New settings and modules in control panel

The free hosting network has been recently upgraded and you may have noticed the improvements. Here we summarize some of those additions:

– PHP Sockets/cURL ON by default –

This will let you use Google SMTP servers to send emails from your domain, but you need to own a domain for this. If you are using WordPress this will let you auto-update to the latest WordPress version, install plugins from your WordPress Dashboard, use Akismet and even ReCaptcha.

– 10 MB max file size limit –

You can now upload files up to 10 MB per file. Some restrictions apply. Some multimedia file types are forbidden. Not valid for backups. Only valid for browsable content. Example: for a picture, you need to display it on a web page.

– 30% increase on FTP transfer speeds –

FTP performance improved and optimized. Average speed before: 25 KB/s. Average speed now: 32.5 KB/s

– Fast Script Installer –

The script installer is back. It now allows you to install more than 20 of the most popular php scripts in a few clicks!

– IP Deny/Block Manager –

If you are experiencing unusual traffic spikes, congrats! But your website may be getting too many request from specific IP addresses. This module helps you to easily block unwanted IP addresses. Helpful to stop WordPress comments from spammers, malicious bots, brute force attacks, etc. But be careful, do not block your own IP address or you won’t be able to visit your web site.

– Redirect Manager –

If you change the name of a URL, you may want to redirect incoming traffic from your old URL to your new URL. Well, this module will easily let you setup 301 redirects for URLs and domains.

– Password Protected Folders –

If you want to keep some folders protected, this module helps you to setup password protected directories. This is useful for collaborative tasks in case you want to grant access to trusted people.

– Error Documents Manager –

Are you having unexpected redirections when a URL is mistyped? Or when a URL is missing? You will have faced the dreaded securesignupoffers redirection. If you want to gain some control over your URL errors, you can create a 404 error web page. With your own custom 404 error web page any resource not found and malformed URLs will be redirected to your 404 error page instead of to securesignupoffers. This module allows you to setup and change 400, 401, 403 and 503 error pages too on your subdomains and domains.

– PHP Config Module –

Allows you to alter some of the php config directives:

  • — Display Errors (on/off)
  • — Magic Quotes (on/off)
  • — Magic Quotes GPC (on/off)
  • — MB String Input (pass/auto )
  • — PHP Timezone Selector (dates in PHP will be changed to this timezone)
– CloudFlare Module –

This module works ONLY for add-on and parked domains. CloudFlare does not allow third-party subdomains to be added to a CloudFlare account. You need to be the owner of the root domain. The module will do the following:

  1. create a CloudFlare account for you (with your email address as the CloudFlare username, and the password you used to log in to the control panel as the CloudFlare password)
  2. add the domain to the CloudFlare system
  3. change the required DNS records for your domain name to force it use CloudFlare.

Some modules are experimental and may not work as intended. Take a backup before performing any module configuration.