Free Advanced DNS Service from InterServer

Posted at December 27, 2013 at 6:51 pm by admin

InterServer offers an advanced DNS Management System, free of charge, to both customers and non-customers alike.  Anyone who is looking to have their DNS managed in a much more powerful and flexible way than most other services allow will want to consider moving to this great InterServer option. InterServer has been offering state of the art services since 1999, and is one of the fastest growing web hosting companies today.

Why Use InterServer DNS Management

Most people make the mistake of leaving their DNS management with the same place where they registered their domain.  While this might not seem like a big deal, it can actually limit the site in a variety of important ways.  Moving DNS management to InterServer will provide the following important benefits:

  • Redundancy – InterServer’s DNS management systems are fully redundant in each of our datacenters.  We currently have two facilities in Secaucus, NJ and one in Los Angeles, CA, allowing for uninterrupted service.  We are also looking at opening future datacenter locations in Houston, London, Paris and Hong Kong, which will provide even further DNS management redundancy.
  • DNS Record Redirects – In the event of a server failure or technical problem in one location, your website can be redirected to another page almost instantly.  This helps avoid or minimize any customer impact.
  • Efficiency Improvements – Our DNS management systems will help reduce the system resources used on your VPS or dedicated web hosting servers.
  • Unlimited – We offer unlimited zones, MX Records, C Names and SPFs.  You can also add, remove or edit these items any time you want, and as often as you want, from the convenient control panel.
  • 100% Free – This service is 100% free to use for everyone!  If you are already an InterServer customer, these options are already in your Control Panel.  If you’re not a customer, just create a free account and get access to this powerful service in just minutes.

 Customer Service & Support

Perhaps more important than any of the other benefits listed above, everyone who uses the powerful InterServer DNS management system will have access to our team of dedicated customer service professionals.  We can answer questions about the service, and provide support to ensure your DNS is set up, and functioning properly.  Our technical team is staffed 24/7/365 so if you ever have a problem, you can submit a ticket and get support in just minutes. In addition, we offer extensive FAQs and other online support material to help you understand exactly how to best set up your DNS management system.

Don’t make the mistake of trusting that your DNS management system is working as well as it could, or worse, that it doesn’t matter.  If you want to optimize the performance and reliability of your website, consider taking advantage of the free, advanced systems provided to you by InterServer.  Moving your DNS doesn’t take long, and can be done without any downtime at all.  A small investment of your time now can provide you with important benefits long into the future.

Visit: http://my.interserver.net to sign up or login.

InterServer Improves Windows 2012 Virtualization Speeds with Virtio

Posted at December 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm by admin

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InterServer has recently taken an important step toward providing clients on virtualized Windows 2012 platforms with even faster response times.  Our technical teams have installed and optimized the new Virtio module into our systems, which is designed specifically to increase response speeds and response times.  InterServer is an early adopter of this new standard, which will provide our virtualization clients with speeds and services which simply aren’t available through most other hosting companies today.

How Does Virtio Work

Virtio works by allowing guest device drivers to be ‘aware’ of the fact that it is running in a virtual environment.  It can then cooperate more efficiently with the hypervisor, allowing for a much more streamlined environment.  Guests are then able to get incredibly high performance from both network and disk operations, while still enjoying the important benefits of a virtualized system.

Setting the technical jargon aside for a moment, we have implemented this module into our systems, and optimized both the module and the virtualization environment to provide improvements in speed.  This allows all our customers who enjoy virtualized systems to now get speeds that are much closer to the speeds of customers using dedicated servers.  This is quite an impressive technology, which we believe is going to be a major part of the future of virtualized servers.  We have been very impressed with the results of this new technology thus far, and so have our clients.

InterServer Implementation

The Virtio module is an impressive technology on its own, but as with all technologies, the true benefits will depend on the implementation.  The InterServer virtualization engineers took the time to ensure this module was seamlessly added to our already advanced infrastructure.  We have optimized both the Virtio module and our virtualization environments to work perfectly together, which helps to ensure all of our clients are getting the best possible performance based on the specific package they purchased.

Benefits to Our Clients

While the technology behind Virtio may be fascinating to some people, most are really going to be interested in just one thing.  What are the benefits to the client?  Well, there are many benefits, including these:

  • Faster Response – As mentioned above, clients will receive significant speed benefits from choosing a hosting package that harnesses the power of Virtio.
  • Saves Money – Many clients find that they are having a hard time choosing between dedicated servers and virtualized options. Virtio brings the performance of virtualized systems much closer to that of dedicated options, allowing many clients to go with the more affordable option, while still enjoying the power and speed they require.
  • Advanced Technology – Virtio uses advanced technologies that are at the cutting edge of virtualization.  This means that clients can take advantage of these latest technologies today, and for years to come.
  • Proven Architecture – Virtio uses a technical architecture that is very similar to established systems like Xen and Guest Tools by VMWare.  This architecture has been proven to be stable and extremely reliable for virtualized systems.
  • More Efficient Use of Resources – Full virtualization (without Virtio) is a great technology, but it isn’t very efficient in its use of resources because the hypervisor must emulate all the physical devices.  Virtio eliminates much of this, allowing the system to run more efficiently.

If you have any questions about Virtio, and how it can benefit you, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our sales or technical staff.  We’d be happy to discuss this technology with you, and answer all your questions.

 

 

Optimizing Your WordPress Blog

Posted at December 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm by admin

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging and content management systems on the internet today. Millions of people run all different types of sites on this platform, and for the most part it works really well.  In addition to being a very convenient and easy to use system, it is also very powerful and flexible.  With all these options, however, it can sometimes begin to run slowly or inefficiently.  Optimizing WordPress to reduce the system resources it uses will help the site run more smoothly for you and visitors to the page.  The following simple steps can be performed regularly to keep your site optimized:

Upgrade to the Latest Version of WordPress

Like most types of software, WordPress is frequently updated and improved.  The most recent updates will help ensure your site is running the way it is supposed to.  Checking the version of your WordPress install, and updating if necessary, only takes a minute *remember to backup your database before doing any updates, just to be safe):

  • Log in to your WordPress admin page (typically located at www.yourpage.com/wp-admin)
  • Look at the top of the screen to see if there is an update available:
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  • If there is an update, click the “Please Update Now” link
  • This will bring you to the WordPress Updates page.  Find the “Update Now” button, and click it:
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  • The update shouldn’t take more than 30 seconds to a minute, and it is 100% automated.  When it has completed, you’ll be directed to a ‘Welcome to WordPress X.X.X” page, telling you what changes and improvements were made.

That’s it; your WordPress software is all up to date.  Checking for new updates every few weeks (or whenever you happen to be in the admin panel) is a great way to stay up to date.

Install a WordPress Cache Plugin

A good WordPress cache plugin will optimize how the pages are loaded by visitors, and especially help returning visitors get to your page faster.  It reduces the amount of resources that are used on the web hosting computer, which will help your site’s overall performance.  We recommend WP Super Cache, which can be installed from your Admin page:

  • Click on Plugins, then “Add New”
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  • Type “WP Super Cache” into the search bar, and hit enter
  • The WP Cuper Cache plugin will be at the top of the results, simply click “install now”
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  • Click Yes or OK to the popup that asks if you’re sure you want to install the plugin
  • Click the “Activate Plugin” link
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  • Once installed, go to the general sittings, and then the Advanced Tab.  From here, do the following:
    • Click the box next to Cache hits to this website
    • Click the button next to “Use mod_rewrite to serve cache files”
    • Click the box next to “Compress Pages”
    • Click the box next to “304 not modified browser caching”
    • Click the box next to “Don’t cache pages for known users”
    • Select the Update Status button
    • Scroll down and click the “Update Mod_Rewrite Rules” in the yellow box
  • Next, adjust the garbage collection section, and enter 3600 in the box
  • Click “Change Expiration”

All other settings can remain the same.  Once completed, your site will be running more efficiently, using fewer total resources.

Review Plugins

Another common problem with WordPress is that there are so many plugins, that many website owners just install a bunch of them.  Each one, however, will need some system resources to run.  With this in mind, it is best to only have 3-5 total plugins installed and active on your site.  If the plugin is not absolutely necessary, it should be disabled and uninstalled.  Some plugins are also known to be CPU intensive, so review all your installed plugins and see which ones need to stay, and which ones should go:

  • Click on Plugins, then Installed Plugins
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  • Look at each plugin that you have installed.  Read what it is doing for you, and determine whether or not it is something you need.  It can be helpful to Google the individual plugin name to get some reviews of how resource intensive it can be.
  • Deactivate any plugins you don’t think you need.  This is done by simply clicking the deactivate button below the plugin name.
  • *Don’t delete the files right away.  Let the site run for a few days to see if there was any negative impact from disabling the plugin.  If not, you can delete the plugin.

In addition, make sure you keep your plugins up to date.  Like the WordPress software itself, plugins get frequent updates.  When checking this page, just look for any that have the ‘update now’ button next to them, and click it.  It only takes a few seconds, and can help keep your page running much more efficiently.

Check Your Current Theme

The theme of your website may be causing it to run slowly.  There are thousands of paid and free themes out there, and some of them are not coded very well.  Googleing the name of your theme along with the word “resources” or “CPU” can help get some reviews on how it can affect your site’s performance.  If you find that the theme is known to be a problem, start looking for a new theme right away.

Checking Optimization Frequently

While some of the tips listed above will only need to be done one time, others will need a regular review.  Keeping the WordPress software and all the plugins updated, for example, needs to be done on a regular basis. If you keep up on these things, however, it will only take a few minutes per week, and it can help you to avoid a lot of problems in the future.

Interserver’s Control Panel

Posted at November 21, 2013 at 11:08 am by Michael Lavrik

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We know you deserve the best, so we provide you with the best Control Panel to make your life simpler. Here are some unique features of Interserver’s Control Panel.

1) Reverse DNS

Reverse DNS is IP address to domain name mapping – the opposite of forward (normal) DNS which maps domain names to IP addresses.
Why do you need it?
Many e-mail servers on the Internet are configured to reject incoming e-mails from any IP address which does not have reverse DNS. So, if you run your own e-mail server, reverse DNS must exist for the IP address that outgoing e-mail is sent from. It does not matter what the reverse DNS record for your IP address points to as long as it is there. If you host multiple domains on one e-mail server, just setup reverse DNS to point to whichever domain name you consider primary. Our control panel allows customers to create a reverse pointer for their IP addresses.

 

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2) Free DNS Hosting

Interserver offers you complete control over your DNS settings. All you have to do is go to your domain registrar panel and change the DNS servers to cdns1/cdns2/cdns3.interserver.net
To create a record log into https://my.interserver.net and go to domains->dns manager. From there enter the Domain name first, then IP address and click “Add New DNS Entry”. This will create a cpanel/directadmin compatible dns record. You can manage your dns record after creation like TTL value, MX records, CNAME to name a few resource records.

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3) Server Monitoring

Server monitoring is a process of automatically scanning servers for failures and irregularities. Server monitoring allows customer to identify issues and fix problems before they affect the services. Server monitoring is essential to ensure service availability. Interserver provides round the clock server monitoring free of charge.

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4) Domain Registration

Once you become our customer you’ll have instant access to your Online Control Panel and a unique way to manage your domain names or buy a new domain of your choice. You can view the status of each of your domains with an icon key. For example, your domain name might be an email only service, or a domain name might be forwarded to another website and/or email address. Our point-and-click control panel is very powerful, but incredibly simple to use. If you can navigate a Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac desktop, then you’ll have no trouble finding your way around our system!

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5) Web hosting and VPS management

Interserver’s Web Hosting Control Panel is designed to enhance your ability to manage your website quickly and efficiently—at your convenience. The Control Panel allows web administrators to perform many of the most common website management activities without having to call Interserver’s Support. Having these management functions available through the Control Panel will save valuable time and provide you with greater control of your website. Your VPS management tools are integrated tightly into Interserver’s control panel! From your control panel, you can log into your VPS, install Applications, add new domain names to your service, manage DNS and much more!

 

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Payza: InterServer’s Newest Payment Method

Posted at November 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm by admin

Interserver.net is proud to announce that due to popular demand we have integrated the Payza payment system for all of our services.  You can now choose to pay all your Web hosting and VPS invoices using this fast and secure payment processor.  With the addition of the Payza checkout system your payment options are now even more flexible and convenient.  Whether you choose to use this new system, or continue with our existing payment options we will continue to work to give you the most flexibility of any hosting company today.

Payza.com is a leading global online payment platform that connects its members with their money and the products they love quickly, easily and affordably. MH Pillars Inc., which operates the Payza.com platform in the U.S., has partnered with DCR Strategies Inc. to provide members with the Payza prepaid virtual Visa® card program. This program facilitates secure online transactions that enable both consumers and businesses to send and receive money instantly. Personal account holders can shop and send or receive money online right from their Payza prepaid account. Business account holders enjoy a complete solution for accepting payments, including managing their transaction activity, comprehensive fraud screening and charge back protection.

We’re happy we were able to implement this highly requested payment system and hope you are able to give it a try soon.  If you ever have any requests for additional services or options please don’t hesitate to let us know.  We are always looking to improve the way we serve you.