Yearly Archives: 2016

The Best eCommerce Platforms and Scripts

The Best eCommerce Platforms

So, you want to open an eCommerce store- congrats! To help get you online, you will need the services of a good eCommerce web host (such as underhost) as well as a managed and secure platform. To help you make an informed decision, below are 4 of the very best eCommerce platforms to choose from.


1) OpenCart.

This great-looking platform is a great option because it is free and very scalable. Another advantage of OpenCart is that you can sell as many categories and products (in as many languages) as you want. In addition, you can accept multiple currencies and you also have the choice of 8 shipping and 20 payment options.


2) Magento.

Magento is used by many high-profile clients such as Nespresso, Samsung and The North Face, to name just a few. You therefore definitely can’t go wrong with them! Although you need to pay for the Enterprise Edition (which contains countless amazing features), the Community Edition is entirely free and is perfectly good enough for the vast majority of people.


3) WooCommerce.

WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin and is well-loved by many people around the world due to its capacity for being completely customizable. This means that you have many lovely themes and designs to browse through and choose from. In addition, it offers you a great, safe and secure payment gateway and shopping cart.


4) PrestaShop.

PrestaShop is fast becoming a highly popular option in terms of eCommerce platforms due to its robust features and its ability to give its customers excellent back office features and applications. These features and applications include order, inventory, shipping and customer management. With PrestaShop, your revenue can be sent directly to your bank account by utilizing the latest advances in technology.

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Season’s Greetings and Happy Holiday

We want to thank you for being such a valuable customer. We know you’ve been working hard this year, and a well deserved holiday break is right around the corner.

It is truly a pleasure to provide the networks that helps run and grow your business and we wish you all the best for the New Year ahead!

We would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holidays.

A Quick Note on Holiday Hours

We know that despite it being the Holiday Season, businesses do not stop and so the support team at UnderHost will be available throughout this festive period.

Operations for support will be limited on December 24th to 26th and 31th to 3 January,  But as always, we will respond to your ticket as soon as possible.

We look forward to continuing to work together in 2017. Cheers to a Happy New Year!

Warm wishes,

UnderHost Networks Team!

WordPress 4.7 – Vaughan

Twenty Seventeen (New Default Theme)

Twenty Seventeen

The major update in WordPress 4.7 is their new default theme “Twenty Seventeen” which is incredibly contains awesome features.

This theme especially designed for business blogs/websites but you can use it on your blogs too.

It will be a default theme for 2017.

You can personalize it with your choice, whatever you want, you have free hand to do what you want with your theme.

It will work like charm on any device e.g. Tablets, Smartphones etc.

Well, the most lovely feature of this theme is it’s new typography which is giving it an awesome look.

There are many uncountable features of Twenty Seventeen but some of them are below (in a nutshell):

These all changes can be done through Live Preview section of the theme.

  • Video Headers
  • Editing shortcuts
  • Custom CSS
  • Menu Building Update
  • Custom CSS
  • and lot’s more.

PDF Thumbnail Preview

PDF Thumbnail Preview

PDF Thumbnail Preview

The new update of WordPress 4.7 contains PDF thumbnail preview.

It’s a quite good update as now you can see thumbnails of PDF too.

Now WordPress 4.7 made it easy to manage all your documents.

Supports Many Languages



Now WordPress 4.7 came with so many languages support.

You can easily make WordPress the way you like by adding your Favorite language.

By going to admin area you can switch the language you like.

Editor Improvements


Editor Changes

This version comes with some impressive editor improvements this year.

This version makes work so easy and convenient.

Lovely, Right? I know!

More Features

  • Custom Post Type Templates
  • REST API Content Endpoints
  • Locale Switching
  • Custom Bulk Actions
  • More Theme API Goodies
  • Settings Registration API
  • WP_Hook
  • Customize Change Sets
  • and quite more uncountable features.

Final Words On “WordPress 4.7”

Well, This was the new things in WordPress 4.7 along with lot’s of more features and improvements.

I have updated my WordPress just few hours ago.

Are you updating to this quite awesome update?

I know, after reading this article you’ll surely going to update your WordPress to 4.7.

Everything is quite awesome for me.

Do share it with your mates to let them know about the new WordPress.

Upgrade Now

UnderHost will be automagically upgrading everyone on our WordPress managed hosting starting today, but you can upgrade yourself to WordPress 4.7 right away. Remember to upgrade your themes and plugins so you can take advantage of all the new features now.

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See Our Black Friday Deals!

Your ultimate guide to Black Friday 2016 – the best deals, what UnderHost have to offers for you!

DEDICATED SERVER: Free cPanel License this weekend on any dedicated servers!

Simply enter discount code BFW16CP at checkout, cPanel license remain FREE as long you keep your servers.

SHARED HOSTING: 50% OFF this weekend on any shared hosting for 1 years on any package!

Simply enter discount code BFW1650 at checkout.

VPS: 30% OFF this weekend on any VPS package!

Simply enter discount code BFW16 at checkout to receive 30% OFF as long you keep the VPS.

These fantastic offers is available the whole Black Friday weekend from 12am Friday to 12pm Tuesday GMT. 

Our november promo is out!

November promo is out!

As usual our monthly promotion are out, We pride ourselves on creating happy customers! We strive to continually meet our goal of 100% customer satisfaction. This involves providing top of the line services, along with incredible customer support. 

UnderHost company was founded in the year 2007 as a shell account and email hosting company. Our staff have over 30 years of combined experience in the hosting, IT or technical customer service careers. Today, we are a global company, servicing more than 6000 clients and host now around 25 000 domains. While many hosting companies and ISP’s have failed, merged or reorganized in the last years, UnderHost has experienced exponential growth and has been profitable since inception.

Don’t miss out those awesome promo and see you around cyber monday! 🙂

COUPON November 2016: Special Promotions

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* Customers may use only one promotional coupon code at a time per new order.
† Promotions and coupon codes do not apply for custom built package.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of our promotional coupons please contact our sales team via live chat or helpdesk.

We have also permanent Special Promotions you can take a look here.


Halloween is Almost Here! Save With This Exclusive Promo Code!

Halloween is almost here and to celebrate we are giving you exclusive promo code for any shared hosting or wordpress hosting.

Coupon Code: rocksane
Applies to new orders only. Valid for new and existing customers purchasing any new account.


How To Patch and Protect – Vulnerability Dirty Cow

very serious security problem has been found in the Linux kernel. A 0-day local privilege escalation vulnerability has existed for eleven years since 2005. This bug affects all sort of of Android or Linux kernel to escalate privileges. Any user can become root in less than 5 seconds. The bug has existed since Linux kernel version 2.6.22+. How do I fix this problem?

This bug is named as Dirty COW (CVE-2016-5195) is a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux Kernel. Exploitation of this bug does not leave any trace of anything abnormal happening to the logs. So you can not detect if someone has exploited this against your server.

If you are running CloudLinux follow these step to fix this issue:

Dirty Cow patch for CloudLinux 

  • CloudLinux 7:
    • To update:

      yum clean all; yum install kernel-3.10.0-427.10.1.lve1.4.22.el7 kmod-lve-1.4-22.el7 –enablerepo=cloudlinux-updates-testingand reboot the server


  • CloudLinux 6:
    • yum clean all; yum install kernel-2.6.32-673.26.1.lve1.4.18.el6 kmod-lve-1.4-18.el6 –enablerepo=cloudlinux-updates-testingand reboot the server


  • CloudLinux 5: Coming Soon


How do I fix CVE-2016-5195 on Linux?

Type the commands as per your Linux distro. You need to reboot the box. Before you apply patch, note down your current kernel version:

uname -a
uname -mrs


Debian or Ubuntu Linux

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

then reboot the machine:

sudo reboot

RHEL / CentOS Linux 5.x/6.x/7.x

yum update

RHEL / CentOS Linux 4.x

up2date -u

Suse Enterprise Linux or Opensuse Linux

To apply all needed patches to the system type:
zypper patch


You need to make sure your version number has changed:
uname -a
uname -r
uname -mrs

If you are running an Android phone, you will need to wait your phone distributor or operators to release a patch, so simply update your phone when requested.

What is the CVE-2016-5195?

CVE-2016-5195 is the official reference to this bug. CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) is the Standard for Information Security Vulnerability Names maintained by MITRE.

Why is it called the Dirty COW bug?

A race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel’s memory subsystem handled the copy-on-write (COW) breakage of private read-only memory mappings. An unprivileged local user could use this flaw to gain write access to otherwise read-only memory mappings and thus increase their privileges on the system.

What makes the Dirty COW bug unique?

In fact, all the boring normal bugs are _way_ more important, just because there’s a lot more of them. I don’t think some spectacular security hole should be glorified or cared about as being any more “special” than a random spectacular crash due to bad locking.


Your business need a managed host to take care of these issue as soon they arise, choose UnderHost and subscribe to our Managed Cloud Hosting  or our optimized shared hosting today.

How to Install Varnish on CentOS 7

1. Introduction

Varnish is a proxy and cache, or HTTP accelerator, designed to improve performance for busy, dynamic web sites. By redirecting traffic to static pages, varnish reduces the number of dynamic page calls, thus reducing load. Varnish is designed for content-heavy dynamic web sites as well as heavily consumed APIs. In contrast to other web accelerators, such as Squid, or Apache and nginx, which are primarily origin servers, Varnish was designed as an HTTP accelerator.


2. Varnish Cache Performance Parameters

Once installed, Varnish Cache allows us to use several apps to evaluate the server by means of statistics. These apps are the ones mentioned below.

  • varnishtop: grouped list with the most usual entries from different logs.
  • varnishhist: a histogram that shows the time taken for the requests processing.
  • varnishsizes: it performs the same task as “varnishhist” but showing the size of the objects.
  • varnishstat: it shows many contents on cache hits, resource consumption, etc..
  • varnishlog: it allows us to see all the requests made to the web backend server.


3. Requirements

You may need an operating system RHEL 7 or Centos 7 in your dedicated or vps server. Please make sure to set a hostname for your server and its dns is pointing to the IP address of the server.


4. Installation Steps

Before you begin please install LAMP (Linux Apache Mysql PHP) in your server. To install LAMP, Please refer the documentation from here

Update your server with latest packages.

# yum update

Now install varnish on Centos.

# yum install varnish

5. How to setup Varnish 4 for Apache

# vi /etc/varnish/varnish.params

Change Listen Port to 80 as we are going to run Varnish in front of Apache:


Now edit Apache configuration file:

# vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Then look for the line that says “Listen 80” and change it to “Listen 8080”

Now restart Apache at first so the webserver run on port 8080 leaving port 80 being usable by Varnish:

# systemctl restart httpd.service
# systemctl restart varnish.service
# systemctl enable varnish.service

You can see varnish running on port 80 using the following command:

# netstat -tunlp | grep :80 tcp 0 0* LISTEN 22368/httpd tcp 0 0* LISTEN 22145/varnishd

6. Testing varnish

# varnishd -V

Gives you an output something like this:

varnishd (varnish-3.0.7 revision f544cd8)
Copyright (c) 2006 Verdens Gang AS
Copyright (c) 2006-2014 Varnish Software AS

You can check it like this

# curl -I 
# curl -I
HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 10:42:54 GMT
Server: Apache/2.4.6 (CentOS) PHP/7
Last-Modified: Thu, 1 Oct 2016 15:20:58 GMT
ETag: "1321-5058a1e728280"
Accept-Ranges: bytes
Content-Length: 4897
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
X-Varnish: 13
Age: 0
Via: 1.1 varnish-v4
Connection: keep-alive


Get varnish and your site setup within few minutes on one of our virtual private servers or have experts get you online on our managed cloud hosting.

How to redirect from main site to subfolder

If you are trying to redirect from to this requires a special .htaccess config to avoid creating a loop.

You can use the following in the .htaccess of the main site.

Replace with your own website, and replace newfolder with the name of the folder you want to redirect to.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/newfolder/
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /newfolder/$1
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?$
RewriteRule ^(/)?$ newfolder/index.php [L]

Maintenance CNL4 – Sept 7th @ 7:00 AM (GMT)

Since the beginning of 2016 UnderHost started to upgrade all our infrastructure, some of our servers dated from 2011.

We upgraded all our US/Canada based hosting, upgraded resources and hardware on all our VPS/Dedicated line with new locations and added Cloud hosting from OnApp.

Now it’s time for some love for our offshore shared servers we will be performing webserver hardware upgrades on all our shared servers in our bulletproof servers in Netherlands.

Your account on CNL4 will remain with the same nameservers, if you are using third party DNS or CloudFlare directly you need to change your IPs.

(Check your email for the new IPs)

Otherwise we are confident that this change will have only minimal effect and unnoticeable effect as we keep both servers online during the transition.

New hardware mean for you better efficiently, newest CPU so even more powerful, fastest RAM so all around an upgrade to the core of your business.

Moving on Latest Dell E3 Servers with 32GB of RAM, Centos 7, Now Including PHP7 as well as all previous PHP version with still our powerful nGinx setup, dedicated off-site backup daily and PHP configuration on the fly via cPanel. We are also adding support for Let’s Encrypt SSL, does SSL are not recognized by every browsers but if you need simply encryption for personal use it’s free!

Thank for your continued support!