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Upcoming domain registration changes

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As if everything related to domain name registration and maintenance wasn’t already screwy enough, there is a new change on the horizon that promises to make updating your domain names even screwier.

After December 1, 2016, when you change the first name, last name, contact email or organization field for your domain, it will trigger something called the “trade process.” Without going into too much technical detail, what that means is those previously minor ownership information changes will now be treated the same way a domain transfer is treated.

The problem with that is now the domain owner will have to approve those changes via two separate – but similar – emails. That’s because the “current” and “previous” owner – which are the same person in this case – need to explicitly approve the change, or it will not be made.

So if you update your name or the name of your organization, you’ll have to approve that change in two emails. If you update the email address associated with a domain name, you’ll have to approve that change at the old and the new email address. You can probably already see some potential problems, can’t you.

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So why are these changes happening? Well, ICANN started reviewing the transfer process almost 10 years ago, when potential issues with the existing transfer policies were identified. So they began looking at “special provisions” for change of registrant during a transfer in order to prevent domain hijacking.

Which sounds like a good thing, but now, a decade later, what we ended up with is a process that may make it slightly more difficult to hijack a domain, but definitely makes a lot of day-to-day maintenance tasks more difficult and confusing.

Every registrar has some leeway in how they implement the changes, so we’re not sure yet exactly how it’s going to work for domains registered through Winhost. We’ll do everything we can to keep the confusion to a minimum, and we’ll post an update here when we have more information on how things shake out.



Autumn Updates

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The latest versions of the following applications are now available through our App Installer tool in Control Panel:



Deploying a .NET Core 1.0 Application

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Now that we support it, here’s a quick tutorial on how to deploy an ASP.NET Core 1.0 Application to Winhost using Web Deploy.

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Please note that you cannot publish to a sub-directory using Web Deploy at this time due to a bug which Microsoft will correct at a later date.  If you want to publish your application to a sub-directory, you will need to use FTP.



Making a MySQL database backup using MySQL Workbench

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Note: The manual methods in this tutorial are great, but if you’re looking for a “set-it-and-forget-it” automated backup solution, we offer a site backup service that can also back up your MS SQL and MySQL databases. Read about it on our site, or activate it in Control Panel. It’s easy, it’s inexpensive and it’s cool. What more could you ask for?

Making a backup in MySQL workbench is a pretty easy task once you know what to do, but it can be a little confusing the first time around. Allow us to save you some time with these simple instructions.

Version 6.3.7 is shown here, and of course future versions may differ. Download MySQL Workbench here (you’ll need a free Oracle account if you don’t already have one – just click the “Register” link in the upper right corner of that download page).

First thing you’ll need to do in Workbench is connect to your database.

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If everything is correct you’ll see the successful connection box.

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Go ahead and close that, and click the connection that you just set up.

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Click “Data Export.”

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There are a lot of options on the next screen. For the purposes of this how-to we’re just making a simple backup of the entire existing database, so we’re not going to use most of those options. But as you can see, you can do a lot more than just a simple database dump here.

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If everything goes according to plan you’ll see the “Export competed” dialog, and you’ll be all set. Your database is backed up for development use or simply for safe keeping.

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That’s all there is to making a backup.

But check out the “Data Import/Restore” link right under the “Data Export” link. As you might have guessed, you use that link to restore a locally stored backup up to the MySQL server here at Winhost. We’ll talk about that in a future article.



Control Panel layout changes

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We interrupt this blog to bring you an announcement regarding a few layout changes in Control Panel.

1. The Account ID moved to the very uppermost navigation – next to Account & Billing:

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2. The Related KB links on the right side column moved to the bottom – right above the footer:

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3. For most of the control panel sections, we expanded the main section to span the entire control panel width.

That is all.

Please proceed to have a great weekend.



How to Secure Your Primary Domain for Free When Ordering an SSL Certificate

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When you order an SSL certificate from us, your primary domain name will be secured for free. So, if you order an SSL certificate for www.HostingAccountDomain.com, then HostingAccountDomain.com.com will be added as a Subject Alternative Name automatically.

So you can secure both www.HostingAccountDomain.com and HostingAccountDomain.com with just one certificate.

This works for any subdomain, not just for the www. prefix. You can order a certificate for login.HostingAccountDomain.com and HostingAccountDomain.com will be added to the certificate.

Here’s a sample certificate where you see both the subdomain and the primary domain secured:

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Note that this is only applicable to single-level domains. For example, www.test.HostingAccountDomain.com will not secure test.HostingAccountDomain.com.

This works for all of the certificates available through Winhost!



SQL 2016 is now available

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Today we’re announcing the availability of SQL 2016. It’s available now in the MS SQL Manager of Control Panel.

The new stretch database feature is enabled and you can learn more here. Some other new features include Query Store, Temporal Tables, and JSON Support.

And of course, there are no extra fees for SQL 2016 hosting.

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New top level domain extensions are available

announcementsToday we are introducing 5 new domain extensions into the mix: .cloud, .club, .pro, .store, and .xyz. You can check out our website for domain pricing, or go to Control Panel right now to order a new domain name.

We plan to introduce more domain extensions, so if you have any suggestions, please let us know.