Unlimited shared hosting for demo websites | Trial period and short-term periods of server use | News from around the hosting industry

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Date: May 1st 2024

May 1st 2024

Unlimited shared hosting for demo websites

Anhbloginc has a need for hosting that has a use case which is rather unusual - He needs some form of shared hosting that can accommodate maybe 300 to 500 websites that are actually demo sites, so they don't have many visitors, are not load intensive, but he's looking for a package with an unlimited number of files. Is shared hosting actually what he needs and would a host permit so many add-on domains? Whilst it does sound more like a reseller account would suit better, the number of accounts/domains could shoot the price for such a package through the roof! So what's the answer? Should members be suggesting a VPS or small server with a cheap/free control panel, where he could set up his own reseller package that allows so many domains to be hosted? Have you ever needed to host a large number of small, low traffic sites? What's the solution?

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Trial period and short-term periods of server use

Deltahost is wrestling with the answer to what might be the best periods to provide trial or short-term servers to potential clients whilst avoiding all the potential abuse and fraud risks that come with offering such options. It's generally difficult to find a provider who would offer a free trial because of those risks but, done right, with pre-vetting the customer, having a conversation with them first to establish what equipment they're likely to need, and establishing a rapport with them, is this a way to increase conversion rates and gain longer-term customers as a result? Would you advertize the fact that you offer free trials, or wait until you're approached and treat it on a case-by-case basis, or just say "no".

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News from around the hosting industry

Our Industry News section is the place to find current headlines from around the world of hosting and infrastructure, but other general interest threads pop up in other sections of the forum, especially our Web Hosting Lounge. Here we highlight just a selection of some of the interesting items from around the forum:

  • FCC restores net neutrality rules despite partisan divide - In a 3-2 vote along party lines last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reinstated net neutrality rules, marking a return to the 2015 classification of broadband internet access service as a telecommunications service. Net neutrality, characterized by "no blocking, no throttling, and no paid prioritization," aims to ensure an open and fair internet for all users. While Democrats advocate for these rules to uphold internet freedom, Republicans argue that they impede network operators' ability to manage traffic and hinder competition. The newly reinstated rules largely mirror those passed during former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's reign and have faced predictable reactions from industry stakeholders. Broadband providers are expected to challenge the regulations in court.
  • Microsoft Windows users under ongoing attack by Russia - Microsoft Threat Intelligence researchers issued a recent warning that Russian state-sponsored hackers have been targeting Windows users with a custom tool for stealing credentials and even installing backdoors. Hackers known as APT28 or Fancy Bear (tracked by Microsoft as Forest Blizzard) are using the post-exploitation tool, GooseEgg, against government, education and transport sector organizations in Western Europe, Ukraine and the United States since at least June 2020. The vulnerability (CVE-2022-38028) was fixed as part of the October 2022 Patch Tuesday rollout, having been first reported by the NSA. Microsoft stresses importance of patching vulnerabilities and organizations and users are urged to apply the CVE-2022-38028 security update to mitigate this attack. Microsoft Defender Antivirus detects the specific Forest Blizzard capability as HackTool:Win64/GooseEgg.
  • Zscaler's 2024 report shows a 60% surge in global phishing attacks - The cloud security solutions provider has unveiled its ThreatLabz 2024 Phishing Report, a comprehensive analysis based on 2 billion phishing transactions during 2023. It highlights a worrying trend: global phishing attacks have surged nearly 60% year-over-year, with generative AI technologies like voice phishing and deepfake phishing playing a significant role in the escalation. In 2023, North America was the epicenter of phishing activities, hosting over half of all recorded attacks. Following closely were the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) and India.
  • AMS-IX and Extreme IX forge alliance to enhance connectivity in India - The two major participants in the worldwide networking space have announced a major alliance in India with the potential to completely revolutionize how companies connect to the vital AMS-IX Mumbai, one of the most important Internet Exchange Points in the area. This relationship has consequences that go beyond just making access easier. In one of the internet markets with the fastest growth rates in the world, it's a step towards improving the overall efficiency and scalability of digital services. As this relationship develops, it should serve as a template for other collaborations that try to remove financial and logistical obstacles to digital growth.

Got some news of your own to share? If it's news from your own company it belongs in Web Hosting Industry Announcements (no ads please!). If you've scooped some news about something else going on in the hosting industry we'd love for you to share it in our Industry News section! Also look out for threads marked with our new [NEWS] tag, when members have posted newsworthy items in various sections of the forum. You can search for them using Advanced Search, search by prefix "NEWS", and "show results as posts".

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