Monday, March 14, 2011

Competitor Pricematching

You may have known we do customized services for people who want specific packages, that include only for what they wish to use. In this way our customers with very specific needs can save money.

You may not have known we price match competitors which offer similar services to us. We wish to remain highly competitive within the market of the quality of services we provide. if you are wish to have services with us, don't hesitate to ask us to price match.

One thing I have always tried to stray away from is to offer service plans with unlimited space and unlimited bandwidth for some relatively cheap dollar amount. That's very dishonest. Realistically speaking unlimited bandwidth is almost incomprehensible and never could be reached by a single website. The idea itself is impractical, a hosting company could not legitimately offer unlimited bandwidth to every client.

Most websites consume a very small amount of bandwidth and disk pace. Web hosting companies that provide unlimited anything as a plan feature are banking on the fact that you won’t use very much, or they are planning to drop those who do use the most of their resources.

We will not price match unlimited plans, many of them have exorbitant setup fees, more strict requirements about what you can store and what you cant, a limit on the percentage of their resources you can use at any time, as well as poor support and overall service. We will gladly price match competitors that offer the same service plans we offer.

All of our customers could fully utilize their plans and our services would still have the same level of performance, reliability, and availability to which our community is attuned. We would also still be able to stay in business. You can expect fair and sensible prices from us. We can try to give you the lowest price possible; feel free to customize your plan and ask to "pay only for what you use". We don't mind haggling on details and pricing, and we'll do our best to match any competitors pricing.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Our IPv6 Readiness

I know some of you are curious about where we stand as far as IPv6 readiness, goes and what our plans are as far as IPv6 hosting for the future on our network.

I have had multiple requests for IPv6 web hosting so that is a top priority for us to offer.

We just finished up an IPv6 beta on our shell services that lasted about 3 years, that has ended now and we are bundling IPv6 with shell packages as add ons. Currently these are $0.25 to cover the costs (fiscal and physical) of reverse DNS requests. I will be making them free on paid accounts in the near future. I hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to experiment with IPv6 on our services.

Currently we're working with one of our ISPs to finalize our offering of native IPv6 on our VPS and VPN hosting. We've started the initial planning stages for IPv6 and OS/application upgrades for most services on our network, this should go seamlessly with little downtime. We've currently got the IPv6 SSH, Web Hosting, Mail, DNS, and FTP on our networks slated for completion by Q3 2011.

I've placed a a group of graphs, similar to the ones below, on the right side of this blog. You can follow our IPv6 readiness progress by looking at the overview there on the right. Without too much detail about the individual steps required, you can look below and get an idea of how we calculate percentages.

1. IPv6 Shell Hosting: Complete

null, atom, wave, vector, dimension (+ircd)

2. IPv6 SSH Access: Partially Complete


3. IPv6 FTP Access: Partially Complete


4. IPv6 Web Hosting: Unfinished

hosting & control panel

5. IPv6 DNS Hosting: Partially Complete

control panel

6. IPv6 Email Hosting: Unfinished

smtp,imap,pop3, webmail

7. Backup Hosting: Unfinished

flash**, lightning**, sprite** backup
( suspended beta and will need to be reviewed)

8. VPN Hosting: Unfinished

ssl/tls 2048bit siege vpn

8. VPS Hosting: Nearly Complete
copper*, bronze, silver, gold, platinum

0% = no plan
10% = no ipv6 connectivity, planning stages
25% = ipv6 connectivity, but planning stages
50% = ipv6 connectivity, but waiting for major configuration updates
90% = ipv6 ready & but waiting for config tweaks & improvements
* Removed service: we don't offer this service any longer.
** Suspended service: depending on interest, this service may be offered in the future.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

SSL Certificate Updated in CRM

We have offered 128/256-Bit SSL Encryption when accessing our page for quite some time. You'll find that this is the same level of encryption offered in the banking industry and the highest standard supported by browsers today. All our certificates are signed with 2048-bit root keys and meet the latest NIST standards.

We strongly recommend accessing our ordering system/CRM over SSL, and this is why we have updated our certificate with a Comodo Positive SSL certificate in our ordering system/CRM. No annoying browser nags that come with a self-signed certificate on these pages.

You may also access our main page over SSL; this is not necessary, none of your personal information is displayed or stored on this domain. If you wish to use SSL on these pages we suggest you accept the self-signed certificate here and then trust this certificate. It is perfectly safe, and we feel it is as secure as the Comodo certificate since we are the issuer.

We also will continue to provide a self-signed certificate on our hosting/dns server panel for customers. We suggest you use SSL here as well, and accept the self-signed certificate. While no personally identifiable information is here, you will want your login information to go to our control panel encrypted over SSL.

If you have web hosting, and want your own SSL Certificate with NullShells Networks, we don't charge you at all. Our control panel automatically will generate you a self-signed certificate that offers 256-Bit SSL encryption when you check the box to enable SSL on your website. Self-signed certificates are just as good as "trusted" certificates; however, these are not recommended for e-commerce areas. If you wish to use any SSL Certificate with your Web Hosting plan, you will need to purchase a Static IP address and contact us to put the certificate in place.