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10Feb/2051

News update from Contabo: 2FA and simplified order process through the Customer Control Panel

Towards the end of last year, we already announced exciting news and developments at Contabo, which will happen throughout this year!

Today we are happy to provide you with the first update in this regard. We listened to your feedback and your wishes and consequently implemented two additional features in your Customer Control Panel (CCP):

  • Two-factor-authentication (2FA) with One-Time-Password (OTP) for the CCP login area, for an additional layer of security. The setup is really easy and can be done in your login are under the option "Your customer data". By doing so, you will increase the security of your server and data.
  • As an existing customer, you can conveniently place additional orders of services through your CCP now. Just click on the desired main product in the left column. In the following order process, you will be recognized as an existing customer and your main e-mail-address will be entered automatically!
2FA is available in the CCP now!

Rest assured: All of this is just the beginning. In the coming months, we will provide many more exciting features and news around Contabo - stay tuned and check our blog regularly so that you won't miss a thing!

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16Jan/200

Scheduled backups in cPanel and Plesk

Creating backups is a very important task for every server administrator. A loss of data often occurs suddenly without a warning. It is possible to create backups manually, but we would recommend to configure automatic backups. The steps below were tested by us, but you should always check yourself if the backups are still running from time to time and if it is possible to restore the required data from it! A backup should be stored outside of the system. In the examples below we are using the Contabo Backup Space. You can order it additionally to your server.

Scheduled backups in cPanel

To configure automatic backups in cPanel, please go to WHM > Backup > Backup configuration. At first you have to set the tick at "Enable Backups". Then we would recommend to set the backup to "compressed". With incremental backups, you can not save to FTP in cPanel. The other global settings should be left the way they are.

In the section "Scheduling and Retention", it is useful in most cases to select every day of the week except Sunday and to keep six of those daily backups. Furthermore you should enable weekly backups and keep four of them, just in case a problem is noticed later or with some delay. Please create the weekly backups on Sunday, the day we left out in the section for the daily backups.

If you are not sure what you should backup in the next section, you can just select everything as shown in the image below. If you need to save backup space, you can unselect the system files and change the database backups from "Per account and entire MySQL Directory" to "Per account only". Normally the files and databases of the accounts will contain the most important data and the other parts contain settings that can be reconfigured after reinstalling the server in case of a full loss of data.

The next settings should be left the way they are. Especially the option "Mount Backup Drive as Needed" should be left without a tick, as this will cause problems if /backup is no mount point for a separate partition or drive:

Then please click on "Additional Destinations" at the top of the site. There you can configure the remote storage for your backup. You will find the correct settings for the Contabo Backup Space below. Unfortunately cPanel does not support ftps, so you should leave the tick for "Transfer System Backups to the Destination" unselected. Please confirm and save your data with the option "Save and Validate Option".

Backups can be restored in WHM > Backup > Backup Restoration. There you can select "Restore by Date" and you will see all available backups in the calendar. Please select the date with the last known good state and move the users you want to restore into the restoration queue. With "Restore", you will restore all the listed accounts.

Scheduled backups in Plesk

To configure automatic backups in Plesk, please go to Tools & Settings > Tools & Resources > Backup Manager > Schedule .
On the site, please put a tick at "Activate this backup task". Then select a reasonable time for your backups. As backups require a lot of resources and might slow down your system, you should perform your backups in the night, for example at 2:00 am. In the most use cases it is a good idea to configure daily incremental backups and to perform a full backup once a week. Incremental backups will just store the changes, so it is possible to restore your data from every available day. But the required backup storage is less than with a daily full backup. In the section "Backup settings", you can add a remote ftp backup storage. This makes sense, as the backup is then stored independently from your system. Please fill in your credentials in the form that opens and enable passive mode and FTPS as shown in the image below:

After the remote backup storage got added, please select that you want to store the backups locally and on the remote FTP storage you just added. Also it makes sense to add an e-mail address where the server can inform you in case something goes wrong during your backup task. Please check your settings with the help of the image below and click on apply.

After the the first backup is done, you should see a list of the available backups listed by day and time in Tools & Settings > Tools & Resources > Backup Manager. To download or restore a backup, please klick on the required backup. In the section "Backup content", you can choose between restoring "Selected objects" and "All objects". In Selected Objects, you will have several options to only restore specific content like e-mail accounts from a selected domain. You have to move all units you want to restore from the left window to the right and confirm with "Restore".

20Dec/190

Merry Christmas!

With Christmas and the turn of the year coming up, we would like to take this opportunity and say THANKS to all of you, our loyal customers and business partners, for your trust in our services over the past twelve months.

Together with you, we are looking forward to the year 2020 and many new developments which will happen in the coming months - we are curious about that and will of course keep you posted!

As usual, our customer support department is available during the Holiday Season, just like on any other day of the year, from 8 am to 11 pm CET (UTC+1). In case you face any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us!

The entire Contabo-Team wishes you and your families Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas 2019 at Contabo

The weather is not winter-like at all in Germany right now, so we decided to send Santa Claus straight to the beach 😉 .

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28Nov/191

Black Friday Deal: No setup fees for any VPS order!

In case you know us already, you are surely aware that we offer an unbeatable price-/performance ratio. Some even say that at Contabo, every day feels like Black Friday!

But this year we take it to the next level and for the first time, we offer you a special Black Friday deal:

No setup fees for any VPS order!

Black Friday 2019 at Contabo

Our offer is unlimited, which means that you can purchase as many VPS as you want!

The promotion starts on Black Friday, November 29th, 8:00 am CET, and lasts until Cyber Monday, December 2nd, 11:59 pm PST (December 3rd, 8:59 am CET)!

In other words: 4 days, best VPS prices, no setup fees! For example, you can get a 100% SSD VPS with 4 Intel® Xeon® cores, 8 GB RAM and 200 GB for just €4.99/month. No strings attached.

Sounds good? Great! Then please go to our website and order as many VPS as you want to - of course with no setup fees!

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13Nov/190

Plesk Obsidian: Try many new features for free!

The new Plesk Obsidian is available for quite a while now. Time for us to introduce it and, as the title of the posting suggests, make you aware of our exclusive promotion with Plesk:

You can try Plesk Obsidian one month for free in combination with every VPS and dedicated server at Contabo! Just select your preferred edition during the order process on contabo.com in the section "Administration panel". Further information is also available on our dedicated Plesk info site.

But what are the new and interesting features of Plesk Obsidian? To be honest, there are quite a lot and it is virtually impossible to list them all in our blog. So we will just concentrate on a few of them, you are of course free to check the Plesk website for more details!

New design!
Thanks to improvements in the user interface and user experience area the management of your projects is easier than ever and the new Plesk Obsidian offers a better customer experience!

PHP Composer v2.0
Less SSH interactions thanks to the new PHP composer: edit composer.json or run install and update commands easily!

Improved File Manager
Mass uploads of files and a new file search make working with Plesk Obsidian much more convenient.

Repair Kit
Issues with Plesk are a thing of the past. The Repair Kit automatically identifies problems and resolves them. It also provides a list of processes running on the server and you can manage / deactivate them if necessary.

Move domains between subscriptions
Organize your projects the way you like to and simply move & assign your domains to different subscriptions.

Personalized HTML notifications
... are available as e-mails now and easier to read than standard text messages. In addition to that, panel notifications are now available as well. Keep track of critical issues and solve them immediately!

Should you have questions about Plesk or about our services in general, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support. We are available to assist on 365 days per year!

30Oct/190

Webspace: How to run Auto-SSL manually

A free SSL certificate for your domain can be installed at any time within cPanel. Your website will receive automatically a free SSL certificate after 12-24 hours, however requesting the certificate manually will install it immediately.

In case your browser shows the following warning when accessing your website via https:// the SSL certificate might not be installed yet.

In order to request the certificate manually you need to login to your cPanel account, the login information was sent to you via E-Mail before.

Once logged in you need to navigate to "SSL/TLS Status".
Afterwards select the checkbox of the domain you would like to secure and hit "Run AutoSSL".

Important: In case of an error you further need to investigate the reason. A certain amount of failed SSL requests will get your domain suspended from Let's Encrypt Auto-SSL, the suspension might last several days or even weeks.
The following request failed as the DNS was not updated yet. It might take up to 24-48 hours in case your domain is being transferred. Recently (newly) created domains might take several hours to work properly.

In our case the subdomain was missing in DNS-Management, we added a corresponding entry and waited a couple of minutes (one cup of coffee).

We rescheduled AutoSSL to run immediately and it properly installed the certificate:

The website is accessible via https:// and no browser warning will be displayed.

In order to redirect any non secured "http://" to secured/encrypted "https://" traffic you might want to add a corresponding .htaccess redirect rule or alternatively add a rule within cPanels "Redirect" menu:

A common issue after securing your website is the so called "mixed content", in case you are using static .html files you need to update any http:// reference to https:// manually.
The browser's "lock" icon will appear green afterwards.

In case you have any issues with Auto-SSL feel free to contact our customer support via E-Mail. Please make sure to wait at least 24 hours, in case your domain is still being transferred.

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17Oct/190

Cent OS 8 available at Contabo now!

Those of you who follow us closely or use our servers for their projects know it already: We always offer you the latest versions of the popular Linux operating systems. This includes the brand new Cent OS 8!

As of now, you can select Cent OS 8 for your new virtual or dedicated server! Existing customers can upgrade to it through our Customer Control Panel.

You can combine Cent OS 8 with Webmin and the Software RAID right now. The administration panel Plesk and cPanel do not support Cent OS 8 yet, but are currently working on its implementation - we ask for your kind patience in this regard.

Contabo always offers you a wide variety of popular operating systems: Cent OS, Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Windows Server and many more.

In case of any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support. We are available on 365 days per year!

1Oct/194

Data center uplinks: 200 Gbit/s at Contabo now!

Constant readers of our blog and our existing customers now it already: We are continuously working on improvements! This involves not just our regular systems, but also our infrastructure - in this special case our data center connectivity:

Recently, we have increased it by an additional 70 Gbit/s. Now we are connected to the Internet with 200 Gbit/s!

The following uplinks are available right now:

  • CenturyLink: 60 Gbit/s
  • Telia Carrier: 60 Gbit/s
  • Versatel: 20 Gbit/s
  • DE-CIX: 20 Gbit/s
  • AMS-IX: 20 Gbit/s
  • M-NET: 10 Gbit/s
  • Colt: 10 Gbit/s

Our goal is to offer you an even better redundancy, to increase the available bandwidth and to provide a great global routing.

You can count on us: In the future, we will improve our uplinks even further - for you, our valued customers!

You can find additional information about our data centers on our website!

18Sep/190

LEMP: Debian, NGINX + Certbot, MariaDB, PHP

This tutorial shows you how to prepare your Debian VPS for hosting your website.
We are not going to perform any fine-tuning or optimization on the default configuration files. So neither NGINX, MySQL or PHP (LEMP) will get any other than the necessary configuration changes in order to run a website properly.

1. Install the Software

NGINX, Certbot, PHP installation:

:~# apt install nginx python3-certbot-nginx php-fpm php-mysql zip unzip pwgen

MariaDB can be installed as follows:

:~# apt install mariadb-server

Installing MariaDB by using the default-package repositories might not install the latest version of MariaDB. For the latest MariaDB version visit Official MariaDB Repo and follow the instructions.

2. Configure the Software

You should secure your MariaDB installation first:

:~# mysql_secure_installation && mysql_upgrade
:~# mysql

 Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
 Your MariaDB connection id is 55
 Server version: 10.4.6-MariaDB-1:10.4.6+maria~buster mariadb.org binary distribution
 Copyright (c) 2000, 2018, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.
 Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement. 

We will now run Certbot for our default vmXXXX.contaboserver.net hostname, you could also simply add any other website.

Important:
In case you want to secure multiple domains you can simply add them with another "-d" option behind the command, e.g.:

:~# certbot --nginx -d $(hostname) -d vmXXXX.contaboserver.net

Certbot will also create a default configuration for your website within /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

Let's configure PHP, so NGINX knows where to send PHP-Files for interpreting. Check where PHP-FPM listens to:

:~# grep "listen =" /etc/php/7.3/fpm/pool.d/www.conf
listen = /run/php/php7.3-fpm.sock

The pool configuration file got a lot of parameters which can be adjusted according to the hardware your server is running and the type of scripts hosted on your website.
Open /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default and you will see a PHP section which is commented out, you could install multiple PHP-Versions, add a server or VPS for PHP interpreting only and much more.
We will add the following lines to any "server {}" configuration we want PHP to be available on:

location ~ .php$ {
include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.3-fpm.sock;
}

You also need to expand the "index" line with "index.php" :

 index index.php index.html index.htm; 

:~# systemctl restart nginx

We will now download and install phpMyAdmin and make it available. On Debian 10 phpMyAdmin is not available via "apt install phpmyadmin" command, they are probably going to add the package once the Alpha got stable.
For downloads visit Official phpMyAdmin Website . As we are using PHP 7.3 we need to download the Alpha Version, which is still in testing phase.

:~# mkdir /var/www/phpmyadmin
:~# cd /var/www/phpmyadmin/
:~# wget https://files.phpmyadmin.net/phpMyAdmin/5.0.0-alpha1/phpMyAdmin-5.0.0-alpha1-all-languages.zip
&& unzip phpMyAdmin-5.0.0-alpha1-all-languages.zip
:~# mv phpMyAdmin-5.0.0-alpha1-all-languages/* .

Create a database user and import the database; run "pwgen" to generate random passwords.

:~# mysql < sql/create_tables.sql
:~# mysql

CREATE USER 'phpmyadminuser'@'localhost'  IDENTIFIED BY 'USE ONLY SECURE PASSWORDS !!';
GRANT SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE ON phpmyadmin.* TO 'phpmyadminuser'@'localhost'
IDENTIFIED BY 'USE ONLY SECURE PASSWORDS !!'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES;

Let's configure phpMyAdmin to use the database. Uncomment the following lines in config.inc.php:

/* User used to manipulate with storage */
  $cfg['Servers'][$i]['controlhost'] = 'localhost';
  $cfg['Servers'][$i]['controlport'] = '3306';
  $cfg['Servers'][$i]['controluser'] = 'phpmyadminuser';

:~# cp -p config.sample.inc.php config.inc.php
:~# pwgen 32 1 #Copy the password for blowfish secret
:~# chown www-data: /var/www/phpmyadmin -R

Last but not least, configure the webserver to make the content available.
Add the following section to the domain you want to expose it on:

    location /phpmyadmin {
           root /var/www/phpmyadmin/;
           index index.php index.html index.htm;
           location ~ ^/phpmyadmin/(.+\.php)$ {
                   try_files $uri =404;
                   root /var/www/phpmyadmin/;
                   fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.3-fpm.sock;
                   fastcgi_index index.php;
                   fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
           }
           location ~* ^/phpmyadmin/(.+\.(jpg|jpeg|gif|css|png|js|ico|html|xml|txt))$ {
                   root /var/www/phpmyadmin/;
           }
    }

5Sep/190

Webspace: Creating a Blog in Minutes

This tutorial will show you how to create a blog and publish it world wide in just a couple of minutes.

The requirement for the Softaculous automatic WordPress installation is a Webspace package L or higher.
Alternatively, WordPress can be installed manually by uploading files via FTP.

1. Login to your cPanel account after receiving the e-mail containing the login information.

2. Within "Softaculous Apps Installer" click on "WordPress" to open the following site:

3. This site shows all existing WordPress installations, as we are setting up WordPress for the first time we will hit "Install Now" in order to install our first WordPress site.

In case you want the WordPress site to be hosted on a subdomain or alternate directory you will be able to adjust the configuration to meet your requirements. We are going to use the main domain the Webhosting package was set up with, in this case we will have to remove the "wp" within the "in directory" option.

Set a secure password, adjust the remaining configuration options and hit "start installation".

That's it!
The Blog is installed, you are ready to upload content and share it world wide.

We recommend enabling automatic updates or at least perform manually updates often.
WordPress is a very common software used for websites, especially for blogs. As a very high amount of websites run WordPress, hackers always work on finding new security holes in order to hijack or even infect the website with malware.
WordPress updates are very important in order to run a safe website.
You should make sure to not run any outdated software on a website, even WordPress plugins need to be updated as well.

In case you want to reinstall the blog, use another software or the Contabo Website Builder instead, you are able to remove WordPress at any time using the Softaculous App Installer WordPress site within your cPanel login.

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