SPEED Students – 50% Discount on WebHosting Plans

Published by Spiral Hosting on Monday 16th September 2013

logoSpiral Hosting have launched their 2013 discount for SPEED Plus students and graduates. For the past five years, Spiral Hosting have provided 50% off web hosting for participants in the Student Placements for Entrepreneurs in EDucation (SPEED) programme.

The SPEED programme has provided business start-up funding and training for thousands of university students and graduates across 20 UK universities. SPEED fellows generally start their business in July, August or September and get paid to work for themselves for 6 months. They learn business development skills, receive advice and mentoring from business experts, and they also receive significant discount off web hosting from Spiral Hosting!

SPEED students and graduates can get 50% off our webhosting packages (Size S, Size M, Size L, Size XL) including a free domain registration or transfer. We can also offer discount on other services such as SSL certificates – please contact us for details.

Universities involved in the SPEED programme have included University of Ulster, Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Keele University, Nottingham Trent University, Southampton Solent University, Staffordshire University, Thames Valley University, University of Birmingham, University of Derby, University of Lincoln, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester.

More information is available on the SPEED website. If you are a SPEED participant, please use promotion code “speed” on our website checkout. Please note Spiral Hosting have no official affiliation with SPEED Plus. The SPEED Plus logo is © Copyright 2013 SPEED Plus.

Aventure Host is now part of Spiral Hosting

Published by Spiral Hosting on Sunday 1st September 2013

Spiral Hosting Limited (www.spiralhosting.com), a leading UK and Ireland web hosting solutions provider today announced it has consolidated its Aventure Host business (www.aventurehost.com) into the main Spiral Hosting brand.

Aventure Host started trading in 2002 providing domain registration and Internet hosting solutions. Aventure Host’s reputation for delivering a high-quality service backed by first-rate customer support meant that it quickly grew a large UK and Ireland client base. Aventure Host was the first webhosting provider in Ireland to offer webhosting on the cloud. In March 2011, Aventure Host was acquired by Spiral Hosting Limited.

Spiral Hosting has been trading for ten years. Spiral Hosting has offices in Belfast and Dublin. Spiral Hosting has grown its Irish webhosting business into an international business, offering hosting solutions in five countries and selling in five currencies. Spiral Hosting has made several acquisitions in the last 3 years, including Aventure Host, Fresh Hosting, SpeedySparrow and the webhosting division of Eideashop.

Peter Armstrong, director of the Irish HSP explained: “Spiral Hosting are delighted to welcome Aventure Host clients. We acquired Aventure Host in March 2011 as part of a large investment in our webhosting infrastructure, customer service and technical support. In an effort to provide the best possible customer experience, we feel the time is right to consolidate the Aventure business into our main brand.”

“Aventure Host was a first-class webhosting provider that was in many ways similar to Spiral Hosting. Both companies were located just a mile apart in central Belfast, they have a long history of providing quality reputable services and friendly personal support. The consolidated business under the Spiral Hosting brand will achieve even greater things.

“The merger will result in improvements for all Spiral Hosting and Aventure Host customers. Our top three objectives are excellent servers, fast support and most importantly happy customers. Aventure Host clients will continue to receive the same web hosting, domain registration and SSL services, as well as 24/7/365 support. Our team will continue to provide friendly personal support from our offices in central Belfast.”

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WordPress brute force login attacks at epidemic level

Published by Peter Armstrong on Friday 12th April 2013

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Irish web hosting provider Spiral Hosting have today emailed all their clients to advise them of brute force login attacks targeting WordPress blog software. WordPress is the most popular blog publishing software and it’s used by millions of websites worldwide.

 

Peter Armstrong, Managing Director of Spiral Hosting explained, “There is currently a large scale brute force attack coming from a large amount of IP addresses spread across the world. A large botnet has been attempting to break into WordPress websites by continually trying to guess the username and password to get into the WordPress admin dashboard. This is affecting almost every major web hosting company around the world. Our Network Operations Centre (NOC) has detected a significant increase in botnet activity in the last 24 hours. Brute force attacks have reached epidemic level. Therefore, we have joined other major web hosting providers by advising all our clients who use WordPress to install an additional plugin ‘Limit Login Attempts’ that will help to prevent brute force attacks.”

“It’s crucially important that WordPress websites are kept up to date. Normal security procedures include regular updates of the WordPress core files, plugins and theme files. In addition to this, we also recommend WordPress administrators change their login username from the default ‘admin’ username, use very secure passwords, and install the ‘Login Limits Attempts’ plugin or other WordPress security plugins.”

“Another security risk that WordPress administrators sometime forget about are inactive themes, installed on their blog but no longer in use. The files for the WordPress themes are still located in the /wp-content/themes/ directory, and even if they’re not being used, they’re still vulnerable to being hacked/exploited if they’re not kept up to date. Therefore, we recommend WordPress administrators delete all WordPress themes except the active theme currently in use on their website. We’re providing additional security tips to all clients on the Spiral Hosting website.”

If you are a Spiral Hosting client please visit http://status.spiralhosting.net/2013/04/wordpress-wp-login-brute-force-attacks/ for more information.

[How To] Install WordPress Plugin “Limit Logins” and Prevent Brute Force Attacks

Published by Peter Armstrong on Friday 12th April 2013

These are instructions on how to install the Limit Logins Attempts plugin on your WordPress blog. This plugin is important because it helps prevent brute force login attacks from your WordPress admin dashboard.


1)
Login to the admin dashboard of your WordPress blog
2) Go to the Plugins page and click on the “Add New” button
3) Type “login limits” into the search box and click on the “Search Plugins” button
4) The Limit Login Attempts plugin should be the first plugin in the search results. Click the “Install Now” button
5) The plugin will say it has successfully installed. Click on the “Activate Plugin” button. That’s it!

In addition to taking these steps, it’s very important to have a very secure password for all WordPress admin users.

There’s no business like SNOW business

Published by Peter Armstrong on Friday 22nd March 2013

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We are offering 10% off ALL new domain name registrations while it’s snowing here in the UK & Ireland.

So, if you’re after a .COM, .IE, .CO.UK or anything else… today is the perfect time to grab it!

We love snow here at Spiral Hosting – especially when it lies on the ground and we can build snowmen! This weekend the forecast is lots and lots of snow, but there is also torrential rain and gale force winds in the forecast, so perhaps for the next day or two you should stay inside, wrap up warm, and use the opportunity to work on some website projects! The crazy weather (and the crazy discount on domain names) is due to last until Monday!

Take advantage of this promotion today. Here’s how:

  • Simply visit our domain name page
  • Choose your domain name
  • Choose 1 to 10 years registration (where applicable)
  • Enter the promo code: snow

This offer expires: when it stops snowing in UK & Ireland. Valid on new registrations and transfers only. Available to new and existing customers. Our usual Terms & Conditions apply.

We’re hiring – Sales & Marketing Executive

Published by Peter Armstrong on Tuesday 5th February 2013

Sales & Marketing Executive

Due to our continued expansion we are looking to recruit a Sales & Marketing Executive, with a special aptitude for web hosting systems and search engine optimisation.  This is a full time position and the successful applicant must be available to work from our office in Belfast, N Ireland. We are an international business and the candidate will be required to work a mixture of daytime and evening shifts to align with European and American office hours.
The successful applicant must be confident in performing the role detailed below and they must possess the skills required, including the appropriate qualification detailed below.

Role:

- Answering front line customer sales inquiries via our support ticket system, live chat, IM, email and phone
- Building new business relationships and strengthening existing ones
- Creating campaigns to market our range of webhosting and server products
- Liasing with potential customers using online forums, social media, business conferences, meetings and exhibitions

Skills required:

- Excellent phone manner and writing skills
- Target-driven and results orientated person with experience in lead generation and sales pipelines.
- Knowledge of Linux/Windows webhosting and server products
- Knowledge of desktop email systems – Outlook, Thunderbird etc.
- Understanding of network technologies – TCP/IP and DNS etc.
- Must be professional, flexible and reliable
- Have a qualification in I.T, Computer science or Sales & Marketing

To apply for this position please email jobs(at)spiralhosting.com for an application form.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their religious beliefs or political opinions, sex, marital or family statuses, races, sexual orientations, ages or whether they are disabled.

We do not require any assistance from job agencies or recruitment websites. Please do not contact us regarding this job position unless you are a job applicant. Thank you.

Time To Update As WordPress 3.5.1 Is Released

Published by Spiral Hosting on Monday 28th January 2013

 

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WordPress 3.5.1 has been released.

This new version contains 3 important security fixes and 37 other bug fixes. If you use WordPress on your website, please update immediately using Softaculous in your cPanel control panel or using the WordPress admin area.

Keeping your WP as up to date as possible helps minimise any security issues and ensures that you have the latest, most efficient version to hand.

As usual, our support desk team are available to help advise you if you have any problems updating. Simply call them on 02890 025008/01 657 1821 or e-mail support@spiralhosting.com.

4 Great Advantages of cPanel

Published by Spiral Hosting on Friday 25th January 2013

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As a web hosting company, one of the most important things to us is how our customers use our hosting service. There are many options for Windows and Linux hosting and arguably, the most popular is the one we use – cPanel.

cPanel is a software that provides an interface to help website owners manage their sites (FTP, e-mail accounts, statistics etc), while WebHost Manager (WHM) automates server management tasks for server administrators. cPanel makes it very easy for a hosting company like Spiral Hosting to give the client total control of their website without the requirement of providing full server access.

So, what are the advantages of cPanel ?

1. Fast, Easy Installations
One of the major benefits of cPanel is that script libraries like Softaculous, Fantastico or Intallatron can be integrated with minimal fuss. If you wish to get a shopping cart, forum or blog they can be easily installed and managed through control panel with just a  few clicks. Likewise, you’ll be glad to hear that uninstalling software is a quick, hassle free process.

2. Interface
cPanel provides a very easy visual user interface where you can manage your server and website. There are several panels that are dedicated for administrators, clients, and even e-mail users.

3. Easy Management
You can create and manage domains and emails with few clicks easily through control panel. This is the main reason of having a control panel so that even naive users can manage their domains and emails easily through the user-friendly graphical interface of control panel.

4. DNS Management
DNS plays an important role in domain and email function. Control panel offers option through which you can easily edit and add DNS record for the concerned domain name. You can even delete a DNS file through Control panel without any hassle.

In short, cPanel is an intuitive, easy-to-use tool that you can harness to help you manage your website and hosting. In addition to the advantages mentioned above, with cPanel hosting you can also manage your entire website’s back-ups, cron jobs, configure ‘http redirects’, custom error pages and  spam filters.

 

SNOW Time Like The Present To Register Your Domains

Published by Spiral Hosting on Monday 21st January 2013

SNOW

We are offering 10% off ALL domain names while it’s snowing here in Ireland.

So, if you’re after a .COM, .IE, .CO.UK or anything else… today is the perfect time to grab it!

We love snow here at Spiral Hosting – especially when it lies on the ground and this weekend Ireland saw its heaviest snowfall in 2 years. Reports say that it will last for a few more days before temperatures (and domain names) rise so don’t miss your chance!

Take advantage of this promotion today. Here’s how:

  • Simply visit our domain name page
  • Choose your domain name
  • Choose 1 to 10 years registration (where applicable)
  • Enter the promo code: snow

This offer expires: when it stops snowing in Ireland. Valid on new registrations and transfers only. Available to new and existing customers. Our usual Terms & Conditions apply.

5 Things We Love About .Me

Published by Spiral Hosting on Tuesday 8th January 2013

.Me is for YOU

Of all the domain extensions that you can purchase, .ME stands out.

It’s NEW, MEMORABLE and INTERESTING – in short, it’s easy to see why .ME is the hottest property on the internet.

It’s a fact that people like to do business with businesses they feel they know and are comfortable with. .ME
is the perfect way to make that introduction.

.ME is the country code for Montenegro, but anyone in the world can own one, and there are an increasing number of people and organisations taking advantage of the extremely flexible domain extension.

5 Great Things About .Me Domains:

1) PERSONALISATION – It personalises your web presence. It’s easy to say .ME has become the go-to domain extension for firms looking to make an immediate impact on clients.

2) SHOWCASE – With the simple addition of a .ME, your website automatically becomes a top-class showcase for your work and services.

3) MEMORABLE –
.ME is new and stands out from the crowd. Now is your chance to get aboard the hippest domain in town.

4) FUN –
In terms of creatiing URLs, it’s extremely versatile. You can spend ages creating fun, easy to remember domain hacks (photographyby.me, comeplaywith.me etc).

5) AVAILABILITY -
As a relatively new extension it still has massive availability.

If you think .Me is for YOU, click here to get yours.