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How to Transfer International Domain Names

The question that we will be answering today is: How do I transfer my .com domain to Stallion Hosting.

The process of transferring international domain names such as .com, .net, .org, .info, etc is relatively easy, and this post will provide you with insight into the process. At Stallion Hosting we have made the process as simple and easy to use as possible.

Here are the steps you will need to follow in order to transfer your international domain names.

Step 1: Contact the current host and request the EPP Key Code or Domain Authorization Key.

What is an EPP code? or Authorization Key?

An EPP code or Authorization Key is a a code provided by the old registrar/hosting company and applies to international domain names (.com, .net, .org, .info, .mobi etc.)

Stallion Hosting requires this key in order to transfer your international domain from your previous host. You should be able to simply contact your previous host/registrar and ask for the code.

Step 2: Next, simply place your order for the transfer of the domain at StallionHosting.com

Here is a link to the Stallion Hosting Bulk Domain Transfer page: http://www.stallionhosting.com/domainchecker.php?search=bulktransfer

Step 3: Once the order has been placed simply pay for the invoice and then send Stallion Hosting the EPP code.

Step 4: Stallion Hosting will initiate the transfer process

Step 5: Lastly, please contact the previous registrar/host and tell them to accept the transfer.

Frequently Asked Question: Why is there a charge to transfer international domain names?

International domain name transfers such as .com .net .info etc work on a renewal system which means an extra year will be added to the existing time remaining on the domain name when it is transferred.

IMPORTANT: It can take anywhere from 5 – 7 days to transfer your international domain name.

Daniel Hall

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Fantastico cPanel Hosting – Polls and Surveys

Today we will be discussing the use of three different tools available in Fantastico in terms of Polls and Surveys. Feedback is very important, it doesn’t matter if you run a social blog or online shopping site – you would want the option to ask questions and run a poll on your site.

With any hosting package at Stallion Hosting you will have access to Fantastico which includes excellent tools used for various online requirements. The three tools used for Polls and Surveys are:

1. Advanced Poll

Description: A highly windows-inspired poll script.

Homepage: http://www.proxy2.de/scripts.php

2. LimeSurvey

Description: LimeSurvey (formerly PHPSurveyor) is an open source online survey application. It enables users to develop, publish and collect responses to surveys. Surveys can include branching, custom preferred layout and design (using a web template system), and can provide basic statistical analysis of survey results. Surveys can be public, or can be strictly controlled through the use of “once-only” tokens for each survey participant.

Homepage: http://www.limesurvey.org

3. phpESP

Description: PhpESP is an effective, capable, web-based survey application that enables businesses to create complex and advanced surveys, view results in real time, and carry out advanced analysis.
Homepage: http://phpesp.sourceforge.net

If you’re using WordPress then keep in mind there are literally tens of thousands of WordPress Plugins that can be used for polls and surveys, other than having to consider the options above.

Daniel Hall

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Fantastico cPanel Hosting – Discussion Boards

Fantastico cPanel Hosting – Discussion Boards

Fantastico cPanel Hosting - Discussion BoardsToday I will be discussing the features of Discussion Boards, also known as Forums in the Fantastico tool of your cPanel hosting account. I am sure if you have been browsing the internet for a while you must of at least landed up on a forum or you may even be part of one or many? Forums are excellent tools and can actually be seen as one of the many advantages of the internet. Forums enable people to connect, whether they connect on a certain related topic or simply just to share jokes.

Creating or starting a forum can be an amazing opportunity and for this reason it is wonderful to have the simple and easy option of using Fantastico which includes two options of forum software highlighted below. Many people use forums on a daily basis for a range of topics, from receiving relationship advice to sharing and entering into discussions about politics. A forum should be seen as a community where people can talk and chat, not by verbal communication, but through messages posted on threads.

There could be many reasons why you would want to start a forum, maybe you are a fishing enthusiast that enjoys going fishing and would like to start a website where other fishermen can come and share their pictures of their latest catches, share stories, talk about lures, bait etc. This is just one example of where someone would require a type of discussion board software. Deciding to start a forum should not just be a quick decision, you will need to plan it out, below are a few points that you should keep in mind when thinking of starting a forum:

Tips to consider when starting a forum:

  • Choose your forum software wisely! Your forum should be easy to access, easy to use, and come with “visitor- friendly” features.
  • Your forum should provide a range of different topics, you want to have the forum organised and easy to use.
  • Moderators and rules, every forum requires dedicated moderators to combat spam and keep trouble making members under control.
  • When starting out, just like for any new website you will need to promote the forum and get people interested.
  • Have fun, connect, and make your forum a place where people can learn, socialise and enjoy!

Do your research, plan the project and look online for guides and advice if you are planning to start a forum.

Now to the software options, as previously mentioned Fantastico offer the options below for a discussion board/forum website:

  • phpBB:
    • Short Description: A widely-popular open-source bulletin-board package, works well, simple user interface and admin panel, clean look, scales well, and can be customized.
    • For more info you can view the website: http://www.phpbb.com
  • SMF:
    • Short Description: Elegant. Effective. Powerful. Free. SMF is all of the above. SMF is a next-generation community software package and is jam-packed with features, while at the same time having a minimal impact on resources.
    • For more info you can view the website: http://www.simplemachines.org

Remember that these and many other amazing Fantastico tools are available in your cPanel account. Simply login to your cPanel and scroll down to Software/Services and then click on the Fantastico De Luxe link (blue smiley face) to access them all.

Thank you for reading this latest Fantastico post highlighting forum/discussion board software.

Daniel Hall

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Domain Name Transfers

Domain Name Transfers

The question of how a domain transfer works is asked now and then so I thought it would be a good idea to create a post and explain how the process works.

Transferring a domain name from one web host to another does not need to be a headache, and if the proper steps are followed then it should be an easy, smooth process.

To transfer a South African domain name (.co.za) is usually free, with Stallion Hosting there is no charge to transfer a .co.za domain name. If the correct procedure is followed and once the tickets are accepted then the transfer can be completed in 24 hours of being submitted.

Transferring international domain names such as .com .net .org .info etc is slightly more complicated and will usually take longer. When transferring an international domain name there is a charge, and the reason for this charge is that when you transfer an international domain an extra year gets added to the time remaining on your current registration.

For example if your  domain will expire in 6 months and you decide to transfer it to Stallion Hosting then you would place an order and pay the associated fee and then once the transfer is accepted and completed then your domain name would expire in 1 year and 6 months time.

If you are looking for a new hosting provider or want to transfer your domain names to your Stallion Hosting account then feel free to order a domain transfer from http://www.stallionhosting.com

Daniel Hall

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StallionHosting.com Video Testimonial – Sarah Ballard

One of our clients, Sarah Ballard has been so impressed with our service at Stallion Hosting that she has sent me a video testimonial, go ahead and view it below:

Thank you for the compliments Sarah – we are pleased to be hosting your blogs 🙂

Daniel Hall

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Stallion HostingYou Can Bet On Us!