28May/150

Webspace: More disk space & new features!

Webspace UpgradeOnly a few weeks have passed since we equipped all Contabo webspace plans with more than 300 different and pre-installed PHP applications for you.
Today, we did it again and improved the main features of our webspace plans, too. Our goal is as simple as ambitious: We want to offer the best webspace within the whole hosting market.

The result? A multiplication of key features such as disk space, for instance.

With immediate effect all our webspace plans include…

  • ... 5 times more disk space
    50 to 500 GB available in all plans!
  • ... doubled number of MySQL databases
    20 MySQL databases included even in the smallest plan!
  • ... doubled number of e-mail addresses, sub domains and FTP users
    Unbelievable but true: 2000 (!) ones included in webspace plan XL

Contabo webspace now offers hundreds of gigabyte of disk space - but what if your website needs only a small fraction of it?
No problem: Use your webspace plan as your private cloud and store your files and folders directly via "drag & drop" from your desktop computer to your Contabo webspace and back.
Thanks to the feature "web-disk" that each Contabo webspace plan contains by default you are allowed to copy and paste any folder or file on your Windows, Linux, Apple, Android (...) device into your webspace plan... as if the webspace was an additional hard drive!
No matter whether you want to make a simple private backup or you prefer to share files with your friends across the internet: Your own online web disk is waiting for you in all of our webspace plans!

Five times more disk space, more than 300 pre-installed PHP applications, your own online hard drive and numerous other brilliant features by default - all Contabo customers, new and existing ones, benefit from these features starting today.
Price increases? Do not exist at Contabo.

Order your Contabo webspace from 2.99 EUR / month and without setup fee now:

Webspace Package M
50 GB Webspace
Unlimited Traffic
PHP support
20 MySQL databases
1 x com-domain included
Web-disk included
1-Click-Installation of 66 great scripts including the categories guest books, mails, calendars, music, DB tools and many more
Only 2.99 EUR per month!
No setup fee!

Webspace Package L
100 GB Webspace
Unlimited Traffic
PHP support
50 MySQL databases
CGI support
1 x com-domain included
Web-disk included
1-Click-Installation of 137 great scripts including the categories guest books, mails, calendars, music, DB tools, image galleries, blogs, micro blogs, RSS, wikis, file management, social networking, polls and surveys and many more
Only 4.99 EUR per month!
No setup fee!

Webspace Package XL
250 GB Webspace
Unlimited Traffic
PHP support
100 MySQL databases
CGI support
2 x com-domain included
Web-disk included
1-Click-Installation of 216 great scripts including the categories guest books, mails, calendars, music, DB tools, image galleries, blogs, micro blogs, RSS, wikis, file management, social networking, polls and surveys, forums, project management, ERP, educational, ad management, customer support and many more
Only 7.99 EUR per month!
No setup fee!

Webspace Package XXL
500 GB Webspace
Unlimited Traffic
PHP support
Unlimited MySQL databases
CGI support
3 x com-domain included
Web-disk included
1-Click-Installation of 319 great scripts including the categories guest books, mails, calendars, music, DB tools, image galleries, blogs, micro blogs, RSS, wikis, file management, social networking, polls and surveys, forums, project management, ERP, educational, ad management, customer support, portals/ CMS, e-commerce, frameworks and many more
Only 9.99 EUR per month!
No setup fee!

30Mar/150

Webspace: Now 300 PHP scripts available!

1-Click InstallationWe pimped our webspace plans for you – to a higher level than ever before.

As of now all Contabo webspace plans include an auto-installer that allows the installation of more than 300 different web applications such as WordPress, Drupal, Typo3, Magento, Joomla and many more with just a single click.
It was our aim to provide you a tool that makes it easier to automatically build and update your website and, as a result, that makes the internet an easier and safer place to do your business. Moreover, it lets you focus on using apps rather than spending time on installing them.

Needless to say that this great new feature is available for new customers as well as for our existing customers – without extra costs, it’s totally free for every Contabo customer!

Enjoy the convenience of more than 300 one-click web applications included in your Contabo webspace plan. We have covered a wide array of categories including web portals, e-commerce solutions, content management systems, blogs, polls, forums and many more so that everyone could find the required script one would need to power a website. All scripts can be easily configured via our interface tool.

Features:

  • More than 300 regularly updated PHP apps - free of charge and already included in your webspace plan
  • 1-Click installation - safe, secure, smart & fast installations
  • Faster updates - thanks to our immediate update availability the scripts are more secure
  • Requires no knowledge of web programming and databases - simple & user friendly installation
  • Ratings, reviews and demos available
  • And many more!

Contabo webspace plans – unlimited website hosting with more than 300 scripts – free of charge:

Webspace Package M
10 GB Webspace
Unlimited Traffic
PHP support
10 MySQL databases
1 x com-domain included
1-Click-Installation of 66 great scripts including the categories guest books, mails, calendars, music, DB tools and many more
Only 2.99 EUR per month!
No setup fee!

Webspace Package L
20 GB Webspace
Unlimited Traffic
PHP support
20 MySQL databases
CGI support
1 x com-domain included
1-Click-Installation of 137 great scripts including the categories guest books, mails, calendars, music, DB tools, image galleries, blogs, micro blogs, RSS, wikis, file management, social networking, polls and surveys and many more
Only 4.99 EUR per month!
No setup fee!

Webspace PackageXL
40 GB Webspace
Unlimited Traffic
PHP support
50 MySQL databases
CGI support
2 x com-domain included
1-Click-Installation of 216 great scripts including the categories guest books, mails, calendars, music, DB tools, image galleries, blogs, micro blogs, RSS, wikis, file management, social networking, polls and surveys, forums, project management, ERP, educational, ad management, customer support and many more
Only 7.99 EUR per month!
No setup fee!

Webspace Package XXL
60 GB Webspace
Unlimited Traffic
PHP support
Unlimited MySQL databases
CGI support
3 x com-domain included
1-Click-Installation of 319 great scripts including the categories guest books, mails, calendars, music, DB tools, image galleries, blogs, micro blogs, RSS, wikis, file management, social networking, polls and surveys, forums, project management, ERP, educational, ad management, customer support, portals/ CMS, e-commerce, frameworks and many more
Only 9.99 EUR per month!
No setup fee!

25Nov/131

cPanel/WHM: Best practices

Our Dedicated Servers and VPS's with cPanel are very popular among our customers. The easy to use administration panel renders web hosting comfortably even for inexperienced Linux administrators. Almost all settings can be done via WHM, SSH access is rarely necessary.

We deploy cPanel servers automatically with a working standard configuration. Most settings are left default, some had to be added to make the server accessible. I want to show you a few points that are important after the installation.

The following steps can be done in your server WHM. Please log in to https://[server-IP]:2087 as root to continue.

Even if you have not worked with the WHM interface yet, you will be able to navigate through it easily. I find the search bar very useful to access the needed function quickly. It acts similar to the Windows 7 start menu search.

cPanel Search

  1. We start with Basic cPanel & WHM Setup.
    1. Notice the contact e-mail address in the first configuration line. We recommend changing it to a personal address to keep yourself informed about server activities. cPanel is quite active in this regard, so a separate in-box is advisable.
    2. You will find the default nameservers at the bottom of the page. We have predefined our nameservers here. Domains that you bought from us will work out of the box using this setting. If you run domains on other nameservers, you can define their addresses here.
  2. We continue with Configure Remote Service IPs. Choose the tab Remote Name Server IPs here. The following list of IP addresses are associated to the nameservers defined before. If you only use domains from us, no changes are necessary here. If you have domains on other nameservers, you can add their IPs to the list. Otherwise cPanel will refuse to add those domains as addon domains.
  3. The next point is Change Hostname. Our predefined hostname does not resolve to your server IP by default. You will have to define a new one with a working domain to avoid problems with e-mail transmission. You may leave the first section as it is, e.g. "vmi1234.example.com". If you use a domain that is not hosted on our nameservers, make sure to add an A entry for the sub-domain in your DNS management.
  4. A correct RDNS entry is another important factor for RFC compliant e-mail transmission. The PTR of an IP must match the server hostname. Please use our Customer Control Panel to set the entry for your server IP, e.g. "vmi1234.example.com".
    Update 19 December 2014: We now set a default host name in the contabo.host zone which resolves correctly. There are no adjustments necessary in this regard anymore.

After these steps, your cPanel server is ready to fulfil all general hosting tasks. If you need more help material, please see the comprehensive cPanel documentation.

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15Jul/131

Rewrite rules with htaccess

Contabo Webspace XXLOne recurring question affects mostly our webspace packages, but should be interesting for many others as well:

How can I move the content of my main domain to a sub-folder without affecting its appearance?

 

cPanel always assigns one domain as the main domain for a user account. Add-On domains can be added easily, but they simply appear as sub-folders in the same folder that is being used by the main domain. Here is the effect:

/

  • public_html/
    • admin/
    • config/
    • data/
    • example2.com/
      • admin/
      • config/
      • data/
      • themes/
      • index.php
    • themes/
    • index.php

This can cause confusion when using several add-on domains. It would be better to have the content of the main domain in a separate sub-folder as well. However, cPanel does not offer a configuration option for this purpose. Luckily, this will not be necessary though, since htaccess rewrites allow specifying the actual location of the website content.

It is best to start with a fresh account. Otherwise, a full backup of all files is as always recommendable. The cPanel backup assistant will be helpful here.

The following steps can be done easily via FTP client.

If you are moving an existing website, create a sub-folder in /public_html and name it after the domain, e.g. example.com. Move all content of your main domain to the newly created folder. In our example this would include admin, config, data, themes and index.php. If there already is a .htaccess file, move it as well.

Then create a new .htaccess file in /public_html and paste the following:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.example.com$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/example.com
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ example.com/$1 [L]

example.com has to be replaced with your actual domain name.

After saving the file you can open the domain in your browser. The website should be displayed correctly.

The next step depends on the software that is being used on your website. In this example, we show the procedure for Joomla! 3 and WordPress.

Most scripts generate relative URLs based on their location by default. Our changes would cause links on your website to be shown like this:

http://www.example.com/example.com/index.php

To correct this behaviour, the base URL needs to be set statically in the Joomla! configuration. Open configuration.php with an editor and modify the following line:

public $live_site = 'http://www.example.com/';

configuration.php is usually stored read-only. You may need to gain write access first by modifying the file permission.

If you use URL Rewriting in Joomla!, edit the following line in the .htaccess file in the sub-folder of your domain:

RewriteBase /example.com

Make sure to remove the hash at the beginning of the line.

The WordPress configuration is similar. Open wp-config.php with an editor and modify the following lines:

define('WP_HOME','http://example.com');
define('WP_SITEURL','http://example.com');

The changes are not visible to visitors and your website is accessible normally. The new folder structure is much cleaner:

/

  • public_html/
    • example.com/
      • admin/
      • config/
      • data/
      • themes/
      • index.php
    • example2.com/
      • admin/
      • config/
      • data/
      • themes/
      • index.php
    • .htaccess

This is only one of the many possibilities of rewrite rules. If you desire more information on this complex topic, I can recommend the Apache documentation.

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2Jul/130

10 years Contabo in pictures: Part 1

A few days ago Katharina gave you a detailed overview about the history of Contabo in her blog post “Contabo through the ages! The story so far…”.
Based on the mentioned most important milestones of the past 10 years we are going to publish now and within the next few days some pictures, photos and texts which we have been collecting during the last years.

Let’s have a look again on the chronicle posted by Katharina…
Contabo through the ages

…and let’s go back to the very beginning when we put our first own rack server into operation at our first data center location in “Mainhattan”, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

In 2004 the first machines went online in the commonly known “Redbus Interhouse” at Lyoner Straße 28. At the beginning we just started with a space for 10 (or 15?) servers, but soon, our company had been growing fast, and thus, also the number of servers in our data center.
Not only we have been delighted about our rapid growth, but also our IT service provider who has been responsible for the handling of our hardware on site and who we worked with for more than 4 years, until we left Frankfurt am Main a little bit later.
Within a few months our server farm grew from 10 servers to 100 servers, and until today our business is expanding at an ever-increasing rate.

A few months later our long-term IT service provider decided to open another data center location a few houses away from us in Lyoner Straße 15. It was probably not only our very positive development which was responsible for their new data center, but we certainly have made an important contribution to that. At this time Giga-Hosting/ Contabo occupied the highest numbers of servers in their data center.
Today, 10 years later, the Tier1 carrier and global player “Cogent” has settled down right there, in the same datacenter we had used for many years at that time, with his German headquarter.

In the following you will find some impressions of our time (2004-2008) in Frankfurt am Main:

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Our objective has always been to stay responsible for all of our servers. This means, we have chosen all single items and the infrastructure of our servers on our own and ,according to our ideas, we created server systems which were ready-to-use. We worked day and night to deliver our servers to Frankfurt am Main as soon as possible. And believe me, this was really hard work.

The following picture shows our already packaged servers shortly before its transportation to Frankfurt. According to the file attributes the picture was taken in October 2005 at 2:00 AM in the morning.

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Giga-Hosting staff often travelled to Frankfurt to support the technicians there. I can warmly recommend “Motel 1” as accommodation because that’s where the team stayed during our visit and it was pretty nice.
It was situated between the airport and the data center and that’s why we haven’t seen a lot of the city during our stay.

This was the view out of our hotel room - we had to be content with a view towards another hotel instead of impressive pictures of the city centre and the famous Frankfurt skyline:

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While we have been focused on the hardware and on the infrastructure of our servers, we took care of one of our most important matters: our product range.
When we started planning our company we agreed on three basic principles which focused on our customers and that have been applied consistently and uncompromisingly to this very day:

1) Discount prices
2) Instant service
3) The customer is king

According to these principles we operated day by day.
We were working hard to continually improve our products like webspace, servers, colocation, domains and its sustainable development. From time to time we offered radical price reductions but always together with high quality products and support.
This concept has been proven for years and it is still our company philosophy.

In the following you will find some impressions of some former marketing promotions and offers:

Giga-Hosting offers

 

Giga-Hosting offer

Giga-Hosting banner

In March 2006 we opened the first office in Munich for our 1st and 2nd level support department. Since that time our team has been growing constantly.

If you are interested in more details about our history, stay tuned here on our blog. The story will be continued…

1Feb/130

Webhosting plans: All setup fees waived!

No Setup Fees

As of now, the setup fees on our webspace offers have come to an end. No matter which webhosting plan you choose, there will be no setup fee anymore, thus you save the 19.99 EUR which were previously required as a setup fee.

This means that you can host your website with us at only 2.99 EUR per month! As before, all of our packages include additional features that allow you to add a blog, guestbook, forum or e-shop to your website in a matter of seconds.

These are the webhosting features at a glance:

Webspace Package M
10 GB Webspace
5000 GB Traffic
PHP support
10 MySQL databases
1 x com-Domain included
Only 2.99 EUR per month!
No setup fee!

Webspace Package L
20 GB Webspace
5000 GB Traffic
PHP support
20 MySQL databases
CGI support
1 x com-Domain included
Only 4.99 EUR per month!
No setup fee!

Webspace Package XL
40 GB Webspace
5000 GB Traffic
PHP support
50 MySQL databases
CGI support
2 x com-Domain included
Only 7.99 EUR per month!
No setup fee!

Webspace Package XXL
60 GB Webspace
5000 GB Traffic
PHP support
Unlimited MySQL databases
CGI support
3 x com-Domain included
Only 9.99 EUR per month!
No setup fee!

More details can be found on our webhosting overview!

24Dec/120

★ December 24th. Finally, it’s Christmas time ★

No Setup FeesThanks to our Advent calendar we spent the last 23 days with counting and celebrating the days in anticipation of Christmas. Every day we opened a new door and offered you another special promotion regarding our hosting products.

Today on the 24th December we look back on a very successful year and we are getting a bit in a sentimental mood.
While we are proud of our accomplishments this year, we know that our work is never done. We will continue to be focused and passionate about improving our work.

To honor the day duly, we would like to offer you a special surprise. Behind the last door of our Advent calendar hides another setup promotion. But not, as usual, just for one product!

NO SETUP FEES: Setup fees waived entirely for          all hosting products.

Giga-Hosting wishes you and your families a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. We say thank you to all of our customers and promise to keep on working hard.

Look forward with pleasure to 2013; we achieved a lot in 2012 but we have got a lot of plans for the next year. We are pleased to approach many more milestones together with you.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

22Dec/120

♡ ★ ♡ It’s the final Countdown ♡ ★ ♡

Webspace XXLChristmas is coming and we are getting more and more excited - there are just two more doors to open and then, finally, it's Christmas.

Our today's offer:

No Setup fee! Free Installation for your Webspace Package XXL.

This premium package breaks all boundaries: It is literally limitless! Create as many MySQL-databases, email addresses, FTP-accounts, subdomains or additional domains as you wish – and manage them with 60 GB of webspace and unlimited traffic!

Also included: A guestbook, a chat, a gallery for your pictures, the blogging-tools 'WordPress' and 'b2evolution', the Bulletin Boards 'phpBB 3' and 'YaBB', nine different content management systems (e. g. 'Mambo', 'PostNuke', 'PhpWiki') and three different e-commerce-solutions (e. g. 'osCommerce') - all that already prepared for you and available on your homepage with just one click!

And all it takes are just 9.99 EURO/ month.

18Dec/120

♡ ★ ♡ The countdown has started ♡ ★ ♡

Webspace MThe countdown is on - only 6 days to go until Christmas. 6 more days with 6 further special offers out of the hosting sector.

All those who have been following the last 17 calendar days can probably guess what kind of offer is on our today's list:

No Setup fee! Free Installation for your Webspace Package M.

Our Webspace Package M prepares you and your website for tomorrow's technical innovations and surge of visitors to your site. With PHP, MySQL, SSI, SSL and many other features you can operate large-scale webhosting at a very low price.

Matter of expense: ONLY 2.99 EUR/ month

11Jun/120

“No Nightmares anymore…..

…thank you very very much! You are an amazing company! No trouble everything always simply works.”

This is just a short extract of an e-mail of a contented customer.

Every time when we receive a review like that in a hosting forum or via e-mail we are very pleased about that – because this is a confirmation of our work and efforts.
Whether here in the blog, on facebook, in hosting forums or through our support hotline: A lot of customers use the opportunity through these channels to give us feedback and reviews on our products and services. And that feedback is very important for us to improve our quality.

We listen to you, analyse and develop new strategies to implement your improvement suggestions. Learning from mistakes and talking openly about enhancement possibilities is essential for us and our company.

Another review that we received a few weeks ago confirmed our belief in our company philosophy that we pursue since the beginning of Giga-International: Being an inexpensive hosting provider with excellent support.
Jens O. about Giga-International on webhostlist.de: “Despite Giga-International is by far the most affordable hosting provider, everything went well. I ordered Saturday night and Sunday morning the server was already available.“ In our opinion the providing of cheap and affordable products does not exclude good service and support.

“The customer is king - outstanding service indispensable” – according to this motto everyone at Giga International is continuously working on.

So do not hesitate to send us your experiences or feedback whether for our services or products –we are looking forward to it whether it is praise or criticism. Of course you are welcome to recommend us on special hosting forums like WebHostingTalk or webhostlist.de.

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