Yay, we are done!
We are super happy to announce that the upgrade is complete. We have been just itching to get you free SSL. We have achieved that now, and are smugly satisfied. Our backups are more solid, too. And, If you’re a website newbie, we have a great new site builder. There is important information contained below, so please read it.
SSL: What ssl is and why you might want it
(Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral. SSL is an industry standard and is used by millions of websites in the protection of their online transactions with their customers.
This means that if you enter your password, or a customer emails you via your online form that informations is encrypted before being transferred over the wild wild Internet.
We now offer Free SSL Certificates for everyone who’s DNS we host! Our certificates are provided by Let’s Encrypt and are automatically updated prior to their expiration (~every 90 days). If you host your DNS with us, and would like to activate your free SSL certificate, please see how to do so here: https://pineconehosting.com/how-to-enable-ssl-on-your-website/
New backup system
We have revamped our backup system! While the integrity or our backups was never compromised, our new system is much better! Now, not only will your website files and databases be backed up, but your whole cPanel account will be backed up as well! This includes all of your website settings, from SSL certificates to FTP accounts, Email settings to parked domains… Everything! We backup all of your data to an external cloud storage, that way if for some reason our servers were ever compromised, your data will be safe! We back up daily, weekly and monthly, with a 2 month retention period. And we provide free restorations. Please let us know right away if you need a restore.
New Website Builder for beginners
Boldgrid allows you to create a WordPress site with ease. It walks you through the whole process much like Wix or Squarespace. It runs on top of WordPress, which has by far the greatest variety of plugins and themes of any CMS or site builder.
If your domain is not hosted with us
Remember to double check your nameservers and A records if we don’t host your domain name. Your A record should point to 18.104.22.168 and your nameservers should be:
Make sure email imports are set up
If you use Google Apps, or Zoho for your Email, you are all set and don’t need to re-configure anything. However, if you use our servers to host your email, and have an import setup in Gmail, please double check to make sure your settings are configured properly:
- Username: email@example.com
- Password: your email address password
- Server: yourdomain.com
- Port: For IMAP use port 993, for POP3 use port 995
- To send mail as firstname.lastname@example.org, use Outgoing server: yourdomain.com and SMTP port 465
Prevent your contact forms from going to Spam
It has come to our attention that some sites have old contact forms that don’t reflect modern anti-spam requirements. The settings need to be updated so you continue to get mail sent from your online forms.
Make sure your contact forms use a you@yourdomain email address as the send from address. In order to reply to the sender, make sure to use a reply to header. And it is always a good idea to implement reCaptcha
We thank you for choosing Hang Left Hosting, and look forward to continue being of service in the future! Your support allows us to do what we love, and continually improve accessibility and security.
Jeffrey and Chen