What is the lifecycle of a new TLD?

March 23, 2014 – 17:47


Understanding the launch phases of new TLDs will help you get your domain names first.
New TLDs will go through a typical lifecycle such as this:


New TLD phases


Sunrise – Usually 30-60 Days
Sunrise phase is the first step toward a new TLD launch. In Sunrise, trademark owners claim their domains before they’re publically available. Domains contested by multiple trademark owners typically go to auction.


Landrush – Usually 30 Days
Landrush is the first launch phase open to the public. Anybody can claim domains during Landrush so long as it wasn’t already registered during Sunrise. Domains in Landrush typically cost more to register with contested domains going to auction.


General Availability – Official Launch
General Availability is the final phase of a TLD launch. This is when the public can purchase all of a TLD’s available domain names. In General Availability, names are usually first-come-first-serve, but some TLDs may have a pre-order system in place before General Availability opens.

Finally, new domain options are here!

February 8, 2014 – 15:11


Do you remember your first experience on the Internet? Where .COM was most likely the three magic letters in a URL to the right of the dot, called a domain? Chances are, it’s still the most common domain you’ll see.


We are no longer limited in our domain extension choices because new TLDs have officially launched to the general public. Seven domains are available to everyone (on a first come, first served basis), and many more are coming soon.


Today we added seven of these new domains, and they are available for standard registration everywhere:

.BIKE.CLOTHING.GURU.HOLDINGS.PLUMBING.SINGLES, and .VENTURES. New TLDs are making Internet history. It’s the first opportunity in years where domains can really increase sales. At 12 February we’ll add a couple more, namely:
.camera.equipment.estate.gallery.graphics.lighting, and .photography.


You can grab names to promote or protect your business. Even dominate a market by registering industry-related terms (before someone else beats you to it).
Visit http://www.ds-hostingsolutions.net/check.php and register because it is yours.


Important security updates: WordPress and Joomla CMS!

May 31, 2013 – 15:14

 

As a popular way to create blogs, news portals & corporate sites, the WordPress & Joomla content management systems (CMS) are quite famous & of course a center of attraction for most of attackers/hackers. Many WordPress & Joomla sites are under attack most of the time by botnets (a collection of compromised computers controlled by a malicious program, used to launch a targeted   or to send spam) using brute-force methods to obtain their passwords. For at least a year now, attackers have been using such compromised servers; specifically through these famous CMSes; to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against financial institutions & companies in other industries. Alleged hacktivists, have targeted financial institutions since last September, flooding the victims with tens of gigabits per second of traffic & specially crafted requests designed to tie up or crash the targeted servers.

 

By default, all new WordPress & Joomla installations start with a Super Administrator account named ‘admin’, which is used for backend management of the site. During the installation procedure, one is asked to give this account a password, which can be a simple (easy to guess/predict) or a complex one containing a mixture of alphabets, numbers & special characters. As the user name of this highly powerful administrative account is normally well known, 50% of the security of the username/password combination is already wide-open. Now all an attacker needs to do is guess the password by trying any combinations & they’re in.

 

Recently attackers launched a major password-guessing (also well known as brute forcing) effort to compromise WordPress & Joomla powered sites. Interestingly, the attacks seem limited to only users who have kept the default “Admin” username for their websites’ for managing from the site from the back-end, however, these attacks are only the beginning. Security analysts & IT companies fear that the attackers are attempting to build a massive botnet that is much more powerful than any other witnessed earlier. This attack, which is executed by a botnet of home computers, seeks out Websites & blogs that use the default “admin” user name & that may have generally weak passwords. The attack software attempts to log into a targeted Website’s administration panel using the default system-set user name eg: “admin” or “administrator” using a combination of thousands of popular/common passwords. While the attack may only succeed a small percentage of the time, it could result in hundreds or thousands of compromised servers when averaged over tens of thousands of sites powered by particularly WordPress & Joomla application software.

 

Currently, there are over 250,000 IP addresses being used to launch these brute-force attacks. These IP addresses are using thousands of passwords to hack into the WordPress sites. Right now, the botnet is limited to just using home PCs, however, the attackers could soon use the powerful servers that run these WordPress sites to launch a much stronger botnet.

 

SOLUTION:

 

By changing the username to something more difficult to guess, you greatly increase the difficulty of accessing the account. An attacker must correctly guess both the user name & password at the same time to gain access. This is several magnitudes more difficult than simply guessing the right password.

 

If you have “admin” or “administrator” as your default username, you should go ahead & change your password to a strong one immediately. Also, in the future, if you plan on using the WordPress and/or Joomla, or any other similar platform for your site, be sure to change the default “Admin” or “Administrator” username to something unique. Once done, the sites should not be vulnerable to these attacks.

 

DIRECTIONS:


Wordpress: Create another administrator user & then login as new administrator user & delete “admin” user:

  1. Login to your WordPress Admin area.
  2. Click on “Add new” in the “Users” menu & fill in the information for the new user account.
  3. IMP : Make sure you select “Administrator” as the role for this new user.
  4. Choose a hard-to-guess password. I recommend using a combination of uppercase & lowercase letters, numbers, & symbols.
  5. Finally click on the “Add User” button.
  6. Now logout of WordPress & re-login using your new username.
  7. Click on “Users” in the “Users” menu.
  8. Hover the mouse cursor over the “admin” row. You will see links for “Edit” & “Delete”. Click on “Delete”.
  9. IMP : Select “Attribute all posts & links to” & then select your new username from the drop-down list.
  10. Click on the “Confirm Deletion” button.
  11. Now you have changed your administrator username & all your blog posts that were created using the “admin” username will be re-assigned to your new username.

Joomla: Similar to the above, but doesn’t need user deletion, just a rename:

  1. Log into the Back End of Joomla.
  2. Select User Manager.
  3. Select the ‘admin’ user record.
  4. Change the value in username. (Secure user names contain a mixture of letters & numbers).
  5. Save & you’re done…

Please get in touch with our Support Helpdesk, if you’ve any queries, concerns or need any information/assistance on the above & we’d be glad to assist you in securing your websites for you.

 

Good Luck!

Power Your Site’s Success with Attracta App’s!

January 14, 2013 – 15:37

 

We make installing the world’s leading website apps fast, safe, free and One-Click Easy™ through your cPanel account using the Attracta service.

 

Quickly add powerful features to any website or blog.
Attracta’s patent-pending technology dynamically inserts the required JavaScript without making any changes to your website code or files. You also get automatic updates to insure each app is running at top performance.

 

Try as many different apps as you like, FREE!
See which ones make you money, and easily turn off any that don’t!

 

Attracta App's

Free Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools by Attracta™

September 16, 2012 – 12:02
Great news for our customers:
Attracta is here… and it’s Free!

 

We are pleased to announce that we’ve added
Attracta’s industry-leading SEO Tools to your account.

 

Your new Attracta SEO Tools are located in your cPanel. Go to your control panel to get started!
 

 
To go to your control panel, go to “your-url/cpanel” and log in using your credentials.
 
For example, if your website URL is “www.sampleURL.com”
you would go to “www.sampleURL.com/cpanel”
“We highly recommend that you use these
Free SEO Tools to increase your search traffic.”

Customer Service
Over 1,300,000 Websites Voted Attracta the #1 SEO Service!
 

Powerful XML Sitemaps
that Get Results.

 
Attracta is the world’s largest provider of Sitemaps to Google and the other top search engines. Google alone updates over 45 million website and blog pages every day using Attracta’s technology.
 

Valuable Link Building That
Plays By The Rules.

 
Each hand-reviewed business listing enjoys valuable links and important Search Engine Optimized content, as well as exposure to thousands of visitors to the high-ranking Attracta Business Directory.
 

See Your Live Search Engine Listings With Turbo Traffic!
 
Attracta provides both guaranteed listings in the world’s top search engines and the tools to verify them. They make it easy to find out how many of your pages are listed in each search engine.

Make Money With Any Site or Blog! Introducing AdDollars.
 
AdDollars makes it easy to make more money with any website or blog, large or small, with discreet in-text advertising within your content. There’s nothing to install or change and it works with all other advertising.
 

Create Facebook and Twitter Accounts That Really Pay Off!
 
Google gives special recognition to sites properly using Facebook and Twitter. Getting these benefits is easy with step-by-step tutorials in Attracta’s SEO Tips section.
 

Easy-to-use Tutorials and Informative Google Videos
 
Attracta’s SEO Tips section has step-by-step instructions on all aspects of SEO, from beginner to advanced, and selected Google videos that make it a treasure trove of information.
 

Go to your control panel to get started!
 

How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site.

September 13, 2012 – 19:59

 

This is a guest post written and contributed by CloudFlare. CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants.

 

CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with DS-Hosting Solutions! If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.

 

Today, hundreds of thousands of websites—ranging from individual blogs to e-commerce sites to the websites of Fortune 500 companies to national governments—use CloudFlare to make their sites faster and more secure. We power more than 65 billion monthly page views—more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through our network.

 

Faster web performance

 

CloudFlare is designed to take a great hosting platform like DS-Hosting Solutions and make it even better.

 

We run 23 data centers strategically located around the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.

 

 

As your traffic passes through the data centers, we intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on our servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before we check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.

 

CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.

 

 

Broad web security

 

Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.

 

 

CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about our approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the CloudFlare community. We analyse the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.

 

In time, our goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given our scale and the billions of different attacks we see and adapt to every year, we’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the CloudFlare network.

 

Signing up

 

Any website can deploy CloudFlare, regardless of your underlying platform.  By integrating closely with DS-Hosting Solutions, we make the process of setting up CloudFlare “1 click easy” through your existing DS-Hosting Solutions cPanel.  Just look for the CloudFlare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That’s it!

We’ve kept the price as low as possible and plans offered through DS-Hosting Solutions are free. Moreover, we never charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you tons via reduced bandwidth costs.

 

For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare’s advanced offerings, we also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like SSL, full web application firewall and faster analytics.

 

We’re proud that every day more than a thousand new sites, including some of the largest on the web, join the CloudFlare community.

 

DS-Hosting Solutions becomes CloudFlare’s Optimized Hosting Partner.

September 13, 2012 – 02:43

 

We make CloudFlare easily available to our customers. DS-Hosting Solutions users can enable the service on any of their chosen domains or subdomains in minutes using the built-in CloudFlare selections located at their cPanel account. CloudFlare is now included free with every DS-Hosting Solutions account but users wanting additional advancements and more frequent statistics can get the Pro upgrade for $20.00/ a month for the first website and $5 per month for each subsequent website.

 

CloudFlare: What it Does.

 

CloudFlare manages one of the largest content distribution networks. Basically, it works to enhance website performance by providing users with, but not limited to the following:

  1. Faster page load times.CloudFlare controls the number of network connections and guarantees that no third-party resources will slow down loading. Thus, CloudFlare optimizes the delivery of the web pages giving its online guests the best web performance.
  2. Less spam.Online threats such as comment spam, SQL injection, and DOS attacks, are automatically blocked by CloudFlare as they pass through its globally distributed network.
  3. Decreased bots and crawler.CloudFlare maximizes the website’s bandwidth and storage usage by protecting the website from excessive bot crawling, email harvesters, and more.

Free SEO and Marketing Tools by Attracta®

August 31, 2012 – 23:52

To help our customers succeed online, we’ve included a powerful set of tools in your website control panel called “Free SEO and Marketing Tools.” Clicking any of these icons will take you to your Free SEO Tools by Attracta, The World’s Largest SEO Service.

 

SEO is all about getting your website to show up higher in online search results, and these SEO Tools deliver real results for experts and novices alike.

 

One of the Tools Attracta provides, “Get In Google,” automatically generates a properly formatted, 1,000-page XML Sitemap of your website, submits it directly to Google, Bing, Yahoo! and Ask and verifies receipt. All with a single click!

 

Submitting a Sitemap is a great way to ensure that all of your site’s pages are being properly indexed by the search engines and is, according to Google themselves, something every website owner should do.

 

Attracta also provides tools for Link Building, checking your site for malware and getting started with Social Media. In addition, you will have access to a wealth of SEO Tips and Google-produced Videos designed to help you raise your site in Search.

 

Getting started is easy: Just log in to your website control panel (cPanel) and click any of the “Free Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools” icons.

UserTrust – Our new feedback system.

February 15, 2012 – 17:13

Previously we used Ratepoint.com services where our customers could drop transparently their feedback about the webhosting services we offer (DS-Hosting Solutions). But without our knowledge upfront, Ratepoint was acquired that leaded to the termination of their services effective since February 2, 2012.

 

Some of their customers reported to have received a notice one week before closure but most users didn’t (us included). Because of that we lost any feedback that were added to the system.

 

Since February 7, 2012 we began using UserTrust by Comodo.com
It is unfortunate that we could not transfer any feedback from the old system but I guess we can trust Comodo’s UserTrust to be online for a long run.

 

So, why not leave your feedback about DS-Hosting Solutions, either good or bad at:
Comodo UserTrust

Why Submit to a Link Directory?

October 24, 2011 – 22:11

For a successful online business, the first thing you have to do is to introduce your business to as many internet users as you can get. Conventionally, promoting a business is done by placing advertisements at strategic locations or on printed media in order to build brand awareness. This is still an immensely popular promotional technique, but there are also unconventional ways to promote your business on the internet. One of the things you can do is to perform Search Engine Optimization or SEO.

 

Search Engine Optimization is done to improve the visibility and popularity of your online business with ‘natural ways’. The term ‘natural ways’ refers to SEO methods which are done without directly involving money as when you put your product or service on an advertisement. Furthermore, SEO methods are done by building links which directs people to your website (also called backlinks). The more backlinks you have, the more customers you get. However, make sure you submit your link to a directory that has a niche related to your business. Keep in mind that more visitors lead to higher popularity, and higher popularity leads to higher demands.

 

These days we are getting lots of emails from webmasters / site owners who wants to have their link posted somewhere at our site so they could create backlinks to their site from us. Now we have added our own Link Directory just for this purpose. And since we have just now launched this section, you have a top list instantly as one of the first links added. The faster you act, the longer you are listed right there at the first page. But even when the directory would grow, you have the ability to bid on your own link to stay at the top of the list.

 

Submit Your Link Today! And it will stay within our Link Directory for life unless you wish to have it removed by yourself.