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Server taipo issues

March 12th, 2012 admin

Since yesterday late night we are experiencing recurring DDoS attacks on the server taipo. Due to the scale of the attack there is little the datacenter can do to mitigate other than temporarily null routing the IP. This will affect uptime of all sites hosted on it.

We apologize for the inconvenience but in a shared hosting environment there is little we can do as we do not know the client site that is causing the DDoS. We are exploring alternatives including changing the server IP addresses to see if this can solve the issue.

Clients who have their own backups and want to be migrated to a different server can submit a ticket at support@sinohosting.net so that we activate a new account for them.

The Management
www.sinohosting.net

SinoHosting launches Guangdong and Beijing cPanel shared hosting services

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.

The Management
www.sinohosting.net

Security alert – iframe infection

March 1st, 2012 admin

In recent days, we have noted a number of customers reporting third party codes uploaded to their sites. In most cases, a single line or a short paragraph were added to their index page, either linking to a third party site or directly trying to install a trojan on the page visitor’s computer when no antivirus was present. In affected clients websites we have not seen changes to the databases or other files. It appears to be done by an automated software that has obtained FTP access to those accounts.

We have audited our servers and did not find any malware, however we are not taking any risks and would like to remind to all shared hosting customers standard procedures to keep their accounts secured:

1) Please make sure to update your cPanel password regularly and make sure this password is kept securely, and is not the same as your email or other online accounts.

2) Make sure to update your PHP scripts to the latest versions (especially open source scripts such as wordpress, joomla etc.)

3) Make sure that all computers accessing your account through FTP or cPanel are spyware and malware-free, and have up-to-date antivirus and anti-malware software. Computers from which your account is accessed should not be used to visit sites potentially dangerous such as torrent sites, adult sites etc., or run related softwares.

If you have forgotten your password, please submit a ticket at support@sinohosting.net from your registered email account to have your password reset

On our end we are implementing a new security rule to force cPanel password changes every six months, however clients can are recommended to update their passwords even more often. We apologize for the additional trouble however this should go a long way in ensuring passwords of the accounts are not gained by unauthorized third-parties.

Should you notice any unusual activity at your account or changes to your home page please make sure to contact our support team at support@sinohosting.net for assistance.

The Management
www.sinohosting.net

China Email Marketing Services

February 22nd, 2012 admin

Due to popular demand, and after months of preparation, SinoHosting is happy to announce the addition of email marketing to its portfolio of services. Our email marketing services will complement nicely our web hosting, ftp hosting and web design, and contribute to our goal of becoming the all-in-one web solution provider for foreign companies in China.

Our China email marketing services start from RMB300/month only (for a list of 2500 subscribers with unlimited mailing), and is built upon an easy-to-use platform which allows even web novices to create and manage their email campaigns with minimum effort. For clients who wants to outsource the management of their email campaign or due to lack of time or qualified in-house staff, they can also select our fully managed service through which SinoHosting handles all their campaigns, list building and integration within their website.

Self managed clients will be able to manage their campaigns through our email marketing portal; from this portal, they can create, send and track their email campaigns at their own schedule.

For details about this new service, please go to our email marketing page.

Important Migration Notification – HKNWT to STANLEY

February 20th, 2012 admin

As part of the upgrade of our infrastructure, and due to ongoing IP blacklisting issues at hknwt IP addresses, all accounts on that server have been migrated to the new server stanley.sinohosting.net, which is also located in Hong Kong; clients using our nameservers ns11.sinohosting.net / ns12.sinohosting.net do not need to do any change, their site should be automatically running from the new server by now. For clients using external domain nameservers, they will need to update manually their site to point to the new IP address: 210.56.51.181.

For FTP access the IP address changes to 210.56.51.181. To access your control panel you can continue to use www.yourdomain.com/cpanel , all existing usernames and passwords should remain the same.

The old server hknwt.sinohosting.net will stay up for a week the time we ensure all sites are running properly from the new location. Should you have any issue with your site after the migration, please make sure to contact our support department for assistance.

The Management Team
www.sinohosting.net

Network card replacement at VPS node

January 25th, 2012 admin

Earlier this evening, our main VPS node went down due to a network card failure. We have commissioned the datacenter for replacement however as they did not have a spare part at hand, it would take longer to get one delivered onsite. We are following up on them to get this done asap. We apologize for the downtime caused to clients who have their VPS or websites hosted on this server. Our own billing and support system is on that server and has also been down since. We hope to get everything back up and running within the next two hours.
The Management
www.sinohosting.net

Update#1
Unfortunately we were unable to find a replacement network card until now, and due to the holidays it might take a few days to have a compatible replacement network card shipped over from mainland China. While our admins are still working on finding an alternative, we have already started to set up a new VPS node which will go live later tonight. Our support ticket system will also be available at that time. For clients who have their own backups, please submit a support ticket to sales@sinohosting.net as soon as the VPS node is available so that we set you up with a new VPS immediately.

Until then, if you have any other issue that requires immediate assistance please email directly to emergency@sinohosting.net

We apologize for the inconvenience caused. All affected customers will receive a half month downtime credit due to this outage.

USA Dedicated Servers for Chinese companies

January 22nd, 2012 admin

SinoHosting is now offering US-based dedicated servers for its clients in China. These servers are available in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. The Los Angeles location has Asian carriers and is optimized for fast ping from Asia and China.

For more details on our USA dedicated servers packages, please click here.

The Management
SinoHosting.net

Dot cn domain registration now possible without an ICP license

January 16th, 2012 admin

We are currently able to assist in the registration of .cn domain names without an ICP license. The domain can be used with our international hosting packages (US, UK, Singapore or Hong Kong). The .cn is still however still restricted to Chinese companies. The application takes seven days and the following documents must be provided (scans of the originals):
-Enterprise license code certificate (mainland China-registered company)
-ID card (must be Chinese national)
Should you have any question on this, please contact our sales department at sales at sinohosting.net
The Management
www.sinohosting.net

Bank transfer and other payment options now available in Shenzhen

December 17th, 2011 admin

Clients in Shenzhen and other cities in Guangdong province can now pay us at our local accounts, including a corporate account for businesses and three personal accounts (with Bank of China, China Merchants Bank and Bank of Communications, all in Shenzhen). Please email shenzhen @ sinohosting.net to get more information.

Other than bank transfer, Guangdong customers will be able to pay us by depositing cash directly at our Shenzhen office, or through mail in payment.

We are also able to provide official receipts/tax invoices (fapiaos) for all payments made to us in Shenzhen.

All new invoices will include above payments options from now on.

We are also planning to add customer support staff in Shenzhen in the near future.

The Management
SinoHosting.net

SinoVPN, a VPN provider for businesses and expatriates in China

December 7th, 2011 admin

If you are based in China and are looking for VPN services to access sites that are unreachable from within the GFW, you might take a look at SinoVPN. With plans starting from RMB83, SinoVPN has plans that are secure and guarantee fast access to overseas websites. Available VPN locations are Hong Kong, the US (Los Angeles and Miami) and the UK (Manchester).
This is a service more suitable for business usage although personal use is just fine. Most clients are small business owners and multinationals with branches in China. Business plans come with a dedicated IP address which reduce risks of the VPN being blocked by the GFW.
As a diclosure, SinoVPN and SinoHosting have the same parent company.
To learn more, you can check www.sinovpn.com or contact the guys at SinoVPN for assistance.