How to Choose a Great Domain Name?

A satisfactory domain adds a professional touch to your online presence, improves your site’s brand  & make it easier for visitors to find & remember you.

Check out these tips designed to assist you find a tremendous domain name for your site!

5 Tips for Choosing a Great Domain Name:

  1. Keep it Short: Remember that many visitors will arrive at your website by typing your address directly into their browser bar. Aim for 20 characters or less to maximize your type-in traffic.
  2. Be Simple & Obvious: Make sure your domain is effortless to remember & spell. If possible, it’s best to err on the side of being straightforward.
  3. Avoid Numerals, Underscores & Hyphens If You Can: Adding numbers & non-alphabet characters to your domain name can cause confusion likely to result in lost traffic to your site.
  4. Consider Keywords & Cleverness: If your top domain choice is not available, consider adding a descriptive keyword as a starting point to brainstorm alternative ideas.
  5. Register Your Domain for Multiple Years: If your budget permits, registering your domain for multiple years can assist your site rank higher with search engines like Google & secure the investment in your website brand.

Once you’ve found the perfect domain, setting it up with us & Your site will be live at your new domain within minutes of purchase.

Have pleasant finding your domain!

VPS Conntrack Sessions and How can I check how many sessions my VPS is using?

Conntrack is a table that stores information approximately all connections to/from a VPS.

A normal Linux OS has a maximum of 65536 conntrack sessions by default, these sessions all require memory which is used by the host node & not by the VPS so using this limit too high can impact the whole node & allow users to use more RAM than their VPS has allocated by eating up the host’s RAM.

A typical VPS should never use more than 10000 sessions at any given time although we do have some busy servers that peak at 20000 once in a while.

If your VPS is using more then 10000 Conntrack sessions, its means there must be something wrong under your VPS. So you have to investigate it. There may be any abuse script is running or you may be under attack.

To check your conntrack sessions, run the following command in your VPS:

cat /proc/net/nf_conntrack

Bash Security Vulnerability Patch Instructions

A new major security vulnerability impacting Linux customers who leverage Bash as their shell was announced yesterday.

Additional information on the vulnerability can be found here:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/09/24/Bourne-Again-Shell-Bash-Remote-Code-Execution-Vulnerability

Hostrime strongly recommends customers exposed to this vulnerability apply the appropriate security patch as shortly as possible.
Bash Security Vulnerability Patch Instructions:
Below are instructions for patching your systems:
  • For Debian, run the following command:

apt-get update && apt-get install –y –only-upgrade bash

  • For CentOS or RedHat, run the following command:

yum update bash

Don’t use WordPress Security Plugins

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There are many WordPress security Plugins are available who claims let a plugin handle all of your security needs for your site yet most of these plugins degrade your site performance. The security plugins do the security at the cost of slow site.

Be careful approximately this  significant fact:  If  web site is too slow for people, people leave the site & won’t visit again.

These security plugins use .htaccess rules which cause the web server has extra load even for static .html files. Using too much .htaccess rules slow down your site & will use lot of server resources.  Using too much .htaccess rules with secures too much even you will not open it (lol).

So What we should need to do for site security?

The simplest & most affective way to secure your site is to use a strong admin username & password.  Don’t use usual password like password123, admin etc.

Renaim login page ican prevent bots from attempting to log into your site.  You can use “Rename wp-login.php” to alter the URL of your login page, then bots will have no idea where to go to even attempt logging in.  You can moreover name the login page anything you want by a setting in wp-admin (Settings > Permalinks > Login url) .

Don’t use Hacked/nulled Themes & plugins. Many nulled themes & plugin have security vulnerabilities & black whole which cause the attacker to take control of your site

So stay away from such nulled plugins & themes.

Always use upgraded Versions. Don’t leave your site unattended. Always upgrade your site with latest WordPress core & always use upgraded Plugins to prevent security vulnerabilities discovered in old versions.

Always use Secured Host who have proper firewall & mod_security configured at server. mod_security can prevent most attacks cause by security vulnerabilities in scripts.

For information approximately moving your WordPress page to hostrime.com, Visit WordPress Hosting page.

Recover Space Used by PHP error logs in cPanel

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If you are using cPanel based server you may notice invariably that most of the cPanel accounts will have accumulated error logs within their home directories by using the file having name error_log. These error_log files may be generated due to PHP errors caused by PHP scripts.

Some of these error_log files may using huge amount of disk space & we need Recover Space used by PHP error logs in cPanel.

Here’s a quick way to remove these error_log files from root to recover space used by these files.

Just run the bellow command at root SSH:

find /home -name error_log -exec rm -vf {} \;

Done.

Keep Your Customers Happy

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In Hosting business the customers cancel for all kinds of different reasons: price, service quality, product offerings, etc. There are as many reasons why customers cancel as there are stars in the sky.

As sales people & business owners, it is your job to obtain to the bottom of customer issues & should try “Keep Your Customers happy”. This 5 minutes of work can save a customer & keep more cash in your pocket.

Ask the following two questions to your customer:

1) Why are you canceling?

2) Is there anything I can do to keep you?

These two questions can make all the difference.

Let’s say John want to cancel his VPS. You open a ticket & ask then why he is cancelling, & if there is anything you can do to keep him. John responds back, telling you he wanted to obtain more RAM in their VPS yet it was too expensive. You let John know you would be pleased to donate him 20% off on purchase of extra RAM. John is pleased & you save a customer.

Experts say it is cheaper to keep a pleased customer then to obtain a new customer. The Host should always try to use are  available options to assist their customers & grow your business.

How to Install Nginx Admin in a VPS

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How to Install Nginx Admin in a VPS:

Nginx Admin is plugin for cPanel server to manage Nginx from WHM. Nginx will work as a front end reverse proxy of your cPanel server along with Apache.

Nginx is known for its high performance, speed & low resource usage. Many enterprises, such as WordPress & Comodo, already switched to Nginx as it proves to be the most powerful web-server.

In this tutorial we will install step by step the Nginx Admin cPanel plugin.

If you installing Nginx Admin for the first time, You must need to follow these steps.

Installation:

Step 1:

You need to generate a WHM access hash (Remote Access Key)

Login to WHM as root
Go to Cluster/Remote Access » Setup Remote Access Key
Click Generate new key

Step 2:

Download the latest Nginx Admin Package.

cd /usr/local/src
wget http://nginxcp.com/latest/nginxadmin.tar
tar xf nginxadmin.tar
cd publicnginx

If you are installing first time you have to run Python fix.

./pythonfix

Run install script

./nginxinstaller install

Step 3:

Wait couple of minutes & reinstall Apache.

/etc/init.d/httpd restart

Step 4:

Add automated /tmp cleanup cron.

crontab -e

Add the line at the end of the file.

0 */1 * * * /usr/sbin/tmpwatch -am 1 /tmp/nginx_client

Congratulation! you have installed Nginx Admin successfully

Uninstall:

Login to SSH as a root & run the bellow commands.

cd /usr/local/src/publicnginx
./nginxinstaller uninstall

Uninstall Complete.

For more info approximately Nginx Admin please visit http://www.nginxcp.com/

Common Tips:

  • Although its not necessary yet its better you should re save Tweak Settings to prevent some error, for this login to root whm, go to Server Configuration » Tweak Settings & just click Save
  • At root WHM go to Service Configuration » Apache Configuration » Piped Log Configuration, check Enable Piped Apache Logs & click save

Become a Reliable Web Host in web hosting market

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Every web host want to be market leader in the web hosting market in these days. If you want to be a reliable web host in web hosting market you must need to follow these steps.

1. User Friendly Website

The first thing your visitors notice is your website. Always design your website professionally. The website should be user friendly & effortless navigate able. Put yourself in the shoes of a customer coming to your website for the first time. Keep it simple when it comes to navigating to the product line & then the Buy links page. Make the payment process as quick & effortless as possible, & you won’t have any customer backing out at the last minute.

2. 24/7 Customer Support

Web hosting is a 24/7/365 business. You must be available every day for customer support. You will obtain e-mails & phone calls at the worst times: holidays, vacation, etc. You must be keep in touch at the time of need. Most clients requires that the host must provide information “What going on” atlest at the time of issue. So must provide information what you are doing specially at the time of down time. Give your clients peace of mind that you are aware of the problem.

3. Multiple Way of Communication

Your support desk should be other server and/or other network so at the time of server down your clients must have access to assist desk. The host must have other contact ways like e-mail support, live chat, & a section of the website for helpful tutorials.

4. Keep Eye on Web Hosting Trends

Keep your eye to the ground for new web hosting trends.

Stay up to date with new vulnerabilities. Give your clients peace of mind that you are aware of the problem & working on it.

5. Be Social with your Clients

Don’t just promote yourself on social media avenues. Get out there physically & attend industry conferences & trade shows to meet your peers & potential clients face-to-face.

Be social inside your company too by finding your best customers. Take your 5, 10, or 20 best customers & make sure everyone in the company knows & treats these people like the kings they are.

6. Track What Works

See where your new clients come from & how they received to your website by studying visitor analytics at Google Analytics & Google Webmaster Tools.

If you advertise online, track which keywords, banners, & referrals are making you money, & reexamine what hasn’t been working.

7. Backup & Update Files

Create backups of servers at least once a week, preferably daily at offsite. Protect yourself by informing customers that only they are responsible for their own backups, & that they should have an automatic daily backup system in place.

Be sure you’re backing up your personal computer as well, yet DON’T back it up to your hosting account.

8. Protect Yourself

You should have an updated & accurate Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, Refund policy so you will be protected. Have a lawyer review your documents before going live.