Host1 partners with Cloudflare

september 11th, 2014

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 Host1! 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 Host1 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 analyze 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 Host1, we make the process of setting up CloudFlare «1 click easy» through your existing cPanel dashboard. 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 Host1 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. If you’re looking for a faster, safer website, you’ve got a good start with Host1, but the next step is to join the CloudFlare community.

Payments via bitcoin a huge success!

april 1st, 2014

Bitcoin

The 3rd of October 2013 Host1 started accepting payments in Bitcoin via Bitpay.
This allows us to securely accept Bitcoin and automatically have it converted to EUR which is paid out to our bank account.
Since then we have seen a steady stream of orders being paid entirely via Bitcoin. This was a experiment to see if there was any interest amongst our clients in paying for their hosting needs in Bitcoin.
So far in 2014 we have seen a huge increase in the total amount paid with Bitcoin, the total is now already over 6 figures this year.

The combination of hosting based in Norway (with fairly good privacy laws) and the possibility to pay with Bitcoin seems to be a good one, and we are looking forward to welcoming even more clients from all over the world who wish to take advantage of our services, high level of privacy and the possibility to pay in Bitcoin.

Maintenance shared hosting servers Thursday 27.03.2014 from 00:00 CET

mars 25th, 2014

We will perform maintenance on our shared hosting servers from midnight Thursday 27.03.2014. During this maintenance there might be short interruptions on the service while we are upgrading the servers. Contact if you have any questions regarding this maintenance.

Maintenance shared hosting server Thursday 20.03.2014 from 00:00 CET

mars 18th, 2014

Notice to all our shared hosting clients: We will perform maintenance on all our shared hosting servers from midnight Thursday 20.03.2014. The maintenance will last for 6 hours and while we do not expect any downtime related to the maintenance there might be some short interruptions in service while we perform some upgrades. Please contact support if you have any questions related to the maintenance: https://host1.no/client/submitticket.php?step=2&deptid=2

Videotutorials.

november 18th, 2013

Notice to all our clients:

You can view videotutorials for cPanel, Fantastico, Softacalous, FTP and Email here: https://host1.no/client/knowledgebase/17/Videotutorials

You can now pay with Bitcoins on Host1.no

oktober 3rd, 2013

Host1 has now started to accept Bitcoins as a payment-option. All of our clients will now have the option to pay through «Bit-pay» when paying invoices. If you choose to pay with Bit-pay the amount on the invoice will still be shown in NOK, but will be paid with Bitcoin through Bit-pay.

When you choose to pay with Bit-pay you will be sent to a external site (Bit-pay) where you will receive a unique bitcoin-address which can be used to pay the invoice.

Example of a transaction through Bit-pay:

Bit-pay

Du kan nå betale med Bitcoins på host1.no

september 17th, 2013

Host1 har fra og med i dag begynt å akseptere Bitcoins som betalingsmetode. Alle våre kunder vil nå få opp «Bit-pay» som et ekstra valg når fakturaer skal betales. Velger du å betale med Bit-pay vil summen på fakturaen fremdeles oppgis i NOK, men betales i Bitcoins.

Når du velger å betale med Bit-pay vil du videresendes til en ekstern nettside hvor du får en adresse du kan bruke til å betale fakturaen.

Eksempel på betalingsside:

Bit-pay

Incident report for outages 16th of April to 18th of April 2013.

april 23rd, 2013

Included is the full incident report for network problems and outages
from 16th to 18th of april.

OUTAGE/PROBLEM START 2013-04-16 00:20
OUTAGE/PROBLEM END 2013-04-18 20:00

PROBLEM
A core router at our network provider in Digiplex, Oslo suffered a
hardware fault. The fault forced the router to reboot every 5 minutes,
after successfully building neighborships with the network. Thus
resulting in accepting traffic, forwarding some traffic and then
rebooting while the rest of the network «thought» it was still
forwarding traffic, thus forcing some traffic to be dropped.

IMPACT
Our redundant network suffered some short drops in network due to the
problems with the core router at the network provider while the provider
replaced core equipment.

SOLUTION
Hardware and software were replaced, and traffic was re-routed through
other paths in the network. There has also been made some changes in the
infrastructure to ensure higher uptime in case of a new outage on the
core router.

In addition to this we have been ensured that steps are being taken to
improve the resiliency of the network, upgrades will be implemented the
next week.

Tofaktor-autentifisering tilgjengelig i kundepanelet.

april 21st, 2013

Det er mange vanlige årsaker til at det i dag er mye enklere enn du tror å stjele passordet ditt for så å bryte seg inn på dine forskjellige kontoer. Følgende punkter er noen av disse:

  • Bruk av samme passord på mer enn ett nettsted
  • Nedlasting av skadelig programvare fra Internett
  • Klikking på koblinger i uønskede e-poster

 

Fra og med i dag er det mulighet for å skru på tofaktor-autentisering på kontoer i Host1 sitt kundepanel. Dette gir deg et ekstra lag med sikkerhet ved å kreve engangskoder ved innlogging. Tofaktor autentifisering kan hjelpe deg med holde kontoen din trygg for uønskede individer, selv når de eventuelt har passordet ditt.

Du kan skru på tofaktor-autentifisering her: https://host1.no/client/clientarea.php?action=changesq

Trykk så at du ønsker å aktivere tofaktotor-autentifisering, last deretter ned appen «Google Authenticator» til din Android/iOS/Windows Phone telefon. (Appen ligger i de respektive app stores/appbutikker.) Følg så de videre oppgitte instruksene.

Merk at det kan være lurt å skrive ned backup-koden du får oppgitt i kundepanelet. Dette er i tilfelle du skulle miste enheten du har aktivert tofaktor-autentifisiering med.

Vi anbefaler av overnevnte sikkerhetsmessige årsaker at dette benyttes.

Nytt system for driftsmeldinger.

februar 20th, 2013

Dette har blitt sendt i mail til alle våre kunder.

Host1 vil gjerne informere om at vi har gjort om på vårt system for driftsmeldinger. For å sikre at våre kunder alltid har tilgang til oppdaterte driftsmeldinger har vi nå opprettet en dedikert twitter-konto som vi vil bruke til å informere våre kunder om eventuelle problemer med våre tjenester. Vi benytter oss av twitter og ekstern hosting til dette for å sikre at alle våre kunder alltid vil ha tilgang til oppdaterte driftsmeldinger uavhengig av status på våre tjenester.

Iløpet av 1-2 uker vil http://www.serverstatus.no inneholde en webside som henter oppdaterte driftsmeldinger fra twitter for å presentere dette på en mer oversiktlig måte, i mellomtiden redirecter domenet til twitter-kontoen http://twitter.com/h1status . Anbefaler at alle kunder som bruker twitter følger denne twitter-kontoen for å få oppdaterte driftsmeldinger.

Ta kontakt med support@host1.no hvis du har spørsmål rundt denne tjenesten.

Mvh
Host1.no

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English version:

Host1 wants to inform you that we have done some changes to the system we use to inform you about the status of our services. We have created a twitter-account to ensure that our clients always have access to the latest updates about the status of Host1’s services. We will use this and external hosting to ensure that we are able to provide you with updated information regardless of the status of our services.

In 1-2 weeks we will have a website ready on http://www.serverstatus.no that will fetch the latest updates from the twitter-account, in the meantime this site will redirect to http://twitter.com/h1status . We recommend that all our clients that use twitter follows this account to get the latest updates.

Please contact support@host1.no if you have any questions regarding this service.

Regards,
Host1.no