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May 8, 2020

Automatic WordPress and Nextcloud Installation for New Accounts

ICDSoft clients and partners can now order new accounts with a preinstalled software package directly at the Order New Account screen in the ICDSoft Account Panel. The supported software packages are WordPress and Nextcloud Hub.

There should be no need to explain what WordPress is. We'll simply say that it is the most popular website building software today, which is exactly why we have a dedicated WordPress management section in the hosting Control Panel, and also why we added it as an option for automatic installation on the order screen.

Many users install WordPress once their hosting account is set up, so we wanted to help our partners by simplifying this process for them as much as possible. The option to install WordPress automatically is available for all hosting plans. We install the latest stable WordPress version in the account's main document root.

The other option for software installation is Nextcloud Hub. It is an online content collaboration platform which offers productivity tools similar to those provided by public cloud services, but with one major difference - privacy. With Nextcloud Hub, you own your data! We have a blog post where we take a look at 10 free and private alternatives to public cloud services, and Nextcloud Hub is featured heavily there:

10 Free and Private Alternatives to Public Cloud Services

The option to install Nextcloud Hub automatically upon order completion is available only for VPS plans. Although it is possible to install and use Nextcloud Hub on an ICDSoft shared server, its resource consumption is best suited for VPS solutions. We install the latest stable version of Nextcloud Hub in a subfolder on the account.

In case you want to install both WordPress and Nextcloud Hub, you have the option to do so, as long as you order one of our VPS plans.

May 8, 2020

Special Price for New .EU Domains

We are happy to announce that until the end of this year (2020) all new .EU domains will cost 1.75 EUR for the first year of registration (when purchased with hosting). So, if you are eligible to register a .EU domain, grab one now together with a hosting account at a fair price. You can find more information about the .EU domain extension on our .EU Domain Names page.

We sell domains at a fair price even if you don't get a hosting account with us. You can check our Domain Registration Pricing List for more information.

 

Apr 24, 2020

New Webmail Client Available - Roundcube Webmail

We are happy to announce the availability of a new webmail client for all our users.

A new and improved webmail client was one of the features our users requested the most. We have chosen a great open-source email program - Roundcube, as the base for our new webmail client. Some of the most notable features the Roundcube email client has to offer are:

- Drag-and-drop message management
- Responsive interface with mobile device support
- Three-column view, similar to desktop email programs
- Multiple sender identities
- Full-featured address book with groups
- Threaded message listing
- Spell checking
- Canned response templates
- Available in multiple languages
- Attachment previews
- Find-as-you-type address book integration
- Searching messages and contacts

The interface of the Roundcube Webmail client is more akin to a standard desktop email program, with a three-column view, drag-and-drop support, and responsive design (for mobile device compatibility):

To start using the new Roundcube Webmail interface, just select the "Roundcube Webmail (new)" option at the ICDSoft Webmail login screen.

For everyone who wishes to continue using our current webmail client - rest assured that the current Webmail interface, now called Webmail Classic, will remain on our servers and will continue to be actively supported.

We have a brand new section in our online documentation dedicated to webmail. You can check it at:

https://www.icdsoft.com/en/kb/webmail

Apr 23, 2020

Free video conferencing and web meetings by ICDSoft

We just launched a free video conferencing service for all our clients based on the open-source Jitsi Meet (https://jitsi.org) software.

At ICDSoft, we have a long history of working from home - a Work From Home policy was implemented in our company back in 2009.

During this period, we used various ways to facilitate internal company communication - SIP phones, Jabber/XMPP server, local email, internal forums, Skype meetings, etc.

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, video meetings suddenly became very popular. We don't like using external cloud solutions which often don’t meet our strict privacy requirements, so we quickly found an open-source solution that we could host ourselves and which satisfied our needs – Jitsi  (https://jitsi.org).

We started using the Jitsi software locally (installed on an internal server), and we quite liked it.

Last year, we completed a hardware upgrade cycle and, as a consequence, we have lots of spare hardware resources (we always over-provision our hardware to ensure quick and easy replacement in case of failed servers, etc.).

With all this spare computing power available, and the great open-source software we all liked, we decided to develop a solution that would allow our clients and partners to communicate online the same way we do.

We configured three Jitsi server clusters at the three data center locations we use – America, Europe, and Asia, and built a custom management interface in our ICDSoft Account Panel:

This video service is fully powered by the open-source software Jitsi (https://jitsi.org) and is available for free to all ICDSoft partners.

ICDSoft partners can start a free video meeting via the Video Conference section in the Account Panel – https://accounts.icdsoft.com.

If you don’t have an ICDSoft account already, you can sign up for free at https://www.icdsoft.com/en/reseller.

After sign-up, you will be able to use the video service powered by Jitsi completely for free.

Since partner accounts get automatically created upon purchase of any service through our website, basically any client who orders from us will be able to take advantage of our free video conferencing service.

We hope our video conferencing solution will help all of you stay safe at home, keep your social contacts active, and perhaps even make some new ones without going outside.

Apr 11, 2020

Memory upgrade for the Startup VPS plan

Our entry single-site VPS plan has received a memory upgrade - now it offers 6 GB of RAM instead of 4 GB. This upgrade has already been completed for all Startup plans in all three data centers, and both existing and new customers will be able to take advantage of the increased memory resources. The upgrade does not affect the plan's price in any way.

You can find more information about our single-site VPS solutions here:

Single Site Managed VPS hosting