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  1. In mid-December, the US Federal Communications Commission will hold a critical vote about the rules for Net Neutrality - about whether ISPs (like Comcast, AT&T, and the like) will be able to divide the internet into "fast" and "slow" lanes, or even censor sites they don't like altogether. These companies are madly trying to acquire content of their own (Comcast owns NBC, AT&T is trying to merge with Time Warner to get hold of all its cable channels). Think they don't want to favor their OWN content over everyone else's? ... Think again. This is big threat to the type of small, independent sites hosted by Hawkhost, such as blogs and small businesses. That in turn threatens the business of Hawkhost and other hosts of small sites, business at its core. If small sites are relegated to the slow lane, or cut off entirely, there won't be as much reason to have them in the first place. Everyone: join the battle to save the free internet which we all have grown to rely on: - call your Congressman and the FCC now! Hawkhost: put notice about this in your blog and Twitter feeds.
  2. > Setup a page for monitoring To minimize any performance hit, you can have a special page anywhere in your site which is of minimal size. 0 size might cause some problems, but anything else should work ok. Or, if you already have a very small page (or even a small image), you could use that. An advantage of that is that if you are doing any sort of accesslog viewing or analysis you can ignore fetches of the monitoring page so you are only looking at "real" traffic.
  3. HTTPS

    Thanks - that worked.
  4. HTTPS

    Do I have to do anything special to make use of this? Can I just redirect pages via htacess from http to https without doing any other steps? UPDATE: When I try to access my site using Firefox says this: Your connection is not secure The owner of has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website. Learn moreā€¦ (link to Mozilla explanatory site) Report errors like this to help Mozilla identify and block malicious sites uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is only valid for Error code: SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN
  5. Completely satisfied with Hawkhost

    Six-monthly update: Everything still A-OK. There have a been a few short periods of downtime, amounting to about 1 1/2 hours in the last 4 months. That is 99.955% uptime. Keep it up guys - I will be renewing for another year!
  6. More good news from Hawkhost

    Posts to the Hawkhost blog are kind of sporadic, but it seems they almost always bear good news of one kind or another. This recent post for June is no exception, announcing lots of enhancements to the service (hopefully without breaking anything). Within an hour of reading it, I was able to make good use of one of the features mentioned! Keep up the great work guys - you have a great service and it just keeps getting better.
  7. A dedicated server is a whole server just for you. A VPS is similar, but you are sharing the physical server with other Virtual servers. In either case, what you get is: - a certain amount of memory - a share of the physcial CPU - an operating system and that's about it. After that it's up to you to install the software you want or need, and administer and run that server. I think you'll find the descriptions of VPS offerings of other providers similar to those at Hawkhost. Shared and reseller hosting comes with lots of software to run a website (Lightspeed, cPanel, mail software, etc.). A VPS can do that, but the software isn't there for you, unless you request or install it. A VPS can also just be file server, or something else, too.
  8. Domain Forwarding

    With your domain registrar (whether that is Hawkhost or someone else) set up the nameservers to be the ones Hawkhost provided for your main domain. Then in your Cpanel, use "Domain Aliases" to add the other domains, and point their document root to public_html (or if you wish, another folder). That's all there is to it.
  9. Add preview function to Ticket System (and forum)

    This evening, I was adding an update to a ticket, and I noticed what appeared to be a new editor including a Preview function. I thought, oh great! they did it! but alas my hopes were dashed as it didn't quite work as expected. Specifically, I selected some text, and clicked the "I" button (for italics), which added _'s before and after the text. And when I clicked Preview, sure enough, that text was in italics. Then I clicked "Submit", and when the update showed up, ... no italics, but there were the _'s around the 'italicized' text. Let me try doing italics here and see if it works (there is no preview button, so I'll just let fly)? Is this text in italics ... or not? (It does show up in italics during the edit. (this part is back to regular))
  10. Completely satisfied with Hawkhost

    It's now a year since my original post here, and I am updating it to say the good ship HawkHost is still sailing along smoothly. Recently, I recommended HawkHost to a friend of mine, and he set up a website which has been working fine, too. I have two myself, and the three of them are all in different data centers (Washington, Dallas, and LA), meaning that the service is uniformly of high quality across all three. The only problems I have had in recent months were a few brief outages, totalling a most a few hours in the course of a year. Keep up the good work guys!
  11. My 2 cents' worth is this: The Knowledge Base here is very thinly populated, it's one area where Hawkhost is lacking. However ... if you Google search your question or topic, since this is a pretty standard Cpanel setup, you can usually find your answer. Often it will be in the knowledge base articles of some other host, many of which have better documentation, allowing for some slight stylistic differences among hosts (and some substantive ones, too). But usually the answers can be found. But having said that, the hosting itself - and the support - here is top notch and, as Brian said, once you've climbed the learning curve, you're in good hands with Hawkhost.
  12. Why does creating a subdomain take so long?

    Thank you for that comprehensive, thorough response.
  13. This is just sort of a generic question, and not so much a problem, so I didn't want to open a ticket, and others might be interested in the answer. Whenever I either create a subdomain such as or delete one, I fill out the form and click the do-it button ... and then wait. The browser sits there saying "Connecting ...." for something like 3+ minutes, and then comes back with the "Subdomain created" message. It seems like all you'd need to do is update a couple of entries in the "subdomain directory", or whatever there is, nothing that would take that amount of time. Is it more complicated than that? Thanks for answering this curiosity question.
  14. While that approach can serve for most purposes, it has at least one shortcoming: Certain hyperlinks within the site won't work. These are of the form [a href="/somepath/somepage.html"] I have used square brackets [ ] to avoid it being recognized as HTML here (and not appearing). To get around that problem, you can make all your links relative, [a href=../../somepath/somepage.html] but you may not want to do that. Another possibility is this: in the HOSTS file for your own computer add an entry like this: (tab) Where you put the actual IP address and domain name. Then for you, and you alone, when you access it will take you to your still-in-development website. When you then go live and have your DNS point to the site, you can remove that line from HOSTS.
  15. Feature Request for Spam Experts

    I know Spam Experts is 3rd Party Software, but maybe you can pass this along to them. It's a small enhancement to make it a little more convenient to use. See the attached image. The upper circle shows the Select-All/Deselect-All buttons. My suggestion is to put a SECOND SET of those where the lower, empty circle is. Reason: when there is a long list of messages, to reach the bottom where the Action selector is, you need to scroll and the upper Select-All button scrolls off the screen. If you forgot to click it before doing the scrolling and you want to use it, you have to scroll back up, and then back down to perform the Action. If there was a second set near the bottom, that wouldn't be necessary. Needless to say, this is not a big deal, but it's a small enhancement that would make deleting your spam messages easier and more convenient when you don't want to use the "Empty Quarantine" function for whatever reason.