How to Update DNS Settings

Custom Name Servers

One of the advantages of starting your site with us is you do not have to worry about updating your DNS from a different provider like GoDaddy or NameCheap. When you start a new site you get a free domain name and that will already automatically point to your website here that you are creating.

However, there are times when you may need to point your domain manually. So we are going to show you how to do that here with us as well as with some other companies just incase you have domains there that you do not want to move for some reason.

How to Update DNS on HostGalaxy

First you need to log into your account here on HostGalaxy. Once you do you will see the following after you have logged in.

Log into Account

Now that you are here we must go to the domains section where all of your domains with us are. So click on the word or section that says “Domains” with the green bar below it. Now you should see this below.

List of your domains

Now decide which domain it is that you need to change the DNS settings on. Then click the little arrow pointing down next to it all the way to the right. You will see the following menu when you do.

Domain menu

Now just tap the first one in this menu called “Manage Nameservers.” This will bring you to where you will see the following depending on where your name servers are pointed to currently. Just tap on the option that says “Use custom nameservers (enter below).”

Custom Name Servers

If you are wanting to point your domain name to our servers we use what you see above. So use the following.

Nameserver 1: ns1.hostgalaxy.com
Nameserver 2: ns2.hostgalaxy.com

Then make sure to tap on the “Change Nameservers” blue button to save those settings. If you did everything right then you should see a completion screen.

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How to Create Custom Email Address and Forward with Gmail

Why you need a personalized custom email address!

The simple fact is if you don’t have a custom email address then it makes your site or business look unprofessional. It also makes it look like you don’t take business seriously enough to create one. So what would make the customer or viewers think you would take them seriously?

Which one looks more professional to you?

[email protected]

[email protected]

As you can see there is a big difference between the two. It easy to do and is free when you are hosting with us. So why not go ahead and do it? Here is the guide on how to create a custom email as well as how to forward to a gmail account.

You can start a domain name search here.

How to create custom domain email address

The first step you need to do is make sure you are logged into cPanel. You can do by typing the following “yourdomain.com/cpanel. It will take you to a login page. Login and you should see the following.

Login into cPanel

Now that you are logged into scroll down a few sections until you see the “Email” section.

Email Accounts Sections

Once you find this section just click on the “Email Accounts” part of it. This will bring you to the area where you add and change things about different emails you have.

Create Custom Email Address

Once you are on this page make you hit the tab on the top left that says Add Email Account. This will bring you to the part where you can create your first custom email address.

I like to also click on the option for unlimited under the Mailbox Quota section. You don’t want to have to worry about this feeling up on you and you missing email because of this.

Also make sure you remember the email address of course and the password. Write it down some where so you can remember it.

Successfully Created Email Account

Now click on the create account button once you have all the fields put in. If you did everything right you should now see the green “Success” part.

How to view your new email

Our system uses the new single sign on. So it makes this process easier than it used to be. You don’t have to keep putting in your password for email, cPanel, etc. But as you can see it will get cumbersome over time.

Head back over to the Email section of the control panel. And click on email accounts again. But this time we are going to click on a different tab.

Login to Webmail

This time click on the second tab that says email accounts. This will bring up all of the email accounts you have under this cPanel account. Click on the “Access Webmail” link in order to get auto magically logged in thanks to our single sign on.

Here you will see a couple of different options you will need to look at before you continue. At the very top you will see two options for the default web mail. It doesn’t matter which you pick. They both look a little different when viewing your mail.

Default Mail Provider

Don’t click it yet, but when you do click on one it will take you to your mail so you can see the mail you currently have.

We want to scroll down until you see the following.

Client Settings

This is the settings we are going to need here in a minute to forward your domain to gmail. So make sure to copy this information or take a screen shot of it like I did.

How to Read and reply to emails in webmail

Now that you have copied that you can go back up and click on the big Horde icon. This will take you to your webmail where you can send, receive and reply to emails. If you clicked on horde it should look a little like this.

Mail Client Horde View

As you can see it doesn’t look the greatest and seems like it was built 20 years ago. You can still see how to do everything and if you are on your computer all the time this may be enough for you.

However, most people want to be able to check their mail on the go and want the notifications that come with hat. Which is one of the reasons why I love forwarding my email to gmail. Just using the webmail is not good on the mobile and you have no idea if you get an email unless you are logging on and checking it all the time. Gmail takes care all of that for us.

How to forward your custom email to a gmail account

This time we are going to the Email section of cPanel again. But instead of clicking on email accounts we are going to click on “Forwarders” this time around. Now you should see the following.

Add Forwarder

Now click on the blue button on the left hand side that says Add Forwarder. Now you should see the following.

Pick Email to Forward

In the top part a typed in the first part of my email address and made sure the domain was right as well. That makes sure they are forwarding my email “[email protected]

Now under the destination you need to put in your gmail account that you want to be able to send, receive, etc mail from. If you don’t have one you can sign up for one here. Once you have all of that filled in you can hit the blue button at the bottom that says Add Forwarder.

If you did everything right you should see this green success screen again.

Success Green

Now log into your gmail you either already had or just created and you should see the following.

Log into Gmail

Click on the little Gear icon you see on thee right hand side of the page. This will bring down a dropdown menu.

Click on Settings

Here you need to click on the settings part of the drop down menu. This will bring you to the folliowing.

Accounts and Imports

Make sure you click on the tab that says Accounts and Import. This is the area that will allow us to finally get this forwarding process going.

Now go down until you see the send mail as section of those settings.

Send Mail As

Add Another Email

Mine says Add Another Email. Yours may say add email. Either way you want to click on that button to add an email address to forward to hear. Once you do that a popup should appear that looks like this.

Popup

Now put in the Name you want to be known as and the email address we created earlier ([email protected]). And also uncheck Treat as an Alias. This way it will never show as coming from you gmail account but from your custom email address always.

Now click on the next step and you should see this.

Email Information

Make sure you fill in like above. Your server name should mail.yourdomainame.com. Your username is your email address. And the password is whatever you made it easier. You also want to make sure you tick the Secure Connection using TLS.

Now hit the add account button. You should see this.

Verify Access

They just want you to verify that, that is your account. So log into your webmail from earlier and you should see a new email from gmail.

Conformation Code Gmail

Take this conformation code and put in that popup window where it says enter the conformation code. Then it will just leave and ever thing is finally done. Now everything is setup and ready to go.

The first thing I would do is test it out. Also, if you don’t already make sure you have the iPhone or adenoid gmail app. it’s super handy and gives you instant notifications when you get an email. You can also reply and create emails from there too.

Now all that’s left is to test it out. Use a different email and send it to the newly created custom email. And also make sure you can also reply to is as well. If you don’t have another email ask a friend or a coworker to help you out.

Congrats, you now have your very first personalized email address. This is going to make your business or brand look so much more professional.

Also, if you don’t have hosting yet you can sign up for one of hosting plans like our WordPress Hosting Which comes with a free domain name for the first year like all of our plans do.

 

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How to Install LiteSpeed Cache WordPress Plugin

What is LiteSpeed and why do we need the plugin?

LiteSpeed is a direct replacement for the old school Apache servers. It is built to be better in every way. After running the combination of a LiteSpeed Server and this cache plugin they built for it I will never be able to go without these two now.

This plugin communicates directly with our LiteSpeed Servers and gives crazy fast caching to reduce your page load times. These have been proven to out do the other caching plugins on the market and you will only need this one no others ever again.

The only downside of the plugin is that it only works with LiteSpeed Servers. So if you are on some of the old school Apache servers this plugin will not work for it.

So let’s show you how to install it so you can make sure you are taking full advantage of your new high performance server we have.

How to install LiteSpeed Cache Plugin for WordPress

The plugin is really simple to install. Anyone can do it.

First login into the admin area of your blog. Once you are there you will see the menu on the left hand side. Click on the menu that says “Plugins”

LiteSpeed Cache Add Plugin

Then you will see on the left hands side where is says “AddNew.” Make sure to click on that.

Add New Plugin

Now on the right hand side you will a blank text field that says “Search for Plugin.” Click inside that field and type in “LiteZSpeed” and the plugin should be the very first one you see. It should look like the picture below.

Search For LiteSpeed Plugin

Just tap on that “Install Now” text that you see on it.

Activate LiteSpeed

Now the last step is just clicking the “activate” button once it’s done installing. Pretty easy right?

 

LiteSpeed Cache WordPress Plugin – How to configure the Advanced Options

For 99% of you guys out there you are now done and ready to go. The way it comes as default is perfect for most people. And the default speed for these settings fly. However, they did build in some advanced features for anyone who knows about these things and would like to test it a bit more maybe get a couple of milliseconds shaved off of their load times.

Again, we do not recommend changing these because some of these things can negatively effect some blogs. So if you are going to try and tweak these settings we recommend making a backup first.

Advanced Options

General – This tab allow you to enable or disable the cache feature on your blog. Then there are a bunch more options below this that you can set that will control how long different parts are cached.

General Tab

Cache – This let’s you choose other special pages that you may or may not want to cache.

Cache Settings

Purge – If you make any changes you want to purge the settings here. This makes sure your settings go live right away.

Purge Settings

Excludes – These are pages, posts, etc that you do not want to include.

Excludes Settings

Optimize – Here you can fine tune different things like minifying things to make this load quicker.

Optimize Settings

CDN – These are settings that work together with some CDN networks.

CDN Settings

Debug – This is obviously has debugging settings. So if you are having troubles with something this a good place to start.

Debug Settings

We have LiteSpeed on many of our plans but here are three main ones. Our WordPress Hosting, Cloud Hosting and LiteSpeed Hosting.

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CloudFlare & RailGun – How to Install for 300% Faster Loading Times

CloudFlare and RailGun are a killer combination when you have them installed together. That is why they are a big part of our Rocket Speed Recipe here on HostGalaxy. That is also why we wanted to make sure that they come free with every hosting package we sell here.

What is CloudFlare & RailGun?

CloudFlare is middle man in the middle. When websites were first created you would type in a web address and you would be instantly sent to that website. So if I am sitting here in California and I need to load a site in China, that is a pretty good distance between the two.

CloudFlare is the middle guy. Instead of me having to load a site all the way in China it may have a data center in SanFrancisco, Ca. So loading a site from another location in California it’s self makes the time it takes to load a page way quicker than it used to be. Pretty amazing isn’t?

What is CloudFlare?

CloudFlare can cache up to 75% of your website and it’s contents. By doing this they are able to make pages load lightning fast. The only bad part is that it cannot cache 100% of it. So that is where RailGun comes into play.

RailGun is web optimization technology provided by CloudFlare. It dramatically speeds up the non cached other 25% of you website that CloudFlare couldn’t. So RailGun opens a secure tunnel that it allows it to access your host from their servers.

This works in a way where it only has to pull up things that have changed since the last visit. So if your website mostly static is going to end up being really quick as long as everything else is optimized.

What Speeds with CloudFlare, RailGun and HostGalaxy?

We have invested in some of the best hardware and software which allow us to compete with some of the best cloud host out there.

We will be posting more stats from more sites later on but here is an example site of just how fast a site can be if it’s optimized with all of our best features that come free.

Jobmultipass 242ms

As you can see from the picture above. This pretty much blank site which is how the others test their speed tests we getting 242 ms load time. You can check the site here. And also the tool that we used was pingdoms

https://www.jobmultipass.com

Before, we moved this site here to our servers this was well over full second of load time. However, we stupidly forgot to take the before screenshot. So we will have more sites coming very soon to show you the before again. But these are impressive numbers non the less aren’t they?

How much Does CloudFlare and RailGun Cost?

Normally, if you were to go through their website for this combination it would be over $200/mo to use these two in tandem. This is because you have to have their business plan. It’s the only one that let’s you use both. You can see for yourself here.

However, we have worked out a special deal. We pay them so much money and they let us use it for all of our customers. Most of the other hosting sites will charge you more money per month to use it. Or make you upgrade to a more expensive plan to get it. But not us.

We give these two amazing features as part of every plan we have on here. Even our smallest cloud hosting plan that is only $5/mo. We wanted to make sure every plan we offer is going to have rocket speeds and this is a big key to making that happen.

How to Enable CloudFlare

First you need to login to our client area. Once you do you will see the following.

Services

From here click on the services box. This will bring you to all of the services that you currently have with us. Then you will see the following menu.

My Products

From here make sure you click on the center of it. Not on the name of the domain name because that will take you to your actual website. We need to go to the cpanel where we can enable CloudFlare.

Once you have clicked on that you will now see the following.

Login into cPanel

Make sure you click on the link in the left hand sidebar that says “Login to cPanel.” Going this route is nice because our system does it in a way where you don’t have to login again. It automagically does it for you.

This will bring you to the cPanel where you access pretty much anything that has to do with your website. You can upload files, create DBs, etc. But we want you to scroll down until you see the following.

CloudFlare in cPanel

You will see the “Software” section about 3/4s of the way down. CloudFlare will be listed under this section here. Now click on that beautiful button they have there and it will bring you to the section where we need to be to actually enable this.

Login into CloudFlare

Once you are here you ave two options. Either hit the green box and create an account with CloudFlare or hit the little blue text to sign into your account if you already have one.

Next up you will see an option where it asks you if you want to do a partial or full setup with them. I would choose the full option. This way you can get the full effects of the CDN.

Once you have click on the full setup it will now give you a nice little menu. We need to take the DNS (Domain Name Servers) settings they have listed for you and update our domain name with those settings.

Pending DNS

This is going to send our traffic to CLoudFlare so they can handle all of this amazing stuff for us. As you can see in the picture it currently says the status is pending. Once, we change the DNS this should update and say active.

Login into your domain registrar and you need to change it something like this. But of course your name servers are going to be different whatever they listed on the page. So make sure to copy the ones from your cPanel like in the last picture above.

Update Nameservers

 

 

Now that you have update your DNS to what they showed you. You should be able to see this in the cPanel of your account. If you don’t then it may take a minute. You can also go back to the cPanel where you saw your DNS servers. There is an option to the right to “Recheck Nameservers.” This should make sure they update.

Sometimes, it’s instant and sometimes it can a few minutes. Either way you should eventually end up with it looking like this. Where it says using CloudFlare is active. If so you now know everything is setup correctly up to this point. Great work!

Domain Name Active

 

CDN Content Delivery Network Performance Settings

Now there are a couple of options you need to turn on for full CDN performance. Login into your cloudflare account and click on your  domain name. Once, you have done that you should see a menu at the top. Click on the option that says crypto.

Crypto Full Strict

Once, you are on the crypto page you will see this SSL option at the top. Make sure on the right hand side of the drop down menu you select “Full Strict.” Since, you now have a legit and free SSL certificate you can choose this option for maximum performance.

Now click on the “Speed” section in the top navigation.

Auto Minify

Now make sure to click on and check mark Javascript, CSS and HTML. This will give you another nice little boost in page speed times. These do not come pre checked so you want to make sure you hit these for sure.

Now keep scrolling toward the bottom until you see “Rocket Loader.”

Rocket Loader

This also does not come pre checked. So make sure you do. This is an option that basically tells the site to load things like javascript last. This way they can physically see the rest of the page load quicker before it does.

Lastly, you want everything to take effect asap. So hit the “Cache” button in the navigation menu this time.

Purge Everything

Now the very first section you come to on this page you will see an option off to the right that will allow you to purge everything. Hit that button. Now CloudFlare is resetting everything. This way any users who are coming to your site will now have all of these settings you just changed live as of right now.

 

How to Enable RailGun

Log back into the cPanel like you did above and go into the same CloudFlare section as well. From here you can enable RailGun.

CloudFlare Menu

Make sure you click on the home button in the menu that you see. From here you can scroll down until you see the words “RailGun”

RailGun On & Off

Just hit the off button to turn it on. Only do this on the LW Central button though. The second part has to do with us and we have already done this part by installing this on the server.

Once, it says on you are ready to roll. It’s pretty easy when we have it installed already isn’t it?

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