Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Backup your data before it’s too late!

Security and backup for your website has always been a big deal for us here at GreenGeeks and we put a great amount of energy to ensure your website data is secure and backed up… we run on the principle of being safe than sorry — so as far as your website is concerned, you’re covered.

But what about the files on your PC? With technology being a big part of our lives, you run the risk of losing everything just by clicking the wrong link in your e-mail! Regular PC backups are important and you shouldn’t neglect it.

We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with ZipCloud to offer GreenGeeks customers a FREE automated backup trial and unlimited storage space for your personal files from ZipCloud.

What are the risks of not regularly backing up your PC?

Without backing up your data regularly, you run the risk of losing valuable documents, music, videos, pictures, years of memories due to corruption by viruses, malware, hard drive failure or human error. Here are some quick facts to prove it:

  • Hard Drives fail 15 times more than manufacturers estimates.
  • 46% of users lose their data due to drive failure every year.
  • 50% of all hard drives fail within 5 years from purchase.
  • 1/3 of IT pro’s believe that data loss may lead to bankruptcy.
  • 70% of small businesses consider just 1 data loss event risky.
  • 50% of them have already experienced data loss to some degree.

Get Free Automated PC Backup in the Cloud Now!

The best way to prevent a disaster is to be pro-active, not re-active. Don’t wait until all your data is gone before you start thinking about backing up your precious data. ZipCloud is the easiest way to keep your files safe and secure. It will automatically backup all of your computer files to the cloud, your data will be safely stored and you can access it anytime from any device in the world simply by logging into the ZipCloud control panel. Sign up now and protect your data!

  • 100% Automated Backup of your files
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Encrypted & Secure Backup
  • Access Files from Anywhere in the World
  • FREE Trial for GreenGeeks customers.

Accept Credit Cards Online with an Merchant Account!

If you want to accept credit cards online, you will need to set up a credit card merchant account with a reputable firm. There are a lot of merchant account providers out there, however, GreenGeeks has teamed up with e-onlinedata to make it easy for our customers to obtain merchant accounts and use the Authorize.net gateway. Authorize.net will integrate into the shopping carts that we provide, such as OSCommerce, CubeCart, WHMCS, etc.

The offer we’ve got for our customers is something that can’t be beat!

  • NO Annual Fees
  • NO Application Fees
  • NO Address Verification (AVS) Fees
  • NO Leasing
  • NO Termination Penalties
  • 2.19% VISA/MasterCard Qualified Discount Rate
  • $0.25 per Transaction
  • $10.00 Monthly Service Fee (includes Monthly Statement)
  • $25.00 Monthly Processing Minimum
  • Toll Free 24/7 Tech Support and daily Customer Service Support

Get started and start accepting credit cards with your own merchant account today!

“My WordPress Blog Got Hacked!” – Prevent it!

“My WordPress Blog Got Hacked” is something that we as a hosting company hear all the time, which is unfortunate. What’s even more unfortunate is we as the web hosting provider often get blamed for it by our very own customers. I can’t really blame our customers for this either, I guess they just don’t know it can happen — So hopefully, this blog post will help bring some awareness and help prevent their blogs from being hacked.

It’s not uncommon for a WordPress site to get exploited, you’ll often see an image of some pirate or a bunch of statements claiming that you’re a sucker for getting hacked. Doesn’t really look all too professional when your visitors see this. If you feel that you’re the only one out there, you’re not. If you think that WordPress is the wrong CMS to use, that’s not the case. With a proper setup, you could avoid being defaced.

WordPress has put together an entire My WordPress Site was hacked FAQ page, dedicated to help WordPress users prevent their sites from being hacked and for those who have been hacked, preventing it from happening again. Check it out, it will be helpful in preventing your WordPress installation from being exploited.

I do want to point out a part of the FAQ, where it says to check with the hosting provider.

As far as the hosting environment goes, we take security very serious here at GreenGeeks. We have a multitude of security measures in place to prevent a wide-spread type of exploitation of scripts. So you’re safe there. We regularly update our servers, scan them for vulnerabilities and do what we are required to keep our customers safe.  The general rule of thumb for protecting yourself from being exploited is: Always upgrade to the latest version, don’t use unknown plug-ins and keep regular backups.

Karl D.
GreenGeeks / Systems Administrator