6Jun/190

Migration using Plesk

The migration of a website is always a challenging task for the webmaster. Beside a loss of reputation and ranking on search engines, dead links or famous 404-errors, there are some other risks during such a migration. But often it is more dangerous to leave the website on an old server, since old software can become a serious security risk.

Plesk Migrator

If you want to migrate from a current Plesk server with an outdated operation system or an EOL Plesk version, cPanel, Confixx, Helm or DirectAdmin server, Plesk provides the Plesk Migrator.

The Plesk Migrator is an extension which needs to be installed first. Within Plesk navigate to "Extensions", search for "Plesk Migrator" and then you can install it.

After the installation you can open the "Plesk Migrator" at the tab "My Extensions".

The next step is to "Start new Migration" and select the panel type, from which you want to transfer the data. Important: For this you need root access via SSH to the source server. Beside password authentication you can add an SSH key to the server.

If SSH access is not available and only FTP is possible, please see the next chapter Site Importer.

After you have entered the login data, the connection to the source server is started and depending on the server, different migration options are shown.

On a Plesk-to-Plesk migration you can see the subscriptions, customers, reseller and hosting plans.

In addition you can either migrate the customers of a reseller or assign them to a new reseller. After everything is selected, you can continue with a click on "Migrate". At first there are some checks on Apache modules or PHP versions. If there are no errors or you want to ignore possible hints, the migration will start and you can watch the status of the migration.

In case you want to restart the migration after some days, you can click on "Restart Migration".

You can find further information in the Plesk Migration Guide and also in a support article.

Site Importer

In many cases, you already have a running website and want to migrate it with a few clicks. Likely examples are: you have just started with Plesk, you manage your website using a different panel like cPanel or DirectAdmin, or you have a server with a pure LAMP installation.

In this case, Plesk offers an extension called Site Import.

This is also an extension which needs to be installed. Therefore navigate to "Extension" in your Plesk and search for "Site Import", which can be installed then.

There a two different ways to import your website with the Site Importer:

You can login as server administrator and open "Site Importer" at "Extension" - "My Extensions". Alternatively you can navigate to the subscription and select "Website Importing". In the next step, you need to enter the login data for SSH or FTP.

After you entered the login data and clicked "OK", the connection to the source server will be started and the necessary information will be gathered.

If the file structure can not be detected automatically, you can enter additional information like the location of the home directory.

Website software like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal und PrestaShop are recognised automatically and the import is easy. Further information can be found in the Plesk documentation.

Beside websites, this useful extension can also import email accounts. For this choose "Mail Importing" in the subscription. After a click on "Import mail messages", you need to enter the login data and destination email account. If the the email server can not be detected through the login data, you can enter the necessary details at "Show advanced options". With a click on "OK" the import starts.

Additional information is also available on the Plesk website.

Conclusion

We cannot eliminate the risks of a website migration, but minimize them since Plesk offers some useful tools to make a migration easier and reduce the human factor. But the most important thing for a successful migration is a detailed and well thought out planning.

Order a VPS from Contabo and you get the Plesk edition of your choice one month for free! You can also find further information on our Plesk information site.

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23May/196

Contabo customer survey 2019

We have repeated our customer survey 2018 this year and once again asked you, our existing customers, to answer a few questions about us and our services. Just like last year, the participation was outstanding. In just a couple of days, more than 9000 customers took part and we would like to thank all of you for doing so! Your estimation and comments are a valuable feedback for us in order to further improve our services.

We are happy to announce that 95% of you are very satisfied or satisfied with our services. Compared to last year's survey, we managed to increase this number by one percent. By the way, the same accounts for the recommendation ratio 🙂 We are very excited about this result; at the same time, we would like to assure you that we will evaluate your remarks and recommendations. After all, it is our goal to provide you with services that meet your expectations - true to our motto "The customer is king".

Again, we have raffled 3 x 100 Euro among all participants and the happy winners are:

  • Pedro R. from Queluz (Portugal)
  • Esben F. from Esbjerg (Denmark)
  • Thomas W. from Neusitz (Germany)

Congratulations! The prizes were credited to the respective customer accounts as a credit note, which can be used to pay for the upcoming renewal of the registered services with us.

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9May/190

New Operating System: Ubuntu 19.04

A short time ago, we have made the new Ubuntu 19.04 OS (replaces Ubuntu 18.10) available on our homepage - and we certainly do not want to withhold this information from you 🙂

You can combine Ubuntu 19.04 with the Software RAID 1, Webmin, LAMP and Webmin+LAMP.

In case you already have your own Linux server at Contabo, you can easily upgrade to the new version through our customer control panel.

We would also like to point out that we always offer you all the latest Linux distributions as well as Windows Server 2012 and 2016. For an overview, please click on "Customize & Order" below the desired (virtual) server and scroll down to "Operating system".

For any additional inquiries, please contact our customer support team via e-mail or phone and we will gladly provide further assistance.

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15Apr/193

Easter Promotion: 500 GB SSD included free of charge!

Easter is just around the corner and we from Contabo have a very special offer for you! 😀

As of today, you will receive a 500 GB SSD free of charge when ordering a dedicated server Dual Xeon, 10-Core or Dual 10-Core! The offer is available for a short period of time only and while stocks last - our advice: Hurry up!

Easter Promotion 2019

Sounds great? Cool! Then check our dedicated server offers, click on "Customize & Order" below the desired model and get your new dedicated server on time for Easter! Please keep in mind: When opting for a longer contract period, you can get an additional discount of up to one monthly fee of the basic server price. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team and we will gladly assist you further.

We wish you and your family Happy Easter!

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4Apr/190

Colocation – a Home for Your Hardware

In a recently published blog post, we have informed you about the differences of our webspace packages, VPS and dedicated servers. A very important service was not mentioned yet, and we would like to provide you further details in the following:

One of the various business branches at Contabo is the provision of colocation space. In our high-tech data centers, located in Southern Germany, we offer the option of housing our clients' own hardware at a very reasonable price. Regardless of tower server, 19“ rack server, switches, firewall or external backup device, our clients are offered a low cost option to rent space and allocate power usage and bandwidth modularly as they need. Such a colocation subscription not only eliminates the burden from our clients to care for security and adequate climate conditions in their office or private environment but also takes the responsibility off their shoulders to care for an uninterrupted 24 hour availability.

Thanks to our well arranged website, it is pretty simple to configure a matching plan individually. At first it appears to be necessary to consider the exact requirements for the colocation space. Our support team will happily assist in doing so. It is required to determine in advance the number of housing modules, by regarding the dimensions of the hardware, the needed uplinks, and a matching power usage option. Nearly each and every configuration can be chosen by this convenient and user friendly tool on our homepage.

Regardless if a 1U only or a complete rack with 40U, lockable, Contabo is prepared to provide very flexible solutions. Even the reservation of space is possible if it is expected that the growing demand requires an expansion of colocation space.

In respect to bandwidth, Contabo offers anything from a regular 100 Mbit/s connection to dedicated bandwidth (up to 10 Gbit/s) in nearly any desired volume range, to cover each requirement whatsoever. Whether a single uplink with a fixed bandwidth allotment or the assignment of bandwidth to multiple servers out of a "pool", whatever is technically manageable, we can implement it.

Electrical power consumption can be booked at a fixed rate in increments of 100 W for individual colocation space. When putting the hardware into operation the power consumption is being measured in order to guarantee a fair price which approximates to the power consumption in reality. Half or fully occupied racks are rather efficiently supplied with power at a flat rate or according to the realistic consumption generated.

How to place the order? Provided that the number of required units has been determined, the volume of bandwidth was chosen, and the question about the power consumption was cleared, our clients are asked to fill out the online order form on our website, and submit it afterwards. In turn, Contabo sends back the so called "Welcome mail" which contains a summary of the ordered components and – depending on the chosen payment method – a description on how to and where to pay. As soon as the required amount was physically received, we forward relevant information to preconfigure the appliances, for example, the IP addresses, further network information, and resolver details.

Subsequently we discuss the question about how the hardware is delivered with the customer. We appreciate the delivery by courier as much as we do welcome a personal visit by the client, bringing his equipment along. If the latter is favored, we ask the customer or his authorized representative to announce the visit well ahead of time, preferably 48 hours in advance. Since our data centers are highly secured areas with very limited access, it is inevitable that valid ID documents are presented upon arrival. One of our skilled technicians will be pleased to guide the client to his rack for installation. If a forwarding company, like UPS, DHL, or DPD takes over to deliver the hardware, we are apprised upfront by the client regarding the number of appliances, their make, their model, and the tracking number of the items. Upon arrival we get in contact with the customer, inform him about the receipt, and our technicians install the hardware. That's it! Servers are ready for use!

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14Mar/190

Plesk: 1 month for free – only at Contabo

Surely some of you have clicked through our website before and compared our many offers of (virtual) servers. It quickly becomes apparent that we do not offer any preconfigured packages. Quite the contrary, we give you the freedom to choose what you really need out of our many upgrade options. In addition to a large selection of popular Linux operating systems and Windows Server, you can also add a panel, which simplifies the administration of your new server significantly.

In the past, we have advertised a very special promotion several times already: Exclusively at Contabo you can try the popular panel Plesk Onyx one month for free! This offer is available for all of our virtual private servers (VPS). You can add it to your order after clicking on "Customize & Order" during the order process and choose one out of the three editions (each provides a different range of functions).

Wait a minute, three different editions, which one suits my needs? Good question! 🙂 We cannot answer it for you though. However, we have published several blog posts about Plesk Onyx in the past in which we have explained the different editions and summarized many useful functions for you.

Now we have taken another step forward and created a dedicated landing page for Plesk Onyx, which contains links to the most important blog posts, giving you a good idea what Plesk Onyx is all about! You can find it linked on many subpages of our website, or you just visit the Plesk Onyx landingpage here!

Should all of this convince you to try Plesk Onyx now, you can do so one month for free, exclusively available for our VPS! Just select the suitable edition during the order process or click on it on the landing page (then it is preselected), order your desired VPS and you are good to go! 🙂

Should you have any questions or inquiries, we are available on 365 days per year. Just contact our customer support for assistance!

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22Feb/195

Webspace, VPS und Dedicated Server explained: Differences and applications

Time and again we receive inquiries asking which product is best suited for your personal requirements. In the following we would like to give you an overview of our products and their applications:

Webspace Packages:

Let's start with our Webspace Packages, which are ideal for hosting smaller websites, blogs and forums. The intuitive and simple menu navigation of the cPanel web interface allows even inexperienced users to navigate relatively easily. The Webspace Packages are suitable both for beginners who want to create their first own website and for experienced users who want to create a professional website.

More than 300 different PHP applications such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, MediaWiki or Bootstrap can be installed with the included 1-click installation tool. In addition, with the Contabo Website Builder we offer a possibility to create your own website without any previous knowledge required. You can choose from over 200 design templates that are already optimized for use on mobile devices and easy to customize.

Each webspace package also includes one or more domains free-of-charge, further can be added at any time. All websites are also equipped with a free SSL certificate.

Click here for an overview of all currently offered Webspace Packages.

VPS:

Our VPS provide a low-cost entry into the world of servers. The VPS are based on KVM and are set up on host systems with up-to-date and reliable hardware. A variety of current Linux and Windows operating systems can be installed on the VPS. Many of the offered operating systems also support administration panels like Plesk or WHM/cPanel. With the help of those administration panels, websites, e-mails and much more can be managed easily and quickly.

Each customer also receives root access or administrator rights on his VPS and can therefore install any desired software. This enables a variety of possible applications.

Currently we offer seven different VPS models, three with HDD + SSD boosted storage and four with 100% SSD storage. If the allocated resources of the VPS are no longer sufficient in the future, your VPS can be upgraded to a larger model at any time.

Here you can find our currently offered VPS.

Dedicated Server:

Dedicated servers are ideal for larger projects that require a lot of computing power. They can be easily adapted to individual requirements and needs and are particularly suitable for software development, database applications or virtualization. Dedicated servers can also be connected to an internal network that enables fast local data exchange between several servers.

Likewise, as above for the VPS, you can choose from a variety of current Linux and Windows operating systems with compatible administration panels. In addition, some virtualization operating systems such as Proxmox and XenServer can also be installed, which are ideal for creating and managing your own virtual machines.

Dedicated servers are also suitable for hosting game servers or VoIP applications, as the performance of the server is dedicated.

We currently offer six different dedicated servers that cover the complete performance range.

Our currently offered Dedicated Server models are just one click away!

8Feb/190

Hostadvice – Great Uptime Award for Contabo

Today, we have some great news for you that reached us from an external portal: The hosting experts from HostAdvice.com have recently ran an uptime check for two months.

We are happy about the very good result of 99.9% uptime and the respective "Great Uptime Award", which we consequently received!

Great Uptime Award for Contabo

Should you have questions about our services or need assistance, we are at your disposal. Just contact us via mail or phone!

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24Jan/190

Installation of Softaculous in Plesk and cPanel

Softaculous offers a huge number of scripts which can be installed by the popular „Auto Installer“ under the Plesk and cPanel administration. For Plesk you can activate Softaculous only on a Linux operating system. The free version gives you access to more than 50 scripts whereas the fee-based, fully-licensed version offers around 450 scripts. An overview of the supported scripts can be found here.

Procedure under Plesk

For Plesk 12.0+ versions

The installation of Softaculous under Plesk can be performed by just a few clicks. Please login to your Plesk Control panel with your root user. Afterwards go to the "Server Management -> Extensions" page and click on the "Extensions Catalog" tab. Once done you can search for Softaculous and click on the "Install" button.

Once you have finished the installation of Softaculous you can find it under the "My Extensions" tab.

Please take note that the free version of Softaculous is installed per default. In case that you need the full license for Softaculous, you can order it directly in the "My Extensions" tab next to Softaculous under the "Buy" button.

For older versions of Plesk please use the following procedure for the installation of Softaculous:

1. ionCube loader activation

Befor you start with the activation of the ionCube loader, you have to check if this one is not already installed and enabled on your server.

To check the ionCube version please connect to your server via SSH as root and use the following command:

find / -name 'ioncube_loader_*'

To check if the ionCube loader is activated you can use the following command:

php -m | grep -i ioncube

2. Installation of Softaculous

When the ionCube loader is activated you can continue with the installation of Softaculous. Therefore please take care that you have enabled POSIX. You can check this by executing the following command:

php -m | grep -i posix

In case that POSIX is not enabled, you can enable it in „Tools & Settings“ → „PHP Settings“ → Please select the related PHP handler and continue with the next steps. Once you have taken care that POSIX is enabled, please connect to your server via SSH as root and execute the following commands:

wget -N http://files.softaculous.com/install.sh
chmod 755 install.sh
./install.sh

Once the commands are executed the installer will start with the installation process of Softacoulous. During the installation scripts will be downloaded and the download activity will be shown on the screen. Afterwards you can select Softaculous in your Plesk administration.

Procedure under cPanel/WHM:

1. ionCube loader activation

To activate the ionCube loader on your cPanel administration please follow the steps below:
* Login to WHM (root)
* Got to Server Configuration → Tweak Settings → PHP
* Select „ioncube“ check box for „cPanel PHP loader“
* Click on „Save“ button.
* That's it. This will enable ionCube for you in 3rd party PHP binary.

ioncube_activation

2. Installation of Softaculous

Once you have activated the ionCube loader you have to connect to your server via SSH as root and execute the following commands:

wget -N http://files.softaculous.com/install.sh
chmod 755 install.sh
./install.sh

Afterwards go to WHM > Plugins > Softaculous – Instant Installs

The following webpage should open if the installation was successful:

softaculous_en

There you can purchase the fully licensed version, if required.

General information about Softaculous

More detailed information about Softaculous and an overview of the current apps can be found using the links below:

https://www.softaculous.com/
https://www.softaculous.com/softaculous/apps

11Jan/190

And the winners are…

First of all, we wish you a Happy New Year 2019! We hope you had a good start to the new year and wish you much success, health and good resolutions for the next months 🙂

At the end of last year, we ran our Contabo Christmas Contest. In the meantime, we have drawn the winners and informed them accordingly about their prizes. The material prizes are packed and will be transferred to the lucky winners in the coming days.

On our German Facebook page, an astonishing 543 users have shared our posting, on our international Facebook page, a remarkable 133 users did the same 🙂

We want to thank all of you for participating in our Christmas contest. We would have loved to give every single one of you a prize, but unfortunately that is not possible 😉

Please find the winners below:

The Playstation 4 Pro w/ the game Spiderman goes to Michael (from Hüven).

The winner of the Orbsmart AW-10 Pro Windows Mini PC is Mario (from Regensburg).

Our free VPS M SSD (for one year) go to:

Marc (from Lelystad)

Marcus Vinicius (from Brasilia)

Andreas (from Geesthacht)

Congratulations to all of you! We wish all our participants, especially those who did not get lucky this time, success in future contests. Stay tuned!

 

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