Linux Versus Windows Server Webhosting

Posted by: admin  :  Category: cPanel & WHM, Linux Server Hosting, Tips & Tricks, Windows Server Hosting

If choosing the right webhost already gives you headache, what more if you will have to choose between a Linux and Windows-based hosting server?

Let us enumerate the PROs and CONs between the two Operating Systems:

Linux Servers:

  • Since Linux is FREE, webhosting servers running on this OS flavor will cost lesser than a Windows-based one;
  • Linux has a rock solid core — you will never see the BSOD on a machine running this OS. “Server Stability” is the keyword here;
  • There are tons of free apps that you may install in a Linux server.

 

Windows Server:

  • Since the Windows operating system is created by software giant Microsoft — it ain’t FREE;
  • If a particular app that you wish to run in your website is designed for a Windows-based machine, then choose your webhost account to run this OS;
  • If you’re familiar with the Windows Desktop environment, there will be no learning curve at all to manage your website’s server running on this OS.

 

Check if the cPanel Ports are Open

Posted by: admin  :  Category: cPanel & WHM, Linux Server Hosting, Tips & Tricks

As experienced by some of our clients, most especially those students who are working behind a network that utilizes web filtering softwares, the non-standard HTTP ports cPanel works with causes them minor headaches. Usually cPanel can be opened from:

  1. http://yourdomainname.com/cpanel
  2. http://yourdomainname.com:2082
  3. http://cpanel.yourdomainname.com

 

At times, local firewalls allow only access to sites on port 80. If that will be the case, use the last URL. Note that the third address is a web-based proxy which provides you with the option to access your cPanel via the default HTTP port 80. This helps if your Internet Service Providers (ISP) blocked ports 2082 and 2083.

You may check if the ports are blocked executing the following commands:

If you are running Windows do the following:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. Type cmd
  4. Type telnet yourdomainname.com 2083
  5. Type telnet yourdomainname.com 2082

If you are running Linux do the following:

  1. Start your Linux/Mac OS console terminal
  2. Type telnet yourdomainname.com 2083
  3. Type telnet yourdomainname.com 2082

If the port is not blocked the results should look like the following one. Trying IP_of_the_server ( 10.10.10.10 for an example )…

Connected to servername.com.
Escape character is ‘^]’.

Different result will means that the port is blocked.

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The aspnet_client Folder

Posted by: admin  :  Category: Tips & Tricks, Windows Server Hosting

ASP.net developers should be aware of the aspnet_client folder in their webhosting accounts. This folder is related to ASP.net runtime validation and has its own importance. This folder is automatically created when you enable the ASP.net extension on your site. The aspnet_client folder contains the client-side code used by some of the ASP.NET Web Form controls, namely Validation and SmartNavigation. The scripts contained in this folder get called by webpages that utilize controls that need these scripts. If you use a control that uses one of the scripts in this folder and the script can’t be found, then that control will not be able to do its client-side job.

The aspnet_client folder should be considered as the ASP.NET runtime component not your ASP.NET application. The scripts in the folder might change in the new version. This is why Publish Site tool will delete it first and then ASP.net will recreate it. If you had a web application developed in an older version, then published it to a web site with a newer version of ASP.NET, the aspnet_client should have the scripts from the same version of ASP.NET. So it is a good practice to let ASP.NET maitain this folder.

If your aspnet_client directory is missing, you may encounter errors with your application such as

“Unable to find script library ‘/aspnet_client/system.web/1_0_3705_272/webUIValidation.js’”

 

To resolve this, you can manually copy the folder to the root directory of your domain name.

Create Image Thumbnails in cPanel

Posted by: admin  :  Category: cPanel & WHM, Linux Server Hosting, Tips & Tricks

Did you know that cPanel has a tool that can create thumbnails of existing images? This tool allows you to create a small (thumbnail sized) version of any image in a directory on your site.

This can be useful in creating a page where smaller previews of all your images can be viewed before the larger, original image is accessed, saving bandwidth.

The application is known as the Thumbnailer and can be accessed by clicking Image Manager, then clicking the Thumbnailer link. From here, an entire directory must be selected.

How to convert a directory of images to thumbnails:

  1. Navigate to the directory you would like to change the images to thumbnails.
  2. Click the name of the folder in blue to create thumbnails for the images in the directory.
  3. Click Thumbnail Images to finish the process.
  • You may use the Scale Percent text boxes to define how small the images should be.
  • We recommend that you keep the Keep Aspect Ratio checked when creating thumbnails to prevent the image from becoming distorted by keeping the height and width proportional.
  • You may click Reset Dimensions to return the Scale Percent values to the default settings.

After the application has completed the task of resizing your images, a thumbnails directory will be created as a subdirectory within the selected folder. The thumbnail images will be created with the prefix tn_*, where * is meant to represent the filename and extension.

Click the Your images have been thumbnailed into link to open the thumbnails directory in the cPanel File Manager.

Importance of Keeping Your WordPress Site Updated

Posted by: admin  :  Category: Tips & Tricks

The popularity of WordPress, not just as a blogging platform but more of a Content Management System is steadily increasing among novice and seasoned website developers. WordPress, or simply WP is an open source software / application. One good thing about being an open source product is that once a vulnerability (security hole or issue) is found, a remedy will be ready in a day or two (most of the time, it is less than 24 hours). The challenge now is for the website owners to update their WP installations with the current one.

As of this writing, the official current version of WordPress is 2.7 (downloadable via http://www.wordpress.org). We had already received a couple of emails requesting for technical assistance, as their WordPress-based websites (or blogs) were apparently “hacked”. Investigations revealed that the “hacking” incident is due to the fact the their WordPress site is not yet “patched” or not yet upgraded to the latest version.

A quick upgrade to the latest WP version will prevent “hackers” (though I personally would prefer to call them as “crackers”) from defacing your website, based on a existing security issue found on the older versions of the software or application.

We at TurfSitePH.net is committed to provide the safest yet affordable website hosting service in the Philippines. Thus, you can be assured that our servers are patched as soon as updates are available. However, the updating of our client’s individual websites are not covered by our Service Level Agreements (SLA).

Using Smart Bro? Use OpenDNS

Posted by: admin  :  Category: Tips & Tricks

Ever experienced going to a website and your browser will display: Page cannot be displayed?

The computer unit that we share for internet surfing at home uses Smart Broadband. It is not once that I have to call their Customer Service Hotline just to ask them to refresh their DNS Servers, because we are trying to access a website, which we firmly know that is online (because TurfSitePH.net is the host) and does exist, but gets the “Page cannot be displayed” error over and over again. It only means one thing, the DNS Server of my ISP is broken.

Now, if you do not want to spend wasting your time calling your ISP just to request them to refresh their DNS servers (based on my experience, they will act on it after 48 hours), you may want to use OpenDNS instead? OpenDNS will let you use their DNS Servers, instead of the ones provided by your ISP. In this way, we can be assured that we are browsing the latest version of the website, and it also gives you a safeguard against phishers and scammers, as they try to block websites that fall to these categories when you surf to them.