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A top-level domain (TLD) is the rightmost segment of a domain name, located after the last dot. Also known as domain extensions, TLDs serve to recognize certain elements of a website, such as its purpose, owner or geographical area. For example, a .edu top-level domain allows users to immediately identify that site as a higher educational institution.
The concept of TLDs was created by ARPANET in the 1960s with the goal of easing the process of memorizing IP addresses. It wasn’t until the early 1980s that the earliest top-level domains were developed and the structured categorization you’ll come across when registering a domain name today was introduced. Each top-level domain has an independent registry managed by a designated organization under the guidance of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Generic TLDs (gTLDs)
In the early days of the Internet, seven generic top-level domains were available: .com, .net, .org, .edu, .gov, .mil, and .int. The first three were made available for public registration, and the remaining four were restricted to certain organizations. Accredited educational institutions, government agencies, and military organizations are exclusively able to register .edu, .gov, and .mil domains, respectively. The .int domain is reserved for organizations created by international treaty. For example, NATO uses the .int domain.
Given that .com, .org, and .net have been available for registration by the general populace longer than any other top-level domains, it stands to reason that those domains represent three of the current top four most popular TLDs.
Country Code TLDs (ccTLDs)
Aside from gTLDs, the other main category of top-level domains is country code. The International Standards Organization (ISO) maintains a list of “internationally recognized codes of letters and/or numbers that we can use when we refer to countries and subdivisions” in ISO 3166. These codes are then automatically eligible to be registered as new top-level domains with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), as outlined in RFC 1591, “Domain Name System Structure and Delegation.” From the memo: “The IANA is not in the business of deciding what is and what is not a country.”
Once a new ccTLD has been registered with the IANA, regional authorities are responsible for what if any restrictions are placed on who can register new domains under that TLD. For example, registration of .us domains is administered by Neustar, Inc. on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Registration of .us domains is permissible to “any U.S. citizen or resident, as well as any business or organization, including federal, state, and local government with a bona fide presence in the United States.”
Other ccTLDs may have similar restrictions regarding who is eligible for domain name registration. Be sure to check that you are eligible before you register a ccTLD. Your registration could be revoked if you are deemed ineligible.
Generic Country Code TLDs (gccTLDs)
Certain ccTLDs gain such widespread usage that they take on characteristics of gTLDs. Like gTLDs, gccTLDs are not restricted in terms of eligible registrants. As reported by Search Engine Roundtable, Google maintains a list of 20 country code top-level domains which it treats as generic top-level domains for search engine ranking purposes. Around 2018, Google removed this list from their official documentation, yet Google’s John Meuller reported that the removal was due to changes in documentation and not changes in the way Google treated these TLD’s.
Some of the most popular gccTLDs are .co, .io, .me, .tv, and .cc, the official country codes of Columbia, British Indian Ocean Territory, Montenegro, Tuvalu, and Cocos Islands, respectively. These top-level domains are typically associated with something other than these countries. For example, many English-speakers are more likely to associate the abbreviation “T.V.” with “television” rather than “Tuvalu.”
Published in March of 1994, the author of RFC 1591 did not anticipate the extraordinary growth of the Internet in the years that would follow. The memo explicitly states, “It is extremely unlikely that any other TLDs will be created.” New generic TLDs were released as early as 2001, and over one hundred new gTLDs were released in 2014″. As of October 2019, there are over fifteen hundred top-level domains available, with more being added every year.
nTLDStats tracks the popularity of new top-level domains. Going back to 2014, the most popular new TLDs are .top, .icu, and .xyz. Other popular options released to the public during or after 2014 include .site, .shop, and .app. Many of these new TLDs are industry-specific such as .attorney, .property, and .technology.
Domain name privacy protection is an option that’s available from web hosting services and domain name registrars to prevent spamming and exposure of personal information about a domain’s registered owners. It’s a paid add-on that, advocates say, is an essential feature for stopping the abuse of email addresses and other publicly available WHOIS data—but do you really need a domain privacy protection plan to protect your website and your identity?
Domain privacy protection can provide a sense of security, but thanks to new updates to international regulations aimed at protecting online privacy, buying domain privacy protection is a choice, not a must-do, for your small or mid-size business or professional website.
Domain Name Privacy Protects Whois Data
To register a domain, you must provide the domain registrar with basic contact information that includes your legal name, address, phone number, and an email address. This information confirms that you are the domain owner of record, and it’s entered into a public database called Whois, which answers the question “who is responsible for this domain name or IP address?”
The Whois database is one of several databases for holding internet registrant data. These databases are accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. ICANN is a nonprofit organization that maintains and coordinates IP (Internet Protocol) addresses and the Domain Name System (DNS), and it makes sure that every entity on the internet has a unique identifier that can be accessed by computers everywhere in the world. That is why everyone who registers a domain name must provide legitimate identification to an ICANN database.
By default, the information you submit when registering your new website becomes available for public access. This makes it possible for anyone to locate the actual owner of any website, anywhere in the world—an important consideration for transparency and legitimacy. But because anyone can access Whois data, this can expose site owners’ contact information to abuses of all kinds, ranging from an onslaught of spam and direct marketing campaigns to cyberstalking, threats, and identity theft.
Domain name privacy protection plans were designed to provide some security for information stored in very public Whois databases. In general, for an annual or monthly fee, domain privacy providers obscure key aspects of a site owner’s Whois data, such as an address or phone number, and forwards queries for this information to a proxy server or another secure portal. In this way, the information is blocked from public view, with a notification to viewers that the information is protected by a third party security provider. These kinds of plans can give users some control over the public visibility of personal information and still allow access through the proxy.
GDPR and Other Protections Change the Environment
Recent high profile incidents of data hacking highlight the importance of hiding personal information from public access on the internet. Those incidents and other events that involve the misuse of sensitive personal data have led to the creation of a number of new data privacy regulations that aim to give internet users more control over personal data and how it can be used.
In the spring of 2018, the European Union implemented a sweeping set of data privacy regulations collectively called the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. This law has now become the primary means of protecting the personal data of EU citizens in online environments around the world, and companies and other entities that fail to comply can be subject to stiff fines and penalties. Within the EU, some countries, like Germany, have even stiffer laws.
The GDPR isn’t limited to regulating the use and availability of personal data solely in the EU. Because the internet is a global network, any website that could be used by EU citizens anywhere in the world becomes subject to the provisions of the GDPR. This includes Whois and other ICANN certified databases for registering websites and IP addresses.
The GDPR stipulates entities that collect personal data must anonymize this data to protect data owners’ privacy, and that data owners must give their consent for specific uses of that data. That requirement has set the stage for conflict between the GDPR and ICANN over the public display of personal information in Whois databases without registrants’ specific consent.
After several legal battles, ICANN has now implemented a provision called the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data, which tries to accommodate the wide-ranging regulations of the GDPR while making some website and IP registrant information still available to the public. Under this temporary provision, some technical information about a registered site itself, such as the date of registration, domain expiration date, and the sponsoring registrar, can be viewed publicly, but personal information pertaining to the registrar can’t be viewed without a specific request that data owners can refuse.
Should You Buy Domain Name Privacy Protection?
In terms of domain privacy, the GDPR and ICANN’s temporary fix effectively provide basic protections for sensitive personal data stored in Whois databases, so that may be enough protection for some users without the need for purchasing additional domain privacy protection. But ICANN’s Temporary Specification is just that—temporary. ICANN continues to work with GDPR authorities to find a lasting solution—and eliminating Whois databases may be one option.
Meanwhile, it’s up to website owners themselves to determine the privacy protections for their sites. Buying domain privacy protection can give site owners more control over the display of Whois data and add layers of protection against spamming, data theft, and even “real world,” threats due to the publication of a user’s home address and phone number. Domain privacy protection plans are available at relatively low cost, and some are even free.
Information is the currency of the digital world, and in that world, personal data can be more valuable than gold. The GDPR and its related regulations aim to protect that data on a global scale, and this includes key personal data held in domain databases. Owners of domains large and small can opt for added security in the form of dedicated domain privacy plans that keep the most sensitive Whois information out of the wrong hands.
The domain renewal process is easy and can be completed by following the steps in your client area.
The first step to transfer your domain is accessing your current domain registrar where it’s currently registered. From here you will prepare to transfer your domain name. For more information on what to do to prepare your domain before transferring, visit our Domain Transfer Help Page.
Before you can begin the domain transfer process, it’s important to verify a few components:
- Is your domain eligible for transfer?
- Is your domain expired and need to renew?
- Was your domain renewed recently?
Every registrar is a little different, but you should be able to follow these general steps:
- Login and access the domain manager tools of your current registrar.
- Ensure your domain name is unlocked.
- Acquire your “transfer EPP code,” or authorization code. This should be provided to you. Copy this code down and login to your new registrar (RADIA_) to initiate the transfer.
Once you’ve prepared your domain for transfer, all that’s left is to initiate the transfer from the new registrar (Bluehost).
- Visit you client area control panel in RADIA_.
- Select “Transfer a new domain to your account” from the Shortcuts menu on the top left-hand side.
- Type in the domain you wish to transfer and click continue.
- Enter the EPP code you received from your previous registrar and click continue.
- RADIA_ will e-mail a second verification code to the administrator e-mail associated with the domain. (Which is why it’s important to update your contact information before you start the transfer process.) Enter this verification code and click continue.
And that’s it! There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that goes on to make the transfer actually happen. It typically takes between 5 to 10 days to complete.
If you need extra help with a domain transfer, contact our support team at any time, 24/7 by ticket.
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NVMe (non-volatile memory express) is a transfer protocol for accessing data quickly from flash memory storage devices such as solid-state drives (SSDs) over a computer’s high-speed Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) bus. Pure Storage® FlashArray//X leverages the increased transfer speeds of NVMe over PCIe to provide a performant all-flash storage array.
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In an increasingly challenging market, big data is no longer enough to maintain a competitive edge—it must also be fast. And how do you make big data fast? You start in the server room.
Transitioning from hard-disk drives (HDDs) to SSDs is a good place to start, but it’s only one piece of the storage area network (SAN) puzzle. The transfer protocol, interconnects, and networking architecture also play important roles in the overall speed of your storage system.
That means replacing legacy technologies, such as serial attached SCSI (SAS), to NVMe/PCIe and NVMe over fabrics (NVMe-oF). There’s an inherent advantage to using a transfer protocol specifically designed for connecting SSDs to PCIe buses.
Traditional storage systems use SAS links from their controller processors to the SSDs. Because SCSI is a legacy protocol designed for disk, each connection from the CPU core to the SSD is limited by the SAS host bus adapter (HBA) and synchronized locking. This serial bottleneck holds back flash arrays that don’t take advantage of newer protocols like NVMe.
Pure Storage FlashArray//X was specifically designed to overcome this SAS bottleneck. NVMe brings massive parallelism with up to 64K queues and lockless connections that can provide each CPU core with dedicated queue access to each SSD.
NVMe Storage vs. SATA SSD
NVMe SSDs connect to the CPU of a controller via Serial ATA (SATA), which is a computer bus interface initially introduced for HDDs. Early SSDs were designed to work with SATA merely to take advantage of the ubiquity of the technology. Today, PCIe is the preferred physical interface for SSDs. The NVMe transfer protocol allows manufacturers to take advantage of SSD technology when interfacing through a PCIe. All Pure solutions leverage NVMe storage to unlock the full potential of flash memory.
NVMe Storage Benefits
NVMe storage’s main benefits include:
- Faster transfer speeds (55-180 IOPS for HDDs vs. 3K-40K IOPS with SSDs).
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- Lockless connections that provide each CPU core with dedicated queue access to each SSD.
- Massive parallelism with over 64K queues for I/O operations.
Pure Storage leverages the increased transfer speeds of NVMe over PCIe to provide all-flash storage solutions that deliver a Modern Data Experience™.
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cPanel is a web-based control panel that is mostly utilized for handling your web hosting service accounts. It gives you the tools that you require in order to create, control, and maintain your websites using your preferred web browser.
The software enables you to set up email accounts, setup CDN’s, create FTP design domains, accounts and subdomains, and lots of other tasks that you need to successfully operate your websites.
Basically, cPanel is an advantageous tool using which you want to make sure that your web hosting practice is as ample as it can be. Because without it, operating a website will be challenging.
cPanel has now made website administration and development very light even to the beginners in the field of website development and hosting. Other than being the web-based administrative control panel, cPanel aids in obtaining vital features of website statistics with the web stats, AWStats, bandwidth usage, FTP stats and visitor’s data.
cPanel also benefits in building and supporting databases, uploading, downloading, creating, editing, deleting files, etc. The comfort at which the website can be handled through the cPanel is really incredible and has made the website management notably uncomplicated.
When we set out to provide highly available hosting solutions we focused on infrastructure and support, not building a control panel. Why reinvent the wheel when we can offer high availability hosting within cPanel? cPanel has been designed to be easy to use and intuitive. You can see how it works here.
We chose LiteSpeed Web Server (LSWS) because it can serve more clients at the same time with up to 16x faster delivery. This translates into a more complete experience for visitors and customers of your website.
It also supports commonly used Apache functions, including mod_rewrite, .htaccess, and mod_security. LiteSpeed Web Server’s revolutionary architecture delivers more performance from your existing infrastructure, typically cutting server load in half and improving TTFB by 3x. See benchmark details.
In simpler terms, the cloud is an electronic structure that can store data across multiple computers. This data is then served up through networks such as the internet. In effect, these server farms act as one large storage, processor and space with your website data spread out across a cluster of multiple servers. This means that if one server goes down, no information or capacity is lost. This also means that all your data, applications, email or software are accessible anywhere on the go.
Increased Server Uptime
Your website’s performance is directly correlated to the server uptime. The system of interconnected servers ensures there is no single point of failure. If any server goes down or cannot take your request, another server from the cluster takes over by default keeping everything running smoothly. With traditional hosting, however, any downtime or failure on your single server could result in extended downtime for your applications and website.
In the traditional hosting model, resources and CPU capacity on a single server are shared among multiple websites. Additionally, you need a private dedicated server to secure sensitive information which is costly.
Cloud hosting, on the other hand, comes with an established infrastructure with multiple layer security; data, network, application and physical security. Cloud service providers also provide secure and encrypted solutions, backup recovery, firewalls, identity management and data isolation and storage segregation.
- Cloud hosting reduces an organisations carbon footprint by eliminating the need to maintain in-house servers.
- Cloud servers are utilised to full capacity which saves energy and the environment
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Our cloud platform It’s built to be incredibly robust with self-healing capabilities, automatic failover, and triple replication of your data. We have designed it to withstand power outages, failures and hardware upgrades without the need to interrupt your services.
Our new platform It’s based on 100% NVMe storage has intelligent self-healing capabilities that allow us to replace physical disks seamlessly and without downtime.
Our physical servers are interconnected, this means that in the event of a full rack outage, the virtual machines hosting your websites will immediately switch over to one of the remaining servers/racks with no interruption or degradation of service or performance.
All of our plans include our ultra-fast caching service for WordPress, WooCommerce, Magento, Drupal, Joomla and PrestaShop as standard.
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Whilst we backup your accounts automatically, you also have the ability to create ‘point in time’ backups called ‘Snapshots’. This is ideal if you are going to be running a large update / upgrade to your PHP application, and want to ensure a recent restore point is available in the event of a disaster.
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AutoSSL attempts to automatically install an SSL certificate for each and every domain you add to your cPanel.
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All of the SSL certificates which are installed free of charge on our servers are fully valid 256bit encrypted offering identical encryption as ‘paid’ certificates.
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Our hosting infrastructure has been designed with WordPress in mind. Create ‘staging’ replicas of your website to make changes – once you are ready to go-live, simply click ‘Push to Live’ to replicate the contents to your main domain.
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Create complete clones of your WordPress sites and applications within a few clicks. Ideal if you want to create ‘template’ installs, which you can use to speed up WordPress development.
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Natively, cPanel does not offer any sort of ‘preview’ functionality that is compatible with WordPress. We have created our own ‘Preview Website’ plugin, available from cPanel allowing you to see your site accurately without using your hosts file.
The preview URL is white-labelled, and is therefore ideal for designers and developers who wish to provide clients a link to preview a site before go-live!
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Our uptime SLA entitles you to claim a percentage of your service charge in the event of a server-wide outage.
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Our front-line support staff have access to an emergency response facility, which immediately deploys a senior engineer to investigate an issue. This ensures that we maintain our SLA’s month in, month out on one of the UK’s most trusted hosting infrastructures.
We want all of our customers to have the best experience possible whilst using our services. However, if for any reason you are not 100% happy with the service provided within the first 30 days, we will provide you with a full refund, no questions asked.
Your satisfaction is the key to our success – if you ever have an issue, definitely reach out to the sales team to discuss your requirements or concerns.
Its our honest view that your satisfaction is our top priority. If we aren’t able to meet those expectations for any reason, we would prefer you be happy with another service provider than for you to feel ‘forced’ to stay! This is why we don’t provide any contracts, ever
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