cPanel Hosting Account Setup Guide

Follow these steps for configuring email accounts, managing domain names, installing CGI scripts, or MySQL database on cPanel shared, reseller, PCI-compliant, and WordPress hosting accounts at Canvas Host. 1. Setting Up Email 1.1 Email Accounts Forwarders You can add e-mail accounts, aliases, and forwarding addresses from your control panel, at: https://(server hostname):2083/ Go to “Mail”…

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a free and open-source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. Around 75 MILLION sites out there are using wordpress to build and maintain their websites. Additionally, WordPress was used by more than 23.3% of the top 10…

How do you embed a video?

To embed a video or another object into a post or page, place its URL into the content area. Make sure the URL is on its own line and not hyperlinked (clickable when viewing the post). For example: Check out this funny clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd4fj9Efl4s Now that was funny!   WordPress will automatically turn the URL…

What plugins do you recommend?

Here i am going to share some useful plugins that really help you so much for managing and improving performance as well security of WordPress. https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/ (Best SEO Plugin) https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/ (sitemap) https://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/ (caching) https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-smushit/ (optimizing image files) https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-optimize/ (Simple but effective plugin allows you to extensively clean up your WordPress database and optimize it without…

What features does WordPress have?

Here are some of the features that we think that you’ll love: Simplicity Flexibility Publish with Ease Publishing Tools User Management Media Management Full Standards Compliance Easy Theme System Extend with Plugins Built-in Comments Search Engine Optimized Multilingual Easy Installation and Upgrades Importers Own Your Data Freedom Community Contribute

How can I update my plugin(s)?

If a WordPress Plugin update is available, it will be shown on the Dashboard Panel, an alert on the Plugin’s menu title, and on the Plugin List. Follow the instructions to update the Plugin. Note: If a WordPress Plugin is not compatible or updated for the next release of WordPress, contact the Plugin author directly…

How can I update my theme?

When visiting the Dashboard Updates Screen, if there are updates available for one or more themes (active and inactive), this message displays: The following themes have new versions available. Check the ones you want to update and then click “Update Themes”. Please Note: Any customizations you have made to the Themes files will be lost.…

How can I install a new theme?

There are many Themes available for download that will work with your WordPress installation. If the Theme that you are installing provides instructions, be sure to read through and follow those instructions for the successful installation of the Theme. It is recommended that Theme developers provide installation instructions for their own Themes, because Themes can…

How Do I Manage My Domain Name with Canvas Host?

If you have registered a domain with or transferred a domain to Canvas Host, complete domain management options are available for you. The following provides an overview of those options. To Administer Your Domain Name(s): 1. Log Into Support Log into your Support account. Then navigate to “Domains” -> “My Domains”, and click “Manage Domain”…

CloudFlare FAQ

Canvas Host is proud to make the CloudFlare service available to its Shared hosting clients.  Please read below for more information. 1. What is CloudFlare?  CloudFlare is a free service that helps speed up your website (as well as add an additional layer of security) by acting as a caching proxy between your website visitors…

WordPress Cron File (wp-cron.php) Fix

WordPress uses a file called “wp-cron.php”. It is a virtual cron job (a scheduled task on the server), and is used by WordPress to in order to automate commands that need to happen certain times of the day, week, etc. These tasks may be checking for WordPress updates, sending email notifications, etc. WordPress is setup…

Installing SSL on your Website

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a technology that helps secure your website. SSL encrypts data exchanged between your website and website visitors, as well as between your website and other online websites and services, such as a merchant account for credit card transactions. To use SSL on your website, you need to purchase a SSL…

Does Canvas Host offer or support ColdFusion hosting?

The short answer is “no”. We have looked into offering the ColdFusion development platform for hosting over the years, but little demand, mixed with costly server licensing, have consistently prevented us from delving into it. In the past, we did in fact operate websites and offer development services for ColdFusion. We know that ColdFusion has…

What data backup services does Canvas Dreams offer?

Canvas Dreams offers three tiers of backup services. 1) Standard, weekly backups for shared/reseller accounts. All customers in our traditional shared (Plans A, B, and C) and reseller (Reseller Mini, 1, 2, and 3) are backed up each weekend, and once per month. Customers can at any time perform their own backup via their own…

How can I add and mask a second domain name onto my account?

If you host your website with Canvas Dreams, you can add, park, and even “mask” multiple domain names onto your hosting account. Cpanel supports Parked Domains, which can be mapped to specific URLs, pages, directories or domains within an existing hosting space. Redirects aren’t required to be used, so if you were hosting a site…

What is rDNS? How do I request rDNS for a domain?

rDNS (reverse DNS) is used to determine whether a domain is associated with a static IP address.  It is most commonly used as an anti-spam measure If this is something you need for a domain you manage on your dedicated server or VPS, first make sure the server is configured correctly in the Exim Configuration…

Custom PHP Processing – force .html/ .htm files to process as .php

In certain situations it may behoove one’s website to process .html and .htm files as .php files, causing the web server to treat the files as if they are .php files. Add the following to your .htaccess file: AddType application/x-httpd-php5 .html .htm This will cause all files in the current directory that end in .html…

How do I install a self-signed SSL certificate?

Testing a site in a secure mode (https://) is sometimes necessary before purchasing an SSL certificate. For these times, a self-signed SSL certificate can be used. A self-signed certificate is signed (or verified) by yourself instead of a Certificate Authority (CAs), such as GeoTrust. Web browsers will recognize official third party CAs which is how…

Creating a Wildcard subdomain in cPanel

If you have an application that requires multiple, or a dynamic range of subdomains, one solution can be to create a wildcard subdomain entry. This can be done within cPanel. 1. Within cPanel, go to Subdomains, and create an entry with an asterisk (*), such as *.mydomain.com. 2. Verify that a wildcard, * A record…

​Important Security News for all WordPress Users

If you use WordPress on a site hosted with Canvas Dreams and only have time to read this first section, let me summarize with two points: 1) Please update your WordPress installation immediately to the latest version; 2) Please do not use suspicious WordPress plugins; of those you do use, please keep them updated, as…