Free software included in your web hosting package



Included in Your Name Here’s web hosting packages are a number of useful tools, including the Web Application vault.

You can significantly increase your website functionality by using different web apps. Apps installed on a website can perform a number of tasks. If you are an individual, you can, for example, present yourself with a blog or organize an online storage of your media files. Companies can move their business online using the e-commerce or  CRM web  apps. All these apps are available for installation from the Applications section of the Customer Panel.

Inside the application vault you will see your current applications. Click on ‘All available Applications’ and this will show all categories for different types of applications you can install.

Click on each category to browse available applications, or if you know the name of the app you want to install then type it directly into the search box.

 

Click on the ‘Install’ button and the application will be added automatically. You will be asked what username and password you would like and these are the details you use to login to the admin area of your new application.

 




Create a WordPress Website with no Technical Knowledge



WordPress was originally used as a blogging software. It is now the most popular content management system on the internet with over a quarter of the world’s websites using WordPress.

You can still use WordPress to create a simple blog, but now it also allows you to easily create fully functional websites.

Once you have your domain and WordPress web hosting set up, you will receive your confirmation email with login details to your control panel. Inside the control panel you will find the option to automatically install the WordPress application.

Once it is installed you will have a username and password to login to the WordPress dashboard, which is where you control all the functions of your WordPress installation.

 

From this main menu you can fully create the design and layout of your website. The pre-designed layout of your site is called the ‘Theme’ which can be managed in the ‘Appearance’ section. There are thousands of free and premium themes to choose from on the Internet. WordPress has its own Themes Website which loads in your Dashboard when you click on ‘Add New Theme’ Once you choose a suitable theme, simply click on Install and your theme will be ready in a few seconds. To make it live you then click on ‘Activate’ and you will then have the look to your new website.

To add an ‘About’ page and a ‘Services’ page and others, just go to the Pages section in your Dashboard and click on ‘Add New’

You then just need to add your content for each page and you have your new website.

 

 

 

 

 




IP address banning



Your Name Here’s servers uses software called ‘Fail2Ban’ which is is an automated way to protect our servers from brute force attacks. Fail2Ban uses regular expressions to monitor log files for patterns corresponding to authentication failures and other errors that are considered suspicious.

If an IP address makes too many login attempts within a certain time interval, this IP address is banned for a certain period of time.

This is to combat attacks on our servers, however if any legitimate user fails to login several times then that users ip address will be blocked. When this happens you will not be able to access your emails, view your website or upload/download any files to the server.

If you cannot login please contact us and we can go through with you how to retrieve or reset any of your user details.




How to manage your Spam Filter



As we all know spam is a nightmare. According to a recent report by Cyberoam, there are an average of 54 billion spam messages sent every day and the proportion of spam email was around 80% of all email messages sent.

Your Name Here spam filters are designed to be configurable to match the needs of your individual mailbox. As well as blocking email senders, you can also add them to white list to ensure you receive emails from them, set a tolerance level and decide exactly what to do with emails that are recognised as spam.

The steps below will help you make the most of your spam filter:

Step 1.

Log in to your control panel and click on the mail tab:

 

 

Step 2.

Click on the email address and the mailbox options page will be shown:

 

 

Step 3.

Click on the Spam Filter tab and this will give you your spam filter options.Ensure the tick box is checked to switch on the spam filtering. Then you can choose how to handle spam. The above option moves the spam into a spam folder. As mentioned, using an IMAP account you can further train the spam filter to make it pick up on all emails you want treated as spam.

 

 

Step 4.

Click on ‘Show Advanced Settings’ and this allows you to enter safe email addresses into a ‘Whitelist’ and spam addresses into a ‘Blacklist’ It also explains the Filter Sensitivity setting which you can make more sensitive or less sensitive depending on whether or not all spam mail is being flagged:

 

If you have any difficulties with the settings on your spam filter please contact our support team for assistance.

 




How to upload your web files with FTP



The guide below will show you how to upload your website files to the web server using FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

To start with you will need your FTP user details. You will receive these in your confirmation email when you order your hosting package. If you would like us to resend the details please request this by emailing office@your-name-here.co.uk

There are many FTP programs but probably the most popular and the one we recommend is Filezilla. Click here to download and start the program.

Once you have downloaded this, open up Filezilla and you will see a ‘Quick Connect’ button in the top right of the screen.

Before you click on this you need to enter your user details which are the host address, the username and the password.

Then click Quick Connect, and double click on the ‘httpdocs’ folder to enter your hosting web space.

Once you are connected you will have 2 split windows, the left hand side is the files on your computer, the right hand side is your web space, in order to upload your files you need to either drag and drop from left to right, or double click on your left hand files to upload to the right.

You will notice the transfer progress on the bottom of the screen. If all is well Filezilla should display the files you have uploaded on the right hand screen and your website  should now be visible in your internet browser window. After every new upload you will need to refresh your browser.

For multiple sites there is a Site Manager option. Click on ‘File’ in the top left corner and you will be given the following screen, which allows you to enter and save the user details, so you can easily connect at the click of a button next time:

The host address, username and password will be stored in here. You simply click on ‘Connect’ to gain access to your web files on the split screen section as shown above.

 




How to set up an IMAP account on Samsung Galaxy



The following instructions are for setting up an IMAP account on a  Samsung Galaxy:

Firstly go to the ‘Settings’ section of your Samsung and then ‘Accounts’. Then go to ‘Add Account’ then click on ‘Email’

Choose IMAP ACCOUNT to start the set up.

Then enter your email address and password, then click on ‘Manual Set Up’

Then enter your incoming mailserver which is mail.domainname.co.uk (obviously replace domainname.co.uk with your own domain name)

Keep security type as ‘None’ and set the Port number to 143

The onto the outgoing mailserver which is exactly the same as the incoming with the Port Number set to 25

You will then be given this screen with further settings – unless you have any specific requirements you can keep all these settings on default and click on next.

This screen confirms that your account is set up and ready to use. Click ‘Done’




Importance of keeping Joomla updated



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Like all content management systems, Joomla will become vulnerable to hacking if it is not kept fully updated. Hackers are constantly searching the internet looking for web sites with known vulnerabilities.

Fortunately there are lots of developers constantly finding ways to secure Joomla. Any possible security flaw they find is dealt with and then the security patch is added to the next update.

All Joomla users need to apply these updates as soon as they come out, otherwise you will be running a website that Joomla’s own developers think may be vulnerable to hacking. The most common cause of hacked Joomla sites is outdated software. If you do get hacked then then the hackers will try to:

  • Send out spam emails
  • Infect your site with viruses
  • Create links to illegal web sites
  • Send Malware via your site to infect your computer

All of which can be very nasty and expensive.

Joomla updates also contain all the latest bug fixes. Certain functionality of Joomla may not always work perfectly in all cases. When these are reported to the Joomla developers, they try to fix this and release the fix on the next update. When an update becomes available there will be a message indicating this on your admin panel:

 

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Click on ‘Install the Update’ and you’re done.

 

 




Keeping WordPress updated



WordPress is a hugely popular web content software. With so many WordPress websites on the Internet it is a big target for hackers. Fortunately, with thousands of developers backing it, any security holes that are discovered in WordPress are fixed almost instantly.

The problem is that you need to update your software to be able to take advantage of each fix, and many sites don’t bother with them. In fact, when a WordPress site gets hacked, it’s almost always due to outdated software.

Your WordPress dashboard lets you know about any updates wordpressas soon as you login.

Simply click on the Updates link and you can then update all Themes and Plugins at once (or you can delete any old ones you do not need anymore)

It is important to keep WordPress, and any themes and plugins you are using, up to date. Failure to do this will increase the chance of your website being hacked and make it difficult for you to use any new WordPress products.

There are a number of Plugins you can install which can automatically update all the software for you such as:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/automatic-updater/

After you have updated anything on your WordPress site it is a good idea to give your site a quick test, just to ensure everything is still working as it should.

 

 




Nominet Price Increase Important Information



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In November 2015, Nominet the official UK registry has announced that it will be increasing wholesale domain prices.

Nominet say:

‘We’re committed to running a first class service for .UK registrants, including our renowned customer service, and we’re doing more than  ever before to ensure the .UK space is a safe and trusted home for all.  But costs have risen considerably since we last changed the price,  and we need to compete in a promotion-driven industry.  We won’t compromise on the quality of our service or dial back our efforts to  counter cyber-threats head on.

However, it’s important to us that .UK domains represent value for money as well as quality, and the price we have set reflects that.’

This change will regrettably affect the amount that YNH Ltd is charged for registering a UK domain name and will affect all names ending in .uk.

This price change will be effective from 1st March 2016 and will be the first price increase by Nominet since 1999.

Unfortunately we have to pass this cost on and the new price will be as follows:

£9.50 per year plus VAT.

Thank you for your understanding.