Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How to switch hosts without having any down time.

Switching to a new host can be a complicated process. Follow our steps to ensure that your move is smooth and painless.

1. The first step is to join your new host. Make sure to NOT cancel with your old hosting provider, and do not tell them you will be canceling. Keep this a secret from your old host, or they could prematurely terminate your site and cause downtime.

2. At this point, you should have hosting accounts with two hosting providers (the old and the new one). You will now migrate your entire site from the old host to the new one. This can be done by connecting to the old host's FTP and downloading all your files, and then by connecting to the new host's FTP and uploading all your files (maintain the same file and folder structure). If you choose to make 6DegreesHosting your new host, we may transfer your entire site over free of charge!

3. You must also backup any databases on the old host (contact the old host for instructions) and upload the backup files to the new host via FTP. You must then restore your databases from those backup files; this can be done via SSH or cPanel's phpMyAdmin. Emails do not normally transfer, but you can archive your emails from the old host. You can accomplish this by making a POP3 connection to each email address; this way all the old emails are downloaded to your local computer. The new host will not have those old emails, but the new host will be able to get new emails.

4. If you choose to make 6DegreesHosting your new host, we may transfer your entire site (files and databases) over free of charge! If your old host used cPanel, we may be able to transfer emails as well.

5. After you have a copy of your site on both hosting accounts, it is time to change your domain name's DNS....

6. After you have all your files on both hosting accounts, it is time to change your domain name's DNS. Your new host will provide you with the correct name servers (DNS). You may need to contact the new host to find out what DNS settings you will use for your domain name.

DNS name servers usually looks like this (replace "" with your host's actual domain name):

Once you have the correct DNS, go to the company where you purchased your domain name to make the change. If you purchased your domain name from your host, you usually need to ask them to make the DNS changes for you. You can tell them something similar to, "Hello. My domain with you is _____.___ ; please, change my domain name's name servers to ns1._______.____ and ns2._______.____ ."

If you bought your domain name from 6DegreesHosting, we are more than happy to help you or even make the DNS changes for you.

7. Once your DNS changes have been made, you will need to wait 48 hours (two days) before your site will load from the new host. During this 48 hour period, your DNS is propagating world wide and your site will be randomly loading from either the old host or the new host. Once the two days is complete, your site will only be loading from the new host.

8. After the 48 hours have passed, your updated DNS will be fully functional. You will now contact your old host and cancel your hosting account with them. If you originally bought your domain name from the old host, do not cancel your domain registration.

If you completed all the above steps, you have successfully switched hosts with no downtime at all!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Windows Web Hosting packages will come with a Plesk Control Panel

All new Windows Web Hosting packages will come with a Plesk Control Panel from the 14th of September, 2010.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Server upgrades!

We are upgrading some of our older Conroe processor servers to Dual CPU Nehalem chassis on Tuesday Aug 3rd starting at around 8PM Pacific.
The actual downtime, barring unforseen circumstances should only be a couple of seconds. However, you may incur up to an hour of data loss in your home directory as we make the swap between old and new servers.

This should greatly increase the speed and performance on these servers and provide a better level of service. Your scripts shouldn't have any issues either, since the actual configurations are literally the exact same

Thank you,
6 Degrees Hosting Support

Sunday, July 4, 2010

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Top 10 simplest and most lightweight scripts on the Web

Top 10 simplest and most lightweight scripts on the Web

Ask anyone what their favorite CMS is, and you will probably hear mentions of Wordpress. Sure, it is a great CMS that is flexible and customizable with its plethora of plugins that allow you to push Wordpress to its limits — but is Wordpress a simple script? Well, not really. Several scripts have been introduced that take simplicity an unprecedented level. A script can be termed as lightweight and simple if it contains a smaller code base, making it less prone to vulnerabilities. It is such a script that has a better performance in terms of server resources consumption — a script that ultimately takes seconds to install, understand and use.
In this post, take a look at the Top 10 most simple and lightweight scripts on the Web ranging from image gallery script, content management system and file manager.

1. simpleCart(js) – A Lightweight JavaScript Shopping Cart

SimpleCart(js) is an easy to use and lightweight JavaScript shopping cart that allows you to setup an e-commerce store in a few minutes. It requires no database or programming knowledge – all you need to know is some basic HTML. simpleCart(js) currently works with PayPal and Google Checkout. It has support for multiple currencies and tax rate. Its flexible cookie based cart feature allows buyers to add, remove and adjust quantity of items to be ordered.

2. GetSimple CMS -The Simplest Content Management System EVER

GetSimple CMS is an open source CMS that utilizes the speed and convenience of XML, a best-in-class UI and the easiest learning curve of any simple Content Management System out there. It has been loaded with features that every website needs, but with nothing it doesn’t. It supports a plugin system that allows you to add modules to further expand the CMS.

3. FluxBB – A fast, light, user-friendly forum application

FluxBB was designed as a lighter, faster alternative to some of the traditional feature heavy forum applications. It is easy to use and has a proven track record of stability and security making it an ideal choice of forum for your website. It supports PHP4 and PHP5 and works with MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLLite. All pages generated by this forum application are XHTML 1.0 compliant.

4. Relay – AJAX Directory Manager

Relay is a PHP and MYSQL based file management system with upload and download capabilities. The interface is AJAX based allowing easy drag-b-drop of files and folders. It supports multiple file upload with progress bar and automatic thumbnail generation for your image and PDF files. You can setup multiple users with different accounts.

5. Task Jr – Web-based task manager

Task Jr is a lightweight PHP5 web-based task manager to help you manage your personal and professional projects effectively. You can assign due dates and priorities to your tasks and use the different views to filter important stuff first. It supports iCalendar – your tasks can be shared or subscribed to as iCal calendars.

6. IMAGIN – Flash Photo Gallery

IMAGIN is a flash photo gallery that can organize photos and create slideshows from them. It has unlimited number of albums and levels of albums-in-albums. IMAGIN works by pointing it to a folder that contains photos, everything else is automatic.

7. Shoutbox – A PHP + AJAX Shoutbox

YShout is a lightweight yet full-featured package that allows you to easily add an interactive shoutbox to your website. A shoutbox is a great tool to communicate with your visitors, and YShout allows you to chat with them in real-time. The scrit is based on PHP and powered by AJAX.

8.lwrte -Lightweight Rich Text Editor

lwrte is a lightweight and unbloated Rich Text Editor based on jQuery. Its file size is only 10Kb and it doesn’t require any JavaScript wrapper. It is extremely simple and be easily changed according to your needs. It has all thaat your editor probably need. lwrte is compatible with major browsers and degrade gracefully into a textarea for others.

9. Adminer – Database Management in a single file

Adminer (formerly phpMinAdmin) is a full-featured MySQL management tool written in PHP. Conversely to phpMyAdmin, it consist of a single file ready to deploy to the target server. It works with MySQL 4.1, 5.0 and 5.1 through mysqli, mysql  or pdo PHP extension.

10. EZPX – Photoblog System

EZPX is a lightweight yet full featured photoblog system based on Codeigniter application framework. It was written in PHP, it’s painless to install, has an easy-to-use and clean user interface that you will love to use. And besides it provides a lot of features especially designed for photographers.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Change in Backup policy for our Unlimited Hosting Packages

We will be limiting the Back up feature on existing Linux ULTIMATE Unlimited Hosting Packages that are using the old infrastructure (not cPanel) from the 12th of May, 2010. As per the new limit, we will only store the last three back ups made for any existing package.
Current Scenario:
Currently, a Customer can make unlimited back ups of their packages and they are all stored on our servers.
This negatively affects our servers as it leads to:
  • Additional and unnecessary load
  • Exposure to potential abuse
New Implementation:
Through the new implementation, Customers will still be able to make back ups as frequently as required. However, only the last three back ups will be stored on our servers. Every time a new back up is made, the oldest back up will be replaced.
This implementation will be applicable from the 12th of May, 2010.
Important: Starting today, all new Back up Policies will be limited as per the new implementation of storing only three back ups.
If you require your previous back ups:
If you require old back ups, which are older than the last three made, they will need to download the back ups to their local machines before the 12th of May, 2010.

Thank you!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Unlimited Plan Mail Server Intermittent Issue

Intermittent Issues with Our Mail Servers on our UNLIMITED HOSTING

Posted: 26 Apr 2010 03:41 AM PDT

Our Mail servers are currently facing intermittent issues.

Services Affected:
* Sending & Recieving Mails.
* Delayed login on the Webmail URL

We request that you wait for sometime before you trying to login or downloading the emails again.

Rest assured, all new incoming mails will queue up for delivery and shall be available in the Inbox as soon as the server is up and operational. We regret the interruption in services. For any additional information, feel free to contact our support desk.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

April 21st Server maintenance Server MARS

April 21, 10:03 AM - Back Up
Posted by: tony
The system is back up.

This is the kind of issue we dislike - spontaneous reboot, no error messages that point to an obvious reason however we are seeing a large number of unusual "probes" - which is usually the sign of hackers/exploiters looking for web sites/servers to infect.

We will be hardening the network against these, just in case!

But for now, we are back and running at full steam!
April 21, 8:45 AM - Spontaneous System Reboot
Posted by: tony
The server decided to spontaneously reboot with no reason or warning. Doing a file system data check and bringing it back online asap.

Will post when it's live!

Check Availability for .in results in status unknown

Check Availability for .in results in status unknown

We are facing issues when performing a check availability for the .in and third level .in domains.

The response received is “status unknown“. The Development team is aware of the issue and they are trying to resolve the same. We will inform you once the issue is resolved.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Scheduled maintenance on our Mail Hosting Servers

Scheduled maintenance on our Mail Hosting Servers

A hardware upgrade has been scheduled on one of our Email hosting servers.

Maintenance Window
* Date: 09-04-2010
* Start Time: 00:30:00 ( IST )
* Estimated Duration: 30 mins

Packages hosted on the below mentioned IPs shall be affected:

During the maintenance period:

* All the mail services Webmail/IMAP/POP will be down for all the mailpackages hosted on this server.

* All mailpackages won’t be able to send / receive mails during the maintenance.

Rest assured, all new incoming mails will queue up for delivery and shall be available in the Inbox as soon as the server is up and operational. We regret the interruption in services. For any additional information, feel free to contact our support desk.

Monday, April 5, 2010

cPanel Hosting for LINUX UNLIMITED hosting plans is here.

cPanel Hosting - Now in Place

We are extremely excited to announce that from the 8th of April, 2010 onwards cPanel Management Console will be available for our UNLIMITED/ULTIMATE Linux Hosting Plans.
Plesk is coming soon for Windows UNLIMITED/ULTIMATE Hosting Plans..
More information on this launch will be sent across very soon.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


The following is Included with DOMAIN REGISTRATION ( No Hosting required )
By the end of this month Services that will be offered:

1 Free Email Account: With every Domain registered, you will now be able to avail of a FREE Email Account with 1GB Space, ‘Catch-All’ facilities and POP & IMAP access. If you require additional Email Accounts, you will need to upgrade the FREE Email Account to the paid Unlimited Email Hosting Package. This service will come with an ‘Opt-Out’ option, which will be made available for you to set your preferences a few days before we launch this service.

Free Chat Services: You can chat and collaborate with your colleagues and friends using your own Domain Name (chat-id@yourdomain). This Free Service includes features like public and private conferencing, searchable chat archives and the ability to chat with friends who use GTalk, AOL, Jabber, and much more.