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:  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 Interviews Trey Gardner on Green Web Hosting

Jennifer Kyrnin over at 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 Guide to Green Living to interview Trey Gardner, CEO of Green Geeks.”

Read the entire 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 ( 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:

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!

U.S. EPA Recognizes GreenGeeks Green Efforts

Earlier last week, GreenGeeks announced that it had been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for its green efforts!

Here’s the press release that was sent out:

Santa Monica, CA. September 23, 2009 –  GreenGeeks, LLC today announced its purchase of green power and its partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership.  GreenGeeks, LLC is purchasing more than 48,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet  300 percent of the organizations purchased electricity use.  GreenGeeks, LLC is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a leading national supplier of green power products.

“This is a huge honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Trey Gardner, GreenGeeks CEO  “We’ve always been diligent and we’ve worked hard to make GreenGeeks the most eco friendly company we could be. When the EPA contacted us we were pleased to find out that companies like ours could get the support of the EPA through their Green Power Partner Program. We look forward to working with the EPA and their Program to further the cause for more companies to go green.”

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro.  These resources generate electricity with a net zero increase in carbon dioxide emissions, while offering a superior environmental profile compared to traditional power generation sources.  Green power purchases also support the development of new renewable energy generation sources nationwide.

“EPA is pleased to welcome GreenGeeks to the Green Power Partnership. We applaud their commitment to using green power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Kathleen Hogan, Director of the Climate Protection Partnerships Division at EPA.

According to the U.S. EPA, Green Geek’s green power purchase of more than 48,000 (kWh) is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 6 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 5 average American homes annually.

About GreenGeeks, LLC
GreenGeeks LLC provides shared, reseller and dedicated server web hosting as well as domain name registration and domain management. GreenGeeks has offices in Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles and they service customers in over 40 countries World Wide. Since the start of operations GreenGeeks has been an eco-friendly web host with 300% green energy purchases.

About Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Founded in 1998 and based in Portland, Ore., Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) is an entrepreneurial nonprofit that engages market forces and ingenuity to help people address our most pressing energy and water issues. Through sales of carbon offsets, BEF supports renewable energy development and education and long-term watershed restoration.  Bonneville Environmental Foundation recently established a subsidiary, BEF Renewable Incorporated, to initiate innovative renewable energy projects and partner with tax-exempt entities, such as schools, cities, tribal governments and other nonprofits, to help them develop renewable energy projects.  Learn more at

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,100 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state,

24/7/365, every 10 seconds monitoring

Server uptime is something we here at GreenGeeks take very seriously. A little too serious, and its proven to be very good for us and our customers. We guarantee that we’ll be up 99.9% of the time, however we’re always working around the clock to make sure it’s even better then that. A lot of work goes into making sure of that, including unique proprietary tools that puts us further ahead from our competitors.

“The other guys…”

Many web hosting companies check their servers 1, 3, 15 or even as high as 30 minute intervals to ensure their servers are responding. If you stop to think about it, with check intervals as low as a minute, sites could be down and the hosting company would not know for 60 seconds, only then would they be  notified to begin resolving the issue. An entire minute is pretty long these days. I’ve even seen some hosting companies have internal (on-network) monitoring and I don’t have to go into detail why that’s not smart. I’ve seen a lot of questionable methods and that’s why we strongly believe that experience goes a long way.

“10 Second check intervals and not 1 minute.”

At GreenGeeks, we monitor our servers every 10 seconds from multiple locations around the globe to ensure that we’re up and running. We also run health checks, to make sure FTP, HTTPD, MySQL and other critical services are running and functioning properly. If in the event there is a service failure (it does happen), our 24/7/365 NOC is notified and action is taken immediately to isolate and resolve. From what we have seen, in most cases, issues are isolated and resolved within 30-40 seconds, whereas the competition still hasn’t even realized they are having issues.

This is one of the many reasons, why hosting with GreenGeeks is simply a smart choice! It’s also made it very easy on the staff to be able to continue to provide customer support versus having to deal with “downtime complaints”.


See (stage) your website before switching your DNS

When customers are looking to switch hosting providers, they usually stage the setup of their web site before completely switching the DNS (domain name servers). We provide you with a temporary URL so that you can see how your site will look before you switch your domain’s DNS. The problem comes when some scripts require you to access the script through a valid domain name. This poses an issue because you haven’t switched the domain’s DNS and don’t want to until you know the script works 100%.

Here is an easy work around:

1) Upload your site / databases, etc to your new web hosting account with GreenGeeks

2) Locate your hosts file on your computer (On Windows XP, it’s located at C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\etc\HOSTS) and add the following line at the end of the file:


Obviously change the IP_ADDRESS and to the appropriate values. The IP_ADDRESS can be found in your welcome e-mail and also inside of your cPanel account.

3) Hit save, close all your browsers. That’s it.

Now when you load your web site from your computer, you will be able to see your site as if the DNS was pointed to our servers. You can fully stage the setup and ensure all components of your site are in working order. The rest of the world will still be loading from your actual server (since you did not change the domain’s DNS).  You can remove the line in the hosts file whenever you’re done staging and your computer will reference your ISP DNS servers as usual.