Authentication Required for WordPress and Joomla login

If you have a WordPress installation in your free hosting account, whenever you access to your wp-login area you will see a new Authentication Required pop up CAPTCHA window. You will need to read and enter the randomly generated username and password displayed. Correctly. After that you will get access to your WordPress login area. This is to stop spambot networks from trying to acces your WordPress with brute force attacks.

If you better prefer not having this login Authentication Required box in your WordPress login area, you should add to your .htaccess file the following code:


<filesmatch "wp-login.php">
Satisfy Any
</filesmatch>

This is also applies for Joomla! installations. But if you want to disable the Authentication Required window, you should add this code to your Joomla! .htaccess file inside the administrator folder:


Satisfy Any

Create a new ticket if you have questions or problems with this issue.

Error codes in websites – create your own error pages

How to configure your website error pages with one simple .htacces file. Control 404 Not Found errors as a well as 400 Bad Request, 401 Unauthorized, 403 Forbidden, 500 Internal Server Error and 503 Service Unavailable errors.

  • To start controlling your own website error messages you need to create a text file and name it .htaccess and save it.
  • Open it and write the following line:
    ErrorDocument 404 /404_NOT_FOUND
  • Save and upload the .htaccess file to your htdocs directory.

Note: Depending on your device and/or operating system you may not be able to view and/or create file names starting with a dot because those are hidden by default. You might tweak your device and/or operating system to make it show hidden files. But this is out of the scope of this article.

  • If your device and/or operating system don’t allow you to create file names preceeded with a dot, then name it HTACCESS and save it.
  • In the same fashion, open it and write the following line:
    ErrorDocument 404 /404_NOT_FOUND
  • Save and upload the HTACCESS file to your htdocs directory.
  • Finally rename the file in the web server from HTACCESS to .htaccess.

Now, if someone types a nonexistant document, say example.com/iinnddeexx.html, he/she will see the generic 404 Not Found server response. Some of the causes for this response are:

  1. visitor mistyped the URL to a resource
  2. visitor followed a malformed link
  3. the requested resource was not found, it may have been moved or deleted

We recommend to create the .htacces file with the default 404 rule as soon as you can. The advantage to use it is that the load on the servers is minimized. The disadvantage is that the default error message is not very useful for the average visitor.

A good compromise is to create a meaningful and lightweight 404 error page.
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New control panel CPANELX3

We have added a new control panel interface: CPANELX3. You can preview a screenshot image below these words.
cpanelx3 image
It has several new features and in a few days we will make it the default control panel.

For now, the default control panel is VISTAPANEL. ATTENTION: Now, the default control panel is CPANELX3. But if you want to continue with the old control panel VISTAPANEL, choose VISTAPANEL instead of CPANELX3 in the drop down menu just by the Log in button when you access to control panel, as shown in the following image:
choose control panel

If you find any problem with CPANELX3, please fill in a support ticket describing any error and giving as much details as you can.

This new control panel will make your migration to a paid plan from ifastnet.com much easier for you because it is a very similar panel to the paid hosting one.

No more Google Apps Standard Free Edition. What now?

Google has recently announced some changes to Google Apps for businesses. Now they offer Google Apps for Business including 99.9% uptime guarantee, a 25GB inbox and 24/7 phone support for any issue for only $50 per user, per year. Existing Google Apps Standard Free users will still be free until further notice.

This is bad for free hosting users because the free version of Google Apps was the perfect combination for our Free Hosting accounts.

So, what now? Visit the following link with instructions showing there’s still a way to get one Free Google Apps Standard account for a single user. First, sign in to your GMail-Google account. Now, point your web browser to http://appengine.google.com/ and follow on-screen instructions to add your domain and create your custom e-mail account.

An alternative is offered by MicroSoft with Outlook-WindowsLive-Hotmail-MSN accounts. Visit the following link: it explains how to use outlook.com with your own web domain. Sign in to your account and visit domains.live.com to add your domain and create your custom email accounts. You will need to make changes to some of your records (DNS, MX, CNAME, SPF…) and follow provided instructions.

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