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How to access a hosting account via SSH

To access your hosting account via SSH, you should:

1. Request that we enable SSH access for your account.

2. Open your SSH client, put your domain name or the IP address of the server into the Host Name field, enter 21098 into the Port field, choose SSH as your connection type and press the Open button:

 

3. You will receive the Putty Security Alert. Press OK:

 

4. When prompted, enter your cPanel username and password (when you enter the password, it is automatically hidden for the security purposes).

About ediaro. com

For over 5 years ediaro.com (a member of Fladio International Nigeria Limited) has provided web solutions and advertising for public and private sectors. Our main division is Computer and Information Technology. Thanks to our flexible approach towards the development of new solutions, we have often been at the inception of digital revolution and incorporating the most recent technologies. When you partner with ediaro.com, you are associating with one of Africa's best company for your ICT needs, we are the 1st Nigerian Company listed on the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) ECOBIZ computer session in 2010. Focusing on quality, reliability and design of our products and services has brought us customers and partnership with local and Multinational Companies such as United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Interswitch Limited, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc among others. Our current customer portfolio covers individuals, companies and Government agencies across the globe including Nigeria, India, United Kingdom, Mozambique and United States of America.

8 Best Practices to Promote your Business on Social Media

Almost three-quarters of small-business owners are confident in their social media strategies. Still need help with yours? Try following these 8 tips.

 

It seems strange to think there was ever a time when social media wasn’t an integral part of growing a small business. While many entrepreneurs still struggle with how to best use social media to engage their audiences and promote their businesses, there are signs that they’re gaining confidence in their social media skills. In 2012, 54 percent of small-business owners, who participated in a survey administered by Constant Contact, reported they needed help with social media. This year, that number dropped to 45 percent. This confidence seems to be translating into success, with 72 percent saying that their marketing efforts across the channels that matter, including social, email, mobile and Web, are working.

Socially savvy entrepreneurs know that it’s all about engaging the right audiences with valuable content. The online community has little tolerance for self-promoters who view social media as a means to free advertising. Given this, small-business owners face a challenge when it comes to striking a balance in using social media to engage and promote.

 

Promotion and engagement are really two sides of the same coin. Engagement is rooted in consistently sharing insight and providing value every time you connect with a customer. This establishes credibility while building trust and inspiring customers to tell their friends about you. Promotion extends your engagement efforts by presenting a valuable offer that’s based on your customers’ interests and needs. Social media amplifies your efforts so you can be found and engage a wider audience to grow your business.

 

To put it all together, here are eight best practices for successfully engaging customers and promoting your small business through social media.

 

1. Enhance the rewards for virtual check-ins.
For a specific period of time, double the points each time a customer checks in on Foursquare and triple the points each time he or she brings a friend. Their friends on social networks will see when they’ve checked in while you expand your reach exponentially.

 

 

 

2. Ask conversation-starter questions.
Most people enjoy sharing their opinions, so ask Facebook fans to weigh in on topics that are relevant to your business and interesting to them. For example, a fitness center may ask fans to vote on their favorite summer sports in order to be entered into a drawing to win private lessons for them and a friend who joins the club. The questions should engage fans and inspire them to refer business while giving the business owner great insight.

 

3. Share your expertise.
Post little-known, fun facts in the form of questions with a special offer presented to the first person to answer correctly.

 

4. Create a Pinterest board.
Make sure the board has eye-catching visuals and run a contest through it that will inspire and reward customers for their participation. Be sure to encourage them to re-pin and create their own boards that reflect the initial contest for additional social amplification of your campaign.

 

5. Follow the one-in-seven rule.
This rule is where only one of every seven posts overtly promotes your business. The remaining six should be focused on sharing valuable content, including posts from the community. This doesn’t mean you can’t promote your business in those other posts; just be sure you pair it with great content.

 

6. Provide value.
While including fun posts that reflect your personality is a must, it’s important to create content that benefits your followers. That can mean posting tips on best practices, providing access to white papers, or offering special deals on products or services.

 

7. Avoid syndicated messages.
While you can use tools that allow you to write one message and have it appear on a variety of social media outlets, you risk losing the sincerity behind the message. You can use similar language as you promote your offer on different sites; just be sure to change up the words while reflecting the tone of each network.

 

If you find that your customers are scattered across a variety of networks, focus your efforts where they’re most active. Not sure? Ask. Otherwise, you may waste a lot of time skimming the surface of multiple networks with little results.

 

When small-business owners apply these best practices to social media engagement and promotion, we’ll likely see that already impressive 72 percent success statistic continue to rise.

About ediaro. com

For over 5 years ediaro.com (a member of Fladio International Nigeria Limited) has provided web solutions and advertising for public and private sectors. Our main division is Computer and Information Technology. Thanks to our flexible approach towards the development of new solutions, we have often been at the inception of digital revolution and incorporating the most recent technologies. When you partner with ediaro.com, you are associating with one of Africa's best company for your ICT needs, we are the 1st Nigerian Company listed on the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) ECOBIZ computer session in 2010. Focusing on quality, reliability and design of our products and services has brought us customers and partnership with local and Multinational Companies such as United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Interswitch Limited, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc among others. Our current customer portfolio covers individuals, companies and Government agencies across the globe including Nigeria, India, United Kingdom, Mozambique and United States of America.

ediaro.com Accept Bitcoin for Payments Globally

We are pleased to officially announce that ediaro.com now accept Bitcoin as a form of payment for We accept Bitcoin for Web Design at ediaro.comWeb design, Website re-development, Web hosting, Domain registration, Mobile APP Development, Payment integration, Bulk SMS Credit, Website maintenance, Search engine optimisation (SEO), WordPress Web Design/Development, and Digital marketing services services from our customers Worldwide.

Digital currency and cryptocurrencies are gaining momentum as a method of payment Globally and as an organization that embraces innovation, we’re excited to be amongst the many companies in the Nigeria that accept Bitcoin as a form a payment globally. Companies that accept Bitcoin online ranges from computer stores, Bulk SMS Website, electronics online stores, domain registrars, webhosting providers, VPN services and a host of others, including charity organisations. Example of some of those organisations includes ediarosms.com – Accept Bitcoin for Bulk SMS Credit, ediarohost.com – accept bitcoin for webhosting, domain registration and SSL.

 

What makes ediaro.com start accepting Bitcoin along with normal currencies?
Bitcoin is different from normal currency because it is decentralized. No one person or any institution can control over Bitcoin network. Bitcoin can also be used to buy thing electronically which will be easy for people.

Bitcoin will compliment our currently accepted payment options such as Bank Transfer, Debit/Credit Card(Verve, Mastercard & Visa), Western Union Money Transfer, PerfectMoney and ediaropay.

 

Why ediaro.com is accepting Bitcoin?
We always aim to be flexible for our customers and so Bitcoin is the new way for payments and tend to be more flexibile for clients. We would like to offer less payment process and it’s fair enough with Bitcoin procedures of payments which can be accessible from anywhere in world. Infact, accepting Bitcoin is a win-win for both ediaro.com and our customers. There are no transaction fees for us as a merchant and it provides our expanding glboaly client base with more choices when it comes to payment.

 

What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is both a cryptocurrency and an electronic payment system invented by an unidentified programmer, or group of programmers, under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin was introduced on 31 October 2008 to a cryptography mailing list and released as open-source software in 2009. The identity of Nakamoto remains unknown, though many have claimed to know it. The system is peer-to-peer, and transactions take place between users directly, without an intermediary. These transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger called the blockchain, which uses bitcoin as its unit of account. Bitcoin is often called the first cryptocurrency, although prior systems existed, and it is more correctly described as the first decentralised digital currency. Bitcoin is the largest of its kind in terms of total market value.

Bitcoins are created as a reward in a competition in which users offer their computing power to verify and record bitcoin transactions into the blockchain. This activity is referred to as mining and successful miners are rewarded with transaction fees and newly created bitcoins. Besides being obtained by mining, bitcoins can be exchanged for other currencies, products, and services. When sending bitcoins, users can pay an optional transaction fee to the miners. This may expedite the
transaction being confirmed.

 

How can I get started?
You can check out some of our off the shelve services at www.ediaro.com/wrd/shop/

Contact us with your desired services via Emailinfo@ediaro.com or Call (+234) 080-9502-9999.

About ediaro. com

For over 5 years ediaro.com (a member of Fladio International Nigeria Limited) has provided web solutions and advertising for public and private sectors. Our main division is Computer and Information Technology. Thanks to our flexible approach towards the development of new solutions, we have often been at the inception of digital revolution and incorporating the most recent technologies. When you partner with ediaro.com, you are associating with one of Africa's best company for your ICT needs, we are the 1st Nigerian Company listed on the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) ECOBIZ computer session in 2010. Focusing on quality, reliability and design of our products and services has brought us customers and partnership with local and Multinational Companies such as United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Interswitch Limited, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc among others. Our current customer portfolio covers individuals, companies and Government agencies across the globe including Nigeria, India, United Kingdom, Mozambique and United States of America.

Speed up and optimize a WordPress & other Websites

 

WordPress is definitely one of the most widespread CMSs. However, it’s pretty slow in default configuration, especially, if the site has a lot of visitors and heavy content. Moreover, since 2010 Google has used page load times as a factor in its search ranking algorithms.
Luckily, the flexibility of this CMS suggests numerous methods to speed up website loading time significantly. You can check your website using online tools such as Google Page Speed to track the website speed results after each step.

Below you can find a few ways to optimize and speed up WordPress. We recommend to use them when building your website.
Tips to speed up the website:

Tips to optimize the website: 

Choosing a theme

A theme plays a key role in a website load speed. If you plan to create a busy blog, we recommend to do the research and testing to find the lightest and the most optimized theme.

The main and the most important rule about choosing a theme for WordPress website is that WordPress theme should correspond to the content of your website. You should define the topic of your website and the content it should be filled with first, and only then choose a theme which will suit for your future website.

Many WordPress themes are flexibly customizable and allow WordPress users to tweak multiple theme options to create the desired look for their website. These options, if they are coded improperly, can create issues with changing theme to another one.

Some WordPress themes which are quite attractive at a first glance, can actually make your website load more slowly than it should. Below are several useful tips which can help you to select the best theme for your WordPress website:

1. The simpler – the better. Choose a simple, easy to navigate theme for site users.
2. Choose a theme with responsive layout. Easily adaptable to Phone, Tablet, PC etc
3. Take into account the range of supported plugins. Plugins add extra functionality to your WordPress, but they are not properly coded or heavy, they have negative impact on your site overall performance, user experience and search ranking.
4. Pay attention to the presence of page builders which come with the theme.
5. Consider SEO friendliness of the theme. It will have direct impact on your site ranking on google and other search engines.

Specialized threads on WordPress forums are the best places to check for that. Here are two examples:

WordPress › Support » Fast theme needed?
WordPress › Support » Fast loading / low bandwidth theme: Appropedia’s 13

Optimizing images

A number of plugins for reducing image size exists on the web, for example, EWWW Image Optimizer, WP Smush.it and so on. They all have different features and allow you to find the configuration you need. We recommend using the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin.

NOTE: It requires exec() function, follow the instructions contact ediaro.com webcentre team for support.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, you need to go to Media > Bulk Optimize to optimize your images:

You will have an option to bulk optimize all images in Media library using Start Optimizing option. Here you can also optimize all other images outside Media library such as graphical elements of the theme and so on with  Scan and optimize option:

NOTE 1: The optimization procedure requires considerable resources so hitting the CPU resource limit temporarily is probable.

NOTE 2: The plugin allows determining a degree of image compression. For example, if you own a photo blog, note that well-compressed pictures will lose quality.

You can also set the plugin to conduct scheduled optimization in Advanced Settings.
Scheduled optimization does not include Media Library images, because they are either already optimized or will be optimized on upload.

Compressing files

cPanel includes Optimize Website function. It uses Apache’s mod deflate to compress content before sending it to the visitor’s browser.

Gzip is the most popular and effective compression method today. If gzip compression is enabled for website content, it generally reduces the response size by about 70%. To gzip your website components, log in to your cPanel > go to Software and Services section > Optimize website menu.

Here you need to select Compress all content and click on Update Settings.

for cPanel paper_lantern theme:

for cPanel x3 theme:

Select Compress all content and click on Update Settings.

Using caching plugins

A number of WP caching plugins are in use, and the vast majority of them drastically improve the page load time.
W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache are the most popular ones. The main difference between them is that W3 Total Cache is more customizable. W3TC utilizes multiple techniques to improve performance, including:

  • page caching
  • HTML, CSS, and javascript minification
  • gzip compression
  • CDN (Content Distribution Network) support
  • browser caching via ETags

Below are the guidelines for its initial setup and tweaking.

To configure the plugin, go to Plugins > Installed Plugins > find W3 Total Cache > Settings:

NOTE: If you are a shared hosting account user, remember that all available caches should not be enabled at the same time – avoid choosing Toggle all caching types on or off (at once). The reason for this is that if Object caching and Database caching are on, they will trigger resource usage spike without any improvement of the page speed. These caches can be enabled if your WordPress website is hosted on a VPS or Dedicated server only.

Scroll down the page and check Enable next to the following options:

1. Page Cache
2. Minify
3. Browser Cache (more details on browser cache setup in W3 Total Cache can be found in the next paragraph)

Then click on the Save All Settings button.

If you wish to get familiar with all configuration options of WordPress 3 Total Cache plugin, you may find them listed in this article.

Below you can find some additional measures which do not have effect on the page speed but may improve resource usage and user experience.

Using browser cache

The Expires header is a way to specify a period of storing/keeping/caching the static content of the website (CSS, Javascript, images, etc.) in the visitors’ browsers. This will significantly cut down the website load time for your regular visitors.

A convenient way to enable browser caching is to install WordPress Total Cache plugin and enable browser cache inside WordPress admin dashboard > Performance menu > General settings:

Then you will be able to perform fine-tuning of browser cache for the static content of your website in WordPress admin dashboard > Performance menu > Browser Cache section:

If you do not have W3 Total Cache installed on your website, you can enable browser cache with the help of Browser Caching with .htaccess plugin.

Alternatively, you can just copy and paste the following code in your root .htaccess file:


ExpiresActive on

ExpiresByType image/jpg “access plus 60 days”
ExpiresByType image/png “access plus 60 days”
ExpiresByType image/gif “access plus 60 days”
ExpiresByType image/jpeg “access plus 60 days”

ExpiresByType text/css “access plus 2 weeks”
ExpiresByType image/x-icon “access plus 2 weeks”

ExpiresByType application/pdf “access plus 1 month”
ExpiresByType audio/x-wav “access plus 1 month”
ExpiresByType audio/mpeg “access plus 1 month”
ExpiresByType video/mpeg “access plus 1 month”
ExpiresByType video/mp4 “access plus 1 month”
ExpiresByType video/quicktime “access plus 1 month”
ExpiresByType video/x-ms-wmv “access plus 1 month”
ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash “access 1 month”

ExpiresByType text/javascript “access plus 2 weeks”
ExpiresByType application/x-javascript “access plus 2 weeks”
ExpiresByType application/javascript “access plus 2 weeks”


The values can be changed according to your specific requirements.

Homepage optimization

The first thing people see on the website is the homepage. It is very important to pay attention to its proper optimization.

The less HTTP requests are performed by the browser to load your website content, the faster your pages load for the visitors. It is the Golden optimization rule. It means that the media content of the page, WordPress theme and plugins should be fetched by visitors’ browser using as fewer requests as possible.

WP Asset Clean Up plugin for WordPress can help you with reducing the number of HTTP requests for your website making your website pages load smoothly and quickly. WP Asset Clean Up plugin prevent unnecessary styles and scripts from loading on your pages and makes them. It makes the assets load on the pages where they are actually required without overloading the other pages, it also reduces the HTML code of the actual page.

JavaScript to Footer plugin can also be used to move JavaScript code to page footer and speeds up the page loading time this way.

Fixing Eliminate external render-blocking Javascript and CSS in above-the-fold content warning.

Merge CSS files into one stylesheet, and all your JavaScript files into one using W3TC plugin. To do so, set all JavaScript to Non-blocking using Async as shown in the screenshot:

Once done, re-test your site. If everything is done properly, the only blocking CSS/JS file left should be your combined CSS file, and nothing else.

This warning can be also fixed by Above The Fold Optimization WordPress plugin which inserts Critical Path CSS code inline, helps to create it and optionally optimizes the delivery of the full website CSS. This way the plugin helps to avoid Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content-rule from Google PageSpeed Insights. This plugin is also compatible with W3 Total Cache.

And some general recommendations:

1. Do not overload the page with widgets, e.g., social media sharing buttons. They are needed only in blog posts.
2. It is better to display excerpts on the homepage, not full posts.
3. Homepage should not show too many posts, five is fine.

Enabling hotlink protection

If a direct link to an image hosted by you is placed on some other website, resources of your account will be consumed, as requests to fetch the image will go to your server.

Blocking such direct links is the solution. The best option is to use cPanel > Hotlink Protection function:

for cPanel paper_lantern theme:

for cPanel x3 theme:

Optimizing the database

Optimizing the database may also be useful for a WordPress blog. Currently WordPress has 11 core tables. Most WordPress websites have even more tables because plugins save settings and other data in the WordPress database. Themes may also save settings and other data stored in WordPress database.

To have your WordPress database optimized, follow our database optimization guide. These steps will not allow unnecessary database queries slow down your website. You can also use specialized WordPress plugins, for instance:

WP-Optimize
Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions
WP-Sweep
WP-DB Manager

WP-Sweep is that it uses proper WordPress delete functions as much as possible instead of running direct delete MySQL queries. Whereas WP-Optimize plugin uses direct delete SQL queries which can leave orphaned data left behind.

We would also like to remind you to back up the database before making any major adjustments especially to third-party plugins.
 

Estimating your WordPress website performance

When a lot of plugins are installed on your website, they allow you to enrich your WordPress website functionality and include a variety of custom options for you and your website visitors. The side-effect is that heavy and resource-capacious plugins may slow down your website by consuming the CPU and I/O resources allotted for your website.

To optimize your website efficiently, you should understand which exactly plugin is eating up most of the resources. To check it, you may use P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) plugin for WordPress. When scanning your website with this plugin, it shows a diagram with the contribution of each plugin to the website loading time and the relative time each plugin loads. It will allow you to determine which plugins make your website load slower and decide whether they can be disabled.

There is another useful plugin for WordPress – Plugin Organizer. It allows you to disable plugins selectively and rearrange the order your plugins are loaded in. It can also improve your website performance.

Finally, once all these measures are implemented, you may check the optimization level of your WordPress website with GTmetrix plugin for WordPress and enjoy the scores you earned!

That’s it!

 

About ediaro. com

For over 5 years ediaro.com (a member of Fladio International Nigeria Limited) has provided web solutions and advertising for public and private sectors. Our main division is Computer and Information Technology. Thanks to our flexible approach towards the development of new solutions, we have often been at the inception of digital revolution and incorporating the most recent technologies. When you partner with ediaro.com, you are associating with one of Africa's best company for your ICT needs, we are the 1st Nigerian Company listed on the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) ECOBIZ computer session in 2010. Focusing on quality, reliability and design of our products and services has brought us customers and partnership with local and Multinational Companies such as United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Interswitch Limited, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc among others. Our current customer portfolio covers individuals, companies and Government agencies across the globe including Nigeria, India, United Kingdom, Mozambique and United States of America.

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