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CloudFlare CDN Available Now on all cPanel Hosting Plans – Free

CloudFlare Railgun™

CloudFlare Optimized Partner

As a CloudFlare Optimized Partner, we are thrilled to offer the CloudFlare Railgun™ technology to all our customers free with any hosting package! Railgun is CloudFlare’s latest performance optimization technology that gives you significant improvements in site load times. To activate Railgun, log into your cPanel and select Railgun “On”. Read on for additional details and instructions:

Railgun ensures that the connection between our network and the CloudFlare network is as fast as possible. Railgun achieves a 99.6% compression ratio for previously uncacheable web objects by using techniques similar to those used in the compression of high-quality video. The average website can expect a 1.43x performance increase.

When a request is made to a CloudFlare server for a web page that is not in cache CloudFlare makes an HTTP connection to the origin server to request the page. It’s that HTTP connection that Railgun accelerates and secures.

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Even highly dynamic websites change slowly

Railgun works by recognizing that uncacheable web pages do not change very rapidly. For example, during an experiment, the CNN.com homepage HTML was captured once, and then again after 5 minutes and then again after one hour. The page sizes were 92,516, five minutes still 92,516 and one hour later 93,727.

CNN sets the caching on this page to 60 seconds. After one minute, it is necessary to download the entire page again. However, loo

king inside the page, not much has changed. In fact, the change between versions is on the order of 100s of bytes out of almost 100k. Here’s a screenshot of one of the binary differences between the CNN home page at five minute intervals. The yellow bytes have changed, the rest have not.

Experiments at CloudFlare have revealed similar change values across the web. For example, reddit.com changes by about 2.15% over five minutes and 3.16% over an hour. The New York Times home page changes by about 0.6% over five minutes and 3% over an hour. BBC News changes by about 0.4% over five minutes and 2% over an hour.

Although the dynamic web is not cacheable, it is also not changing quickly. That means that from moment to moment there’s only a small c

hange between versions of a page. CloudFlare Railgun uses this fact to achieve very high rates of compression. This is very similar to how video compression looks for changes from frame to frame; Railgun looks for changes on a page from download to download.

Railgun Technology

Railgun consists of two components: the sender and the listener. The sender is installed at every CloudFlare data center around the w

orld. The listener is a software component that [Name of Hosting Provider] has installed on our network for customers.

The sender and listener establish a permanent TCP connection that’s secured by TLS. This TCP connection is used for the Railgun protocol. It’s an all binary multiplexing protocol that allows multiple HTTP requests to be run simultaneously and asynchronously across the link. Or in other words, a persistent connection is opened between CloudFlare’s network and ours and eliminates the overhead of TCP.

We have made it simple for our customers to get the benefits of Railgun with one click.For additional information or questions please open a support ticket.

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Softaculous Now Available on All cPanel Web Hosting Plans

Automatic Script Installer

The Softaculous Script auto-installer for suite for cPanel is now available on all web hosting plans.

As of the date of this post, Softaculous has over 259 scripts available for installation including the following very popular blogging and cms scripts:

WordPress, b2evolution, StatusNet, Drupal, Mambo, phpBB, SMF, AEF, Coppermine, Gallery, Jcow, OpenClassifieds, openX, WebCalendar, Shadows Rising, phpList, SquirrelMail, LimeSurvey, Piwik, SugarCRM, PHProjekt, osCommerce, Magento, phpBook, HESK, osTicket, kPlaylist, VidiScript, Gregarius, CodeIgniter, Moodle, Elgg.

What is Softaculous?

Softaculous is an auto installer for cPanel.  Unlike other auto installers Softaculous is much faster, well designed and it installs all scripts in just ONE STEP. 

If you have any questions, please open up a sales ticket and one of our reps will get back to you with more information.

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.xxx Domains Available at lowest industry pricing $100.00 per year

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Starting December 7th 2011. We are kicking off sales of .xxx domain names at industry low pricing.

You are able to register/transfer/renew domains with the .xxx tld extension for 1-3 years at a rate of $100.00 per year.

Click here to register or transfer a new .xxx tld today.

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Godaddy CEO Kills Elephant! Transfer your domains for only $5, Coupon Code Here

As you may already know. Godaddy CEO Bob Parsons was recently filmed shooting an Elephant in Africa. We at OpenVZ.ca and Media-Hosts.com do not support this cowboy-like mentality. As a result of his actions we are offering current Godaddy.com domain customers transfers for .com .net .org and .biz to openvz.ca for only $5.00.

Use Coupon Code GoDaddySucks at checkout for the discounts (Expires April 30 2011).

Click Here to Transfer As Many Domains As you Like

We are also offering free migration services for anyone who would like to switch to our cPanel web hosting plans with an additional 1 year of hosting added on for free (1 year and 2 year terms only). To get this promotion, place your order normally and open a ticket with us attaching your most recent Godaddy Invoice. We will then add 1 year of hosting to your account for free.

You can see the full video of Bob shooting the Elephant here:

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Canadian WordPress Hosting in a Snap!

To all the bloggers out there, a solution has finally come. OpenVZ.ca is proud to offer WordPress users a simple solution to install wordpress with no technical knowledge right from your control panel. No matter what Web Hosting Plan you have. Your blog will be setup in the time it takes to type in your administration username and password!

We know that blogging is a very important aspect to most websites today, and blog website in general are gaining very high amounts of traffic. Canadians are starting to recognize credible up-to-date blogs as a way to get unbiased news as an alternative to the mainstream media.

If you’re up for the challange, OpenVZ.ca is willing to support you though implementing the most professional, reliable, stable and FAST blog for you so that you can spend your time thinking about what you’re going to write about.

How to Install WordPress

Already have a web hosting account with us? You can install wordpress in three simple steps.

  1. Login to your control panel (http://www.yoursite.com/cpanel)
  2. Locate the section called “Software/Services” and click on “Site Software” and then “WordPress”
  3. On the installation page, specify the administrator username/password and select create new database.

Thats it! Your blog is now live and ready to go.

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Shared cPanel Now Available at OpenVZ.ca!

This message is targetted at all current and future customers of the OpenVZ.ca family.

Media-Hosts.com (OpenVZ.ca’s Parent Company) has been providing web hosting to the advanced user niche using the Virtualmin.com control panel since it became available back in 2004.

Since we recognize that majority of our potential customers prefer cPanel and all of it’s benefits we have decided to offer the same level of service at a very competitive price point.

Click Here to view the packages and price point of our three new plans.

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How to Reduce Delays when Purchasing Web Hosting or VPS Accounts

One of the things I have been noticing on various forums and blogs these days is the huge amount of time differences in processing and activating web hosting or VPS accounts once the payment has been made.

While many of you will think there are a lot of different variables that come into play here (size of the company, available stock, man power, workload etc…) one thing that is often over-looked is the fraud checking mechanisms. What many customers and potential customers don’t allow for is this buffer zone between when payments are made and when the account gets activated.

Most hosting companies today (at least I hope) have some sort of fraud checking system in place. Whether it is an automated one that is custom develloped, an API powered by another company, a simple phone call confirmation to the phone number the user signed up with or just a simple method of manual checks.

Some of the things YOU should do to avoid delays:

  1. Ensure that you purchase from an IP address in the same Country as your billing address.
  2. Ensure your phone number and area code match the Country and region as your billing address.
  3. Pay with a PayPal account or credit card that matches your name.
  4. Expect a phone call to confirm if you are from a different Country as the host you are purchasing from.
  5. Do not use a VPN service or other web proxy to purchase your service.
  6. Avoid free email addresses (hotmail, gmail, yahoo) use your ISP or Work email.
  7. In the event that you cannot follow steps 1-6 provide an explanation in the comment section of your order.

In addition to all of these precautions, the host will still do additional checks to ensure that you are not a security risk to the network.

Doing these simple things will make your life much easier and will get your new orders online much faster!

That’s alll for now.

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