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Shared hosting accounts on China servers without ICP licenses to be shut down soon

December 23rd, 2009 admin

We have been informed by our datacenter that, in compliance with the notices received from the Chinese ministry of information technology, they will be activating a software that would automatically shut down websites hosted at their servers without an ICP license.

Although most of our clients on China plans have obtained the license, there are a few ones that did not apply yet or whose application is still pending.  Please open a ticket or email to icp@sinohosting.net to check on your ICP application status, and in case you are unable to apply for the license (if you are based overseas without a Chinese presence for instance), make sure to contact us to migrate your account to our Hong Kong server (no ICP required for Hong Kong servers).

Hong Kong VPS systems to be available this Friday

December 22nd, 2009 admin

We will be launching our new VPS lines this Friday. Clients on China VPS plans who have been shut down recently for not having an ICP license will be sent new account information for the equivalent Hong Kong VPS plan as soon as their account is set up. If you do have an ICP license please contact us to have your VPS plan set up on our new Guangdong VPS node.

The Management

www.sinohosting.net

New regulations on dot cn domain names registration: now available only for companies

December 17th, 2009 admin

We have been informed by our dot cn registrar of new regulations issued by the CNNIC (the organization in charge of the management of the dot cn registry). The new regulations do not affect domain names registered prior to this announcement.

In brief, first dot cn domain names (which include .cn, .com.cn , .net.cn, .org.cn, as well as regional extensions such as .sh.cn , .gd.cn, .bj.cn etc.) will now be available for registration only for registered companies (Chinese or foreign). Second, upon registration, the applicant need to file and send through the registrar a paper application, and join to this application a copy of his business license and a copy of his ID (ID card for Chinese nationals and passport for foreigners). The paper application needs to bear the official seal of the applying company.

For more details on these new rules, please check this link on the CNNIC official website.

Considering that the new regulations increase the work load to process a dot cn registration, we have decided to increase the registration price by RMB50, to RMB125/year. They will still be included for free though with our web hosting packages.

VPS servers to be moved to Guangdong datacenter

December 15th, 2009 admin

Due to the multiple restrictions at Shanghai Telecom datacenter, we will be moving soon our VPS users to a new datacenter in Guangdong province, as well as another Shanghai datacenter with another ISP. If you are a VPS user please make sure to make a full back up of your data as soon as possible, as we will not be able to migrate the data from old server in Shanghai to the new in Guangdong. VPS clients will be sent an email with their new VPS IP address when this is completed.

For any question on this migration, please open a support ticket at our website.

The Management

www.sinohosting.net

China servers downtime notice

December 9th, 2009 admin

We have just been notified by the datacenters we are using of temporary shut down at their level. There are basically tens of thousands of websites affected by this, including many of our clients hosted in China. While we are working with our datacenters to get our servers back as soon as network activity resumes, our only option is to wait since this is a government decision.

You can download the original message below (in Chinese) from here.

ICP License Crackdown

December 6th, 2009 admin

We have been informed by the various datacenters we use in mainland China that the ministry of information will be more strict in enforcing the existing requirements for China-hosted sites to apply for and obtain an ICP license. Over the last two weeks, we have already seen a couple of clients sites being shut down because of the lack of the ICP license, including some clients who were only using China servers for email-hosting. We believe the crackdown will only intensify in the period leading to the world expo in Shanghai in a few months.

If your site has already obtained an ICP license then there is no need to worry. If that is not the case, please take appropriate measures to fill the ICP application form and send back to us for our staff in charge to fill the application. You can download the form from
www.sinohosting.net/downloads/beian.doc

Please note that if you have filled this form previously and sent it back at the time you set up an account with us, this does not mean automatically that you have obtained an ICP license. Applications can be denied for various reasons and a new application will be required. You can verify your ICP registration status on the related government website (Chinese language proficiency required):
www.miibeian.gov.cn/chaxun/ggcx.jsp

Important. Personal sites can be registered under your own name with your passport number (please provide a real number as sometimes a copy of your passport would be required for verification). For business sites you will need a business license from a China-registered company. ICP license cannot be obtained under foreign companies business licenses (including Hong Kong or Taiwan companies). As a web host also we are unable to register the ICP under your name for clients sites as ICP registration information need to match the site owner information.

If you are based overseas without a company in mainland China, and do not have a Chinese partner to register the ICP license under, we advise you to move your site to our Hong Kong server. Please open a support ticket through your client area and our admins will assist you in the process.

If you site does not have an ICP license and you want to apply/re-apply now, please send your application form to icp@sinohosting.net , Andy Li in our Shanghai office will be helping in processing your application on a first-come first-served basis.

For any questions feel free to contact us at support@sinohosting.net (English) or icp@sinohosting.net (Chinese). For efficiency reasons ICP-related issues will not be handled over the phone.

For more details on the ICP in general, who needs to apply for it, and more, please check the blog post we have written on the subject:
http://blog.sinohosting.net/icp-license-in-china-what-you-need-to-know/

Launch of US VPS Plans

December 3rd, 2009 admin

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering US-based VPS plans. These plans are very competitive in terms of pricing, and we are using top datacenters facilities in Houston and Atlanta to host these servers. For more details please check www.sinohosting.net/us-vps.php