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What is ssv3_probe.php ? It is a PHP script that is designed to output a huge amount of information about your hosting environment, and then delete itself. There is a counterpart file called ssv3_directory.php which is used for similar things. Who is the author of this file? I have no clue. I have seen it used on a lot of bluehost hosted sites. Here are the contents of the file. Notice the final line @unlink(__FILE__); is designed to delete the file after it has finished executing. < ?php error_reporting(0); @ini_set(‘cgi.fix_pathinfo’, 1); /** * PHP MKDIR * * Check the directory and it’s parent to see if we can mkdir() on the server. * – removed the 777 check on the parent directory. Breaking EIG Windows Brands * * The process is to define a temporary directory name, make the directory, then * remove the directory. */ $phpMkDir = 0; $ssTempDirectory = @dirname(__FILE__) . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . @uniqid(‘ss_tmp_’); @mkdir($ssTempDirectory, 0755); if (@is_dir($ssTempDirectory)) { $phpMkDir = 1; @rmdir($ssTempDirectory); } /** * Check the PHP SAPI * * We need to check the type of Server API PHP is using on the remote server. This * will process the PHP_SAPI variable and return what the server is running. */ $sapi = PHP_SAPI; // apache if (substr(PHP_SAPI, 0, 6) == ‘apache’) { $sapi = ‘apache’; } //cgi / fast-cgi if (substr(PHP_SAPI, 0, 3) == ‘cgi’) { $sapi = ‘cgi’; if (empty($_SERVER[‘FCGI_ROLE’]) && empty($_ENV[‘FCGI_ROLE’])) { $sapi = ‘fast_cgi’; } } // phpinfo @ob_start(); @phpinfo(INFO_GENERAL); $phpInfo = … Continue reading

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Why not to use 1and1 for hosting

And this is why I don’t think of 1and1 as a serious company for web hosting:

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iPower: The server encountered an unexpected condition which prevented it from fulfilling the request.

iPower: The server encountered an unexpected condition which prevented it from fulfilling the request. If you’re getting this error on iPower you need to enable CGI / scripts. Sometimes your account will show you that this is enabled, even if it is not. Contact iPower support to get them to resolve it for you. Even if in your control panel homepage CGI / PHP is showing up as active, click on the server configuration tab and you probably will see that CGI is in fact inactive:

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Are “A Small Orange” and “Hostnine LLC” the same company?

To me it looks like “A Small Orange” and “Hostnine LLC” are the same company… Addresses for Hostnine and “A Small Orange” mapped are shown here.

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10 Amazon EC2 Alternatives

Amazon EC2 Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is dersigned to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment. Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use. Amazon EC2 provides developers the tools to build failure resilient applications and isolate themselves from common failure scenarios. http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/ Digital Ocean Deploy an 512MB RAM and 20GB SSD cloud server in 55 seconds for $5/month. Simple, fast, scalable SSD cloud virtual servers. This competitor was recently featured on Uncrunched and the site boasted, “Digital Ocean v. AWS: 10x Performance For 1/3 Cost”. I am floored at how fast their servers are (if you know linux try doing something like du or updatedb or even find / -iname “*firefox*” – each command takes about 1 second! https://www.digitalocean.com/ Slicehost / Rackspace Create Cloud Virtual Servers in minutes and pay per usage. Get a Windows or Linux Cloud Server with root access. 1 to 50 servers in minutes. Choose a server size and pay for what you use. Accessible … Continue reading

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Big Hosting Companies

Here’s a list of some of the biggest and most prominent hosting companies on the web: 123-reg.co.uk 1and1 4d Web Hosting BT broadband office dnsExit DNS Park Domain Explorer DomainSite DreamHost Dynadot DynDNS Enom EveryDNS.net Gandi.net GoDaddy iCodia iPowerWeb ix Web Hosting Lxlabs Name.com Name.net Namesecure NearlyFreeSpeech Netfirms Network Solutions No-IP Registerfly.com vserver.de Webhost4Life WHM XName Yahoo! ZoneEdit

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