ClickHOST Simple. Honest. Safe. 2016-11-11T22:43:51Z http://www.clickhost.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Carel http://www.clickhost.com <![CDATA[Ready for AWS re:Invent 2016!]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4407 2016-11-11T22:43:51Z 2016-11-11T22:43:51Z I’m very excited to attend my first AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. This year the event is even larger than last year’s blow out AWS event.  Unfortunately AWS re:Invent 2016 is now Sold out. Maybe you can still get a ticket from an AWS partner or from one of your AWS friends. One way to get in is to sign up as a sponsor, however they only have a wait list at the moment — AWS re:invent 2016 sponsor waitlist.

AWS re:Invent 2016 Keynotes

If you cannot attend the event live, then you have the option to register for the live stream of the keynotes. Here is the list of the keynotes and how to register:

Tuesday night live with James Hamilton, VP and Distinguished Engineer
Amazon Web Services

Date: Tuesday, November 29
Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Keynote presented by Andy Jassy, CEO Amazon Web Services
Date: Wednesday, November 30
Time: 8:00am – 10:30am

Keynote presented by Werner Vogels, CTO Amazon.com
Date: Thursday, December 1
Time: 8:30am – 10:30am

Click here to register for the live stream

Will you be attending re:Invent? Let me know and we can meetup!

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Carel http://www.clickhost.com <![CDATA[How to install AWS CLI on a Mac in 3 easy steps]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4387 2016-09-14T22:11:27Z 2016-09-14T22:11:27Z If you have EC2 instances and other services running in AWS (Amazon Web Services) then at some point you may want to use a command line interface (CLI) instead of the AWS console.

I have a Mac and was excited to see that the AWS CLI is also available for OS X (or MacOS).

To start be sure you open a OS X Terminal window and then follow the following easy steps.

Here are 3 easy steps to install AWS CLI on your Mac

Step 1: Install AWS CLI using the OS X Bundled Installer.

First make sure that you have the correct version of Python installed.
python --version

Python version on Mac

If you don’t already have Python installed, then using the following link to Install Python.

Now download the AWSCLI installer using the following command:
curl "https://s3.amazonaws.com/aws-cli/awscli-bundle.zip" -o "awscli-bundle.zip"

Step 2: Unzip the package

Next you want to unzip the downloaded AWSCLI package using the following command:
unzip awscli-bundle.zip

Unzip AWS CLI bundle on Mac

Step 3: Run the install executable and test the AWS CLI installation

The final step is to run the install executable and to test the AWS CLI command. This is a sudo command and you will be prompted for your password to continue. This is you Mac Administrator User Password. This step may take a few minutes to run, so be patient.

sudo ./awscli-bundle/install -i /usr/local/aws -b /usr/local/bin/aws

Now you can test if you correctly installed the AWS CLI using the AWS command:

aws help

You should now see the AWS Help screen. Success!

And then finally you can connect to your AWS environment using the following command (note you’ll have to set your own Key ID, Secret, Region and output format):

$ aws configure
AWS Access Key ID [None]: AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE
AWS Secret Access Key [None]: wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY
Default region name [None]: us-west-2
Default output format [None]: json

You can find more detailed information and trouble shooting info here: Installing the AWS Command Line Interface.

Have fun using AWS CLI on your Mac. Do you have any cool tips to share?

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Emory Rowland http://www.clickfire.com/ <![CDATA[Selling Your Clients’ Web Hosting]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4367 2016-09-06T20:51:05Z 2016-09-06T15:44:29Z Hey web designers. I often work with you. I feel like I know you, what inspires and motivates you. I even tried to be you but thankfully left my web design career back in the 1990’s where it belongs. You’re a professional web designer and care deeply about your clients. That’s why you personally tend to their hosting.

So let me ask you a question.

Have you ever considered selling your clients’ web hosting services to a professional hosting company?

Outsourcing certain tasks to trusted experts can benefit your business. In this case though, you’re not literally outsourcing. You’re just turning over your web hosting relationship to someone else with more experience. And at no extra cost to you.

I mean, what could possibly be less fun and more challenging than debugging CSS? How about reinstalling the latest version of PHP on your server during the Super Bowl? Wouldn’t it be great to let a server geek wrestle with technical issues so you can do what you’re actually passionate about doing – web design?

I can think of at least five sensible reasons why you would want to sell your clients’ web hosting services to a professional web hosting company like ClickHOST.

  1. Lower Cost – Time spent dealing with your clients’ hosting issues costs you money. In the long run, it can be much cheaper to have a professional web hosting company do this for you.
  2. Automated Billing – No need to worry about managing your client’s billing for their web hosting. The billing will all be taken care of by the web hosting company. Your clients’ billing information will be in the hosting company’s system and billed monthly without any hassle on your part.
  3. More Free Time For You – Less time dealing with your clients’ hosting concerns leaves you that much more time to do the things that are most important to you. That could be more time for cool designs, growing your business, acquiring new clients, or just relaxing or spending time with people you love.
  4. No More Tech Headaches – Your specialty is design. You rule in the world of colors, style and beauty. But web hosting is not so beautiful to you. Save yourself from the stress and headaches of dealing with technical problems with your clients’ hosting.
  5. Compensation – Depending on the type of deal you cut with the new host, you’ll be rewarded for bringing them new business. You will receive at least the benefit of their affiliate commission.  Some hosts like ClickHOST pay an ongoing commission (20%) commission to web designers and developers who entrust them with the care of their clients.

Do you sometimes have trouble explaining downtime to clients?

Nothing to see here says Leslie Nielson

Source: funnyordie.com

So, at this stage, I’m sure you have some doubts about the idea. Like… why would you want to risk compromising your trusted relationships with your clients that you’ve cultivated over so many years?

Think about this. By handing over your web hosting responsibilities to a professional company like ClickHOST you give your clients the gift of expert service. You give yourself extra time. And you give your host a new web design partner.

Still with me?

Let me pretend to get inside your head a bit more. Lets walk through some objections that I know you’re going to have. Stay with me…

One of the most important things in a web host for my clients is security. I would not even consider moving to a new web host without seeing statistics on security with the new host. What if I move my clients to a new hosting company and they get hacked?

Most professional hosting companies provide you with security statistics. If you partner with an hosting company like ClickHOST, all of your websites’ hosting plans include free Sucuri malware and hacking monitoring. This way they can protect your websites and alert you if anything suspicious occurs behind the scenes.

The web host could go out of business or be bought by EIG (music from Psycho shower scene).

If you’re concerned whether your potential web hosting company might go out of business, follow their financial status and form some relationships with people in the company to keep your finger on their pulse. Talking to members of the company can also alert you to takeover threats.

Endurance International Group buys up and absorbs web hosting brands in a Borg-like fashion, some have said. Size makes hosting companies a target for buyouts. Take a look at this list of companies they’ve gobbled up. You can see that they are mostly large brands and not small, family-owned,  community-friendly companies like ClickHOST.

If there’s an outage, my hands will be tied. I will look like an idiot.

Almost every hosting platform is going to suffer an outage at some point. If you’re partnered with a team of web hosting support geeks who have your back, they’ll be accountable for getting your clients back up and running ASAP. Suddenly being pulled away from your creative world to troubleshoot an outage is a stress and distraction you won’t miss. Professional web hosting companies know how to deal with outages and respond to customers in the event that it happens.

My web design clients are used to getting someone on the phone to help them (me). They don’t want to email for support.

If you don’t like getting phone calls at 3 AM from your clients with technical issues then you might really want to consider delegating support to a professional hosting company. A web hosting company will normally offer 24/7 customer service and support. ClickHOST’s technical support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Save hours of time by having a partner like ClickHOST run your tech support. One phone call with a client working through technical problems can easily take up an hour of your time. Imagine how much time you can free up without the burden of hosting tech support on you.

Ha! My clients are going to call me anyway so I might as well keep supporting their web hosting (trust me I have some really rude clients, I’ve got this one guy… but don’t tell him I said that).

If you have a true and trusted web hosting partner to support your clients then they’ll work with all types of clients, the ones you love catching up with and the ones you dread talking to (you know it’s true). Tell them that you can help them, but that your web hosting service provider can do a much faster job.

My clients will never accept outsourced support.

Your clients will be able to appreciate the expert help and 24/7 customer support of a professional web hosting company. Inform your clients that they will have less waiting time and less response time to questions and problems by being connected to your partner hosting company even if they’re not always working with a domestic support person. It’s a win-win situation for them.

What could a small web hosting company possibly offer that’s better than EIG – bigger is better right? Their hardware network and infrastructure is always going to be better and better managed.

With a small web hosting company, your clients will get more personalized service with them compared to a larger hosting conglomerate. Smaller web hosting companies can run the risk of having their systems managed with less security though. When working with a smaller hosting company, just make sure that your clients’ files will not be lost.

A small hosting company could go out of business and leave me hanging dry then I would have to move all of my clients’ websites myself to another host without access to their files. 

This would be a bad situation for any web designer. But it could happen to even the largest web hosting companies too. As a safeguard, you’ll want keep a recent backup of all your clients’ website files in an offsite location. You can then restore from these backups if necessary. Make sure you have access to the domain name registrar too – you would have to make DNS change as well.

Right now, the reseller web hosting service I use has worked with me to improve the speed and load time of my clients’ websites. It’s not perfect but it’s fast. What if I move my clients’ websites and it turns out that they are slower?

Don’t ever move your clients to a slower host. Any new hosting partner you take on needs to be  an improvement – faster, more secure and better customer service. Make them prove it!

ClickHOST tested the before/after performance of 53 websites that were moved from other hosts and found these results:

Average load time before: 3.11s
Average load time after: 1.84s
1.27s average faster load times
69% faster

OK, let’s say a web designer is able to let go of their pride and sell their clients. How would it work?

Your new web host will help you transfer your clients’ files over to their servers. They’ll most likely even pay you a commission for every new client you send to them. ClickHOST does both. Once the transfers are made, its business as usual except that now you don’t have to worry about untangling hosting issues.

Selling your clients’ web hosting services to a professional host can seem like a bad idea at first, but there are actually many advantages for you and your clients. It’s a step toward efficiency. Do the research and you will find that this can be very advantageous to your business as a web designer.

If I knew of any fellow web designers who have actually done this, I’d do it myself.

Okay, you ask for it. Here are a few…

Syrup needed to streamline our business – do what we’re good at and offload what we’re not. Hosting had always been one of those things that we did for our clients because it was easier for them to have one company to deal with for hosting, design and development. However, it was not our strong suit and our business model wasn’t built on it. So, I went shopping for a hosting partner who does it well and ClickHOST was it! Carel and his team (thanks Rhonda!) were great in teaming up and communicating with clients to get them shifted from our servers to theirs.

Lars Miller
syrupmarketing.com

I switched to ClickHOST because I value companies who have moral values. I appreciate on-demand live chat support and prompt email replies from support. I expect a company to value relationships and to be seen in public with nothing to hide.

-Kris

Kristina McInerny
www.WebsitesByKris.com

We love our web designers and they love us. Contact ClickHOST right now to hear more about how partnering with the pros is a winner for everyone!

Call 404.220.8110 during business hours or email carel at clickhost dot com.

ClickHOST Team at WordCamp ATL Booth

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mickey http://www.greenmellenmedia.com <![CDATA[The speed you rarely think about: FTP]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4331 2016-07-28T01:22:13Z 2016-07-28T01:22:13Z In 2016, website speed is crucial. All hosts think about it, and the good ones make sure that your site loads as fast as possible. However, most hosts do not seem to care about FTP speed on their servers. After all, FTP speed doesn’t affect Google rankings so why worry about it? As a developer, I can tell you it makes a big difference.

At GreenMellen we manage roughly 150 WordPress sites. While we use tools such as ManageWP to do much of the heavy lifting, we still spend a great deal of time in FTP each week fixing stubborn plugins or adding new pieces. For reasons beyond my technical understanding, the FTP speeds on ClickHOST absolutely blow away every other host on the planet, making my life much easier.

As a test, I took a clean copy of WordPress and uploaded it to a variety of different hosts. This consisted of 1,472 files totaling around 23.9MB. I ran this over a fiber connection, so speed on my end shouldn’t come into play.

The FTP speed results

The first one I tried was BlueHost, where the upload took- 2 minutes, 48 seconds. Not bad.

The next one was GoDaddy. They were a bit faster, as the upload only took 1 minute and 29 seconds.

After that, I uploaded the same files to WP Engine. They’re well-known as a solid WordPress host, but their FTP speeds were roughly the same as GoDaddy at 1 minute and 28 seconds.

Finally I did the same test on ClickHOST. The result? Just 28 seconds, more than three times faster than any of the others.

ClickHOST

28 seconds!

WP Engine

1min 28 secs

GoDaddy

1min 29 secs

Bluehost

2mins 48 secs

Why does FTP speed matter?

In looking at the list above, you may be wondering why this is a big deal. After all, it’s only a few minutes difference between the best and worst. As someone that manages a lot of sites, I can tell you that those numbers add up very quickly. If there’s a major WordPress update and we’re having to push tens of thousands of files out to various sites, we *love* how quickly the ClickHOST sites respond to make our life easier.

In fact, just a few days ago I had to move seven sites over to ClickHOST that included more than 50,000 files weighing in at nearly 17GB. I didn’t time the upload, but it was somewhere around 20 minutes to upload everything, which is simply incredible. On a lesser host, that would have taken hours.

There are a lot of very important aspects to hosting, and this is admittedly a lower priority. I want a host that has fast servers, solid security and excellent technical support. Once you find that with someone like ClickHOST, having blazing fast FTP is just icing on the cake.

Not a customer yet?
Click here for blazing fast FTP starting at $5/month

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Emory Rowland http://www.clickfire.com/ <![CDATA[How Do I Know My Website Is Safe?]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4264 2016-03-31T20:14:49Z 2016-04-12T10:45:40Z Computer security is one of those buzzwords you often hear but may not clearly understand. Some types of security are pretty easy to wrap your brain around. Home security, car anti-theft devices and even a simple padlock are examples of security we can all understand. Your website, however, doesn’t have a keyhole or a blinking red light to let you know it is safe.

Let’s take a look at the different aspects of computer security and how they can apply to your website. After all you don’t want your business to become the next security hack article on a tech blog.

What Is Computer Security, and Why Do You Need It?

Computer security wasn’t as much of an issue in the days before constant internet connectivity. The only ways someone could get onto your computer was to physically be at the keyboard, trying to figure out what your passwords are while you weren’t home, or to just take the whole thing from your house. Then the internet arrived.

With all of the wonderful things that the internet brings us, it also brings the bad. Your computer, as soon as it is powered on, is connected to the entire world. Unfortunately, there are lots of bad guys out there who would like to steal things from your computer.

Your Personal Computer

Your personal computer holds tons of information about you that hackers can use. Credit card numbers, bank accounts, bills that you are paying, addresses, email accounts and even photos can be stolen from your personal computer by hackers. This is your digital identity; with it hackers can steal your hard earned money, your credit or your identity.

Keep your personal computer safe by using HTTPS websites wherever possible. HTTPS is a secure method for access websites. Communications between your computer and the web are encrypted, so the traffic is harder for hackers to read.

Be careful when connecting your computer (or other mobile devices) to public Wi-Fi. This includes hotels, Starbucks or anywhere else that has public access. Hackers can exploit these networks to get personal information from your devices.

Your Business Website

First of all, if your business website was hard to find, it wouldn’t be a very good website. That means that you need to advertise its presence to the Internet or improve your SEO. But, it also means your website will be a free and open invitation for hackers to come and see what you are offering. This comes with the territory, sadly.

Now, what could hackers possibly want with your website? Well, just like your home computer, you website might have crucial information about you or your business that can allow them to steal your identity. More importantly, you may be storing customer data, a nearly limitless resource for all sorts of computer criminals.

What about WordPress?

You may be surprised to know that if your site runs WordPress, you already have a degree of security capability built in. But, unless you take some additional proactive steps, hackers can find ways to exploit even the best content management systems (CMS), allowing them to gain access to parts of your site that are not protected.

WordPress is open source software that hackers can obtain and experiment on to find exploits. As they find them, WordPress developers will patch those issues so that they can no longer be used. Therefore, even if you are totally up to date with all of the other security on your website, an unsecured WordPress installation can be a back door for hackers to sneak into your site.

How Do I Secure WordPress?

There are several ways that you can go about keeping security tight for WordPress.

  • Keep WordPress Updated – Just like the operating system on your personal computer, WordPress puts out patches that address security issues. As the developers for WordPress see that hackers have found an exploit, they fix that hole in the software. If you are not running the latest version of WordPress, then you are putting your site at risk for being hacked. Keeping up-to-date by running the latest version is one of the best (and easiest) ways to keep safe.
  • Limit WordPress Installs – While there are several legitimate reasons to be running more than one copy of WordPress, you need to make sure there’s a good reason for them. You may have also tried to install WordPress a few times before getting the hang of how to set it up. Are these old installations still sitting around? The only installations of the software that should be active on your site are the ones that are currently being used (and maybe a development environment for testing changes). Having more than that can actually lead to cross-contamination of your sites and create vulnerabilities.
  • Lock Down Default Admin Functions – Because WordPress is available to anyone that wants to use it, hackers are aware of what the default settings are. This includes things like “wp-admin” as your administrator URL and “admin” as the default user name. Even if you aren’t using these, they can provide a vulnerability into your website if you have not deleted or changed them. Once you get WordPress up and running, you need to delete the Admin account and change your wp-admin URL. This will prevent hackers from having a very easy way into your site.
  • Get Rid of the Clutter – Are you using all of those themes? What about all of those plugins you had every intention of installing but found out were just too difficult? Themes that sit around and plugins that go unused are all just exploits waiting to be found. The more common the theme or plugin, the easier it is to exploit. Keep the clutter off of your site by deleting all of the unused themes and plugins that you just aren’t using.
  • Use Security Plugins – WordPress wants you to keep your site secure, and software developers also know that you want to keep your site secure. This is why third party tools such as Sucuri, iThemes and WordFence exist to keep WordPress locked down.

A Word on Passwords

Passwords are very important for keeping a site safe. Having a password of “password,” “admin” or “1 2 3 4 5” is an invitation for hackers to break into your website. It would be the same as leaving the keys to your brand new house sitting in the lock.

When crafting passwords, be sure to make a strong password. That means not only using letters or numbers, but combining them along with punctuation marks. Instead of using words, using the first letter of each word in a phrase can produce something that makes no sense to hackers but makes perfect sense to you. Consider the phrase “Keep this password a secret or face the consequences.” You can easily turn that into the password “kTpA$oFtC.” What hacker is ever going to crack that? They will make a few attempts and then move on.

Another option is to use a password manager like LastPass. These are software programs that will store a master password (that is encrypted) and then store long strings of characters and numbers for your website passwords. You keep your master password, and LastPass does the work of keeping your online accounts safe.

Hackers Happen

Sometimes even the best security can fail. Hackers will and do find a way in. Hopefully, some of the suggestions above will make your site less of a target and keep the hackers frustrated

To really put your mind at ease, consider one of ClickHOST’s web hosting plans, which include hacker monitoring and premium spam filters. We’re here to make web hosting simple.

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Emory Rowland http://www.clickfire.com/ <![CDATA[Why Care About SSD Hosting?]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4258 2016-03-31T19:58:30Z 2016-03-31T19:58:30Z Your website is what represents you to the outside world, which means that you want to put your best foot forward with potential customers, employers or contractors. Regardless of the need for your website, a bad one can leave you with a negative first impression from anyone who comes across your site.

One of the ways that you can improve your website is by using an SSD hosting service, aka a host that supports an SSD drive. You may have some questions: What is an SSD drive? What are its advantages? Is it worth the cost?

Let’s take a look.

What Is an SSD Drive?

SSD stands for Solid State Drive, a technical term that means there are no moving parts inside of the hard drive.

In case you didn’t know, the hard drive is the storage device that holds all of your website’s data. That includes images, text, ordering software and anything else that comprise the site. The data can be stored on a traditional, mechanical hard drive or on an SSD.

Because an SSD has no moving parts, it has several advantages over a mechanical drive. It works similar to your flash drive or an SD Card you would put into your camera.

SSD Hosting Advantages

The first advantage is pretty obvious: speed. SSD drives are much faster than a mechanical drive. Since there are no moving parts, there is no seek time (the time it takes for the head to get to the part of the storage that holds your data).

One measurement used by experts to judge the speed of a hard drive is called Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS). It is a key measurement used to determine the speed at which a hard drive can be accessed, letting us know just how quickly input and output operations can be performed by a device. A higher number of IOPS equates to better performance, and using an SSD will increase the amount of IOPS. This means that your data is quickly and reliably recovered from the hard drives and served up on your website.

Ultimately, a faster performance means a better performance for your website. People don’t have time to wait around for your site to load, so why add to the load time by having to wait for a mechanical drive to access the data on the hard drive?

Is Speed Really That Important?

If you are using CMS based websites like WordPress, my favorite platform, then an SSD drive can be a considerable speed upgrade for you. CMS based websites are very hard drive intensive, which makes the hard drive a major bottle neck for these types of websites. Upgrading to an SSD hosting service will remove those bottlenecks and provide you with the faster services available today.

If you care about your users and what they do on your website, then speed is critical. Study after study has shown that only good things come from improved site speed. My favorite is one by Amazon that calculated that one second costs 1.6 billion. If you run an ecommerce site, speed should be on your mind. I preach site speed to my SEO clients not just because it helps conversions but because Google counts it as a ranking factor, albeit a mild one.

Improved Reliability

When a mechanical hard drive stops working, it does just that: it stops working. The data that is on it is no longer accessible, and it needs to be recovered via backup. An SSD, however, works differently since SSDs are smart enough to know when parts of the device are going bad. The SSD will just stop writing to those bad portions and will (automatically) move the data to another part of the hard drive, meaning data can be more easily recovered if it is lost, but more importantly, data is therefore much less likely to be lost in the first place.

The Upgrade Is Worth the Cost – ClickHOST Offers Free SSD Hosting!

SSD hosting is included in ClickHOST’s offerings! Improved reliability and improved speed, all for the same price – a deal you cannot afford to pass up!

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Carel http://www.clickhost.com <![CDATA[WordCamp Atlanta 2016]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4243 2016-03-08T01:39:30Z 2016-03-08T01:39:30Z This will be the 5th year in a row that we will be at WordCamp in Atlanta! WordCamp attracts WordPress enthusiasts with very diverse backgrounds and experience levels. This year we expect over 500 attendees over 3 days at the Loudermilk Conference Center in downtown Atlanta.

ClickHOST is a Platinum Sponsor for WordCamp Atlanta 2016. Carel, our owner, will also be presenting on AWS & WordPress Hosting – A beginners guide. Come and say hi and have some fun with us as we learn to use how to host WordPress on AWS (Amazon Web Services).

Come and learn from WordPress experts and specialists from all over the world. It will be 3 days of networking, learning and sharing. If you didn’t get a ticket then ask on Twitter using hashtag #WCATL.

WordCamp Atlanta 2016 Logo

WordCamp Atlanta 2016 Event details

Where: The Loudermilk Center is located at 40 Courtland Street NE in Downtown, Atlanta
When: March 18-20, 2016
Features: This year there will be 3 Workshop tracks on the Friday, then All Users, Design, Developer and Business tracks on Saturday and Sunday. WordCamp ATL 2016 schedule.
Cost: $40 for 2 days (includes a t-shirt and lunches). $20 extra for the Friday workshops.
Ride: WordCampers get a free rides from Lyft. Use this link: http://lyft.com/invited/WCATL16 to get $50 in ride savings.

The friendly ClickHOST folks will be in attendance this year. We have all kinds of goodies that we’ll be giving away. Come to our booth, or our presentation, or just say hi, and ask for our special WordCamp give-away. We also have a very limited number of special t-shirts to give away.

Will we see you at WordCamp Atlanta this year?

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Rhonda Pugh http://www.clickhost.com/ <![CDATA[I Need My Email]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4203 2015-12-11T19:14:30Z 2015-12-15T12:14:02Z Email is a way of life…seriously, can you live without your email?

It is the way your small business communicates with clients, takes orders, sends newsletters, and submits invoicing. And, if it is not working, nothing can be more infuriating!

PS: Be sure to read to the bottom of this post for a very special 50% off Google Apps promo code. 

Webmail

As a part of your hosting services with ClickHOST, you receive email services too.  We offer Webmail email applications that enable you to check your e-mail accounts via your web browser.   Using one of our Webmail applications, you can send and receive e-mail messages, create an address book, create a specialized signature line, and perform other common email tasks with the convenience of checking email from any computer or browser.  We offer three webmail applications that you can choose from:

ClickHOST Webmail Clients

Email Clients

If you are looking for more email account features, you may want to use a Third-party email client.  ClickHOST uses the IMAP and POP3 protocols to allow you access to your emails from our mail servers to your computer utilizing an email client such as Microsoft Outlook, Mac Mail, or Mozilla Thunderbird, etc. This includes Mobile email clients such as iPhone, Android, etc.   These will require an initial configuration of the email client to access the emails from the server.

When setting up your email client it is important to understand the differences between using IMAP and POP3 protocols.  The main difference is that IMAP always syncs with the mail server so that any changes you make in your email client  will instantly appear on your webmail inbox.  Even more helpful, updates will be in-sync between your email clients too (Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, and mobile devices)!  With POP3, however, your email client and the mail server are not synced.  Therefore, any changes you make to your email account in the email client will not appear in the webmail inbox or across your various devices.  This is good to know if you decide to utilize your webmail randomly or on the fly.

Premium Spam Filtering

A close second to the infuriation of your email not working is getting Spam!  With ClickHOST mail services, every hosting plan comes with extensive spam control software from SpamExperts.  SpamExperts applies sensitive spam-filtering and spam pattern detection detaining spam from entering your inbox thus protecting your email service from junk email and email threats.   Typically an add-on expense at other Hosting Providers, SpamExperts is FREE with your hosting plan at ClickHOST.  We just think that email and spam-filtering go hand-in-hand, right?!

Here is an example of how much spam we block, filter using SpamExperts:SpamExperts Graphs

Google Business Apps, Microsoft Outlook 365

Ok, this is good, but your business uses Google Business Apps, Microsoft Outlook 365 or another Email Service Provider already.  No worries!  If you host your website at ClickHOST and want to keep your email at one of these Email Providers, your email will be relayed through their external servers using MX Entries.  Don’t know what a MX entry is?  No sweat, we can help you with that too.  Just let us know…our Support Team is always happy to assist!

O, btw, we have a very special offer for Google Apps for Work. Use this link, Google Apps Special Offer and promo code: AXCK6N7F37YRHY to receive 50% off your 1st year. Be sure to do this before December 31, 2015.

Need more information about how to set-up your email accounts with ClickHOST, feel free to browse our Knowledgebase for articles and detailed instructions for configuring the most popular Third-party email clients and devices.

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Rhonda Pugh http://www.clickhost.com/ <![CDATA[I want to leave my Website Hosting Company]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4163 2015-10-22T00:27:28Z 2015-10-22T00:27:28Z You feel stuck with your hosting company

You are not happy with your current hosting provider.  They are not providing you the service you feel your business deserves.   When you call your hosting provider, you don’t speak to an actual person, or there is a long lag time before you can get resolution to a problem.  Wow, your website sure loads slowly…maybe it is time to move to a faster-more reliable hosting provider.

I know moving to a new hosting provider can seem scary.   You don’t want to lose anything in the move.   Then there is email to consider.  Any interruption of service by making a move with email associated could be painful or cause you to miss important information.  Or, maybe you just don’t have time to mess with it and are afraid it will be too time-consuming.   Who can you contact to make sure you move to the right provider and it is done properly?

Well, may I make a suggestion?

I just happen to know this great hosting provider called, you guessed it…ClickHOST!

We make the choice to leave your current hosting provider easy!  Just sign-up for one of our Hosting Plans, and before you check-out make sure you select the Site Transfer Assistance option. After check-out, you’ll receive an email with instructions to provide us with account accesses.  Then sit back and relax, we take it from there.   Our knowledgeable Support Team is on it and will coordinate the whole move.

The complete migration process handled for you

First, your site files and database are copied over to our server.   You will be provided a preview link for testing to ensure your website is working properly on our servers.

How do I migrate my email?

We will coordinate transition of your email accounts, providing you with logins and configuration settings with easy to follow instructions for you to update your email software and devices after the switch.

When you are ready, the Nameserver is updated for you. Wait for propagation…Congrats!  You have just successfully migrated your site to the best, fastest and most secure hosting environment around!

Oh, I almost forgot one very important step…Close your account with the other provider.  You won’t need them anymore!

And, why stop at moving your website and email only, let us help you transfer your Domain Registration here too!

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Rhonda Pugh http://www.clickhost.com/ <![CDATA[Security Risk! Multiple Web Sites on One Hosting Account]]> http://www.clickhost.com/?p=4138 2015-08-18T01:12:22Z 2015-08-18T11:15:22Z Multiple websites on one hosting account can be a security risk

I wanted to bring to light a security risk that you may be taking and not even know it…having multiple websites on one hosting account.

What is the big deal?

Now, you may be wondering–what is the big deal?  I can have unlimited domains under my ClickHOST BETTER Hosting Plan.  And, you can…but, what generally happens is you have one “good” site that represents your business.  This site drives traffic to your on-line presence.   You love and care for this site; it is your baby.  Then you add another domain under the same user account, maybe it is a business idea you are toying with.  Maybe it is for a new blog on why Pet Rocks should make a comeback.  Or, maybe you just want to create a test site before you implement changes on your “good” site.  Okay, now you have several CMS instances on the same user account.

Pet Rocks really shouldn’t make a comeback

Some time goes by…you forget about that new start-up concept site.  Turns out, Pet Rocks really shouldn’t make a comeback, and you have implemented the updates to your “good” site, but forgot to delete the test site.  Overtime, these add-on instances become out of date and become susceptible to security vulnerabilities.  Did we learn nothing from our blog, Why Update WordPress?  Once an attacker has found a way to infiltrate one of these vulnerable sites, then any susceptibility on them can be used to cross-contaminate all your sites and compromise your whole account.  It’s frustrating, but the hackers don’t care how important a site is to you or that you haven’t looked at it in months, all they want is a way to get in and do their dirty work.

We scan regularly for malware

As a Hosting Provider, we take the security of your website very seriously!  We scan for malware regularly and keep you informed and assist with clean-up when the unfortunate happens.

But, there are some things that you can do too.  We suggest that you keep only the necessary files, themes and plugins that allow your site to function as desired.  And, keep software versions updated.   Use multiple domains under one user account only if they are related to the same business and can be managed as such.  That way, you can keep better track of test sites or landing pages that have a shelf-life.  Put new business websites on their own hosting account, so you can close the account if/when the business concept is no longer viable.  Above all, do regular audits and housekeeping of your sites.

Also, don’t forget about your old Joomla or Drupal backups in your hosting account. These old versions of your website are easily compromised too. If you want to keep them, then be sure to create an archive of the files and delete the CMS files.

It is not a matter of if you will get a virus; it is more of a question of when.  Be a responsible website and hosting account owner.  Keep separate hosting accounts as needed, do regular maintenance, and you can reduce your chances.

Do you have an experience that you want to share with us?

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