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Knowledge Base

Our new knowledge base is a valuable collection of technical information, web site marketing tips, tutorial, glossary, and documentation.

If you feel anything is missing, or still have questions, please contact us. Looking for something specific? Can't see it here? Try our "Knowledge Base Search".


General Information

  • PHPSurveyor

    PHPSurveyor


    PHP Surveyor is a set of PHP scripts aimed at allowing people to develop online Surveys.

    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • Xaraya

    Xaraya


    Xaraya delivers the requisite infrastructure and tools to create custom web applications that include fully dynamic multi-platform Content Management Solutions (CMS).

    Xaraya's modular, database independent architecture introduces tools that separate form, function, content, and design with on-the-fly extensions allowing greater control and versatility.

    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • Daily Automatic Backup

    Daily Automatic Backup


    Focus Network Company uses a separate harddrive../backup drive on all servers that each day on AM 3:00, all data gets backed up to that drive.

    Data will be kept for 12-24 hours and it's for internal use only. To learn more for your own backup, please visit "Plesk User's Guide".

    We do not guarantee and are not liable for the integrity of your data.

    It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure you have your sites backed up on your local machine. This includes databases etc. Please make sure you cover yourself with backups for all sites on our servers.

    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • EGROUPWARE

    EGROUPWARE


    eGroupWare is many things. It is a very flexible pluggable framework capable of hosting applications like a group calendar, AddressBook, Email, accounting ledger, inventory, and whatever else your can think of. These applications can share a common user store, and a flexible Access Control List (ACL) system to control access and information sharing. At it's core there is the phpgwapi, an API written for php, that provides some very useful functions and tools for developers, including the user store, which has several back ends, database abstraction, and a flexible templating system. Applications are then written using the phpgwapi and phpgw framework to provide web based tools to users.

    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • TUTOS

    TUTOS


    Tutos is the short name for the ultimate team organization software

    Tutos, that is technically mainly a database and a web browser (apache). Bound together by a lot of scripts written in php.


    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

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Linux Web Hosting

  • Usefull Server Path Information

    Usefull Server Path Information


    Here are the applications paths. If you do not see what you are looking for, please contact us.

    • Sendmail:
      /usr/sbin/sendmail
    • Perl:
      /usr/bin/perl
    • PHP:
      /usr/bin/php
    • cURL:
      /usr/bin/curl
    • Pear:
      /usr/bin/pear
    • GET:
      /usr/bin/GET
    • Python:
      /usr/bin/python
    • FFmpeg:
      /usr/bin/ffmpeg
    • ImageMagick:
      /usr/bin/
    • Convert Path for ImageMagick:
      /usr/bin/convert
    • Web Page Path:
      /var/www/vhosts/domainname/httpdocs
    • Root Path:
      /var/www/vhosts/domainname/
    • CGI-BIN Path:
      /var/www/vhosts/domainname/cgi-bin/
    • Subdomains Path:
      /var/www/vhosts/domainname/subdomains/subdomain
      Example: http://subdomain.ec2biz.com


    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • How to publish to a server from iWeb using integrated FTP

    How to publish to a server from iWeb using integrated FTP


    In this tutorial you're about to learn how to upload your website content via FTP client software called iWeb.

    iWeb is a template-based WYSIWYG website creation tool developed by Apple Inc. Users can then publish their websites to MobileMe or another hosting service.

    Designing a website may seem difficult, but with iWeb, it's easily within your reach. Create your site using themes. Customize it with photos, movies, text, and widgets. Then publish to MobileMe or any other hosting service. iWeb even notifies Facebook when your site changes and adds a link to your profile so your friends stay up to date.

    FTP Server:
    • ftp.domainname.com (example)

    User Name:
    • ftp_domainnamecom (example)

    Password:
    • Please see your configuration email

    Host Directory:
    • /httpdocs/ for normal web pages (http)
    • /httpsdocs/ for secure pages (https)

    Home Page File:
    • index.html or index.htm or index.php (lower case)


    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • Using FTP with Internet Explorer (IE)

    Using FTP with Internet Explorer (IE)


    Internet Explorer(IE) include built-in FTP functionality. To connect to a website via FTP and transfer files, follow the instructions below.

    If your FTP requires a username and password, you will obviously need these before you begin.

    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • Why do I receive a SSL warning when I access control panel?

    Why do I receive a SSL warning when I access control panel?


    SSL provides a level of security and privacy for those wishing to conduct secure transactions over the Internet. Introduced by Netscape, the SSL protocol protects transmissions over the Internet by encrypting information as it passing between the server and the user. This insures that your transactions are not subject to "sniffing" by a third party.

    The Plesk Panel provides two ways of access – Secured and Unencrypted. The first one encrypts the connection between your browser and control panel. The second one (Unencrypted) provides connection on the regular port 8880.

    Since the Plesk Panel is a local one and is being accessed per Customer domain, we have installed a SSL certificate for server domain, which ensures your secured connection to the server when using the first method. The warnings are being prompted due to the fact that your domain name mismatches the one that the SSL is generated for (the server's).

    However, this is not a reason for your connection to be left unencrypted and you may safely click Continue to this website (not recommended) when receiving the warning. Your connection will be surely encrypted.

    • Example for Secured URL
      https://domainname.com:8443 (Recommended)
    • Example for Unencrypted URL
      http://domainname.com:8880


    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • Database and user naming syntax for PostgreSQL and MySQL

    Database and user naming syntax for PostgreSQL and MySQL


    Since we run a shared hosting environment, we have to uniquely identify your usernames to your account ONLY.

    We do this by attaching your system user name and an underscore("_") before all the databases and users YOU create.


    Example:
    Your added a new database(or user) and your filled in the name: mydatabase
    The Real Database Name: username_mydatabase
    (e.g. C0801001234567_mydatabase)

    * Where C0801001234567 replace your system user name.

    This applies to ONLY your database name and database username, you password stays normal.

    Database Server/Host Address
    • If your script or program is going to be accessing our database locally, meaning it is stored on your account, the server/host address will always be: localhost
    • Just like that, lowercase and one word.


    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

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Domain Names Knowledge

  • How do I change DNS records if my domain is registered with Directnic?

    How do I change DNS records if my domain is registered with Directnic?


    If your domain is registered with Directnic and you want to use Focus Network Company web hosting or E-Store service, you'll just need to follow these simple steps in order to point the domain to our name servers.

    1. Log in to your Directnic account and click on the Domain Manager link. http://www.directnic.com

    2. Click on the Change Nameserver Information icon located to the right of your domain name, under the Options heading.
    3. Replace the nameserver information listed with the below.
      ns1.powersx.com
      ns2.powersx.com
    4. Click on the Modify button at the bottom of the page and you're done.


    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • How to point my existing domain name to "Focus Network Company" server?

    How to point my existing domain name to "Focus Network Company" server?


    Using your existing domain name with "Focus Network Company" service is easy! You simply have to point it to your account by replacing your old host DNS settings with our domain name server ones.

    Below are our DNS information:

    • ns1.powersx.com
    • ns2.powersx.com

    In case you do not have access to such a management tool, you need to contact your Domain Registrar to change the DNS settings for you.

    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • Required Documents of Hong Kong Domain Name

    Required Documents of Hong Kong Domain Name


    Domain CategoryEligible Applicant
    Examples of Document
    .hkLocal or overseas individuals or entities
    • (Organization Registration) A copy of the Business Registration Certificate (BR) issued by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) of HKSARG (NOT registered as a Branch) i.e. name of the organization shall be that of the head office, not branch office, or
    • (Individual Registration) A copy of HKID card or other document proofing that you are a resident of HKSAR.
    .com.hk / .公司.hkCommercial entities registered in HKSAR
    • A copy of the Business Registration Certificate (BR) issued by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) of HKSARG (NOT registered as a Branch) i.e. name of the organization shall be that of the head office, not branch office, or
    • A copy of the Certificate of Registration of Overseas Company issued by the Company Registry (CR) of HKSARG, or
    • Other documentary proof required for the application of .org.hk, .edu.hk, .net.hk or .gov.hk with a letter stating the reason of selecting .com.hk.
    .org.hk / .組織.hkRegistered or approved not-for-profit organizations in HKSARG
    • A copy of the tax exemption letter issued by Inland Revenue Department (IRD) that shows your organization is a charity or non-profit making organization (under Section 88 or 87), or
    • A copy of the Certificate of a Society issued by Hong Kong Police, or
    • A copy of the proof showing exemption from Registration of a Society issued by Hong Kong Police, or
    • A copy of the Certificate of Registration for trade unions or other unions, or
    • A copy of Certificate of Owners' Corporation under Building Ordinance, or
    • A copy of Registration of a Hospital / Nursing Home (under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance), or
    • A copy of the Certificate of Registration of a Child Care Centre, or
    • Application letter issued by Government Department, or
    • Gazatte / Ordinance mentioned the establishment of your organization together with an application letter issed by your organization if you are a statutory body, or
    • A copy of the Memorandum of Association shows that no dividend per share to shareholders plus copy of the Business Registration Certificate or Certificate of Incoporation, or
    • Other valid document proofing the non-profit making nature of your organization.
    .edu.hk / .教育.hkRegistered schools, tertiary institutions and other approved educational institutions in Hong Kong
    • A copy of the Certificate of a School issed by Education and Manpower Bureau of HKSARG, or
    • A copy of the Ordinance showing that your institute is established by law together with an application letter issued by your institute, or
    • A copy of the Certificate of Registration of a course issued by Education and Manpower Bureau of HKSARG, or
    • A copy of the Certificate of Registration of a Child Care Centre (for Nurseries Running Educare Services or Pre-Primary Curriculum for Children between 2 to 6 years old), or
    • A copy of the Certificate of Education (for Nurseries Running Educare Services or Pre-Primary Curriculum for Children between 2 to 6 years old)
    .net.hk / .網絡.hkEntities managing network infrastructure, machines and services with a license from the Office of Telecommunications Authority of the HKSARG
    • A copy of the PNETS (IVANS / ISP) license issued by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority of the Government HKSAR, or
    • Fixed Telecommunication Network Services (FTNS) / Fixed Carrier License.
    .gov.hk / .政府.hkBureaux or Departments of the HKSARG
    • Subject to the endorsement by the Office of Government Chief Information Officer
    .idv.hk / .個人.hkResidents of HKSAR
    • A copy of HKID card or other document proofing that you are a resident of HKSAR.
      (For the registration of .個人.hk, the domain name you selected shall be your legal name)


    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • How to transfer my existing domain name to "Focus Network Company"?

    How to transfer my existing domain name to "Focus Network Company"?


    When you start using your new hosting account or E-Store with us, it may be quite inconvenient to leave your domain name to be managed by your old host. If you do that you will have to communicate with two different organizations: one will be providing the hosting services or E-Store for your website and the other will be providing domain registration services for your website.

    In order to move your existing domain and manage it together with your "Focus Network Company" hosting account with you just need to order the "Domain Transfer Service".

    Requirements for successful domain name transfer

    • The domain name to be transferred is not in 'Locked' Status.
    • The customer has access to the administrative contact email for the domain.
    • The customer can provide "Focus Network Company" with the domain EPP key code, applying to domains for which there is such a code.
    • There are more than 15 days till the domain name expiration date.
    • The domain name was registered for the first time more than 60 day ago.
    • The domain name has one of the following extensions: .com .net .org .us .biz .info .name.


    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • How do I change DNS records if my domain is registered with GoDaddy?

    How do I change DNS records if my domain is registered with GoDaddy?


    If you recently purchased Focus Network Company web hosting or E-Store, but your domain name was previously hosted somewhere else, you will need to change your DNS information to the follow these simple steps:

    1. Log in to the GoDaddy Account Manager. http://www.godaddy.com
    2. Select Manage Domains from the Domain Names dropdown menu or the Manage Your Account list.
    3. Select the domain name you wish to modify using the checkboxes and then click Set Nameservers Icon.
    4. Select Custom nameservers (I host my domains elsewhere.).
    5. Enter our name server information to Nameserver 1 and Nameserver2 from below.
      ns1.powersx.com
      ns2.powersx.com
    6. Click OK at the bottom.


    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

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Industry News

  • Plurk

    Plurk


    Plurk is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates (otherwise known as plurks) through short messages or links, which can be up to 140 text characters in length.

    Updates are then shown on the user's home page using a timeline which lists all the updates received in chronological order, and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. Users can respond to other users' updates from their timeline through the Plurk.com website, by instant messaging, or by text messaging.

    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • Summit 2008 Agenda Announced by Parallels

    Summit 2008 Agenda Announced by Parallels


    Parallels has announced the following topics are to be featured at Summit 2008: Software as a Service (SaaS), Virtualization and 'green' hosting.

    This free, two-day event will welcome customers, partners and other industry participants from around the world on May 19-20 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

    This year's Summit will feature keynotes by industry leaders and innovators, as well as in-depth product, strategy and networking sessions for business and technical professionals. The event will also include hands-on technical labs for Parallels Plesk Control Panel, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, and Parallels Plesk Billing, sponsored by HP.

    "The Parallels Summit 2008 brings together business and technical professionals to discuss not only virtualization and automation technologies, but also broader hosting and SaaS trends and opportunities," said Kurt Daniel, senior vice president of marketing and online, Parallels. "This year's event will build on the momentum of the previous two years and offers valuable networking with potential business partners, Parallels technical and business resources, and other industry participants."

    Agenda Highlights
    The Parallels Summit 2008 begins Monday, May 19 at 9 a.m. with morning sessions followed by the opening keynote at 1:30 p.m. The Summit program concludes on Tuesday, May 20 at 5 p.m.

    The agenda features two tracks: a business track, which will focus on product features, profitability and use cases; and a technical track, which will focus on product-specific implementations, architectures and hands-on problem solving.

    Featured speakers include:
    • Bill McNee, Founder and CEO, Saugatuck Technology, who will share findings from Saugatuck Technology's most recent SaaS research program and annual SaaS Research Report.

    • Dan Golding, Analyst for Tier 1 Research, who will provide expert analysis of the hosting industry and trends.

    • Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels, who will describe the next generation of SaaS and virtualization based on Parallels' unique perspective due to its large, global customer base.

    • Top-level Executives, who represent industry leaders and innovative smaller companies who will discuss technology developments that are shaping the industry.

    Parallels will also host two evening networking events for attendees. On Monday night, attendees are invited to join Parallels for an Odyssey Boat Cruise. Event participants staying through Tuesday evening can choose to attend a Washington Nationals baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at the brand new ballpark, which features a high-definition scoreboard that displays more than 1 million pixels.

    A detailed agenda of planned sessions and activities is available at http://www.parallels.com/summit/agenda .

    Register, Reserve Hotel before April 19
    Parallels Summit 2008 is expected to attract hundreds of business and IT professionals from around the world. Space is limited and registration and hotel accommodations are subject to availability. To register or become a sponsor, visit http://www.parallels.com/summit today.

    About Parallels - Optimized Computing
    Parallels (formerly SWsoft) is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and service providers across all major hardware, operating systems, and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with 900 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia.

    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • Twitter

    Twitter


    Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read each others' updates, known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to other users - known as followers - who have subscribed to them. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. The service is free over the Internet, but using SMS may incur phone service provider fees.

    Since its creation in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Twitter has gained notability and popularity worldwide. It is sometimes described as the "SMS of the Internet", as it provides the functionality—via its application programming interface (API)—for other desktop and web-based applications to send and receive short text messages, often obscuring the Twitter service itself.

    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • 「.tel」域名時代來臨,勢成全球電話簿

    「.tel」域名時代來臨,勢成全球電話簿


    所有個人或企業,於2009年2月3日起可以註冊「.tel」域名,作為對外溝通的渠道。這新域名特別針對流動上網,據報道,美國意大利法拉利車廠與《哈利波特》小說作家羅琳、微軟公司等等都已率先註冊該域名。

    「.tel」域名的特點是讓企業將所有聯繫方法,如電話、傳真、電郵等放在「.tel」,讓網民更方便與企業聯絡,甚至直接透過網站撥打電話或發送文字短信。企業還可以用它通過即時消息(Instant Messaging)工具、博客平台甚至語音電話(VoIP)服務等低成本通信渠道來降低其成本,從而做到既省錢又能加強客戶服務。

    「.tel」域名不同其他網域名稱的部分,在於不需有自己的IP,就能直接有完整網頁的呈現,並透過創新技術使得網頁內的聯絡資訊或關鍵字得以直接儲存,並同時被大眾所查閱,在透過其他常用軟體的支援下,點選EMAIL, MSN ID, SKYPE ID 或地址, 都能呈現極佳的互動效果。

    Telnic表示,他們會以「先到先得」的方式處理申請,預計一些極具吸引力的域名將很快會被搶購一空。

    全球網民在香港時間2009年2月3日23時起,就可到Telnic的網站 http://telnic.org 登記,每個.tel域名售300美元,為期3年,之後每年20美元。

    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

  • If You're Going To Steal Software, Steal From Us: Microsoft Exec

    If You're Going To Steal Software, Steal From Us: Microsoft Exec


    Microsoft business group president Jeff Raikes estimates that between 20% and 25% of all software used in the United States is pirated, but said some pirates end up becoming paying customers.

    By Paul McDougall
    InformationWeek
    12, 2007 03:00

    If you're going to be a software counterfeiter, then please copy and illegally use Microsoft products.

    The above plea isn't from a posting on a hacker forum. Rather, it's how Microsoft business group president Jeff Raikes feels about software counterfeiters. "If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else," Raikes said.

    The remarks might seem surprising, coming from a senior executive at a software company that spends millions each year fighting software piracy and developing copyright protection technologies.

    But Raikes, speaking last week at the Morgan Stanley Technology conference in San Francisco, said a certain amount of software piracy actually helps Microsoft because it can lead to purchases by individuals who otherwise might never have been exposed to the company's products.

    "We understand that in the long run the fundamental asset is the installed base of people who are using our products," Raikes said. "What you hope to do over time is convert them to licensing the software."

    Raikes said Microsoft isn't about to abandon efforts to track down those who illegally copy and use its products. However, he said Microsoft has to balance that approach with the recognition that users of purloined software could one day become legitimate customers.

    "You want to push towards getting legal licensing, but you don't want to push so hard that you lose the asset that's most fundamental in the business," said Raikes, who estimated that between 20% and 25% of all software used in the United States is pirated.

    Raikes said Microsoft is developing so-called "pay-as-you-go" software offerings with pricing schemes similar to those used by cell phone companies for emerging markets as a way of encouraging low-income individuals to use the company's products legally.

    *** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.

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