About Ping a domain name on Windows and Mac

Ping lets you quickly verify whether your connection is valid. Here are instructions to ping a domain name on both Windows and Mac.

To Ping a Domain name on Windows

To ping a domain name using Windows, follow these instructions:

  1. From your Start menu, select Run.
  2. Type cmd and press Enter.
  3. At the prompt, type ping domainname.com (where domainname.com is the domain name you want to ping) and press Enter.

The response is either Reply from nn.nn.nn.nn if the ping reached the IP address of the domain name orRequest timed out if it did not. For Request timed out messages or if the IP address returned does not match the Zone File Editor for the domain name, there’s a DNS issue.

To Ping a Domain Name on Mac

  1. Open a Finder window, and browse to the Applications folder.
  2. Go to the Utilities folder.
  3. Click Network Utility.
  4. Type ping domainname.com where domainname.com is the domain name you want to ping.

The response is either Reply from nn.nn.nn.nn if the ping reached the IP address of the domain name orRequest timed out if it did not. For Request timed out messages or if the IP address returned does not match the Zone File Editor for the domain name, there’s a DNS issue.

How to move your simple WordPress site to LuckyRegister

There are different ways to move your WordPress® site between hosts. The easiest way is to use one of our Managed WordPress accounts, and then use its migration feature.

If you have a simple WordPress site .

Our Managed WordPress® accounts have a built-in migration tool, which will move your site from another host to your account with us. It’s an amazing tool that does all of the heavy lifting for you. However, there are a few things which can prevent the migration from working, such as:

  • Using either Classic or Web Windows hosting (more info)
  • DNS issues
  • Your WordPress site displaying errors
  • Login protection, such as two-factor authentication
  • Custom WordPress login pages

What is Managed WordPress Hosting?

Built on our state-of-the-art Web hosting, Managed WordPress Hosting from LuckyRegister – Cheap Domain Registration, Domain Hosting Services – is the perfect solution for anyone who wants the power and simplicity of WordPress without the hassle of constant updates and technical adjustments.

More than just a simple install, WordPress is seamlessly integrated to your hosting so the moment you log in, you’re able to build, edit and manage your site. We’ve also modified our servers specifically for WordPress, giving you a level of speed and security you can’t get from a standard Web hosting plan.

And of course, our award-winning support is available 24×7 to help with any questions you may have. In short, there’s no easier way to build and manage a fast, secure, reliable WordPress website or blog.

What is Managed WordPress Hosting?
What is Managed WordPress Hosting?

New, Unused Accounts

Migrations to Managed WordPress are only available when you set up a new account. For more information, see the Managed WordPress section of Set up your account.

Already-Setup Accounts

If you already set up your account but actually want to migrate an account, it’s no big deal. Migrating a site to us removes all of the content from the account anyway, so you can just remove the existing account, and then set it up again.

  1. Use Add sites to remove the site you already set up.
  2. Use Set up your account to submit the migration request, by clicking Migrate Your Existing WordPress Site.

The process of removing your site and setting it back up also lets you resubmit migrations if they fail.

 

About domain name system (DNS)

DNS stands for domain name system, controls your domain name’s website and email settings. When visitors go to your domain name, its DNS settings control which company’s server it reaches out to.

For example, if you use LuckyRegister’s DNS settings, visitors will reach LuckyRegister’s servers when using your domain name. If you change those settings to another company, visitors will reach that company when they use your domain name.

DNS, which stands for domain name system
DNS, which stands for domain name system

What I’m seeing is more complicated than that…

DNS can be confusing. It’s made up of many different elements which control different aspects of your domain name. Here’s a quick explanation of each one:

DNS Element Description
Nameserver Nameservers “point” your domain name to the company that controls its DNS settings. Usually, this will be the company where you registered the domain name.

However, if your website is hosted by another company, sometimes you’ll need to use their nameservers.

Zone File Zone Files are simply the files that store all of your domain’s DNS settings. Your domain name’s Zone File is stored on the company’s nameserver.
A Record A Records point your domain name to an individual server using an IP address. An example IP address is 123.4.67.5.

You can also use A Records to point subdomains (for example subdomain.coolexample.com) to a server’s IP address.

Every domain name has a primary A Record called “@,” which controls what your domain name does when some visits it directly.

CNAME CNAMEs point your subdomains to another server using a server name. Unlike A Records, CNAMEs cannot use IP addresses.

Most domain names have many CNAMEs.

MX Records MX Records point your domain name’s email to its email provider.

If your domain name uses our nameservers, you can view or change your domain name’s DNS through us.

Choose Linux if you’re going to use PHP, Windows if you’re going to use APS or ASP.NET.

Choose your web hosting platform

CHOOSE LINUX IF YOU’RE GOING TO USE PHP
CHOOSE LINUX IF YOU’RE GOING TO USE PHP

cPanel for Linux
Each Linux plan includes:

cPanel: Access all the hosting features and settings you need with this industry-standard control panel.
CloudLinux: Keep your site online with truly balanced CPU, RAM and Disk IO limits.
CageFS: Protect your Web content 24/7 with this virtualized file system.
Free Applications: Instantly install over 150 applications on your website with just a few clicks.

Choose Windows if you’re going to use APS or ASP.NET. Our Windows hosting customers typically use a SQL Server (MS SQL).

Parallels Plesk for Windows
Each Windows plan includes:

Parallels Plesk Panel: Easily manage your server, email accounts and more with this popular, award-winning control panel.
Windows Server 2012: Take control of your hosting with Microsoft’s newest and most powerful server operating system.
Free Applications: Instantly install over 70 applications on your website with just a few clicks.

About Posts vs. Pages in WordPress

Posts vs. Pages in WordPress
Posts vs. Pages in WordPress

In WordPress, posts are on pages, but pages aren’t necessarily posts only. Huh?

Pages are like posts, but they aren’t included in the chronology of the rest of your blog posts.

What that means, is that pages can be static (never change) and aren’t dated or time-stamped like your blog posts.

Pages are great for “About Me” pages or contact forms. You can add or delete pages by clicking on Pages in the left navigation. This opens the Edit Pages pane.

See our WordPress Hosting here.

Get hacked? Keep in mind some simple rules for your website

What does it mean to get hacked?
Protect your website

Use a secure password. This means something better than just taking  your pet’s name. We have information in Keeping Your Hosting/FTP Password Secure.
Have your site scanned regularly. A lot of companies offer tools that will go through your site looking for malicious/suspicious-looking code or activity.
Update your website’s software. If you use something like WordPress®, keeping your software up-to-date is the difference between your site running smoothly and having a site infested with malware
By being aware of the threat of hackers and taking a few precautions, you can stop your site from harming visitors and other sites around the Internet.

Do you care about Page Load Speed for your website?

In an August 2013 video, Cutts explains that page load speed is a ranking factor (Matt Cutts is the head of Google’s Webspam team).

It’s quite possible that your website is slow because of one of the five issues below. Check them out, and see how they relate to your site.

  1. Page Size — The bigger your page, the longer it takes to download, especially over slower connections.
  2. Time to First Byte — An increased time to 1st byte means there are too many SQL queries or non optimized SQL queries. This can also include server-side calls to third-party API. If you’re running WordPress, get the WordPress Plugin P3 Profiler to discover what plugins are running what queries and how long each one takes.
  3. Total Objects and Third-Party Objects — Too many objects on your page will require visitors’ browsers to perform the request and receive pattern too many times and slow down your page.
  4. Cached Objects — You want browsers caching your site. You need to instruct the Web server to enable expires headers on your static objects.
  5. Text Compression — If you don’t have text compression turned on, your page is going to be slow. We turn this on by default on our Web Hosting plans, so your if your page is suffering from this, it’s either because of third-party objects, or it somehow got disabled on your hosting account.

You can use Google PageSpeed Insights tool to check your website to see if your web pages fast on all devices or not?

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

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Slow Website Speed Problems – Why?

Knowing how to improve your website’s performance is important. We use tools like P3 Profiler, Yslow, Pagespeed, and WebPageTest.org to diagnose poor Web page performance. For more information on using tools to determine site slowness, see Website speed tests

It’s quite possible that your website is slow because of one of the five issues below. Check them out, and see how they relate to your site.

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  1. Page Size — The bigger your page, the longer it takes to download, especially over slower connections.Big images are probably the number one cause of slow loading pages. Most image creation software has image compression options. There are also online tools, such as Smushit by Yahoo®! that can help you compress large images. You should make sure that each image on your website is optimized for the Web. Also, resize images to fit the width and height you want them to display on your page. We often see people upload giant 2000-plus pixels-wide images they snapped with their digital cameras and then use the width and height parameters to shrink them, like this width="500"height="300". Don’t do that. If you say width=”500″ height=”300″ in your img tag, the image should be optimized and 500×300 pixels.
  2. Time to First Byte — An increased time to 1st byte means there are too many SQL queries or non optimized SQL queries. This can also include server-side calls to third-party API. If you’re running WordPress, get the WordPress Plugin P3 Profiler to discover what plugins are running what queries and how long each one takes.If you’re a WordPress user, there are a number of plugins you can check out. We’ve seen caching plugins affect performance both positively and negatively on customer sites and it’s largely dependent upon the traffic, and how dynamic the site is. Popular choices for WordPress are WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, Batcache and Tribe Object Cache. These plugins offer various page, database and browser cache features. Try each one out (one at a time, not all at once) and see what works best for you.
  3. Total Objects and Third-Party Objects — Too many objects on your page will require visitors’ browsers to perform the request and receive pattern too many times and slow down your page. Try combining JavaScript and CSS. Use sprites for your images. You could use mod_pagespeed to help automate this for your site. For more information, see Which mod_pagespeed functions do you support? Also be wary of how many third-party domains you’re using. Too many social buttons cause problems. If you use WordPress, you might want to check out the WordPress plugin Lazy Social Buttons.
  4. Cached Objects — You want browsers caching your site. You need to instruct the Web server to enable expires headers on your static objects. This tells browsers to cache the site. This is not currently enabled by default on our Windows hosting plans, but is available for Linux plans. For more information, see Enabling mod_expires with Your Hosting Account.
  5. Text Compression — If you don’t have text compression turned on, your page is going to be slow. We turn this on by default on our Web Hosting plans, so your if your page is suffering from this, it’s either because of third-party objects, or it somehow got disabled on your hosting account. See Enabling mod_deflate with Your Hosting Account for more information