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Linux Hosting

At City & District, we offer Linux Hosting for all of our City & District Web hosting plans. Linux is an Open Source operating system that was derived from Unix and originally created by Linus Torvalds. There are a number of distributions for Web servers, including Red Hat, Debian, CentOS, SuSE, Fedora, Mandrake, and Gentoo. CentOS been the optimal solution for City & District's high standards of Linux Web Hosting.

 

Log Manager

Set custom preferences for recycling (rotation) of web server logs. Web server records information about connections to your sites and errors occurred on attempts to retrieve missing files. You can use these log files for website debugging purposes.

All connections to the web server and requests for files that were not found on the server are registered in log files. The following log files are manageable by Plesk:

  • access_log. This log records all HTTP requests processed by the web server.
  • access_ssl_log. This log records all HTTPS requests processed by the web server.
  • error_log. This log contains diagnostic information. It also records any errors that the web server encounters in processing requests.
  • proxy_access_log. This log records all HTTP requests processed by the proxy web server.
  • proxy_access_ssl_log. This log records all HTTPS requests processed by the proxy web server.
  • proxy_error_log. This log contains diagnostic information. It also records any errors that the proxy web server encounters in processing requests.

Log files are analyzed by the statistics programs running on the server, which then present graphical reports on demand. You can download these log files to your computer for processing by third-party statistics programs, or view their contents for web server debugging purposes.

To prevent these log files from growing too large, you should enable automatic cleanup and recycling of log files:

  1. If you have access to several subscriptions, select the required subscription in the Subscription box at the top of the screen. Or, to view sites of all your subscriptions, select All subscriptions.
  2. Go to the Websites & Domains tab > Logs > Log Rotation.
  3. Check the Log rotation checkbox.
  4. Specify when to recycle log files and how many copies of each log file to store on the server. Also specify whether they should be compressed and sent to an email address after processing.
  5. Click OK.

To view the contents of a log file or download it to your computer:

  1. If you have access to several subscriptions, select the required subscription in the Subscription box at the top of the screen. Or, to view sites of all your subscriptions, select All subscriptions.
  2. Go to the Websites & Domains tab > Logs. A list of log files opens.
  3. Do any of the following:
  • To view all entries in a log file, click the log file name. If you want to view only a few last lines from the log file, type the number of lines into the input box under the Settings group, and then click the log file name.
  • To download a file to your computer, click the corresponding icon download.
  • To remove a processed log file from the server, select the corresponding checkbox and click Remove. Confirm removal and click OK.

To download log files to your computer via FTP:

  • Connect to the Plesk server via FTP.
  • Go to the /var/www/vhosts/<domain_name>/logs directory and copy the log files to you computer.


Managed Hosting

City & District offers true managed hosting services. With traditional "Unmanaged" hosting, there is a large amount of time and technical expertise required, as you are ultimately responsible for the installation and management of the server. City & District's Managed Hosting eliminates the need for expertise in server administration, as powerful and intuitive tools for administering the setup and maintenance of websites, email, and domains are available instantly. Updates and patches to software are our responsibility, not yours, yet you still retain administrative control. Unless you have extensive server administration resources or expertise, as well as a significant amount of time available to take care of your server, Managed Hosting is your best option here at City & District. City & District also offers unmanaged dedicated servers.

 

Map

With the Map module, you can easily add a map with your location to a website. Maps are provided by the Google Maps service, which is available free of charge.

The following functions are supported:

  •     Searching for an object on a map by address or by latitude and longitude coordinates.
  • Selecting the mode of map display by switching between Map, Satellite, Satellite with labels, and Terrain views.
  • Adjustment of the map scale: zoom in or out.
  • Selecting the map size: Small, Medium, or Large.
  • Adding map markers identifying locations on the map.
  • Displaying the overview map in the lower right corner of the map block. The overview map shows the extent of your main zoomed map.


When you add a map, the module uses the information about your location that you specified after selecting a website topic. You can specify a new location at any time.


MediaWiki Hosting

MediaWiki is a wiki package originally designed to work with Wikipedia. MediaWiki is now used with several other Wiki projects of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, as well as many other wikis. City & District provides MediaWiki Hosting on several of our Web hosting plans.

MediaWiki can be installed from within your control panel (Plesk).

 

Mime Types

MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) types tell browsers how to handle specific extensions. MIME types are often used to handle new technologies as they appear. When WAP technology first appeared, no one had these extensions set up on their server. However, with MIME types, users could have set it up themselves and could have begun serving WAP pages immediately.

For example, the text/html MIME type equates to .htm, .html and .shtml extensions on most servers; and this tells your browser to interpret all files with those extensions as HTML files.

Multiple Website Hosting

 

MX Record (Mail Exchange)

MX Record, or Mail Exchange is a record in DNS that identifies which mail server is responsible for a specific domain's e-mail. You can change your Main MX record to point somewhere else besides your server. You could also choose to have your MX record secondary'd (backed up) by your ISP or other provider so that in case your service is inaccessible for a period of time, your e-mail will be backed up somewhere and will start receiving those backed up messages as soon as your service is accessible again.


MySQL Hosting

MySQL is a freely available open source Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) that uses Structured Query Language (SQL). SQL is the most popular language for adding, accessing and managing content in a database. It is most noted for its quick processing, proven reliability, ease and flexibility of use.

 

MSSQL

SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) from Microsoft that's designed for the enterprise environment

 

Network Monitoring

Network monitoring is the use of a system that constantly monitors a computer network for slow or failing components and that notifies thenetwork administrator (via email, SMS or other alarms) in case of outages. It is part of network management.

 

ODBC DSN Setup

A Data Source Name (DSN) is the logical name that is used by Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) to refer to the drive and other information that is required to access data. The name is used by Internet Information Services (IIS) for a connection to an ODBC data source, such as a Microsoft SQL Server database.

 

Online Store

If you want to sell products or services through your site, you can use the Online Store and Shopping Cart modules to add a fully functional online store to the site. You can add only one store per site.

The store functionality is provided by Ecwid - a third-party SaaS solutions provider that securely stores and processes all your data, including product catalogs, images, orders, and customers' payments.


OpenSSL

OpenSSL is a required application for those that wish to use their own SSL certificate issued from a trusted Certificate Authority (CA). This application requires a dedicated IP address. The Open SSL module allows you to equip your website with SSL security for securing sensitive data.

The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a commonly used protocol for managing the security of a message transmission on the Internet. SSL uses a program layer located between the Internet's Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Transport Control Protocol (TCP) layers. The "sockets" part of the term refers to the sockets method of passing data back and forth between a client and a server program in a network or between program layers in the same computer. SSL uses the public-and-private key encryption system from RSA.

With an SSL Web Server Certificate on your website, any information sent to your Web server is encrypted or scrambled, making it impossible to intercept or steal. It also displays the identity of the website owner, and the name of the independent authority who verified that identity, such GeoTrust.

For more information on purchasing your own SSL certificate, see our SSL FAQ page.


osCommerce

You can auto-install a FREE osCommerce shopping cart on your hosting account within Plesk using the Applications utility.

 

 

osCommerce help

With osCommerce hosting, you have everything you need to start selling products and services online, and osCommerce is supported on many of our Web hosting plans. You can auto-install a FREE osCommerce shopping cart on your hosting account from within the Site Applications section of your control panel. For more information about osCommerce, please see http://www.oscommerce.com.

We also offer Zen Cart on some hosting plans.


Overselling

As a City & District reseller you are given a large amount of space to divide between each of your hosting services. With the City & District control panel, you can sell more space that you actually have. This means that even though you may have a set limit of 10,000 MB of disk space, for example, you could still sell 10,000 MB packages to EACH of your clients. In this example, you would not be required to upgrade your plan until the TOTAL usage of your service exceeded 10,000 MB. This way you are only paying for what you need.

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