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Jan
11
Introducing Railo v4
Posted by Joe Rebis on 11 January 2013 06:59 AM

We are proud to announce that our newest shared server supports Railo v4 instead of Adobe ColdFusion. Railo is a mature and speedy CFML engine which cleanly replaces the Adobe product. The latest release leaves only a handful of unsupported tags for which most developers have simply replaced with jQuery anyway. We would otherwise convert all of our servers to it if we didn't host such a large amount of legacy Adobe ColdFusion applications which may still use these old tags. One of the many unique aspects of Railo is the Railo Administrator. Each domain using Railo has it's own administrator so that you can administer DSNs, Mappings, and other application level settings such as mail, sessions and ORM. We are so pleased with Railo, it's ease of updating, and the fact it's community driven. Spend your money on yourself rather than licensing as they say. Those wishing to give it a try can contact Joe or Tegan at support@ephost.com for a 30-Day demo account. Of course, dedicated customers can install directly on their server at no charge because it's open-source. Ralio supported editions are also available directly from Railo.


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Jan
11
Adobe ColdFusion Upgrade
Posted by Joe Rebis on 11 January 2013 06:57 AM

We are currently in the process of upgrading Adobe ColdFusion on our existing shared servers. We had planned to upgrade much earlier following the big migration earlier this year. We are currently undecided if we plan to migrate to CF 9 or CF 10 due to the large amount of legacy Adobe ColdFusion applications we are hosting for customers. In either case we'll upgrade in January. This will be out final upgrade of Adobe ColdFusion on our servers as we plan to begin using Railo ColdFusion v4, a mature and speedy open-source option, for all future servers. See the following article.

 


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Jan
11
Premium MX Servers
Posted by Joe Rebis on 11 January 2013 06:55 AM

We have two private MX servers available for users who are running their own email (e.g. MS Exchange or Gmail) and need anti-spam, anti-virus and back-up email capabilities. Our servers can accept and scan your email then redirect to your email server. In the event youre email server is down the messages will be spooled on our primary and secondary servers until your email server is backup. The cost for most customers is $24.95 per domain per month which is outstanding when compared to Postini @ $5.00 per address.


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Jan
11
New Web Mail Mobile Interface
Posted by Joe Rebis on 11 January 2013 06:54 AM

We have recently added a new mobile interface for our web mail service. Previously it was challenging to use web mail from a mobile device. The new interface is easy to use and fast. To login just click the "mobile" link under the normal web mail login screen from your mobile device.


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Jan
11
EP2 Network Planned Updates
Posted by Joe Rebis on 11 January 2013 06:44 AM

In Q1 of 2013 we will be performing several needed updates to our EP2 Network (former Mallsoft Network). This includes adding a new high-capacity mail server, adding a control panel system, and updating DNS to switch out the "Instahost" domain with "EPhost". We will also be consolidating several shared systems, adding a deeper level of integration with the EP1 Network and upgrading most systems to either Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, and Microsoft SQL Server 2012. This year we started and completed a re-vamp of the entire backup system, imported DNS zones to our normal name servers and added the control panel to several new clients.


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Apr
11
New Features and Announcements
Posted by Joe Rebis on 11 April 2012 11:34 AM

We have recently added several new free features to your EPhost Web Hosting Account. Additionally, we are announcing some upcoming changes to improve security for your account.

 

Internal Instant Messaging

We are happy to announce that your email service at EPhost now includes an internal instant messaging (IM) application. This application give you the ability to privately instant message users within your organization while keeping the service internal to your organization. It can be accessed through webmail directly, through downloading a desktop chat client, or even on your mobile phone.

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Webmail Now Touch Capable

Finally! The EPhost webmail system is now touch capable affording access on most all mobile devices including the iPad and iPhone. You can now fully read and respond to emails using webmail on most any mobile device. This be helpful when traveling or checking your email on someone else's device.



Improved Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail

SmarterMail 9.x includes support for Exchange Web Services, a newer data synchronization protocol that will eventually replace the outdated MAPI protocol, as Exchange Web Services allows for faster communication between an email client and the mail server. Available as an optional add-on at the server level, Exchange Web Services seamlessly syncs SmarterMail messages, contacts, calendars and tasks to third-party email clients like Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac, Microsoft Outlook 2012 for Windows and Apple Mail on Snow Leopard and Lion.

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Complex Password Reminder and Information

We have recently seen a string of FTP and email accounts that have been compromised due to the use of weak passwords (e.g. "Password" or "joe123"). This often leads to your website getting hacked, possibly affecting other users, or your email account being used to send 1000's of spam messages. This may result in fines, temporary suspension or termination of your account per or Terms of Service.

We have recently updated the password policy on many of our service to require the use of 1 UPPERCASE letter and 1 NUMBER. This does not affect current user passwords but we do suggest updating the next time you rotate your password. Please consider the new requirements when creating a password at EPhost.



Firewall Rule Update

In a couple of weeks or less we will be announcing an update to our firewall RULES. This will be made to limit the overall scope of the PORTS we have open to particular servers, and attempt to obfuscate services by disabling common features like PING. We will be implementing individual firewall rules for each server in the network. Dedicated, Virtual and Cloud server customers will have an opportunity to accept our default rules, or establish custom permit and deny rules to whitelist particular IP addresses. These changes are being made to improve overall security for your account.


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