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1&1: Domain price increase

Most of my domains are located on 1&1 for many years.

Got the email from it a few days ago, regarding the price change of domain.

We are writing today to inform you that as a result of recent price increases by the major domain registries, we need to increase the annual rates for .com domains. In order for 1&1 to stay competitive and continue to offer you excellent services, we have made the following adjustments to our pricing structure.

For domain renewals and new orders as of 07/01/2012, the following domain
rate changes will apply:

*.com domain renewals will be increased from $9.99
to $10.99 per year.

The new price for your domain(s) will be applied to your next domain
renewal after July 1, 2012.

1&1 is committed to offering very competitive prices and professional
services in the domain environment and we hope to continue to meet and
surpass your service expectations.

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How to upgrade phpBB on 1and1

In the end of last year, I helped a charity society upgrade their forum from phpBB2 to phpBB 3. They host their web site and phpBB forum on 1and1 Business hosting plan.
I did have much experience on upgrading, updating phpBB etc. The procedures of upgrade from phpBB 2 to phpBB 3 are posted here, part 1 , part 2.
The situation on 1and1 is a little bit complicated. I need a bridge server to complete the upgrade.
Let me put the whole story in short.

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How to enable php5 at 1and1

With 1&1 Linux hosting packages you have the choice between PHP4, PHP5 and PHP6. 1&1 Web Hosting packages use PHP4 as default for all .php files.
Why 1and1 still using php4 as default? It is too old. A lot of program are not support php4 any more. Just like phpBB 3.
You may choose to simply name the script with the .php5 file extension if there are only a few scripts that require PHP5. If you don’t want to rename all your scripts to .php5, you can add the following into .htaccess file.

AddType x-mapp-php5 .php

Save the text file as .htaccess in the folder where you need to use PHP5 (or upload the file to the correct folder). The settings specified in the .htaccess file are recursive meaning that the settings will apply to the current folder where the file is saved as well as all subfolders.

1and1 Hosting Beginner no Zend Optimizer but Great for WordPress

I just switch my hosting plan from MS Beginner to Linux Beginner package. The switching is OK.
Even I find so many problems, I still want to keep my hosting plan on 1and1.
One more issue is the Linux Beginner package does not support Zend Optimizer. Only when I upgrade to Business Hosting or above, I can install the Zend Optimizer through SSH. Please refer to the 1and1’s FAQ.
Some programs I download need it. I have to give up and choose another program.
I may say Great, because of easy installation of WordPress on it.
To Install a WordPress Just three steps.
1) Create a MySQL database in 1and1 control panel. Get the information of database.
2) Download the latest WordPress from its official site. Decompress it and modify the wp-config.php file based on the information got from step 1.
3) Upload all files into the server, and load Follow the instruction on pages and done.

1and1 problems

For 1and1 hosting plan, I have so many problems with them and phoned them many times.
1) The MS Beginner package.
Very slow, and many downtime. Even they reimburse me, I have to move one of my site to my own server to keep my Users happy.
2) Domain name DNS setting. and should be pointed to the same IP address, or A record. Otherwise, the, may have two A records. One is from its own DNS setting, one is inherited from’s DNS setting.
3) Webfiles.
There are many server error in the last week. I can not use Webfiles. When I call the support, they ask me to wait and wait.
4) Switch package.
I make a decision to switch from MS beginner package to Linux beginner package. It has a link in Control Panel. I tried five times, all failed by 500 internal error.
I called them yesterday midnight. After about 30 minutes, they told me their server has a problem. Ask me to wait their email.

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1and1 server downtime reimbursement

I have a site which is hosted by 1and1. It is down last week about 8 or 9 hours.
I remember that it has a 99.99% uptime guarantee.
So, I send an email to them and get the confirmation to reimburse me 3 month free hosting.
1and1 is a trustworthy company.
Their hosting plan is good enough for me and some other users.
Look, they have a lot of free software for site owners.
If you need some hosting or domain, go there. I recommend 1and1.
To check domain, use the following tool.

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Microsoft® adCenter Vouchers from 1and1

I have a 1and1 host plan. It provide some vouchers for clients.
I active one voucher of Microsoft adCenter. I want to sign up a new account on adCenter with this voucher. I failed finally.
Let me address the details of this trial.
I live in Canada.
I have Credit Card with Canadian currency only.
I don’t have a US address.
When I register on the adCenter, and enter the voucher code into the promotion field.
It gave me some errors.

Country of Promotion and account must match.

Currency of the Promotion and account must match.

Based on these two errors, I know I can not use this voucher because of I am Canadian.
The voucher from 1and1 is US voucher. It can not be used by Canadian like me.

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