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What happens if you use nulled themes or plugins?

Today we’ll know cost of using nulled themes or plugins

Have you ever used any theme or plugin or a script like WHMCS, You might have. These things are available in the free version as well as the paid version, The free version offers limited features unlike the PRO version, But do you know these Themes/Plugins or scripts are available in the nulled version too where the licensing is removed and you get the pro version for free, It works the same right! But do you know what can happen if you use these nulled scripts. Your website becomes vulnerable to attacks as soon as you introduce a nulled script on your website. You might not trust me but think once WHO GIVES ANYTHING FOR FREE? You might think that people also offer free scripts  which is free, then how is this statement correct ? Actually the developer even earns money from free plugins through monetization,  Donations, having their mark on your website . So everyone earns money.

What happens if you use nulled themes or plugins

WHY ARE NULLED SCRIPTS FREE ?

Nulled scripts comes with viruses/ Trojans/ Worms etc. which gives your site access to an attacker who might hijack your website. Also they add unwanted malicious redirects in your website which lead your domain to be blacklisted or blocked.

The hackers gets access to your website as soon as you install a nulled script on your website.

Here’s what can happen if an attacker gets access to your website :

  1. He could take your website down and ask you money to get it back.
  2. He could change your payment gateway API resulting in payment from your website delivered to him.
  3. He could steal and sell your clients/ Your information.
  4. He could put malicious download links on your website.

In simple language installing a nulled script on your website is just like taking your website to death. YES ITS THAT.

CONCLUSION : You should never use nulled scripts on your website. Just spent some money get the paid one which too provides you a lot of support whenever you face any issue. Paid version also gives support to the developer. As per me you should support the person who gives you services.

DO YOU KNOW A LOT OF HOSTING COMPANIES USE NULLED cPanel/WHM?

Many companies can’t afford the paid cPanel and WHM, so they use nulled versions of these plugins. But at Insta Hosting We use the Original Developer verified plugins. So your data is always safe in your hand. We use original version of any plugin no matter its cPanel/WHM or lightspeed.

WITH A TRACK RECORD OF 100% UPTIME IN LAST 5 YEARS. We ensure you we will never let your website down

How to choose the right hosting provider? A Guide

How to choose the right hosting provider? There are certain key factors which decide whether a hosting provider is good or not.

Factors that indicate a good hosting provider:-

  1. Good support.
  2. Sufficient resources
  3. Less downtime
  4. Easy to manage

 

Let’s now see how do good support indicates that a hosting provider is reliable.

  1. GOOD SUPPORT – You should be able to contact the hosting company via chat or email it’s important because if you need help regarding hosting the company should be reachable quickly! If any error occurs and you aren’t able to solve then the hosting company should do his best in solving it.. Try contacting the support before buying and then ask them for C-PANEL DEMO see if they provide or not most reliable companies will do it.
  2. SUFFICIENT RESOURCES – You should be provided with sufficient resources as per plan. If someone is giving you 1 GB of storage with less RAM at a high price so that’s not fair. You should get enough resources for the amount you paid. Resources not only help an website load fast but also work efficiently. Always compare the hosting company you choose with others so that you get to know that you are getting worth the money you paid.
  3. LESS DOWNTIME – Downtime affects businesses as whenever a customer tries to buy a product from your site and if your website doesnt load or loads slowly, it impacts the sale. Downtime also leaves a bad impression on your first time visitors the people who haven’t seen your site before. So confirm that a hosting company at least provides 99% uptime (99.9 % recommended).Most hosting companies provide at least 99% of uptime. If you choose shared hosting then you might have some downtime recommend cloud hosting if you need more uptime as it bounces your site to another server when there is downtime on the initial server
  4. EASY TO MANAGE – your services should be easy to manage via a single dashboard access, which avoids contacting support for each & everything! You should have C-PANEL shortcuts on your client area so its easy to go anywhere some shortcuts are File Manager, Sub domains, Redirects ETC.

At INSTA HOSTING we have good support via WhatsApp, The support is at your finger tips plus we are too responsive. Are servers has Sufficient resources and we have low or mostly no downtime and its really very easy to manage all your products via the dashboard itself!

Which hosting Package will suit my need? A Guide

Which hosting Package will suit my need? Today we’ll know about the different types of web hosting.

So first let’s know what is WEB HOSTING.

Web hosting is a place where our website files are stored and helps making our site live.

So, let’s get into it

The different types of web hosting are: –

  1. Dedicated Web Hosting
  2. Shared Web Hosting
  3. VPS Web Hosting
  4. Cloud Web Hosting
  5. Managed WordPress Hosting

So first let’s see DEDICATED WEB HOSTING

Dedicated hosting– It is the type of web hosting where the client has access to the whole server. And the server only hosts the particular client website other than anyone else website. Which makes Dedicated hosting not only fast but safe too.

There are many providers who provide dedicated hosting, but many of them doesn’t provides SSH access which is very necessary to control the server.

So, We recommend using dedicated hosting if you are a big company or need a full server or if you have many subdomains.

 

Let’s now move to SHARED WEB HOSTING

In shared Web hosting many websites are hosted on the same server which makes it a little slow but that’s negligible.

So, If you are a small business or a beginning try Shared Web hosting.

 

Let’s head over to VPS Web Hosting

In VPS Web hosting we can install any operating system and use it remotely. VPS is also used for making gaming servers like Minecraft I.E.

VPS give a great experience if you have more CPU cores and ram. Which only makes it fast and responsible.

We personally use VPS servers for testing purposes the application we downloaded from the internet is first executed in our VPS server and if it’s safe then we allow it to run in our HOST SYSTEM.

 

Let’s now see CLOUD WEB HOSTING

Cloud Web hosting is really great and is worth it’s price.

Cloud Web Hosting is just like SHARED HOSTING. But it gives great performance as it bounces our site to another server when there is downtime on the initial server.

We seriously recommend it if you care about performance and don’t like any downtime!

 

Let’s see Managed WordPress Hosting 

In Managed WordPress Hosting we are only allowed to host WordPress sites. And the servers where the websites are hosted are already optimized for WordPress.

It allows great experience to WordPress developers. As it has all the features and necessities WordPress requires.

If you are working on WordPress or you are a WordPress designer, we would recommend using Managed WordPress Hosting.

 

CONCLUSION. 

As we discussed about the above the different web hosting options. We took a conclusion that you need some necessities for every web hosting.

  1. Dedicated Web Hosting -We recommend using dedicated hosting if you are a big company or need a full server or if you have many subdomains.
  2. Shared Web Hosting – If you are a small business or a beginner try shared Web hosting.
  3. VPS Web Hosting – VPS gives a great experience if you have more CPU cores and ram. Which only makes it fast and responsible. If you need secure server try VPS Web Hosting.
  4. Cloud Web Hosting – We seriously recommend it if you care about performance and don’t like any downtime!
  5. Managed WordPress Hosting – If you are working on WordPress or you are a WordPress designer, We would recommend using Managed WordPress Hosting.

Best websites to get FREE Stock images for your blog!

You’ve found your perfect domain, set up your WordPress site, written a few blog posts but now you need images. Unless you are creating your own, you’ll need a good source for stock images! Stock images can be expensive and difficult to manage when it comes to licensing which is why we have created this tier list of the best sites for stock images, free and paid.

  • Unsplash
  • Freepik
  • Gratisography
  • Pixabay
  • Pexels

Unsplash

Unsplash has a large array of free images with very little credit required, as it’s optional to link back to the photographer/graphic designer who produced the photo. Unsplash offers quality over quantity, so searching with a specific keyword is vital.

Unsplash’s search tool is the fastest way to find a picture, but if you have a little time of your hands, check out Collections – groups of photos sorted by other users into themes like Light and Shadow, Street Life, and Into the Wild. You can create your own collections after signing up for an account. They’re ideal for inspiration, or gathering resources for a project.

Freepik

Freepik has a larger selection of options to pick from, whether it’s vectors, stock images or PSD files. Plus it has a free and paid option. Freepik is great for its selection of vectors and stock images but can be a more expensive platform to use.

The photos are consistently high quality, and artists are paid for their contributions. There’s an excellent selection of filters that you can use to find exactly the right stock photo, and you can even upload and existing image to find similar pictures.

Gratisography

This is probably the most unique in terms of selection. The stock images which Gratisography offer are free and are quite quirky and bold. These are less like the stock images you will see at other vendors and they have no copyright restrictions.

Gratisography doesn’t offer as much content as some other free stock photo sites.

Pixabay

Pixabay offers you the ability to use its stock images whilst only politely asking to link to the original creator. As such, these images are entirely free for commercial use and for use in your blog/editing.

Once you’ve found a suitable free stock photo, choose an appropriate resolution (print projects will need a much higher resolution than online ones) and complete a Captcha to download the file. You can cut out the Captcha by signing up for a free account.

The quality of photography isn’t as consistently high as Unsplash, but if you can’t find the free stock photo you need there, Pixabay might be able to help.

Pexels

Pexels is a particularly good choice for web or app designers, with an excellent set of device images that are ideal for displaying interface mockups. A couple of images stray close to stock photo cheesiness (ideas that are tricky to illustrate spelled out with scrabble tiles, for example), but the vast majority are creative and original.

Pexels has a category dedicated to space photography, which looks amazing, but bear in mind that some of the material is from NASA – one of the organizations whose images should only be used in specific contexts.

How to transfer your WordPress blog / website?

Migrating your WordPress blog from one hosting platform to another may seem like a daunting prospect. The aim of this guide is to give you an understanding of all methods of migration so that you can decide which migration process is right for you.

There are multiple ways to migrate:

The manual method – This involves taking a full copy of your website files and databases which can then be uploaded to their new locations on your new hosting package.

The plugin method – With WordPress being the most popular CMS on the planet, there are various plugins available to help you migrate your website without having to delve into the technicalities. We will discuss the plugin options later in the post.

Get someone to do this for you – Don’t laugh, we’re being serious. Krystal offers a migration service (free of charge!) for anyone moving between platforms or moving into Krystal from another host. Let one of our experts take care of everything for you.

Using Softaculous or Installatron – Both of which are application installers, enabling you to install various web apps at the click of a button.

The Manual Method

This method involves taking a copy of your website files via FTP and a copy of the Database via phpMyAdmin. Log into your existing server via FTP. We recommend using Filezilla for this. You would then be required to copy all of the website files from their current location (public_html if using cPanel and it is your only domain) to a location on your computer. Once all files are copied over, login to your existing control panel and navigate to phpMyAdmin. Select the database from the column on the left-hand side and it will open in the window to your right. In the top bar, you will see an option named “Export” select this, make sure the format is set to SQL and then click GO. A copy of your database will be downloaded via your browser to your PC.

Now you have everything backed up, it’s simply a case of running through the same process in reverse to your new hosting account. Connect up via FTP, copy the files back to the same location. For the database, before logging into PHPMyAdmin, you will need to create a new database, assign a user and a password. Once this has been done, navigate to phpMyAdmin, select your newly created Database and use the import function. This will restore all of the data. The final step here is to open up your wp-config.php file via FTP or cPanel’s File Manager and edit the “Database name”, “Database user” and “Password” fields to match up with the newly created database. Once this is done, test the website.

The Plugin Method

There are various plugins available to help assist with the migration of a WordPress Blog. We’re going to use Updraft as an example.

Log into WordPress, navigate to plugins and select ‘add new’. Search for Updraft and get it installed. Once installed, open up the Updraft menu from your WordPress dashboard. From here you can take a full backup of the WordPress installation, plugins, themes, content and the database. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and download the zip files to your computer.

To restore using Updraft, log in to your new hosting account and install a blank copy of WordPress, (we have Installatron and Softaculous installer to automate this) Once WordPress has been installed, navigate back to the plugin installer and again install Updraft. Once active, navigate to the updraft menu, choose the restore option and drag the downloaded zip files onto the uploader. Click go and watch the magic happen. Updraft will restore the entire site exactly as it was on your previous hosting account – awesome huh?

Our support team is available, if you have any further questions, please get in touch with us here.

How to Access your emails when working remotely

The #Newnormal has made a large number of people to work remotely, with more to follow in the coming weeks. Making sure your business stays connected during this time is essential. Some have never been required to work remotely before and worry about being able to access their emails/work systems.

With each of our hosting plans, the options to access your emails remotely are numerous. Aside from connecting your mailbox at home to your computer / laptop using third party software like Outlook, we also offer a webmail facility which allows you to access your email from any device that has a internet browser such as Chrome, Firefox, IE and Edge.

How do I login to my webmail?

The majority of clients will be able to access their webmail facility using your domain name in the following format https://mydomain.com/webmail – If your domain is being hosted externally, get in touch with our support team and we can help set up your own access URL or alternatively use https://serverhostname.com/webmail – If you do not know your server hostname, it can be found in your “welcome email” or by asking our Team!

If you would rather configure your local mail client such as Outlook, Thunderbird, Mail etc. then there are a number of ways this can be completed – the following guide will help you to get your mail account configured:

If you are unable to connect your device or find a suitable guide then please don’t hesitate to reach out to our fantastic support team who will assist you in any way possible to make the transition to working remotely as smooth as it can be.

Are you using Outdated WooCommerce and Yoast plugins in your website? then read this!

Are you using Outdated WooCommerce and Yoast plugins in your website? then read this!

We wanted to bring to your attention recent malware exploits within outdated versions of two WordPress plugins, WooCommerce and Yoast.

What’s malware? Malware is specifically designed software to disrupt, damage or gain unauthorized access to a computer system. It can be a big worry when there are breaches within plugins as it causes major vulnerabilities to your system and business.

Since the details regarding these latest malware issues in Woo Commerce and Yoast were released, we’ve had many clients come to us with the same concerns and our malware detection systems have been working hard to keep our platform safe.

We want to work with you to make your website safe again, in the quickest and easiest way possible.

So, here’s what you need to know:

Yoast SEO versions 1.2.0-11.5 and below are vulnerable to an Authenticated Stored XSS attack.
WooCommerce version 3.6.4 and below are vulnerable to a Cross-Site Request Forgery and File Type Check.

How to solve it:
Solving the issue is as simple as updating the plugin concerned. Both WooCommerce and Yoast have released updates to patch the exploit.

Yoast 11.6 was released 7 days ago and has resolved the Authenticated Stored XSS attack risk
WooCommerce version 3.6.5 has also been released which patches their exploit.

It’s important to keep all your plugins updated via the WordPress dashboard, particularly as by default, WordPress doesn’t update these automatically. The longer a plugin is left without any updates, the higher the risk of malware issues occurring.

Does plugins cost you Speed issues in WordPress?

We all know WordPress is an open-source platform and as a result there are many great plug-ins out there, ranging from site security to additional functionality. It’s easy to install them all and call it a day – but how many is too many, and what it means to your website?

Crashing issues & conflict errors

The more plug-ins you install, the greater the chance of things going wrong. Some plug-ins tend to not play well with one another plugin or the theme, and others can cause crashes and general unreliability. With so many plugins in the WordPress repository, it’s impossible for developers to compatibility test them all. The more you install, the greater this risk is exacerbated.

For best practice, try not to install more than one caching plug-in at a time. Sometimes it seems like a good idea to get two plugins that do the same thing – perhaps one offers minification and the other does caching well, so you run them together. It sounds good in practice but in reality, it is going to cause you a headache.

It’s best to find one plugin that does the job for caching and another for optimizing various aspects of the site. Some good choices would be a combination of Autooptimize and your favourite caching plugin (making sure to turn off any additional features for merging and minification as auto-optimize will handle this part for you).

Image Courtesy: Unsplash

 

Poor performance

Each plug-in you install is adding more scripts to your site which is more code that needs to be loaded. There’s going to be an increase in HTTP requests from the additional CSS styling, images and JavaScript in order for them to run correctly.

With those HTTP requests comes increasing usage of server resources and depending on the specs of your plan, this could cause slowdown, crashing or worse. Visitors won’t be able to browse your website if it happens to crash. While caching can often help with this, it’s better to avoid the problem entirely by only installing what you really need.

Security Risks

Plug-ins also need to be kept up to date, otherwise, they may fall victim to recently disclosed vulnerabilities and security holes that leave your site open to attack.

If you have any questions about plug-ins, our support team are available 9 AM to 8PM  Just get in touch with us here.