WordPress Hosting with GreenGeeks

WordPress is by far the most popular content management system we host here at GreenGeeks. I had the pleasure of sitting down with our System Adminstrator Karl Davids today to go over what makes GreenGeeks the perfect WordPress hosting provider.

Q:  So Karl, What do you do here at GreenGeeks?

A: I am one of the senior systems administrator’s and work to ensure that our entire server fleet are online 24×7 and performing their best. One of my jobs is to ensure our servers work flawlessly with WordPress. Customers will see me around the support desk on occasion as I do quality assurance checks to ensure customers have the best technical experience.

Q: Why is WordPress so important to the hosting industry?

A: WordPress is important to the industry and GreenGeeks for many reasons. It has completely revolutionized the website building process in allowing everyday computer users to create beautiful and useful sites in just a few clicks. WordPress is great because if you want it to be simple, it can make you a great site very fast. But if you want to make something more complex, or create an e-commerce site with a plugin like Cashie Commerce, it can do that for you really well. Continue reading “WordPress Hosting with GreenGeeks”

Get $75 free AdLeads Credits!

Hey everyone, how about $75 in free AdLeads credits? Exclusively for GreenGeeks customers!

As the newest GreenGeeks partner, we’re excited to take a moment here to introduce AdLeads by Pontiflex.  Since their launch in 2008, Pontiflex has been pioneering the art of performance-based advertising on both web and mobile. Rather than sell accidental clicks or meaningless impressions, they believe in something far more valuable called sign-up ads.

Hmmm…What ‘s a sign-up ad?

A sign-up ad allows a customer to sign-up, or opt-in, to hear more from an interesting business. We’ve arranged a special deal currently offering GreenGeeks customers $75 in free ad credits. Within minutes, AdLeads help you create a campaign that’ll run across top Android and iPhone apps. When users are interested in your offer, be it a coupon or a newsletter, they sign-up… allowing you to follow-up via email, whenever it’s convenient.

Email is an essential element in all marketing mixes, and AdLeads provides the most affordable and efficient way to grow your lists; companies ranging from Southwest Airlines and Ikea  to cafes and online clothing shops rely on them to generate more than 150,000 sign-ups every day, due to one big reason: emails drive sales.

Great! So how do I get my AdLeads $75 FREE ad credits?

  1. Signup for a web hosting account if you haven’t already done so 🙂
  2. Log into the account manager.
  3. Click on the promotional offers link on the navigation bar.
  4. Under Marketing and Promotions, click on AdLeads and follow on-screen instructions.

Just another perk that comes with hosting at GreenGeeks. Enjoy the credits and happy marketing!

Start Selling Products Now With Cashie Commerce

This summer is all about bringing value added partnerships to your hosting experience with us. We work hard to obtain partnerships and products at significant discounts to you. Our latest addition, Cashie Commerce, is a really exciting product for many reasons. Many of our customers use the extremely popular content management system, WordPress. Cashie Commerce allows you to start selling on your website or blog today integrated with PayPal. With Cashie Commerce, you can create a professional and secure shopping experience that’s customized to your site. And because PayPal has more than 100 million users around the globe, your customers are likely to know and trust the PayPal brand — and can feel more confident about buying from your site.

I don’t have a wordpress site, but I want to sell products with Cashie Commerce. How do I get started?

Getting started with Cashie Commerce is easy and free. If you do not currently have a WordPress site, Simply log into your Account Manager with GreenGeeks and click the cPanel Login button. Remember, the Account Manager is your simple and easy way to access your control panel, submit support tickets, and more. Under the Software and Services heading click Softaculous.  In softaculous, click on e-commerce on the left hand side and select Cashie Commerce.

For complete details on getting started with Cashie Commerce to sell products on your existing or new WordPress site, please click here. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Move from MobileMe to GreenGeeks

If you’re using Apple’s MobileMe service, you may know that as part of their migration to iCloud some features such as iDisk files, Gallery photos, and iWeb hosted websites will be taken down by June 30, 2012.

Don’t worry though! You can still use iWeb and the change doesn’t mean you will lose your iWeb websites. You will have to relocate your website files onto a new web hosting server and everything will work just fine. This is where GreenGeeks comes to the rescue!

Transferring your iWeb website to GreenGeeks is effortless, but we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to do just that. Just follow along and you’ll be running your iWeb website on GreenGeeks in no time at all. Continue reading “Move from MobileMe to GreenGeeks”

Protect Your Site with SiteLock

We have been working hard over the past few months to bring our customers new partnerships with software that compliments our hosting well. We only partner with people we strongly believe provide the same level of customer service that we do. One of our latest partners is a service called SiteLock. Security has always been our top priority here at GreenGeeks, and we do everything in our power to provide top server security to our customers. SiteLock adds an additional layer of security to your site that is unparalleled by any other service.

As soon as I heard about this service, I had to try it our for myself. I loaded it on to one of my sites hosted by us. Signup was a breeze and I was all set in under 3 minutes. With my GreenGeeks membership, I received almost an 80% discount on the service, what a great deal! The service will begin in minutes and will do a complete 360 scan of your site. It checks for things like: Continue reading “Protect Your Site with SiteLock”

Servers now available in Phoenix

GreenGeeks is expanding. Since inception, we’ve been provisioning servers for our US-based services at our Chicago data center. As of today, we’ve added a second location and are now provisioning servers in Phoenix, Arizona!

The new data center is fully automated so we’re able to provide the same seamless service to you. To view details about our data centers, please visit our data center & servers page. Customers will be provisioned both in our Chicago and Phoenix data centers depending on availability.

If you want to run a test on the network that we have there, here’s the test IP: 108.178.56.206

 

PHP 5.3 Server Updates

About a month ago, we wrote an article about some changes that were being made to the PHP versions across our fleet of servers. We have made some changes to the procedure for using either PHP 5.2 or 5.3. Over the past few weeks, we have been making changes to our servers in order to make 5.3 the default PHP version for new customers. For our existing customers, you are being notified via email when this change is made on the server you are on. If you are currently using PHP 5.2, we are adding the following line to your htaccess to make sure that continues to happen:

AddHandler php5_2-wrap .php

For those now wanting to use PHP 5.3, you may simply remove that line from your htaccess file. For those currently using the 5.3 handler, there is nothing for you to do and PHP 5.3 will continue to be your PHP version.

Rest assured that your desired PHP version will remain the same, and only those who want to upgrade to PHP 5.3 will need to make the change to their htaccess file. We expect all of our servers to be using this system by the middle of June. If you have any questions about these changes, we are always here to help. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Backup your data before it’s too late!

Security and backup for your website has always been a big deal for us here at GreenGeeks and we put a great amount of energy to ensure your website data is secure and backed up… we run on the principle of being safe than sorry — so as far as your website is concerned, you’re covered.

But what about the files on your PC? With technology being a big part of our lives, you run the risk of losing everything just by clicking the wrong link in your e-mail! Regular PC backups are important and you shouldn’t neglect it.

We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with ZipCloud to offer GreenGeeks customers a FREE automated backup trial and unlimited storage space for your personal files from ZipCloud.

What are the risks of not regularly backing up your PC?

Without backing up your data regularly, you run the risk of losing valuable documents, music, videos, pictures, years of memories due to corruption by viruses, malware, hard drive failure or human error. Here are some quick facts to prove it:

  • Hard Drives fail 15 times more than manufacturers estimates.
  • 46% of users lose their data due to drive failure every year.
  • 50% of all hard drives fail within 5 years from purchase.
  • 1/3 of IT pro’s believe that data loss may lead to bankruptcy.
  • 70% of small businesses consider just 1 data loss event risky.
  • 50% of them have already experienced data loss to some degree.

Get Free Automated PC Backup in the Cloud Now!

The best way to prevent a disaster is to be pro-active, not re-active. Don’t wait until all your data is gone before you start thinking about backing up your precious data. ZipCloud is the easiest way to keep your files safe and secure. It will automatically backup all of your computer files to the cloud, your data will be safely stored and you can access it anytime from any device in the world simply by logging into the ZipCloud control panel. Sign up now and protect your data!

  • 100% Automated Backup of your files
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Encrypted & Secure Backup
  • Access Files from Anywhere in the World
  • FREE Trial for GreenGeeks customers.

PHP 5.3 & PHP 5.2 On All Servers

Please see our post here for the new information on how to choose between the two PHP versions.

We’ve been working hard over the past few months to introduce a new feature that is pretty exciting for us. Keeping our servers up to date with the most variety of software has always been important to our team. We have been developing a way for our customers to choose between PHP 5.2 and 5.3 for those who need the latest version. After rigorous testing, you now have the ability to run PHP 5.3 on your hosting account. In order to do this, simply add the following line to the .htaccess file within your account at (/public_html/.htaccess):

AddHandler php5_3-wrap .php

That’s all there is to it! Your hosting account will now be utilizing PHP 5.3. We are always looking for new ways to improve your experience with us so as always, if you have any questions about this or would like to suggest new things to us, simply contact us.

Have a great week!

Mark

Introducing One Click Google Apps

Hello Everyone,

We’re always looking for ways to improve your hosting experience with us. One request I seem to get quite often is to help a customer to switch their mail servers over to Google Apps. Google has a very robust mail and application service that is used by millions throughout the world. Many of our customers have chosen to direct their mail to Google, and we want to make doing this as simple as possible.

You will notice a new icon in your cPanel called “Google Apps Wizard”. Clicking on this icon will allow you to setup your email for Google Apps by doing all the settings changes for you. Simply select which domain you want to setup, and our tool will do the rest. This eliminates the more complicated process of manually setting up your MX records.

We want to hear about any features you think we should introduce. Feel free to write a comment on this post, or contact support with any suggestions you may have.

Have a great week!

Mark