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    Redirect new subdomain to another server

    I found a very simple answer to my question: In cPanel, I simply added an "A" record to my DNS zone file (I think that's the right terminology) associating with the desired IP address. I did not have create a whole (real) subdomain to do that.
  2. What I have: A domain registered with some registrar, let's call it "R". A domain hosted by Hawkhost (shared hosting), let's call it The nameservers are and I have a VPS hosted elsewhere which performs some related functions to this domain but isn't a website per se. What I want to do: Create a new subdomain for this domain, let's call it Connect that subdomain name to the IP of the VPS. The main question is: How do I do that? I looked at the functions on my registrar's site, and there was something about "subdomain redirection", but it said I need to use *their* nameservers instead of hawkhosts. I'd rather not do that, in case, as happened recently with my hosting being moved from DC to NY, the IP changed with it, and hawkhost took care of that, resulting in no downtime. I can add the subdomain in cpanel, but that's not really what I want since it would hosted elsewhere, but maybe there is some fancy DNS editing I can do on top of it to make it work. Any suggestions? (If not, where should I ask about this?)
  3. Let's say the domain in question is As Brian said, you need to have an index page such as index.html (you can have other suffixes, as appropriate - .shtml, .php, etc.). This should go in your public_html directory. Then if a visitor simply goes to, he will see that address in his browser, while what is displayed is the contents of index.html. You don't have to do anything to remove it. A visitor can also explicitly open in which case that full address will appear in the browser address bar. If you want to make that appear as just as well, you can, since the main page for HawkHost's website does exactly that. If you try to open what you see is just (Index.html gives a 404 error in that instance.) For some htaccess code to accomplish that, see this post: (among many others of simiar bent) NOTE: adding rewrite rules is tricky business, and can easily mess things up. Experiment in a subdirectory before adding it to your main home directory.
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    How is Cloud Hosting different from a VPS?

    Very informative answer- thank you. I would suggest rewriting, adding to, or linking to the above from the blog post, as this clarifies things a great deal.
  5. A new blog post announces Cloud Hosting, which I presume is different from the other services. That you can specify an operating system choice suggests it is very much like, if not the same as, a VPS. How is it different from ... well I guess all the other services while we're at it?
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    When do you backup your website?

    Can you elaborate on that a little? Does that mean "the backups exist, but there might be a delay in using them" OR, more ominously "sometimes the backup process fails and there are no backups for a certain time in the past" ? If there are daily backups kept for 7 days, then there should be 7 fairly recent backups, and it would seem that no matter what, even if there is some problem, some of them should always be available. That may not be good enough for some, but it is better than nothing in any case!
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    Couple of small Client area questions

    Would there be a way to hide them in the Client Area display? Something like "show only active services" option perhaps. They could remain on the books without bothering someone who just wants to ignore them. ADDITIONAL INFO: I see that in the client area, you can sort the services by "Status". That means you could put the Active ones at the top and dead ones at the bottom, a little more "out of the way".
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    Couple of small Client area questions

    If you don't mind paying a little ahead of time, you can do this already. Using the "Add Funds" feature in the Client Area you can determine your anticipated charges and send it all in at once, regardless of the expiration dates. I have two separate services and so I just send in one combined payment before the earlier one comes due, and it takes care of the second one a few weeks later.. There are still separate invoices, though. However, that is non-refundable (as I understand it) and you'd be making payments in advance, so you'd want to be sure you were going to renew before doing that.
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    Business Email - Google Suit?

    You can associate multiple email addresses with your Gmail account, and choose which one is used for each outgoing message. It will send your messages directly to the recipients (not via Hawkhost). That is all handled within Gmail, and this Google search result (or some variation of it) will give you lots of articles describing all the various aspects of using that Gmail feature.
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    Merry Christmas Hawkhost!

    For my site, the DC → NY move went very smoothly and quickly, and such is what I've come to expect here, as my sites cruise along with only a rare, and very minor, hiccup now and then. I hope you have had a successful year and continue so in the future. Tony, Brian, and the rest of you are doing a great job, keep up the good work!
  11. 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.
  12. > 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.
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    Thanks - that worked.
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    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 more… (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
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    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!