Meet the Plesk Partner Success Team – Behind the Scenes [Video]

Plesk Partner Success Team

Every project, program and offering that Plesk provides is only as good as individuals behind the scenes. All of them are deserving. But today we want to pay homage to the ones racing against the clock to support all our partners worldwide. You guessed it – the Plesk Partner Success Team.

These heroes also manage our Plesk Partner Program which gives our partners more bang for their buck. I mean, there are exclusive discounts, global exposure, premium support, Licence API, and marketing resources, to name a few. You can resell Plesk, use Plesk or develop for Plesk – and still join our network of over 2,600 Plesk Partners. And moreover, the Plesk Partner Success Team will be there every step of the way.

Here’s the Plesk Partner Success Team

Discover who they are, and what makes them the most qualified for you and your goals. But most importantly, find out what makes our Pleskians in the Partner sphere different.

Plesk Partner Success Team - Tess

Partner Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, English, and more.
Fun fact about Tess: She runs on craft beer.

Tess

Say hey to Tess, our French-Canadian. As the Plesk Partner Success Team Lead, she’s always here and ready if any escalation is necessary. Tess directly manages the larger Partner accounts in Europe. But this is just a handful of what she does. She mainly works with the partner team, day in day out, to assist everybody with their own partners. Even during calls. She even helps investigate how we can help our partners grow and approach new prospects.

Navind

This guy hails all the way from Mauritius and speaks 7 languages in total! He’s got a fun-loving, positive attitude, which we think contribute to his youthful looks – his well-kept secret. Navind does account management for small and medium size partners worldwide, particularly German-speaking countries. Which means he helps make businesses grow, takes care of partner accounts, and just supports partners in what they may need. Whether it’s marketing advice, upgrades, migrations and more.

Navind at Plesk Partner Success Team

Partner Languages: German, French, Italian, Hindi, Spanish, and English.
Fun fact about Navind: Takes his siesta every day, no matter what or where.

Shoko at Plesk Partner Team

Partner Languages: English and Japanese.
Fun fact about Shoko: There are only fun facts about Shoko.

Shoko

Shoko lives in Europe now but comes all the way from Japan. So she mainly focuses on our APAC, Japan and UK-based partners. Shoko says that she is one of the escalation points or main contacts for partners. She’ll propose new business opportunities, discuss price and agreement queries, and arrange demos of new versions and extensions. Plus, she handles event invites and so on so our partners will never have to miss a beat.

“If you have issues or concerns about your business, please come to us and we’ll do our best to provide a solution for you. Your business growth is our business growth!”

Marin

Half Croatian and half Italian – it’s no surprise that Marin focuses on Partners in the Mediterranean region, as well as in the Americas. Like the rest of the team he manages partner relations and provides strategic consulting and go-to-market guidance to major hosting and cloud firms worldwide. He’s happy that he’s helped established industry leaders in order to develop their services and make their businesses ready for the commercial and technological challenges of the future.

Marin at Plesk Partner Success Team

Partner Languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, German.
Fun fact about Marin: He’s working on adding langugae 9 to his portfolio – Turkish!

Rubina at Plesk Partner Team

Partner Languages: English and Russian.
Fun fact about Rubina: Loves fish and Thai food.

Rubina

Another contact point for partners in team is Rubina. She’s from Armenia and supports  English and Russian speaking partners, with special focus on a Benelux. She’ll give counseling for any of the benefits mentioned in our Partner Program. Generally, the Partner Success Team act as Sales Consultants/Experts. Meaning they’ll inform you of market trends and what’s happening in the industry. And they’ll help you stay competitive.

The Plesk Partner Program: Do you want in?

"We help Plesk Partners with any commercial stuff, like contracts, prices and new business opportunities. Even setting up specific promotions and campaigns. We inform them about the latest Plesk news, products and extensions. And help them stay on the latest versions available with upgrades and migrations. We can arrange demos with our Sales Engineer and help them implement Plesk into their offerings. And also suggest how to bundle and position Plesk on websites."

Tess.

Truthfully, these guys make the whole Partner Program possible. And we’re happy to have given you a peek behind the curtain. In order to have you see who’s making the magic happen for you and your prospective business.

So what now?

A couple of options for you. If you’re not a partner yet, there are some benefits you’re definitely missing out on. So start with the downloadable partner brochure. Or if you’re ready to learn more about becoming a partner and get in touch, click below.

Already a partner? Then enjoy our Partner video library that we’re frequently uploading for you to get the best out of your Plesk.

Web Hosting News Roundup: What happened this month?

Web Hosting News

It’s never not a busy time for the web hosting industry. But right now is a particularly eventful period. With issues such as protocol adoption, hacking, growth and industry surveys, to name but a few. And all are happening at the same time. Read on for the low-down on insider juice and to find out what’s happening in the wonderful world of web hosting news. Because, well, you know what they say – Information is ammunition. Especially for you infrastructure providers out there!

1. IPv6 hits 10% deployment just in time for 20th anniversary

Twenty years ago this month, Internet Protocol, Version 6 (IPv6) Specification was launched. But this had only been adopted by half a percent of the Internet’s users each year over the past two decades. Google calculates that the world has now reached 9.98% IPv6 deployment, up from just under 6% a year ago.

However, every piece of network equipment on the internet will have to be upgraded to IPv6 before IPv4 can be retired. So even though all operating systems and nearly all network equipment have supported IPv6 for many years, if just one device doesn’t understand the new protocol, IPv4 has to stay in action.

2. IT systems in Utah face 300mn hacking attempts every day

A massive botnet is attacking the NSA’s Utah data center, producing up to an eye-watering 300 million intrusion attempts per day. According to a statistical survey, the computer systems in the US state of Utah started experiencing hacking a few years back. In fact, soon after the NSA revelations emerged by global surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden. Remember him? He revealed the presence of the data center in Bluffdale, Utah.

Security officers identified a sudden influx of IP traffic traced into foreign IP ranges. They described the incident as a model of a botnet attack. In order to try and reduce how effective the attack was, the installation’s security staff have blocked a number of IP addresses from China, Russia and Indonesia. Surely some web hosting news to munch on!

3. Cloudflare records massive network growth in Q1

Global content delivery network (CDN) provider Cloudflare announced record network growth in the first quarter of 2018. Cloudflare now protects more than 8 million domains, websites, APIs, mobile applications, and anything connected to the Internet.

The company announced three major new products in the quarter. Including Cloudflare Access, a solution for accessing internal enterprise applications. Then Cloudflare Workers – a “better, faster” way for developers to deploy and execute code directly at the edge of Cloudflare’s global network. And finally, the Cloudflare Mobile SDK – a free solution that lets any mobile app developer understand network performance and metrics.

Together with IBM, Cloudflare also launched Cloud Internet Services–a package of Cloudflare’s security and performance capabilities designed to protect enterprise public-facing web content and applications.

Check out Server Shield by Cloudflare, available in our Extensions Catalog.

4. Billions pumped into building new, large-scale data facilities

Up and down the US, data center hubs have been transforming communities and expanding hosting and connectivity capabilities. One of those hubs is located in Des Moines, Iowa. Here you’ll find more than 6,150,000 square feet of data center space, either built or slated for building.

Billions of dollars are being invested in the region. So we’re seeing Microsoft, Facebook and Apple set up bases with large scale facilities. The world’s largest data center owners call Iowa home. Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and LightEdge Solutions own nearly 4 million square feet of floor space between them in the region.

5. Joint survey by Intel and Dell about DCIM products use

Last but not least in web hosting news! Almost 50% of the IT admins out there have little idea about what is happening inside their data centers. Because a survey by Intel and Dell has revealed that they haven’t adopted data center infrastructure management (DCIM) products.

The survey shows that only about half of IT admins use DCIM. Even though 44% of respondents reported regular power problems in their data centers and 37% said they experience frequent cooling problems. Meanwhile, 75% of the respondents who had deployed DCIM did it primarily to cut costs.

The survey also revealed that the majority of those that use DCIM do so as a substitute for power management tools. Just over half use detailed power monitoring tools where they’re provided by DCIM systems. And 64% used DCIM for reasons of environmental friendliness.

That’s enough web hosting news for this month

When we know more, you’ll know more as we keep the monthly web hosting news roundups going. Have you heard any further news that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, stay tuned for more juicy stuff in June, as told by Plesk!

The Plesk Onyx Security Quiz | 5 Minutes

It’s time for our second monthly edition of the Plesk quiz. Here to challenge your knowledge and see how you stack up against your peers. But mostly, to check if we’re doing alright in making sure you get the most of what we can offer. So today, we’ll be testing how much you know about Plesk Onyx Security.

Plesk Onyx Security Features and Tools

How well can you manage security of your Plesk server and protect it from common types of attacks? Maybe you know that we have an entire Security section inside our extension catalog for you to use. Including Let’s Encrypt to issue free SSL certificates and protect connections to your sites, Plesk interface, and mail server.

Plus, we’ve got robust in-built tools in order to enhance Plesk panel security. Like Web Application Firewall (ModSecurity), which protects sites and web applications from attacks.  And Fail2Ban for brute-force protection via IP address banning. Are you on top of it all? Then get ready to test your Plesk Onyx Security basics and more.

Plesk Onyx Security Quiz

Boom – 14 questions below, just for you. Select your answers to get your score (and no cheating!).

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How did you do?

Finally, how was it? Got the score you thought you would? Did you get close but aren’t quite there yet? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook. You’ll see how your peers found the challenge.

Think you can do better yet? Fortunately, there’s a free Plesk University course, dedicated to learning more about Plesk Onyx SecurityThere may be something you’re missing.

First, hit the button below to get the course. Then complete it for a certificate. Are you new to Plesk University? Then sign up first in a couple of clicks and hit “Get this Course”.

The Complete Guide to Your First Joomla! Installation from Plesk panel

Joomla! Installation

Joomla! ranks as one of the most popular Content Management Systems worldwide. But running a secure Joomla! installation is not a one-shot task. Join us for a session on how to build, secure and run your first Joomla! installation on a fresh Plesk Server. In order to help you streamline the process a bit, we recommend that you first install our Joomla! Toolkit.

Build your first Joomla! on Plesk

Installing your first Joomla! on a Plesk server became one of the easiest tasks since we introduced the Joomla! Toolkit. Because it can perform menial and repetitive jobs. You can start the installation directly from “Websites & Domains” as below.

joomla-toolkit-screenshot-your-guide-to-your-first-joomla-installaton-using-the-plesk-joomla-toolkit

Joomla! Installation

The Installation itself is simple. Because you only need to select the domain, subfolder, username, password and whether you want to install demo data. After installing, we’ll head straight into the new Joomla! instance. You can either log in from http://{{your-url}}/administrator or use the single Sign-On feature of the premium Joomla! Toolkit.

Joomla! wrapped in a secure environment

Security’s one of the main tasks for an administrator of a Joomla! website. This little checklist should help you with the first batch of security tasks.

  • Use the “protect folder” function to create an .htaccess protection for your Joomla! backend.
  • Activate https for your website by using an SSL certificate.
  • Use the latest PHP Version.
  • Force strong passwords in Joomla! and activate an 2FA extension.
  • Create separate user accounts for Administration and Content Creation.

On top of these tasks, you should always check to keep the system up-to-date. This includes the Joomla! installation, extensions, PHP, Plesk and the OS itself. To double-check, you can even use the Security Scanner from the Joomla! Toolkit. In order to identify any potential to up your security.

Follow the steps from our Advisor to learn more about security and how to stay on top of yours. But don’t forget to come back from time to time, as our Advisor’s always learning new things too!

Time to run your Joomla! Website

Now that you’ve installed Joomla! and completed the first batch of security tasks, we want your Joomla! website to run. And for this, we need it to be highly available and fast. Therefore, we can tweak Joomla! itself and the server to gain the best performance. Maybe you’ve already activated HTTP/2 from the Advisor. But there’s more to tweak right from your Plesk installation.

Inside the Joomla! Toolkit

You can now activate the caching on file level inside the “System”-Configuration. But the best trick to keep your Joomla! instance fast? Use as few extensions as possible. Because most extensions bring their own JavaScript and CSS files, which are then loaded on your pages.

Next up: Caching. Select “Apache & NGINX settings” from your domain overview and scroll down to enable the Microcaching of the NGINX server.

And there you have it – your first Joomla! installation: Complete. Let us know how it’s worked for you in the comments below. We love feedback! <3

Staging Environment Best Practices and How to Fix Yours

Staging Envirnment Best Practices

Even gone cowboy-style and pushed code to production directly? Many experts argue that testing your production-ready code in staging first is essential and the most reliable way. In fact, staging environments have been central to proofing code ahead of production deployment for decades now. But not everyone gets the most value out of theirs. So let’s explore some staging environment best practices. So you can fix what may be broken by identifying the following issues.

Staging Environment best practices: It should be an exact production replica

Staging Environment Best Practices

This one’s easy. The point of having a staging environment is to use it as a mirror of the production environment. Staging is used to test ‘production-ready’ code for residual and/or potentially high impact bugs before production. If it isn’t an exact mirror image of production, there’s no value in putting your code through a staging environment.

Did the developer forget to retrofit some direct-to-production enhancements or bug fixes back to the staging environment? Did the project team deem integrating staging with a new backend system too expensive?

When we talk of staging mirroring production, we do mean an actual mirror image. Not an approximation with compromises. Staging should connect to the same set of systems and services as production. It should also have the high level of monitoring and controls applied to production.

Tip: Could you redirect customer traffic to the staging environment and expect it to hold up? If the mere thought sounds implausible, then your staging doesn’t mirror production.

Staging Environment best practices: Do you have enough data?

Staging environment best practices - is there enough data?

Data quality happens to be one of the big reasons that a staging environment sucks. Sure, you can’t have the same volume and diversity in data as in production. But you could put in an effort and set up test data that mimics real customers.

Real case study: While working on a project using staging data to deploy an online banking solution, the testing team only had access to ‘dummy’ test accounts. Which didn’t really have any credit balance. This severely restricted the type of testing they could do. 

Tip: Plan ahead of time to secure the right data you need for your staging testing to be effective.

Staging Environment best practices: Make real user data available

Staging environment best practices - make sure real user data is available

More than just test profiles that mimic a user. But also getting a real user to execute real, live transactions through staging brings a whole new dimension. And adds tons of value to the process. 

In the previous banking app case study, the project team was releasing code into the staging environment daily and weekly. Everybody on the project, from executive sponsor to developer, was using it.

To tackle the lack of real user data, they used staging as the primary app for banking services. Channeling some real-life transactions through it, rather than the production version. This lets them use the staging environment to try out new features, enhancements, and bug fixes for several weeks prior to production.

With close to 50 users hitting the server regularly, the staging environment may not simulate the load that production usually gets, but it does give you the benefit of having a variety of use cases being constantly triggered in a production mirror image. This makes it easier to identify and report high impact issues.

Staging Environment best practices: Test on staging often

Some teams rush through staging in a matter of days for projects that have run for 6 months. Such a short, rushed test period eventually results in insufficient testing. Thus, significantly diminishing the value of using a staging environment.

Solution:
For teams running Agile and/or Scrum, make sure your code hits the staging environment at the end of every sprint or iteration. The team should push code onto the staging environment in increments every week, every other week or even every day.

You can have real users play around with the staging environment. This gives you the benefit of an incremental yet perpetual staging test while sprints continue.

For believers in Waterfall, the duration of testing in staging environment should reflect the length of your test cycle. As a rule of thumb, staging should be at least half as long as your user testing cycle. If your UAT was 4 weeks, staging testing should run at least 2 weeks.

This solid staging environment can help you

Staging environment best practices - Plesk WordPress Toolkit

You could obviously go cowboy like the staging-haters, and deploy code straight to production. And this may, in fact, work for you – until suddenly it doesn’t. If you want to protect your customers and your reputation, it’s best to play it safe. Then you’ll need a solid staging setup that prevents you from all that uncertainty. Instead of providing a reliable way to catch those sneaky bugs before live code can embarrass you.

Plesk offers a reliable solution for setting up a staging environment and applying those changes. You can also deploy easily to synchronize your data. We’re talking about the WordPress Toolkit (pictured above). One of the main features being a coding playground where you can code risk-free. Find out more about risk-free coding by clicking below. 

The 7 best cities for digital nomads in Summer 2018

Best cities for digital nomads

Ready to explore new cultures? Want to try foreign delicacies and feel free whilst working anywhere in the world? Here’s our pick of the best cities for digital nomads worldwide this summer.

Imagine working on a beach in Barcelona or Thailand or looking to learn more about ancient ruins found in Malta that are older than the Pyramids. Looking for typical hipster cafes? Then Berlin and Marrakech would be the ideal. Perhaps your ideal working space is an Irish pub whilst enjoying some traditional music. You can make any of this happen – here’s how.

Take the leap: Live in the best cities for digital nomads

Perhaps a few years ago, digital nomadism would’ve been dubbed unusual. Nowadays, opportunities increased because this concept allows more people to move away from their standard office work environment. And work remotely while seeing what the world has to offer.

More and more take the leap into becoming nomadic, and living in the best cities for digital nomads. You’ll find that anyone can make this lifestyle work irrespective of age, personality, budget, and profession. All you need’s passion, work discipline and a spirit for adventure.

Top cities for digital nomads this summer

No matter if you’re dreaming of sandy beaches, greener pastures, or a new far-off location. This guide features European, Asian and African cities to help you decide where to take your office this summer.

Barcelona, Spain

Best cities for digital nomads - Barcelona

Interested in a place where it’s sunny all year round? Then Barcelona should be way up there on your list of best cities for digital nomads. The lifestyle is relatively cheap and there’s always something happening. Moreover, it’s established itself as the third best European city for co-working spaces and startup opportunities for freelancers.

Even though it’s a metropolitan city, it maintains a close connection to nature. Just to prove us right, pay a visit to the Collserola hills, or perhaps one of the sandy beaches such as Ocata, both nearby Barcelona.

Events for your calendar:

  • July 5-7: Rock Fest
  • June 17 – Aug 12: Greek Festival
  • August (3rd Week): Festa Mejor de Gracia (Artfest)

Malta Cities

Best cities for digital nomads - Malta

South of Sicily lies the tiny island of Malta, made up of two more sister islands, Gozo and Comino. Despite it being so small, it’s got loads to offer. From the multitude of temples and medieval settlements, to the Mediterranean cuisine, beaches, bars and nightlife. What more can you ask for?

You can be working from one of the coffee shops in the old capital city, Mdina. Or in a hipster cafe’ in the livelier parts like St. Julian’s. Or just soaking up the ever-present sun on one of the island’s stunning beaches. Either way, you’re pretty much sorted!

Events for your calendar:

  • May 31June 3: Earth Garden
  • June 29 – July 15: Malta International arts festival
  • July & August – Various wine festivals over the islands
  • July 17: The Malta Jazz Festival 2018

Galway, Ireland

Best cities for digital nomads - Galway

Taking on Ireland to find the best cities for digital nomads is a pretty good bet. If you want to experience a mixture of the old and the new, why not start your experience off in Galway?

Located in west Ireland, Galway City promises an unforgettable experience to all those who visit or reside. There’s something for everyone. It’s well-connected because you can work from libraries, coffee shops, squares, and even supermarkets. If you’re musically-inclined, you can even try your hand at busking on Shop Street. See picture above.

Events for your calendar:

  • July 30 – Aug 5: Galway Races
  • Sep 28 – 30: Galway International Oyster Festival

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland. Best cities for digital nomads

There’s a good reason why Ireland has featured twice on our list of best cities for digital nomads. Dublin City’s constantly buzzing with activity and so is a haven for remote workers and freelancers too. Because it provides a unique experience to all those who venture there.

The people are incredibly welcoming. The Celtic tradition is still very much alive, and music and history are practically everywhere you look. Dublin isn’t short of any Wi-Fi spots. Some are even made available on beaches outside the city. You might find yourself wanting to live in Ireland forever after you experience Dublin!

Events for your calendar:

  • June 17: Colour Dash Dublin
  • Sep 1 – 3: Electric Picnic

Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany - best cities for digital nomads

Berlin is one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities, with a wealth of art, culture, and history to discover. It’s one of the most inclusive cities around the world, renowned for embracing diversity. You can rent your own office working space for as little as €150 a month!

And there’s even a fantastic public transport network for a reasonable price. We also recommend anyone on a longer visit to get a monthly pass. Some of the most ideal parts for digital nomads to live in include culturally-diverse Kreuzberg, hip and arty Neukölln and trendy Prenzlauer Berg.

Events for your calendar:

  • June 9 – Sep 9: Berlin Biennale
  • July 3 – 7: Berlin Fashion Week

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand - best cities for digital nomads

If you’re looking for Instagram-perfect surroundings while typing away at your keyboard, there’s no better place than Phuket. You’d be in for an impressive coastline. One that features long stretches of sandy beaches, strung together by amazing rock formations, the wildest rainforest, and colonial remains.

Phuket boasts the most developed infrastructure and high-speed internet of all the surrounding Thai islands. One visit simply isn’t enough to one of the world’s best citeies for digital nomads. And it’s fair to say, compared to Europe, the cost of living in Phuket is by far cheaper.

Events for your calendar:

  • June 9 – 10: Laguna Phuket Marathon
  • July 18 – 22: Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

Marrakech, Morrocco

Marrakech - best cities for digital nomads

Marrakech is a treasure for digital nomads.  Internet connection in coffee shops and small hotels is surprisingly good. Even though these places tend to be crowded. However, you’ll be in a better place with your smartphone. Because 3G data is quite cheap and efficient here.

Even more, co-working spaces are budding thanks to government aid given to young entrepreneurs. Therefore, Marrakech offers a similar lifestyle to western societies. With hipster cafes, fine dining, and the added bonus of amazing beaches, kitesurfing, and surfing.

Events for your calendar:

  • 14 – 16 September: Oasis Festival
  • 16 – 25 September: Le Boulevard Festival

Work Hard Anywhere (WHA!) App

So you’ve decided where you want to settle down. But you’re worrying about finding the right place to do some work. Look no further. The Work Hard Anywhere (WHA!) App is all about bringing together all digital nomads living in any location around the world. In order to find the perfect working spots in the best cities for digital nomads.

WHA app. Best cities for digital nomads - summer 2018

How does WHA work? Anyone can add a location to the app. So other creatives will rate the chosen spot according to the Wi-Fi speed, noisiness, parking and accessibility to outlets. Then, the community uses the Power Up function to ensure the info about each location is up to date.

At the moment, the app is only available to iOS users. However, developers hope to roll out an Android version too.

The digital nomadic lifestyle is all about learning, growth and the choice to do so while still working. This is a value we hold dear to us with many colleagues and customers being nomadic or working remote. Web professionals looking to optimize time during the summer.

Here’s what we thought about the nomadic 5 hour work day that Surf Office employ. Because freedom is being able to book flights anytime, anywhere without worrying about how much holiday leave you have left. So start exploring the best cities for digital nomads before we’re well into summer.

The top five best web development YouTube Channels

Best Web Development Youtube Channels

To stay sharp as a developer, or even learn to code from scratch, you need to see examples. Also, explore new ideas and stay current. How do you get that done? Conferences, meetups, and events are one way. However, this can be an expensive approach. Alternatively? Use the best web development YouTube channels to get your info.

It’s full of other developers’ perspectives and tips. The web development Youtube videos in this roundup cover web development specifically. Basically everything you need to keep your products working and your customers happy.

The best Web Development YouTube Channels

1. The New Boston

The New Boston is at the top of the article for a reason. With an archive of more than 4,000 videos and nearly two million subscribers, there’s plenty to explore. Let’s highlight a few of the channel’s main playlists.

Best Web Development Youtube Channels: The New Boston YouTube Channel

Best YouTube programming videos from The New Boston:

At the time of this writing, it has been over a year since The New Boston came out with a new video. In the meantime, their in-depth archive of short training videos – many are 5-15 minutes long – will get your hands dirty when working with new technologies.

2. Adam Khoury (Developer Training & Programming Courses)

With coverage of JavaScript, PHP, SQL, HTML, CSS, ActionScript and other technologies, this channel has been running for nearly ten years. The channel is solid in JavaScript with over 100 videos dedicated to the technology.

Best Web Development Youtube Channels: Adam Khoury YouTube Channel

Best YouTube videos for developer training and programming courses:

3. Google Chrome Developers

As one of the most popular browsers today, it makes sense to keep up with the peeps from Chrome. In addition to Chrome-specific news, the channel also covers broader issues relating to web development. A few examples below.

Best Web Development Youtube Channels: Google Chrome Developers YouTube Channel

Best YouTube videos from Google Chrome Developers:

4. LevelUpTuts (Become a Better Web Developer)

Open up your notebook when you visit this channel – it is a pure tutorial experience. If you are the kind of the person, who likes to take 15-30 minutes a day for professional development, check this channel out.

Best Web Development Youtube Channels: Level Up Tutorials

This channel stands out for its technical breadth and depth with step by step demonstrations. You’ll even find a few tutorials covering Sketch, a popular design tool.

Best YouTube videos on LevelUp Tuts:

5. WPBeginner – WordPress Tutorials

Many web hosts offer one-click installation for WordPress. That’s just the beginning when it comes to using WordPress effectively. Use this channel’s tutorials to customize your WordPress site and improve performance. You’ll also find helpful tips to fix some of the most common WordPress errors.

Best Web Development Youtube Channels: WPBeginner WordPress Tutorials

Best YouTube videos for WordPress Beginners:

What’s next after watching YouTube?

Let’s face it, watching videos has become a part of all of our days. We get it, it’s a fun way to learn. But you need more after you’ve sat through our pick of the top tutorial-oriented videos from the best web development Youtube channels.

So just schedule 30 minutes on your calendar to tinker with the idea. Let us know in the comments below if you’ve added any of these top web development channels to your YT subscriber list. Or tell us if you agree with our list or not on Facebook and Twitter.

The SME guide to dedicated hosting management

Dedicated hosting management

Dedicated hosting is one of the best pathways to getting your online presence alive and available for audiences around the world. With a dedicated server, you can be sure that computing power is dedicated to your website’s uptime and performance. However, there is a huge range of options when it comes to dedicated hosting and even small businesses have a lot of choices. Here are some of the most important dedicated hosting management aspects you should evaluate when you consider a dedicated hosting solution.

The most important dedicated server management aspects

Choice of operating systems

It’s important that you have flexibility in the choice of operating systems (OS). The OS you choose to launch your website on will have an impact on your website and how it functions for many years to come, and you don’t want to be forced to make a certain choice just because a hosting company restricts you.

Most good dedicated server management companies give you a choice between a range of Windows and Linux operating systems. Typically, you can choose which operating system you would like to install when you check out your hosting package. It’s a good idea to add the OS to your shopping basket when you check out to make sure it is pre-installed on your dedicated hosting machine.

Solid security

Server security is paramount on the internet. Almost every website is constantly under attack from thousands of sources and you need to make sure your server is secure at all times.

That is why you should closely review your dedicated server management’s security features before you plump for a dedicated server provider so that you can avoid any chance of hacks and viruses. Look into the security provision in place in the data centre of your provider of choice, and make sure their team properly controls for security factors when they interact with customers.

Server scalability

Websites grow over time: not only do they attract more traffic, they also grow in size and scope. So, the dedicated server you started out with may not be sufficient within just a few months or years. Make sure your dedicated server provider can easily help you to upgrade a server, scaling the amount of computing power that is available to your business.

Flexibility is also an important factor, in case you wish to move your website to a different type of platform. Cloud and hybrid hosting environments can ensure flexibility, while your hosting provider should be good at transferring applications from one environment to the next, in case you need an upgrade without re-configuring your entire website from scratch.

Other factors you should consider

Getting the basics right is important but in the long run some of the smaller factors can end up having a really big impact on how you run your website. Here are some of the other dedicated hosting management factors that we think are important.

Dedicated server customization

Some websites make use of very advanced technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, and you need very capable hardware to do so. In fact, you may need specially customized hardware to enable AI and machine learning applications.

To future-proof your site it is worth looking at a hosting company which can help you customize your dedicated server management solution to enable more advanced computing requirements. The ability to offer this level of customization is what will distinguish a run of the mill service provider from a company that can provide solid hosting solutions.

Budget companies will be able to provide you with fixed, pre-built solutions only. Professional hosting companies can provide you with a customized solution, fully meeting your requirements.

Software for dedicated hosting management

Instead of simply providing you with remote access to a server, a solid hosting company will provide you with more advanced control panel access. In other words, a control panel that can let you manage the advanced features of a single server, or batch manage a group of servers.

You have a lot of options to pick from when it comes to dedicated server management software, including Plesk and cPanel. Other control panels you could consider include ISPConfig and Ispmanager but each of these has their own advantages and disadvantages.

Plesk is perhaps the most popular, with this particular control panel in use for over ten years. It allows extensive automation across web hosting applications and makes it easy to manage the day to day tasks. Plesk Onyx runs on both Windows and Linux and works seamlessly in the background, managing performance requirements and access rights. It’s one of the most advanced dedicated server environment management platforms.

Help with troubleshooting

It is easy to get stuck when configuring and maintaining a dedicated server management platform. Though you could rely on technical support, sometimes looking up tips and troubleshooting sheets can be a lot quicker.

Good hosting companies will provide an extensive and user-friendly range of tutorials and tips that can help you in dealing with the most common issues on their platforms. You should find plenty of reliable and relevant information in these libraries, and they can even be referred to by technical support in case you need step-by-step instructions on a topic.

Audio and video manuals

Sometimes the easiest way to get a point across is using an audio or video tutorial. While online tip sheets are a must, and incredibly useful, many dedicated server management tasks are simply better explained using multimedia. Look out for a host running a YouTube channel or Vimeo page explaining some of the more difficult management tasks. Tutorials in video format are very easy to follow, and you can easily share them with your co-workers to spread the knowledge.

Summary

We’ve outlined a number of important factors that should make it easier for you to choose the right host for your requirements. Perhaps the most essential of these are the issues surrounding scalability and upgradeability, but we would also encourage you to look out for customization options and an assurance of solid support in the future.

WordPress Managed Hosting: ServerPilot vs Cloudways vs Plesk

As a hosting provider, you’re probably looking to do as much as you can to please the growing number of website owners who make use of WordPress to run their sites. The platform you use to run your hosting solution can make a big difference to how much your client will get out of WordPress. Platforms can make all the difference when it comes to setup, configuration, and customization. In this article, we review three of the main platforms for WordPress managed hosting: Serverpilot, Cloudways and Plesk.

ServerPilot vs Cloudways vs Plesk – introducing the players

Serverpilot

For a fast way to run PHP sites and WordPress, Serverpilot is worth thinking about.  When considering Serverpilot vs Cloudways it is the ease of use of Serverpilot that stands out. It is a platform which has a modern format, including its control panel. It is a single interface where developers can manage every server and app across the entire cloud network from one place. Serverpilot is a platform, it is not a provider of servers. What Serverpilot does is make it easy to host PHP sites, whether these sites are hosted on cloud servers or through virtual server provision.

Cloudways

Operating a cloud hosting service involves a lot of complexities, and in the often-cited battle Cloudways vs Serverpilot, it is the way Cloudways can simplify the hosting environment that makes it stand out. The central point of Cloudways is the Web App Management Platform which is streamlined in a way making it easy to launch cloud servers that can be used for the deployment of cloud apps.

Cloudways can interface with Vultr, DigitalOcean, Google, Amazon, and Kyup. Its interface supports all the usual technologies including Free SSL, Git, SSH and much more. It’s a comprehensive environment that allows users to deploy any of the many great web apps, not just WordPress. Cloudways also supports Magento, Drupal, and Stack.

Plesk

Though the discussion is often about Cloudways vs Serverpilot or even in terms of Serverpilot vs Cloudways, Plesk is, in fact, the platform that offers some of the best benefits and features. The number of users running Plesk proves this: it is active in 140 countries and by all estimates, 50% of the top 100 hosting service provides globally actually use Plesk for their WordPress hosting solutions.

Plesk estimates that it is in use by over 300,000 servers which automate over ten million websites. It is a platform that has simplified the work of small businesses and system administrators alike since the 2000’s, mainly by providing access to a very simplified and very secure method for managing website infrastructure. Plesk has a WordPress-specific solution called WordPress Toolkit which is a terrific way of managing WordPress instances. Toolkit also helps with backups, cloning and the synchronization of websites.

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Comparing the benefits of each platform

Most technology platforms have a range of pro’s and con’s, and so with the range of WordPress hosting platforms on the market. Here, we analyse the pros and cons of the three platforms previously described to give you more insight into which platform is the best for you.

Serverpilot

One advantage of Serverpilot is that it runs on top of an existing VPS that you are paying for with a third-party cloud hosting provider, and that it only charges you one price – regardless of the size of the server you are running. You can run multiple databases on Serverpilot, and even use the free account type if you prefer to do so – something worth thinking about when considering Serverpilot vs Cloudways.

Not every platform is perfect, and things to watch out for with Serverpilot include the fact that most users will need some basic understanding of Linux to operate it. Its Varnish component is not available by default but it is user-configurable. There is no option for one-click app development and there is no database management tool in Serverpilot.

Cloudways

Considering Cloudways vs Serverpilot it is worth keeping in mind that Cloudways is usable even by newbie webmasters who have no Linux experience. It also includes a one-click app deployment mechanism which Serverpilot does not. Both Varnish and Memcached is simply pre-installed and it has a managed app and database backup and restore function.

Yet there is no root access with Cloudways and no way to make server modifications. Its database management is not up to date and rarely works well, while you are also restricted to a single PHP version. Lack of DNS management and the inability to automatically downgrade a server are also issues.

Plesk

There’s no question that Plesk is a very popular platform, used around the world which would only be the case if the platform is doing a great job of hosting WordPress sites. Each individual VPS can have a custom configuration on Plesk, while there is an ecosystem of over one hundred Plesk plug-ins which can fill further needs. Plesk is also compatible with both Memcached and Varnish. The WordPress Toolkit that comes with Plesk is the perfect solution for all WordPress tasks ranging from installation through to updates and the cloning and backup up of a site.

As with the other platforms, Plesk has some drawbacks, including the fact that doing a basic configuration of a server can be a bit time-consuming. Yet it is an easy process that is quite intuitive. Some custom configurations with Plesk can also require quite an advanced level of technical skills.

Choosing your WordPress hosting platform

Clearly, every platform has advantages and disadvantages. Each of the three platforms described is scalable and top in its industry, and all include ways to customise including optional modules. However, for the quick and easy way forward it is a matter of Cloudways vs Serverpilot. On the other hand, for more serious infrastructure with a high level of scalability Plesk Onyx would be the preferred choice. Please do not forget that to use Plesk Onyx hosting platform you still need a vps/dedicated hosting.

What’s Your WordPress Story? | Finding work you love

Plesk WordPress Stories

Let’s tell you a story, or four. There’s always one to tell when you conquer your roadblocks. And finally make sense of what you want, and what makes you happy. What amazed us were the similar motivation drivers for these diverse people that we met at WC Soltau. The wish to help others and need for personal growth.

Somehow we all face challenges and stumbling blocks. How did these fantastic four use their stumbling blocks as stepping stones towards a more successful, happier work life? Have a look at who they are and the questions we asked them in the videos below.

The Speakers

Robert Windisch

WordPress Wapuu Robert Windisch - Plesk interviewee

This WordPress old-timers has been in the scene since 2005. With many years of continuous commitment to the CMS garden and WordPress community. Robert was working with an agency when a friend recommended WordPress as a blogging tool for his private hosting server. He’s been deeply involved ever since, on top of running and acting as CIO for his business – Inpsyde.

In our four-part video interview, he uncovers what it means to him to be part of a community where his work impacts millions. And how grateful he is to be able to make a living out of it.

Raffaella Isidori

US-born Raffaella, ping-ponged between Italy and The States in her young life as she searched for her passion. Starting from photography and graphic design, leading to brand design and communications. She talked about her pride in making it as a freelancer all her life. And becoming a touring speaker with WordPress. But this was not without its difficulties.

A failed relationship, a damaging work experience and difficulties in the job market punched through her self-esteem. She’s now working on the 2.0 version of herself and shares just how she’s doing it. In our four-part interview, Raffaella talks about the path that led her here, her yay-moments, and her insecurities as a 52-year-old woman in the young tech industry.

Birgit Olzem

Life coach, mother of five, and overall power-woman, Birgit began her journey when she discovered site-building with WordPress. She took the risk to become self-employed, full-time and has never looked back. Now she’s incorporated her training into the WordPress community and also has her own personal clients. Recently, Savvii, Dutch WordPress hosting company, snapped her up for the role of Community Manager (D/A/CH region).

She talks about her struggles starting her business as a single mum, her relationships with her clients and what drove her to succeed. She stands for female empowerment in the business world and in the community. And how she does her part in her daily work-life.

Sergey Biryukov

After being inspired by Andrew Nacin, lead WordPress developer, Sergey wanted to follow the same path. But was not swimming in opportunity. However, his drive and contribution to the WordPress core 8 years ago landed him a WordPress role, sponsored by Yoast. Now he gets to make a living doing what he loves. In a community where “nobody cares who you are and where you’re from.”

Sergey shares his ambitions for the project, the goals he smashed and a few other special moments. He hopes his story can, in turn, inspire someone else to do the same.

Note: We’ll be publishing the questions separately so stay tuned for more!

Q1 – What defining moment led you to where you are now?

Q2 – Which win made you confident you’re doing it right?

Q3 – What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken in your work life?

Q4 – What project are you looking forward to the most?

We want to thank these four valued community members for sharing their experiences with us. We hope these inspiring tales will get you thinking. “Actually, that happened to me once”, or “I faced exactly the same dilemma” and motivate you to keep chasing your personal and business goals.