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Verisign (.net) domain name price increase

The .net registry, Verisign, have increased the pricing for .net domains which comes in to force on 1st February 2014.

We have absorbed several previous increases in pricing but now have to make a slight adjustment to our pricing to customers.

Our base pricing for .net domains is currently set at £7.99 per year. Following the increase, our pricing will be £8.19 per year.

If you have a domain pricing slab applied to your account, your discount level will apply to your domains accordingly at the same percentage as before.

This does not affect any other domains and pricing for those remains unchanged at this time.

Christmas 2013 Support Hours

Over the Christmas and New Year period our telephone support hours will change slightly and we wanted to let you know.

Tuesday 24th December - 10am - 1:30pm
Wednesday 25th December - Closed
Thursday 26th December - Closed
Friday 27th December - 10am - 5pm
Saturday 28th December - Closed
Sunday 29th December - Closed
Monday 30th December - 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 31st December - 10am - 1:30pm
Wednesday 1st January - Closed
Thursday 2nd January onwards, 10am - 5pm

Customers who have a managed service or enhanced care, are still able to contact us using your dedicated escalations number.

Our online helpdesk will still be open for any support requests you may have during the festive period.

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year for 2014.

Christmas 2012 Support Hours

Over the Christmas and New Year period our telephone support hours will change slightly and we wanted to let you know.

Monday 24th December - 10am - 12:30pm
Tuesday 25th December - Closed
Wednesday 26th December - Closed
Thursday 27th December - 10am - 2pm
Friday 28th December - 10am - 2pm
Saturday 29th December - Closed
Sunday 30th December - Closed
Monday 31st December - 10am - 12:30pm
Tuesday 1st January - Closed
Wednesday 2nd January onwards, 10am - 5pm

Customers who have a managed service or enhanced care, are still able to contact us using your dedicated escalations number.

Our online helpdesk will still be open for any support requests you may have during the festive period.

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year for 2013.

Seasons Greetings

As this year draws to a close, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

We’d like to thank you for your custom this year and we look forward to serving you well in to 2012.

During the festive season, our telephone support hours will be open as follows with normal service resuming on Tuesday 3rd January.

Friday 23rd December - 10am - 1pm
Saturday 24th December - Closed
Sunday 25th December - Closed
Monday 26th December - Closed
Tuesday 27th December - Closed
Wednesday 28th December - 10am - 5pm
Thursday 29th December - 10am - 5pm
Friday 30th December - 10am - 1pm
Saturday 31st December - Closed
Sunday 1st January - Closed
Monday 2nd January - Closed
Tuesday 3rd January - 10am - 5pm

Our on-call engineer will be available for managed servers or enhanced care broadband lines. The support centre will be manned throughout the festive season including Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s day to answer any emails or tickets that are raised.

Once again, have a lovely Christmas and New Year, from the team at XILO.

Blocking certain countries from viewing your website

We’re often asked if there is an easy way to block certain countries from viewing sites hosted on our servers. Whilst it has been possible in the past, it was complex and tricky to implement.

You may want to block individual counties from accessing your site because of a high amount of “comment spam” on your blog, or maybe you have a site that you need to restrict to certain countries due to the content being region specific. This is all possible using a quick .htaccess rule.

Since our switch to the LiteSpeed, this is very easy to implement and we’re going to give a brief guide on how to do this.

We’ve added a sample rule that blocks 6 locations where we see the most comment spam originate from on our own community forums; Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Russia. We’re also going to add a filter for Anonymous Proxies.

You will need to create a .htaccess file and upload this to the directory you want to protect, or if the whole site, create in public_html.

Our sample content looks like this:

RewriteEngine on

GeoIPEnable On
RewriteCond %{ENV:GEOIP_COUNTRY_CODE} ^(A1|BR|CN|IN|ID|RU)$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.google.co.uk$1 [L]

If the visitors IP address matches one of the counties listed on the “RewriteCond” line, it will then send them to http://www.google.co.uk as shown on the “RewriteRule” line. As it uses mod_rewrite, you could adapt this to only allow listed countries instead of rejecting them or even show specific content and languages for different regions.

When entering the country, the ISO code should be used. As an example, for United Kingdom you should use GB and not UK. There are also some addition codes to cover special locations as follows:

A1 - Anonymous Proxies
A2 - Satellite Providers
EU - Europe
AP - Asia and Pacific (ASIAPAC)
US - America but also includes overseas military bases regardless of country.

We hope you find this new feature very useful and this is one of many improvements that we are rolling out on all shared, reseller and premium hosting servers over the next few weeks.

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