GreenGeeks launches new eco-friendly initiative

A few weeks ago,  we announced that we launched a new eco-friendly initiative. “We are very excited by this new initiative” Says Trey Gardner CEO of GreenGeeks. “Since inception our mission has been to be the most eco-friendly web host around and to force others within our industry to go green. This new initiative embraces and expands our original mission by allowing us to branch out our efforts and to start to target different industries. This commitment also works well with our sponsorship of the 40th Earth Day anniversary, Fight For Air climb with the American Lung Association as both the climb and the C02NeutralWebSite.com partnership work to bring us cleaner air.”
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GreenGeeks chosen as official Drupal for Dummies web host

Los Angeles, CA, February 9, 2010 – GreenGeeks.com, a leading eco-friendly web web hosting company today announced that it has been chosen as the official web hosting company for the Drupal for Dummies book.
Drupal For Dummies, is one of the latest in the series of For Dummies books by Wiley Publishing Inc. The For Dummies trademark “Making Everything Easier” speaks volumes about their ability to help ordinary people learn and understand in a simple and straightforward manner how to accomplish tasks for a variety of interests including; Computers and Electronics, Home and Garden, the Internet, Personal Finance and so much more.
The release of the Drupal For Dummies help book by Lynn Beighley is expected to help thousands of people learn how to use the widely popular Drupal content management system to build out their sites.
“I chose GreenGeeks.com to be the home of my Drupal For Dummies Web site because of their great customer support and excellent control panel. The hardest part of creating a Drupal site is getting Drupal installed. As a GreenGeeks customer, you can have your first Drupal site running in less than five minutes!” said Lynn Beighley, author of Drupal For Dummies.
“We are very excited to have worked with Lynn as she wrote the book and we are excited to be a part of the Drupal community” says Trey Gardner CEO of GreenGeeks “Drupal is an ever growing part of our customer base as more and more people learn the merits of the Drupal program. We expect Lynn’s book to become a huge success in enabling many thousands of people learn Drupal and create terrific CMS driven web sites.”
GreenGeeks hosts the DrupalForDummies.com web site and is featured in the Drupal For Dummies help guide.
“We greatly appreciate Lynn’s choice of GreenGeeks for her web site host and we look forward to the continued success of the Drupal For Dummies book.” added Gardner.
About GreenGeeks
GreenGeeks is an award winning eco-friendly green web hosting company with offices in Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles. GreenGeeks provides an unlimited web hosting package where customers can host an unlimited amount of domains and emails on unlimited space and bandwidth with terrific features (including a 1 click installation of Drupal) for web hosting clients. GreenGeeks co-location facility is located in Chicago in a world class data center using Intel Dual Quad Core Xeon processors and RAID 10 storage arrays for ultra fast data operations. GreenGeeks clients receive cPanel, the world’s most popular and easiest to web site management control panel.
To learn more about Drupal For Dummies please visit: http://www.drupalfordummies.com/
To learn more about GreenGeeks please visit: http://www.greengeeks.com/

Los Angeles, CA, February 9, 2010 – GreenGeeks.com, a leading eco-friendly web hosting company today announced

Drupal for Dummies
Drupal for Dummies Book

that it has been chosen as the official web hosting company for the Drupal for Dummies book.

Drupal For Dummies, is one of the latest in the series of For Dummies books by Wiley Publishing Inc. The For Dummies trademark “Making Everything Easier” speaks volumes about their ability to help ordinary people learn and understand in a simple and straightforward manner how to accomplish tasks for a variety of interests including; Computers and Electronics, Home and Garden, the Internet, Personal Finance and so much more.

The release of the Drupal For Dummies help book by Lynn Beighley is expected to help thousands of people learn how to use the widely popular Drupal content management system to build out their sites.

“I chose GreenGeeks.com to be the home of my Drupal For Dummies Web site because of their great customer support and excellent control panel. The hardest part of creating a Drupal site is getting Drupal installed. As a GreenGeeks customer, you can have your first Drupal site running in less than five minutes!” said Lynn Beighley, author of Drupal For Dummies.

“We are very excited to have worked with Lynn as she wrote the book and we are excited to be a part of the Drupal community” says Trey Gardner CEO of GreenGeeks “Drupal is an ever growing part of our customer base as more and more people learn the merits of the Drupal program. We expect Lynn’s book to become a huge success in enabling many thousands of people learn Drupal and create terrific CMS driven web sites.”

GreenGeeks hosts the DrupalForDummies.com web site and is featured in the Drupal For Dummies help guide.

“We greatly appreciate Lynn’s choice of GreenGeeks for her web site host and we look forward to the continued success of the Drupal For Dummies book.” added Gardner.

To learn more about Drupal For Dummies please visit: http://www.drupalfordummies.com/

To learn more about GreenGeeks please visit: http://www.greengeeks.com/

GreenGeeks Donates to Haiti Earthquake Relief & Rebuild Effort

I was on the road when I heard that Haiti had been hit by an earthquake of a magnitude in the range of the low 7’s, if I recall correctly I think I remembered 7.1 magnitude and that the quake epicenter was somewhere around 300 miles off shore. I was traveling that week and while juggling work, travel and this news I did not pay much attention to it at first. After all I had been in Los Angeles during the Northridge quake in 1994 and while that quake was “only” a 6.7 the epicenter was far closer to where I was at the time (about 8 miles as the crow flies) and so naturally with the epicenter of the Haiti quake having been several hundred miles away I assume that Haiti should be in far better condition than I later learned it was.
The day after the quake hit I had reached a destination where I would be for the next several days and i could devote time to my work and to following this story without being on the road. It seemed that the earthquake caused damage which to me watching the new coverage seemed to continue to grow. Every passing minute brought new information as to the devastation and later the desperation of the Haitian people. It did not seem like there was a single building still standing in Haiti. I watched as an interview took place with the President of Haiti, whose palace had collapsed. The president was at the airport along with hundreds of other people, he was disheveled and when asked where he would sleep that night he replied that he did not know. This was the President of the country they were interviewing and he had no food no change of clothes and was not sure where he would sleep that night. I thought to myself if this is how the President is how are the rest of the people of this country.
Over the days after the quake as more and more news flooded in about Haiti we learned how destructive this quake had been to the Port Au Prince capital and to the rest of the country. We learned about the trapped survivors slowing dying in their entombed dwellings. We learned about the dead and the lack of basic necessities as well as the lack of medical supplies. There was no central authority and seemingly no authority of any kind.
It was obvious that these people and this country would need massive and sustained assistance. We at GreenGeeks are proud to be a part of the Hosting Industry and probably our proudest week was this past week when rivals and competitors from all over our industry joined together to create HostingForHaiti.com a site that promotes contribution to the aid and redevelopment of Haiti. GreenGeeks is proud to be a part of HostingForHaiti.com and we have pledged to donate a dollar for every new web hosting account signed up in 2010.
We are proud of where we are as a company and we take pride in being able to reach within ourselves and offer aid to those in need.
Trey Gardner
CEO Green Geeks

I was on the road when I heard that Haiti had been hit by an earthquake of a magnitude in the range of the low 7’s, if I recall correctly I think I remembered 7.1 magnitude and that the quake epicenter was somewhere around 300 miles off shore. I was traveling that week and while juggling work, travel and this news I did not pay much attention to it at first. After all I had been in Los Angeles during the Northridge quake in 1994 and while that quake was “only” a 6.7 the epicenter was far closer to where I was at the time (about 8 miles as the crow flies) and so naturally with the epicenter of the Haiti quake having been several hundred miles away I assume that Haiti should be in far better condition than I later learned it was.

The day after the quake hit I had reached a destination where I would be for the next several days and i could devote time to my work and to following this story without being on the road. It seemed that the earthquake caused damage which to me watching the new coverage seemed to continue to grow. Every passing minute brought new information as to the devastation and later the desperation of the Haitian people. It did not seem like there was a single building still standing in Haiti. I watched as an interview took place with the President of Haiti, whose palace had collapsed. The president was at the airport along with hundreds of other people, he was disheveled and when asked where he would sleep that night he replied that he did not know. This was the President of the country they were interviewing and he had no food no change of clothes and was not sure where he would sleep that night. I thought to myself if this is how the President is how are the rest of the people of this country.

Over the days after the quake as more and more news flooded in about Haiti we learned how destructive this quake had been to the Port Au Prince capital and to the rest of the country. We learned about the trapped survivors slowing dying in their entombed dwellings. We learned about the dead and the lack of basic necessities as well as the lack of medical supplies. There was no central authority and seemingly no authority of any kind.

It was obvious that these people and this country would need massive and sustained assistance. We at GreenGeeks are proud to be a part of the Hosting Industry and probably our proudest week was this past week when rivals and competitors from all over our industry joined together to create HostingForHaiti.com a site that promotes contribution to the aid and redevelopment of Haiti. GreenGeeks is proud to be a part of HostingForHaiti.com and we have pledged to donate a dollar for every new web hosting account signed up in 2010.

We are proud of where we are as a company and we take pride in being able to reach within ourselves and offer aid to those in need.

Trey Gardner, CEO of GreenGeeks

HostSearch speaks with Trey Gardner

HostSearch, a leading web hosting directory took the time to interview Trey, our CEO.  We’re really big on experience and offering quality of service here and the interview goes into detail why we’re so good at what we do! Definitely a must read for anyone interested in GreenGeeks and how we operate!

“I had a large amount of influence in the decisions of upper management for all of these companies, ultimately I was not the final decision maker and I grew frustrated when bad decisions were repeatedly made.”

Read the Full Interview at HostSearch.com

Fight Blog Spam with Akismet!

We use WordPress to run our blog and we’ve only recently launched it (maybe 1.5 months ago). I logged into the administration section of WordPress and found 500+ comments and thought to myself WOW.

I did end up saying “WOW”, except it was for the sheer number of spam comments instead of legitimate comments.

Knowing that WordPress is a very popular blogging script, I set out to search a solution to this problem on Google. Here’s what I searched for: wordpress comment spam plugin, and I found: http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Akismet.  I love Google!

I followed the instructions, and installed Akismet. Clicked on the Filter Spam and BAM! All the spam was gone. I haven’t seen any spam since. So, if you’re running a WordPress blog and have comment spam, I suggest installing Akismet!

Karl D.
GreenGeeks / System Administrator

Drives Fail & We’re Prepared!

One of the most common type of system failures in web hosting today is a hard drive failure and since we use RAID-10, that results in a degraded RAID-array and that is borderline worst case scenario.seagate-barracuda-7200-11-hard-drive-fail-thumb-200x198

This means that the drive must be replaced or data loss is highly likely. It’s our first line of defense. We also use RAID-10 for performance reasons.

The simple fact is that hard drives fail and is not a matter of if but when! Here is an article by PC World on a study that was done on hard drives by Carnegie Mellon University & Google.

The good news is…

Thanks to the experience of our management team and the excellent team that we have at GreenGeeks, the pooled knowledge has allowed us to combine work experience to ensure that customers data is safe and downtime is reduced to an absolute minimum during a failure. We are all about proper procedures & policy. We have replacement hard drives (including other hardware like RAM, CPU’s, Server Chassis, etc) on standby in the event of a failure, we’re able to quickly replace the affected hardware.

In the event that there is a file system / hard drive failure, there are likely two scenarios that would occur:

  1. Bad Drive (best case scenario) – We simply replace the drive and the hardware RAID card will re-build the new drive with the lost information from the data on the other drives and in a few hours the RAID-array will be repaired all while your sites are still on line, with no data loss. Total downtime may be less than 1 hour.
  2. File System Corruption (worst case scenario) – If a RAID card fails, this can result in a failed a corrupted file system and a full system restore from backups will need to take place. Restoration time can take a few hours, however we have servers standing by and we never use the same hardware components again.

When there is file system corruption, we attempt to fix it within a reasonable restoration time, if this is not met we proceed to restoring the service from backups.

About our backups!

We back up all of our servers, every night and retain the data for 24 hours in the event of a total failure requiring restoration from backups. Our disaster recovery effort! We are also in the process of making our backups redundant as well.

Bottom line is that it’s not a matter of if, but when and being proactive/prepared for the worst is what is going to ensure that data is not lost like it is with other hosting companies (won’t name names!). Rest assured, we take our business very seriously and that’s what we’re all about — quality service and no short cuts.

Karl D.
GreenGeeks / Systems Administrator

About.com Interviews Trey Gardner on Green Web Hosting

Jennifer Kyrnin over at About.com just published the interview with Trey Gardner (Our CEO) on GreenGeeks and Green Web Hosting. Here’s what she had to say:

“When I learned about Green Geeks, I was intrigued. Most hosting providers are very similar in their offerings, but Green Geeks claims to be “300% green hosting”. To find out more about this, I teamed up with Marc Lallanilla, the About.com Guide to Green Living to interview Trey Gardner, CEO of Green Geeks.”

Read the entire About.com Green Web Hosting with Trey Gardner Interview

GreenGeeks Sponsors American Lung Association

GreenGeeks joins the American Lung Association in the fight for cleaner air.

Santa Monica, CA. October 28, 2009 – GreenGeeks LLC (http://www.greengeeks.com) announced today that they are sponsoring the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb at the Aon Center in downtown Los Angeles.

The Fight For Air Climb will be held on Saturday April 24, 2010 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.

“We are all very excited to be part of the American Lung Association’s event and we’re proud to be working with our community toward the goal of being able to have cleaner air for our families,” says Trey Gardner CEO of GreenGeeks.

“I know first hand how harmful the air quality in Los Angeles can be as I have suffered from allergies all my life and I am looking forward to fighting back with the American Lung Association to decreasing the number of days where the city’s air quality is harmful to all of us in the area.” added Trey.

If you would like to attend the event and climb the stairs to the top of the Aon Center, registration starts at 8am PST at the event site which is located at 707 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90017 and the climbers start up the stairs at 9am PST.

Visit the Fight For Air Climb web site at: www.Fightforairclimb.org.

Click here to learn more about the sponsorship

Green Hosting with GreenGeeks!

One of the way’s that GreenGeeks is green is by purchasing renewable energy credits (REC’s) to compensate for the power consumption for our servers and work stations. We’ve received our Green Energy Certification from Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Here is a short video clip about them and how together we’re making a difference

Remember, when you host your web site with GreenGeeks, you’re using 300% green web hosting and you should be proud that you’re helping make a difference in our environment. You can proudly display that you’re hosting green by adding Green Tags to your web site!

U.S. Wind Energy Installations Booming!

“… nothing can stop the U.S. wind power industry.”

So far this year, the U.S. has installed 5,800 megawatts of wind power—again, more than at the same time last year (4,200 megawatts). That’s nearly as much as the industry initially expected to install during the entire year.So far this year, the U.S. has installed 5,800 megawatts of wind power—again, more than at the same time last year (4,200 megawatts). That’s nearly as much as the industry initially expected to install during the entire year.

Read the entire article here.

It’s good to see that Wind Energy is increasing!