How to Flush DNS in windows 10?

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A very common issue you may encounter is when your local DNS resolvers cache a domain name to IP mapping. When you’re trying to go to the domain, it’s actually pulling up an old IP address (cached on your own computer) instead of looking for a new one and finding the correct record.

This article will give you the steps required to clear your cached DNS records.


How to flush DNS in Microsoft Windows 10

  1. Close the application you’re currently working with, such as an internet browser or email client.
  2. Press the Windows Logo + R keys together simultaneously. This will cause the Run dialogue window to appear.
  3. Type cmd in the text box and select OK.
  4. When the black screen appears, type the following command and hit enter:ipconfig /flushdns
  5. Restart your application (browser or email client).

Mac OS X

It is important to note before following these instructions that the command in step 4 is specific to Mac OX 10.10 Yosemite and will not work on prior versions of Mac OSX as this command changes between versions. It is advised that you follow Apple’s instructions to check your version number, and look for the command specific to your version of OSX.

  1. Close the application you’re currently working with, such as an internet browser or email client.
  2. Navigate to your Applications folder.
  3. Open Utilities and double click on Terminal.
  4. Type the following command and hit enter:sudo discoveryutil mdnsflushcache;sudo discoveryutil udnsflushcaches;say flushed
  5. Enter the admin username and password when prompted.
  6. Restart your application (browser or email client).Don’t worry if either command says something like “Not found”, and continue to restart your application.

OSX Daily has excellent lists of prior OSX versions and commands:


Linux

Note: Different distributions and versions of Linux may have slightly different commands due to differences in configuration. One of the commands below will probably work.

  1. Open up a root terminal window (Ctrl+T in Gnome).
  2. Type the following command and hit enter:/etc/init.d/nscd restartYou may need to use sudo depending on your installation instead:sudo /etc/init.d/nscd restartSome distributions support this command:sudo /etc/init.d/dns-clean start

    Or support this command:

    sudo service nscd restart

    Some installations may have NSDS located in another directory, like the following example. You may need to locate where it is installed to be able to execute the correct command.

    /etc/rc.d/init.d/nscd restart

  3. Restart your application (browser or email client).

Beginner Guide: How Do I Change My Hosts File?

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How Do I Change My Hosts File?

What Is a Hosts File?

The hosts file allows you to set IP addresses for a domain on your local computer that may override the authoritative DNS. This will allow you to see what a domain will display if it is pointed to a different server. This article covers the following topics:

  • How to Recognize a Hosts File?
  • Why Change the Hosts File?
  • Editing Your Hosts File
    • Browser Plugin
    • Editing System Files
  • DNS Flush

How to Recognize a Hosts File?

The hosts file is a plain text file, and is usually named hosts. A typical hosts file will have one or more lines referencing your local computer (as ‘localhost’) and will resemble this:

127.0.0.1 localhost
123.45.67.89 www.example.com
#98.76.54.32 www.another-example.com

A hosts file can be edited to override your network settings and thus allow your local machine to view a website prior to the DNS changes propagating.

Why Change the Hosts File?

Changing your hosts file is a temporary measure to preview your site as it will load from your Itsmydomain server. This lets you make changes on a server other than the one loaded by your domain when visitors access your page.

This is very useful for development purposes, as you can work on your site on an alternate server using a hosts file while visitors may still visit and use your existing site.
Itsmydomain recommends changing your hosts file for development. It provides the most stable development environment. Other methods can cause configuration issues after development is complete.

Editing Your Hosts File

To change the host your domain loads from, you will need to know the correct IP for your server. Itsmydomain servers will require you to use the IP address displayed in your cPanel.

You can view your IP by accessing your cPanel

Once you know your server IP address, there are 2 ways that you can change the host your domain loads from. This article will cover each of them:

  • Browser Plugin
  • Editing System Files

Note: Remember to undo and changes you make after you’re done viewing your site, as any of these changes will prevent your domain from loading the correct DNS.

Browser Plugin

Many browsers have plugins that will allow you to make this change without loading your site through a proxy. If you need to test SSL installation or payment gateways, this may be vastly preferred over using third party web proxies.

We recommend the following plugins for Firefox and Chrome, depending on which browser you prefer:

Both plugins require your desired host and your cPanel IP to load it from. Each plugin will have different instructions to use, and may differ based on version.

Editing System Files

Lastly, you may change the host your local computer loads your website from by directly editing your system’s hosts file. This method will be easier if you are an experienced user of the operating system on your local PC.

All operating systems will have a hosts file like our example:

127.0.0.1 localhost
123.45.67.89 www.example.com
#98.76.54.32 www.another-example.com

Add the second line in this example to your hosts file, with the following edits:

  1. Replace “123.45.67.89” with the IP address from your cPanel.
  2. Replace “www.example.com” with your actual domain name.

You may deactivate a line to undo this change by prefacing it with a “#” (as in the third line above). This will cause the line to be ignored.

Click the links below to expand specific instructions for how to make this change your desired operating system:

Windows

Mac OS X

UNIX

DNS Flush

Once you have modified your hosts file, it is recommended that you flush your DNS so that the new changes can be implemented more swiftly. DNS flushing must be done using command line. Depending on your computer’s OS, there will be different commands.

Can I Use My Site When My Domain Name Hasn’t Propagated Yet?

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Can I Use My Site When My Domain Name Hasn’t Propagated Yet?

Can a Website Be Used Without a Domain Name?

Until a domain name is provided or available, users can modify their hosts file on their local computer to view what a domain would look like on a server. Please bear in mind that webhosting must be purchased to do so.

For more information about modifying your hosts file to view a server with a domain that is not pointed to it, please refer to the article below:

Can My Hosting Account Be Used Without a Domain Name?

Until a domain name has been propagated, users can access their hosting control panel and webmail via the server webmail address consisting of a server IP address and a port.

Control Panel URLs

Your control panel can be accessed directly with the server IP rather than with your domain. Please refer to the listing below for what URL can be used based on your account type and what you need to access.

ServiceURL format
cPanelhttps://ip-address:2083
Webmailhttps://ip-address:2096
WHMhttps://ip-address:2087
Pleskhttps://ip-address:8443
Virtuozzo (VZ)https://ip-address:4643

(Replace ip-address with your server’s IP address.)

Error: Forbidden you do not have permission to access this document in plesk

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Issue
When you browse to a folder such as http://www.yoursite.com/portals you receive the following error message:

Forbidden
You do not have permission to access this document.
Causes
This is by design.  IIS will show the default document listed in that folder.  If no default documents exist, then it will show that error. By default, directory browsing is disabled.  Enabling directory browsing presents a risk to your DNN site because anyone who knows the URL of a file can bypass DNN’s built in security and download it directly.Resolution
If you still want to enable directory browsing, please follow these instructions:
For Plesk 12.x
  1. Log into your Plesk Control Panel.
  2. From the Home tab, go to [Manage Hosting] > Websites & Domains tab > Show More > Virtual Directories >Directory Properties.
  3. Check the Directory browsing box.
  4. Click OK.
For Plesk 11.x
  1. Log into your Plesk Control Panel.
  2. From the Home tab, go to [Manage Hosting]Websites & Domains tab > Show Advanced Options > Virtual Directories >Directory Properties.
  3. Check the Directory browsing box.
  4. Click OK.

For Plesk 9.x

  1. Log into your Plesk Control Panel.
  2. Go to Domains [Domain] > Virtual Directories > Directory Properties.
  3. Check the Directory browsing box.
  4. Click OK.

How to optimize your WordPress website for google image search

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how to optimize for google image search

Images are one of the basic requirements for a good dynamic website, which also helps improve the SEO factor of our website through Google/Bing Image Search.

Well optimised images act like a second gate (first gate is obviously through the content) for viewers to enter your website via Image Search. Thus it improves the chances of increasing the traffic to your website.

I have seen many wordpress users, who do not pay attention to the images section in the wordpress’s image dashboard; probably because they don’t have much idea about how beneficial this feature is for optimizing their website from SEO’s point of view.

Before we move forward let me give you a checklist for optimising your website accordingly for images.

  • Images should be smaller in size and should not be big in dimension
  • Images when uploaded, there metadata should be filled properly with the right target keywords in it (discussed later in this article)
  • Images smaller in sizes reduces the site-load time of a website, which is a major factor of consideration by google and other search engines these days
  • WordPress users can use various plugins that can help you in optimising as well as in reducing the image sizes accordingly.

Let us first discuss what WordPress offers us for the image’s search engine optimisation :

Image Metadata

Optimize website for google image search
*This is the caption for this Image*

The image uploader in WordPress provides four boxes which can be intelligently used along with your target keywords.

1. Title

Image title does the similar thing that the page title tells the search engines about.

The title of the image is auto-generated from the file name you had saved on your computer (Which can obviously be changed). Rather than leaving your images named “Image_1.jpg,” rename it with words that describes your photo the best.

For example if it is your logo give it a name something like “logo_YourcompanyName.png”

Try to do the same with all the other 3 boxes.

2. Caption

Caption is the text that is visible below the pic in smaller font, which tells the viewer about the picture, sometimes also used for giving picture credit.

3. Alt Text

Alt Text is the name visible to viewers when either they have disabled the images in their browser or the images somehow fail to load.

Use your target keywords here.. along with the words describing your image.

4. Description

Image Description is similar to “page meta-description” which tells the search engine about the image briefly.

“Title”, “Description” and “Alt-Text” are the most important factors from SEO’s point of view. And the most important keywords should be used in these three boxes only for getting better results.

Apart from these four boxes for image optimisation, there is one more thing wordpress enables us to do is the use of image optimisation plugins.

So let us discuss the Image optimisation plugins free/premium that can boost your site speed as well as Search Engine Optimisation.

Top 10 Image Optimization Plugins

  1. WP Smush.it

This plugin enables you to utilize image optimization individually, or in bulk and you can compress .jpeg, .gif and .png images. This plugin automatically compresses the images while uploading without affecting the image quality.Wp-Smush-it

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2. CW Image Optimizer WordPress Plugin

It works in a similar fashion as the WP Smushit does. It also compresses the images while you upload them

CW-Image-Optimizer

Download

3. Lazy Load WordPress Plugin

Lazy load uses jQuery.sonar to only load an image when it’s visible above fold. This plugin is an amalgamation of code written by the WordPress.com VIP team at Automattic, the TechCrunch 2011 Redesign team, and Jake Goldman from WordPress consultancy 10up.lazyload

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4. EWWW Image Optimizer

With 300,000 downloads and a superb rating of 4.5/5.0 stars, EWWW Image Optimizer is the image optimization plugin that can save your data and can optimise your images.

It also automatically compresses the images while you upload them.

Other than that, plugin uses the gifsicle, jpegtran, pngquant, pngout and optipng image tools to optimize your images without deteriorating its quality.

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5. Imsanity

You don’t need to worry about the scary face it shows on its download page, it automatically reduces the sizes of images while you upload them.

Another nice feature of Imsanity is its ability to set a maximum width, height and quality. You can also convert BMP files to JPG so images can be scaled.Imsanity

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6. SEO Friendly Images WordPress Plugin

This plugin optimizes your images by adding “Alt-Text” and “Title attributes”. It optimizes your images by automatically adding keywords, which make it more likely for your site and posts to show up on search engines.SEO-Friendly-Images

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7. Hammy

This plugin takes automatically reduces your image sizes by reproducing them. The size of the image depends on your content width, as the plugin dynamically changes it.Hammy

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8. PB Responsive Images

It reformats your images according to standard CSS media queries, offering you a great deal of responsiveness. You can customize your media queries per image, per post or per layout. PB Responsive Images was developed by Jacob Dunn and Phenomblue and has a rating of 4.0/5.0.pb

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9. Prizm Image WordPress Plugin

The Prizm Image plugin lets you reduce the file size of your images by up to 70% while maintaining resolution and visual quality. Which is automatically a big deal for every website.

Download

10. Image Pro

With Image pro you can upload, resize, add, change images instantly. Manage your media collection with ease and use it for any post or page. A new way of managing content!Image-Pro

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How to export a database using phpMyAdmin

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Exporting a database means you are creating a backup of your database. It is usually a .sql file (a text file), and can be used to copy and import the database onto another server, mainly for moving a website. In this article you will get to know how to export your database.

Step 1: Login to phpMyAdmin

Step 2: Select the database that you want to export from the left menu

phpMyAdmin

Step 3:Click Export in the top.

Step 4: Under the Export heading, ensure that all of your tables are selected and that the SQL option is selected.

Step 5: Under the Options heading, ensure that you have selected, Add DROP TABLE / VIEW / PROCEDURE / FUNCTION

Step 6: Ensure the Save as file option (towards bottom of page) is checked. If you think you database is quite large, choose either “zipped” or “gzipped” to compress the file so it will be easier to download. If you choose none, you will be save the file without compression (which is OK, you don’t have to compress the file).

Step 7: Click Go

Step 8: You will be prompted to either open or save the file. Please select the option to save the file and then save the somewhere you’ll remember.

Congratulations, you have just exported a copy of your database!

How to Migrate your website FROM another host TO Itsmydomain

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know the process of migrating a website from one host to another

This article will help you migrating your website from your previous host to Itsmydomain. If your previous hosting provider had cPanel then you can also read migration with cpanel.

The time of migration of a website completely depends upon the number of databases to be migrated and upon the total size of the files to be migrated.

Following are the steps which should be followed and kept in mind before you start the migration process:

Evaluate your Site
The first thing you need to do before migrating is to evaluate your files and databases of your website, which are to be migrated. So that you know the structure of files and their locations.

Also, you need to start taking backups of your files and databases, before you start migration.

Download your Website Files

The next step is to download the backup and other files from your previous host to your computer. You should do it using FTP only (Recommended).

Export your Website Databases

Now you need to start creating backup for all of your databases. You can do this taking the help of your previous web host.

If your previous hosting provider provides you phpmyadmin then you can follow is article.

And you can refer to this article to take backup/export a Database from SSH

Upload your Website Files and Import your Databases

At this stage you can start uploading you files using FTP into your public_html directory of your Itsmydomain’s hosting.

Now, to upload the databases into your new host (Itsmydomain) you need to create the databases with cPanel and then start importing your database backup using phpMyAdmin.

Test your Website

After successfully uploading your files and importing the databases, now is the time to check you website using temporary url. If this testing doesn’t work then you can start editing your file structure accordingly.

Setup your Email

If you have business email accounts, then you need to set them up again, to keep on working properly after the change.

If you currently point your email (MX records) to a third party email service such as Google, you’ll need to update the MX records in your Itsmydomain Hosting cPanel and ensure “remote mail exchange” is set. No email accounts need to be created on our servers as they reside on the third party providers servers.

Point your Domain

Now is the time to point your domain with the nameservers provided by us in the mail and provided in our hosting panel.

Test your Website Again

Since the steps taken to migrate are almost complete, you need to test your website again. Though after changing the nameservers in your domain name, it takes 24hours for the changes to properly take place. Still you can check the website in every 6-10 hours until 24 hours are completed.

How to get started with our Business Email plan

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Custom email hosting Itsmydomain

To start using Itsmydomain’s business email services or webmail, you need to change your domain name’s Name Servers to ours.

1. Login to your customer panel with us:

After logging in, you will find this screen-

login-page

2. Go to Manage Orders, and click on list/search orders to see the list of services you have with us:

manage-profile

3. Now click on the business email service visible on your screen:

List of Orders

 

4. Now you will see a long page of services. scroll down to Business Email section:

 

Manage email

5. To create a new email id of yours click on Manage Email Accounts, to see the mail dashboard:

manage emails

6. This is the mail dashboard where you can add user/account/alias, etc and can edit your user profile for emails.

To create a new email id, click on Add User

add-user

7. Now enter the credentials to add a new user/mail account e.g. contact@yourdomainname.com 

Now click on Add User after filling the complete details. This will create a new email id to your Account.

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Now, if you want to use it on webmail you need not to do anything, just open webmail.yourdomainname.com and enter the username and password you have created in the above procedure.

Note:For security purposes, the first email password is randomly generated by the system itself which you can change following the process mentioned in How to change your Webmail’s password

If you want to use it on gmail as your webclient refer to this article: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/21289?rd=1

If you have your domain name is not registered with Itsmydomain, then you have to change your domain name’s Nameservers with our Nameservers.

You can find our Nameservers and other configurational help here:

5th email-pagefor Godaddy users: How to change Name Servers in Godaddy

You can also ask your query in the comment box below, feel free to ask.

10 best WordPress Themes for Business free 2016

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Searching a good theme before start building a website on wordpress is always a tedious job to do. Its good to find all the best themes at one place and to choose among the best. This saves a lot of tension and most importantly saves the time of a designer.

Here is a list of 10 best wordpress themes for business which are absolutely free

1. Modality

modalityIt has a very clean and neat design that can be used for any type of website. This theme supports responsive design, customizable home page sections, Google fonts, unlimited colors, animation, automatic image resizing and more. The FontAwesome icon pack delivers Retina Ready icons that look great on an iPad or other HD devices. 4 footer widget columns, scroll to top feature, social links, support for WooCommerce and Contact Form 7 plugins, five post formats and much more.

2. Sensible WP3

sensibleBusiness? No problem. Agency? Knock yourself out. Just trying to get a blog up? This theme is perfect for it. This theme is completely customizable through the WordPress Theme Customizer. You can check out the demo at https://modernthemes.net/theme-demos/?theme=Sensible for a closer look.

3. Zerif Lite

zerif
Zerif LITE is a free one page WordPress theme. It’s perfect for web agency business,corporate business,personal and parallax business portfolio, photography sites and freelancer.Is built on BootStrap with parallax support, is responsive, clean, modern, flat and minimal. Zerif Lite is ecommerce (WooCommerce) Compatible, WPML, RTL, Retina-Ready, SEO Friendly and with parallax, full screen image is one of the best business themes.

4. Athenaathena

Athena is a feature-loaded, user-friendly, fully responsive, Parallax modern WordPress theme built with care and SEO in mind. It is a Woocommerce ready, multi-purpose theme with a design that can be used by a business, restaurant, freelancers, photographers, bloggers, musicians and creative agencies. Athena features a full width frontpage slider, animated callouts with over 600 icons to choose from. The blog is an attractive masonry grid. It comes with many color options, left and right sidebars, 6 widget areas, primary and footer menus, mobile responsive menu and links to your social media sites . Athena allows you to fully customize your site without having to work with code. Athena also features a live customizer, allowing you to change settings and preview them live.

5. OnePress

onepressOnePress is an outstanding creative and flexible WordPress one page theme well suited for business website, portfolio, digital agency, product showcase, freelancers and everyone else who appreciate good design. The theme overall is an elegant and classic one, a fine example of Bootstrap 4 WordPress theme which compatibility with latest version of WooCommerce. (Live preview : http://www.famethemes.com/preview/?theme=OnePress)

6. Sydney

sydneySydney is a powerful business theme that provides a fast way for companies or freelancers to create an awesome online presence. Sydney brings plenty of customization possibilities like access to all Google Fonts, full color control, layout control, logo upload, full screen slider, header image, sticky navigation and much more. Also, Sydney provides all the construction blocks you need to rapidly create an engaging front page.

7. Enigma

enigmaSydney is a powerful business theme that provides a fast way for companies or freelancers to create an awesome online presence. Enigma is an incredibly superfine multipurpose responsive theme with WPML Compatible & designed with a lot of care and love.The Theme has support of “WOOCOMMERCE” You can use it for your business, portfolio, blogging or any type of site.Enigma is Responsive and flexible based on BOOTSTRAP CSS framework that adapts your website to mobile devices and the desktop or any other viewing environment.

Enigma focusing on business template, awesome Caroufredsel slider, Powerful but simple Theme Options for full CMS control option to match your logo & website, wide layout, light & dark color skin, translation ready and many more. You can check the demo at http://demo.weblizar.com/enigma-free-theme/.

8. onetone

onetoneOnetone is a one-page business theme based on Bootstrap framework and coded with HTML5/CSS3. All required information are displayed on a single page with clear order according to users’ preferences. The basic sections designed for business purpose have already been built for you, such as services, about, gallery, clients, etc. There’s also an extensive admin panel where unlimited sections can be easily added. Multiple options are available if you prefer to do some adjustments, such as changing background, parallax scrolling background, video background, Font Awesome Icons, uploading logo and favicon,adding custom CSS and so on. The theme is also responsive, clean, and SEO optimized. Please note that with our updation, interface of your blog can grow up with futher more diversities.

9. Corporate plus

corporateCorporate Plus is a professional-looking multi-purpose WordPress theme. It is simple, attractive and responsive theme with lots of theme options which helps the user to easily customize theme. Corporate plus theme is also one page ready theme, you can easily design this theme on one page sites too. It includes unique slider section, about section, service section, parallax section, blog section and contact section. This theme is fully widgetized, so it is easier to operate. The code / setup is easy to customize and extend by various hooks offered in the build. This is the ideal WordPress theme for anyone looking to spice-up their site. Support Forum: http://www.acmethemes.com/supports/ Demo: http://www.acmethemes.com/demo/?theme=corporate-plus

10. Optimizer

optimizerThe Optimizer, an easy to customize multi-purpose theme with lots of powerful features. This theme lets you customize each element Live without you having to touch any code. The theme comes with 2 site layout: Full width & boxed, Beautiful image slider, easy Logo upload, 600+ Fonts, powerful theme options, Custom CSS Field & lots of Color options. The optimizer is 100% responsive built with HTML5 & CSS3, it’s SEO friendly, mobile optimized & retina ready. Its translation ready, ready for WooCommerce, bbPress, Mailchimp, Contact Form 7. The theme is rigorously tested and optimized for speed and faster page load time and has secure and clean code. It’s perfect for any types of website – Landing Pages, small business, portfolio, photography, corporate, personal & eCommerce websites.

How to increase the maximum execution time in cpanel

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Since it takes more than 30 seconds for your host to fetch all the files of your website, it shows server time-out error.

The solution is simple: Simply increase the maximum execution time or max_execution_time in php.ini file in your server.

What you have to do is to find php.ini file in your cpanel/plesk panel’s file manager. Right click and select edit to edit the code from max_execution_time = =30  to max_execution_time = 90.

What it will do is, it will increase the maximum execution time to 90 seconds now, so that your host can wait for 90 seconds before exiting the file request.

You can watch this video to see how to do it, even if you can’t find any file named php.ini in your server.

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