Canvas Host servers are protected against Poodlebleed SSLv3 bug

poodlebleedWe want to assure all Canvas Host customers concerned about the POODLE vulnerability (Poodlebleed), that SSLv3 is disabled on all of our shared, reseller, and PCI servers.

If you operate a VPS or dedicated server with Canvas Host and run cPanel/WHM, you can take the following steps to disable SSLv3 in your server environment:

When logged in as root, navigate to Apache Configuration -> Global Configuration -> SSL/TLS Cipher Suite.

The default setting for this value is “All -SSLv2 -SSLv3″. You may save as-is to update to this, else enter a custom value by selecting the radio button by the custom text field. If you wish to save a custom entry, please be sure to include “-SSLv3″ to disable SSLv3 from the Apache configuration. Then Save your settings.

While Poodlebleed does not present as great a risk as the recent Heartbleed vulnerability, we recognize that all customers are rightfully concerned and appreciate those who have taken the time to inquire about our hosting environment.

For more information about POODLE, please see the poodlebleed website.

http://poodlebleed.com/


Great .SCOT! Register a DotScot Scotland domain for $44.95.

We’re thrilled to offer our latest top-level domain name, .SCOT, for just $44.95/year! As an American registrar service, Canvas Host charges no Value Added Tax for .SCOT registrations.

.SCOT was created by the DotScot Registry, a not-for-profit company in Scotland, that was created to manage the .SCOT domain name space to serve as an online identity for the worldwide family of Scots.

.SCOT is open to registry for use worldwide and for personal, business, non-profit and private interest alike, with an intent on promoting and celebrating Scottish culture.

Private registration (ID protection), which anonymizes and protects your personal contact information on the public WHOIS record for .SCOT domains, is available for an additional USD $7.50 per year.

Search for your .SCOT domain using the form below:


CloudFlare service update, October 2, 2014

For customers using CloudFlare’s website caching service, we received the following CloudFlare service update:

“CloudFlare suffered downtime which caused customers’ sites to be inaccessible in certain parts of the world. The incident lasted 49 minutes, from 15:08 UTC to 15:57 UTC and affected 50% of our customers in North America and 12% in Europe.

“The downtime was the result of a BGP route leak by our partner Internexa, an ISP in Latin America. Our network is now fully available and we’ve published detailed information on our blog here:”

https://blog.cloudflare.com/route-leak-incident-on-october-2-2014/

If you are a Canvas Host customer and use CloudFlare, and believe your web service was interrupted by this event, please let us know. We’ve received no reports or indications yet, but wanted to get this information to you as soon as we learned about it.

Thank you,

David Anderson, Owner
Canvas Host, LLC


Building and protecting your brand with new domains

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Do you remember the old days, when it was just .COM, .NET, and .ORG?

Those days are gone. Dozens of new top-level domain names (TLDs) are becoming available each month.

With so many TLDs to choose from, web marketers and online businesses are finding near infinite branding opportunities. At the same time, these new domains are creating a bit of confusion due to lack of information about their intended use, or the ways they can be put to use.

In speaking with customers, I’m starting to hear some recurring questions and opinions:

1) “Isn’t .COM still the best?

2) “I like the idea of a new domain, but wouldn’t people forget it?”

3) “I’m already happy with my current domain. I don’t need any more.”

To address these points, the .COM space is effectively used up. Yes, you may be able to find a custom domain to your liking, but if you follow this approach and are starting a new business, you may be forced to brand your business around what few .COM domains you find. The new TLDs were created to alleviate this issue of short supply.

Another benefit of the new TLD is that they free up businesses with lengthy names from needing to adopt a completely different domain. For example: ACME Portland Construction, while being able to register acmeportlandconstruction.com, may initially opt for something shorter like acmeportland.com, which leaves off that important part, “construction”. With the new TLDs, the company would now be able to register acmeportland.construction. The alternate domain is shorter and more memorable, not to mention that a portion of the business name has been directly integrated with the TLD. Even if they wanted to find a shorter domain, ACME.build would accomplish the goal, while using the TLD to describe the business. It makes long-term branding of the business simpler.

The new TLDs make it possible to dovetail a company’s brand completely with their online identity, creating a unified image in both the physical and virtual business worlds. TLDs are available for hundreds of professions and industries. Artists can choose from .MEDIA and .PAINT; photographers can use .PHOTO. Builders and contractors? Try .PLUMBING or .LIGHTING. Real estate can now find the perfect .LAND or .HOMES space. The list is endless, and so are the possibilities.

Finally, there’s the point of search engine optimization (SEO) to consider. As one web marketing blog pointed out, Google has altered some of its search algorithms that imply the new TLDs will have a greater fighting chance and not be treated as second class domains when compared to .COM. Other blogs caution that many factors are at play, such as overall site relevance and content quality to consider.

Indeed, if you have an established .COM brand, you may be fine passing up on the new TLDs, unless you wish to lock down a few that are very close to, if not identical with, your full business name. Register those domains and turn them into redirects to your .COM. Done. Consider this one way to prevent domain squatting or brand impersonation on the part of a third party. ACME Portland Construction, for example, would probably want that .CONSTRUCTION domain even if they are happy with their .COM, simply to prevent someone from fabricating a convincing forgery of a domain using the .CONSTRUCTION space.

And then, my mind wanders into trademark and copyright protection, and the many fights that have broken out over brand wars in the past. I’m also reminded of some of the steps our own company took to protect our brand and products, by registering our brand with the US Patent and Trade Office. Whether you want to go to those extents in securing your online identity, a simple and cost-effective way would be to first secure your company’s most important TLDs.

Depending upon which side of the domain aisle you reside, the prospect of new TLDs may be of greater or lesser importance to you. If you have any questions, please reach out to us and we’ll be happy to chat about new domains and what they can do for you. We’re always available at sales@canvashost.com, by phone at 503.914.1118, or toll-free at 800.574.4299.

Thank you,

David Anderson, Owner
Canvas Host, LLC


$5 for a domain? That seriously .ROCKS!

.ROCKS is a generic-term, open domain, meaning it can be used for anything, by anybody. .ROCKS lends itself to bands and musicians looking to promote upcoming digital releases or shows, jewelers who incorporate gems into their merchandise, geologists who promote science discovery online, or rock climbers looking to share advice and buy gear. Whatever way “rocks” can be interpreted, .ROCKS can fit the definition, making it a fun and diverse TLD for businesses and individuals.

Now through March 2015, we’re thrilled to offer you .ROCKS registrations for just $5 per year, up to 10 years.

Here’s how to qualify:

1) Register a .ROCKS domain when signing up for web hosting on our online shopping cart;

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2) Register a .ROCKS domain for 3 or more years on our online shopping cart.

3) Future renewals of your .ROCKS will be charged at the standard $14.95/year renewal rate.

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With Canvas Host, your domain registration seriously .ROCKS! We hope you’ll take advantage of this amazing offer and register a new .ROCKS domain today.

Cheers,

David Anderson