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FastNOC says

Wow this is perfect. “Analasys’ will do exactly what I want.

thank you!

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FastNOC says

are you still looking? i do VO but I’m not a pro by any means. However, I know a young lady that has done work for me and she is fantastic. she’s new to the industry but is educated in it and does great work. i can send a sample if you’d like to hear it. the latest thing i had her do was all the voice work for my PBX/IVR SYSTEM and she was a dream to work with.

the part that surprised me was her price, but she’s new so she’s cheap to work with.

let me know if you’re still looking

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FastNOC says

Hi guys and gals

i’ve been tasked to come up with a promotional video. It will focus on 5 endangered animals (all the same species, just different individuals), due to NDA I can’t put too much out as far as info.

I don’t need a finished product I’m just looking for the elements to make my own.

The problem with the infographics projects on the site (and believe me i weeded through a ton of them) is that they are almost exclusively packed with just charts. I need more than that.

What I would need would be pretty simple and honestly, if someone who has already produced an info graphics project here wanted to, they’d only have to add a handful of new elements for me, and I could buy their existing project, just paying for the additional elements. does that make sense?

I can tell you a couple things I’d need. for instance, i like the elements that show a bunch of characters, like little people, some being highlighted, to show percentages if that makes sense. something like this, but instead of people they would be the animals that are the subject

http://assets-www-dtelepathy-com.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/infographics-13-uslaborforce-USETHISONE.png

i would also need the same thing, but with trees instead of people.

I’m pretty flexible and honestly for someone that already has an infographics project here it would super simple as I’d just need some ancillary elements.

Thanks!

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FastNOC says

I don’t know, i think that’s mental masturbation. You’re talking about just hosting themes right? ALL plans come with multiple MySQL Databases. Really the only differences are space, and websites.

the economy allows one website. So what? you just want to host themes? so put a new WP install in for each theme, in it’s own folder.

what I do is start from the root public_html and add a single folder client_sites then create a new folder for each site. Then install WP to the new folder. there’s no need for multiple websites

and space? 100 mb is not much, at all, but DO NOT believe the BS about space being unlimited. There is absolutely no such thing, and if you read the TOS you’ll find that they ‘qualify’ that statement by saying if you use more than most, you’ll get cancelled.

I tested this too :) and they all work the same. They all say unlimited, and there is simply no such thing. \ Justhost claims unlimited space, but if you have more than 250,000 files they cut you off. That’s a lot, but guess what? it’s still not unlimited.

Listen, if it were me I’d start at the entry level, if you find you need more? upgrade. Pretty easy. and you can do it any time.

the other side, we’re talking about a few bucks per month. less than a cup of coffee difference so if you’re like me you’[d just get the mid level.

I could write a book on the backhanded things hosts do, and what you have to watch for. They dont tell you this but they all monitor CPU cycles. if your site uses a lot, done. they monitor ram usage. your site uses a lot? done. Not only that, but many of them (justhost included) even tell you right in their control panel, even though you’re supposed to have ‘unlimited’, that you are allotted ONE cpu, 500mb ram on the entry level etc etc

I’d just start low and add as you need.

now, I wouldn’t want a hosting account like that, i use them for testing, and miscellaneous. I run my own servers. and a lot of people are moving to things like digital ocean, Ec2 at Amazon etc. Not realizing they arent qualified to manage servers, then they whine when the host shuts them down because they got hacked and someone complained about it. They have this bizarre idea that the host should let the server continue spamming, brute force hacking etc and contact you before shutting it down. it’s so unbelievably backwards.

So I’d keep it simple. Start with a basic and grow as you need it. you aren’t trapped. if you don’t like it, take the 8 bucks next month and move. it takes around 10 minutes to move a site from one host to another (plus propagation time for DNS)

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FastNOC says

I can tell you from my experience a couple places that make it easy. I owned hosting companies way back in the day before control panels etc

We still do hosting but only to business clients, the retail side went ugly with lies of unlimited anything and devious terms. So we ended up getting out.

However, I can also tell you, I still shop the competition :). If you are looking for simplicity I would have to recommend godaddy.

Most hosts have a pseudo integrated ‘control panel’ now which is really little more than a themed central panel. But most have automated installs. I used justhost for awhile and tested domains there, but I would recommend anyone looking to search elsewhere because the service, and response times was beyond abhorant. At least for me. Godaddy, while bloated and over bearing on worthless advertising and trying to jam every product under the sun into your order forms that you have to scroll through, is still BY FAR the best, most stable place I’ve used.

they have an automated install that makes setting up blogs almost too easy. Click on the apps, choose WordPress, pick the folder to install to (or set up an addon domain) and click ‘install’. it’s done in 30 seconds and you’re logged in. It’s JUST that simple.

and adding your themes is easy too. They scripted it to perm the folders and chmod them correctly so out of the box the folders that need write permission have them. you can install WP, click on the admin page, click on ‘appearance’ then ‘themes’ then ‘add new’ then ‘upload’. Choose your zip file, and it will upload it, report the dependencies (plugins) and allow you to activate right there..

I highly recommend them for ease of use, but primarily for hosting environment stability as well.

I keep all ‘real’ domains on our own hardware, or in the cloud, but as I said, i keep accounts at most places, like godaddy, enom, hostgator, justhost, 1 and 1 etc.

I’d say give godaddy a try. at like 7 bucks a month for an entry level account yo can’t go wrong. and that level still allows multiple independent installs of WP in separated folders.

Now, as a side note, and someone that does server and hosting (mostly commerce) for a living i can tell you, the ability to download/upload directly to your WP install is a security DISASTER. but it does have its place. I would research htaccess, or learn how to chmod folders yourself. If you want to use the automation, do so by turning off or changing the settings, do your business then change things back to secure.

If you have the knowledge you should be using SFTP anyway, or even shell in (yes you can do that at godaddy) so your hosting environment and keep things as locked down as you can. But for the simplicity of just wanting to display a WP theme, you can’t beat the way they have it set up.

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FastNOC says

I don’t know the process for reviewing, but this is normal procedure for E3D projects.

the one change you could make, is in your docs, create a separate directory for the models, and instruct users how to move the files to their models folder within e3d. the eliminates the missing files that need to be relinked. but it’s the only way I know how. and I purchase e3d projects all the time and almost always use the relink method.

Are you sure it’s not something else? because like I said, most E3D projects here use the relink method. Some authors instruct moving the models but not normally

by the way, to Envato, I for one PREFER relinking the models, because I don’t like clogging up my default directory with extra models. relinking them keeps it much cleaner. Just my view

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FastNOC says

Actually yes, that’s standard procedure.

If someone reports a server spamming, or sending out DDoS, or even simple brute force attacks, the first cause of action is always to remove the server from the network.

Mitigating damage is always priority 1. They have to protect themselves.

Now, if they didn’t verify it was happening, bad on them, but if it was confirmed, immediate removal from the network is appropriate.

This goes back to the problem. These aren’t managed services. They are self managed. So the NOC doesn’t even have authority to investigate by logging in and even looking. Their action is limited. That’s the whole point of unmanaged servers. That’s why they’re dirt cheap

I understand your point, believe me I do. But think of it the other way around. I call your NOC because my sites/servers are being attacked by a machine on your network. You confirm it, and your response to me is ‘Well we notified the owner’ was the response? The first thing i’d be doing is contacting a lawyer. Once they confirm the illegal activity they’ve been put on notice. from that point on THEY are liable. The onus is on them as a whole anyway in reality, i mean things trickle down. but if they know there is illegal traffic and they don’t immediately stop it once notified, that’s a very bad thing

the proper response is this:

Contact is made alerting them attacks are coming from their facility. They investigate and confirm of find no problem. if they find a problem, immediately remove the server from the network and alert the customer.

There should be an escalation procedure for these things.

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FastNOC says

We’ve been using DO since they opened. We actually use many different services similar to this.

one of the biggest problems with this type of thing is it lends itself to people opening up droplets that might not be quite as familiar with security as a server administrator.

We’ve been in the business of hosting since 1996, and do all facets of it from Cloud, to Grid, to co-locations, to VPS. We scaled back 5 years ago and only host for large clients now. Why? security security security. it became a full time job just maintaining hardware and after evaluating it determined the cost was too high to continue.

There is no question that every single thing that happens on those droplets is the responsibility of the owner. Hardening a server is not a luxury, it’s a requirement, and not only that, it requires someone with substantial experience in that area to do it. This is one reason I think it’s not so great that these services are getting so popular. They are greatly contributing to the amount of DDoS attacks and that’s why you’re seeing places like DO take a no tolerance stance and shut down servers getting reported.

I honestly don’t think people understand the depth of knowledge it takes to EFFECTIVELY administer a server.

If you’re going to spin up instances anywhere on the web, it’s going to be the same story. if you’re not very familiar with security, you need to HIRE someone to harden your server, and that is not a one time job. it requires frequent maintenance, and repeated effort. The reality is by far, MOST people running VPS type services should be hiring people to manage them

Just the mere task of updating packages on your instances can make the difference in vulnerability, not even taking into account actual firewall work.

you simply cannot just spin up an instance and be off to the races. The moment your server hits the web it is INSTANTLY being attacked.

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FastNOC says

I really want that badge this time. Here is my entry for the contest :) Fingers crossed !!! http://videohive.net/item/pay-per-click-ppc-marketing-explainer/8825628

That’s a great project! I watched that yesterday! You’re going to sell a lot of that one. Especially since you went the extra mile and included the VO

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FastNOC says


sigh… guess I better get to work and earn some money so i can afford this one.
better create an item for the contest then :)

Believe me I’m not even in the same hemisphere as artists like you. I’m too intimidated to even attempt something like that lol

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