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Changes to domain transfer policies coming in December

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Last week, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that effectively governs Internet infrastructure, announced an official date for a new policy regarding domain name transfers for all gTLDs (non-country code domains). The change will go into effect for all users on December 1, 2016. While six months may seem like a while from now, the policy will require some adjustments, so we wanted to give all of our customers, partners, and developers as much time to prepare as possible.
The Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy

ICANN is revising its Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (IRTP) in an effort to reduce the risk of fraud and “domain hijacking.” It will now require domain name registrants to complete additional steps in order to confirm a transfer to another party. At the same time, it will also affect any domain name registrant making routine changes to their contact information. Here is a summary of the policy changes:

  • This policy comes into effect any time a gTLD domain registrant’s first name, last name, or email address is changed
  • Whenever a change is made, both the current registrant and the new registrant must confirm the change (even if those two are actually the same person or entity)
  • Both registrants will receive notification that the change is pending, and be given the ability to decline the change
  • After the change has been confirmed, the domain cannot be transferred to a new registrar for 60 days*

*ICANN does allow current registrants to opt-out of the 60-day transfer-lock period for domains transferred to new registrants. This does not change the requirement for both parties to approve the changes before they are applied.

If either the current or new registrant rejects the change, or if they fail to confirm the change within a certain time period (which RFE Hosting will set), then the transfer/change will be canceled, though the domain itself will not be suspended.

What this means for RFE Hosting end users:

  • Any time you change the first name, last name, or email address for a gTLD domain, you will receive an email to confirm the change. If you are transferring the domain to someone else, the new registrant will also have to confirm the change. If that change isn’t confirmed, the name or email address will stay the same.
  • Any time you confirm a change to the first name, last name, or email address for a gTLD domain, that domain will be locked into the same registrar for the next 60 days.

What RFE Hosting will be doing:

While this is a big change that will affect thousands of users every day, we’re committed to maintaining the stability, security, and compliance of the RFE Hosting Domain platform, and support our customers using the platform. We appreciate your patience as we continue working on the implementation of the policy up to the December 1st deadline.

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Shared hosting server system upgrades

We upgraded our shared hosting servers to use the CloudLinux OS and would like update our clients on how the new OS is better and how it will improve performance for our clients.

Standard Shared Hosting Setup

In a standard shared hosting environment the resources available on a server are CPU, I/O and RAM. These resources are fully accessible to all accounts on that server and there is no hard and limit of usage of these resources. The clients are expected to share these resources equally. However, sometimes rogue scripts/programs on one clients account can take up a larger amount of resources, thus leading to the server getting overloaded and a general lack of performance, thereby resulting in each account on the server having its performance affected.

Enter CloudLinux

So what is CloudLinux?

“CloudLinux is a commercially supported Linux operating system interchangeable with CentOS. It includes kernel level technology called LVE that allows you to control CPU and memory on per tenant bases. It is a bases for application level virtualization. CloudLinux delivers advanced resource management, better security and performance optimizations specifically targeted to multi-tenant hosting environment. This improved performance helps hosting service providers and datacenters provide better support to their customers, reduce churn and save money.”

In english? CloudLinux creates a virtual environment for each individual account on a shared server and allows us to limit the amount of resources any single account can use similar to a VPS environment and therefore no single account can take up all CPU resources on the server. This brings quite a bit of benefits to the table for both our clients and us as your web host.

Our Benefits: We deal with less system level resource issues, there are fewer service interruptions, and most importantly the speed of most users sites go up as the accounts now have resources dedicated to them.

Your Benefits: As our clients, you benefit from the lower server load and fewer interruptions of service. You also get additional information in your cPanel which shows useful stats for your account (more on this later).

More info on CloudLinux

Now that you have got a basic understanding of what Cloud Linux achieves, here is the low down on some of the technology that makes it possible.

LVE – LVE, short for Lightweight Virtual Environment, is the backend technology behind the CloudLinux methodology. LVE, developed exclusively by the folks over at CloudLinux, is a kernel level technology which handles the isolation and resource monitoring that CloudLinux is able to provide. LVE brings together technology provided by Apache modules and the Linux kernel.  More info about all of that is available here: http://cloudlinux.com/docs/workingwithlve.php

In addition to this the cPanel integration has user based reporting which will log a history of CPU usage for an account allowing for quick and efficient tracking of resource usage.

Resource usage Information

You must be obviously wondering how you as the user can check his/her account/site resource usage. Well cPanel display’s this on the left alongside other account related information like HDD/Bandwidth limit etc. The information that is available is CPU use and concurrent connections. Here’s a picture of what they look like:

cPanel Resourse meter

  • The CPU is for your account only and not for the server as a whole. So when it says 100% it means you have reached the max CPU allotment.
  • The virtual memory usage shows the amount of RAM you are using out of your allotment, and not of the whole server.
  • The Entry Processes is the number of concurrent processes that your account can process at the same time. These processes can be cronjobs, PHP processes, Perl processes, etc. A  single user should rarely if ever consume all 20 connections, so this metric is mostly informational.
  • If you are consistently hitting your limits, it is time to look at optimizing your site(s) or upgrading to a VPS as you’ve most likely outgrown shared hosting.

Conclusion

In conclusion we feel that CloudLinux has executed an awesome concept of providing dedicated resources to all users and limiting the ability of a few users who are unfairly using more resources. This will in the end lead to lesser outages and better performance. Feel free to  send us an email or create a ticket with any questions or concerns about this technology, as we love to hear from our users/clients.

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