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Plesk Web APP Now Available for Free
Hosting And Designs L.LC. is pleased to announce Plesk Web APP by Odin is now included with all hosting services which includes dedicated servers and Virtual Private Server packages. Web based control panels make administering a server or VPS much more user friendly and less time consuming with an attractive, easy to use Graphical User Interface. Hosting And Designs L.L.C. does not believe these essential hosting features should come at an added cost and is now available free of charge for any hosting clients that need this feature.
Included with the Plesk Web APP comes a plethora of features from basic to advanced administrative features, security and database management. The Web APP version can easily be upgraded to the Web HOST edition which provides support for multiple client and reseller management for web hosting providers. All versions however come with basic essential security by Atomicorp and CloudFlare as well as outbound anti-spam monitoring. More advanced security features provided by the same previously mentioned services are also easily upgradeable.
As web based control panels become ever more popular and an important tool for server management, Hosting And Designs L.L.C. has chosen to provide the Plesk “Web Business Builder” for it’s excellent feature list, great value and ease of use. As many users will be more than content with the features available in the APP edition, there are upgradeable options, should the user need something more specific to their particular needs, such as for the shared hosting market.
New Lower SSL Offerings
Secure Socket Layer certificates can be an important part of security for any website but is often a feature that is reluctantly purchased due to the expense involved. Not only can the price be steep for some, but SSL certificates need to be renewed each year adding to the total cost each time it is renewed.
Fortunately there have been solutions to this problem and one such provider is called RapidSSL who offer SSL for only $49 per year. Even though more expensive SSL certificates are more popular and promoted more frequently, the argument can be made that this is simply due to the higher profit margins that are involved and businesses wanting to maximize consumer trust. Even though higher cost SSL certificates do provide more security than RapidSSL, what is most important is that at least some sort of SSL is enabled on a website that is verified by a third-party.
RapidSSL offers SSL certificates at a much lower price than competitors and can be issued within minutes and even come with a $10,000 warranty. RapidSSL does also offer Wildcard SSL which is popular among web hosting providers to provide to their clients or to other online business that require several basic SSL certificates at the subdomain level.
As all the other SSL certificate providers do, a “site seal” is provided as part of the certificate purchase which can be used to display on a website as proof of a verified SSL and verified security. Available recurring periods are on an annual basis which is from one year to three maximum. Unlimited licenses can be purchased per dedicated server for any TLD’s. As with many SaaS security offerings it is mobile friendly and has a 99% browser compatibility which is an industry standard which is at the same level as the (much) more expensive SSL certificate providers.
Acquiring an SSL certificate provides trust to the visitor with “https://” in the URL, a closed padlock icon and a trust mark or site seal. Consumer trust and security with user credentials should always be a priority for any ecommerce site.
New WordPress Design Services
WordPress is one of the most popular content management software tools available on the Internet today. It’s ease of use and plethora of plug-ins make it an attractive option for many online businesses who want to get their business online. With the addition of many web designers available offering customized WordPress themes and designs, there is a customized WordPress design available for any type of business and without requiring web designing skills or programming knowledge.
Hosting And Designs L.L.C. has chosen to offer Elegentthemes.com’s designs due to their eye candy looking designs and plug-ins which customize the WordPress designs even further. The user friendliness of each design and the inclusion of their “epanel” makes web designing a snap as well as looking professional and easy to navigate.
Clients can choose to install these designs themselves or have them installed, configured and designed by Hosting And Designs L.L.C. for a small one time fee.
Either way it is an easy and very affordable solution for website owners as long as WordPress updates and security updates are adhered to and taken care of promptly. ithemes security is also provided as a free value added service with any WordPress hosting account.
The several plug-ins available include a social sharing feature called Monarch that hovers out of the way on any page but is clearly noticeable and helps substantially in increasing social likes and shares.
A drag-and-drop page editor; Elegant Page Builder that makes page creating, layouts and editing a snap with advanced features.
Maintenance mode plugin which creates a “coming soon” notice on the front page of any website under development.
There is even a plug-in for those designs that are not mobile friendly making them responsive to changing screen resolutions and screen sizes. WordPress makes website design accessible to everyone and customization is a snap, especially with drag-and-drop editing.
E-Commerce sites also have a few options available to them such as WooCommerce, Shopify and several others that are less well known and can enable credit card processing.
Please go here for more information: https://www.hostinganddesigns.com/HD/…sign-services/
New Lowered Pricing on all 1Gbps Unmetered Dedicated Servers
On some 1Gbps unmetered dedicated servers, pricing has dropped or the server configurations have been upgraded for the same original price. As hardware pricing continues to drop and Hosting And Designs L.L.C. has more buying power on traffic requirements they are able to take advantage of lower pricing and passing on the savings to future clients.
Hosting And Designs L.L.C. remains competitive in offering an assortment of different server configurations and unmetered traffic options as well as custom server configurations without any long term contracts or setup costs. All 1Gbps unmetered traffic servers can be assured of high traffic reliability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On some dedicated servers, SATA hard drives can also be exchanged for SSD drives (usually 128GB SSD) at no additional cost if clients also require the increased speed that SSD technology provides.
Support regarding hardware, software and network is handled by Hosting And Designs L.L.C. and provided at no additional cost.
1Gbps unmetered servers are ideal for streaming services and/or download intensive services. There are no surprise traffic charges at the end of the month and servers are capable of 1Gbps burst speeds 24/7 with 500Mbps sustained speeds at all times.
For more information and details please go here: https://www.hostinganddesigns.com/HD/dedicated-servers/100tb-traffic-dedicated-servers-1gbps-port/
New Virtual Private Servers Released
Many clients looking for web hosting do not need a dedicated server but need a hosting plan more powerful than a shared hosting account. Since resources are monitored carefully on each VPS hosting account, many of the larger VPS accounts perform as well as a low-end dedicated server and at a much lower cost.
Currently as of this press release; VPS plans can have up to 4GB RAM, 250 GB’s of space and 4Ghz of CPU processing power. Also worth noting is that memory usage on average for dedicated servers that are setup and configured for VPS accounts averages at about only 31% on a daily basis. This way all clients are not hampered by an overcrowded VPS server which is unfortunately all too common in the very crowded VPS market.
Migrating in future is still possible with the assistance of HostingAndDesigns.com’s technical support from a VPS account to a dedicated server. Offering clients the option of utilizing a fast performing VPS account with an abundance of resources also helps keeps a client within their budget. There is also a less steep learning curve for clients upgrading from a shared hosting account to a VPS account as many features will seem familiar, especially if using the very popular web based control panel; Cpanel.
All VPS plans, large and small come with the popular VPS management software from SolusVM running on OpenVZ for virtualization with CentOS 6.x 64Bit as the Operating System. Hosting And Designs L.L.C. is known for their award winning support which is included for all VPS plans. They offer as much support the client needs for beginners to more experienced hosting clients.
Included with their VPS hosting plans are free WordPress designs and even installation, setup and design work for an additional one time fee. Design work starts at $69 for a 10 page design.
Please go here for more information: https://www.hostinganddesigns.com/HD/vps-hosting/
Increased Backup Space
Hosting And Designs L.L.C. has just increased off-server backup space for all current and new dedicated server clients from 10GB’s to 50GB’s. HostingAndDesigns.com believes in backups for all clients and assist with as much or as little as clients require. Making sure backups are carried out on a regular basis, either be it on a daily, weekly or monthly basis is easy to do but is unfortunately a rare service many providers do not offer to their clients.
Automated backups can be easy to schedule via web based control panels and clients are free to use backup space as often as they need for their needs. Realizing how important data is after a loss of data happens too frequently. Hosting And Designs L.L.C. hopes to prevent that scenario as much as possible. If data isn’t worth backing up, it isn’t that important, unless it’s discovered after a loss that a backup could have prevented prolonged delays in data restoration or realizing that all data can’t be recovered from alternate sources as hoped.
Having backups in two different physical locations helps enforce an atmosphere of data redundancy. RAID systems are automated backups however, a compromised server or data breach doesn’t prevent this while a second level of security with off-server backups that are password protected ads an additional layer of data protection.
Hard drive failures can also occur resulting in possible data loss if the drive has completely failed. Simply restoring data from an off-server backup can minimize the damage this can cause an online business.
All data backup services are provided free of charge to all Hosting And Designs L.L.C. customers.
New Intel Xeon L5630 Dell PowerEdge servers.
Hosting And Designs L.L.C. is announcing it’s latest offering of Dell PowerEdge dedicated servers today. They are Intel Xeon L5630 CPU’s in a dual CPU configuration with 16GB’s of RAM and 1TB hard drives as the base configuration. Hosting And Designs chose this particular CPU since they are low in power consumption (40 watts per CPU) and still offer considerable processing power for a variety of uses on a dedicated server ranging from database processing, web hosting, backups and game servers.
The Intel Xeon L5630 has 4 cores, 8 threads, 12MB of Smart Cache and a clock speed of 2.13Ghz with a Max Turbo Frequency of up to 2.4Ghz. This CPU also includes some of Intel’s newest technology such as Virtualization, Hyper Threading and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology and is still under “Launched” status with Intel.
Hosting And Designs L.L.C. believes in offering high quality components and server hardware in most of their server configurations as opposed to regular consumer grade hardware. This is why they have again, chosen to purchase Dell brand dedicated servers since according to their experience with Dell, they have proven to be very reliable and well assembled.
These servers also come equipped with an IPMI port for “out of band” access when the server may become inaccessible via regular remote connections and administrative procedures. This feature can simply be setup per request via a dedicated Cisco switch for IPMI connections that are kept separate from regular data center traffic for security and to lower any possible congestion from regular server traffic during such administrative tasks.
These servers have been tested with CentOS 6.x and Windows 2008/20012 and have proven to run without issues. They also work very well in a virtualized environment with OpenVZ and SolusVM. Other Operating Systems have not yet been tested as of this press release.
These new Intel Xeon L5630 2.13Ghz Quad Core dedicated servers are now available for lease starting at $129.00 per month at the time of this press release available here: https://www.hostinganddesigns.com/HD/dedicated-servers/
Free iThemes WordPress Security Pro Available
Hosting And Designs L.L.C. is pleased to announce free WordPress security at no extra cost to their clients as part of their effort to enhance security and minimize exploits. iThemes Security Pro for WordPress provides solid security at the same user friendliness users have come to expect from WordPress. WordPress updates still need to be carried out however, but simple updates alone are not enough for a solid security solution for WordPress users.
Security costs alone can be a small hurdle to deal with, but a big enough factor for many that prevents security for several website owners, so Hosting And Designs L.L.C. has taken the leap forward in providing free WordPress security for all clients running WordPress which is an $80 value.
WordPress has continued to gain in popularity due to it’s user friendliness and many customization options. A concern for more experienced hosting providers and webmasters has been with WordPress security. Too many out-dated plugins, themes and alterations to the code has resulted in several exploits and vulnerabilities raising warning signs that WordPress can be insecure.
According to a report from Software Advice, 66% of businesses are afraid that they could become victims of cybercrime.
WordPress powers about 23% of the internet according to w3techs.com and that number is most likely steadily rising. In house provided security simply is not enough. Third-party security scanning offers confirmation of security scanning, defending against malicious attacks and strong security habits for all WordPress users confirmed by an outside service. Along with Sitelock and Total Security Packages, Hosting And Designs L.L.C. hopes to provide strong security for all customers at zero or minimal one-time costs.
Part of Hosting And Designs L.L.C.’s value added managed services are security and backups at no additional cost to any VPS or dedicated server client.
Security need not be expensive, difficult to implement or maintain.
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Hosting And Designs L.L.C. Announces Unmetered Traffic Servers
Hosting And Designs L.L.C. – a low cost dedicated server provider with DDoS protection, announced today the availability of unmetered traffic servers for their dedicated server line on April 10th. These dedicated servers will be on a 1Gbps port which is currently available on certain server configurations. Other dedicated server configurations are possible on a per request basis and if hardware is available and in stock. Hosting And Designs L.L.C. is offering these 100TB dedicated servers as the growing need for large amounts of traffic is on the rise and clients do not want to be concerned with unexpected traffic charges at the end of each month. This way clients can focus on their own day to day operations and run their server as they need with all the traffic they require.
Regardless if the client goes over the 100TB of allotted monthly traffic there will not be any extra traffic charges on the account.
These unmetered dedicated servers are located on the East coast of USA in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. The Data Center is over 30,000 sq. ft. with over 50,000 sq. ft. for expansion space available in the near future and will be SSAE 16 compliant. They are using a fiber optic network which means 1G, 10G, 40G & 100G multi-circuits running over leased fiber directly connected to New York City and New Jersey carriers. By doing this they can offer high quality traffic/bandwidth while operating in a less costly Dunmore PA region, thus providing competitive pricing without sacrificing bandwidth and traffic speeds or quality.
There will initially be two dedicated server offerings each with 100TB monthly traffic with the cheapest server configuration an Intel Xeon 3050 E6500 2.1Ghz DC for $169 per month and the faster Intel Core i5 750 QC 2.6Ghz for $199 per month. These servers are upgraded to a 1Gbps port instead of the standard 100Mbps ports on regular servers and come with 10GB backups and basic Cisco DDoS Guard protection at the network level and full root access.
Dedicated servers with lower specs are available on the unmetered line but is usually not recommended because a true unmetered server provider will need to setup servers that have enough CPU horsepower and RAM to handle the large amounts of traffic coming in and out of the server. These unmetered dedicated servers still come with 24/7 unlimited technical support and many value added services.
New SSL Certificates Available
We are now able to provide SSL certificates for any dedicated server or VPS customers. These will be available via GeoTrust and are offering most of their SSL certificates from the QuickSSL kind to the more expensive TrueBusinessID with Extended Validation. (TrueBusinessID is not necessary for all customers and may be more than is required depending on what the server is being used for.) The following prices and options are available from Hosting And Designs L.L.C. at this time:
GeoTrust SSL Certificates
- QuickSSL – $99
- TrueBusinessID – $149
- TrueBusinessID with EV – $199
We provide support for SSL installations. Please note however, that TrueBusinessID with EV involves a longer process with paperwork involved. Hosting And Designs L.L.C. will only be able to assist with the technical installation of these SSL certificates. Please contact us for more information and to order.
Please visit Geotrust.com for more information regarding their services.
Hosting And Designs L.L.C receives 2013 Oregon Excellence Award
Hosting And Designs L.L.C has been selected for the 2013 Oregon Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Institute for Excellence in Commerce
Each year the USIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that Oregon is renowned for.
Hosting And Designs L.L.C has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USIEC marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.
As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of Oregon.
The USIEC is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.
Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices.
New Dell PowerEdge Dual Core Servers
Hosting And Designs L.L.C. is announcing a new line of dual core dedicated servers from Dell. They have just been made available for lease on their site and come with a 3Ghz dual core processor, 8 GB’s of RAM and a 1TB SATA hard drive. The usual upgrades and add-ons are available with these servers as well as many Operating Systems such as CentOS 6.x and Microsoft Windows and software licenses including Cpanel for Linux and Unix OS’s and Plesk for Microsoft Windows OS’s.
There is still an ever increasing demand for mid range server configurations for server administrators who have a tight budget but still require fast performance and a good amount of monthly traffic along with the standard unlimited 24/7 technical support provided by Hosting And Designs L.L.C. Monthly server prices start at under $89.00 and free remote reboot ports are provided to those clients who request such a feature. All dedicated servers come with free 10GB backups and can be upgraded if need be for a small additional monthly cost.
The new Dell PowerEdge dual core servers are located in a data center in Dunmore, Pennsylvania and are also on the same APS400 certified network that provides a 99.99% uptime guarantee and backup power as all their other dedicated servers.
Hosting And Designs L.L.C. is currently offering free security services with these dual core servers from SiteLock as HostingAndDesigns.com is a strong supporter of backups and security for all their servers for their clients.
Hosting And Designs L.L.C. has been in business since 2002 and provides low cost dedicated server solutions with several value added services at an APS400 certified datacenter.