WinHost is pleased to announce that the applications offered through our App Installer tool have been updated. Here’s a list of the changes:
- Acquia Drupal 7.22.23
- BlogEngine.NET 18.104.22.168
- DotNetNuke 7.1.0 Community Edition
- Gallery Server Pro 3.0.1
- Joomla 3.1.1
- Kentico CMS for ASP.NET 7.11
- KoobooCMS 4.1.1
- mediaWiki 1.21.1
- mojoPortal 22.214.171.124
- MonoX 126.96.36.19998
- Moodle 2.5.1
- nopCommerce 3.10
- Orchard 1.6.1
- Umbraco CMS 6.1.3
- WordPress 3.5.2
Some of the newer versions require the ASP.NET 4.5 Framework in order to run. If you have a hosting account that is on the Windows 2008/IIS7 platforum and want to install one of these applications, please open a support ticket to have your account migrated to Windows 2012/IIS8.
We are always looking for ways to offer more value in your WinHost account, and we think that we deliver the highest quality hosting in our price class. But (you knew there was a “but,” didn’t you!) unfortunately there are some costs that we cannot control, and domain registration and renewal is one of them.
We are subject to ever-increasing domain registration and renewal prices, and while we have absorbed those increases up to now, we find ourselves at a point where we are charging you less for domain registration or renewal than we are paying for those services.
So in order to continue providing the service, we have to raise domain name registration and renewal prices. On August 30th the price will go from $10 to $12.95. We sent you an email notification of the increase and changes to our terms of service that are now required for domain name resellers.
So why are we mentioning it again here in the blog? Because we wanted to let you know that there is a way to save some money on your upcoming renewals. We have updated the Control Panel so we can now offer multi-year renewals – up to a maximum of 10 years. So if you love your domain name (and who doesn’t?) and want to secure it for a long time to come, you can do it now at the current domain renewal price of $10.
In the past you could only renew for a year at a time, but in anticipation of the price increase, we wanted to offer you a way to renew for a longer period at the current price. Remember, on August 30th that price increases, so if you want to lock in the lower price, you have to make your move in the next six weeks.
We know you have a seemingly infinite number of choices for domain renewal (and web site hosting), and we really appreciate that you have chosen WinHost. We work hard every day to earn your loyalty. Thanks!
Today, we’re talking to David Harney, who created the Ozaukee, Wisconsin bike routes site bikex.net.
Hi, Dave. Tell us a bit about yourself and your site.
My name is David Harney and I’m a retired software developer who recently volunteered to create a website for our local county government – Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. The mission of the site is to encourage local citizens and tourists to travel by bicycle when visiting our many villages, parks and nature preserves. Our county has 30 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, historic villages, and numerous other scenic attractions. The website is Ozaukee Bike Routes (www.bikex.net) and features bicycle routes that use trails and quiet country roads to visit our attractions.
What was your career in software development like?
I was hired in 1968 for my first programming position and retired in 2003 as a software development manager in the transportation logistic field. I was an early adopter of using a PC frontend for UNIX servers. In the mid 90s I started with Win 95 and IE 3 for some limited business applications. When I retired, I was using XP/IE6 for many business applications. After that, I only programmed a small personal website until I was approached last year to create the Ozaukee Bike Routes website.
What are you using to run bikex.net now?
Why did you choose WinHost and what do you like about our hosting?
The hosting service I used for my personal website did not stay current with the MS technologies I needed for my new project. I evaluated several alternatives for MS technology availability, support and cost. WinHost was the clear choice.
WinHost is sincere with its commitment to current MS technologies and support. The cost is also a major factor for me as I foot the bill for this volunteer project. Also, my site does not use a lot of storage nor does it have a high transaction volume – I didn’t want to pay for more than I needed. Support is also a delicate balancing act at the low price point of my plan. I fully understand the business economics involved and appreciate the need for limits to the scope of support services provided at this price point. However, my experience with WinHost support for startup and a few other issues has been very positive – really an excellent value.
What do you when you’re not working on the site or biking around Ozaukee?
Besides bicycling, I have an interest in passive solar housing and might someday do a website of my experience in that area.
Is there anything you would like to say to our readers?
I would just encourage anyone with a passion in some area to share their experiences in a website. Chances are that the rewards in terms of new friendships will greatly outweigh the effort to build the site. My site has been a very rewarding experience.
Thank you very much for your time, Dave. Happy riding!
Dave is committed to updating his site each winter (not much cycling in January in Wisconsin). He welcomes comments and technical suggestions to improve his site, so if you have any, please leave them in the Comments section below.
In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to migrate your email messages to WinHost using the SmarterMail’s Mailbox Migration tool.
- You must still have access to your current mail server’s POP3 service.
- You need to know settings from the current email hosting provider to connect to your POP3 service.
- Your domain name may still need to be pointed to the other mail hosting provider in order to retrieve your mail messages.
- The email user(s) will need to be created on our mail server before you begin. Read our blog post article on How to Create an Email User in SmarterMail.
Log in to your SmarterMail interface via Control Panel.
You will need to use our mail server’s URL to access the email system since your domain name isn’t pointing to us yet.
How do I get my email system’s URL?
First log in to the Control Panel on WinHost.
- Click on the Sites tab at the top.
- Click on Manage next to the domain name you host.
- Now click on the Mail box icon.
Next you will see a link on the Email Manager page called SmarterMail Manager. Click on it and it will automatically log you into the SmarterMail interface. This step helps you complete two things:
- It will provide you with the URL you need to use to log in with each of your email users.
- It also sets you up to create your email users following the instructions at: How to Create an Email User in SmarterMail.
After you’re done creating the email users using the postmaster email account, log out at the upper right hand corner and log back in with one of the email users you just created, one of the addresses whose mail you want to migrate.
Once logged in on SmarterMail with the new email user
- Click on the Settings button on the left (It looks like a gear icon)
- Expand the Advance Settings folder.
- Click on Mailbox Migration
This will pop up a new window for the Mailbox Migration.
As you can see you have different options to choose from but in this tutorial we’re going to use the option Other.
- Click on the Next button.
- Now place a check mark next to Email and click on the Next button.
- In the account settings you want to enter the information of the current email hosting provider’s POP3 settings.
- Now click on Test Connection
- If the connection works then go ahead and continue the migration for each individual email users you created.
Remember that you will need to log out of SmarterMail and log back in with each user you wish to migrate. It would be very unfortunate to migrate all the email messages from all the email users on a single email account on SmarterMail. So please be careful when migrating and make sure you migrate the correct email messages to the correct user.
Some of us (like me) have at one time or another forgotten the Admin Login for our WordPress site. Maybe you’ve tried using the Lost your password? function, but for whatever reason that doesn’t work.
So what do you do now? Start all over?
Nope. We’re going to modify our user table on the MySQL database by creating a new MD5 hash.
How in the world do I do that?
Well, first you need to create a new MD5 hash using this handy web site. Enter your new password in the string field of the site. Now save the MD5 hash text the site created for you and save it in a text file. You might also want to save the password in the text file just in case, but don’t forget to delete it once you’re done.
Now, you’re going to use MySQL Workbench to connect to the WordPress database. To learn how to connect to your MySQL database using Workbench please read our Knowledge Base article.
Once connected with MySQL Workbench expand the database. Expand your tables and right click on the users (this table may also be called wp_users depending on which table prefix you used when you installed WordPress).
After right clicking on the users tabled select Edit table data.
Find your admin user. Under the user_pass column next to the admin user and enter the MD5 hash you created. It should look like this:
Now click on the Apply button in MySQL Workbench. Click Apply again on the next window. Now click Finish.
After you completed all those steps you should now be able to log in to your admin section with the new password you created.
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