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Domains by Fluid Hosting

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Every website needs to start with a unique and successful domain name. A domain is what enables your website to be online — similar to that of a street address.

At Fluid Hosting LLC we have made it as easy as possible for you to manage and renew your website domain.

Auto Renewal
If you allow your domain to expire, then it will be available to be registered by anyone. This could put your business at risk, if you had simply forgot to renew your domain. At Fluid Hosting, we offer a free automatic renewal service so you don’t need to remember to keep renewing your domain manually. Now, it’s automatic! How cool is that? (more…)

How to upgrade your account to use PHP 5.3/5.4

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

This article explains how to switch PHP version on your Fluid Hosting Linux or Windows shared hosting account. Please carefully read the details below.

Are you hosted on Linux account?
If you are hosted on a Linux account with one of our shared hosting packages, the best way to activate the new PHP version is to complete 7 easy steps as shown below:

Step 1. Login to your hosting Control panel and go to “FTP/User Account” –> “Webshell4″ and click on icon, to launch the File Manager application.

Step 2. Find the domain where you’d like to active the new PHP version and open it’s folder.

Step 3. Go to “cgi-bin” folder and click on the “File” on top of the File Manager menu to create a new file.

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How to install Zpanel on CentOS 6?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

ZpanelIf you are buying a dedicated server or a VPS, most of us require a control panel which helps to manage the server and sites hosted on it. Even if you are an experienced user, you may still want to use the control panel because for more convenience. Normally our choice is reduced to free web hosting control panels and commercial web hosting control panels such as cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, etc. If you don’t mind about the habits and want to save some money, then you should consider installing a free control panel.

In this article I will tell you about one interesting free control panel which is Zpanel and I will show you how to install it on a Dedicated/VPS server with Centos 6x.

Just small introduction to Zpanel
Zpanel is pretty new and a free web hosting control panel which is oriented for Linux and Windows systems. Personally I like this panel because it looks modern and accurate, it has all the necessary features and even more to manage the server and sites on it. Zpanel is very easy to install, so even if you are a newbie, you should not face any problems installing it on CentOS or Ubuntu. Zpanel is also actively supported by the community which can help you to resolve most of the questions related to the installation and configuration.

Zpanel interface

Zpanel interface

 

Ready to install? Ok, let’s go…
Let’s start the installation of Zpanel on CentOS 6x fresh server. As the fresh server, I mean the new & clean recently installed operational system.

Here are the steps to install Zpanel on CentOS 6 (CentOS 6.X):
Step 1. 
As the first step, please SSH to your server as root user.
Step 2.
As t second step, please execute the command below to create the directory where Zpanel will be installed:
#mkdir /etc/zpanel
Step 3.
As the third step, please download the installation package:
# wget http://blog.fluidhosting.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/zpanel-install-kit.zip
Step 4.
As the fourth step, please unzip the installation package:
unzip zpanel-install-kit.zip
Step 5.
As the step five, make the installation file executable:
# cd zpanel-install-kit
#chmod 777 centos-6-2-1.00.sh
Step 6. 
Congrats! You are ready to start the installation:
# ./centos-6-2-1.00.sh

While it installing, you may drink a cup of coffe or tea :)
Once installation is completed, it will automatically reboot your server to apply the new changes.

Now you are ready for your first login…!
For the first login, please use the following information:

URL: your-ip-address
Username: zadmin
Password: password

 Zpanel login

That’s how Zpanel login screen looks

 

Some other things…
Zpanel is a very good choice for the personal purposes, but if you are thinking to use it as the control panel for the web hosting business, you should be careful. Zpanel is very good fairly written software, but it’s pretty new software and it still has some weak points. For example the DNS manager has a very basic features at current release. Also, since the product is new, it delivers a higher risk in terms of security.

Are you a Fluid Hosting customer?
If you are the Fluid Hosting customer and need help with the installation of Zpanel, please contact us, so we can install it for you.

How to install Teamspeak 3 on Linux server

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

I am going to share my personal experience of installing TeamSpeak 3 on a Linux based server. This could be a VPS or Dedicated server, no matter which one. Personally I am not a gamer, but a friend of mine who regularly plays asked me to install TeamSpeak 3 on his VPS.  Actually, TeamSpeak 3 is not complicated to install, but if you’ve never dealt with Linux before or if you have a very minor experience with Linux, you may find this guide useful.

Before I explain how to install TeamSpeak 3, I would like to say that there are several different options to configure this program with different databases such as MySQL or PgSQL, but in this article I will explain how to do a basic installation of TeamSpeak 3 with the default LiteSQL database that comes with software package.

So let’s  start our basic installation of TeamSpeak 3 on Linux server from the very beginning.

Step 1. Preparation
As a first step let’s download the latest version of TeamSpeak 3 server side application from  their official website. You can download it here: http://www.teamspeak.com/?page=downloads
Just find the Linux section and select ‘Server amd64′, if you have a Linux 64 bit OS or Server x86 if you have a regular 32bit OS.

Note:
To find which OS is installed on your server, execute the following command via SSH:
#uname -a
or
#cat /proc/version
This should display a current version of your OS.

When you found what OS is installed on your server, please go ahead and start downloading.

Step 2. Downloading
To download package from the command line, use following command:
#wget url

Note:
Just replace ‘url’ with the actual download link.

Step 3. Installation
Once the TeamSpeak 3 package is downloaded, execute the command below:
#tar xvfz teamspeak3-server_linux-xxx-xx-x-x-x.tar.gz

Note:
Just replace ‘xxx’ with your actual TeamSpeak version, since this could be changed after the update of current TeamSpeak version. The above mentioned command will unzip the installation package to stand alone folder.

Now do:
#cd /teamspeak3-server_xxx-xxx
This will bring you to the installation folder.

Now you need to upload the license key in this folder (contact TeamSpeak representative if you need to obtain a TeamSpeak license). You can use the above mentioned command ‘wget’ + ‘url’ or simply create a file licensekey.dat and insert your license key there.

Almost done…!
At this point you are ready to install your TeamSpeak 3 server with the basic predefault settings. Execute the following command to start the installation:
# ./ts3server_minimal_runscript.sh

If no error happened, you will see something similar:

——————————————————————
I M P O R T A N T
——————————————————————
Server Query Admin Acccount created
loginname= “serveradmin”, password= “xxxxxx”
——————————————————————2012-02-10 13:13:45.757107|INFO |Accounting | | Licensing Information
2012-02-10 13:13:45.757292|INFO |Accounting | | type : Non-profit
2012-02-10 13:13:45.757440|INFO |Accounting | | starting date : Fri Feb 10 00:00:00 2012
2012-02-10 13:13:45.757541|INFO |Accounting | | ending date : Fri Aug 10 00:00:00 2012
2012-02-10 13:13:45.757632|INFO |Accounting | | max virtualservers: 10
2012-02-10 13:13:45.757722|INFO |Accounting | | max slots : 512
2012-02-10 13:13:45.780202|INFO |FileManager | | listening on 0.0.0.0:30033
2012-02-10 13:13:45.786677|INFO |VirtualSvrMgr | | executing monthly interval
2012-02-10 13:13:45.787014|INFO |VirtualSvrMgr | | reset virtualserver traffic statistics
2012-02-10 13:13:46.402806|INFO |VirtualServer | 1| listening on 0.0.0.0:9987
2012-02-10 13:13:46.403496|INFO |VirtualServer | 1| client ‘server'(id:0) added privilege key for servergroup ‘Server Admin'(id:6)
2012-02-10 13:13:46.403552|WARNING |VirtualServer | 1| ——————————————————–
2012-02-10 13:13:46.403592|WARNING |VirtualServer | 1| ServerAdmin privilege key created, please use the line below
2012-02-10 13:13:46.403630|WARNING |VirtualServer | 1| token=FA7l5dKTuWOXsow49C3Mu5tVzX7NEnF6lR6KUkr3
2012-02-10 13:13:46.403681|WARNING |VirtualServer | 1| ————————————————————————————————————————–
I M P O R T A N T
——————————————————————
ServerAdmin privilege key created, please use it to gain
serveradmin rights for your virtualserver. please
also check the doc/privilegekey_guide.txt for details.token=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
——————————————————————2012-02-10 13:13:46.426045|INFO |CIDRManager | | updated query_ip_whitelist ips: 127.0.0.1,
2012-02-10 13:13:46.426775|INFO |Query | | listening on 0.0.0.0:10011

Copy/Paste the similar text and save it somewhere on your computer.

4. Almost done!
Now you are ready to launch TeamSpeak 3 for the first time.
Execute the following command to stat TeamSpeak 3 server:
#./ts3server_startscript.sh start

Note:
ts3server_startscript.sh supports the following attributes start|stop|restart|status
Use them to start/stop or restart your TeamSpeak server.

5. Last important step to complete
In order to get administrative privileges over the newly installed TeamSpeak server, you need to install a user client application. After the installation of the user client application you should connect to the TeamSpeak server to complete one more thing.

At the users application interface find the window Tools/ServerQuery on the left side of TeamSpeak client, and insert code below into that window:

login serveradmin ‘password-here’
use sid=1
servergroupaddclient sgid=2 cldbid=2

Note:
Just replace ‘password-here’ to the actual password which you’ve got after the installation of TeamSpeak.

This action will give you administrative privileges over the TeamSpeak server, which is pretty important.

Congrats! You’re Done!

If you are looking for a server to install TeamSpeak, you may also check our offers. Both our Windows and Linux packages would be good for a TeamSpeak. Also we would be glad to assist you with its installation and configuration of TeamSpeak if needed at no extra costs.

The must have WordPress Security Plugins

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Security of WordPress is always top of a bloggers mind. Every minute of every day a hacker will take over a WordPress blog, possibly destroying any data that they can see.  We have selected some great examples of free security plugins to protect your WordPress, that could also save you from thousands of hours of work being deleted by a hacker.

Bulletproof Security

Do you hate messing with your .htaccess or simply don’t know what you are doing and afraid of breaking your site? With Bulletproof Security you can improve and manage the security of your WordPress directly from your administrator dashboard, it’s that simple! Bulletproof security helps you protect against SQL Injection, Base64 and many more hacking attacks.

Login Locks

This plugin is very useful if you want to monitor failed log in attempts. Login Locks also offers a very useful emergency lock down option, at a click of a button. One handy little option this plugin comes with is the ability to automatically block known hacking IP addresses, as well as the ability to log out idle users.

TimThumb Vulnerability Scanner

More and more customers come to us each day asking for our help because their WordPress has been hacked due to an out-dated TimThumb file. With this handy little scanner you can scan your WordPress for any out-dated TimThumb files, with the results, the scanner will highlight any vulnerabilities and let you know exactly what you have to do.

Ultimate Security Checker

This plugin helps you to identify any security problems that you may have with your WordPress. The plugin will scan your WordPress blog for hundreds of known threats and then will show you a security grade based around the results of the scan. With those results and in case the scan does show any security threats, the plugin will tell you exactly what to do and to help you prevent the threat in the future.