage of the real-time scanner, including a user’s home directory, and everything it encloses.

Please note that this is still a beta feature.

So while extensive testing has been done, do let us know if you run into any issue that may have been caused by using this feature.

Customers wishing to take advantage of this may request migration from an existing region to Oregon.

CodeGuard Automated Backup Pricing Lowered

Yes, we do back up your data.

But we do this randomly on a certain days every week.

What happens if your data is compromised and you have put in tons of work the other day before this happened?

If you ask us a for a backup (which by the way is free up to 3 GB), what we have for you may be a week out of date.

We also do not back up suspended accounts.

Enter CodeGuard.

CodeGuard is a fast, reliable website backup service built for rock-solid reliability and durability and protected with AES-256 server-side encryption.

With CodeGuard automated daily backups, you can recover deleted files, overwritten files and if a site is hacked, the system will replace it with the cleaner version.

And there is more.

With CodeGuard, you will get:

  • a self service protection for recovering from accidental deletions and file overwrites.
  • 1-click restore that saves you time and heartache by getting your site back to where it was before the issue occurred.
  • built-in automated WordPress management that include WordPress plugin and auto-recovery on update failure.
  • website time machine where every backup is timestamped allowing you to rollback your site on-demand to any point in time.
  • file change alert monitoring that monitor changes to your website and alerts you when any change occur.
  • a simple & straightforward pricing where you pay only for the amount of backup storage disk space you need.


We have seen a rapid adoption of this product by over 56% of our total customer base.

To encourage more customers to use thus service, we are lowering pricing for all CodeGuard products by 30% for monthly terms and by 70% for annual subscription immediately.

You can view our current pricing at https://dashboard.webhostingmagic.com/cart.php?gid=6

PayPal Removal, cWatch and SitePad Website Builder

PayPal


To better protect ourselves against fraudulent transactions, we are removing PayPal as a payment method.

This comes as we have discovered through not-so-pleasant experiences that PayPal is more keen on protecting these criminals than the interest of the business they serve.

Customers using it will have to switch to another method that we support.

For active users, this process only requires activating the desired payment method at the Web Hosting Magic customer dashboard via https://dashboard.webhostingmagic.com/account/paymentmethods

We support:

  • Credit and Debit Cards
  • SEPA Direct Debit
  • SOFORT
  • Giropay
  • Apple Pay


and will be adding Alipay and WeChat Pay soon.

If you are unable to effect this change yourself, please let our account team know.



cWatch


While our systems are built for active website protection, we also believe in giving customers the chance to actively participate in the security of their websites, web servers, and web applications.

Customers can either choose to use SiteLock or cWatch which we recently added as an additional option.

Comodo cWatch Web is a 24/7 managed security service (MSS) that runs on Comodo's high capacity cloud.

The Content Delivery Network (CDN) to host the protection/detection software at geographically placed servers around the globe.

There are many security delivery advantages to this architecture including:

  • the ease of deployment
  • agility in its upkeep to an ever-changing threat
  • DDoS mitigation
  • and website traffic acceleration


To learn more about cWatch, visit https://webhostingmagic.com/cwatch-sectigo.html

WARNING: Please do not use SiteLock and cWatch together as doing so may give you more grief than help. Decide on what to go with, and stick with it.



SitePad



SitePad Website Builder is now available on your cPanel.

For regions where we haven't rolled this out, it will be before Friday, the 21st of February, 2020.

SitePad is a drag-and-drop website builder with 354 Professional themes that cover a wide range of categories like blog, business, portfolio, restaurants, travel, etc.

It has 40+ widgets like image/video slider, image galleries, rich text, video, audio, service box, Google maps, contact form, social media and many more that you can add to your website.

SitePad publishes static files (HTML, CSS, JS) to your web hosting account.

And as you may know, static contents (compared to a PHP website) are faster which also means that your website loads super-fast.

SitePad is intended for developers who want to deliver a website super-fast either to their customers or to themselves.

For customers with minimal coding skills or website management experience, it is really easy to create any website of your choice without knowing much about the intricacies of how a website works.



Access SitePad Website Builder from cPanel

SitePad is enabled by default in Softaculous hence you can find a link to SitePad Website Builder in the left panel just below the search box.

Click on that link and it will take you to the overview page which will show the features of SitePad.

Click on the Get Started button which will redirect you to the SitePad editor server.



Choose a Theme

Once you are redirected to the SitePad editor server you will need to choose a theme for your website.

You can choose from 354 professional themes that cover a wide range of categories like blogs, music, business, portfolio, restaurants, travel, etc.

All the themes are fully-responsive so your website will work across all devices.



Start editing your website with drag & drop editor

After choosing a theme the default pages will be populated with demo content.

With the help of 40+ Widgets like image/video slider, image galleries, rich text, video, audio, service box, Google Maps, contact form, social media buttons, etc, you can start editing the contents, add images/videos, text.

You also create new pages as may be needed.



Publish your website

Once your website is ready, just click on the Publish button.

This will transfer static files i.e. HTML, CSS, JS to your web hosting account i.e. cPanel.

The final website will be hosted on your web server and since the files are static your website will load much faster as compared to a PHP website.

You can see how to use SitePad by visiting https://dashboard.webhostingmagic.com/knowledgebase/17/SitePad-Website-Builder

Our documentation team will be able to add all guides and tutorials to this URL before the end of this week.

Thank you.

A Happy & Successful 2020 Hosting Discount

Phew!

Can you believe it?

It's already the 7th of January 2020.

And before you know it, it is 7th of December.

That's why in addition of wishing a great year ahead, we are throwing in a huge new year's sale hosting discount you can use to get your business website up and running.

Take a moment to get started now by claiming this offer.

Find a plan that works for you before the coupon runs out.

Visit https://dashboard.webhostingmagic.com/cart.php?gid=1 and use the coupon code SUCCESS2020 when checking out.

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