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Posted by: KuJoe
2 hours ago
Forum: Announcements
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It looks like there's been a problem with e-mails being delivered in the Client Area so I haven't been getting notifications for new sign-ups and tickets. I'm looking into the issue now.

Also, it's a good time to mention you can join our Discord and ping me to get my attention. Wink

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Posted by: KuJoe
06-15-2020, 12:13 AM
Forum: Announcements
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We're back!

That's right, we're accepting new sign-ups for our new DirectAdmin server. After a lot of re-writing the backend to work on the latest versions of PHP and MySQL we're finally back online and working 100% (I hope). I've been doing a lot of testing over the past 2 weeks so all of the bugs should be fixed. E-mail delivery might be spotty because we had to completely change that up and switch to a new service at the last minute but initial testing looks good.

We have a Discord!

Since it's 2020 I decided to setup a Discord server for us since I monitor Discord much more closely than my browser so hopefully I can provide faster support, more frequent communication, and overall better service if we use it. I've spent a good portion of the last week writing a bot that integrates with the forum a bit so hopefully I can start adding more features to it.

Join the Discord!

What about cPanel and VestaCP?

Both of those servers are still online and clients with active services on them are still able to use them, but I'm unsure if I'll be adding new services to them at this time. With cPanel changing their pricing last year, I now have to pay $0.15 per account each month on top of the cost of the service making it not possible to offer the services for free anymore. I may offer cPanel plans as a paid option down the road.

VestaCP, while free has been giving me a lot of issues lately and I'm not comfortable putting new clients on the current server. I will look into rebuilding the VestaCP server (again) or look at one of the other open source options out there, but for now I'm going to hold off on accepting new sign-ups for VestaCP.

Monetization

So during the past month while I was working to get everything back online I noticed that the Google AdSense ads stopped showing up on the website. After a bit of digging it looks like I need to reapply to get ads placed back on the website so hopefully I can get those added back soon to generate a little revenue to help cover the costs. I'll be looking into other methods of bringing in some income but for now that's not a huge priority. Until I get around to it, enjoy the ad-free forums (for those of you not using an ad-blocker)!

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Posted by: KuJoe
07-14-2019, 04:30 AM
Forum: Announcements
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We're almost back... really!

With the latest pricing changes of cPanel it's kind of forced me to move things along quicker than expected and because of that I was able to get the new backend coded to better support multiple control panels and domains. I did have to transfer all of the domains to a new registrar to handle the changes but so far all testing has proven excellent. I'm re-opening the forums so I can post this announcement and I expect to start taking new sign-ups within a week once everything has proven to be stable.

Changes for current clients.

Current clients will be experiencing the following changes to their services in the next week or two:
  • cPanel services will be discontinued. We might offer paid cPanel services in the future, but currently the new cPanel licensing is too expensive to offer as free hosting. We wish there was another solution but cPanel Inc. decided to start billing per cPanel account and that doesn't work with a free web hosting model. I apologize for all clients impacted by this. I'll be sending out an e-mail shortly.
  • VestaCP services will be migrated to a new VestaCP server, downtime might be experienced but we'll do our best to keep it minimal. We also plan on reducing the disk space and bandwidth to better align with our other services.

New control panel incoming!

We have a new DirectAdmin server online and will be offering services on that server once we go live. This will give you the option between VestaCP and DirectAdmin control panels (with more in the future hopefully). Both will come with comparable features (CloudLinux, KernelCare, Softaculous, LetsEncrypt, etc...) and identical hosting plans so it will come down the personal preference on which control panel you'd like to use, or if you can't choose you can grab both!

New subdomain option!

Because I love hunting for domains, I've picked up afc.cx the other day so I'll be adding that to the subdomain list for new services. It's not a huge deal but more options are always better than less.

Next up, a new site design!

Once we get everything else back up and working we'll be redoing the website and forum designs. It's not a huge priority, but something that definitely needs to be done. I'll probably grab something off ThemeForest or find somebody on Fiverr to do this, but I figured I'd mention it so people were aware that it'll get a makeover soon.


That's it for now. Expect more updates in the near future.  Cool

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