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IONOS Partners with Jetpack for Free WordPress Backups

Backups are a critical component of website management, whether you run a blog, online store, or small business site. They keep your valuable content and hard work safe if anything ever goes wrong — a plugin conflict, website hack, coding error, or simple mistake. You can rest easy knowing that you can quickly restore a backup in an emergency.

That protection and ease of use is at the heart of Jetpack’s tools, along with the products and services offered by IONOS. And because they believe so strongly that every WordPress site needs backups, IONOS has decided to include a year of Jetpack Backup at no cost for all of their hosting plans. We’re honored that they trust our team to keep their customers’ websites safe and secure, and look forward to providing peace of mind for years to come.

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How to Get a Free SSL Certificate for Your Website

If you own a website, it’s your responsibility to protect the data of your site visitors, especially if they share sensitive information like credit card numbers, medical details, and addresses. And a big part of doing that successfully is implementing an SSL certificate. SSL certificates are also an indication of site quality, which can impact visitor perceptions and where search engine’s place you in the rankings. 

So, what is an SSL certificate? Why does your website need one? Where do you find an SSL certificate and how do you install it? This article will dive deep into everything you need to know.

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What is Website Monitoring and Why is it Important?

When running a business, websites are the centerpiece of everything you do. If your site stops working, you’ll miss out on customers or visitors. Your gateway to the world will be gone. 

That’s why it’s so important to constantly keep tabs on the health of your website. You want to know about any issues as soon as possible, so you can fix them before they become a big problem. But unfortunately, DIY monitoring is extremely time-consuming and virtually impossible for busy website owners. 

So let’s take a closer look at different types of website monitoring and why you need them, plus a few tools to automate the process.

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How to Protect Your WordPress Website Against SQL Injections

WordPress is one of the most used website building platforms because of its wide range of potential applications. You can build an online store, host a blog about your favorite hobby, create a community through forums, or represent a large corporation.

But however you use it, a primary responsibility is keeping your site safe from hackers. That’s why it’s important to understand how to prevent Structured Query Language (SQL) injection attacks. 

The good news is that there are plenty of steps you can take to protect your WordPress site from this malicious code. Learning how to detect, remove, and prevent SQL injections can help you effectively secure your valuable data and make you less susceptible to attack.

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How to Create & Set Up a Staging Site on WordPress

Updating a WordPress website can be more complicated than you’d think. Usually, publishing a new page or post isn’t a problem. But if you’re updating WordPress components or making major design or functionality changes, you run the risk of breaking your website. The best way to avoid this problem is by using a staging site.

With a WordPress staging site, you get a safe environment where you can test any changes you want to make. Once you’re satisfied that everything is working correctly, you can then move (or ‘push’) those changes from the staging website to a live environment.

In this article, we’re going to break down what staging sites are and how they work. We’ll then discuss the pros and cons of using a staging environment, and show you how to create your own. 

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How to Fix “Your Connection is Not Private” on WordPress

There are several errors you could run into while navigating the web, including HTTP error codes, issues with certificates, and connection problems. A lot of times, fixing these errors will require a bit of troubleshooting on your end. The “Your connection is not private” error is no exception.

This error usually (but not always) is due to an issue with the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate. There are several ways to troubleshoot, depending on whether it originates from your website or your server.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this connection error and discuss its main causes. We’ll then show you how to troubleshoot depending on its cause. 

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How to Fix “This Account Has Been Suspended” on WordPress

When you pay for hosting, there are almost always some caveats. Hosting providers reserve the right to terminate your account under particular circumstances — for example, if your site has malware or content that violates the host’s guidelines. If your account gets flagged, you’ll see a message like “this account has been suspended.”

The positive side is that “suspended” isn’t the same as “terminated.” When an account is suspended, you can usually appeal the decision or fix the problem that caused your web host to take action against you. If your efforts succeed, you’ll regain access and control over your website.

In this article, we’ll talk about the potential causes for hosting account suspensions. We’ll then discuss what to do if you run into the “this account has been suspended” message and how to proceed after you fix things.

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How to Downgrade WordPress & Roll Back to a Previous Version

Most software companies stress the importance of updating, so downgrading can feel quite unnatural. But you might run into circumstances where you need to revert to a previous version of a program or operating system you’re using — WordPress is no different in this regard. 

While WordPress tries to maintain backwards compatibility between versions, you might still encounter changes in a new release that cause issues for your site. In these cases, you may need to downgrade to a previous version so that your website continues to function properly while you troubleshoot any problems or wait for a bug fix to be released. 

In this article, we’ll discuss: 

  • Reasons why you might need to downgrade WordPress
  • How to downgrade WordPress manually and with a plugin
  • How to downgrade themes and plugins manually and with a plugin
  • How to upgrade or downgrade PHP versions

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How to Restore or Reset Your WordPress Password

Not being able to log into the backend of your WordPress website can be a nerve-racking experience, whether you can’t remember your password or no longer have access to your recovery email address. 

Fortunately, there are different methods that you can use to change, reset, or recover your WordPress password. In this article, we’ll explain the importance of strong password security and the difference between changing and resetting it. Then we’ll share eight methods you can use to restore or reset your WordPress password and offer some additional security tips. Let’s get started!

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How to Check and Update Your WordPress Site’s PHP Version

PHP is an essential part of any WordPress website. For this reason, you want to make sure it’s running as smoothly as possible. But knowing the best way to navigate this process isn’t always easy.

The good news is that we’re here to help. By understanding the principles behind PHP and the process of updating it, you can maintain this core element of your site.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to PHP and explain why it’s important. Then we’ll show you how to safely check, update, and upgrade your PHP version on three different web hosts. 

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