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/183

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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31Aug/180

SRV Records – How do I use them correctly?

Definition of an SRV record

With a Service Resource Record (short: SRV record) you can make services, which are usually available via an IP:PORT combination, reachable using a DNS host name. Important to note regarding SRV record is the fact, that they only work if an application has been specifically programmed to make use of them. Examples for this are TeamSpeak3 or Minecraft. SRV-Records can not be used to point a DNS name to an IP address/port combination for arbitrary use by any application.

Example - Teamspeak:
Usually TeamSpeak is using the protocol UDP over port 9987. If you are running a TeamSpeak instance with the IP 123.124.125.126 every client that wants to connect has to enter the IP:port combination of 123.124.125.126:9987. If you change the port or the server IP, you have to inform everyone about the new combination. With SRV records it is possible to connect to TeamSpeak using a DNS host name like ts.mydomain.com

In general every SRV record contains the same information:

_SERVICE._PROTOCOL.yourdomain.tld 86400 IN SRV PRIORITY WEIGHT PORT SERVER

In this example:

_ts3._udp.ts.mydomain.com 86400 IN SRV 0 5 9987 ts.mydomain.com

Values for priority and weight can usually be left at their defaults, they are only used if two or more SRV records with the same name exist. Please note that for the data field, you cannot simply add an IP address here. Instead, you will have to add a valid DNS host name which in turn resolves to an IP address by using an A record, so make sure that the host name you set there exists.

How to create an SRV record at Contabo

  1. Log in into your Contabo customer control panel using https://my.contabo.com
  2. Using the menu item "DNS Zone Management" you can edit a DNS zone and create a new record
  3. The type has to be SRV
  4. Fill in the form. An example can be seen below (please click on the picture in order to increase its size):
  5. The finished record should look like this:

_ts3._udp.ts.mydomain.com 86400 IN SRV 0 5 9987 ts.mydomain.com

From now on your users can connect to TeamSpeak using only the subdomain ts.mydomain.com

For Minecraft, the record may look like this:

_minecraft._tcp.mc.mydomain.com 86400 IN SRV 0 5 25565 server01.mydomain.com

Please make sure to consult the documentation of your service or application regarding whether SRV records are supported and what scheme they should use.

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9Aug/180

Full Monitoring

The optional upgrade Full Monitoring from Contabo is an extensive monitoring tool for your VPS and Dedicated Servers. We are going to present the features of this tool in this tutorial.

Why Full Monitoring?

By the help of Full Monitoring, outages can be detected quickly.

The key benefit of this tool is the immediate notification via SMS (text message) and/or e-mail, should an outage of a server or of only a running service on a server happen. It is like an alert which signals a need for action! We all know and are aware, that a downtime is always a very unpleasant scenario. You can surely understand, that in such a situation it will be beneficial, if you are aware of it immediately. Full Monitoring enables you to react and to take necessary appropriate actions in order to recover all services as soon as possible. In addition other measures can be started, as informing your important customers, for instance.

The administration of services and functions is separated. The contacts - it does not matter if they are e-mail or SMS contacts - can be assigned to the services  which are going to be monitored in any combination.

Furthermore the traffic graphs for VPS and Dedicated Servers can be displayed.

How does Full Monitoring work?

You will receive special login data for Full Monitoring. After logging into Full Monitoring, the screen could look as follows:

We already added two contacts who should be notified. It is only necessary to click on „Add contact“ under „Alert contacts“. Then you can choose the type of contact, with „E-Mail“ and „SMS“ (text message) being the two available options. Please choose the appropriate form of communication depending on your requirements. Under „Services“ you can add services after protocol and port. Particularly, you can assign different contacts to the corresponding services.

In the screenshot you can see that the VPS is online. The services RDP 3389 and http 80 are online, too.

In the following screenshot we reproduce the worst-case scenario when the server is down.

 

In this example, we would send an e-mail to max.mustermann@contabo.com to alert him. In addition we would send a text message to 4912345678.

As a consequence, the services rdp and http would be down, too. We would inform max.mustermann@contabo.com via e-mail and would send a second text message to 4912345678 that RDP is down. In addition we would text a person at 497654321 that the service http is not working.

Given only the webserver is down, but the server is online, we would only send a
text message to 498754321 in this example.

 

For Dedicated Servers already known, we can provide traffic graphs for VPS now as well! In this screenshot you can see the graph for different periods: Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. For each period you can see the consumed bandwidth for in- and outgoing traffic.

We hope we could introduce this upgrade well and you can see the advantages it has. Could we awake your interest in Full Monitoring? Our whole team would be very pleased to answer your questions. You can find this upgrade during your online order under „Services and upgrades“. You can order the upgrade together with your server online, but it is also possible to order it at any time later by e-mail. For any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team.

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