Centos – Setting or Change hostname

This article will cover how to set the hostname on a Centos server or if one has already been set how to change the hostname. By default the hostname of a server, if it has not been set during the installation, will be taken from the RDNS entry of the IP address.

Checking the Hostname

It is a good start to initially check the server to confirm how it has been configured. The command: hostname or sudo hostname will output the current hostname:

hostname

Changing the Hostname

If you are not happy with the current hostname set, you can change the hostname as follows:

Sysconfig | Network: Open the /etc/sysconfig/network file with your text editor. Modify the HOSTNAME= value to match your FQDN host name, for example: nano /etc/sysconfig/network

network

Hosts File: Open and change the host that is found at /etc/hosts on your Centos server. Command: nano /etc/hosts

hosts

Set the Hostname: The ‘hostname’ command will let you set the hostname on the server. This command is lost after a reboot if not set up permanently under the network file. Command: hostname

checkhostname

Restart Networking: At this point all the necessary changes have been made. You will now want to restart the network adapter to make the changes persistent on a reboot using the command: /etc/init.d/network restart

restart

I hope this FAQ has been helpful and I would ask anyone who uses this to leave feedback or suggestions on how I could improve this article.

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The Joys of Virtualisation: Benefits of VPS

With a virtual private server you get all the benefits of a server environment without purchasing expensive pieces of hardware. But how is this possible? Virtualisation is what allows us to give you a space in The Cloud and other advantages that come with having a VPS.

The process of virtualisation starts with great hardware. Our servers have multiple processors, plenty of hard drives and some of the greatest tech on the market today. Through software we are able to partition our larger server and create smaller ones within it. This way we create a server environment that has all the functionality you need, without buying extra hardware; all the tools you could want from a server a fraction of the cost.

Another advantage of virtualisation is that it allows us to be flexible with our services and give you a range of options for your VPS. We are in control of every single virtual machine inside our servers, so we can craft them and mould them to suit your specific needs. And because it is all software based we can react quickly to your inquiries and take care of any changes required for your website.

If you have a diverse set of needs we can virtualise something special for you and create a VPS with different operating systems or as many multiple configurations as you require. It is all about having what it takes to handle any tasks. Creating virtual machines allows us to adapt to your IT needs.

Virtualisation is only one of the weapons in our arsenal. We have plenty of tools to give you the best service possible and help you create the best online presence

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Virtual Server Maintenance Tips

Just like most equipment a virtual server requires regular maintenance if you want to keep it running in top form. There are a number of ways to keep your server at peak performance and always working the way you want it to.

Make sure that everything is properly updated from your OS to any particular apps you might have installed. This way you guarantee that the software you’re running is the best possible version of that program. Also, most updates include security fixes, so if you’re running an older version of an app you could have a vulnerability that could be exploited.

Then you will need to check that all of your remote access tools are working fine, so you don’t have any issues when it comes to reaching your server. Remote console, remote reboot and rescue mode are among the most important, and will require special attention.

Taking a look at your storage space should also be on your list of things to do. If there’s a piece of software that’s not being used, or old data that is no longer relevant, delete it to free up space for tools and files that you do need.

Check your backups to make sure that everything can be restored if necessary. You never know when someone is going to delete a file they shouldn’t and you’ll need to retrieve it.

Security is always a concern, so change your passwords every few months, particularly if you’ve let people outside of your company into your system. You can never be too careful.

When it comes to taking care of our servers, we do everything in our power to keep your site online and ready to go. However if you do need an extra layer of support that is specific to your server, consider upgrading to a managed server. You’ll have a dedicated member of staff working to make sure your IT needs are satisfied.

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Improving your Customers’ Shopping Experience

We are proud to host a large number of e-commerce websites and of course our goal is to see our clients’ businesses be successful. So, every now and then we try to offer a bit of advice on what to do to create the best possible shopping experience for clients.

Much like offline, if you can’t find something you’re not going to buy it. This makes it especially important to design your website in a way that’s clearly organised and properly labelled.

Also, don’t forget to include a search bar. The easier you make it for your clients to find your products, the more likely they are to buy them. On top of that, if you include filters for your search results you’ll be creating a more refined, personalised experience for your customers.

Make the shopping experience a personalised one and give recommendations based on your client’s purchasing history. A well placed recommendation on the site can make a visitor contemplate getting something that he or she hadn’t thought of before, but that matches their style or satisfies a particular need.

Include “call to action” buttons. These are buttons that motivate people visiting your website to engage in the shopping experience. “Try it now!”, “See our latest deals” are just a few examples that can catch the eye of potential customers.

We will provide you with all the software and technical resources to build a great e-commerce website. The rest is creating a shopping experience that is pleasant, streamlined and hassle free. We have all the tools you could need, from our top of the line website builder to our customer service line.  We are not just a hosting service after all, we are also your partners in the world of e-commerce.

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Building a Socially Acceptable Website

We all use social media to keep up to date with friends and relatives on Facebook, find out breaking news on Twitter and even look at great photos on Instagram. It is part of our daily lives and has become how we share and trade information.

For a company, social media is now an essential part of spreading the word about the business. If you’re having a sale or launching a new product you need to promote it on as many social channels as possible in order to increase your chances of success.

If you’re building a website, social hooks are incredibly important. Giving your customers a chance to share your products or your content is a great way to expose your site to new potential clients. Facebook integration is also effective in getting your clients to sign-up for a service.

It’s about simplicity; a person is more likely to sign up for something that only requires a couple of clicks than for something that requires filling out a long form.

Having your social channels in place also opens up new avenues for you to talk directly to your customers, get valuable feedback and build a positive relationship between your brand and your clients. Every day new ways to promote your business appear and taking advantage of them can take your business to the next level.

As a part of your web hosting package, we have the tools for you to integrate these crucial social hooks into your website. You can start creating these social channels for promotion and increase awareness of your brand. Your “share button” and other important aspects for a social web design are included in your content management system. All you have to do is install the right plug in and you’ll be on your way.

In fact, social integration is so important that we put it on the very top of our own website

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