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A LiveChat option added to the Control Panel
No need to worry about the 'heartbleed' issue with us
You can now connect with our Sales Department team from within your Control Panel by using the LiveChat button featured on all service ordering pages.
Whenever you need advice before upgrading your hosting account or moving to a more powerful service - a Sales Representative will be happy to help.
NOTE: Please keep in mind that the LiveChat service is intended for Sales inquiries only.
For technical issues and questions, please open a trouble ticket from the My Tickets section of the Control Panel.
Daily backups now in your Control Panel
With respect to the recent security issues with the OpenSSL certificates, we'd like to assure you that all our systems have been patched, as appropriate.
We have also scanned the IP addresses of all the networks under our control to make sure that no vulnerabilities are allowed on our end.
With regard to customers who use our server packages - we have made the necessary updates on behalf of those who take advantage of our managed services and have sent update instructions to the self-managed ones.
We have added a daily backups option to your Control Panel.5 GB of free VPN access now in the Control Panel
Now you can restore a backup of your site contents with a click from the Domain or File Manager, without needing to wait for our administrators to do this for you.
Here is how you can access the restore backup option:
In the Domain Manager:
1. Right click on a domain/subdomain and select 'Restore' from the context menu.
2. Click on the 'Restore' icon in the Actions column next to a selected file/folder.
In the File Manager:
1. Right click on a file/folder and select 'Restore' from the context menu
2. Click on the 'Restore' button in the Actions bar above the table.
We make a few backups per day and keep all backups from the last 10 days.
When restoring a backup, you can specify whether you want us to keep a copy of your original content, just in case.
Please note that we store all of your content backups on a separate server so you will not need to worry that your disk space usage is running high.
You can also find a list of all stored backups in the File Manager. Just follow the yellow folder that is located right next to the home icon above the table and locate the backup you need.
We believe this new Control Panel option will help you save time and gain full control over your site contents.
ModSecurity will now prevent brute force attacks
We have enabled free VPN access in the Web Hosting Control Panel. Starting from today, you will have at hand 5 GB of free VPN traffic that you can use through the VPN client on your smartphone, desktop computer, laptop, tablet, etc.
Once you connect to our servers, we will route all of your traffic as if it originated from there, which is a great solution for accessing country-restricted websites.
Also, all of your incoming and outgoing traffic will be protected with a 128-bit encryption.
As a bonus, we have added a special website ads blocker that will automatically filter out most website ads.
An in-built image compressing capability will help you use your VPN traffic allocation more sparingly.
Currently, we have VPN servers in the USA and are working on adding VPN servers in other countries across the world.
You can find the VPN access capability in the Advanced tools menu, or access it through the quick access link on the home page of the Control Panel.
PHP 5.5.5 and PHP 5.4.21 are now available
We now have the ModSecurity Apache plugin running on all of our web hosting servers. This little plugin acts as a firewall for web applications and has so far reduced the number of hacked websites on our servers significantly.
As of this week, ModSecurity will also prevent "brute force" attacks. A brute force attack stands for an attempt to guess the username and password of a web application, using a predefined set of usernames and passwords and combining them at random.
If there are more than 15 failed login attempts from an IP address within 3 minutes, the IP address will be blocked from the website for the next 30 minutes.
To help the ModSecurity plugin combat brute force attacks, our App Installer is also configured to replace the default "admin" username, which is used by the majority of web applications by default.
InnoDB is now available
We have added the latest stable PHP releases to our Web Hosting Control Panel. You can now use the current stable version: PHP 5.5.5, as well as two legacy versions: PHP 5.4.21 and PHP 5.3.27.
These new PHP updates do not add any new functionality and are focused on polishing what is already available and on fixing reported bugs. The PHP 5.5.5 release, for example, addresses more than 20 reported bugs, whereas PHP 5.4.21 contains 10 bug fixes.
As for PHP 5.3.27, this will be the last official update - no new bugs will be fixed in the future, save for security fixes. The latest regular release of the PHP 5.3.X branch brings 10 bug fixes, including a security fix for the XML parser. We will continue to offer PHP 5.3.27, but keep in mind that the PHP team advises users to migrate to the newer PHP 5.5.X and PHP 5.4.X branches.
UK servers moved to a improved cloud hosting platform
InnoDB tables are available throughout our cloud web hosting platform. With the latest MySQL update, InnoDB is now the default storage engine, replacing MyISAM. All new MySQL databases will feature InnoDB tables by default.
InnoDB is more stable than MyISAM; it is ACID-compliant and, most importantly - it offers full transaction support. It also uses row-level locking instead of MyISAM's table-level locking.
MyISAM's only real advantage over InnoDB is its full text indexing type search capability. If your website or application requires it, you can quickly convert any MySQL table from InnoDB to MyISAM using the phpMyAdmin interface.
Wildcard SSL certificates are now available
All our servers in the UK will soon be switched to a new, improved cloud hosting platform, which is designed to eliminate the slow speeds and network downtimes you'd normally face on a standard shared hosting platform.
Here is a short list of the benefits you will take advantage of on the new platform:
This major system upgrade is aimed at making our service even faster, at improving your website's credibility with the search engines and at enhancing the on-site experience of your visitors.
A new cloud hosting platform in our US data center
We are now offering Wildcard SSL certificates from inside our web hosting Control Panel. Just like the regular SSL certificates, they encrypt the connection between the website and the visitor, making it much safer to transmit sensitive information like login details or credit card numbers.
Wildcard SSL certificates are especially useful when you have one domain name and you want to secure multiple subdomains. Let's say that you have a large portal with a web store, a forum and an admin area:
If you want to secure each one of these subdomains with regular SSL certificates, you will have to buy a total of three certificates - one for each subdomain. With a Wildcard SSL certificate, you can secure all three subdomains, as well as any additional subdomains you add later on.
You can get a Wildcard SSL certificate from the SSL certificates section under the My Domains menu in our web hosting Control Panel.
Moodle version updated to 2.4.1
All our servers in the US data center are now part of our new cloud hosting platform whose main goal is to minimize all possible downtimes and to offer a significant increase in the performance of both your Control Panel and your website. Here is just a short list of the benefits you will enjoy in our US data center with our cloud hosting platform:
Video Tutorials available in the Control Panel
We have recently updated the Moodle version in our Application Installer to newer version: Moodle 2.4.1. All new Moodle installations will be under the newer version.New in Moodle 2.4.1
The Moodle 2.4.1 brings mostly bug fixes, functionality improvements and addresses several recently discovered security vulnerabilities. Among the bug fixes are:
If you run an older version of Moodle, we advise that you update to the latest version as soon as possible. This will greatly reduce security threats to your website and will add new functionality.
Varnish web accelerator now in the Control Panel
As of this Monday, the Video Tutorials section in our Web Hosting Control Panel got finally online. You can view the video tutorials by clicking on the Video Tutorials button available in each section of the Control Panel. There is also a link to each video in the corresponding Help article. All available videos are located in the Help -> Video Tutorials section.
For the moment, we have a total of 75 videos online, with many more awaiting release. As soon as a video is completed, we will upload it online.
If you have any ideas or suggestions about possible video tutorials, or if you notice any problems with the available videos, let us know using the Control Panel-integrated feedback form or via a support ticket.
There are multiple ways to speed up a website, however most of them require that the developer search and rewrite the code. While this is certainly effective, it's time consuming and in the meantime, visitors will still experience slower loading times. However, there are other solutions for speeding up a website, and we have one such solution integrated in the Control Panel - the Varnish Cache web accelerator. Varnish is a caching HTTP reverse proxy, which stores HTTP calls in the RAM and returns them to the visitor instead of waiting for the server to return them. Tests show that implementing Varnish for a website or a web application typically speeds up delivery with a factor of 300 - 1000x. Varnish also has a way of setting up how incoming requests can be handled - if they should be served by Varnish, by the server, etc. Varnish is employed by many popular websites, which have hundreds of daily visitors like answers.com, weather.com, livejournal.com, squidoo.com and many other. You can find Varnish in the Hepsia Control Panel, under the Advanced drop-down menu.Happy Holidays, dear friends
Dear friends,OpenCart shopping solution updated to the latest stable version
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
May your each and every Christmas-time wish be a come-true gift that is with you throughout the holidays and overflows into your new year and beyond!
May the new 2013 be full of hope, love, inspiration and happiness! May you enjoy good cheer, lots of positive experiences and a winning online presence.
All the best and blessings to you, your family and friends.
We have prepared for you many new feature additions, service upgrades and hosting system updates throughout the new year, so stay tuned - the best is yet to come in the new 2013.
We are happy to announce that we have upgraded OpenCart - a powerful shopping cart web application, to its latest stable version - OpenCart v126.96.36.199.US Data Center Network Update
OpenCart is designed feature rich, easy to use, search engine friendly and with a visually appealing interface. Here are just a few of its key features:
This Tuesday, 18 December 2012, we will be making several improvements to our internal network in our US data center, Steadfast in Chicago. We will set up both new hardware and new software for our network, which will result in improved connectivity redundancy and a much better reaction to DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks. We are also expecting network speed improvements, allowing for faster access to both your websites and control panels.WordPress and Joomla updated to the latest stable versions
The update will start at 10:00 am EST (07:00 am PST; 15:00 pm GMT) and will be completed within the hour. During this time, all services will be off-line, including web sites, e-mails and Control Panel access.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your understanding.
We are happy to announce that we have upgraded the WordPress and Joomla web applications to their latest stable versions - WordPress 3.4.2 and Joomla - 2.5.8, accordingly.Memcached Available in Hepsia Control Panel
We are considering to upgrade to Joomla 3.0 as soon as it becomes officially stable (now it is only recommended for developers and early adopters).
Some other software upgrades to the Web Applications Installer are on the way too, so please stay tuned for our updates on this matter.
If you have a database-dependent database or application, and if database calls tend to slow up the performance, this can be frustrating for the visitors of the website or users of the application. Finding a solution can usually take time, both with the Hepsia Control Panel, we have the solution ready and waiting for you.
Memcached is simple, yet powerful distributed memory object caching system. It stores caches data and objects in the RAM, where they are more quickly accessible than having to wait for the database to return them. The Memcached API is available in the majority of popular programming languages.
The Memcached system is used by some of the most traffic heavy sites such as YouTube, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter. It is also supported by some popular CMSs such as Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress.
Memcached is available in the Hepsia Control Panel, in the Advanced drop down menu.
With compliments, from our Web Hosting team
Dear clients, As many of you have probably noticed already we are experiencing a complete phone outage due to our telephone service provider being located in NYC (Sandy hurricane has cut off all power to the location where the provider is located). Update: Engineers are currently on standby; awaiting update from NYC regarding Wall St. Power Grid. Engineers will be deployed to restore services as soon as it is safe for them to work. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Update 1. November 2012: Power has been restored to Lower Manhattan and the phone lines are back in business! Proper Support StaffMajor hosting platform update for users in the Peer1 Data Center
We are happy to inform you about our plans to migrate all web hosting accounts in our data center in California (Peer1) to a more advanced cloud hosting platform.NodeJS Available in Hepsia Control Panel
This major change will require moving all accounts to a more capable data center facility that responds to all requirements of the new system. Currently, we are close to sealing a deal with a data center in Las Vegas, but there is also a possibility that all accounts be moved to our data center in Chicago.
The new cloud hosting system fully developed by us, will offer a more balanced hosting environment for your sites and will guarantee you faster execution speeds. The server migration will be carried out till the end of January 31st, 2013, as we are currently working on a schedule to list all servers and their migration dates.
We'll keep you posted on this matter.
The Control Panel Menu Updated
If you want to develop a web application yourself, it'd be best to have all the tools you need right at hand without having to search, compile and install them. This will help you be in full control especially in the event of a problem with the installation itself.
You can find such a tool in the Advanced section of your Hepsia Control Panel. This is the node.js software.
Node.js is available in the Hepsia Control Panel, in the Advanced drop down menu.
With compliments, from our Web Hosting team
Recent Service interruption
In response to your helpful feedbacks, we have made some improvements to the top drop-down menu in the Control Panel. It now features a totally reworked back-end, which will allow for the drop-down menu to be available under any Operating System or platform (including Apple's iPad).
Another update to the menu is that when you hover over a menu item, a short text will be displayed describing what you can do in the respective section. This will help you to quickly find your way to the action that you want to perform at the moment.
We have also prepared several new tools for the Web Hosting Control Panel, so stay tuned.
We would like to shed some information on the service interruptions some of you may have experienced lately. For the past 2 hours there was a major network outage. The main reason for the extensive downtime was the fact that the network outage was severe and it took all our efforts and staff to resolve this as soon as human possible. We would like to assure you that our administrators and staff did their best to resolve this in a timely manner. We are in constant communication with the Data Center staff and they are also working on monitoring the network so that we can guarantee that does not re-occur. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this totally unpredictable event, and the disruption of service to our customers accounts on our network. Thank you for your understanding regarding this matter.RAM upgrade on supremecenter16.co.uk - 30 minutes downtime
We will be upgrading the RAM on supremecenter16.co.uk, which would result in a 30 minutes downtime. The time window for the upgrade is between 2 AM BST and 3AM BST (3AM CEST - 4AM CEST).7 ways to speed up a WordPress blog
While the technicians at the data center are upgrading the RAM on the server, all services will be off-line, including web sites, e-mails and control panel access. The downtime should not exceed more than 30 minutes. The RAM upgrade will improve the performance of the server.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your understanding.
SupremeCenter300.com server outage
No one likes to wait for a web page to load - if a site is taking too long to load, the visitor is more likely to close it and move on. This is especially true for blogs, which are meant to be seen and read. Today, we will share with you several tips on how you can speed up a blog running on WordPress.
1. Eliminate unnecessary plugins
Don't use too many plugins - they will noticeably slow down your website. Imagine them as too many apps running at the same time - they will affect the overall performance of the blog. Keep the number of the plugins low - let's say from 5 to 10, but don't go over 20.
2. Optimize your Database
All the information for your blog posts and comments is stored in a database. So, to speed up the loading speed, you can optimize this database. There are two ways to do that - with the WP-Optimize plugin, or manually. The plugin is the easier way, but always remember point 1 of this article. If you want to do things manually, follow these instructions:
1. Inside your web hosting Control Panel, locate and open PHPMyAdmin- you can find it in the Database Manager section.
3. Cache your Database
Another way to speed up the work of your database is to cache it. This way, you will reduce the number of queries made to the database each time a user visits your blog. You can cache your database with the DB Cache Reloaded plugin.
4. Disable Post Revisions
Post Revisions exist since WordPress 2.6 and they are useful when there are several writers working on the same blog, or if you make constant changes to your blog posts. If left enabled, this feature will create multiple entries for a blog post in your database, effectively slowing it down.
5. Use a Cache Plugin
You can also create static versions of the most visited web pages. This way, you will reduce the queries made to the database. And static HTML pages load much faster. There are a lot of cache plugins, but be careful with their configuration - if they are left untended and not properly configured, they tend to use too much CPU power.
6. Optimize your images
Have your images optimized - you can use Photoshop's "Save for Web" function, which will save the image with a good balance between size and quality. Here is a list of other image optimization tools:
To compress the CSS files, you can use several tools:
Dear Customer,Network performance boost
We are writing to give you some information on the service interruptions some of you may have experienced lately. For the past 17 hours, our Australian server - supremecenter300.com, has been undergoing an urgent maintenance due to a major outage of an important international backbone.
The main reason for the extensive downtime is an incidental problem with the server RAID configuration, which is now being sorted out.
We would like to assure you that our administrators are working round the clock to resolve the issue and get the server back online as soon as possible. We are in constant communication with the Data Center staff and have been informed this issue will be resolved within 10-12 hours.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this totally unpredictable event, and the disruption of service to our customers accounts on this server. As soon as we have further information about this issue we will update you. Thank you for your understanding regarding this matter.
Today we replaced one of our core network switches in the US Data Center (Peer1 - Fremont, CA). The switch was completed with just 30 seconds of downtime. The results are very good - about 3 to 5 times increase in speed compared to the old network switch. Now even customers from Europe can download with several megabytes per second from our US network in Peer1.Network issue
Today our network had a downtime of about 20 minutes, caused by a faulty core network switch. We have replaced the network switch and now the network is back to its normal condition.SiteStudio Migration
SiteStudio server maintenance has been completed. Sweden servers are now using the central SiteStudio server.Upcoming HDD replacement on supremecenter30.com
Dear clients,Handling duplicate content in your website
We would like to inform you that on November 5th 2010, at approx. 9 AM GMT our administrators will change one of the hard drives on the supremecenter30.com server. The change is due to faulty hardware. The procedure will last around 20 minutes, which is also the expected downtime for all user services, running on the server.
All of the data on the hard drive will remain intact and will be placed on the new hard drive upon the HDD switch procedure completion.
.CN TLD registrations temporarily disabled
When you are building your own website, sooner or later you run into the question - how to handle duplicate content? What do I mean by that? Imagine that you have a highly visited web page, which receives most of the daily visits. You are planning to re-design the website, and give this web page a new URL and a fresh new look, but don’t want to lose all that traffic from that old page. And you can’t keep both of them online, since they will have most likely the same content text-wise - something, which is often penalized by search engines. How do you proceed from there?
The best practice is to do a 301 redirect. The 301 message on the Internet is handled by the search engine as: moved permanently. Here is how you can make a 301 redirect for your web page:
The code needs to be placed in the Header section of the website, so that the search engine can read it first.
Header( “HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently” );
The code above will direct all the traffic from the old.php to the new.php page.
With the rel=”canonical” directive:
If you run an online store and want to sell a custom made handbag, which is available in several colors, and decide to dedicate a separate page on your site for each color, then you have about 3 or 4 identical pages. You can use the rel=”canonical” element to direct all traffic to the page with the most popular color.
This will lead a search engine to point all the traffic from the similar pages to the page you have specified. This code needs to be placed in the header section of all the web pages you wish to lead somewhere else.
With the URL Redirection Manager in the Web Hosting Control Panel:
If you don’t like to meddle with code, or with new file creation, or anything like that, you can use the handy URL Redirection Manager available with all our shared web hosting plans, where a simple web interface will allow you to choose which pages to be redirected and what redirection code to be used.
Online security - prevent your site from being hacked
We have recently been informed by both eNom and Instra, the domain name registrars we are working with, that they are no longer accepting registration requests for the .CN TLD, as well as for its derivatives - .COM.CN, .NET.CN and .ORG.CN. The reason for this is a new policy for the provision of WHOIS details enforced by the CNNIC. The explanation from CNNIC states that they want to enhance the authenticity, accuracy and integrity of the domain name information provided for new domain name registrations.
For the moment, this affects only new domain owners â all renewals of .CN domain names will go without problems.
There is no information as for how long this suspension will continue. As soon as we have new information on the subject, we will let you know.
Control Panel updated - Video tutorials included
We don't really have to say how much website security is important - nobody would like to wake up one morning and see his home page offering cheap Viagra or Cialis, for example. There are a lot of ways to prevent this, and today we will share with you some tips on how to better secure your site.
Use the latest software versions. While this may sound like something, which everybody knows and does, it's not uncommon to find a very old version of a script running on a certain site. The words "it was working okay, so why update it" can sound like a reasonable excuse, right until the moment your site is hacked. Newer software versions often include security patches for exploits found in previous versions. This is very important if you are using a CMS script like Joomla or WordPress.
Check for common vulnerabilities. Cross-site scripting and SQL injections are the usual suspects - there are a lot of tools, which can help you check if your site is secure. Such vulnerabilities are most commonly found in custom developed websites - the popular CMS scripts are usually well protected against such attacks.
Check your log files. The log files may seem like just gibberish and non-sense technical data, but they are actually important - they can show you information about who tried to access your site, what errors were caused, etc. It's always surprising what you can find in your logs. A check a week or so will not hurt your free time, but will be good for your site's security.
Check your files' permissions. On a Linux sever, the file permissions will determine who can access and modify your files. Select your permissions so that only you can edit them, and avoid using 777 permissions - a file with such permissions can be edited and executed by anybody, which is dangerous.
Use secure passwords. The simplest type of attack is a brute force attack - a script will try to guess your password, using random letters and numbers. The more complex the password is, the harder it will be to break it down. Passwords, such as "mypass", are much easier to break. A combination of lower and upper case letters plus numbers will make the password much more secure - mYp43s. If possible, you can also add symbols to make your password even more secure. However, have in mind to keep your passwords easy to remember - you wouldn't want to forget your password and not be able to log into your mail, for example.
Dear Clients,Scheduled server maintenance
After several weeks of intense shooting and editing, we have finally completed another interesting project - we have updated almost all of the video tutorials in the our Web Hosting Control Panel!
Aside from just shooting new videos, we have integrated them in almost every section of the control panel. This way, if you are in doubt you can always look for the video icon and watch a short video presentation on how things are done.
All of the videos are also present in the new and improved 'Video Tutorials' section of the Control Panel. They are divided by categories, to make it easier to find the needed video at any time.
From your Web Hosting company
We'd like to inform you of a scheduled maintenance on the server where your hosting account is located - supremecenter25.com. The procedure is explained by the necessity for one of the server's hard disk to be re-placed with a better performing drive. The procedure will start at 10 AM GMT (5 AM EST) and will take about 15 minutes to complete. Please excuse us for any inconvenience that this procedure may have caused to you or your site visitors.PHP Settings section gets a major update
Today, we can proudly present to you the new and improved PHP Settings section in our Web Hosting Control Panel.Upcoming HDD replacement on supremecenter54.com
Before, the sole purpose of the PHP Settings menu was to allow you to change the PHP version for the account. Now, from there you can also modify the php.ini file, responsible for the behavior of the PHP parser for your account. In other words, you can now disable and enable some of the most important options from the php.ini file with, with a single click only.
Next to each of the settings is a detailed explanation of what they control and what will happen if you modify it, a small addition, which can help a lot of the novice users to better understand PHP.
This new menu also allows you to restore the default setting at any time, with just a single click. And for our advanced users, who prefer the traditional php.ini file, there is also an Advanced Mode, which will open the php.ini file, ready to be changed in any way. This way, you will no longer have to go to the File Manager, then browse all the way to the /sys folder, and enter the needed /php folder, a needlessly complicated and time-consuming procedure.
The updated PHP Settings menu is now available on all of our servers. If you run into any sort of problems while using it, don't hesitate to open a support ticket and let us know about them, so that we can fix them as soon as possible.
Dear clients,Spamhaus blacklist removed
We would like to inform you that on March 19th 2009, at 9 AM GMT our administrators will change one of the hard drives on the supremecenter54.com server. The change is due to recent performance problems, associated with the old hard drive. A new, faster hard drive is set to take itâs place. The procedure will last around 40 to 50 minutes, which is also the expected downtime for all usersâ services, running on the server.
All of the data on the hard drive will remain intact and will be placed on the new hard drive upon the HDD switch procedure completion.
With compliments, from our company
We are glad to inform you that Spamhaus has removed us from their blacklist and all email problems related to this issue have been resolved.Outgoing email problems - blacklisted at Spamhaus
Currently some of our mail servers are blacklisted at Spamhaus. As a result some of the messages sent by our customers are not delivered to the recipient(s). We are currently working on improvements to our mailing system, which would resolve the problems addressed by Spamhaus and once we have completed these modifications, we expect our mail servers to be delisted. As soon as this happens there will be no further problems with outgoing email. We will post a news item once this problem has been resolved.Holiday Schedule of Our Technical Support Team
Dear clients,Unique Elefante Toolbar Introduced In Customers' Control Panel
In view of the forthcoming Christmas and New Year holidays, our Technical Support team would like to congratulate you on them in advance and to inform you that, due to the reduced support personnel during the holidays, the average client ticket response time on December 24, 25, 26 and 31, 2008, as well as on January 1, 2009, will be extended from 1 to 3 hours.
Technical Support Team
URL Redirect Tool Introduced in our Web Hosting Control Panel
We are happy to inform our customers that new unique software tool is available in the Web Hosting Control Panel's Domain Manager, Subdomain Manager and File manager sections as of today. The new tool is named Elefante Toolbar and has fully automated functionality allowing one-click installation of any chosen PHP script from the Elefante Installer package (nearly 40 scripts currently available).
This handy functionality is for everyone who desire quick and easy installation of their scripts, without any complicated additional configurations, such as choosing a database, path, password, username, etc. The Elefante Toolbar generates all this information itself and installs the script in the main directory of the chosen host. For customers who wish, however, to specify all these configuration settings themselves, the Elefante Toolbar provides a quick shortcut - Advanced Installation link - to the main interface of the Elefante Installer control panel section where all parameters can be "hand" filled in.
SiteStudio Website Design Tool - Now Latest Version Available
New service is available in our customers' Web Hosing Control Panel - URL Redirection, as of today! It allows customers to set up a redirection of any desired URL hosted on our servers to another URL - hosted with us or on a remote server. The new functionality has been incorporated in the former 'Password Protected Areas' section of the Control Panel, presently named - URL Protect & Redirect.
The service is very easy to set up. Customers need to choose first the type of redirection: regular - Redirect Directive, or defined - RedirectMatch Directive, then select a domain or a sub domain hosted with us from the dropdown available and enter the correct directory path (URL) of the web folder that is to be redirected. Very important part of the service is choosing a HTTP Status code - more information about the different codes follows below and is also included in the 'Help' section. After the customer has selected the desired URL path to be redirected and its HTTP status code, he/or she needs to type in the URL which the web folder will be redirected to and submit the form. If the customer has chosen to use the 'RedirectMatch' service, he/or she will need to fill in one more field - 'Regular Expression'. This is exactly the place where the customer will have to define the specific conditions that must be matched for the redirection to be performed - the so called 'regular expressions'. For example, the customer can specify that only files with .gif extension from the selected URL (web folder) should be redirected to the new URL. More details on how to enter the specifications can be found in the attached tooltip.
HTTP Status Codes
Customers should be very precise when selecting an HTTP status code for their URL redirection. Status codes explain the type and purpose of the URL redirection and also perform SEO function, that is - optimize the redirected URL for all search engines. The possible to set HTTP response status codes are - 301, 302, 303, 410:
Permanent redirection: 301 - The requested URL has been assigned a new permanent URL and any future references to this resource should use one of the returned URLs. When a URL returns a 301 redirect, it means that the owner of the link asks users to use the new address, which they've been redirected to.
Temporary redirection: 302 - The requested URL resides temporarily under a different URL. When a URL returns a 302 redirect, it means that the owner of the link asks users to continue to use the original address as the redirect might be modified at some time later.
See Other redirection: 303 - The response to the requested URL can be found under a different URL and SHOULD be retrieved using a GET method on that resource. When a URL returns a 303 redirect, it means that the owner of this link redirects the user to another page which is not a substitute of the originally requested page. This method is very popular when you redirect a visitor to a 'Thank you' page after filling in a page.
Gone status code: 410 - The requested URL is no longer available on the server and no forwarding address is known. When a URL returns a 410 redirect, it means that the requested page does not exist anymore.
We hope that the new functionality will be of good use to all our existing and future customers. Best Regards from our web hosting team! We'll be back soon with more introductions!
To the attention of all our present and prospective customers! The SiteStudio website design tool, included as a FREE bonus in all our web hosting packages, has been updated to its latest version released - SiteStudio 1.8. The update will come into effect on all our servers in the next two days. The transit to the new version for all our existing customers, using this site building software, will be hassle-free, preserving all their current settings. Updates to customer websites, created with SiteStudio, will be possible by switching to any of the new 80 website templates available in SiteStudio v.1.8.
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