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Below you will find a tutorial on how to sign up for All Hands Hosting. Begin by choosing a hosting package. If you aren’t sure which package to sign up for, just choose the smallest one.

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After you’ve chosen a service, next you’ll need to begin the sign up process. The most important part is to enter your domain name correctly.

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This next part is pretty easy, just enter in your name and address, choose a password and make some security questions and answer.

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If you chose PayPal, it’ll take you to this page. Just wait a few seconds and it will take you to PayPal payments.

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If you have an account, enter it now if not sign up to a new account.

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Once you are finished it will give you a transaction ID and you are good to go!

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From there, you will get a few emails. The main one you want to look for is the welcome email, which will give you your account username, password, and name servers. Please note these for your records.

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After that, you can return to All Hands hosting and go to the client area where you can log in to pay your bill, view your services, manage your affiliates, or open up a service ticket.

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As of January 3, 2016 All Hands Hosting has added automated backups to an off-site location to all servers company wide. Prior to this, we’ve been archiving and backing up data using our servers, but in the spirit of true redundancy we’ve added the necessary infrastructure to enable off-site backup as well.

Why off-site backup is important?

Think about something tangible such as family photos or a birth certificate. It is great that you have it stored in a safe, safe deposit box or even a storage unit but what happens if the safe gets stolen? Wouldn’t it be better to store a copy in your safe and your Mom’s safe? that way even if something bad happened to yours (or hers) you would still have another copy.

The same thing goes for websites. Anything could happen to any computer no matter who it is: Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft etc. Can an armed guard protect against an Earthquake or a sudden flood? The answer is no, nothing can protect from a natural disaster.

This is why we’ve implemented off-site backups. No one can guarantee the safety of their data at all times, so the next best thing is to backup the data in a totally separate location.


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This is yet another extremely popular and common question that we get from people everywhere and our #2 most common support ticket request.

Let’s jump right into things.

To begin, you must have the following:

  • A valid account with username and password
  • A hosting account with email / password with user name and password

We will assume the hosting account is a basic *nix server with cPanel access.

Create your email account

use domain email with gmail

Always make sure to use a strong password.

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Once setup, go back to cPanel and click on forwarders. You will need to create a forwarder from your company email to your Gmail address.

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forward email using Gmail

Input your email address, then select the destination (your Gmail).

send email using gmail your domain

Head on over to Gmail, go to settings, Accounts and Import then “add another address you own.”

email alias using gmail example domain

Go back to cPanel, Email, then select “configure email” in order to get the settings you need for the next step.

custom email address using gmail

Go back to Gmail, and use the settings from cPanel for this step. Different servers have different settings.

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You’re done! You can now go to Gmail and send from either your Gmail address or your address. All email will forward to Gmail. This will also synch up if you have a Gmail app on your phone.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

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In the past few years, we’ve seen 100’s of websites hacked, including our own! We don’t claim to be security experts, but we have learned a few things the hard way in our years on the web.

1. Use the default “admin” as the username. Hackers use brute force programs to “guess” your credentials. Leaving your username as “admin’ is the equivalent to giving them 50% of your credentials. Don’t do it.

2. Use an easy to guess password. Hackers literally try every word in the dictionary to guess your credentials when brute forcing your site. Use a combination of letters (upper and lower) numbers, and characters in all passwords, especially your admin passwords.

3. Don’t update your plugins. We’ve seen 100’s of sites hacked and probably the #1 reason they get hacked every time is due to outdated plugins.

4. Don’t update WordPress. Same goes for WordPress itself. WordPress does incremental updates anytime a security bug is found that they patch. Don’t wait on this one.

5. Use “nulled” themes. Using a nulled theme is not only unethical but it can leave your website vulnerable as well.

6. Trust everyone with credentials. Be careful who you allow in your site. If you have someone do work on your site, make sure you vet them properly. Always give people the least amount of access possible.

As a final note, always back up your website. With most hosting companies this is as simple as a 1-click solution, and only takes a few seconds.

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Recently a good friend of ours sent us a message on Facebook asking the question:

“…As you know I love to write and you may have seen my blog. Right now it is on Tumblr but I want to make the next step into buying a domain and maybe getting it hosting. The thing is, I’m not very technically savvy and really don’t need anything complicated. When I went to sign up for hosting I don’t know (and no offense, don’t really care) about gigabytes, megabytes and all that jazz. Either way, I just want something simple. What do I do?”

Our reply:

“Hi Mark, hope you are doing well. I definitely hear where you are coming from. To keep things really simple, since we are a small hosting company, we have the ability to basically ‘do everything for you’ and get you all set up. We definitely don’t mind doing this and are quite happy to help a friend especially if you are hosting with us. I’ll walk you through the full signup process on the phone. After that, we will go in and setup your website. We recommend using WordPress since you are a writer. You can choose from a number of free or paid “themes” that are quite easy to configure. We can also help you with this since we also have web developers and designers in-house.

Once it is all setup, we will give you 2 sets of credentials:

  • 1 set to log in and manage your hosting account / billing
  • 1 set to log into your blog, so you can create content

Once you have that, it is as simple as logging in, hitting “add new post” and writing. Once you are finished you hit publish and your post is live. Simple enough, right?

Of course, we are also available with all of this, we have bloggers on staff that can help you get setup and everything. Thanks again for thinking of us.”

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  • Date : 08 / 10 / 2014
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How to Setup a Basic WordPress Site

WordPress has become an extremely popular platform designed to meet the needs of the people in different fields in the internet world. This platform provides a fast, convenient and reliable way to ensure that both personal and business goals are achieved.

In WordPress, you just have to enter the text of the pages and you may also include some photos. This site creates the desired pages, put the layout of the website to them, and include links to it from menu bar. When it deals with a blog site, WP finds a way to create new posts.

In this platform, you do not design for the layout. You are given the chance to choose one. However, you cannot edit the layouts. Instead, you can easily and quickly change main features, such as header picture and background color. It is operating from the Internet going to the browser. Thus, it will work on different devices or computers with good access to the internet. The following details below indicate how to setup a basic WP site. This will serve as your initial guide if you are planning to establish your own site using WordPress:

Blog site refers to the kind of site showing the newest content right at the top portion of its page. It may be one of the parts of the site having multiple pages. In WP, you may instantly add pages as well as other effects to the blog.

Get Inspired

Check out the theme showcase section of WordPress to obtain various examples of distinct site or blog startups. Feel free to explore for more ideas since got numerous options for you. You can come up with customized designs for more incredible look.

Your Home Page

Through your default blog set up, the front page displays the latest posts. Then, you may set up the static home page in order to obtain an interesting traditional site.

Adding More Pages

Most blogs got one or two pages, with only one page for posts and About Me section. However, you can still add more pages as you want. If you got a theme supporting the Custom Menus Features, you may do the following tasks:

  • Nest pages for creating sub-menus
  • Change the page order
  • Include custom links to navigation menu
  • Display posts into distinct pages through developing category pages

In addition, the module Page Attributes lets you set templates and page parents. At the same time, you can change the page order, regardless of the activated theme.

Disable Comments

Comments are the best way of soliciting the feedback of the readers. However, there are times when you just to things to be very simple. With, you can easily disable any comment in only a few seconds.

Widgets and Some Goodies

Widget has been the fancy word used for content or tools that may be displayed on the side bar of the site. There are various net widgets available, such as Search Widget and Pages Widget.

WordPress provides everything you need. If you want to learn more about setting up your own WP site, then, explore the web or simply visit its official page.