How to View Your WordPress Site During Propagation in A2 Hosting
When you install WordPress, one of the first things that you will see is a screen asking you for your website’s name and URL (Uniform Resource Locator, or web address). Normally, you type in the name of your blog and the address of the website where you want to display the content. However, you will also see a “Propagate” button on the bottom right corner of the screen. When you click on this button, a notice will appear on the top of the blog screen notifying you that the site is now available for viewing on the world wide web.
This feature is very useful for those who are just starting out or for those who want to monitor the progress of their sites without needing to login to their hosting account. Before you start using this feature, however, it is important to know how to use a couple of different tools that are already included in WordPress.
1. FTP Client
WordPress comes with an FTP client (File Transfer Protocol) pre-installed. This is a tool that will allow you to manually upload files to your hosting account on a regular basis. The advantage of this, is that it allows you to do things such as update your website’s content without needing to go through WordPress’s dashboard. The disadvantage is that you will need to know how to use the tool effectively and safely. When you are starting out, using an FTP client to upload content to your hosting account is not recommended, as you will learn how to do this using WordPress’s built-in tools. For the best results, use an FTP client in conjunction with WordPress.
2. Cron Jobs
Cron jobs are tasks that are scheduled to run on a regular basis. Sometimes, these tasks are very useful, such as emptying the trash or un-approving blog comments. When you install WordPress, you will see a screen that allows you to define these tasks and the intervals at which they should be run. For example, you can have WordPress run a backup of your blog every night at midnight, or you can have it email you when someone has commented on one of your posts.
The advantage of using Cron jobs is that you can program them to run as often as you like. The disadvantage is similar to using an FTP client, as you will need to know how to use the tool effectively and safely. This screen is normally located under the “Settings” tab in the WordPress dashboard.
3. Database Backup
If you are the type of person who feels that their blog is very important to them and to their readers, then you should consider backing up the database of their site on a regular basis. This database contains all the posts and comments that have been made to date. In addition, it also contains important usernames, passwords, and email addresses of those who have signed up for a free account on your site. Because this information is so important, you should not be storing it on your own computer. Instead, you should be using a service such as KeePass to store these items securely. When you use a service like this, you can also automatically back up your data on a regular basis.
The advantage of having a database backed up is that it allows you to restore your site’s content easily if you need to. The disadvantage of this, is that you will need to know how to restore the database from backup and you will need to have the equipment (such as a laptop, tablet, or smartphone) necessary to navigate the World Wide Web looking for the files you need. In most cases, WordPress comes with a restore tool that you can use, if you follow the instructions carefully. For example, if you use the REST API to export your content and then import it back into your WordPress site using the Tools tab, you will not lose any of your content.
4. SSL Certificate
A site that is secured using the HTTPS protocol (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) will have an orange closed padlock in the address bar of their browser. This is a good indication of how secure the site is. In addition to having an orange padlock in the address bar, they will also have the https protocol defined in the address of the website. Those who visit the site will see a small padlock icon on the lower right corner of their browser’s toolbar. In most cases, you will need to pay for an SSL certificate on a recurring basis. However, some free certificates are available for those who want to test the waters.
The advantage of having an SSL certificate is that it helps to ensure that your visitors are not being tricked by a third party who is trying to access their personal information (such as credit card numbers or email addresses). The disadvantage is that you will need to remember to actively protect your site by having an SSL certificate installed throughout your web content.
5. Site Proxy
Sometimes, when you are trying to access a site that is not allowed in your own country, you will get an error message. When this happens, there is a chance that your request will be routed through another website that is acting as a “proxy” for the non-compliant website. A site proxy is a tool that can be used to access websites that are not available in your own country. They can also be used to access websites that are blocked on your own network (such as your local school’s firewall).
The disadvantage of using a site proxy is that it can sometimes be a bit unreliable, as it is dependent on other people to ensure that it works. In addition, using a site proxy can increase your computer’s data usage, as it will have to communicate with other websites to access the content you need. The advantage is that if you use a reputable service, they will normally be more than happy to help you configure the tool so that it is entirely free from errors.
6. Robots.txt File
A robots.txt file is a simple text file that can be used to control what types of web crawlers (or “robots”) can access your site. A robots.txt file that is not protected can be easily accessed and modified by any website that is using a web crawler. When this happens, all the content on your site can be freely indexed by the web crawler, which can result in serious issues, such as duplicate content and inaccurate search results.
The disadvantage of not having a robots.txt file is that it can be difficult to keep track of all the websites that you do not want to have access to your content. If you use a service such as WordPress.com to create your site, you will automatically have a robots.txt file created for you.
7. Content Lockdown
Some websites such as Medium and LinkedIn have an “Edit” button on the top right corner of a post’s page. When you click on this button, you will see a screen where you can enter a password to restrict who can edit and/or delete the content on your site. If you are the type of person who does not want to give anyone else access to your content, then you should lock this down on a permanent basis. To do this, go to your dashboard’s “Settings” page and click on the “General” tab. From here, you can set the maximum number of edits that will be allowed and create a new blog post with a lock icon displayed next to the “Publish” button.
The advantage of having content locked down is that it prevents others from tampering with your content. The disadvantage is that you will need to remember to adjust the settings whenever you want to allow edits or deletions from a new group of users.
8. Robots Exclusion Protocol
Sometimes, when you are blocking a website using the robots.txt file, you may accidentally block other websites that you did not intend to. To prevent this, you can use the Robots Exclusion Protocol. When you do this, you will define a list of domains that you do not want to have access to your content (in this case, your WordPress site). Then, you will need to activate the “ROBOTS” protocol for these domains. For example, if you have defined a list of “bad” websites that you do not want to have access to your content, you will need to enter “@bad_site.com” into the “User-Agent” field of the Robots Exclusion Protocol. Doing this will result in all the requests for these websites being dropped from your site’s traffic. In most cases, there is no charge for this service.