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Paypal IPN points to wrong WHMCS URL!

Paypal IPN points to wrong WHMCS URL!

It can get frustrating at times when you move you WHMCS folder or any other billing platform that uses PayPal recurring payments. Especially when using Instant Payment Notifications (IPN) through PayPal. This is due to the fact that you can not update their old subscription addresses without cancelling them and getting the people to start again.

What can be done to update old subscription IPN addresses?

I went on the hunt to find out what can be done and I came back with two options. One which was recommended by a friend and the other which was sent to me through WHMCS.

Option 1 (cPanel Option – Not Code):

  1. Open cPanel
  2. Scroll down to ‘Domain’ and click ‘redirects’
  3. Add a 301 (permanent redirect) from the old IPN location to the new one
  4. Click save and it will work!

Option 2 (Simple Coded Option)

  1. Open your file directory for your website.
  2. Locate the location | or | Create the directory of the old IPN location
  3. Create a file name (the same as the previous IPN)
    EG in WHMCS the PayPal IPN name was paypal.php
  4. Copy the code at the bottom of the page into the file
  5. Update where it says ‘enter the new url’ to the url of the new IPN location


IPN Code – WHMCS




/**
* WHMCS Callback Redirect Script
*
* This file can be used to redirect payment gateway callback requests from
* an old location to a new one preserving POST data.
*
* @author WHMCS Limited <[email protected]>
* @copyright Copyright (c) WHMCS Limited 2005-2017
*/

// Enter the new url the callback file is located at
$url = 'https://www.yourdomain.com/new/path/to/paypal.php';

// --- Do not edit below this line. ---

$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, http_build_query($_POST));
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 100);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, 0);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, 0);
$response = curl_exec($ch);
if (curl_errno($ch)) {
$response = 'Could not connect to new callback file: ' . curl_errno($ch) . ' - ' . curl_error($ch);
}
curl_close($ch);

echo $response;

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How to change your PHP version in cPanel Hosting

How to change your PHP version in cPanel Hosting

How to change your PHP version in cPanel Hosting

Our cPanel servers support PHP versions 5.2 through to 5.6 and 7.4.

  1. Login to the HBHosting Client Area
  2. Select services and click the domain name you want to change.
  3. Click cPanel
  4. Scroll down to Software/Services and click [Select PHP Version]
  5. On the top left-hand side, choose the version you want to change your PHP to
  6. Click [Save]

Changes to the PHP version running on the cPanel Lightspeed server may take 2-5 minutes to be noticeable.

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How To Increase Website Visitors

How To Increase Website Visitors

How To Increase Website Visitors? This is a question we get asked on the daily by almost all of our clients. People visit or leave your website for a reason. When people visit, it means they are interested in the products or services your company wants to offer. Some website owners invest in making sure that the website looks presentable and pleasing to the eyes without realizing that there are other aspects that must be kept in mind. There are four reasons people leave your website:

1. Takes 3 seconds or more to load

Slow websites drive people away. It is estimated that 40% of visitors are more likely to leave a website if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load. There are many reasons for the slow speed such as images, scripts, HTML and CSS being too large. This problem can be resolved by ensuring that the sizes are kept to a minimum or compressing them with special software. Crazy animations can also contribute to slow loading time. Your web host provider has to do with the slow speed as well. Make sure you check your website speed regularly and change host if you are not getting a reliable web host.

With HBHosting we understand this issue greatly and is why we offer only the best hosting plans to ensure your websites load fast so you do not lose out on future and current visitors

2. Lack of graphic element and readability

Not everyone visiting your website can navigate it with ease. Before designing your website, make sure that you do not miss out on-site navigation. Expect some visitors who are not familiar with navigating the website. If they are not sure how to use your website, they will choose to leave it instead. When thinking about the design of your website, you will also have to think about its functionality. Your website should be simple, clear and professional.

Check out some of our previous blog posts to understand how to make the best web design. OR contact us at HBHosting to design it for you!

A Beginner’s Guide to Create a Website that Sells!
Is Following The Latest Web Design Trends Necessary?
10 Simple Steps for a Successful Brand Building Process
Top 10 Web Design Tips

3. Not mobile responsive

Since everyone is using their smartphones for online transactions, it is imperative that your business does not fall behind the digital trend. If your website is not mobile responsive, there is a greater chance for your audience to abandon your website. They will move on to another source that offers a mobile responsive website. It is important to take your audience’s mobile needs into consideration so you can create a responsive mobile design.

In addition, Google has now changed how they operate and will penalise you if your websites ranking if it is not mobile responsive to their standards.

4. Not updating blog posts

Regular visitors want to stay updated by reading on your website. If they do not see anything new, they are less likely to stay. This is why you need to update your content frequently so visitors will know that you keep them engaged. With regard to the frequency, think about the type of niche you have and the audience you are trying to target. You will be able to have a loyal reader when they have something to look forward to on a regular basis.

But do not worry! Even if you do not have a blog there are various other ways to keep visitors staying! Stay tuned for future blog posts to find out how!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Create a Website that Sells!

A Beginner’s Guide to Create a Website that Sells!

Most people find a business through a business’s website. Whether you are selling your products or want information regarding any product, you need to fetch information from somewhere, most commonly the internet.

If you are a buyer, you want someone to tell you the information and details about the product that you are buying. You would then want to visit their website.

As a seller, you would want people to know about your products and services through a wide platform. That platform is your business website.

In today’s world, creating a website for gaining a greater amount of potential customers is essential. The Internet has a wide base of audience so; the internet presence of your business is crucial to your sales.

How to Get A Website Started In 4 Steps?

Keep following and learn more about building your own business website:

Registering Your Domain Name

A domain name is very substantial in defining or reflecting your business, products, and services. By having a related domain name, your customers and internets users can easily find your products and services. Moreover, if you are a big brand, your customers expect your domain name to be related to your business.

Your domain name will also require an email address. It’s okay to send emails from personal accounts but it looks unprofessional. It is better to create a business mail account as well this comes with all HBHostings Australian web hosting plans. To register your domain name, you can order one through HBHosting or other providers such as Cloudflare.

Accredited registrars get you a new domain name, renew your existing domain name or remove your domain name.

Finding A Good Web Hosting Company

After that, you might need a web hosting company to get your domain name on the internet. If you’re based in Australia, you can choose from a wide range of Australian web hosting companies offering quality web hosting services to individuals and businesses. Moreover, they can also provide you with multiple email addresses if you run a business or even a blog. You do not really want random people knowing your personal email address. This is the sole purpose of why HBHosting was created. To simplify the web hosting process for you at affordable prices!

Prepare Your Content

Its time to prepare your content. What do you want your site visitors to see? What information do you want to convey to them? What can they derive from it and how will you benefit from it? You can include different pieces of information on separated web pages.

Follow a structured pattern to guide your customers through the whole website. Your website should not leave them confused.

If you are creating a business website, then you might also need to hire a professional writer to structure your content properly.

A website that has compelling structured content will make your business stand out among rival businesses.

Check out these previous blog posts for more details on how to create a website.

Is Following The Latest Web Design Trends Necessary?
10 Simple Steps for a Successful Brand Building Process
Top 10 Web Design Tips

Build and Design Your Website

Website design is also an important matter to look into. You can design and build your website yourself or, you can hire a professional website developer to help you out. Here at HBHosting we have a team of designers at the go ready to create your website if needed! Websites need continuous updates, so you need to make sure that the web developer provides on-going maintenance as well.

A web designer can build and design your professional website and would also provide guidance on how to get started and then run a website yourself.

Conclusion

In a nutshell, it is best to hire experts for website development, web design, SEO, and content. However, you can also make your website using automated CMS’s like WordPress which can be installed with one click in HBHostings web hosting plans.

Keep following to learn more about website creation and making money online.

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Steps To Retrieving A Hacked Website

Steps To Retrieving A Hacked Website

The last time you checked your website, it was working perfectly fine, but when you visited it again, you were caught by surprise as hackers have taken over your site. What to do? In this situation, there is no use of worrying because you can still retrieve the website. Here are the steps to getting it back:

Inform your web hosting provider

Once you have discovered that your website has been hacked, it is imperative that you let your web host provider know about it. The sooner you inform them, the better. Your provider will also check if other customers are also affected. In the event that your host cannot help you retrieve your website, it is recommended that you get trusted people to do the job.

Quarantine the website

Put your website in quarantine until you are sure that the problem is fixed. While it is normal to worry about your content not reaching your target audience, your website still cannot serve its purpose. The DNS entries must be placed on a static page where 503 HTTP is used as a response code. You may also need to take your website offline. Be sure to review your administrator account as hackers often create their own account and delete your credentials.

Know the severity of the attack

Some hacking can be damaging to your website while others can be retrieved through a minor fix. Before taking any major steps, make sure that you have figured out the extent of the attack. Hackers can work their way into your website by infusing spammy content, dispersing malware and employing less suspicious techniques.

Check the files

You will also identify the maximum damage that the hacker has done to your website if you are going to check for the file system. It happens to the website and file system modification process. Check the files you have modified or created. You will need to check the server error logs as well. There might be some dubious activities going on that you might not be aware of such as failed login attempts. Files for redirects and configuration must also be checked.

Clean your website

A website that has experienced hacking must be constantly cleaned and updated. You will need to install security software that will add layers of protection to your website. There are also support sources that will help you deal with the loss of confidential information especially if you are a victim of phishing. Remove URLs created by hackers if there is any. It is also important to note that the removal of pages must be done carefully as you might remove good pages. Only get rid of pages that you do not want to appear in search results.

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Is Following The Latest Web Design Trends Necessary?

Is Following The Latest Web Design Trends Necessary?

Website owners make it a habit to update their web design to ensure that the style is in season. While there are free themes available to install, the designs that fit your brand’s personality will require you to shell out some cash. When there is money involved, it is important to think things over before deciding on changing the web design. Trends come and go. Does this mean that websites have to keep up with the latest cool trend?

If you order a webdesign from HBHosting we will make your website look modern and up to date! Even after the website has been created if you pay a monthly maintenance fee we will also be able to help keep the website up to date and small updates to the overall design!

As 2019 comes to an end, website owners are looking forward to giving their websites an overhaul. Indeed a fresh new look gives visitors an element of surprise. In 2019, soft, dull colours were a huge hit. Some trends will still be relevant in 2020 while others have to go. New web designs are meant to provide opportunities to improve especially if the previous designs have any shortcomings that deter the website owner from conveying the brand message to prospects.

Visual format is essential. You need to avoid mistakes or it will result in a high abandon rate. Websites make lasting impressions. Lucky for those that have managed to create a good impression. When visitors have difficulties navigating your website, not seeing enough information that can help them with their buying decision or find the website distracting, you can lose those precious seconds converting leads into sales.

If you have found out about the latest trend in web designs, ask yourself about the areas of your website that you need to improve. You will also need to think about your goals. Do you intend to cater to new audiences? Do you want to incorporate new technologies to make it easier for your audience to access your website? Embracing trends is not just to overcome the fear of missing out. You make use of new trends to improve your website’s usability.

Reasons you need a new website design:

  • Increase the ability of your website to display data
  • Add different forms of virtual information
  • Make website mobile responsive
  • Utilise video and infographics better

On-trend web design and your budget

Although new trends in website design have so much to offer, it does not mean that it will endure. Aside from identifying the goals you want to achieve, you will also need to identify how long your website will cater to your needs without a major rebuild or refresh. When choosing a web design, it is important to work within your budget. There is no need to refresh your web design from time to time if you only have a limited budget.

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10 Simple Steps for a Successful Brand Building Process

10 Simple Steps for a Successful Brand Building Process

Make no mistake about it; a recognisable and lovable brand image is the most valuable asset a business can have.

According to a Nielson survey, 59% of consumers prefer to buy new products from brands familiar to them. Think about it. When you buy running shoes, you will go to the same few businesses and rarely try out new ones.

So what does this mean to you? As a small business, you are competing against the big brands who have thousands of devoted customers and unlimited marketing budgets. That is why you will need to find various ways to differentiate with a robust brand building process of your own.

What is a brand?

Simply put, your brand is defined by how customer’s see your business.

A successful brand has to be consistent in communication and experience, across many applications:

What is brand building?

The definition of brand building is to generate awareness about your business using marketing strategies.

  • User Experience (i.e. your website)
  • SEO & Content Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Paid Advertising (PPC)

How to build a brand

1. Determine your brand’s target audience.

Who are you trying to sell to? Is it single mums, business owners, or is it people who play a specific game. No matter who your target audience is, you will need to have one in mind. If you don’t, stop reading now and come back when you do.

Other Examples:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Location
  • Income
  • Education Level
  • Motivations
  • Goals
  • Pain points
  • Influencers
  • Brand affinities

2. Establish a brand mission statement.

Have you thought about your brand mission? What is your businesses goal? How will you know what you’ve done has been successful?

Example:
HBHostings mission statement is “To be Australia’s best web hosting provider excelling in customer service.”

Nike’s mission is: “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world“.

3. Research brands within your industry niche.

You should never copy or imitate what your competitors are doing, but you should see what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong, and do it better.

4. Outline the key qualities & benefits your brand offers.

What makes your brand the best?

Examples:

  • More authentic and transparent customer service
  • A better way to support productivity
  • Reducing costs with a more affordable option
  • Saving time on daily tasks

5. Create a brand logo & tagline.

A strong brand style guide will include the following things:

  • Logo size and placement
  • Color palette
  • Typography and fonts
  • Iconography
  • Photography/image style
  • Web elements

6. Form your brand voice.

A brand voice could be:

  • Professional
  • Friendly
  • Service-oriented
  • Authoritative
  • Technical
  • Promotional
  • Conversational
  • Informative

7. Build a brand message and elevator pitch.

This part of the brand development process goes beyond your logo and tagline to define the critical aspects of:

  • who you are,
  • what you offer, and
  • why people should care.

8. Integrate your brand into every aspect of your business.

Your brand image never stops. Whether they walk into your office, go onto your website or see a facebook post about you, they should instantly know which business they are dealing with.

9. Stay true to your brand building.

Unless you decide to change your brand into something more effective based on measured consumer response, consistency is key.

10. Be your brand’s biggest advocate.

If you won’t advocate for your brand, who will?

No one knows your brand better than you, so it’s up to you to spread the word.

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