Understanding CMS: The Key to Building Your Online Presence

Demystifying CMS: A Simple Explanation

Navigating the digital world can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’re new to creating websites. One term you might come across is ‘CMS’ or ‘Content Management System’. But what exactly is a CMS, and why is it important for someone looking to establish an online presence? Let’s break it down in a simple, conversational way.

A CMS is essentially a software application that helps you create, manage, and modify content on a website without needing specialised technical knowledge. Think of it as the backbone of your website, where you can add, edit, or remove content easily – be it text, images, or videos – without needing to understand complex programming languages.

The Popularity and Importance of CMS

When it comes to choosing a CMS, there are several popular options, each with its unique features and user base. WordPress, for instance, stands out as a giant in this field. As reported by W3Techs in 2021, WordPress powers an astounding 40% of all websites on the internet, a testament to its ease of use, flexibility, and robust community support.

Other notable CMS platforms include Joomla and Drupal, which, while not as widely used as WordPress, are praised for their powerful customisation options and strong security features. Joomla powers around 2.6% of all websites, whereas Drupal is the choice for about 1.7%, offering advanced user permissions and flexibility for complex sites.

These statistics not only highlight the popularity of these systems but also underscore the diverse needs they cater to, from simple blogs to complex corporate websites.

Ease of Use and Accessibility

One of the most significant benefits of a CMS is its ease of use. In the past, building a website required a deep understanding of HTML, CSS, and PHP. With a CMS, however, you get a user-friendly interface – much like the word processors you’re familiar with. This means you can add or edit content with ease, a bit like crafting a document or creating a PowerPoint presentation.

Customisation and Flexibility

Another advantage is the range of features and customisability. Most CMS platforms offer various plugins and themes. These allow you to add new features (like contact forms, SEO tools, or social media feeds) and change the look of your site without any coding. It’s a bit like customising your smartphone with different apps and wallpapers.

Collaboration and Content Management

There’s also the aspect of efficient content management and collaboration. A CMS lets multiple users work on the content. For example, one person can draft a blog post, another can add images, and a third can publish it. This collaborative approach is particularly useful for businesses or teams.

Security and SEO: Essential in the Digital World

Security is crucial in the digital world, and CMS platforms regularly update to protect against security threats. Plus, with a reliable hosting provider like UKC, your CMS-based website benefits from additional layers of security, ensuring your online presence is both robust and secure. Lastly, a good CMS helps in optimising your website for search engines, making it easier for potential customers to find you.

Embracing the Digital Age with CMS

In conclusion, a CMS is a powerful, user-friendly tool that simplifies the process of creating and managing a website. It opens the door for anyone to establish an online presence, from small business owners to bloggers, artists, and beyond. With a CMS, the power to build and manage a website is at your fingertips, backed by the support and security of a hosting provider like UKC. Embrace the digital age confidently, with a CMS as your ally in your online journey.

UKC03 – Upgrade to Plesk Onyx

Security, Performance and Feature Enhancements

We are pleased to announce that all hosting accounts that reside on UKC03 (Plesk 12) will be upgraded to the very latest Plesk Onyx panel between 2200 Monday 15th July and 0400 Tuesday 16th July. There will be no disruption to your service.

Plesk Onyx brings a whole suite of new features as well as the highest level of security and performance. In addition to the panel and base operating system upgrade your server hardware will be upgraded to the latest generation equipment thus delivering the highest performance for your web hosting services.

Access to the Plesk panel and the recommended name servers remain unchanged:

Panel access: https://ukc03.uk:8443
Nameserver 1: ns.ukc03.uk
Nameserver 2: ns2.ukc03.uk

The web server IP address will change from to If you use your own name servers (i.e. not the recommended name servers ns.ukc03.uk and ns2.ukc03.uk) then please ensure you change your DNS A records to use the new IP address within 7 days.

In the event that you have a problem with your web site service or you feel the migration of some of your data may need further attention please do not hesitate to contact the Helpdesk, advise of the specific problem you are experiencing and we will resync your data without delay.

We hope you enjoy the enhanced performance and security of your new UKC Plesk Onyx Server.

Reserved .UK domains – your .uk rights

Are you one of the 3.2 million people who have rights to a .uk domain?

Domains registered before 23:59hrs on 28 October 2013 acquired the rights to the equivalent .uk domain.

If you own a .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk, or ltd.uk domain, the matching .uk domain may have been reserved for you until 25 June 2019.

This could mean if you own yourwebsite.co.uk, your equivalent .uk domain, so yourwebsite.uk, may have been reserved. After 1 July 2019 any reserved .uk domains that have not been registered will be released into the public domain. This means they can be registered by anyone.

How to register a reserved .UK domain

You will need to register the .uk domain name yourself before 6am BST (UTC+1) on the 25th of June 2019. We suggest you contact our support team who will be able to help you with this.

Search .UK domains

What are the costs to register a .UK domain?

There is no difference in price to a standard domain registration. The current prices for both registration and renewal are £5.99+VAT per annum.

What happens if I don’t register the corresponding shorter .uk domain?

When your rights elapse on 25th June, the ‘reserved’ domain will be available for registration by someone else.

If I don’t take up the corresponding .UK domain, what happens to my existing registration?

Your existing domain is unaffected and will continue as usual. Remember to continue to renew your registration each year.

When exactly do the rights expire?

06:00 BST (UTC+1) on 25th June 2019.

Where can I find more information?

Nominet provide more information and a “Rights of Registration” search at the following site: https://www.theukdomain.uk/do-i-have-uk-rights/

If you need any help or advice, don’t hesitate to contact us or alternatively, you can contact Nominet via phone; +44 (0)1865 332244 or email; nominet@nominet.uk.

Customer Service Outage and Security Audit

Billing Portal Outage and Security Audit

Late on 10th January we were alerted of a potential security breach of the web server which hosts our primary site and helpdesk/billing portal. We are currently assessing the situation and undergoing a security audit to contain and resolve the situation.

As a precaution, we have temporarily disabled our Client Panel whilst we perform audits and upgrades. Note that we do not store financial information such as credit card details on our systems.

The situation is still developing. As an additional precaution, we have reset all client Plesk panel passwords. To gain access to your Plesk panel, please perform a forgotten password request. Weak passwords will no longer be allowed.

Ongoing Updates – Please Check Here for Updates

Check here for updates. Use our Live Support facility to speak to our technical staff for urgent support issues.

We are launching our New Billing and Helpdesk Portal today

16/01 13:00 – Our new Billing and Helpdesk Portal is now online! Please test your login, have a look around. Let us know about any outstanding issues. Or contact Live Support if you prefer as always. Thank you so much for your patience during this service outage. Please continue to be patient with our support staff who are working very hard to help with your problems.

16/01 06:00 – We are pleased to announce that the new Billing Portal installation, upgrade and migration is complete! Before we go live we are awaiting the full propagation of a DNS change. In the meantime we are testing every feature. We do not expect any further issues and our objective is to activate the new portal at approximately midday today. Our helpdesk will be back in just a few hours. Please continue using our Live Support for urgent issues. Thank you for your patience during this upgrade.

14/01 – We have restored nameservers on all affected domains, you should start to see your website and email services come back online within a few hours, please note that it may take up to 24 hours for the nameserver changes to fully propagate.

13/01 -Friday/Saturday – We continue to apply custom name servers to the impacted domains which were left unlocked by clients. We will continue this process through Saturday. Once again, please contact Live Support for urgent issues only.

12/01 16:00 – The new billing server hardware is in place and migrations will start overnight. We have replaced everything. We are projecting to have the client billing service back online within 24 hours. Thank you for your patience.

11/01 23:00 – Web Hosting and Email – We are currently working through all accounts and are bringing them online as we can. Most accounts are not affected. We suspect it may take a number of days to fully complete our audit of every account.

11/01 20:00 – Name servers have been applied to each unlocked domain according to the server it was on. If you were using custom nameservers (eg. your domain was not parked) please send the correct nameserver settings to nameservers@uk-cheapest.co.uk.

11/01 12:00 – Unlocked Domains – A number of domains that were not locked had their nameservers changed without permission. If your nameservers are not correct, please email the correct settings to nameservers@uk-cheapest.co.uk. Please include the domain names and the nameservers that you would like applied to each domain in your email. Please ensure that the email is sent from your account email address.

Your website and data are not affected. If your site is offline, please advise the Live Support advisor of your domain name and we will investigate further. Please note at this time, basic support will be limited. Only contact us if your site is down or urgent.

As a precaution, all WHMCS and Plesk Client passwords have been reset. Please do a forgotten password request to set your own password before contacting Live Support.

Once again, thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

Kind Regards,

UKC Support Team

How to: Setup IMAP using Microsoft Office Outlook 2016

This guide is for setting up IMAP in Outlook 2016 to access your mail, IMAP is recommended if you are checking mail on multiple devices and wish to store your mail on the server.

If you will be checking mail on one device and wish to store copies of mail on your device and not on the server please follow the link below to view our guide on how to setup POP in Outlook 2016:

Outlook 2016 POP setup guide

  1. Open Microsoft Office Outlook 2016
  2. Go to File > Info > Add Account
  3. Select the checkbox Manual setup or additional server types. Click Next.

Outlook 2016 Step 3

  1. Select the option POP or IMAP and hit Next.

step 4

  1. Specify the following:
  • Your Name.
  • The email address that you are setting up the IMAP account for.
  • Account Type: IMAP
  • Incoming mail server: Enter mail.yourdomainname.com, for example if your domain name is johndoe.com please enter mail.johndoe.com.
  • Outgoing mail server: Enter mail.yourdomainname.com, for example if your domain name is johndoe.com please enter mail.johndoe.com.
  • User Name: Specify your full email address. Example: info@johndoe.com.
  • Password: This will be the password that you set when creating the mail account in Plesk, it is the password that you use to login to RoundCube webmail.
  • Require logon using Secure Password Authentication (SPA). Leave this option cleared.

step 5 imap

  1. Click More Settings, open the Outgoing Server tab and check My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication.

Step 6

  1. Open the Advanced tab and enter 587 as Outgoing Server (SMTP) port and INBOX as the Root folder path. Click OK and Click Next to complete the setup.

step 7 imap