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  1. Updating SPF Records Can it Be Done Automatically?

    Actually after still some more tinkering, this works like a charm: v=spf1 +a +mx +ip4:<<primary IP Address>> +include:_spf.arandomserver.com -all Also note the -all, so there are no soft fails. If you're not _spf.arandomserver.com you can reject.
  2. Updating SPF Records Can it Be Done Automatically?

    Going to try this then: v=spf1 +a +mx +ip4:<<primary server IP Address>> +a:_spf.arandomserver.com +mx:_spf.arandomserver.com +ip4:<<current server IP Address>> +ip4:<<Prior server IP Address>> ~all (deliberately snipped IP Addresses) Thing that's durable enough?
  3. Noticed today my IP Address for my outgoing mail changed. No big deal typically, but it knocked my SPF Record out of whack and was hurting my outgoing email's spam score with a soft fail on SPF. Is there an easy way to automate this to "Anything Hawkhost changed my IP to for outgoing mail, I promise it's not Spam. If it's anything else but that server drop that crappy email like a hot potato."
  4. So the non-profit organization I work for is getting tired of the canned wordpress themes out there and is willing to shake loose a few bucks for a custom one. I'm just curious if anyone in this forum has some free time on their hands and is willing to do something for cheap that's one of a kind. Any takers?
  5. You can find the hardware specs on VPS Here: https://www.hawkhost.com/vps-hosting Beyond that, it's pretty much what tgonhawk said. VPS is pretty much a "Do It Yourself" option for hosting. Hawkhost gives you a (Virtual) server, an operating system and some optional bits of software (Paid typically) and you're off from there. It's a very skeletal configuration to start and you'll need to shape in your own image. ...and I wouldn't have this any other way. In the VPS hosting world I'd prefer to call all the shots on performance, security and stability myself.
  6. Long story short, I wanted to fetch some PDF's and tear them apart for information. Anyone tried this yet on PHP or Java? IText was one gadget I found that looked fairly promising. But wondering what else people have come up with. Thanks!
  7. Adding Wordpress??

    Expanding on Brian a smidge, you may want to think about getting a reseller account in a situation like this, then moving your client in (I'm sure Hawkhost will let them move in under you), this way you have a "Alpha" account that lets you log into all your clients and install anything you want, such as Wordpress, that way one set of users and passwords you keep alone can do all you want. Clients still get their own users and passwords that keep them in their own realm. Disclaimer: I'm only a customer of hawkhost, but been in the industry a crap ton. P.S. now that I've done your suggestive up selling for you Brian, where do I send my invoice :-p
  8. Setup is always a bear, if you think Reseller setups are crazy, try a VPS. Six months into managing the one here I'm responsible for and I still wonder if I've got everything setup 100% the way it should be (but hey everything works so now it's just optimizing...) But yeah Hawkhost support is right on the ball :-)
  9. WordPress Users, Secure yourselves!

    Still very relevant advice, if anything I'm picking up more attacks on Wordpress sites I work with nowadays.
  10. 2) We will never change the base price of the product on you. The only variable that would potentially impact your renewal price is if you sign up using a one time discount as opposed to a recurring discount. In this case the one time coupon would only be applied on your initial signup invoice whereas a recurring discount would be maintained through the life of the account. Can confirm, been here 3 years, paying the same base price for hosting my initial domain as year 1 (I've since moved in a few domains, signed one other shared account up and bought a VPS for another organization, and am contemplating moving my initial package to a VPS myself, but I can rest assured my soon to be arriving yearly bill will likely be the same unless I initiate the change...)
  11. So I've got a VPS setup through Hawkhost, that amongst other things rolls its own DNS. All seems good but many have told me I really should find another server for DNS, security and reliability reasons. Makes sense. Of course that just costs more money, at least for a good provider. Thoughts? Is it really a best practice now? Would HawkHost help at all (maybe open up HawkHost DNS servers and allow me to place a zone file on HawkHost's own DNS)? Just curious...
  12. So on Hawkhost right now: ---I have my personal shared space for my blog, few project sites, etc. ---For a non-profit I volunteer at, we have a VPS for our website that I help manage Also as well (not on Hawkhost) I manage a website for a large government agency on their own infrastructure, and have seen much in my 20 years experience on the interwebs. Performance: Of both of these has been nothing shy of amazing, the VPS server just doesn't quit no matter what kind of load we throw at it. We're fairly quiet most of the time but at certain times of the year we spike. Never an issue. My blog has never had any noticeable degradation either, just purrs like a kitten. Compare it to the big website I manage who gives me grief every now and again performance wise and I'm grateful Hawkhost doesn't give me much grief. Reliability: It really is nice going back to my non-profit's director's and telling them that I've had no unplanned downtime incidents since we've had the site :-) can't say that about the government agency I also work with... In conclusion: It just works out here :-)
  13. This sounds like you're setting up someplace away from Hawkhost since Hawkhost doesn't use VMWare. I'd suggest taking your question to another forum (or becoming a Hawkhost customer). Good luck!
  14. So fed up with Hawk Host after less than one day

    While some of those passwords I mentioned above are already integrated, the point I maintain will be that 100% integration of all logins out there is more a people problem than a technical problem. I don't think we'll ever get everyone to agree on all one format, and as tgonhawk mentioned, it's probably not even desirable or recommended.
  15. So fed up with Hawk Host after less than one day

    In defense of the "many passwords" problem, I don't see it as a Hosting problem, I see it as an industry problem. The Internet as it is today has evolved a need for so many services to run a site effectively, it takes many services to do what needs doing. Just to run a website: 1) Need to upload your data, FTP and/or Cpanel and/or Wordpress for users and passwords, all different people who created these software packages, all stuff Hawkhost didn't build and in many cases pre-dates Hawkhost's existence by a long shot. 2) Helpdesk, yet another person who created this software package 3) Billing, still another person etc.... Now then, to start consolidating logins, you're going to have to get the person who invented FTP, to agree to the same protocol that Wordpress, Cpanel and Helpdesk are all using. But oh that Billing guy is very disagreeable.... You'll never get everyone to agree on a format for a common login, period. Use something like LastPass (great password utility @ https://lastpass.com/) and grin and bear it. If you think this is bad, my work involves the maintenance of a very highly trafficked website for a big state government agency, I probably have forgotten more passwords than you could ever use with Hawkhost. Disclaimer: Not affiliated with Hawkhost, but been in the business too damn long.