Category: "General"

CloudFlare, Attracta & More!

July 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Hi Geeks!

Last month I wrote about a couple of new features in the works. Today, I can announce the addition of CloudFlare and Attracta to our Shared Hosting and Reseller Hosting servers. We hope you will enjoy these two new features, both of which can be used for free on a basic level.

CloudFlare

CloudFlare Logo

CloudFlare operates one of the largest content delivery networks (CDN) on the internet and its mission is to accelerate and protect websites using the service. Our users can activate CloudFlare within their cPanel Control Panel with the click of a button. After activating CloudFlare, our users can then easily select which domain(s) to utilize with the CloudFlare service. To users who activate CloudFlare on their service with us, your websites will load faster and have an additional layer of security.

One of the basic concepts behind CloudFlare is their CDN. As users access your website, your content will be cached remotely on a CloudFlare CDN server closest to your user, geographically. This allows for faster response times.

SEO implications of CloudFlare are positive as well. Major search engines like websites that load fast and CloudFlare will help you achieve further success with faster response times of your website.

To view more information, and to review all of the features available with CloudFlare, you can visit their website at http://www.cloudflare.com/overview.

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Domain Registration, Renewal and Transfer Price Increase

December 4, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Dear Geeks,

 

Effective January 15, 2012, Verisign will again be increasing the cost to register .com and .net TLD’s. This price increase, along with increases for other TLD's over the years, is currently almost annually and affects all registrars and subsequently, end users. This will be the third price increase, by Verisign, in the last few years. Up until now, we have absorbed the cost of these price increases, however, we can no longer continue to absorb these price increases.

On January 15, 2012, the cost of a new domain registration, renewal or transfer (for all TLD’s we offer) will increase from the current base rate of a domain registration, renewal or transfer from $10.00/year to a new domain registration, renewal or transfer rate of $12.00/year. We have enabled the ability for you to login to our account management website and renew any existing domains you have from anywhere between 1-10 years, at the current rate of $10.00/year per domain.

You can login to renew your domains at the current rate, here:
http://www.geekstorage.com/account

After January 15, 2012, all existing domain registrations maintained by GeekStorage.com will increase to the new base rate of $12.00/year per domain. If you have an existing coupon code discounting the cost of a domain registration, renewal or transfer, that coupon will still be valid after the price increase takes effect. We believe this new rate is a competitive rate and will allow us to continue to offer domain registrations, renewals and transfers for our customers.

Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions about this notice, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at support@geekstorage.com.

Regards,

Matt & Jay, Head Geeks
GeekStorage.com, LLC

 

New Sales & Billing Telephone Hours

June 2, 2010 at 5:43 PM

We now offer sales and billing assistance via our toll-free number (1-888-865-6515). Looking for some great website hosting? Have a question about your account? Give us a shout!

Sales and Billing telephone hours are every Monday thru Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM, Central Standard Time.

Have a question after hours?

Geek Support is available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via our e-mail based ticketing system. Send an e-mail to support@geekstorage.com and we'll get you taken care of. :)

State of GeekStorage - April 2010

April 19, 2010 at 4:56 AM

Greetings Geeks!

It's been quite awhile since our last "State of GeekStorage" and I wanted to take the time to put into writing some of the amazing ideas and enhancements we have in the pipeline for our geeks.

We're healthy!

GeekStorage.com has continued to remain a private and profitable corporation, with no debt. Our sales over the last year have steadily increased, albeit a little slower due to the current economy, and we look forward to another great year of building and maintaining our awesome internet playground.

Ksplice and Softaculous - Two New Features

We have recently installed Ksplice on all of our shared, reseller and VPS servers. This is a great server administration utility that allows us to update our servers without rebooting, saving your website from further downtime.

We will soon be offering Ksplice on our managed dedicated server offerings as well.

We have recently started adding Softaculous to new shared and reseller servers. Softaculous is a script auto-installer, much like Fantastico, that offers you the ability to demo, rate, and one-click install over 130 scripts!

Click here for a complete list of scripts installed by Softaculous

Every shared and reseller server will soon be installed with Softaculous. Softaculous is also available on our VPS and managed dedicated servers, absolutely free of charge.

Additional Network Capacity - Chicago, IL Data Center

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We have added additional network capacity with our Chicago, IL Data Center and are currently in the process of shipping new hardware there now. Over the last couple of months we didn't have a lot of availability for new shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated customers wanting to be with us in Chicago, IL. This additional capacity has fixed that problem.

"Cloud Hosting" - Powered by Citrix XenServer

Citrix XenServer

Over the last several months we have been researching and planning an enhancement to our existing hardware and networking infrastructure to support what is commonly referred to as "cloud hosting" (see the Wikipedia "cloud hosting" article for more details). Whereas there is still a lot of debate as to what "cloud hosting" really is -- our implementation of the technology will not be as confusing or "clouded" (excuse the pun!).

We have invested tens of thousands of dollars adding and upgrading our hardware and network to support this new platform. Our implementation will eliminate single points of failure, add scalability, enhance reliability and so much more -- the best part is: we'll keep it affordable. We've always tried to build the best internet playground for the most affordable pricing. I can tell you this, we will  bring you an affordable cloud hosting platform that only large corporations have been able to take advantage of for years.

We do plan on migrating our existing shared and reseller customers to this platform. High-availability hosting (running two "instances" of your website on two separate servers) is on the table and will be an offering, just not initially.

We will have more information on this exciting subject soon!

Coming Soon! New Geekmunity Portal

We have been hard at work on a new customer front-end over the last couple of months. We do not have a date, set in stone, that we will launch our new portal, however, it will be soon(TM). The new portal will be powered, on the backend, by Ubersmith.

This new portal is amazing and will offer you the ability to easily manage your online account(s) with us.

Some of the key features include:

  • Account Details Management (your details, add additional users, etc.)
  • Billing Management (credit cards, PayPal, invoice history, account credits, etc.)
  • Service Management (a listing of your services, ability to upgrade/downgrade, cancel, order additional services, etc.)
  • Device Monitoring (allows you to setup a device monitor for your VPS or dedicated server)
  • Domain Management (fully integrated into the portal)
  • Support Resources (knowledgebase, online videos, support tickets, etc.)
  • Reseller Portal (a special portal for our resellers)

A quick sneak peek:

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In Conclusion

I just want to thank you for being a geek, or at least thinking about becoming a geek, and hope that you are ready for some of the amazing additions and enhancements we have in the works!

Have any comments or suggestions? Please feel free to let us know!

Regards,

Jay & Matt, Head Geeks

P.S. Don't forget, we're on Twitter! @GeekStorage

Welcome to our new blog!

April 19, 2010 at 12:29 AM

Welcome to our new blog! As I'm sure our geeks our well aware, we take customer feedback extremely seriously. We welcome your comments and suggestions on our blog posts -- your feedback is truly appreciated.

We will be closing the Geekmunity Forums soon, as we focus more on interacting with you through our blog and Geekmunity Portal (coming soon!). We may bring back forum functionality within this new portal at a later date.

We will no longer be posting service, server & network announcements on the Geekmunity Forums, they will instead be posted here.

I recommend bookmarking this blog, as we have some very exciting posts to come (hint: cloud hosting, network upgrades, Geekmunity Portal, and so much more!).

Stay tuned!