Sunday, December 30, 2018

Is Managed WordPress Hosting Right For Me?

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.

Managed WordPress

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.
liquid web handling standard admin duties for managed hosting
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.

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:
  • Web designers
  • Marketing agencies
  • Small businesses
  • The occasional mom and pop shop
web designers
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.

Unmanaged WordPress

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:
  • Data Center(s)
  • Networking
  • Hardware
  • 100% Uptime
  • Application Infrastructure ( Control panel or software used to interact with the product )
  • 24/7/365 Support
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

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.
cloud sites
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.

Managed WordPress features vs other services

Final Words

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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Originally published at on December 5, 2018.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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Monday, December 24, 2018

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Where is the Best Place to Put Social Media 

Links on Your WordPress Website?

 When social media was first taking off and business owners figured out they could build a social media following by promoting their social networks on their WordPress websites, social media links, icons, and buttons were stuck in the header, the navigation, the sidebar, the footer, and even in the content.
But social media has grown and evolved and now website owners want to know:

  1. Which social media sites should I link to?
  2. Is it still worth putting social media links all over my site?
  3. Where is the best place to put social media links on my WordPress website?
For this article, we’re focusing on the social media links to your own social media profiles and pages, which social networks you should use, and where they should go on your WordPress website.

Which Social Media Sites Should You Link To?

While some experts say you need to have a presence on every social media site and that you need to be anywhere your clients might be, several different studies have shown quality is better than quantity.
which social networks to choose for social media links

This means that for your business, you need to:
  1. Identify the top 1-3 social networks your clients use and invest in creating a high-value profile and presence on each one. The key is to know your audience.
  2. Include links to your profiles for your active business social media profiles only.

The Pros and Cons of Adding Social Media Links To Your Website

When it comes to the placement of website social media links, no one disputes the need to have them on a website, but in terms of where they should be placed, there are two different arguments:

Argument 1: Social media links should be easy to find and deserve a prominent position on your WordPress website because visitors are expecting them to be there.

Optimizing website for social media links in header and prominent locations

The pros of having easy to see social media links on your website are that visitors are already looking for them and expect to be able to find them and connect with you without having to hunt for them. When your social media links are displayed prominently, they are easy to find and it encourages visitors to like, follow, and connect on those platforms as well.
Those who believe social media links should be front and center recommend you put them:
  • In the header or site navigation. It’s what visitors see first and will appear on every page of the website.
  • At the top of the sidebar. They’re still at the top of the site, but in a less prominent position—and in the sidebar, you can add a call to action like, “Let’s get social!”
  • At the top of blog posts. While typically reserved for social sharing buttons, some sites have had much success by including a call to action to get more great content by connecting via social media.
  • In floating bars. A group of social media links or social sharing icons can be displayed in a floating bar alongside the edge of the browser. This ensures that the social links stay visible even when the visitor scrolls.
Sometimes they even argue for putting the social media links in multiple places! These same social media advocates will also recommend that you embed social feeds on your website for those social media profiles or pages you want to actively grow. Most often, these feeds are added to the sidebar or footer.

Argument 2: Social media links should be minimized because every social media link on your WordPress website is an invitation for visitors to leave.

The cons of having prominent social media links on your website are that with every social link you add, you’re also sending prospects away from your website and they might get distracted and forget about you.
minimizing distractions of social media links for optimizing call to actions
Those who believe social media links should be minimized recommend you put them in one consistent spot, either:
  • In the footer. So many companies are moving social icons to the footer that it’s becoming expected and visitors know to scroll to the bottom to find them. This placement also makes them available without distracting from the content or call to action buttons on the page.
  • At the bottom of the sidebar. Items placed in a sidebar should only be there if they’re valuable to the visitor, which means they more than likely hold more importance than social media links. By placing the social links at the bottom of the sidebar, they remain easy to find and keep the focus on the content.
  • At the bottom of blog posts or in the author bio. Chance are that if someone reached the end of your blog post, they’re interested in you and what you have to say. Offer them the next logical step: connecting with you via social media.
What do you think? Do you believe social media should play a primary role on your website? Or do you think links to social media profiles and pages should be minimized and downplayed? We’d love to hear your opinion on Facebook or Twitter.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

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Thursday, December 13, 2018


Green tea has long been acknowledged for its health and wellness benefits, including weight loss assistance. The evidence is irrefutable. But are we overlooking something better? It is true that green tea contains powerful antioxidants.

These components contribute to minimizing health risks such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. As a Weight Loss Expert, it has been my primary goal to share practical tips and tricks for those pursuing optimal health. In upholding my obligation to transparency, I am about to reveal how green tea, although beneficial, is gradually losing value in the light of its delicious rival – rooibos.

Rooibos, also known as red tea, is equally high in antioxidants, however sourced from different substances to that of green tea. The antioxidants contained in rooibos – aspalathin and nothofagin – are comparatively rare, and help to regulate blood sugar, reduce excessive fat production, stress, and inhibit metabolic disorders.

After the results of recent studies, alongside my own findings related to the major players in sustainable weight loss, I consider red tea an essential. In addition to preventing heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and more, it is an accessible and effective answer to weight gain. This year I began the production of my Red Tea Detox.

A primary goal was to harness the incredible benefits of rooibos whilst combining the ingredient with a number of other, equally valuable elements. Rooibos means red bush.

The plant is readily available, with leaves that turn red upon fermentation. With so much potential to assist with our health and wellness journeys, I considered it wrong to ignore the strength of the plant. Unlike green tea, red tea does not contain caffeine, and therefore drinking the blend at night won’t leave you restless. Another factor of its ultimate superiority is simply – taste. The bitterness of green tea is often attributed to its high tannin content, which is less prevalent in red tea. 

Many health products do not aim to bridge the gap between adults and young children, but the pursuit of health is of equal importance for both demographics. Which is why I’ve designed a recipe that caters to all ages and tastes, with the inclusion of a sweetened version of the recipe. This particular Red Tea Detox program is fresh and matchless, already actively transforming lives since its launch. 

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