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Celebrating Four Years as an Oregon Benefit Company

Wow! It’s been four years since we became an Oregon Benefit Company!

On January 2, 2014, we joined 28 other businesses to kick off a brand new Oregon business program. In the years since, it has grown into a statewide movement of more than 1,800 companies united through a common goal of using business as a force for good. (Read about the inaugural signing: Canvas Host: An Oregon Benefit Company)

Signed into law on June 18, 2013, House Bill 2296 enabled Oregon businesses to incorporate social causes into their operating by-laws. We were already a B Corporation, which implements similar corporate by-laws, but Oregon’s implementation of the benefit company structure brought us legal protection and precedence to operate on the triple bottom line.

Over the years, we’ve continued our mandate to uphold a higher level of ethics, transparency, and honesty throughout our business operations. From how we care for our customers, to how we provide meaningful services without the up-sell, to how we’ve improved employees’ lives with benefits most companies our size only dream of, Canvas Host is walking the talk.

What does the term, “benefit company” mean to you? It looks something like this: When you connect with us, we listen to you, and we break down the complicated technical stuff into plain English. We provide you the tools you need, and help you make the most of them. We’re here to help you succeed, period.

Our annual benefit report details the programs we’ve implemented and are actively working on. One of them is the creation of a statewide directory featuring Oregon benefit companies. Our objective is to help unify the community and enhance its capacity to effect positive change throughout the State.

We welcome your input as we enter 2018, and look forward to connecting with you and earning your trust.

Thank you,

David Anderson, Owner


Canvas Host selected as a 2017 Best for the World B Corporation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 12, 2017

Portland, Oregon — Canvas Host has been selected from among its B Corporation peers as a 2017 Best for the World honoree, as a Service Provider with Minor Environmental Footprint for the Long Term.

Certified B Corporation were evaluated and selected based on areas of impact, including: Best For Workers, Best For Community, Best For Customers, Best For The Environment, Best For The Long Term, and Best For The World: Changemakers.

A total of 846 businesses across 52 industries from 48 countries were recognized on the full list:
https://bthechange.com/the-2017-best-for-the-world-honorees-9412ab4a64f0

“We’re thrilled to have been selected as a Best for the World company”, said David Anderson, owner. “We intentionally operate our company to bring benefit to our team, our customers, our community, and the environment. B Corporation values are in our company’s blood. We can’t imagine doing business any other way. It’s such a huge honor to have made this list, and we intend to answer the challenge to continually impact our world in a positive way, for the Long Term.”

Canvas Host recently renewed its certification through B Lab, the nonprofit certifying body for all B Corporations, and entered its eighth year as a B Corporation with its highest-ever B Impact score of 117 points. The measure evaluates a B Corporation on its impact with respect to Environment, Workers, Customers, Community, and Governance.

Full details of the B Impact score may be read in full on Canvas Host’s profile on the B Corporation website, at:
https://www.bcorporation.net/community/canvas-host

About Canvas Host

A sustainable web hosting provider based in Portland, Oregon, Canvas Host provides comprehensive web hosting, domain registration, email, e-commerce and dedicated hosting services. An Oregon Benefit Company and certified B Corporation, the company operates on triple bottom line principles of people, planet, and then profit, giving back to the community through partnerships with local non-profits and organizations, organizing monthly educational networking with Green Drinks, planting trees through Friends of Trees, and offsetting not only its energy consumption, but also 15 Portland-area homes with clean, renewable wind energy through Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

For information on Canvas Host’s services, please contact the Sales team at sales@canvashost.com, or by calling 877.HOST.503 x1.

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Canvas Host Acquires Eugene-Based Host2Help

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 11, 2017

Portland, Oregon – Canvas Host, a Portland web hosting provider, acquired Eugene-based Host2Help on March 23, 2017. Financial details were not disclosed. The merger comprised approximately 100 customers and websites. Additionally, Host2Help’s owner, John Smart, joined Canvas Host to add to its growing repertoire of advanced services.

Originally from England, John is a true “European import”, bringing both skills and humor, including trying to compel staff to spell “color” as “colour”. It’s worth noting this mild eccentricity because of John’s affinity for Search Engine Optimization and all its nuances. He began working with SEO before it had a catchy name, when Google rules were vague, and when “link backs” were the only thing that mattered. As Google’s algorithms became more complex, John kept studying and learning, and today invests at least 4 hours a week to keep up on the latest in SEO technology.

The story of John’s business is important, and underscores how Canvas Host supports customers’ businesses through the various stages of evolution. More than ten years ago, John leased his first dedicated server from Canvas Host, at a time when he had begun growing his own hosting company. As the years passed, his business expanded and contracted several times. At the start of 2017, his server began running slow, due largely to the number of clients hosted upon it. As with many small businesses, John’s reached a challenging stage of growth in that it was too large for the server resources he had, yet too small to afford the future capacity he would need. And so, he approached Canvas Host to take on his customer base.

John said, “This has been great for all of my clients. They are getting what I promised them when I started – green hosting, amazing support, and lightning speeds. I am truly thrilled that my old clients are with the best there is for hosting.”

He continued, “The team here is genuinely excellent. I have worked in tech since I was 16 years old, and have never worked with such phenomenally intelligent people. It’s a little intimidating to me. I have always wanted to work with the best, and now I am here, I hope I can keep up. But so far I am doing well. The clients I have worked with have all been great to work with, and I have not broken anything… yet.”

David Anderson, owner of Canvas Host, added, “John is a wonderful addition to our team. His selfless commitment to helping his customers over the years was well known to many of us here, and it seemed only fitting to have him join us, to help evolve our own business to the next level. Canvas Host is excited to have John on our team, and hope customers find his wit and ‘humour’ refreshing!”

About Canvas Host

A sustainable web hosting provider based in Portland, Oregon, Canvas Host provides comprehensive web hosting, domain registration, email, e-commerce and dedicated hosting services. An Oregon Benefit Company and certified B Corporation, the company operates on triple bottom line principles of people, planet, and then profit, giving back to the community through partnerships with local non-profits and organizations, organizing monthly educational networking with Green Drinks, planting trees through Friends of Trees, and offsetting not only its energy consumption, but also 15 Portland-area homes with clean, renewable wind energy through Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

For information on Canvas Host’s services, please contact the Sales team at sales@canvashost.com, or by calling 503.914.1118 x1.

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Canvas Host Acquires England-based Web Hosting UK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 27, 2017

Portland, Oregon – Canvas Host, a Portland web hosting provider, acquired Web Hosting UK on June 13, 2017. Financial details were not disclosed. With approximately 600 customers and 1,100 domain names, the acquisition is among the largest for Canvas Host.

Jonathan Munn, owner of Web Hosting UK, said in a release to his company’s customers, “I chose Canvas Host due to the way they treat their customers and their values. I did not want to send my customers to a company that was orientated more towards the bottom line, but someone who was going to be there to help customers and offer bespoke packages. I would also add that I chose Canvas Host due to the technology they deploy and also the fact they offer the client base more than I could ever offer them. Finally, the fact that Canvas Host is a UK/US split company, will be helpful for our UK customers in adjusting to a new host.”

David Anderson, Owner of Canvas Host, added, “When we first spoke with Jonathan, we were excited about the prospect of expanding our hosting footprint ‘across the pond’. Though we have for years maintained a UK presence through our close colleague, Tom Craig, the majority of our customers are based in North America. We foresee many opportunities with this new family of clients entering our network, in terms of expanding our UK operations and brand presence, as well as shifting our mindsets ever-more global.”

About Canvas Host

A sustainable web hosting provider based in Portland, Oregon, Canvas Host provides comprehensive web hosting, domain registration, email, e-commerce and dedicated hosting services. An Oregon Benefit Company and certified B Corporation, the company operates on triple bottom line principles of people, planet, and then profit, giving back to the community through partnerships with local non-profits and organizations, organizing monthly educational networking with Green Drinks, planting trees through Friends of Trees, and offsetting not only its energy consumption, but also 15 Portland-area homes with clean, renewable wind energy through Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

For information on Canvas Host’s services, please contact the Sales team at sales@canvashost.com, or by calling 503.914.1118 x1.

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Keeping Your WordPress Website Updated and Automatic Updates

The reality of the world wide web (the Internet) is that there have always been hackers and there will always be hackers. If you own a website, the responsibility for its security is shared between website owner and the website hosting provider. At Canvas Host, we implement many lines of defense against hacking to keep our servers secure, but that is only half the battle.

If website code is poorly written or not kept up-to-date by the website’s owner, it is still vulnerable to hacking. This is why we ask customers to do their part to keep their website secure. To this end, we offer this article to help educate you about the importance of keeping your WordPress code updated, and some of the ways we can help facilitate or even automate that process for you.

The nuts and bolts of this post:

  • Who: You (or you have us do it for you)
  • What: Get your WordPress update
  • When: NOW
  • Where: Installatron / cPanel
  • Why: To prevent your website from getting hacked and to prevent the rest of the websites on the server with you from getting hacked

You need to get your WordPress website updated NOW with Installatron/cPanel for two main reasons: first, to prevent your website from getting hacked and second, to prevent the rest of the websites on the server with you from getting hacked.

Let’s begin by stating that if none of this interests you, but you do acknowledge the necessity of having your website be secure, Canvas Host can look at your hosting package and provide a quote as to the feasibility and cost to enroll your website(s) with Installatron. Please be aware that your website may not easily import with Installatron (because of modifications to WordPress or permissions from a previous web host) so any quote for the work is based on the assumption that the import and configuration is standard and you will be notified if that is not the case.

Email to Request a Quote for Automatic Updates

FOR THE DO-IT-YOURSELF-ER

For those of you who have been keeping your WordPress website updated on your own, you are probably aware that there are three components of your website that require regular/ semi-regular updating:

  1. The plugins;
  2. The theme(s); And,
  3. The WordPress framework itself.

It is my preference that if running updates manually, they are done in a specific order: Plugins, Themes, and WordPress. There is a whole discussion to be had about the reasons for this, but we will leave that for another time.

The first question to be asked is this: Is your website already managed by Installatron?

If you don’t know the answer to this question, you need to log in to your hosting account cPanel and go to the cPanel Section called Software. The Installatron Applications Installer link will be in this section.

Finding Installatron in Canvas Host cPanel

If you see your website homepage next to a panel with your website details, then your website is in Installatron. If not, then your website needs to be imported into Installatron and please continue with this tutorial if your website is not in Installatron or skip down further if your website is already in Installatron.

What if my WordPress website is not in Installatron?

If you have gone to cPanel and discovered your website is not Installatron you can set up automatic updates after importing the website into Installatron. At this point you should be in your hosting cPanel and you should have selected the Installatron Applications Installer. Since your website is not in Installatron you will be directed to the Installatron page where you can search for application. Here you will scroll down a select the WordPress icon/ option.

Selecting the WordPress option in the Canvas Host Installation software

On the next screen you will select the option underneath the Install this application drop down (import existing install).

Importing an existing WordPress install at Canvas Host with Installatron

On the next page you will select the continue option in the “From this account” section.

Importing from your website hosting account with Canvas Host's cPanel

Next, you will select the domain and directory (if there is one) that you would like to import and push the import option. Your WordPress website should begin to import.

Setting the domain and directory when importing a WordPress website into Installatron

Now you can continue to the next step.

What if my WordPress website IS already in Installatron?

At this point we assume you are already logged in to cPanel and have clicked inside of the Installatron Applications Installer. Next you should identify which WordPress website (you may have more than one) for which you want to configure automatic updates.

A screenshot of a website that has been imported to Installatron with Canvas Host

Check the checkbox next to the website you want to configure for automatic updates. Then select the wrench icon or push the edit option.

Screenshot showing the edit option for Installatron's automatic website updates

An overview of your Installatron settings for this website will load. Slide down on the page and configure the options that work for you. A good set of options is to select the following:

  • Automatic Update (Update to any new version.)
  • WordPress Plugin Automatic Update (Update WordPress plugins as new version become available.)
  • WordPress Theme Automatic Update (Update WordPress themes as new versions become available.)
  • Automatic Update Backup (Create a backup and automatically restore the backup if the update fails.)
  • Email Notification (Send all email notifications for the installed application.). This should generate an email to whatever email address you originally have had on file with Canvas Host
Some automatic update settings for Canvas Host

Scroll to the bottom of the page and make sure to press Save All in order to update your settings.

Automatic Backup Settings Screenshot for Canvas Host, cPanel, WordPress, and Installatron

Some considerations:

  • If you have premium themes or plugins for that require an update key or purchase, Installatron will not be able to run updates.
  • If updates break your website Installatron should restore to a back up and (if you asked for email notifications) provide you with a message that there was an issue).
  • Canvas Host cannot guarantee the software provided by Installatron however it was tested prior to this blog posting and has worked to keep several websites updated with no issues.
  • Any customization you or your web developer may have done to your website might render different results.

We encourage you to attempt to go through this process with any WordPress websites you have hosted at Canvas Host and if you would like us to go through the steps that is something our IT and Web Development Staff can handle.

We hope this article helps you better understand the importance of keeping your code updated, how it can be done within Canvas Host’s environment, and how our staff can help you if needed. Please contact us with any questions about this article, or our WordPress updating and design services.