January 2017 WordPress Botnet Bruteforce Attacks

Although we haven’t seen any major reporting on it yet, as of 2017 our servers have detected a massive botnet attacking WordPress installations in an attempt to exploit weak passwords. Our typical firewall rules are configured to allow at most 15 login attempts prior to immediately blocking the IP at the network level. This works…

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How to create a signature in Webmail

To create a signature in our secure webmail at https://webmail.websavers.ca complete the following steps: Log in to webmail Choose your profile button in the upper right corner Select Settings Choose Accounts on the left Under the Identities header, either edit the existing identity or create a new one if you wish to have more than…

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Edit a database user in Plesk

Plesk has a lot of great built-in features for managing your database and those are often covered by guides (like this!) in great detail. User management, however, is often neglected from the limelight despite its importance. First, log in to Plesk. Once you’re in, click “Databases” in the right sidebar and then click on “User Management” in…

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How to fix a hacked WordPress site

If your WordPress site has been hacked, don’t panic! Just like everything else IT related, solving this is simply a matter of following the right steps. The following guide will help you to fix your hacked WordPress website. About WordPress Hacks It’s important to keep in mind that most WordPress hacks are not targeted: it’s highly unlikely…

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How to backup your website

With our Plesk and Installatron (1-click web apps) optimized hosting services, there are two key ways to back up your website: Plesk Backup Manager and Installatron Backups. If you have an application managing your website, like Magento, Modx, or WordPress, you can use 1-click web apps to manage your backups. If you do not, then…

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How to disable your website in Plesk

This article will describe how to disable your website so it is not visible to anyone attempting to access it. You only should proceed with these steps in extreme cases, such as if your website is hacked and acting maliciously. Begin by logging in to Plesk Once in Plesk, choose “Websites & Domains” from the…

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How to link accounts in the Client Centre

We spend countless hours coding hosting software and API integrations like you’ve never seen before. One such functionality is our ‘account linker’ tool which provides one client access to the Plesk account of another without having to keep track of each account’s login details. Here’s how it works! If you’re a web developer that wishes…

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Configuring PowerDNS with SolusVM on CentOS 7

The SolusVM documentation has detailed instructions on configuring PowerDNS to work with SolusVM for rDNS configurations, however their instructions only work with CentOS 5 and 6. This guide shows you how to do it on CentOS 7. Note that we’ve stuck with very similar steps to the SolusVM docs, with adjustments where necessary for remotely…

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What is “WordPress Optimized” hosting?

A lot of people are using WordPress to power their blogs, websites, and web projects of all types these days. As a result, it’s no wonder that companies are out there targeting WordPress Hosting as a service. A lot of companies do a really good job of marketing to WordPress users, and provide impressive metrics…

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How to create branded (custom) name servers

Branded Name Servers (or custom name servers, as some prefer to call them) are your very own name server addresses to use for hosting your websites and your client’s websites. On all shared or reseller web hosting accounts, we’ve already got name servers (e.g.: ns23.websaversdns.com and ns24.websaversdns.com) that are pre-configured to match the server you’re hosted on.…

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