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Upgrade your WordPress to the newest version

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 by Helge
Screenshot_2020-01-22 Servage - Application Installer 1000850Via your Servage account, you can install plenty of apps via our application installer with few clicks. It is easy!. But, also updating the apps to the newest version can be done in a couple of seconds. There are good reason to keep your Wordpress updated: improved security improved speed enhanced features You find a detailed overview of the improvements on e.g. THIS page. Servage makes it very easy for you to upgrade your Wordpress (and other applications which are installed via our application installer). Via our application installer, you can simply push the button "Upgrade" and upgrade your Wordpress to the current newest supported version: log in to ...

Writing your own WordPress plugin

Friday, January 17th, 2020 by Helge
Plenty of our customers running Wordpress. It is easy to install and handle via the Servage application installer. It is a very popular tool since it has tons of features, and can even be extended with plugins – adding custom functionality. There are very many plugins available already, by individual developers and other web services, to integrate with and extend WordPress. You can find a directory of most existing plugins here: WordPress Plugin Directory Creating your own plugin Sometimes it’s hard to find a plugin that exactly fits your needs. Maybe because you want to integrate with a very specific service, or because existing plugins just don’t ...

Control your DNS settings via your Servage account

Friday, January 10th, 2020 by Helge
spf2The Servage webhosting account provides you with plenty tools to run your domains and services with tailored settings. This post explains what DNS settings are and how you can alter them. A DNS record is a database record used to map a URL to an IP address. DNS records are stored in DNS servers and work to help users connect their websites to the outside world. When the URL is entered and searched in the browser, that URL is forwarded to the DNS servers and then directed to the specific Web server. This Web server then serves the queried website outlined in the URL or directs the user to an email server ...

SSH – cool things you can do

Friday, January 3rd, 2020 by Helge
puttyFor each Servage hosting account, we are offering one SSH account. SSH stands for Secure Shell and is a way to log in to the server to be able to work directly on the server via text commands. SSH has plenty of advantages, it allows the encryption of data so that those malicious would-be attackers cannot access your user information and passwords. SSH also allows the tunneling of other protocols such as FTP. You find more information about SSH e.g. on this PAGE With the help of SSH, you can perform plenty of cool actions such as e.g. find and import MySQL back ups External MySQL access search for files and ...

Dear Servage customers – Happy 2020

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 by Helge
Servage_new_year2-300x300With 2019 coming to a close, Servage wanted to reach out and send our best wishes to you and yours! Hopefully, this New Year is going to be the one that fulfills all your dreams and so start it with a joyful and a vibrant soul! Servage wishes you a prosperous and successful new year!

Working properly with cookies

Saturday, December 28th, 2019 by Helge
cookiesYou probably know the many warnings popping up on most websites nowadays, telling you that the site uses cookies. Maybe they even offer you a cookie-free version if you don’t accept. This dialog has been introduced on a wide scale after recent legislation made site owners show this transparency of cookie usage to their visitors. However, the practical benefit or protection for users is still argued about. Most users are more likely to be annoyed, and except for adding the warning, site owners are not really changing their practices. Cookies are an important technical part of operating a website. Purpose of cookies Cookies are used to let the server store information in the client’s browser ...

Remember secure passwords easily

Friday, December 20th, 2019 by Helge
servage_lock:hdIt’s easy for service providers to ask their users to use secure passwords. After all it is the user who is supposed to remember it. Obviously it is better for everyone if secure passwords are being used everywhere, but for many people it represents an annoyance to use a password like “237IMBd!” instead of “pizza”. However, there are plenty of ways making it easier to remember secure passwords – and some of them even add a little bit of fun to the process ;-) I would like to explain my personal way of generating and using secure passwords as an inspiration to figure out a way that works for you, and moreover, ...

Local development with PHP and MySQL

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 by Helge
newpic Developing quickly and efficiently is important to create value for your users. Having an environment which endorses swift programming and designing really helps you satisfy your customers better. So, how do you develop your web apps? Are you always working on the live code on the webserver? Or are you using advanced version control systems to roll out tested changes? Are you testing on a local machine, uploading your changes every now and then? Obviously there are some serious considerations and risk assessments to make. . However, this article wont judge your development practices. This one is about development on a local machine. Server software You need the proper server software on your ...

Create a cool CSS-based tab-menu

Friday, December 6th, 2019 by Helge
This time we showtabmenu how to create a nice-looking tab-menu, based purely on HTML and CSS. See a live tabmenu example here. First, we want to have the menu code created in HTML. I find that the most appropriate way of doing this, is by creating the menu as a list. Thereby non-supporting browsers will still show the menu as a list, which somewhat resembles a menu. Everyone else will see the cool tab-menu :-) <ul class="tabmenu"> <li><a href="">Overview</a></li> <li class="active"><a href="">About</a></li> <li><a href="">Products</a></li> <li><a href="">Contact</a></li> <li><a href="">Login</a></li> </ul> So far this is somewhat similar to the dropdown menu, except we don’t have sub-items. This tab-menu and the dropdown ...

Build nice HTML forms

Saturday, November 30th, 2019 by Helge
Building forms for your website may be a trivial task for many developers, but if you’re not so much into HTML yet, then it might be quite a challenge. Also, you may simply find it nicer to build them with a WYSIWY editor. It’s easier and nicer than coding HTML by hand. Check out JotForm to boost your forms for your website: “There was a time once when creating web forms was a big pain for webmasters. Then came JotForm, first web based WYSIWYG form builder, and turned into a joy. Today JotForm has over 750,000 users. JotForm is a free web form builder. For basic usage, upto 100 submissions/month, you ...

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Creating cool animated typing effects

Typer.js is a JavaScript library that allows you to create animated typing effects for any kind of text. Animated typing is often found on product landing pages to impress visitors with features of a product. In addition to a nice visual experience, libraries like Typer.js allow you to have many sentences that erase the previous one, resulting in less screen space required for text. Getting started Setting up Typer.js on your website is ...

Free icons for web developers

A website with no images would look quite dull, and making graphics from scratch can be a difficult task. Since not all developers are graphic designers, many free and paid icon sets and libraries have become popular among front-end developers. They allow you to easily place a large variety of icons on a website. Here is a collection of such icon libraries that are popular among developers . Glyphicons Glyphicons is an icon ...

Comparing development environments

When it comes to web development, there are many development environments to choose from. Roughly speaking, a development environment means the computer on which you run the applications you are developing. Such a computer can be virtual or physical and local or remote. This time we will compare popular development environments, such as Vagrant, and see what advantages and disadvantages each has. Vagrant Vagrant is one of the newest and most used development ...

Wordfence: WordPress security two-factor login

You have probably already heard of the term two-factor authentication, maybe you already use it today even with other services? However, what you may not know is that two-factor authentication has more uses than the web, for example, it can be applied to secure the login for your WordPress page. According to estimations, more then 75.000.000 websites are running Wordpress. Unfortunately, its popularity has made the tool a target for people ...

Easy as 1, 2, 3 … Servage application installer

Install applications with view clicks! The Servage application installer helps you to install and use complex apps with few clicks only. Our system will set up the files and the associated database. It is very easy to install tools like e.g. Wordpress, Joomla, Coppermine, openCart and many more. Here, you find a step by step instruction how to use ...