More than 10.000 customers rely on Contabo

10.000 customers trust in Contabo

We have recently cracked the mark of 10.000 customers. It makes us proud that so many customers from all over the world rely on hosting services of Contabo and that the customer response and demand on our products increases day by day.

Thus, our success story continues on and we can create another new milestone after the already successful opening of our second own data center in Nuremberg.

Our recipe for success is simple: Contabo provides quality and safety at low prices and always tries to meet the individual customer requirements more than fair.

We are rapidly approaching the 20.000 mark of customers and would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all our customers who have been with us for many years and continue to trust us.


Exclusive Insight: Contabo data center in Nuremberg!

In addition to various other (large) projects, whose positive results will soon be visible on our website, the commissioning and further maintenance of our second data center in Nuremberg was of course one of our major tasks in 2014. Our second data center location does not only provide the necessary space for further development, but also offers our customers many new opportunities for their server operation, for example corncerning colocation services:  by means of targeted site selection (Munich/ Nuremberg), our customers can now decide for themselves where their own servers and technical equipment are located in future.

This innovation and many other improvements will be found shortly on Contabo.com.

But before publishing all further news regarding the new data center in Nuremberg on our website, we would like to give you some impressions exclusive here on our company blog:

Exterior view of our data center in NurembergExterior view of our data center in Nuremberg

Server racks + working area in one of the data center roomsServer racks + working area in one of the data center rooms

Floor for server racksFloor for server racks

Further room for server hostingFurther room for server hosting

One of several, redundant core switchesOne of several, redundant core switches

A fully separated cold aisle for server racksA fully separated cold aisle for server racks

Room with USV systemRoom with USV system

USV system: doubled battery packUSV system: doubled battery pack

Room with LVMDRoom with LVMD

Air conditioning cabinetsAir conditioning cabinets

3 x reciprocator chiller (cooling capacity of 600 kW each) 3 x reciprocator chiller (cooling capacity of 600 kW each)

Emergency diesel power (1800 kW) with an extra tank (50.000l)Emergency diesel power (1800 kW) with an extra tank (50.000l)

Stay tuned for further information and look forward for attractive offers soon on our website.


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:


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:


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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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:







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.


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:

motel_small motel2_small

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…


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!


★ 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.



♡ ★ ♡ Almost like christmas,…

Setup promotion...someone might think, when he looks behind the 14th door of our online Advent calendar.

This time we provide you with 4 special hosting offers instead of just one. And without a doubt, I would say: these offers will make the heart of every hosting prospective beat faster.

No Setup Fees! Free Installation of all Webhosting Packages!

No matter which size of our webspace packages (M, L, XL, XXL) you choose, the setup fee will be waived.
Even the smallest webspace package for just € 2.99 already meets the demands of a professional website operator.

Convince yourself on our webspace overview and select the right package for your special needs.


♡ ★ ♡ Now and immediately ♡ ★ ♡

Instant-SetupOur next offer is aimed at those people who doesn't want to lose any time:

Instant-Setup worth € 29.99. Guaranteed delivery of your hosting product within 12 hours after having received payment.

In many cases it will be possible for us to provide the server to you within a few hours only! By choosing Paypal or Moneybookers as payment option we are going to receive your payment immediately.

So quickly open the 12th calendar door an start using your server, webspace oder VPS immediatley!


♡ ★ ♡ Today in our Advent calendar ♡ ★ ♡

2 for 1 Webspace packageFor every Webspace Package you order get an additional one for free!

It's so simple:
Order one, get two! Order a Webspace package in your desired size; get a webspace with high performance at a really good price and on top of that a second Webspace Package free of charge.

Please just contact our customer support team once you have completed your first order and we will send you the login credentials for the second one.

That's it!

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A customer’s gift for Giga-International

One of our customers has created a gift for us. He created a really nice website including a flash movie about us:


He presented it to us with the words "And I'm Proud To Be One Of Giga-International Customers".

You can imagine how happy we are having received this amazing animation. Thank you so much!!

This gift is definetly an appeal for us to keep up our efforts in order to provide really good services and products to all of our customers.