November 22nd, 2016 admin
Some new changes have been introduced by the relevant authorities in regard to the ICP license application and requirements. More specifically:
1) During the application, the website must be offline (403 or 404 status)
2) Previously, it was possible to run the website on a Hong Kong or oversea server while the license was being processed. That is not allowed any more.
3) Successful applicants must display and maintain their ICP license in the footer of their website homepage with a link to the relevant government website. This was always the rule but enforcement was lax. Now it is a hard requirement and not doing so can result in the cancellation of the ICP license.
4) It is not allowed to park or forward domains without ICP license towards websites that have valid ICP licenses. To do so, the parked or forwarded domain must also have an ICP license.
You can learn more about these new rules and more details about the ICP license application procedure and requirements at www.sinohosting.net/icp.php
August 26th, 2016 admin
Due to the recent change of format of the business licenses in China (the merging of the three types of licenses in a single one), clients with websites hosted in mainland China are required to submit their new license to ensure their information is up-to-date with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which overseas the ICP license system. We have received a notification from our datacenter to submit each client documents as soon as possible, and clients who do not provide such documents in due time will see their website suspended.
As such, all SinoHosting clients are kindly requested to submit the following documents as soon as possible:
1. New company license (三证合一)
2. Legal Person identity document (Chinese ID card/Oversea passport)
3. Contact person ID card (must be Chinese national), two sides required
4. 责任书 (scanned copy, we will send you the document to sign)
5. 核验单 (scanned copy, we will send you the document to sign)
6. Your ICP registration password
Our local staff will open shortly a support ticket to all clients hosted in China to arrange the sending of the documents. If you are a SinoHosting client and do not hear back from us by September 1st, 2016, please open a support ticket to us or send an email directly to email@example.com
We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
August 14th, 2014 admin
This is a complete misconception about the ICP license.
First, the ICP license applies only to websites that are hosted on a mainland China server. Foreign hosted websites cannot apply for an ICP license.
Second, only foreign hosted websites are blocked by the great firewall. The great firewall applies only to international connections from/to China and as such has no effect on locally hosted websites. If your site is hosted within China and happens to break the law, the government will instruct the datacenter to take down your website (or the whole server), there is no need for them to block the site. The whole point of the great firewall is to prevent access to websites hosted on servers on which the Chinese government has no control (servers physically located overseas).
March 14th, 2013 admin
We have been notified of a large scale migration at the Unicom DC we currently use for our shanghai.sinohosting.net server. Due to the potential risk of data failure on top of the expected downtime, we have decided to ensure the availability of our clients sites to move all websites on that server to a new server at another Unicom datacenter in Shanghai.
We apologize for the short notice as the decision had been taken by Unicom withoutnotifying us. The migration is in process and should be completed by tomorrow. Most clients who have their domains with us or use our nameservers will not need to do anything. Clients who manage their domains and use third party DNS however will need to update manually their records to point to the new IP address. We will be opening a support ticket to those clients with instructions about IP change, once their account is migrated to the new server.
If you experience any issue after the server change either with your website or your emails, please submit a support ticket with our technical support team at firstname.lastname@example.org for immediate assistance.
March 2nd, 2012 admin
Due to growing demand in the local markets in Guangdong province and Beijing (plus northern China), we are now offering shared hosting services on servers in Beijing and Guangdong respectively. In Beijing we are using a dual line datacenter with access to both China Unicom and China Telecom. In Guangdong we will be using a cloud server built on datacenters in Shenzhen, Zhongshan and Dongguan.
Prices are the same as our standard shared hosting plans (which up to now were offered in Shanghai and Jiangsu), and we will also use our standard cPanel setup.
Existing clients who are hosted in Shanghai or Jiangsu who would like to move there must note however that they would need to cancel their existing ICP license an apply for a new one through the new datacenter. If this service is needed we will give a 50% discount on our normal ICP license application charges (so that would be RMB400). If your site is running fine in Shanghai or Jiangsu or if you are targeting the China-wide area there is no need actually to move your site.
There is no change to our VPS and dedicated services however which will still be offered out of Jiangsu and Shanghai only.
June 30th, 2011 admin
In the recent weeks, the local offices of the ministry of industry and information technology, in charge of ICP licenses, have been auditing websites with ICP licenses and delisting those with invalid certificates (business license, ID card etc.) or inaccurate contents (site content not matching the original declaration on the ICP application). Sites which have been moved to a provider different of the one through which the ICP license was originally applied for are also being delisted.
After de-listing it means the site does not have an ICP license and is not legally authorized to be hosted on a mainland China server.
In case you receive a SMS or email from the ministry of industry and information technology in regard of your ICP license being delisted, please contact us directly. For clients who had the license through a third party but are now hosted with us, they will need to apply for a new license (www.sinohosting.net/icp.php). We will waive 50% of the usual RMB800 one-time application fee. In the meanwhile, your site will be migrated to our Hong Kong server and hosted there until a new ICP license is obtained.
Clients can also choose to move permanently to Hong Kong if they decide not to start the ICP license, this way there is no additional fees if the site will be moved to an equivalent package on the Hong Kong server (for instance from basic-china to basic-hong kong)