Server Name Indication (SNI) is now supported: Install one or more SSL certificates without a dedicated IP address

October 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

All of our shared and reseller hosting services now support Server Name Indication (SNI). This new feature allows you to do two things that weren't previously possible in a normal shared or reseller hosting environment:

  • You can now install one or more SSL certificates for your domains (including add-on domains) on the same account.
  • You no longer need a dedicated IP address to install an SSL certificate and, instead, can use the shared IP address of the server that you are on.
Most modern web browsers support SNI and there are only a few exceptions:
  • Chrome 5 and older browsers on Microsoft Windows XP
  • Any Internet Explorer browser on Microsoft Windows XP
  • Android mobile phone default browser on Android O.S. v. 2.x.
  • Blackberry web browser
  • Windows Mobile cell phones up to v. 6.5.
With IPv4 depletion on the horizon, this is an awesome change that allows you to secure your website without the added expense of needing a dedicated IP.
If you have any questions or would like to order an SSL certificate for your primary or add-on domains, please feel free to contact us!

PHP 5.5.0 Now Available

June 20, 2013 at 3:28 PM

We have enabled PHP 5.5.0 support on all of our shared & reseller hosting services with today's release of PHP 5.5.0!

To enable PHP 5.5 for any folder just add the following to your .htaccess file:

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php55 .php

If you want to use PHP 5.5 for only a few files, it may be easier to simply use the ".php55" extension for them instead of updating the .htaccess file.

If you prefer to use PHP 5.4 instead, use the following line in .htaccess:

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php54 .php

We hope you enjoy developing your new PHP applications here at GeekStorage! :)

Managing Huge Email Inboxes

January 27, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Is your email inbox out of control? Do you have gigabytes of tiny emails clogging up your productivity? Out of control email inboxes are a huge headache. If you have ever tried to sift through thousands of old emails searching for that one you just know arrived last month about the Big Project while your computer cranks and cranks and just struggles to pull up anything at all, you need to read this.

One Day to Email Inbox Heaven

All you need is a cPanel account and an email inbox. We will leverage the power of user filters to help focus your emails in to a much more manageable folder structure. If you receive hundreds of emails per day, this will help you keep track of which are truly important and which can be safely left for later perusal. Follow me for the email article that will change your elife.

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Getting Started: LiteSpeed

October 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Here at GeekStorage, we love LiteSpeed! There are many good reasons for this, not the least of which is LiteSpeed's fantastic PHP performance. Not only is LiteSpeed an amazing web server, it is also very easily configured via an online GUI, making the setup process very user friendly. This article will demonstrate how to get started with a basic LLMP setup on your VPS or Dedicated server. 


What you will need:

  • A Linux-based VPS or Dedicated Server. We recommend our blazing fast SSD VPS service. Combined with LiteSpeed, it's on a whole new level of speed.
  • Familiarity with the Linux console. Check out our SSH tutorial if you are new to Linux or the console.
  • A need for speed!
  • (Optional) We recommend using CentOS 5.x or 6.x to follow along with this guide

We will be using the LiteSpeed Standard Edition for this setup. It is completely free and supports up to 5 domains and 150 concurrent connections. While lacking some of the more powerful features of the Enterprise Edition, it is a great platform for a development environment due to its ease of setup and speed.

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Take the Headache Out of Sending Email

October 1, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Email is one of the oldest internet services still around today, and many of us rely on it to do our work, keep in touch with our friends, and get our daily news. Unfortunately, email is also one of the most often misconfigured services running on servers today.  A number of factors are at play when email is sent & received, sometimes causing email transaction problems to be difficult to debug. Luckily, there are just five quick steps to get your email functioning more reliably with your VPS or Shared Hosting service.

Five Quick Steps for Email Sanity

It might sound absurd, but you can really go a long way with just five quick steps. For cPanel users, these steps can be completed in a matter of minutes. It really is something everyone should do, and we encourage these steps for all of our users reporting email problems. Nine times out of ten, we find that these five steps could have prevented problems before they made it to the support desk.

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