Archive for November, 2010

Plugins to make WordPress Secure

November 29th, 2010 Comments off

WordPress can be more secure on your website hosting with the below mentioned Plugins:

Login Lockdown

Login Lockdown will record the IP address and time-stamp of every failed login. If certain failed login attempts were made from same IP range in certain period of time, all requests from that range will be disabled.

WordPress File Monitor

WordPress File Monitor, monitors the editing, adding or deleting files during the WordPress installation process. Any of the function if performed, the application automatically generates an email alert which is sent to the specified address. Time-stamp of one of the above 3 modifications is recorded.

WordPress Database Backup

WordPress Database Backup plugin needs to be installed upon your first installation, allowing you to easily backup your wp-database core tables. Any other tables can be saved on the same database. Backup can be securely be kept on to your HDD, email or domain space. By installing this plugin you can create a backup for the entire database to avoid any hassles if the original database is deleted by any reason or is hacked.

Invisible Defender

Invisible Defender defends you any spambots for the registration, comment or login forms by adding the 2 extra fields that were hidden by CSS(cascading style sheet). Your dashboard will display the number of blocked spammers.

AskApache Password Protect

AskApache Password Protect, protects the wp admin-directory, wp-includes, wp-content, plugins. The Admin panel is protected with a effective htaccess protection, preventing all spambots and unwanted users to access you site, providing you the complete control over your site.

Admin SSL

Admin SSL is very useful to protect the admin pages, posts, secured logins, supports all SSL setups and encrypted cookie content. The plugin is compatible on WordPress 2.3-2.7 versions only.

WordPress Semisecure Login

WordPress Semisecure Login increases the security of your WordPress login. It uses the client-side MD5 encryption on password when the user log-ins. Although many of the users neglect it, if they are using ForceSSL or AdminSSL.

WordPress Security Scan

WordPress Security scanner scans the WordPress installation for file/directory permissions, admin protection/security issues, recommends you the correct actions, and helps in fixing the vulnerabilities as a whole.

Force SSL

Force SSL requires the users to use the SSL connection (secure connection) to connect to your site, redirecting the requests of regular http to request for new trusty http.

Secure WordPress

Secure WordPress helps in securing you WordPress-Installation, and removes the any error information from your login pages, forums, adds index.html to plugin directory, removes wp-version except in admin-panel.

Features of osCommerce : Part 2

November 26th, 2010 Comments off

We have listed more features of osCommerce below:
Customer Functionality:

  • Orders are stored in the database provided by your hosting service provider for expedited and efficient retrieval
  • Customer can check the order status and history
  • Multiple shipping and billing addresses can be maintained
  • Temporary shopping cart is available for guests
  • Search features are advanced and easy to use
  • Enhance your shopping expecience with interactive product reviews
  • SSL secured Transactions

Product Functionality:

  • Product Descritption based on HTML
  • Automatic displaying of specials
  • Option to show out of stock products and are available for purchase
  • Subscription to receive emails and newsletters

Payment Functionality:

  • Various forms of offline payment processing like cheque and money orders are accepted.
  • Online payment processing can be done by PayPal, 2CheckOut, and iPayment.
  • You can disable certain payment services based on zone basis.

Shipping Functionality:

  • Shipping modules are based on price, weight and destination
  • Quotes for shipping services are available Real-Time basis
  • Shipping services can be disabled according to the zone

Tax Functionality:

  • Tax implementation is quite flexible according to state and country
  • Different tax rates for different products

Help Desk Software : A great utility for your business.

November 24th, 2010 Comments off

Help Desk is one of the most important part of successful business as it is a unique point through which information about the problems is recorded and stored for future management. Both external and internal users can get benefit by using this software. Not only client but also the Web hosting solutions companies and Call centers are the most beneficiaries of this great utility because their operations are based on support services.

During the time when a particular issue reported by client to support staff of a company and it get solved all process need to be tracked and stored so that it can be useful at the occurrence  of same issue. Of course there are many repetitive issues and problems rise up and they need a very simple solutions but can consume the same time which it used at it’s first occurrence.  For avoiding this time consumption and staff’s effort using Help Desk is the most suitable solution. Now a days many businessmen check outs Help Desk facility before choosing any type of service from a company or organization, so it has become very important feature to adopt a Help Desk software to manage day to day issues. A well recorded and stored Help Desk can help to raise the management quality of a Company. As it keeps watch on every action and time consumed for it can be also a great resource which provide a good survey for future improvements of that particular company.

Features of osCommerce : Part 1

November 22nd, 2010 Comments off

osCommerce is an online shop e-commerce solution that offering a wide range of useful features that allows online stores to be functioning at a fast pace with ease, and is available for free as an Open Source based solution released under the GNU General Public License.

OsCommerce has been developing on a frequent basis to provide value adding solutions to its customers, continously making it easier for the store administrators to provide their stores to their customers catering to their unique requirements.

osCommerce is still in its development stage with a an objective to provide and improve many new features. Below mentioned are some of the features of osCommerce:

Basic Functionality :

  • All features are enabled by default
  • Object oriented backend
  • It is Multilingual with English, German and Spanish provided by default
  • It is compatible with all PHP 4 versions.

Installation :

  • It is easy to install
  • Web-browser based automatic installation and upgrade procedures

Layout :

  • Allows layout changes to be adaptive and easy to make
  • Allows easy integration into an existing site
  • Provides support for dynamic images

Administration /  Functionality :

  • osCommerce supports unlimited products and categories
  • Categories, products, manufacturers, customers and reviews can be Added/Edited/Removed
  • Support is provided for Physical (Shippable) and Virtual (Downloadable) products
  • Administration is secured with a Username and Password
  • Customers can be contacted directly via newletters or email
  • Backup and restore the database for easily
  • Genarate statistics for products and customers
  • Multilingual and Multicurrency support
  • Currency exchange rates are automatically updated
  • Support for static and dynamic banners with full statistics

RVSitebuilder : Website Builder Application

November 19th, 2010 Comments off

RVSitebuilder is an user friendly application developed to build websites. This website building tool is a convenient and useful software application for all cPanel users and resellers. Being an experienced graphic designer is not at all important to utilize the software. There is no necessity to be acquainted with pre-designed templates or how to customize an already created one. In their effort to build a user community all around the world, the software tool is accessible in many languages. Another great feature is the fact you can use RVSitebuilder with cPanel and not just RvSkin.

If you are using a cPanel reseller program, you become entitled to using RVSitebuilder for free. This strong advantage can be used as leverage with future customers, but is also a perfect compliment to personal, individual website creations. Its time to forget the complicated, expensive designs and get acquainted to easy to use applications. Your reseller business just gets easier because this has been integrated with a free domain reseller account, free billing tools and software, and script installation tools.

RVSitebuilder will build a personal, customized website in only minutes skipping the complications and expenses. Start with a pre-designed template and build on by adding the ready-made features. Customize and change features as time allows. Adding gadgets and features is not at all a time consuming tack with RVSitebuilder.

The guiding tool walks you through the entire process step by step with a navigator. Start your website with a business or company name and website title. Next, you have the option of uploading your personal logo. Also, guidance is available through template choices, page structure management, and adding extra components, services, and gadgets. Preview feature lets you preview your website before publishing it.

You can choose from many templates that are already available suiting your requirements, or you could upload your own unique template to make sure no other user can claim your design. Creation of blogs, guestbooks, newsletters and photo albums is quite easy with RVSitebuilder.

Simple Description of VPN (Virtual Private Network)

November 18th, 2010 Comments off

Business environment around the globe has changed a lot within a considerate time frame. The growth of companies or businesses has not limited itself to local, regional or national level but has reached the extreme heights by going global. Many companies have subsidiaries all around the globe concluding human resources working at these facilities. Scalability of the existing business was a great concern for many business managements, companies were dealing stagnant or no growth issues.

Technological advancement has catered to all the issues faced by companies to operate and manage operations smoothly anywhere around the globe. This technological advancement has brought in the use of leased lines to maintain a Wide Area Network (WAN), these leased lines provided a company a platform to expand its private network beyond its local or regional reach. A WAN has its obvious advantages over a public network like the Internet in regards to reliability, performance and security. But on the counter part the maintenance of a WAN particularly when using a leased line, can become quite expensive and more often the cost rises as the distance between the offices increases.

As Internet started becoming more and more popular, business owners turned to it as a means of extending their own networks. This began with the use of Intranet, which is a password protected site designed for use only by company employees. Advancing further, now companies are creating their own VPN (Virtual Private Network) to cater to the needs of remote employees and distant offices. It has prominent use for large corporate houses with multiple working locations and for companies providing web hosting services with multiple support facilities. VPN can be used for different kinds of servers like Dedicated servers, Virtual Private Servers with Shared server hosting being an exception.

VPN is a private network that uses a public network (Internet) to connect remote sites and user together. Instead of using a dedicated, real-world connection such as leased line, a VPN uses “virtual” connections routed through the Internet from the company’s private network to the remote site or employee. It aims to avoid an expensive system of owned or leased lines that can be used by only one organization. Secure VPNs use cryptographic tunneling protocols to provide confidentiality by blocking intercepts and packet sniffing, allowing sender authentication to block identity spoofing, and provide message integrity by preventing message alteration.

Advantages of Softaculous over Fantastico

November 18th, 2010 Comments off

These days lot of discussions are going on superiority of ‘Softaculous over Fantastico. As Softaculous covers more recent updates it is more favorite of not only the webmasters as a consumers but also of many web hosting companies as providers. As Softaculous has 150 scripts which are dehighlighting the Fantastico which has near about 50 only.

I would like to share some important features of ‘Softaculous’ which keeps it much ahead in the race with ‘Fantastico’

  • Has much more scripts than Fantastico
  • More User friendly than Fantastico
  • Less time consuming Installation
  • Ability to Import scripts which are already manually installed
  • Ability to install Javascript Libraries
  • Ratings from the users who already have used by others are viewable.
  • Ability to take backup of applications
  • Overwrite option for already existing files.

As a statement from Softaculous, they will keep on adding more software applications into their catalog. Currently shared hosting owners are redirecting to Softaculous on a very large scale.

Hyper-V VPS Hosting

November 4th, 2010 Comments off

Hyper-V is a component of the Windows Server 2008 operating system and is used by web hosting providers to offer Windows Server 2008 VPS server hosting services. In the web hosting industry, Hyper-V’s predecessor was Virtuozzo, which was used widely on Windows Server 2003 servers to offer reliable Windows Server 2003 VPS server hosting services; however, Virtuozzo hasn’t quite caught up yet and is unable to support Windows Server 2008 virtual machines at this moment in time. Hyper-V is a popular choice amongst web hosting providers because it comes as part of the Windows Server 2008 operating system meaning that they don’t have to pay extra for any other applications to create virtual machines. Hyper-V helps to keep the cost of Windows VPS hosting down when it is already an expensive form of web hosting when compared to Linux VPS hosting; Windows is a commercial operating system whereas Linux is an open source operating system, meaning that you have to pay for a Windows operating system license whereas Linux distributions are free to use. As Hyper-V is relatively new on the scene, web hosting companies are still adapting to using it meaning that there is a lack of control panel when purchasing Hyper-V hosting from some web hosting companies; however, there are third-party solutions such as DotNetPanel available to fulfill this purpose.

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Windows Server Hosting

November 4th, 2010 Comments off

A Windows VPS server or Windows dedicated server will provide you with a dedicated Windows web hosting environment capable of supporting the standard features that you would expect from a Windows web hosting service, as well as the additional benefits that come with using dedicated web hosting. When choosing a Windows server you will want to consider your requirements specifically so that you can choose a server that can provide you with the resources that you need; Windows servers are available with varying specifications, with low specification servers being the cheapest whilst a high end Windows server is going to cost you more. Although Windows server hosting is going to be slightly more expensive than a Linux server, it is important to remember that you are only probably considering Windows server hosting because you have a specific need for the Windows operating system. Microsoft produces a number of enterprise-level applications that are used by businesses to power their internal infrastructures and website backends; because Windows is usually the only operation system that these applications will run on, there is always going to be a distinct need for Windows web hosting services amongst larger businesses, although individuals are always open to using Windows web hosting.

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Linux Server Hosting

November 4th, 2010 Comments off

A Linux server will be a cheaper option than a Windows server and can provide you with greater flexibility if you are looking to make more use of open source applications with your servers. As most Windows applications are commercial, you have to pay for a license to use them; on the other hand a majority of Linux applications have followed suit of the operating system and are also open source meaning that not only are they free to use, but their source code is also freely available to modify and recompile as you wish. Linux is seen as a better option for smaller businesses because the cost-free approach of most Linux distributions means that businesses don’t have to invest so much into their web hosting services and can spend the extra money more appropriately around the business and an help to increase output and profits. A Linux server will be able to provide you with an environment that is capable of hosting a website and email services using various technologies; one of the most popular applications for use on a Linux server is Apache, which is currently the most popular web server application in use on the internet by a long shot.

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