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Beware of Website Hosting & Domain Billing Scams
Posted by WDS on 12 October 2020 05:05 pm

website hosting scamWebsite hosting & domain name renewal scams

There are numerous website hosting and domain name renewal scams or deceptive advertisings circulating today. We were even recently target with this “invoice” only to discover it was a deceptive way to try to host our website. We host our own website along with about 99% of our clients’ websites so knew this was not right. Unfortunately, we have had clients lose money thinking they were paying for their website hosting and/or domain name renewal based on similar mailings. One client that managed their own domain name and lost it through a scam. By the time we were notified it was too late. They had to get a new domain name losing all that search engine optimization power behind their original domain.

All of these scams or deceptions are about the money. Some just take your money and you get absolutely nothing. No website hosting, no domain name renewal just less money in the bank. These companies tend to disappear quickly. Others do deliver on there promise but now they control your website and domain name. Can you trust them? Unfortunately, they may not provide the service that you were accustomed. Worse if you try to leave they hold your website and domain name hostage to try to force you to stay. Yet others target popular domain names to hijack and resell at a high price either back to you or someone else.

What can you do?

Thoroughly read the notice you received. While this one looks like an invoice, further down it does say it is a solicitation not a bill. If it’s not a bill, then why make it look like one? They do it with the hopes that you don’t realize it is just a solicitation and pay it. If you have an accounts payable department, it may slip through.

If you are still not sure, contact your website provider. Here at Webtivity Marketing & Designs offer website hosting, website support, and domain name management.  99% of our clients would receive invoices for these services directly from us. If you are part of the 1% that only receives support, we know where website is hosted and domain name managed. Scan or take a picture of the notice and send it to us. We are more than happy to determine if it is legitimate.

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Install Multiple PHP Versions on Plesk 11.5 CentOS 6.4 x64
Posted by James Moore on 16 September 2013 06:41 pm

An automated Plesk 11.0.9 Update #56 [1-Aug-2013] update upgraded PHP to 5.4.x breaking older sites hosted on the server. Our Admins noticed that Plesk Linux 11.5 finally supported multiple versions of PHP, much like the Plesk Windows version. After upgrading to Plesk 11.5 we discovered that the installation instructions to install multiple versions of PHP were slightly incomplete. 

After banging our heads against the wall we finally found someone who posted: Compiling multiple PHP versions for Plesk 11.5 ( CentOS 6.4 x64 ) that was able to resolve the problem, but unfortunately there we still a few things missing. 

Here are the steps we took to get PHP 5.2.17 & PHP 5.3.27 installed on CentOS 6.4 x64.

Update the system and packages

yum -y update && yum -y install wget screen && reboot

Store the timezone, we’ll need to add this to the php.ini later.

timezone=$(grep -oP '(?<=")\w+/\w+' /etc/sysconfig/clock)

Add the EPEL repository for mcrypt.

rpm -ivh

Update/Install all the packages PHP will need.

yum -y install gcc make gcc-c++ cpp kernel-headers.x86_64 libxml2-devel openssl-devel bzip2-devel libjpeg-devel libpng-devel freetype-devel openldap-devel postgresql-devel aspell-devel net-snmp-devel libxslt-devel libc-client-devel libicu-devel gmp-devel curl-devel libmcrypt-devel unixODBC-devel pcre-devel sqlite-devel db4-devel enchant-devel libXpm-devel mysql-devel readline-devel libedit-devel recode-devel libtidy-devel

The one thing that was unique to our environments was mcrypt had to be downgraded in order for libmcrypt-devel to be installed.
Run this if you get a libmcrypt version errors:

yum downgrade libmcrypt

Download PHP 5.2.17

wget -O /usr/local/src/php-5.2.17.tar.gz

Extract PHP 5.2.17, and change to the new directory.

tar xzvf /usr/local/src/php-5.2.17.tar.gz -C /usr/local/src/
cd /usr/local/src/php-5.2.17/

Configure PHP
If you receive any configure errors you’ll need to diagnose specifically for your system, but most common error is because you’re missing required packages. 

./configure --with-libdir=lib64 --cache-file=./config.cache --prefix=/usr/local/php-5.2.17 --with-config-file-path=/usr/local/php-5.2.17/etc --disable-debug --with-pic --disable-rpath --with-bz2 --with-curl --with-freetype-dir=/usr/local/php-5.2.17 --with-png-dir=/usr/local/php-5.2.17 --enable-gd-native-ttf --without-gdbm --with-gettext --with-gmp --with-iconv --with-jpeg-dir=/usr/local/php-5.2.17 --with-openssl --with-pspell --with-pcre-regex --with-zlib --enable-exif --enable-ftp --enable-sockets --enable-sysvsem --enable-sysvshm --enable-sysvmsg --enable-wddx --with-kerberos --with-unixODBC=/usr --enable-shmop --enable-calendar --with-libxml-dir=/usr/local/php-5.2.17 --enable-pcntl --with-imap --with-imap-ssl --enable-mbstring --enable-mbregex --with-gd --enable-bcmath --with-xmlrpc --with-ldap --with-ldap-sasl --with-mysql=/usr --with-mysqli --with-snmp --enable-soap --with-xsl --enable-xmlreader --enable-xmlwriter --enable-pdo --with-pdo-mysql --with-pdo-pgsql --with-pear=/usr/local/php-5.2.17/pear --with-mcrypt --without-pdo-sqlite --with-config-file-scan-dir=/usr/local/php-5.2.17/php.d --enable-fastcgi

Make && Make Install

make -j $(grep processor /proc/cpuinfo | wc -l)
[ ! -d "/usr/local/php-5.2.17/" ] && make install

Copy the php.ini to the new location.

cp /usr/local/src/php-5.2.17/php.ini-recommended /usr/local/php-5.2.17/etc/php.ini

Include the timezone in the php.ini

sed -i "s#;date.timezone =#date.timezone = $timezone#" /usr/local/php-5.2.17/etc/php.ini

Finally use the following command to add the new PHP install to the Plesk Panel, PHP version selection.

/usr/local/psa/bin/php_handler --add -displayname "5.2.17" -path /usr/local/php-5.2.17/bin/php-cgi -phpini /usr/local/php-5.2.17/etc/php.ini -type fastcgi -id "fastcgi-5.2.17"

Download PHP 5.3.27

wget -O /usr/local/src/php-5.3.27.tar.gz

Extract and change to the directory

tar xzvf /usr/local/src/php-5.3.27.tar.gz -C /usr/local/src/

cd /usr/local/src/php-5.3.27/

Configure PHP 5.3.27

./configure --with-libdir=lib64 --cache-file=./config.cache --prefix=/usr/local/php-5.3.27 --with-config-file-path=/usr/local/php-5.3.27/etc --disable-debug --with-pic --disable-rpath --with-bz2 --with-curl --with-freetype-dir=/usr/local/php-5.3.27 --with-png-dir=/usr/local/php-5.3.27 --enable-gd-native-ttf --without-gdbm --with-gettext --with-gmp --with-iconv --with-jpeg-dir=/usr/local/php-5.3.27 --with-openssl --with-pspell --with-pcre-regex --with-zlib --enable-exif --enable-ftp --enable-sockets --enable-sysvsem --enable-sysvshm --enable-sysvmsg --enable-wddx --with-kerberos --with-unixODBC=/usr --enable-shmop --enable-calendar --with-libxml-dir=/usr/local/php-5.3.27 --enable-pcntl --with-imap --with-imap-ssl --enable-mbstring --enable-mbregex --with-gd --enable-bcmath --with-xmlrpc --with-ldap --with-ldap-sasl --with-mysql=/usr --with-mysqli --with-snmp --enable-soap --with-xsl --enable-xmlreader --enable-xmlwriter --enable-pdo --with-pdo-mysql --with-pdo-pgsql --with-pear=/usr/local/php-5.3.27/pear --with-mcrypt --without-pdo-sqlite --with-config-file-scan-dir=/usr/local/php-5.3.27/php.d --without-sqlite3 --enable-intl

Make and Make Install

make -j $(grep processor /proc/cpuinfo | wc -l)

[ ! -d "/usr/local/php-5.3.27/" ] && make install

Copy php.ini to install directory

cp -a /etc/php.ini /usr/local/php-5.3.27/etc/php.ini

Set the timezone in the php.ini file.

sed -i "s#;date.timezone =#date.timezone = $timezone#" /usr/local/php-5.3.27/etc/php.ini

Finally use the following command to add the new PHP install to the Plesk Panel, PHP version selection.

/usr/local/psa/bin/php_handler --add -displayname "5.3.27" -path /usr/local/php-5.3.27/bin/php-cgi -phpini /usr/local/php-5.3.27/etc/php.ini -type fastcgi -id "fastcgi-5.3.27"


Hopefully that helps some of you out there who are having trouble getting PHP installed on Plesk 11.5

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