At Host My Website Online, we value the health of the secure Internet very much. As part of our product offering, we offer a FREE automated SSL Certificate issued by Let’s Encrypt.
We have enabled AutoSSL by WHM across all our servers. AutoSSL will request an SSL certificate for any domain hosted on our servers automatically in a defined time interval. Once AutoSSL requested to Let’s Encrypt, The Let’s Encrypt system will validate the request; after the validation Let’s Encrypt will issue the certificate.
AutoSSL then will retrieve the certificate and deploy to the respective cPanel server. AutoSSL will also handle the renewal of the certificates before the expirations. So, at any point in time, there is no any requirement for any human action; all are automated.
We also have an automatic HTTP to HTTPS redirection configured, so whenever a visitor accesses your website, no matter what, that user will get a secured version of your website.
We would love to thank Let’s Encrypt and its community and supporters for providing such a great facility to everyone free of cost.
We will explain how to enable your free Cloudflare within your cPanel account. We also share recommended settings here.
To activate Cloudflare, access your free cPanel account and search for Cloudflare; you will find Cloudflare under Software section. Click on the Cloudflare icon.
Signing up with Cloudflare is easy and automatic. We will move to the interface now. Default selected options in your Cloudflare are the best in most cases.
Enable Always Online; if your server goes down, Cloudflare will serve your website’s static pages from their cache.
Determine how much of your website’s static content you want Cloudflare to cache. Increased caching can speed up page load time. Choose Standard here.
Clear cached files to force Cloudflare to fetch a fresh version of those files from your web server. Click on Purge Cache button, here you will have two options. Purge Everything or Purge Individual Files.
Domain tab provides you with an overview of your DNS data, and you can disable Cloudflare by switching the respective records.
Adjust your website’s Security Level to determine which visitors will receive a challenge page. Selected Medium should be enough.
Specify how long a visitor is allowed access to your website after completing a challenge. 30 Minutes are good.
Browser Integrity Check
Enable Evaluate HTTP headers from your visitor’s browser for threats. If a threat is found; a block page will be delivered.
Encrypt communication to and from your website using SSL. Please use Full Strict here.
Temporarily bypass Cloudflare cache allowing you to see changes to your origin server in real-time. Enable this if only your website is under development.
Browser Cache Expiration
Determine the length of time Cloudflare instructs a visitor’s browser to cache files. During this period, the browser loads the files from its local cache, speeding up page loads. Cloudflare will honour any larger times specified by the origin server. A high value ensures faster load times for repeat visitors. However, a high value also means slower update times when those resources are modified. If you are unsure, four hours is a safe setting. If your website a static website, you can choose one year here.
Analytics tab will display some useful information to you to see how you are getting benefit from Cloudflare.
Within the cPanel, you can manage most of your Cloudflare features. However, there are much more options available from Cloudflare which you can access from your dashboard at https://www.cloudflare.com/
Redirect your site
Please note that your website should be redirected through “www” and not via “non-www”. For example, your site URL should be https://www.example.com, not https://example.com.
If you are using WordPress or any other CMS, setting this would be very easy. If your website is a static site, you can use .htaccess
If by any chance, you are not getting the redirection or don’t know how to redirect, don’t be shy. Contact us, and we will help you.
How to verify Cloudflare integration
One of the easiest ways to check if your website is routed through Cloudflare is to use Claire, a browser add-on. Install Claire from Chrome Web Store. After the installation; visit your website and checks the Claire icon. If the colour changed to Orange, then that means the website is using Cloudflare.
If you click on the Claire icon, it will give you more information. For example, this website is now using Cloudflare’s Mumbai Data Center to deliver your website.
Since we are the Official Certified Partner of Cloudflare, you can ask any queries to us, we will be your first point of contact.
Host My Website Online is excited to announce our partnership with Cloudflare, the website performance and security company.
Cloudflare is a content delivery network (CDN) that increases the performance and security of every website on its system, protecting from a broad range of threats and attacks. Over 7,000,000 websites run on the Cloudflare network—ranging from individual blogs to e-commerce sites to the websites of Fortune 500 companies to national governments. Cloudflare powers almost a trillion monthly page views—more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through our network.
Cloudflare increases the speed and security of your website
This is a guest post written and contributed by Cloudflare. Cloudflare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants.
Faster web performance
Cloudflare was designed to take a hosting platform like Host My Website Online and make it more rapid, secure, and reliable.
Cloudflare runs 151 data centres strategically located around the world. When you sign up for Cloudflare, we begin routing traffic to the nearest data centre.
As your traffic passes through the data centres, we intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on our servers for a short period, typically less than 2 hours before we check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.
Cloudflare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, Cloudflare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that Cloudflare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.
Broad web security
At the beginning of 2016, Cloudflare experienced and mitigated against some of the most massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks ever seen. As attacks like these increase, Cloudflare is stepping up to protect websites.
Cloudflare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is compelling about our approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the Cloudflare community. We analyse the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through, and bad traffic is stopped.
In time, our goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given our scale and the billions of different attacks we see and adapt to every year, we’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the Cloudflare network.
Any website can deploy Cloudflare, regardless of your underlying platform. By integrating tightly with Host My Website Online, we make the process of setting up Cloudflare “1 click” through your existing Host My Website Online cPanel dashboard. Just look for the Cloudflare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud.
We’ve kept the price as low as possible, and plans offered through Host My Website Online are free. Moreover, we never charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you tons via reduced bandwidth costs.
For site owners who would like to take advantage of Cloudflare’s advanced offerings, we also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like an image optimisation, mobile acceleration, basic web application firewall (WAF), and 3 Page Rules.
We’re proud that every day more than a thousand new sites, including some of the largest on the web, join the Cloudflare community. If you’re looking for a faster, safer website, you’ve got a good start with Host My Website Online.
This story is a success story of Mr Shivanand Ganji, a webmaster from Pune, Maharashtra who now saves ₹414 per month from his web hosting expenses. This success story began when Shivanand decided to migrate his website https://www.easypower.in/ from GoDaddy to Host My Website Online.
He came to our website, and he is smart enough to understand the technology which we provide, and he acted quickly.
Shivanand’s Current Web Hosting Plan
His current web hosting plan from GoDaddy is their Economy plan. With this plan, he gets 100 GB Storage, but we at Host My Website Online only provides 1 GB Storage to him as per his chosen plan with us; the Starter plan. But in reality, the 1 GB disk space itself large enough to host his website files, as his current disk space usage is just 80 MB so far, that is only 7.81% of his total allocated disk space.
Both GoDaddy and Host My Website Online offer an Unmetered Bandwidth. In his GoDaddy plan, he had 50 FTP users, 10 MySQL databases, 25 Subdomains where from Host My Website Online he now gets all without any limit.
cPanel Version (a big lie)
While GoDaddy’s sales page says, their cPanel version is 18.104.22.168 which got its initial release on July 2016. As per cPanel’s Long-Term Support, this 58 version’s Long-Term Support has ended on July 2017.
cPanel is a significant software of any shared hosting account, and leaving this software not updated that too after it’s official end of life will threaten the security of the all domains hosted on the same server. We are very curious and at the same time shocked to see such a big company doesn’t care their end user’s security nor they are not interested in providing cool features cPanel Inc released over time.
Interestingly, their cPanel login screen’s copyright year says 1999 – 2015; which means, GoDaddy is actually providing version 46 and not version 58. You see version 46 is 12 releases older than version 58. Why this big lie, GoDaddy? Why don’t you provide what you offer to a customer?
We have checked Shivanand’s PHP version, and surprisingly it was version 5.6, and now his account moved to PHP version 7.2, the latest and super performing PHP version.
As part of our mission and service offering, we have provided a free migration to our 100% Cloud SSD server which is super-optimised for his WordPress powered website. During this free website migration process his site was accessible and the process finished in a few hours.
Free SSL Certificate
We do offer a free and automated SSL certificate to all domains hosted on our server. We deployed an SSL certificate on his domain, but we found that there were many hard-coded URLs which uses HTTP and this caused a Mixed Content warning. We fixed this issue for Shivanand free of cost even though this is not part of our commercial offering. But we wanted to see and support a more healthy and safer Internet; we can’t sit and let our clients pull their hair to fix such issues. After all, we have experienced Technical Support team who are ready to help any webmasters.
Shivanand made an excellent decision by moving his domain from GoDaddy’s expensive hosting plan to Host My Website Online’s lowest/affordable/cheapest-in-price Cloud SSD server. He will not only save 91.55% of web hosting expenses per month, he and his website visitors now can enjoy a high-speed well optimised and super latest hosting experience.
You might be wondering how can we give this premium-quality website hosting service to this lowest price; we have an answer to Why this most economical price for our Cloud SSD servers. Are you interested in saving a significant amount of money from your hosting expenses as Shivanand did? Choose our plans and migrate to Host My Website Online now.
To answer the question why are we offering the lowest possible price for our Cloud SSD shared web hosting accounts, I want to let everyone introduce the founder of Host My Website Online; Mr Jafar Muhammed is a veteran open source contributor who is passionate about the open Web. He is contributing to various non-profit organisations where he focuses on digital inclusion. He is advocating about the potential power of the Web.
As part of his mission, he started offering web hosting services to his closed client group five years ago. It was not well branded and a personal service offering. Recently he identified that there is high and growing number of webmasters who are being trapped and locked in proprietary ecosystems where different companies and websites are offering free Web hosting services to attract them.
The team behind Host My Website Online discovered that such free offering websites are potentially dangerous to the people who use their facilities and on a large scale damaging for the healthful Internet. As part of his awareness efforts, he wrote a blog post explaining why it is a bad idea to rely on a free domain name and free hosting service provider.
Being a startup, we are greatly influenced by his vision and commitment towards the safe and affordable web for everyone.
After checking various costs to us, we have finalised the price per one entry-level hosting account. And with this pricing, we started offering our Web hosting service to everyone; so anyone can take advantage of our lowest priced premium Cloud SSD servers without lock-in themselves in a shady company’s trap.
Here, I will brief how can we provide our services at this lowest price yet the premium infrastructure.
SSD the Storage of Tomorrow
We are running our servers on a Cloud SSD network, and here is what we make one of the most rooted cost cutting. I am not going deep in the comparison between HDD vs SSD here, but I will list them in simple terms. If you bought or used an ultraportable laptop, you have well experienced an SSD storage. Unlike using a Hard Disk Drive (HDD), the Solid State Drive (SSD) has many significant advantages. Applications served via SSD will launch incredibly faster, and the high read-write capacity makes the file transfer quicker.
In general, an SSD doesn’t require more electricity to run, on a desktop or in a server, that will lead to a lower energy bill. SSDs are typically 4-5 times faster and more reliable than HDD. Our SSD server will reboot in just a few seconds which will help us to roll out reboot-required updates more frequently server-wide.
All of these power will make us reduce the infrastructure operations cost significantly lower; and naturally, lower operations cost means either more profit or less expense to the end user and we choose later.
Less Support Request
Providing technical support is another significant expense to any service oriented company. If a company receives less support request from its clients that means their cost to manage their support facility would be admittedly less. If a service is top-notch, typically error free and easy to use, then usually the end users will not create a support request or make a support call; and that would leave having less expensive support centre. This confidence that what we have, we don’t have too many support request coming from our clients; we do receive support requests every single day, but they are mandatory tickets seeking support for migration assistance and a one time SSL deployment.
We have another cost-cutting method applied here; we don’t have a dedicated support department in-house, we have outsourced all our support operations to a third party company located in the US and Singapore. These support agents employed with a pay per support requests and available round the clock.
Jio, the Change Maker
You know the technology is evolving, specs are changing every moment. Let me take Reliance Jio as an example. High-Speed internet connectivity was a luxury to us before Reliance launched Jio network. We all used to browse the internet with up to 3G speed using expensive monthly data packs; typically has 1 GB per 28 days. Once Jio launched and gained users other companies forced to follow Jio and reduce their data pack costs, and it’s validity to be near to Jio; none of the Telecom companies replaced their whole infrastructure, but they just updated necessary software and hardware. Now take a breath and imagine, what would happen if Reliance did not start the Jio service, we surely are paying the same or even more than the then current plans and the companies may tell us that 4G network is expensive than the 3G or 2G thus you need to pay more; isn’t it? Now we are enjoying 1GB or above data access per day with an impressive 4G speed at a very lowest price when comparing the old days.
Many other great companies provide high quality yet with the lowest price in their industry. I am not going to list them all here; I hope that the Jio example will give you enough spark in your thought.
Still Not Ready to Move?
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To add, modify and delete any files, please access your free cPanel account.
Once you logged in to your cPanel Account, click on the File Manager.
You will now redirect to cPanel’s File Manager. Here click on the globe icon next to the public_html. The public_html folder is the root folder of your website. You will see all files and folders listed inside public_html folder.
For every new account created, we will create a beautiful Coming Soon page until you are ready to upload your files, so your visitors will know that you are working on your website instead of seeing a blank page.
In this public_html folder, you have all options to manage your files and folder.
We at Host My Website Online provides a free SSL to make your website HTTPS, while you may know that SSL certificates are very expensive. So, how can we give it free of cost?
An SSL certificate for your domain considered as a luxury due to its cost. Getting a paid SSL certificates were very expensive and still it is. But not more. It is completely free.
Free SSL Certificate from Let’s Encrypt
Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. It is a service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). Great organisations like Mozilla, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google, Akamai are sponsoring Let’s Encrypt, so you know it is not a small world.
Let’s Encrypt typically issues more than 500,000 certificates per day, and they are capable of issuing millions per day. They provide HTTPS certificates to over 70 million domains.
Why the Let’s Encrypt’s certificates are free?
We want to clarify that; We are a hosting provider who requests, retrieves and deploys SSL certificates from the Certificate Authority, Let’s Encrypt. We do not provide any fee to Let’s Encrypt or any other parties involved in the process. We have administrative and management costs which we are bearing ourselves.
Let’s Encrypt do not charge a fee for their certificates. Let’s Encrypt is a nonprofit, their mission is to create a more secure and privacy-respecting Web by promoting the widespread adoption of HTTPS. Their services are free and easy to use so that every website can deploy HTTPS.
Difference between free and expensive certificates
Certificate Authorities used to sell certificates for a wholesome amount of money until Let’s Encrypt came along and started issuing them for free almost two years ago. Let’s Encrypt have faced a lot of scrutinies and even hostility from companies who sell paid SSL certificates and their resellers who also make the vast amount of money out of it. That is obvious because the free SSL certificates offered by Let’s Encrypt kills business model of the corporation that sells paid and expensive SSL certificates.
All Certificate Authorities must issue certificates by following Baseline Requirements; a document set out by the CA/Browser Forum. Baseline Requirements explains everything that a CA must do to validate the owner of the domain, how long an issued certificate can be valid and many other restrictions that any CA must adhere to during issuance of certificates. While conforming is not optional, and there is no difference between a certificate issued with a fee or free mentioned in the Baseline Requirements.
Arguments are coming from sales reps, and resellers of paid SSL providers mention that the Encryption made by paid SSL Certificates are superior to the one issued free of cost. Let’s be clear; Certificates have nothing to do with the encryption of data transmitted.
In fact, server configuration and not the certificate handle the encryption of data.
HTTPS will eventually but quickly replace from being a good-to-have to a mandatory. SSL is not just for a big e-commerce website. Even if your site is a static website which contains not even a contact form, you still need to have an SSL on your domain.
Like selling free domains, there are a few companies who are offering free website hosting accounts. In this article, we are trying to explain why is it a bad idea to choose a free hosting service provider.
Before we begin, we wanted to tell you that there are many many costs associated with running a web hosting business. Cost of electricity, ISP charges, Air Conditioning, Engineering support and maintenance, physical and online security, local taxes and human resources allowances etc. are directly connected with an upstream provider or known as a Data Center provider. When it comes to the retailer hosting provider who operates using a Reseller account or a VPS, or even a Dedicated server, there are similar costs. Marketing and Sales expenses, running an industry standard 24/7 support systems, efficient and knowledgeable technical support staffs, monthly fees to keep the control panel software, automation software and other server related software, salary and office expenses are a few of expenditures.
How can any company give you something free of cost when it is costly to the company? Well, there would be some tradeoffs. Please note that we are not talking about service providers who provide free trial for a limited time, it is the websites who offer free hosting accounts for a lifetime.
Offer FREE to BUY customers
Many of us are eager to get everything free, or at cheap, it is human nature. So the word free or cheap are high ranking keywords in search queries. And companies who give free hosting services will get the benefit here. Most of the time attracted customers will sign up for a free account, but an experienced buyer will always know that there would be something they need to compromise. And once a buyer sign-up with these companies after a few weeks they will use some dirty tricks to force these customers to opt for a higher paid plan.
Allocation of limited resources
Generally, with such free hosting accounts features like the number of allowed email accounts and databases will be very low, like 1 or 2 email addresses. There would be a limitation on the number of visitors websites can have per month. Once the sites hit the limit, the website would be down.
Poor performing servers
Uptime is a significant factor for any websites. Free accounts may get allocated on a very old server spec where the hardware and software will be outdated. We have seen companies who provide PHP 5.xx to their free tier customers where this PHP version is an older version, unsupported by the core developers, may not work with latest frameworks and applications and there is no any active development. If you are using an old program or software or any scripting language, then you are missing a much higher performance and putting yourself in danger.
Due to the lack of quality technical specs, even a simple static page will face frequent downtime.
Your website loads incredibly slow
As part of their upsell strategy, they may have reduced the resources allocated to any FREE plans and forcing customers to upgrade. If you are concerned about your website’s SEO, then this is a situation where you need to think again. Page Speed is a critical factor in SEO, and this metric is one of the page ranking metrics which Google publicly confirmed.
Ads as a revenue stream
Adding your free websites to their Ads network and placing ads on your sites is one of their revenue streams. While you are trying hard to get visitors to your website, these companies are busy in making tons of money form your sites.
Denial of Essential Services
This denial of essential services is another action we happened to see from a few websites. Imagine a situation when you logged in to their control panel for accessing critical services like email accounts or file manager you see a message says Access Denied, pay us to unblock this section. You may not have any other options as all your digital assets are inaccessible now.
We have recently identified a significant threat comes from free hosting providers, which is more dangerous than what we listed above and it will affect all of the parties involved here. The shorter form of this threat is, while you depend on a free web hosting account, your website becoming a part of the crypto mining network and all your visitors will be the victims.
The crypto mining code then works in the background as unsuspecting victims use their computers usually. The only sign they might notice is slower performance or lags in execution, and unfortunately, most of the Anti Virus software can’t identify such processes as in this method, there is nothing installed on the victim’s computer.
You see, if you are serious about your websites, then we strongly recommend you not to use such companies. We understand that cost is a significant fact why anyone looks for a service provider who is offering free products.
Unlike other companies, we are a not-for-just-profit company. Our primary mission is to promote open web, let everyone be the creator of the internet. That’s why we are collaborating with reputed organisations by providing FREE web hosting accounts to NGOs. And we also have more than five years of incredible experience in server management. So, you are in a Great company!
We at Host My Website Online is committed to bring more people online and help the Internet to have more genuine and beautiful websites. That’s why we have our Silver plan as low as ₹35.00 per month. Our shared hosting servers are 100% SSD with unlimited bandwidth and a free SSL certificate powered by Let’s Encrypt.
WordPress is the most popular web publishing software and a highly flexible Content Management System (CMS) which you can use to create your website or blog in no time. It is open source and free to host on your web server. WordPress is very powerful when it comes to security and feature-rich SEO friendly.
Installing WordPress is very easy, and you don’t need to know web programming languages to play with WordPress. There are a few excellent and user-friendly drag and drop page and post builder plugins for WordPress.
Once you have installed WordPress, it is time to add Elementor. Elementor is the #1 WordPress page builder, Free & Open Source, easy to use without writing any code.
To install Elementor, in your WordPress admin Dashboard, go to Plugins and click on Add New button.
Now type Elementor in the search bar placed in the upper right corner. You will see Elementor listed as shown in the screenshot. Click on the Install Now button.
Once plugin installation completed, click on the Activate button to activate the Elementor. That’s it, installing a plug-in in WordPress will only take a few seconds.
You can use Elementor on any page or post, whether it is already a published post or a new page, You will see Edit with Elementor button to launch the Drag and Drop customizer. Elementor has an excellent Documentation section and video library where you can watch and learn how to make stunning websites with Elementor.
Just like any other applications, WordPress also has a learning curve. It may look difficult at the beginning, but once you started using WordPress, you will feel how smooth and customisable it is. Luckily there is a huge developer community out there who can build anything for WordPress eco-system. If you have any issues to resolve, just search on the web, you will surely get an answer to that.
As a committed web host who is passionate to convert more people as a creator of the web, we have experienced support executives who can help you with anything. Please feel free to reach out to us, and we will guide you.
Remember, the internet needs GREAT websites like yours!
Once you have registered a domain name and hosted on a web hosting server next big thing would be to sign up for your branded email accounts. While technically the word signup is inaccurate; as being a registrant of your domain name and having a hosting account will make you manage your own fully branded email accounts. You can make anyone from your teams to sign-up for email accounts. Unlike other website hosting service providers, we are offering an unlimited number of email ids. You can create any number of email accounts; only the disk space is the limit.
Here we will walk you through the steps to create an email address.
Log in to your free cPanel account.
Once you logged in, search for the Emails section. Then click on the Email Accounts button.
You will now see Add Email Account interface.
Input your preferred email address here. Fill the Password area with a secure password. You may click the Generate button to generate a random password.
Uncheck the Send welcome email with mail client configuration instructions field if you do not want to send a system generated welcome email to your new user.
Now click on the Create Account button.
Your new email account is ready.
In this Email Accounts interface, you can manage all email addresses. You can Delete, Suspend and Access Webmail.
How to login to Webmail
You can access Webmail using your domain name. We will use https://example.com for this tutorial. Please replace https://example.com with your actual domain name.
Visit https://example.com:2096 and input your Email Address and Password here.
You don’t need to remember the port number 2096. You can easily access Webmail by visiting https://example.com/webmail as well.