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cPanel Does WordPress

Since cPanel’s WordPress Toolkit was announced, they are actively focusing on hosts and I think the greater WordPress community to be the critical third leg in website hosting: WordPress, hosting, cPanel. A third of their recent articles focus on WordPress and I expect that pace to keep up or increase.

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WP CLI: Install and Manage WordPress on the Command Line

This is the first of the WordPress recents, and discusses a hugely important component of WordPress, the command line interface. You can do some amazing things on one site or across multiple sites on a single host.

WP-CLI is a self-contained PHP app that can be installed both by server administrators and ordinary cPanel users.

Server administrators can make WP-CLI available to all of the server’s users.
cPanel users can install it in their home directory or a WordPress site’s directory to control their sites.

WordPress Hardening: One-Click Security with cPanel

It’s an open source platform that runs ~40% of the internet, so it’s no surprise that you still need to do a lot to secure your WordPress site. Hosts offer security options at additional costs like Securi and SiteLock, or you can install and subscribe to plugins like Wordfence. There is also a significant amount of tweaking you can do with your directory permissions, remote access, and more. In this post cPanel runs you through some hardening techniques.

As soon as a WordPress website goes online, automated bots begin to probe it for weaknesses. That’s why it’s critically important to security harden WordPress sites, ensuring that they have the smallest possible surface area for attackers to target.

Security hardening was once a long and complicated manual process, but WordPress Toolkit for cPanel  makes it a one-click affair. This article will explore some of the ways WordPress vulnerabilities are exploited and how WordPress Toolkit protects sites against many common attacks. 

WordPress Debugging with cPanel and WordPress Toolkit

Lastly, for the developers among us, figuring out what’s going wrong from the White Screen of Death (WSOD) to goofy JavaScript issues requires debugging. For the record, I always recommend doing any kind of debugging on a staging site, messing around on production is bound to cause some pain. In their most recent post, cPanel tackles WordPress debugging.

WordPress has built-in debugging tools, but using them can be awkward and time-consuming. They are turned off by default and can’t be configured in the web interface. cPanel’s WordPress Toolkit makes debugging faster and more convenient by providing an intuitive interface to configure logging and diagnose errors.

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