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/193

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

6Dec/189

Contabo Christmas Contest 2018

Black Friday and Cyber Monday is nice to have, but we have got something bigger and better for you! This year, we came up with the Contabo Christmas Contest for you, our valued customers!

Share and Particpiate!

Honestly, it is that simple! Visit our Facebook page and share our Christmas-Contest post (right at the top of our site) on your private Facebook page and you are in, with a chance to win attractive prices (please see below)!

Very important: Please ensure that we can see the shared post on your profile page (check your privacy settings for this!)

 

 

1. Price: Sony Playstation 4 Pro w/ the game Spiderman

Not much to say about that, right? The most popular and probably best console (CUH 7216B) out there is our 1st price, which we raffle among all participants! Plus, we add the game Spiderman to the package, so that you can start playing immediately!

 

 

 

2. Price: Orbsmart AW-10 Pro Windows Mini PC

Probably not that popular compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro, so we provide you with some more information about this gadget:

The Orbsmart is a compact Mini PC with a fanless casing based on Windoes 10 Professional. The hardware specifications (see below) offer enough power for computing-intensive tasks. Plus, you can add a 2.5" SATA HDD or SSD (max 15 mm). The integrated Intel HD Graphics 600 with H.265/HVEC-hardware acceleration renders ultra high-resolution 4K contents without any problems via HDMI 2.0. Small games run perfectly fine on this device. The AW-10 Pro can be used in many areas, for example as an office computer, mediacenter /streaming computer, and so on.

Features:

  • CPU: Quadcore Intel Celeron J4105 (@1.50 GHz / Burst freq: 2.50 GHz), 4MB Cache
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 600 (8th Generation) with Intel Quick Sync Video, Intel Clear Video HD Technology & Intel Wireless Display
  • RAM: 4GB DDR4-RAM (not expandable)
  • Internal Space: 64GB eMMC (not expandable)
  • Connections: 802.11b/g/n/ac WLAN (Dual band 2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Professional (Version 1803 / 64-Bit) Multilanguage
  • Video: Via HDMI 2.0 oder VGA
  • Audio: Via HDMI 2.0 (Onboard 5.1 Audio-Controller) or 3.5mm Audio (Stereo)

Further information about the Orbsmart can be found on myhdplayer.de

3. - 5. Price: One VPS M SSD for 12 months for free!

Win one out of three of our VPS M SSDs and use it one year for free (additional charges for an administration panel or Windows Server can occur, if required).

Features:

  • 6 CPU cores (Intel® Xeon® E5-2620v3, E5-2630v4 or 4114 processor)
  • 16 GB RAM (guaranteed)
  • 400 GB SSD
  • 400 Mbit/s port
  • Unlimited traffic
  • 2 Snapshots
  • All popular Linux distributions as well as Windows Server 2012/2016

The winners will be drawn by lot and contacted by us at the beginning of January 2019 (regarding the address for dispatch and the setting-up of the VPS M SSDs). With your participation, you agree that we publish your first name and place of residence in our blog.

 

We wish you good luck and a wonderful holiday season

13Nov/180

CHIP Hotline-Test 2019: “A+” grade for Contabo

Once again, we have great news from inside Contabo: This year, too, the well-known German IT magazine CHIP and the research institution Statista have tested the hotlines of German providers during the past months. After more than 8.900 test calls the best hotlines for new customers were determined among 147 companies from 12 industries.

We are very happy that we were awarded with the overall rating “very good” in the category "hosting providers" this year again, after winning the competition last year. The detailed rating for Contabo:

Overall rating: Very good (96.7 out of 100 points)
Service quality: Very good (99 out of 100 points)
Waiting time: Very good (99 out of 100 points)
Reachability: Good (87 out of 100 points)
Transparency: Very good (90 out of 100 points)

We finished second among the 15 tested hosting providers, with a total of 96.7 points – 0.1 points behind the first place (96.8 points).

Receiving the A-grade for our hotline the second year in a row is a huge honor for our entire team. At the same time, it is motivation for us to continue to offer you, our valued customers the best support possible in every situation.

As always, you can contact us by phone directly via a standard landline number, without any hotline fees, queues or complex menu selection – on 365 days per year.

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8Nov/182

New Operating System available: Fedora 29

Some of you have probably yearned for it already 😀 now is the time: The brand new Fedora 29 is available at Contabo now for all of your virtual and dedicated servers! It replaces the previous version, Fedora 28.

You can order it with the Software RAID 1 and Webmin and an installation via VNC is possible as well.

Being an active customer, you can easily upgrade to the new version through our customer control panel.

Especially noteworthy for all other readers and users interested in renting servers from us: We offer you a large selection of the latest Linux distributions as well as Windows Server 2012 and 2016. Just click on "Customize & Order" below your desired virtual or dedicated server model in order to get a detailed overview and select the operating system of your choice!

You can find further information and a product overview on our website!

23Oct/180

HostingAdvice praises customer-oriented approach at Contabo

Again this year, the experts from HostingAdvice have written a thorough report about us. In their new article, they especially praise our philosophy to offer our customers a wide range of hosting solutions, always with a focus on the ongoing developments on the hosting market and a constantly changing demand from you, our valued clients. As a result of our approach, we have launched our website builder at the end of last year, and introduced our new VPS SSD models just a few weeks ago.

You can read the full article on HostingAdvice.com!

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11Oct/182

Plesk 17.8: New features – try for free at Contabo

The new Plesk Onyx 17.8 is available for some time now, and maybe you are using it already. If not, you might consider to order your next (virtual) server with Plesk Onyx. In case you are still unsure if Plesk is the right administration panel for your needs, we would like to introduce some of the many advantages of the latest Plesk Onyx version:

Nginx-Caching: Significantly reduces the load-time of your websites and accelerates your server by loading pages directly from the cache.

The Advisor is the new best friend of your server and provides you with valuable tips in order to improve the security and performance of your server and your websites. This works automatically and the advisor makes suggestions and shows you which issues you need to address. All this is grouped by sections (security, SEO, performance,...)

The Repair-Kit ensures that your server is up and running, at all times. High CPU load, no more disk space available? No problem, thanks to the repair kit you can handle such issues yourself. The best thing: You do not have to be a skilled server administrator for that.

Easily manage your websites and increase the security with the WordPress Toolkit: Updates with optional restore points, password-protected acces to WordPress instances, protection from "pingback attacks", add your own plugins, themes, and much more.

The SEO-Toolkit provides valuable assistance when it comes to search engine optimization. Monitor your keywords, compare your ranking with your main competitors, and receive optimization recommendations in order to attract even more potential site visitors!

Does this convince you to try Plesk Onyx 17.8?

If your answer is "yes", then you can try it one month for free - exclusively at Contabo! This offer is available in combination with all of our virtual private servers (VPS). Just click on "Customize & Order" below the desired VPS and then select the Plesk Onyx version of your choice on the following page (in the section administration panel). You can also find an overview of the different editions in our tutorial Plesk Onyx basics: The first steps.

In case of further questions, we are available to assist you. Just contact our customer support team via mail or phone!

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14Sep/183

Brand-new VPS offers!

Just a few days ago, we have informed you about the special offers for our dedicated servers. We admit, that was just the beginning and now we've got something BIG for you: Our brand-new VPS offers, featuring a new entry-level model, the VPS S SSD!

As you are surely aware, all around the world VPS from Contabo are well-known for highest quality and an extremely attractive price-performance ratio in combination with an excellent customer support.

Today, we have upped the ante once again and released a new generation of virtual private servers:

From now on, all Contabo VPS with 100% SSD can be ordered with even more SSD disk space and RAM, with even more CPU cores and more bandwidth – at the same price as before.

Moreover, we have added a brand-new and especially hot model to our portfolio: The VPS S SSD. 200 GB of pure SSD storage space are included, as well as 8 GB of guaranteed RAM, 4 Intel Xeon CPU cores, 200 Mbit/s connection to the Internet, Snapshot feature and DDoS protection. Its price of 4.99 EUR / month might be considered as “unbeatable” by some. For us and for you as well it is rather a statement: VPS from Contabo were, are and will be the number one on the VPS market.

The new Contabo VPS of the “100% SSD”-series lined up:

VPS S SSD
4 CPU cores
8 GB RAM (guaranteed)
200 GB SSD disk space
200 Mbit/s port
Unlimited Traffic
1 Snapshot included
No setup fee
Additional discount available, depending on the contract period
Only 4.99 EUR / month!

VPS M SSD
6 CPU cores
16 GB RAM (guaranteed)
400 GB SSD disk space
400 Mbit/s port
Unlimited Traffic
2 Snapshots included
No setup fee
Additional discount available, depending on the contract period
Only 8.99 EUR / month!

VPS L SSD
8 CPU cores
30 GB RAM (guaranteed)
800 GB SSD disk space
600 Mbit/s port
Unlimited Traffic
3 Snapshots included
No setup fee
Additional discount available, depending on the contract period
Only 14.99 EUR / month!

VPS XL SSD
10 CPU cores
60 GB RAM (guaranteed)
1600 GB SSD disk space
1 Gbit/s port
Unlimited Traffic
4 Snapshots included
No setup fee
Additional discount available, depending on the contract period
Only 26.99 EUR / month!

 

We have also restructured our VPS of the “HDD + SSD-boost” series and replaced the existing models with new models named VPS 300, VPS 700 and VPS 1400. The name says it all: Our new VPS with HDD + SSD-boost are equipped with 300, 700 and 1400 GB of disk space. VPS of this series can be ordered with a starting price of just 3.99 EUR / month at Contabo.

Here is an overview of the Contabo VPS with “HDD + SSD-boost”

VPS 300
2 CPU cores
4 GB RAM (guaranteed)
300 GB HDD
SSD-Boost
100 Mbit/s port
Unlimited Traffic
No setup fee
Additional discount available, depending on the contract period
Only 3,99 EUR / month!

VPS 700
4 CPU cores
10 GB RAM (guaranteed)
700 GB HDD
SSD-Boost
100 Mbit/s port
Unlimited Traffic
No setup fee
Additional discount available, depending on the contract period
Only 7,99 EUR / month!

VPS 1400
6 CPU cores
20 GB RAM (guaranteed)
1400 GB HDD
SSD-Boost
1 Gbit/s port
Unlimited Traffic
No setup fee
Additional discount available, depending on the contract period
Only 12,99 EUR / month!

 

Trust the number 1 for virtual servers:

Check out our VPS overview

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