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Access Logs

Every WestHost cPanel Service comes with downloadable raw access logs. Raw access logs are used by your graphical Web statistic program to generate the charts and graphs. The raw access logs will show the user's IP, date and time of the access, what kind of request was done, which document was requested, HTTP status code, bytes transferred, user agent info, and more. If you prefer to manually interpret your website statistics, you'll need to download your raw logs to identify who your site's visitors are. Although much more difficult, analyzing raw logs can provide a more detailed look at your sites accesses than graphical Web statistics.

See the Logs section of the control panel within cp.westhost.com to download raw access logs or to use graphical Web statistic programs.

Apache

Apache is an open source Web server used by the vast majority of websites on the Internet. WestHost uses Apache because of its strong performance, security, and reliability. For details about Apache hosting, see our Web hosting services.

Apache Error Messages

This feature will allow you to display a response of your choice as an alternative to conventional error messages such as: 404 Not Found. Choose to display a custom text message or Web page.

Refer to the following links for more information on Apache Error Messages:

You can configure Error pages from the Advanced section of the control panel.

AWStats Hosting

AWStats is a statistical application that allows you the ability to view detailed graphical reports on visitors to your site. AWStats is capable of running a number of different reports on your visitors including such detail as what site referred the visitor to your site, what pages they viewed during their visit, and when and where they left. AWStats also allows you the ability to see which of your pages get the most traffic, view your monthly bandwidth usage, and much more. AWStats is included on all standard hosting plans.

Bandwidth (Data Transfer)

Bandwidth refers to the amount of data that can be transferred to and from your website each month. This data includes html files, graphics, audio/video, e-mail messages, and any other files that are a part of your website.

Example 1: A 2 MB file uploaded and downloaded would use a total of 4 MB of data transfer.
Example 2: 100 page views of a website averaging 10 KB per page would use around 1 MB of data transfer.

Each of our Web hosting plans has a specific bandwidth transfer limit. If you need more bandwidth, simply upgrade to the next largest plans.

Blog Hosting

Blog Hosting is short for "weblog hosting" and is used to define the hosting of scripts that allow someone to automatically post information to a website. A hosted blog might contain opinions, personal journal, or thoughts from whomever is managing the website. WestHost is a popular blog host and supports various popular blog hosting software applications. WestHost provides one-click installations for the most popular blogging applications through a special utility called 'Softaculous' located in your control panel.

Business Web Hosting

Cookie

An internet cookie is information that is stored by a Web browser (generally on your hard drive) from a Web server. The information is then sent back to the Web server each time you request a webpage on that Web server.

Continuous Data Protection (CDP)

CDP takes a daily snapshot of your site content and stores it for up to seven days. These backup snapshots will be easily accessible via the control panel and will allow you to restore as many or as few files as you wish at any time you need. Access backups without talking to anyone but your keyboard. CDP is included for free on Preferred, and Business plans

Cron (Cron Jobs)

Cron is the ability to run programs based on the server clock. A cron job is a scheduled task that you want to automatically run at a scheduled time, e.g. run my backup at 7:30pm everyday. You need to create a cron table or "crontab", a file of dates and commands that you want to run. A crontab file instructs the server to run specific commands at a given time.

For more information on using Cron, please visit our Cron Manual

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)

CSS or Cascading Style Sheets are rules for displaying specific elements of an HTML Web page. One advantage of CSS is the ability to control all design elements of a single page or an entire website from a single file. Hosting a website is much more manageable when utilizing CSS. For more information on CSS see http://www.w3schools.com/css/default.asp

Dedicated IP Hosting

With most Web host's, one static IP address is assigned to several domains and access to a domain is available only by its domain name. With WestHost, your website can have a unique and dedicated IP address. This way, access to your domain can be by either its domain name or by its dedicated IP address.

At least one dedicated IP is included for free with each Business plan, all Cloud, Reseller, and dedicated servers.

Dedicated Server Hosting

Disk Space

Disk space refers to the amount of storage your Web hosting service is allocated. This space is used to store html files, graphics, audio/video, e-mail messages, and any other files that are part of your website. Each of our Web hosting plans has a specific disk space limit. If you need more space, simply upgrade to the next largest plan.

From within your control panel you'll be able to see your current usage stats in real-time and upgrade to the next largest plan at any time, if needed.

DNS (Domain Name Servers)

A Name Server keeps a database of domain names and their associated IP addresses. When a user searches for a domain name, the request must go through a Name Server to translate the domain name and obtain the corresponding IP address. This way the request can be routed to the correct server where the website resides.

Domains registered with WestHost are automatically directed to our Name Servers. If you have registered your domain with a different Domain Registrar, you will need to have them change your Name Servers to WestHost's:

Primary Nameserver
NS1.WESTSERVERS.NET
68.169.47.32

Secondary Nameserver
NS2.WESTSERVERS.NET
174.37.130.4

DNS Records & Web Aliases

All WestHost clients can take advantage of WestHost's powerful domain management services. The following domain tools are available to clients with a hosting account. These tools are found within the Domains section of your control panel (cPanel) (see Figure 1).

Advanced users have access to manage their own MX/DNS settings within cPanel. The Simple and Advanced DNS Zone Editor sections allow you to add and remove DNS records to your account as well as edit any existing records that you may currently have. Options include Address Record (A), Alias Domain (CNAME), and Text (TXT).

Users can also modify their Mail Exchange (MX) records within the MX Entry section of their cPanel. This section allows users to modify the MX records for each individual domain they have on their account.

For help with modifying DNS records, click on the Help button from within either the Simple or Advanced DNS Zone Editor section of your cPanel.

Domain Name Hosting

WestHost domain name hosting allows you to have your own domain name when signing up for a new Web hosting service. You can choose to either register a new domain, transfer an existing, or point your domain to our Name Servers. One free domain is included with our Preferred, Business, Cloud, Reseller and dedicated servers.

Domain Name Registrar

The domain registrar is a company responsible for managing a domain name. When hosting your website with WestHost, you can register a new domain name, transfer your domain from another "registrar" to WestHost, or have your current registrar point your domain name to WestHost's servers. WestHost offers domain registration for as little as $9 annually.

NOTE: In order to ensure a successful domain transfer from your current registrar, make sure your domain:

  • Has not expired or is not within 14 days of expiring
  • Has not been renewed within the last 45 days
  • Has not been registered within the last 60 days
  • Is not involved in any legal or payment dispute

Domain Name Registration

Domain Name Registration allows you to secure a unique name that can be used as your Web address on the Internet. WestHost offers domain name registration for as little as $9 a year. Once it's been registered, you can either park it for future use or utilize our domain name hosting services. One free domain is included with our Preferred, Business, Cloud, Reseller and dedicated servers.

Domain Name Transfer

Domains Per WestHost Hosting Account

Our Preferred, Business, Cloud, Reseller and dedicated servers can support unlimited domains. You can point multiple domains to the same directory (e.g. domain.com and domain.net point to the same place). You can also point domains to separate directories (e.g. domain1.com to /domain1directory/, domain2.com to /domain2directory/) within the WestHost hosting service.

Drupal

Drupal is a powerful software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different websites, including:

  • Community Web portals
  • Discussion sites
  • Corporate websites
  • Intranet applications
  • Personal websites or blogs
  • Aficionado sites
  • E-commerce applications
  • Resource directories
  • Social Networking sites

You can automatically install Drupal on your hosting service within the control panel.

We also offer Joomla, WordPress and many other popular applications with our hosting plans.

DS-3 Lines (Digital Subscriber)

A DS-3, also called a T-3 represents an extremely fast telecommunication connection to the backbone of the Internet carrying up to 45 Mpbs of data. WestHost currently utilizes multiple DS-3 connections, with scalability to OC-48 and beyond (48 times the amount of a single DS-3).

Ebay Image Hosting

All WestHost Web hosting plans are compatible with Ebay, and can be used to store and serve images for Ebay auctions. To utilize your WestHost hosting service for the purposes of Ebay image hosting, you can upload your images to your WestHost hosting service, and link to those images from your Ebay auction.

E-commerce Hosting

E-mail Aliases (forwarding rules)

E-mail Aliases are simply forwarding rules for e-mail. With WestHost's e-mail hosting, you can set up an unlimited number of e-mail aliases that will forward messages to an individual or an application for processing. To capture and forward e-mail NOT directed to a specific user (misspelled, non-existent), create a "Catch All" alias. Warning: Catch All aliases can result in a large increase of SPAM, as many unsolicited e-mails are sent randomly to non-specific addresses.

You can create an e-mail alias within your control panel.

E-mail Autoresponder

An autoresponder is a application that automatically returns a prewritten message to anyone who submits e-mail to a particular Internet address, whether an individual or a website. Autoresponders are widely used by websites for the purpose of responding to visitor comments and suggestions in a preliminary way and, in cases where traffic is heavy, or you are on vacation, as the sole way to communicate with user inquiries.

Autoresponders can be automatically installed with each e-mail account you set up, then turned on and off as needed.

E-mail Users (Mailboxes)

E-mail Users can simply be defined as unique accounts for each of the individuals you want to receive mail at your domain(s). With WestHost e-mail hosting, your account is set up with the default e-mail address, yourdomain@yourdomain.com . This may be the only user account you will need as you can set up as many e-mail aliases (forwarding rules) as you want to point to that User.

For help with setting up E-mail users, click on the Help button from within your control panel (cPanel).

File Manager

Although it is not recommended that you build your entire website with a program like File Manager, it is great for managing files when you don't have access or don't feel comfortable with site building, SSH, or FTP programs.

The WestHost File Manager is a great application allowing Web access to all your website files. You can navigate through directories as you would your own computer. Once in a particular directory, you can upload files, edit files, create new files and folders, download/view files, search, and more.

File Manager can be accessed from the control panel.

Flash Hosting

Flash and Shockwave is multimedia technology developed by Macromedia to allow a lot of interactivity to fit in a relatively small file size. They are applications for developing rich content, user interfaces, and Web applications. Although you'll need a copy of Macromedia Flash or Shockwave to create the multimedia content, at WestHost, we support flash hosting and shockwave hosting with each of our Web hosting plans and on each of our servers.

Formmail

This application allows you to make an interactive form on your site where users can submit various information into fields, which will in turn be e-mailed to you. Forms are very common on websites and can be as simple or complex as you'd like.

You may want to simply have users submit their name and comments through the form. You could also have a detailed ordering form instead of installing shopping cart software to take orders from your customers.

You can install Formmail on your hosting account from within your control panel (cPanel).

Forum Hosting (Message Board)

phpBB is the world's leading Open Source flat style discussion forum (message board) software. It is high-powered, fully scalable, and highly customizable. It allows your site visitors to communicate openly by posting new topics, replying to existing ones and more. phpBB hosting is that much easier at WestHost with auto-installation and version updates. It requires the installation of MySQL and Mod_Php, and can be installed from within the Software section of your control panel.

FrontPage Hosting

WestHost is an authorized Microsoft FrontPage hosting company. Our Web hosting plans support 2002 FrontPage (from Microsoft). FrontPage 2002 is a Web publishing application created for non-programmers. The Microsoft FrontPage Web authoring and management tool gives you everything you need to get your website up and running fast. WestHost supports the use of FrontPage 2003, 2002, 2000, 98 and 97.

NOTE: FrontPage 2003 support excludes SharePoint Services, available only on Windows Servers.

FTP Hosting (File Transfer Protocol)

The process by which files are transferred to the Web server is called "FTP" (File Transfer Protocol). With our FTP hosting services you have unlimited access to your files via FTP 24 hours a day. As such, you can create and maintain your Web pages on your own computer and upload files to your website at your leisure. You may also set up as many FTP user accounts as you like from within your control panel (cPanel).

Gallery Hosting

Gallery 2.0 is the next generation of photo hosting Web applications, giving you an intuitive way to blend photo management and photo printing seamlessly into your own website. Whether you are running a small personal site or a large community site, Gallery makes it easy to create personalized photo albums.

  • Upload your digital photos
  • Resizing done automatically
  • Thumbnails created automatically
  • Seamless integration with the rest of your website
  • Photo searching
  • Photo commenting
  • Multi-language support
  • Slideshow automization

Photo hosting with Gallery is supported by most of our plans. You can install Gallery on your hosting service from within the control panel.

Google Checkout

Google Checkout is a fast, convenient checkout process that allows your customers to buy from you with a single login. As a merchant, you can incorporate Google Checkout as a method of payment for your customers.

All of WestHost's Web hosting plans and e-commerce solutions are compatible with Google Checkout.

Guestbook

There are many guestbook apps that can be installed. A guest book is a script on a Web page with a form which allows website visitors to "sign in" and leave comments or questions, which optionally may or may not be viewed by other visitors.

You can install a guest book on your hosting service from within the control panel.

Image Hosting

Gallery 2.0 is the next generation of photo hosting Web applications, giving you an intuitive way to blend photo management and photo printing seamlessly into your own website. Whether you are running a small personal site or a large community site, Gallery makes it easy to create personalized photo albums.

  • Upload your digital photos
  • Resizing done automatically
  • Thumbnails created automatically
  • Seamless integration with the rest of your website
  • Photo searching
  • Photo commenting
  • Multi-language support
  • Slideshow automization

Photo hosting with Gallery is supported by most of our plans. You can install Gallery on your hosting service from within the control panel.

IMAP E-mail Hosting

IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) is a protocol for accessing e-mail from your local server. It is also a protocol in which e-mail is received and held for you on your hosting service. You (or your e-mail client) can view just the heading and the sender of the letter and then decide whether to download the mail. All your mail stays on the server in multiple folders, some of which you have created. This enables you to connect to your mail server from any computer and see all your mail and mail folders. In general, IMAP is great if you have a dedicated connection to the Internet or you like to check your mail from various locations.

IMAP is a mail protocol available in addition to POP3 (Post Office Protocol) Mail, which is already supported by default on all WestHost hosting services. With POP3, you have one mail folder on the server. When you open your mailbox, new e-mail is moved from your WestHost mail server and saved on your computer. If you want to be able to see your old e-mail messages, you have to go back to the computer where you last opened your mail, or configure your e-mail client (e.g. Outlook) to "Leave a copy of the messages on the server". With POP3 e-mail, you do not have to stay logged on to the Internet. Once your new e-mail has been downloaded to your computer you can log off to read it.

IP Filtering

Use this utility to limit access to your site by filtering a single IP or a block of IP addresses. This can be a great utility for blocking or allowing select individuals or entire countries to your website.

For example, if you had a malicious user attacking your site, you could add a filter to prevent all access to your site from a single IP address or to a block of IP addresses. Alternatively, if you are still developing your site, you could allow access to only your IP address so that only you could see it while you are finishing your site.

The IP Deny Manager can be accessed from within the control panel.

ImageMagick

ImageMagick is a free software suite to create, edit, and compose bitmap images. It can read, convert and write images in a large variety of formats. Images can be cropped, colors can be changed, various effects can be applied, images can be rotated and combined, and text, lines, polygons, elipses, and Bezier curves can be added to images and stretched and rotated.

You can install ImageMagick on your hosting account from your control panel (cPanel).

Joomla Hosting

We now support Joomla! hosting as it is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems (CMS) on the planet. It can empower anything from a personal website to a large business portal, combining blogging, news feeds, polls, link management, forums, and more.

Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable. You can install Joomla! on your hosting service from within the control panel.

We also offer Joomla, WordPress and many other popular applications with our hosting plans.

 

Linux Hosting

At WestHost, we offer Linux Hosting for all of our WestHost Web hosting, Cloud, Reseller, and dedicated server 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 WestHost's high standards of Linux Web Hosting.

Managed Hosting

WestHost 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. WestHost'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 WestHost. WestHost also offers unmanaged dedicated servers.

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. WestHost provides MediaWiki Hosting on several of our Web hosting plans.

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

Multiple Website Hosting

All Preferred, Business, Cloud, Reseller, and dedicated servers support unlimited 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

At WestHost, we support unlimited mySQL Web hosting on many of our standard Web hosting services. MySQL is a popular Open Source relational database management system, which uses a subset of ANSI SQL (Structured Query Language).

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 cPanel using the Softaculous utility.

osCommerce Store Demo | osCommerce Admin Demo

osCommerce Hosting 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 WestHost reseller you are given a large amount of space to divide between each of your hosting services. With the WestHost 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.

 

Perl Web Hosting

Perl is a server-side scripting language which is commonly used to write CGI programs. Perl programs, or "scripts", are text files which are parsed (run through and executed) by a program called an "interpreter" on the server. For Perl Web Hosting, see any of our Web hosting plans.

Photo Hosting

PHP Web Hosting

PHP is a server-side scripting language. The PHP commands, which are embedded in the Web page's HTML, are executed on the Web server to generate dynamic HTML pages. For PHP Web Hosting, see any of our Web hosting plans.

PhpBB Hosting

phpBB is the world's leading Open Source flat style discussion forum (message board) software. It is high-powered, fully scalable, and highly customizable. It allows your site visitors to communicate openly by posting new topics, replying to existing ones and more. phpBB hosting is that much easier at WestHost with auto-installation and version updates. It requires the installation of MySQL and Mod_Php, and can be installed using the Softaculous utility in cPanel.

phplist

phplist is a one-way email announcement delivery system. It is great for newsletters, publicity lists, notifications, and many other uses. The Web Interface lets you write and send messages, and manage phplist over the internet.

phplist's 30+ feature set includes:

  • double opt-in subscription mechanism
  • scheduling
  • RSS
  • list segmentation
  • click-tracking
  • attachments
  • bounce management

PhpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is an application written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the web. It can create/drop/alter tables, delete/edit/add fields, execute any SQL statement, manage keys on fields, and more.

If you have MySQL databases, this is the tool to create, edit, and manage them. You can get to phpMyAdmin from within your cPanel.

Python Hosting

Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented, extensible programming language. It is often compared to Tcl, Perl, Scheme or Java.

Python combines remarkable power with very clear syntax. It has modules, classes, exceptions, very high level dynamic data types, and dynamic typing. There are interfaces to many system calls and libraries, as well as to various windowing systems (X11, Motif, Tk, Mac, MFC, wxWidgets). New built-in modules are easily written in C or C++. Python is also usable as an extension language for applications that need a programmable interface.

It provides an extraordinary combination of clarity and versatility, and is free and comprehensively ported. A popular server side scripting language, Python Hosting at WestHost allows for a great deal of dynamism, ease of use, power, and flexibility.

RAID 0, 1, 5

RAID, or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is a method for storing data on multiple hard disks, then linking the disks so that the operating system on your server views them as a single entity. RAID can be configured using either hardware or software, though hardware based RAID performs significantly better. At WestHost, we offer hardware based RAID for SATA hard drives in 3 different configurations with our Dedicated Servers:

RAID 1: This type of RAID uses a method of data storage known as mirroring. This refers to the fact that every piece of data is written to at least two disks. As a result, RAID-1 offers a high degree of data security, but has a slight performance decrease because it requires capturing all data on two disks.

RAID 0: This type of RAID uses a method of data storage known as striping. The technology divides the data into pieces, and places each piece on a different drive. For instance, data piece A may be stored on Drive 1, while data piece B goes to Drive 2, C heads to Drive 3, and so on. Because the data is divided, RAID-0 offers the top level of performance for disk IO. It is usually used for multimedia applications like video editing, and for situations where data loss is not as much a concern as speed.

RAID 5: This type of RAID is the most widely used because it offers a useful combination of protection and speed. It works by making enough of the data redundant so that even if a drive fails, it's still possible to recreate and retrieve the information. Offering the best performance with data protection, this solution is ideal for high performance databases and sites that require high disk throughput.

REAL Support

Reseller Hosting

Server Manager

Search Engine Submission

SharedSSL

All WestHost hosting services can use the WestHost Shared SSL certificate for custom scripts and 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 as Geotrust or RapidSSL.

The shared SSL certificate that we use is just as secure as a privately owned SSL certificate; the only difference is that the shared SSL certificate address would not be branded to your Website. If this is not important to you, using the shared SSL certificate is a very economical way to secure transmission of information on your Website. Shared SSL can be used by accessing your site with the URL given in your service welcome letter. Contact Technical Support if you're not sure what that URL is or if you do not have your welcome letter.

Shopping Cart

Shopping Cart software allows a website visitor to select multiple products and pay for them directly online. Generally, the website's shopping cart ties in the product pages and the entire checkout process. At WestHost, you can get a FREE Shopping Cart to use online when you sign up for many of our Web hosting plans. We also provide services for processing the orders you receive securely as a complete e-commerce host.

Site Builder (Website Creator)

At WestHost, you can have your Website professionally designed by expert Web designers. However, if you are on a budget, our site builder allows you to create a presence online using only a Web browser and Internet access.

Choose from tens of thousands of template combinations. Structure your own layout and navigation, and then add content, images and multimedia. The Website Creator tool may be used for the primary domain name only.

You're able to add interactivity to your website with a forums, polls, photo albums, stats counter, feedback form, guestbook, newsticker, mapping, Flash animation, and more.

Try Website Creator, view example sites, or sign up for hosting and begin building your site today.

Spam Blocker

At WestHost, we understand (more than most) the problems with Spam. We offer a spam blocker, free of charge, to all our Web hosting clients. SpamAssassin is a mail filter to identify spam using text analysis. It is an intelligent email filter which uses a diverse range of tests to identify unsolicited bulk email, more commonly known as Spam. These tests are applied to email headers and content to classify email using advanced statistical methods. In addition, SpamAssassin has a modular architecture that allows other technologies to be quickly wielded against spam and is designed for easy integration into virtually any email system.

SpamAssassin can be accessed from within your cPanel.

SSH Hosting (Secure Shell Access)

At WestHost, we provide SSH Web Hosting with many of our Web hosting plans. Secure Shell (SSH), sometimes known as Secure Socket Shell, is a UNIX-based command interface and protocol for securely getting access to a remote computer. It is widely used by network administrators to control Web and other kinds of servers remotely. SSH commands are encrypted and secure in several ways. Both ends of the client/server connection are authenticated using a digital certificate, and passwords are protected by being encrypted.

SSI (Server Side Includes)

SSI (abbreviation for Server-Side Includes) is a server-side scripting language. SSI scripting commands are embedded within a webpage and are parsed and executed on the Web server to generate dynamic HTML pages. Common uses of SSI are to include files (e.g. a header or footer file) that are used on multiple pages, or to show the current date and time.

SSL Hosting (Secure Socket Layer)

SSL is an abbreviation for "Secure Sockets Layer". SSL is a transaction security standard that provides data encryption, server authentication, and message integrity. SSL is usually used on sites that accept credit card numbers or other private information. All WestHost hosting services support the SSL Web hosting security standard and have access to the WestHost shared SSL hosting certificate for custom scripts and securing sensitive data. Each WestHost Business, Cloud, Reseller, and dedicated server plan includes a free SSL certificate. WestHost also offers enhanced SSL certificates.

Subdomain Hosting

With Subdomain support, you can place a word or phrase in place of the standard "www" (subdomain.domain.com) and redirect all requests for that URL to a different directory within your website. Example: help.yourdomain.com goes to yourdomain.com/help/

WestHost also offers subdomain hosting for anyone that does not have their own domain name and does not want to register a new one. When signing up for a hosting service, choose the option "Use a WestHost Domain", then type in any combinations of letters and/or numbers in front of ".westhostsite.com". For example yourname.westhostsite.com.

Once you have hosting, you can set up your own subdomains directly from your control panel.

Telnet

Telnet is a standard Internet protocol used in accessing remote systems, like a Web server. We use SSH (secure telnet) instead of regular telnet hosting because SSH offers increased security over regular telnet. SSH hosting offers all of the features telnet does in addition to being more secure. One commonly used SSH program is PuTTy, a freeware program that will allow you to use SSH. A more powerful program is SecureCRT, but this program is not freeware. If you use a Macintosh, NiftyTelnet 1.1 SSH r3 is a freeware SSH utility you can download.

 

Unix Hosting

Unix is a popular operating system developed in 1969 by AT&T Bell Laboratories used to develop the Internet's communication protocols. WestHost provides Unix Web Hosting because of the high stability and increased performance over other server operating systems. For information on our services, see our Web hosting, dedicated hosting, or reseller hosting pages.

Utah Web Design

Utah Web Hosting

Web Hosting

Webmail (Web based e-mail)

Webmail is a secure Web application that allows you to view e-mail stored on a mail server (rather than downloading it). You can access your e-mail directly from a Web browser anywhere in the world. Some popular examples of webmail hosting are Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.

WestHost offers several webmail applications accessible via your control panel.

Website Statistics

Website statistics can be a beneficial tool in analyzing your Website's traffic. Website statistics applications such as AWStats allow you to run reports on your visitors and determine numerous bits of useful information such as browser type and geographic location of the visitor, as well as which search engine and keyword the visitor used to find your Website.

You can access AWStats, Webalizer, and Analog from within the control panel.

A Counter program is also available if you would like to display your page traffic to your visitors.

Wiki Hosting

A wiki is a medium which can be edited by anyone with access to it, and provides an easy method for linking from one page to another. Wikis are typically collaborative Websites, though there are also single-user offline implementations. A defining characteristic of wiki technology is the ease with which pages can be created and updated. Generally, there is no review before modifications are accepted. Many wikis are open to the general public without the need to register any user account.

WordPress Hosting

Blog hosting is extremely popular these days as it offers a simple means of posting and managing website content. With WordPress hosting, you have the most popular and (arguably) powerful blogging application available.

WordPress allows you to publish information instantly to a website. Although many blogs are nothing more than an online journal, WordPress, has taken things a step further with themes, links, calendering, integrated search, categories, password protection and more.

You can install WordPress on your hosting service from within the control panel.

Zen Cart Hosting

Zen Cart truly is the art of e-commerce; powerful, user-friendly, open source shopping cart software. The e-commerce Website design program is being developed by a group of like-minded shop owners, programmers, designers, and consultants that think e-commerce Web design could be and should be done differently.

There are hundreds of shopping cart programs available, but none come close to offering the level of options, features and support available with Zen Cart.

You can install Zen Cart on your hosting service from within the control panel.

We also offer osCommerce on some hosting plans.

 
 
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