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What is a Cron Job?

Cron is a standard Linux feature that allows you to schedule tasks, called “Cron Jobs,” to run unattended at a specified frequency. For example, you can set the frequency of a job to run twice an hour, Mondays at 8:00 a.m., or weekdays at 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Cron Job reports are sent to the email address specified in the Hosting Control Panel Cron Job Manager.

There are several ways to schedule commands to run. Typically, you create a shell script to run as a Cron Job. It runs a list of commands while checking for errors and valid return codes. To run a shell script, set its bit set permissions to “executable.” Alternatively, compose a binary executable with a number of arguments. For example, “touch” a file:

/bin/touch $HOME/html/cron_test

The first part of this sample command, “/bin/touch” runs the executable. The second part, “$HOME/html/cron_test” is an argument for the “touch” command.

NOTE: In the example above, the “$HOME” variable is set to the default directory of the hosting account. The “html” directory is the document root of the hosting account.

In addition to shell scripts, your hosting environment supports other language scripts. For example, Perl is a commonly used scripting language that can use scripts as Cron Jobs. In most cases, you can perform this task by specifying to use the executable as the first line of the script. For example:

#!/usr/bin/perl

When a script begins with a line, as in the previous example, and the executable permissions are set, you can specify the line as the command to run for a Cron Job.

The PHP (versions 4 and 5) hosting installations do not support the use of the executable line in scripts. To run a PHP script with Cron, you must set the path to the PHP interpreter as the first element of the command, and then enter the full path of the script you want to run.

The full path to the PHP executables depend on what type of hosting you have (more info) and your PHP version (more info):

    • All cPanel Shared Hosting: /usr/local/bin/php -q
    • Other hosting PHP version 4: /web/cgi-bin/php
    • Other hosting PHP version 5 through 5.2: /web/cgi-bin/php5
    • Other hosting PHP version 5.3: /web/cgi-bin/php5_3
    • Plesk hosting PHP version 5.4: /web/cgi-bin/php5_4

NOTE: Our Classic & Web hosting accounts using PHP version 5.4 do not currently support running PHP scripts with Cron.

Search Engine Visibility – Optimizing Your Search Engine Tags

Search Engine Visibility lets you view your site’s current tags and create populated tags for easy downloading and pasting in your Web page’s code.

To View Current Tags

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Click Search Engine Visibility V1.
  3. Next to the account you want to use, click Manage.
  4. From the Optimize tab, select Optimize Tags.
  5. Click the Current Tags tab to view your site’s active tags.
  6. Use the Back and Next buttons to navigate between your site’s pages.

NOTE: You cannot modify content on the Current Tags tab. To modify or add new tags, use the Optimized Tags tab.

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To Create New Tags

    1. On the Optimize Tags page, select the Optimize Tags tab.
    2. Use the Back and Next buttons to navigate between your site’s pages.
    3. In the Title field, enter the title tag.
    4. In the Description field, enter description tags.
    5. In the Keywords field, enter the keywords tags.

NOTE: For suggestions and guidelines on each tag, click the question mark next to the tag name.

  1. (Optional) Click Select defined keywords to add keywords that you have already defined.
  2. Click Publish All Pages or More Options, and then choose between Download Text File or Export to Webmaster. Continue downloading or publishing for each page as needed

Why should I care about SEO (Search Engine Optimization)?

Why should I care about SEO?

You’ve heard the phrase “Location, location, location!” and its importance when shopping for business real estate. The same applies to the placement of your website on search engine result pages. According to research, the higher your site is listed as a search result, the more traffic you’re going to get.

Quality traffic means increased revenue and more publicity. Search engine traffic can lead to an organization’s success or failure.

The goal of SEO is to land your website in the top few pages of search engine’s results page. This is not easy. It takes a lot of time and constant tweaking to increase your search engine rankings.

To assist you with the process, Search Engine Visibility guides you through optimizing your website for search engine inclusion. Search Engine Visibility analyzes your site by applying various rules based on what search engines see when they visit your site. Search Engine Visibility reports the results of the analysis, and suggests measures you can take to improve the optimization of your site.

What is Search Engine Optimization?

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving internal and external aspects of a website, or Web page, to increase its organic visibility for search engines. SEO involves editing the website’s HTML code and content to make it more search engine friendly, and then promoting the site to increase its relevance on the Web.

Once search engines are alerted to your website’s presence, they scan the code and content of your site and index the information. Search engines analyze the website content to determine when and where your website displays on a search-engine result page.

The page content (text displaying on a Web page) should be inviting, comprehensive, and — within reasonable limits — contain as many of the site’s keywords as possible.

Some search engines, including Google®, pay particular attention to the number of websites linking to your website when determining the importance and ranking of your site. These external links are called back links.

 

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About some Key SEO Terms

ALT Tags — If your browser cannot display an image from a website, then the ALT tag displays the description of the image as text. ALT image tags also make it possible for the visually impaired to understand the images on your website. The ALT tag should be only a few words describing the content of the image. ALT tags contribute to the keyword count on the Web page. So, using relevant images with appropriate ALT tags can increase the overall keyword count on your page.

Backlinks — Links to your page from other sites on the Internet are called backlinks. Search engines use links to indicate general popularity. Search engines take into account where the link is coming from, which page it’s pointing to, and what the actual text of the link says.

Black Hat — In SEO, black hat SEO refers to using deceptive techniques to fool search engines into ranking a site higher than it deserves. These techniques are usually short lived. Search engines are constantly updating their ranking algorithms to eliminate the effectiveness of black hat practices. Search engines ban sites that use black hat techniques.

Hidden Content — This is another technique common among black hat SEO. This practice involves placing content on a Web page that is hidden to normal Web viewers, and is only visible to search engines. The hidden content artificially increases search result rankings. Search engines have gotten very good at detecting these type of techniques. Using hidden content can cause your site to be penalized, including exclusion from search results.

Keywords — Chosen words and phrases that describe what your Web page is about. These keywords are the actual terms people search for in the search engines that relate to your web site. Once you identify the keywords, they should be placed in the Keywords meta tag.

Link Bait — Content that is posted to a web site with a controversial or inflammatory title or content, that is intended only to draw links and traffic. Most of the time this is used as a derogatory term for content that has no value except to get people angry or excited enough to link to or visit the content.

Link Farm — This is another black hat SEO technique. It involves setting up multiple sites whose main purpose is to contain links to other sites. This technique tries to take advantage of the relative importance search engines place on links. Changes to search engine algorithms have been made to detect and devalue these sort of links, rendering them useless from a ranking perspective.

Meta Tags — Contains data that describes your page to other systems, such as search engines or RSS feed readers. This information about your Web page is invisible to the typical user. Some of the common meta tags from a search engine standpoint include keywords, description, and title tags.

PageRank — This is a proprietary measure used by Google to indicate how much authority a page has, based on incoming links (backlinks) from other sites on the Internet. The outwardly-visible PageRank number that Google exposes through its tools no longer has much real-life bearing on rankings. However, it’s still well known and some people mistakenly focus on this number to improve on their search results rankings.

Pay Per Click (PPC) — Sponsored listings on the Search Engine Results Page (SERP). These links are contained in a different colored background on Google. These links are not actual search results, but instead are paid listings. The search engines are paid every time people click on these links. While they are paid listings, relevance may still play a part in how high on the page these listings show up. Running some PPC ads can be a good supplement to an SEO campaign.

Redirect — This is a command that a web server can give to a web browser (or search engine) to tell the requestor that the content has been moved. There are different types of redirect, meaning different things such as Moved Temporarily (302) and Moved Permanently (301). When you move content on your site, you need to check with your server administrator to make sure that the old pages are redirected to the new location using a Moved Permanently (301) code.

Robots file — This is an optional file that you include on the root of your web site (in the main domain name, not in a sub-folder). This file contains suggestions to the search engines including which pages you would not like the engines to include in their index, which pages you would like them to index, and the location of your sitemap file. This file is also used to block search engines entirely.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) — This refers to the process of making your web site more accessible to search engines. This can include optimizing the text content of your site to include proper keywords, optimizing the code structure of your site itself, and finding ways to attract incoming links to your page.

Search Engine Result Page (SERP) — The page on which the search engine displays the results of a visitor’s search.

Sitemap — This is a file that lists the pages on your site, along with each page’s relative importance. This optional file can help search engines find all of your site’s pages. You would use this file during search engine submission.

Spider — A spider is a virtual browser program search engines run to crawl through the links on the Internet and compile information about the pages they find to index and rank the content.

Submission — Most search engines have a form you can use or a Web service you can call to submit your website to them. This is nothing more than letting the search engines know that your website is up and active so that they can add your site to your list of pages to index. Submission does not guarantee search engine listing or ranking. Those factors are decided entirely on the individual search engine ranking algorithms.

About Spiders and Internal Links

What Are Spiders and Internal Links?

Spiders — automatic programs used by Internet search engines to regularly crawl the World Wide Web — look for websites and other content to add to the search engines’ databases. They follow the hyperlinks that connect websites on the Internet.

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Search Engine Visibility provides several options for you to help search engine spiders and crawlers in navigating your site with ease. Spiders are crippled when they have no links to follow. If your website has broken or no internal links a spider will likely not go beyond the first link. If your site contains external links, the spider might follow those and leave the site behind.

If, however, all the Web pages on your site are linked to each other with functional hyperlinks, a visiting spider is able to visit every nook and cranny of the site.

What happens after domain names expire? Days after expiration and action

A registrant can renew an expired domain name at no extra cost up to day 18. If they renew an expired domain name anytime between day 19 and day 42, they must also pay an $80.00 redemption fee. The domain name might not be available for renewal after day 42.

Once a domain name expires, it goes through many stages before being released to the open market. We send five renewal emails to the LuckyRegister – account owner prior to the expiration date. Below is a timeline based on .com domain names.

NOTE: These timelines do not apply to ccTLD domain names.

Days after expiration Action
Day 1 We make the first of three billing attempts to renew the domain name. If the billing fails on the day of, or auto renew fails, the domain name expires and is immediately set to parking. The domain name can be renewed by the registrant at no extra cost.
Day 5 We make the second billing attempt. The domain name remains in parking, but can still be renewed by the registrant at no extra cost.
Day 12 We make the third and final attempt to renew the domain name. The domain name can still be renewable by the registrant at no extra cost.
Day 19 The domain name can be renewed by the registrant for the cost of a one-year renewal plus an $80.00 redemption fee.
Day 26 We add the domain name to an expired domain name auction.
Day 36 The expired domain name auction ends. If there are no backorders and no bidders in the expired domain name auction, we list the domain name in a closeout auction.
Day 41 The closeout auction ends.
Day 43 We assign the domain name to the winner of the expired domain name auction, backorder, or closeout. If there are no bidders, we return the domain name to the registry.

 

Who can register .es domain names?

Anyone/any company can register .es domain names on a first-come, first-served basis, however, everyone/every company has to provide an ID number from a government issued ID (i.e. driver’s license, passport, tax ID card, company registration number, VAT number).

NOTE: If the registrant of the domain name is an individual, the domain name registrant and its administrative contact must match.

Domain names can be up to 63 characters, with a minimum of three characters, and can contain letters (a to z), numbers (0 to 9), and hyphens (except at the beginning, end, or third and fourth characters in the domain name). You cannot register domain names with special characters such as & and #.

NOTE: If you want to associate a phone number with your .es domain name, you must use the following format: +1.########## (notice the period following the 1).

Which registry controls .es domain names?

Nic.ES is the registry for .es domain names.

About .es Domain Names

The .es country code top-level domain name (ccTLD) is an extension representing Spain and español. Domain names with the .es extension are useful for companies or individuals who want to reach the growing number of Internet users in Spain and the global Spanish-speaking community. Registering a .es domain name gives you regional recognition and an easy-to-manage Web presence.

The information below also applies to the following country-code second-level domain names (ccSLDs):

  • .com.es — Intended for commercial entities
  • .nom.es — Intended for personal names
  • .org.es — Intended for noncommercial entities

Who can register .uk domain names?

Anyone can register .uk domain names on a first-come, first-served basis.

An address for service in the United Kingdom will be required for registrants who live overseas. We will use the Admin contact for this address. PO Boxes will be unacceptable. (Does not apply for .co.uk and .org.uk domain names.)

These domain names can have up to 63 characters, with a minimum of three characters, and can contain letters (a to z), numbers (0 to 9), and hyphens (except at the beginning or end of the domain name). You cannot register domain names with special characters such as & and #

About .uk Domain Names

The .uk country-code top-level domain name (ccTLD) is an extension that represents the United Kingdom. For companies that conduct business in the United Kingdom and individuals wanting to reach the growing number of Internet users there, .uk domain names are a good investment. Registering a .uk domain name gives you regional recognition and an easy-to-manage Web presence.

The information below applies to the following country-code top-level (ccTLD) and second-level domain names (ccSLD) that we offer at this time:

What Right to Reserve rules apply to new .uk domain names?

Registrants who own an existing co.uk, org.uk, me.uk, net.uk, plc.uk or ltd.uk before Oct. 29, 2013 will have their .uk domain name reserved for free up until June 10, 2019, as long as the existing domain name remains registered.

For those who have the same name but different domain name endings — like www.example.co.uk and www.example.org.uk — can use the Rights lookup tool at www.dotuklaunch.co.uk website to find out who has the rights to the www.example.uk domain name.

When a third-level (.co.uk, .org.uk, etc.) domain is registered with another company and the corresponding second-level (.uk) domain is registered with us, it will be flagged for First Rights due to it’s corresponding domain’s registration elsewhere.

The Registry (Nominent) will contact the third-level domain registrant via email to confirm whether or not they want the domain name. If they do not want it, they’ll need to follow the instructions provided in the email to authorize the purchase. They will have 7 days to authorize the purchase, otherwise the registration won’t go through and the domain name will not resolve.

Who can register .tv domain names?

Anyone can register .tv domains on a first-come, first-served basis.

Domain names can be up to 63 characters, with a minimum of three characters, and can contain letters (a to z), numbers (0 to 9), and hyphens (except at the beginning or end of the domain name). You cannot register domain names with special characters such as & and #.

About .tv Domain Names

The .tv country code top-level domain name (ccTLD) is an extension that provides a highly-memorable Internet address and represents the country of Tuvalu. This domain name extension is closely tied to dynamic video content, making these domain names uniquely suited to websites associated with rich media.

Stop clicking links in your email

Phishing schemes are attempts to steal sensitive personal information such as passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc., through the distribution of fraudulent email messages.

And they can happen to anyone, and any company. Whether it’s a specific attack on our company, or it’s an attack on your personal email account, there are a few things you should know about every phishing attack.

  1. Stop clicking links in your email. That unfamiliar company that sent you a confirmation email receipt for the software you purchased, even though you don’t remember the purchase, is really attempting a phishing scheme.
  2. Hone your inner spelling bee champ. Learn to be suspicious of any grammatical mistakes in an email. Large companies pay someone to proofread everything that’s sent.
  3. Double-check the URL. If you’re still going to click on links in your email, hover over the link with your mouse to see the full address. Hackers are notorious for creating websites like www.cool.example.com, or having a link say www.coolexample.com when it actually goes to www.cool.example.com. Safest bet: Use a search engine to locate that company and manually enter the URL you find.
  4. Change is inevitable. It’s always a good idea, especially if you just fell for a phishing attack, to change your passwords. For more information, see Generating a Strong Password.
  5. Send out an S.O.S. Use a search engine to find out how to inform your personal email provider, or the legitimate company that’s being spoofed by the phishing attack. If you need to email us, be sure to send it to phishing@secureserver.net. Make sure to forward it as an attachment.
  6. Don’t unzip. Never ever unzip an attachment. Legitimate companies don’t attach .zip files, or really any attachment.

Be diligent. Always remember to follow these steps to minimize phishing attacks both internally and externally.