State of Site5: 2013

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Happy Holidays! I don’t know about you, but 2013 seemed to fly by. It’s time to review the last twelve months!

Recapping some 2013 advancements:

  • European cloud hosting was launched in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Unmanaged VPS was launched in six locations: Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington DC, Amsterdam, and Singapore
  • We started offering the goMobi mobile website builder and .mobi domain registrations
  • We started offering SSL certificates
  • Our Malware scanning/protection service was launched
  • PHP received a facelift on our servers 🙂  PHP 5.4 was added, PHP 5.3 replaced 5.2 as the default handler, and PHP is now served via FastCGI

We added shared, reseller, and VPS hosting in three locations:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil

We also made some pretty significant changes to customer service:

  • We began routing tickets automatically to staff
  • We added real-time “happy” or “sad” instant feedback to tickets
  • We introduced the ability to submit feature ideas via this blog

Our design team released four free premium WordPress themes:

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Lastly, we’re proud to have grown our staff 25% from last year. We’re up to 114 team members!

While certainly not everything we’ve worked on this year, it’s definitely a nice overview.

We hope everyone has a great and safe holiday season! Here’s to an even better 2014. 🙂

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Hostgator vs 000webhost

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Who says that Hostgator suck? Which is one of the best hosting services out there? Our Hostgator review may shock you. Discover which is the better web hosting.

The Prices and Features

The most obvious thing to do first is to compare the prices and features at Hostgator and 000webhost. The cheaper option for hosting a simple WordPress blog or e-commerce shopping cart is clearly 000webhost. If you just need to host one website on one domain, require a reasonable amount of diskspace and visits-per-day, and want a few email accounts, then 000webhost which costs $ 0.00 per month is easily your better hosting. If you need to host unlimited domains and require high traffic allowance, then you need to look further into each web hosting features and the TOS.

Do take note that the above conclusion is only true if we compared the prices for one year advanced payment. Do not be fooled by the unbelievably low prices advertised by the hosting providers or by other dishonest web hosting review sites. Some low prices shown on these websites are for payment periods that are longer than 1 year. If you ask us, we found that companies go bust, got bought over, or simply did not perform well as expected. Why risk your hard-earned money because money paid to these hosting providers will not be easy to get back – trust us. Based on our research, yearly hosting payment is the optimal length.

Comparing Their Support

Secondly, we want to look at customer satisfactions at Hostgator or 000webhost. We would like to report that there are more dissatisfied customers at 000webhost than at Hostgator. Our research team came to this conclusion by searching for customer comments on the Internet. We studied terms such as “Hostgator down”, “000webhost sux”, “Hostgator terrible”, “hate 000webhost”, and other so called “bad” reviews. To be give the complete picture, our team also spent hours on the Internet analyzing keywords such as “Hostgator great”, “000webhost good”, “Hostgator best”, “liked 000webhost” and related “good” terms.

Our research found that, more than 89.8% of customers loves Hostgator. In comparison, we were not impressed with 000webhost. In addition, another Hostgator review was also impressed with the customer satisfaction record of Hostgator.

Popularity

Just for the fun of it, we also considered the popularity of Hostgator and 000webhost. We have gathered and analyzed some vital statistics about both web hosting companies. Based on our analysis, we found that the current more popular web hosting is Hostgator. The graph by Alexa below analyzes the global Internet users who visit www.hostgator.com vs www.000webhost.com for web hosting, domain registration and other hosting related activities.

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Overall Scores

Lastly, we summed up the above scores and came out with the conclusion about Hostgator vs 000webhost. The marks from the above steps were weighted accordingly where the people feedbacks and comments were given more importance. We are proud to say that Hostgator is our recommended web host company. Here is the summary of our hosting comparison.

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90% Support

Star rated hosting

Reliability

Star rated hosting

Features

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41% Support

Star rated hosting

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In-house IT Training Mistakes

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At some point in your life you may need to deliver training. This could be part of your daily job in a corporate IT department or you may build a side career as a Certified Trainer like me. It is also hard to keep people in the training, both physically – they may not show up – and mentally – they may be engaged in astral projection. Do not make it even harder by avoiding these mistakes.

First, do not try to make a “confection” training to ease your job, instead try to go on with a “boutique” training. Your users will have different levels of knowledge and you will need to arrange your training accordingly. You cannot deliver the same Microsoft Excel training to the employees in the financial department and the employees in the human resources department. Employees in the financial department will be using a lot of Excel in their daily tasks and most probably mastered it because it is one of their core applications in their daily jobs. On the other hand the HR employees will go so far about goal seeking or working with multiple workbooks, because their core HR application is different. By knowing your audience, you will be able to keep the sessions running smoothly, rather than jumping back and forth with the concepts that some people know and some do not.

To warm up people, most trainers fall into the company-talk trap to warm up the people. Company-talk is about speaking too much, in some cases giving too much personal opinions about the company. This can be about the company the trainer is an employee of or a totally different company, such as Microsoft in my case. People are in the same room with you because they want to learn certain skills to keep themselves productive. Instead of speaking about the company, I advise the trainers to talk about how people can benefit: if it is an application training, show them how the application will help them in their day to day tasks, if it is a security training, tell them about the recent user data breaches that big companies such as  Adobe, LinkedIn, Target, Snapchat faced.

Some people in the training room will be thinking that they know everything and there is nothing for them to learn. As trainers, we cannot deny the fact that some users are more knowledgeable than the others. But we have to tell them explicitly that they are also vulnerable too. To draw their attention, I advise to give real life examples of creative attacks which target the human element rather than systems. This can be dropping USB drives in the company, phishing scams and the like. If you can get company approval and perform an in-house security test and include in your training, this will be even better.

It is also very important to choose the right trainer for the in-house training. It is no secret that IT people are not as good as sales or HR people in communication. In IT training, you need to have a trainer that is a good communicator, has a deep technical knowledge and can convey this information. When conveying this information, he should not forget that the people in the room are end users, in an engaging manner. If you are delivering security training and you speak about proxy servers, IP addresses, ports and firewalls, then be sure that you lost the classroom. I have seen a Microsoft Outlook trainer who was talking about e-mail domains, relay addresses and MX records when the audience did not know how to use the calendar to invite people to meetings.

When preparing your IT staff for the in-house training, select a few people who are willing to give training and monitor their performance as trainers. You may find that some of them become better than the out-of-company trainers. You may also ask sales and HR people, who are used to prepare presentation materials and who are used to speak in front of people, to assist your IT staff in preparing for the training.

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CloudFlare is here!

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We’re excited to announce that CloudFlare integration is now rolling out across all our managed servers! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard about the waves that CloudFlare  are making. They’re the cloud CDN (Content Distribution Network) and security service that’s protecting hundreds of thousands of websites of all sizes from attacks and providing global increases in speed and security. CloudFlare works by providing a worldwide network of servers that visitors to your site connect to, which complement our own global network of locations to ensure that your site is always performing its best.

The CloudFlare servers cache website content, so that static content (eg most images, JavaScript, CSS) is served immediately. At the same time as serving the static content to your users, they communicate with the hosting server to fetch dynamic content. The net result is that your page loads much faster for end users. They also provide an additional layer of security from a wide range of threats, so that malicious traffic never even gets as far as the hosting server.

We’re currently rolling out integration between our SiteAdmin and reseller servers (including managed VPS) and CloudFlare. This integration means that enabling CloudFlare on your website requires just a couple of clicks, without leaving your control panel or messing around with changing nameservers or DNS. Just log into cPanel or SiteAdmin and look for the CloudFlare icon – the instructions will guide you through the process. If the icon’s not there yet, don’t worry – we’ll get to your server soon.

For a full walkthrough of the setup, check out our Knowledge Base article on how to set up CloudFlare. And, if you require any assistance, just call, email or raise a ticket and we’ll be happy to help.

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Hosting Services- Why We Should Hire It?

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Rackspace Brings Performance Cloud Servers to Hong Kong

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Rackspace has launched its redesigned public cloud with Performance Cloud Servers in Hong Kong to meet hybrid cloud demand in the Asia-Pacific region, the company announced this week. The offering will serve markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and China.


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State of Site5: January 2014

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Hello Everyone!

It is a brand new year full of possibilities and we’re excited about all the amazing things we’re planning to do this year. Much of our focus over the past year was on organizational improvements and we will continue doing that this year as well, all with the larger goal of providing you best in class web hosting services!

Here are the key updates from the past month:

  • We’re still in hiring more! As announced earlier, we’re in the process of expanding our phone support to 24×7 coverage so there are several jobs still open for phone support and other positions too. Head over to our careers page if you’re interested in applying!
  • The CloudFlare plugin has been deployed to all servers on our platform. A SiteAdmin interface for CloudFlare has been added as well, which now makes it super easy for you to enable CloudFlare on your website!
  • Our Technology department has been working hard on refining our anti-spam systems. Without going into a lot of technical details, let me just say that we’re going to get super adept at fighting off spam on our platforms.
  • We’re in the process of testing cPanel 11.40 thoroughly internally so that we can start upgrading cPanel soon across our fleet.
  • We are finalizing our plan to get Phusion Passenger upgraded and Ruby 1.9 and 2.0 installed. We will post up more information as soon as plans are crystallized. There is no ETA at this point.
  • Our new billing/CRM system that will power Backstage is almost ready and we have started testing it internally!

As you can see, there is plenty of work going on behind the scenes to help improve our services. You can do your bit too by suggesting your ideas to us to help us improve – we’re all ears!

See you in the comments. Thanks!

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15 Great Years!

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Fifteen years ago today, Site5.com was registered. What can we give credit to for our founding?

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Yep, the Nintendo 64.

Founder Matt Lightner once told me the backstory. Both he and the other founder Rod Armstrong each ran video gaming websites, and Matt decided to start reselling hosting. The biggest website was a N64 site, Rod offered to help, and they resold hosting for various other sites similar to a little gaming network. Their original plan was to resell until they could afford their own dedicated server to do a big game hosting network, but they instead decided to go the regular web hosting route. The rest is history. 🙂

Why “Site5″?

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Well, Site6.com was taken.

Okay, maybe that’s not exactly the reasoning. There actually isn’t any meaning behind the name; according to Rod, it just seemed to have a nice ring to it. Competitors at the time all seemed to have the word “host” in their name, so Matt and Rod decided to go with Site5 since it sounded different.

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Enough of the history lesson; what about the future?

We’re very proud that we continue to innovate and expand on the original vision of providing best possible web hosting experience.

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Here’s to another great fifteen years!

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000webhost vs Yahoo Web Hosting

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Do you make these mistakes of choosing bad website hosting companies like Yahoo Web Hosting? Here is our hosting comparison.

Compare The Prices

First, let us compare the hosting costs at 000webhost and Yahoo Web Hosting. The cheaper option for hosting a straight forward WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, OSCommerce, X-Cart or Zencart is clearly 000webhost. If you just need to have one website on one domain, require a reasonable amount of storage space and visits-per-day, and want a few email accounts, then 000webhost, priced from $ 0.00 per month is easily the winner. If you absolutely require an unlimited domains hosting plan and need high bandwidth, then it is a different story.

However the above conclusion is only true if we compared apple to apple – i.e the costs for each hosting if you pay for 1 year. Do not be fooled by the unrealistically low prices advertised by the hosting companies or by other biased web hosting review sites. Some low prices shown on these websites are for payment periods that are too long to our liking. If you ask us, we found that companies go bust, got bought over, or simply did not perform well as expected. Why risk your hard-earned money because money paid to these hosting providers will not be easy to get back – trust us. Based on our research, yearly hosting payment is just the right amount to pay your host.

Customer Satisfaction

Secondly, we want to look at customer satisfactions at 000webhost and Yahoo Web Hosting. From our research, there are more dissatisfied customers at Yahoo Web Hosting than at 000webhost. Our research team found this out by searching for customer feedbacks on the Internet. Our dedicated team studied keywords such as “000webhost sucks”, “Yahoo Web Hosting bad”, “000webhost terrible”, “unreliable Yahoo Web Hosting”, and other negative keywords. To get the accurate analysis, our team also spent hours on the Internet analyzing terms such as “000webhost awesome”, “Yahoo Web Hosting good”, “000webhost best”, “love Yahoo Web Hosting” and related supportive terms.

Our research found that, more than 42.8% of their current and past customers think that 000webhost is a fantastic hosting. In contrast, we were not impressed with Yahoo Web Hosting. Moreover, another 000webhost review was also impressed with the customer satisfaction record of 000webhost.

Popularity

Just for the fun of it, we also considered the popularity of 000webhost and Yahoo Web Hosting. After studying their backgrounds, we found that the current more popular web hosting is Yahoo Web Hosting. The graph below shows the global Internet users who visit www.000webhost.com and smallbusiness.yahoo.com/webhosting/ for web hosting, domain registration and other hosting related activities.

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Final Ratings

Last but not least, we combined the above factors and formulated the final scores for 000webhost and Yahoo Web Hosting. The information found from the above areas were given priority accordingly where the people feedbacks and comments were given more weight. We are proud to say that 000webhost is now our favorite cheap domain host. Here is the summary of our hosting comparison.

000webhost vs Yahoo Web Hosting
43% Support

Star rated hosting

Reliability

Star rated hosting

Features

Star rated hosting

23% Support

Star rated hosting

Reliability

Star rated hosting

Features

Star rated hosting

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Heartbleed OpenSSL Security Issue

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Many of you may have heard about the recent OpenSSL security issue dubbed “The Heartbleed Bug.” OpenSSL is the open-source library that handles a lot of backend cryptographic functions on our systems, with SSL website traffic being a key usage area for our company. This bug could allow an attacker to retrieve some stored memory from the server and possibly gain access to the private key for that SSL certificate. If the private key for an SSL certificate is revealed, the attacker could then use that to decrypt future website traffic through a man-in-the-middle attack. Other private information in memory could also be revealed, like user names or passwords, that should not be made public.

This is a very serious bug as it affects a key piece of security on the Internet that we trust every day to protect private transactions with our our banks, our on-line shopping, and logging in to your web-hosting account at Site5.

Luckily, most of our servers are not affected by this vulnerability because this bug only affects a specific set of OpenSSL versions that we do not use on the vast majority of our servers. For all of our other servers that are affected, we are updating the OpenSSL release and any related software and then reissuing any SSL certificates on those servers, just as a precaution.

You can test your website for this bug by using the following on-line tool: http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/#site5.com. But if you are on any Site5 web hosting plan (including reseller, shared, cloud, VPS) then your website is already safe. If you are on an unmanaged VPS, it is your responsibility to perform the necessary upgrades to your system.

Additionally, if you would like to read more technical information about the bug, please check out this site: heartbleed.com

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