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Three Ways to Optimize WordPress and cPanel

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Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

In 2020, over 455 million websites use WordPress.com. That means that the WordPress market share is 35% of all websites in the world! That also means that WordPress users are in great company. However, understanding how it works can make a huge difference.

If you maintain a website for your business needs, chances are that you’re always looking for ways to make it easier to run both. Unlike the early days of the internet, web providers are trying to include options that take the pressure off your tasks. One of these tools is a control panel, also known as a cPanel. In today’s blog post, we’ll look at three ways that you can use cPanel to optimize your WordPress site.

What Is cPanel?

To put it simply, a cPanel (or control panel) is a way for an administrator to access information on their website. Whether it’s being used for analytics, content posting, or design maintenance, a control panel is your way of accessing how the world views your content. Without one, it can be extra complicated to get your website online and keep it there.

A cPanel will be designed and provided to your organization by your web hosting company. If you aren’t hosting your site, you aren’t sharing your site with the world. While the functions provided in your control panel suite will differ depending on your web host, understanding what it can and cannot do for your site is important to managing the site and reducing your frustrations. 

How Is cPanel Different from WordPress?

Essentially, cPanel is designed as an SMS or server management system, while WordPress is a CMS or content management system. They are designed to be integrated as one streamlined means of managing the server-side and the customer-side of your website. While the cPanel system is designed to allow you and your team to easily manage server and site performance, WordPress is where your website itself lives.

Using WordPress as your website and content building system can be simplified if you intertwine it with a cPanel suite. That means one login and some widgets can provide you and your team with a unified understanding of content and performance. Next, we will take a closer look at three ways that pairing these tools together can make running your commercial website an even smoother process. 

cPanel/WordPress Optimization Way #1: File Management

The first way that an integrated cPanel-WordPress can help your website operate more efficiently involves your file management system. Since your WordPress will be integrated into the cPanel, you will be able to better upload, remove, and move files around on your server. This is something that can keep your content fresh without losing items that would be good to have archived for future use. Depending on the size of your server, you will likely be able to create file backups, manage disk space, and otherwise organize your content in whatever way your business determines. In the next section, we’ll take a look at how using an integrated solution can improve email access and the overall workflow of your team.

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cPanel/WordPress Optimization Way #2: Email and Workflow Improvements

The second option that your team can use to optimize your WordPress site with cPanel involves how emails and tasks are routed. While many teams utilize outside email structures, using Gmail or Microsoft Teams, that can be a time-consuming task–especially if you are regularly hiring new employees. When you integrate cPanel with WordPress, you can create new email accounts using your website address in seconds.

To put it simply: every cPanel client has an email management function. From an administrative level, the cPanel Webmail feature allows for firewalls and spam blockers to be administered at the top levels. Each email user will continue to have control of managing their own spam protections, out of office replies, and other essential account-level functions. When you want your team members to get away from having email addresses that end in @gmail.com, integrating cPanel and WordPress is the way to go. In the next section, we’ll take a deeper look at how these tools can be used together to manage website traffic and usage.

cPanel/WordPress Optimization Way #3: Managing Traffic and Use

The third and final tip to share about integrating cPanel with WordPress involves maximizing usage on your website. This might seem a little lackluster, but it’s important to consider how much your company pays for a web hosting plan. These expenses, coupled with the employee hours required to design, redesign, and produce content for the site, can be astronomical. Investing in a solid cPanel-WordPress integration is essential to getting the most bang for your buck. This is true in two different facets: in the amount of traffic that moves through your site and in the amount of revenue that you earn.

With respect to traffic, your business should have an active marketing plan that can be used to drive traffic or viewers to your site. The type of plan you have will obviously depend on the type of business that you are running. Sales-based organizations will run sales, do product launches, and use other means to encourage participation across different social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. Creative or media content-focused companies will use social media and excitement to drive viewers to the site. Using your cPanel analytics is one way to review which methods are working and which need to be revisited.

Similarly, the amount of traffic that your site gets will have a direct correlation to the revenue that is brought back in. This revenue will vary depending on the type of site involved and the level of engagement that happens. When companies run sales, average order size will vary depending on the items included. When companies launch new campaigns or post new engaging content, word of mouth will change how much traffic is involved. Inside your cPanel analytics reporting, up-to-the-second data can reveal a startling amount about the successes and failures or the earnings and losses.

Solar VPS: Optimization Made Easy

Now that you’ve learned three ways that integrating cPanel and WordPress can enhance your web presence, it’s time to let our team lead the way. At Solar VPS, our experts understand how optimizing your business can make the difference between success and failure. We will help develop a precise plan that fits the unique needs of your team. Don’t go it alone. Contact us today to learn more!

Five Web Design Trends for WordPress in 2020

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Photo by Sergey Zolkin on Unsplash

Curious about the latest website design trends? In 2020, WordPress remains one of the top web design platforms for businesses. Here at Solar VPS, we like to stay on top of the latest web design trends, especially when it comes to highly-ranked platforms like WordPress. When our clients want their websites to include the latest design options, we help them stay relevant and search engine ready with tips and tricks, and of course we’re here to provide top-shelf hosting services so that their web designs stay up and available. 

Before we get into your hosting options, though, let’s take a closer look at some of these trends. 2020’s WordPress design trends all point in a sleek, simple direction, with an emphasis on the user experience. Here are some of the top design trends for web design in 2020. 

1. Block Editors 

In 2020, block editors have taken the place of other editing options. Overall, block editors have made editing more simple and clear than other options have done. Many users prefer this new solution over older editing formats. 

Now, having said that, others do prefer the older options because block editors don’t tend to show word counts during the editing process, and word count does impact a website’s SEO. Some users have gotten around this issue by typing text into a document that has word count capabilities and then pasting that text into their blocks once they’ve made sure they have the word count that they need. This way, they can balance the need for control with the need for simplicity. Others users have handed over the reins to web design experts who are familiar with block editors and can handle other SEO aspects. 

Other than the word count issue, though, block editors have proven extremely useful for WordPress users in 2020. The straightforward approach doesn’t leave much guesswork for users, and it provides more sleek design options. 

2. Emphasis on Simplicity 

While we’re on the subject of sleek design options, let’s move on to the next WordPress trend for 2020: an emphasis on simplicity. This trend isn’t new to 2020, but it has gained a lot of popularity this year. Part of this simplicity comes from a need for user friendliness and mobile friendliness, which we’ll explore a little later. Overall, though, simplicity is also a design-based trend for 2020. These days, designers are letting go of flashy and overly-complicated web designs in favor of clean-cut and simple options. It’s easier on the eyes and provides a more enjoyable browsing experience. 

Having said that, simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy, and amateur designers have to be careful not to underestimate the design process when they create their websites. This is especially important when it comes to business websites. Even the simplest web designs require thought and careful placement of words and images. 

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3. Emphasis on Uniqueness 

Now, here’s an interesting twist: Although WordPress sites are focusing on simplicity in 2020, there’s also a renewed emphasis on building unique websites. With each passing year, it gets harder and harder for business owners to make their websites stand out as more and more of the world moves online. This means that web designers have to build sites that stand out while staying sleek and simple. It’s a tough balance that the most advanced web designers can make look easy. 

Part of this balance comes from branding. Web designers and business owners often have to spend more time on brand-building before getting started on web design. Once a business owner has a strong brand to work with, the unique aspects of the site design come more easily. The extra branding work does create some extra effort upfront, but it can often save business owners some headaches overall. 

4. Bright Pops of Color 

One very visual WordPress trend is the focus on bright pops of color. This brightness provides an interesting contrast to the overall minimalism and simplicity that has taken over web design lately. Again, it’s not necessarily an easy balance to achieve. Designers aim for just the right amount of color to grab visitors’ attention without overwhelming them. The bright colors help certain businesses stand out, especially businesses that have a younger client base. 

However, some designers are also embracing dark mode, using plugins that let them offer the option to users. Newer phones allow dark mode on certain websites, and a lot of people prefer dark mode for their nighttime scrolling. Websites that come with the dark mode option while still providing excellent visuals can thrive in 2020. 

5. Increased Mobile Friendliness 

In 2018 and 2019, we saw an increased emphasis on user friendliness, especially for mobile users. WordPress users haven’t let go of that trend. As a matter of fact, it’s less of a trend these days and more of a stable growing feature. In any case, mobile friendliness matters, and it’s certainly not going to stop. 

Virtually everyone in the developed world has a smartphone now, and people tend to scroll through those phones far more often than they scroll through web pages on computers. When people look up businesses or search for specific products, they tend to do so on their phones. As new phones roll out, web designers have to make sure that their designs are compatible with the latest phone upgrades. 

WordPress Design With Solar VPS 

Of course, no matter which WordPress trends you embrace in 2020, it’s important that you have the right source for web hosting. That’s where Solar VPS comes in. We’re here to help businesses like yours thrive during 2020 and beyond. With our Solar System, you can access all the resources that your site needs. We provide reliable uptimes, excellent customer service, and a focused commitment to client satisfaction. You can get started for as little as $5 per month. 


Want to learn more? Take a look at your hosting platform options now. You can also feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Let us help you provide an excellent site experience for your clients.

Install Cloud Apps. Rule the Universe.

For the past few months Solar VPS has been conducting an open lab beta test accessible for all Solar VPS clients. The test, known as Cosmo’s Lab, featured a product line called SolarSystem Cloud Apps on Demand, or One Click A.I. A screen shot can be seen below:

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The idea behind the laboratory test was very simple: like Google’s Beta Lab’s, we wanted to release and test a product line which we believe will have a great impact on the Cloud hosting and general marketplace. The product line is Cloud Apps on Demand. In short, SolarSystem Cloud Apps on Demand featured 260 + Cloud Applications which our clients could install with the single click of a button. Just as Softaculous acts as an auto-script installer, we built SolarSystem Cloud Apps on Demand to install the most popular and useful Cloud applications with one click. We wanted to build a solution which was dead simple to use, highly useful and extremely valuable to the marketplace.

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Five Uses for Your New WordPress Blog

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On October 14, 2013, Solar VPS launched the SolarSystem 2.0. The new SolarSystem includes the public launch of SolarSystem 260 Cloud Apps on Demand. As the name suggests, SolarSystem 260 Cloud Apps on Demand is powerful and easy to use one click installer of over 260 of the most popular applications on the market today. Some of those applicatoins are Magento, osCommerce, Drupal, Joomla, Phorum, SquirrelMail and yes, WordPress.

Of all the current blogging applications on the market, WordPress is easily the most popular. With it’s highly customizable backend, WordPress is the go to blogging platform for mommy bloggrs, online nutrition coaches, chefs who want to share their recipes with the world and sly online marketers who like nothing more than making money off their blog by creating SEO/theme relevant content. Due to that, in celebreation of the launch of SolarSystem Cloud Apps on Demand, we present you with five excellent uses for your Solar VPS hosting WordPress blog.

1. Corporate Website

For those among you who are up to the challenge of building your own corporate website, WordPress is the platform for you. With the ability to decide the look and feel of your WordPress blog through utilizing custom made themes, WordPress allows you to fully custom build your website with the look and feel you love. Beyond the simple themeing of WordPress install, WordPress allows you to Continue