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Did You Know … you can become your own domain name registrar?

June 18th, 2010

With a simplewebhosting.co.uk reseller web hosting account, you can now become your very own domain name registrar and register your client’s domain names at wholesale rates using your OpenSRS domain reseller account worth $95USD.

OpenSRS has over 10,000 resellers in 100 countries who have sold over 10 million domain names and you’ll have full access to all their products and services including their market-beating pricing.

An example of how your domain name reseller Storefront could look

If you’re just getting started you can setup your own ‘Storefront’ – a fully hosted domain name sales and management website that will have you up and selling domain names in no time. You can sell every Global Top-level Domain (gTLD) and Country-Code Top-level domain (ccTLD) we offer as well as Premium Domains from the portfolios of our aftermarket domain partners. OpenSRS Storefront also allows you to offer domain and email forwarding, along with WHOIS Privacy. All at no additional cost to you!

All OpenSRS reseller accounts include full access to the OpenSRS API – a powerful set of integration tools that automate the provision of domain names, DNS, email services and SSL certificates.


The Importance of SSL

June 13th, 2010

SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, encryption is the most commonly used method of encrypting web pages. It ensures that any personal data or often payment details entered into a website is safe from being accessed by unauthorised parties. Thus, it is very useful for any website that sells products to people through an online payment system (see our article on ecommerce) to have SSL encryption.

Websites that are encrypted using SSL can be identified in several ways. Firstly, the prefix of their web address is usually “https://”, signifying that they operate over a secure server. Also, the website can be identified as secure by the fact that there is a padlock symbol in your browser’s status bar. If neither of these signs is present, then the website is insecure and it is not advisable to put sensitive personal information into that website as it may be possible that an unauthorised third party could obtain access to the data.

Protecting your website using SSL encryption is definitely a practice that we recommend to all webmasters who regularly ask their visitors to input sensitive information. Of course, the most obvious benefit to you as a webmaster is that it ensures that all of the data that your customers enter is safe, secure and inaccessible to anyone other than those who are authorised to have access to it.

Encrypting your webpages in this way ensures that you, as a webmaster, have peace of mind and know that the data provided by your customers is secure and protected against unauthorised access.

As well as the peace of mind for you, the fact that there are visible signs of how secure your website is means that customers will feel more comfortable. If they can visibly tell that your website has a layer of security protecting it, then they will be far more likely to input their details and thus they will be more likely to buy products from you online.

This in turn means that you will earn more money and sell more products, which is exactly what any online business wants. SSL encryption for your website will definitely pay for itself after a very short time indeed, making it a worthwhile investment for the security-minded webmaster.

Reputation is another aspect of your web presence than can be improved by adding SSL encryption. If your website asks people to enter payment details, then it cannot be reputable unless it is secure. A website that is clearly secure will instantly have a better reputation than one which appears to be  wide open for cybercriminals.

So to conclude, in this security conscience online age, SSL encryption is something that is definitely worth the investment for your website. Without the padlock symbol, potential customers will not have enough confidence to input their sensitive personal information into your website and thus they cannot purchase any of your products. However, the addition of encryption quickly puts their minds at rest and soon your SSL encrypted website will have the customers flying in.


Should I Opt-Out of a WHOIS listing?

June 8th, 2010

WHOIS is a database of content information for those who have registered domain names on the internet. It contains, names, addresses and other information on the people who own various websites, which makes it easy to contact these people about anything to do with their website or just in general.

It is a comprehensive library of information that enables both everyday people and governments to ensure that they have data and a means of contact for the millions of people who currently run websites that are live on the internet and, more specifically, those that are making money from online enterprises, much like you.

However, having all of your details in plain view to anyone with access to the internet does present very obvious risks to you. The first of these risks is obviously that having your full name, address and other contact information is a bit of an intrusion into your privacy. It means that anyone will be able to find you and that you could be subject to malicious communications of various kinds, as well as simply being consistently sent junk mail.

An example of this is spam programs that harvest email addresses directly from the WHOIS database in order to spread malware. As these addresses are provided in plain text, it is trivial for software to crawl the WHOIS database and obtain email addresses to send spam too. This is a great source of annoyance to those who often have to trawl through pages of spam to get to the emails they actually want.

Also, the fact that your home address is part of your WHOIS listing could open you up to, aside from junk mail, worse problems such as burglary. If someone can see that you are the owner of a website that makes a lot of money, then this makes you a prime target for burglaries and muggings. The fact that people who may see you as a target can access your location makes you very vulnerable.

Another issue that can arise from your personal details being so readily available is that you could be subject to consistent pestering from marketers. After harvesting your contact details from the WHOIS database, they can continuously send you both postal and email advertisements, perhaps even sending salesmen to visit you personally. All of these things contribute to diverting your attention away from your actual business and could cause you to lose a lot of money.

Every factor outlined above mean that being on the WHOIS database is very dangerous and can be detrimental to your business and your life in general. Many hosting packages, including those offered by simplewebhosting.co.uk, enable you to opt-out of being included on the WHOIS database in order to safeguard your privacy and your information.

As you can see, this is definitely a wise choice and will save you from a lot of unnecessary difficulties and wasted time. An opt-out means that you have more time to spend on what is important: ensuring that your business is successful and prosperous.


Did You Know … all of hosting plans come with a FREE domain name?

June 4th, 2010

When you buy any shared web hosting plan from simplewebhosting.co.uk, we’ll give you a .uk domain name absolutely free! No strings attached.


Uptime report for May 2010

June 1st, 2010

Our web hosting uptime figures are in for May 2010 and we’re pleased to say that, once again, we’ve smashed our uptime guarantee to give an average uptime across all our web servers of 99.96% with most of our servers achieving a full 100% uptime.

Although we’re pleased that we’ve been able to exceed our uptime guarantee, we’ll be aiming for much more than this in June.

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