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New Application Installer Updates

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Winhost is pleased to announce that the applications offered through our App Installer tool have been updated.  Here’s a list of the changes:

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.



New domain pricing

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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.

inflationSo 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!



WordPress exploit

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Thousands of WordPress sites are being compromised causing havoc with their site owners and their hosting providers. The method which the hackers are using is an old method known as a Brute Force Attack. This method simply employs the process of submitting passwords until you finally happen across the right one.

The effects on the site can vary, but it will entail a slower WordPress site, and high bandwidth consumption. This will mean you may pay more for the additional bandwidth you consume even if it was caused by your WordPress site being hacked.

To counter this you need to take two basic steps.

  1. If you are using the default administrative login “Admin” for your WordPress site update it to be other than Admin.
  2. Update the password to be more sophisticated and complex. A minimum length of eight characters is recommended. Vary the password with characters (upper and lower case), numeric, and special characters such as “#”, “!”, “%”, and “&”. This will strengthen your password making it impossible to “guess” using a brute force attack.

If you want to read up on picking a good strong password, I suggest this Microsoft article that explains how to decide what a strong password entails.

An optional feature worth considering is to enable your WordPress site with the WordPress 2 Step Authentication. It is an added security on top of inputting your login and password credentials with a random generated verification code from Google Authenticator App. You can get more details on how to enable this for your WordPress site on this link. http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/two-step-authentication/

If you want to read up more on these recent attacks to WordPress web sites, try looking at these links.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22152296

http://ma.tt/2013/04/passwords-and-brute-force/

http://www.latinospost.com/articles/16654/20130415/wordpress-site-hacked-2013-massive-botnet-targets-admin-username-more.htm

http://blog.discountasp.net/wordpress-under-attack/



Mobilize Your Site With goMobi

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If you’ve looked at your web site statistics lately you may have noticed a pretty dramatic increase in visitors on mobile devices. With 45% of American adults owning smartphones, the increase shouldn’t be a surprise.

Maybe you have been thinking that it’s time for you to provide a mobile version of your site. If so, you’re absolutely right. But if you’re like me, you don’t relish the idea of writing the responsive code for a mobile version of your site — or worse yet, a mobile version of several sites.

Well, as it happens, we have just started to offer something that may make your life a lot easier: goMobi.

goMobi is a mobile web site builder that provides a way to create a mobile version of your site with a ton of great, essential mobile features, all with a few mouse clicks.

Okay, there are more than a few clicks involved, but it’s ridiculously easy to use.

Your mobile site is hosted on goMobi’s servers, so there’s nothing to upload or configure. All you do is drop a few lines of automatically generated code into your main web site that detects mobile visitors and redirects them to the mobile version of your site.

It’s pretty cool, and we’ve partnered with goMobi to make it extra-affordable. Check out the goMobi page on our site, or order in your Winhost Control Panel right now.

Added bonus: you can buy goMobi service for a site that we host or ala carte, for use on a site hosted anywhere.



Secure Your Site And Save Money At The Same Time

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We have partnered with SiteLock to help protect your web site from hackers and other attackers. SiteLock delivers a comprehensive web site security service that scans your site to detect vulnerabilities, malware, sql injections, search engine blacklisting, cross-site scripting vulnerabilities, and more.

sitelock-secure-sealThe Basic plan provides a daily malware scan and allows you to display the SiteLock “seal” on your site, but for really impressive protection, check out the Premium and Enterprise plans.

They provide everything the Basic plan does, but in addition, they do daily FTP scanning, automatic malware removal and file change monitoring! If you have been searching for easy-to-implement site protection, it’s here.

If you’ve looked at SiteLock before and thought it was interesting but perhaps a bit too pricey, we’ve got you covered there. The deal we’ve made allows our SiteLock pricing to be extremely low — starting at only $19.95 for a full year of Basic coverage! $79 less than buying directly from SiteLock.

We can offer equally great deals on the Premium and Enterprise plans, saving you up to $299. What are you waiting for? Log in to Control Panel to sign up for SiteLock today.



March App Installer Update

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Here is a list of updated applications for the Winhost Control Panel App Installer:



January App Installer Update

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Here is a list of updated applications for the Winhost Control Panel App Installer:

A tip for DotNetNuke, mojoPortal, MonoX installs: the wizard for each CMS works fine if you install it to an empty database.  Please also remember that nopCommerce 2.7 and above requires Windows 2012/IIS8/.NET 4.5 Framework.



Competition is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

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You may remember that last year around this time we reported that we placed fourth in the DevProConnections Community Choice Awards.

Well I’m proud to announce that this year we placed – fourth!

Again.
And just like last year, we’ll take it, since the top three are the same behemoths that eclipsed us last year (Amazon, GoDaddy and DiscountASP.NET).

We feel pretty good about placing above Rackspace, another monster host that could lose more customers than we have and not even notice it.

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But next year – you’ll see – we’re going to crack that top three!

We’re working hard on some cool new stuff (if I tell you about it now, they’ll fire me), but suffice it to say that we’re always working to make Winhost the world’s best hosting platform, and the kind of place where your sites can be proud to live.

Here’s to fourth place, and nipping at the heels of the giants!

Image: Mary Ellen Mark, “Baby Beauty Pageant Winner,” California, 1992.