Pantek Hosting is optimized for Magento

While Pantek has been hosting and supporting Magento based eCommerce sites for many years, we are pleased to announce that all our Hosting plans are now optimized for Magento by default.

Magento is a high performance, scalable eCommerce solution used by more than 240,000 merchants worldwide. Similar in many ways to Miva Merchant, it empowers online businesses to attract more prospects, sell more products, and make more money.

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Miva ReadyThemes Support

Miva recently released exciting, new ReadyThemes for Miva Merchant 9.0003!

ReadyThemes are designed to enhance your online store, with countless built-in capabilities and tools for you to create a modern website with seamless functionality. The feature we like the most:  ReadyThemes are 100% responsive right out of the box — they work seamlessly on all devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and browsers.

As a proud Miva partner since 1999, Pantek fully supports all ReadyThemes as well as all versions of Miva. Our engineers and developers are standing by to assist you with the planning and implementation of these exciting new designs and features.

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CybrHost is changing our name to Pantek

We’re changing our name!

CybrHost will now be known as Pantek. Since 1995, Pantek has been providing global Consulting, Support, Hosting, and Software Development services. CybrHost has been an independent brand of Pantek since 2006, but will now be fully merged.  We’ve already leveraged our capabilities between the two companies, and it’s been a fantastic fit.

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The eCommerce Community Gathers For “Free Shipping Day” Today!

Don’t miss out Free Shipping Day. The fourth-annual event will include more than 2,300 merchants. Additionally, anyone who take advantage of a free shipping deal will also be guaranteed delivery of their purchases by Christmas Eve.

FreeShipping.org, the site responsible for organizing the promotion, reports that online sales during last year’s Free Shipping Day totaled $942 million.

You can learn more by visiting FreeShipping.org

CybrHost Partners with Payment Gateway Provider, Authorize.net

CybrHost is pleased to announce a new partnership with payment gateway provider, Authorize.net

Payment gateways enable merchants to accept online payments via credit card and e-check. Authorize.net is a leading provider of payment gateway services since 1996. They are experts in managing the complex routing of transaction data from your business to the credit card and e-check payment networks, ensuring secure and reliable deposit of funds into your merchant account.

Through this partnership, you will receive discounted pricing when you sign up to use Authorize.net as your payment gateway through the following link:

CybrHost Authorize.net Payment Gateway Service

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Miva Merchant 4 – End of Life Reminder

CybrHost reminds all customers that the Miva Merchant 4 shopping cart is reaching its End of Life.   Miva will begin discontinuing most support and updates for Miva Merchant Version 4 on 12/31/2011.  This email provides pertinent information on this  process,  as well as an overview of upgrade options and alternatives.

If you are not using Miva Merchant 4,  it is safe to disregard this message.

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Dedicated Server Security Upgrade Notification

Upgrade Information for Dedicated Server Customers
with CentOS4, RHEL4, and Earlier Server OS versions.

This is a customer server security notification for 
Physical and Virtual Dedicated Server Customers.

Several operating system versions in use by our dedicated server customers will reach their “End of Life” early in 2012. This means the software manufacturers are ending support and will no longer provide security and maintenance updates.

All dedicated server customers using Red Hat or CentOS Linux versions 4 and earlier are affected.   In order to maintain system security, as well as PCI compliance, we strongly suggest upgrades for all customers running those versions.

How do I know if this server security alert affects me?

  • This alert affects customers with physical or virtual dedicated servers running versions of Red Hat Linux or CentOS Linux versions 4 or earlier.  CybrHost strongly recommends upgrading prior to December 31, 2011.
  • This does not affect customers who have purchased CybrHost Level 3 Managed Service Plans, as full operating system upgrades are included in your service.
  • This does not affect sites hosted on any CybrHost Shared Hosting Service.
  • We’re here to help:  If you are unsure what version you’re using or if you aren’t sure if this applies to you, just email support@cybrhost.com for assistance.

 

What does this server security alert mean for me?

Without these security and maintenance updates, your server can become more vulnerable to costly security incidents and service outages.  You will also lose PCI compliance or be unable to attain PCI compliance until you complete an upgrade.

As time progresses, your server will become increasingly vulnerable, as new security vulnerabilities are discovered on a regular basis.   If a security intrusion happens on your server, your cleanup costs could range in the hundreds to thousands of dollars.

What is involved with an upgrade, and how much will it cost?

In most cases, upgrading to a new server is straightforward and inexpensive.  After you have placed an upgrade order, CybrHost engineers will:

  • Setup a brand new server, running the latest software versions of the operating system, PHP, MySQL, and control panel.
  • Work with you to migrate your site(s) to the new server at a convenient time.
  • Test to ensure everything is working OK, then shutdown the old server.

The entire process usually causes little to no downtime.

To make this transition as seamless as possible for our customers, if you upgrade prior to November 1st, 2011,  CybrHost will provide the following pricing options:

  • Upgrade to latest OS –   $50.00 one time fee, with a 1 year term extension
  • Upgrade to latest OS –  $250.00 one time fee, with no term extension

Note:  these fees include the new server setup and migration only.  They do not include any custom programming or analysis which may be required when doing an upgrade of this nature.  This is atypical but can be required if you’re using any custom built applications, especially those which involve complex PHP or MySQL operations, as both PHP and MySQL will be upgraded to their latest versions as well.  If you’re not sure, just write to updates@cybrhost.net and we can assist you.

Will my site URLs or IP addresses change?

Your IP addresses and site URLs will all remain the same.

How can I avoid these updates or alerts in the future?

CybrHost’s Level 3 Managed Service Plan includes up to one full operating system upgrade per year for no additional cost.   For more information on our Managed Service Plans, please visit http://www.cybrhost.com/managed.html or call us at 216-344-3889 x.601

OK, I’m ready for the upgrade.   What do I do next?

Please contact our upgrade team, by writing to updates@cybrhost.net or calling 216-344-3889 x 601 to discuss and schedule your upgrade.