Transferring your domain, website, and WordPress to us

Yes, it is possible. In fact, it’s even possible to import your Tumblr (among others, see just below) to your new WordPress. Word of caution, importing things will always be like moving house, a dinner plate will get broken, a shoe will get lost; most of all things imported to the new website or new account will be fine, but there will always be something not quite hooked up, but still there. For a nominal fee, we can perform this service for you, see WordPress Transfer & Setup; otherwise, you can follow these steps below yourself.

* WordPress can import:  WordPress, Blogger, Blogroll, LiveJournal, Movable Type, TypePad, and Tumblr (correct as of 27th Dec 2017).

When you move to us, follow these steps:

1. Do a complete backup of your old website. We recommend downloading everything from your public_html folder using an FTP program like Filezila or similar. Especially download your …blog/wp-content/uploads/…

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An FTP program downloading the folders and files from a website
An FTP program downloading the folders and files from a website
Use an FTP program to download your website contents
Use an FTP program to download your website contents

2. Export your WordPress to an .xml file (or similar); store it in three safe places (1. on your computer; 2. on a USB memory stick kept in a safe place; 3. in the cloud on Tresorit or DropBox)

WordPress Export
WordPress Export

3. Keep the old webhosting account open for as long as possible (at least a month) so you can access any forgotten files.

4. Unlock your domain (it’s a security feature to prevent others from stealing it). Be sure to lock it again when you have it re-established with us.

Transfer Domain from an Old Webhost
Transfer Domain from an Old Webhost

5. Obtain your EPP code (a security code that lets domain registrars and webhosts know that the transfer is authorised, and it prevents domain theft)

Transfering a Domain from Old Webhost EPP Code
Transfering a Domain from Old Webhost EPP Code

6. Open an account with us, and use the Transfer Domain button

Transferring your Domain from your Old Webhost
Transferring your Domain from your Old Webhost
Transferring Domain to Us
Transferring Domain to Us

7. It can take 7 to 14 days for the transfer to complete (we’ve seen it take more than 21 days; strangely it’s a manual process)

8. While waiting, setup a new “Home Page” with Site Publisher, to act as a landing page, or copy and paste your existing .html site into your new public_html folder in your cPanel File Manager (details in your email you received from us). Use this page to link to your subdomains and web apps like your blog, social media, and more.

Create a simple one-page homepage with Site Publisher 1
Create a simple one-page homepage with Site Publisher 1
Create a simple one-page homepage with Site Publisher 2
Create a simple one-page homepage with Site Publisher 2

9. Once the domain transfer is complete, log into your cPanel (yourwebsite.com:2083), go to Softaculous, and install WordPress.

10. Advice, use the same Username and Password for your ‘new’ WordPress installation as before on your old webhost.

11. Important step: import all the photos and uploads from the old WordPress. These go into …/blog/wp-content/uploads/…  You may have a lot of folders here. It’s much, much easier to use an FTP program like Filezila, which can upload the whole “Uploads” folder for you. In one of your emails from us, there is information on your FTP username, password, and address.

12. After putting all the Uploads in place, go to your WordPress Dashboard, go to Tools, go to import, install the WordPress import tool, run WordPress importer, and upload your .xml file from your old site. Everything should work fine (except for one or two unavoidable glitches). You may need to reinstall the theme you used before.

WordPress Importer
WordPress Importer

If there are upload file size problems

You may have a problem with upload file size. First, in cPanel, go to Search and lookup phpini and use the Multi PHP INI Manager to change the maximum upload file size from 2 to 4 or 8mb. Second, and only if editing the phpini file doesn’t work, edit the .htaccess file (as shown in the images below). In cPanel, go to File Manager, go to Settings (top right), turn on Show Hidden Files, and press OK. Go to .htaccess file, and either change the max upload from 2 to 4 or 8mb or add the code “php_value upload_max_filesize 4M” precisely (without the quotation marks; highlight, copy & paste if you’re unsure).

How to edit the .htaccess file
How to edit the .htaccess file
How to edit the .htaccess file 2
How to edit the .htaccess file 2

If you have any problems, please contact us. Alternatively, we can perform the WordPress importing service for you (see WordPress Transfer & Setup). Either send us your .xml file or give us your old account login and WordPress login and we can manage the rest for you (we have our own supply of headache tablets).

Earn money from your website: Become an affiliate

About webhosting on HelloSpace.Me

Yes, you can earn money from your website. Simply join HelloSpace.Me at https://hellospace.me/host/index.php New members will need check their email to verify your email address. Sign into your account (again).

Affiliates programme
Affiliates programme

In your account go to the Affiliates tab, and activate. You will get a unique link you can use.

You can earn 30% for each paying customer who qualifies and pays. That is a HUGE commission! You can use this credit to pay your next webhosting bill, or simply cashout via PayPal (Payoneer may eventually be possible).

How to use your affiliate link:

  • Create an ifttt.com account, and set up a monthly automated Tweet or FaceBook post with your link
  • Regularly share your affiliate link on social media
  • Include it on your business card
  • Include it in your email signature
  • Include it on your WordPress menu
  • Among other creative ways

Why us? Here’s the reminder:

  • No coding skills are required
  • Installing web software like WordPress is made super simple via your CPanel http://yourwebsite.com:2083
  • Our servers are in Switzerland
  • Our servers are protected under strict Swiss data protection and priviacy protection laws
  • Our servers are expertly maintained
  • We will NEVER sell your data to third party companies (we make money from paying customers, not from advertisers)
  • We have a strict code of ethical conduct that is all about respecting you and your website visitors
  • We strongly support Net Neutrality

You can use this image to help you:

No coding skills required
No coding skills required

(more images will be added from time to time)

Notices:

  • We cannot guarrantee all customers will join and pay
  • Customers must commit to a year of membership
  • Minimum payout is USD$50
  • Currently we only support PayPal, but have plans to support other financial systems

Our #BlackFriday deal is here for 50% off #webhosting

Special offer on HelloSpace.Me

Just for this weekend, get 50% off webhosting for a lifetime!

Coupon code: BLKFRDY2017
At: https://hellospace.me/host/index.php

Only for new signups

 

How to claim

Step 1: Domain

First you need a domain (aka “URL” or “web address”). Our web addresses are competitively priced. Search for your perfect web address here. Also, see here for what “TLDs” (like .com .us or .net) we offer.

Step 2: Choose your web space plan

To use your 50% discount, choose either the Premium, WordPress, or Lite Plans, or the Diamond Package*. Most people choose the Lite Plan with Rapid SSL Certificate (for that green padlock security). Compare web hosting plans here.

Step 3: Claim & pay

You will be guided through the checkout process, where you can be offered other options. At the Review & Checkout stage (pictured) is where you enter to the coupon code:  BLKFRDY2017  to get the 50% off for your web space. Currently, we advertise in US dollars, we also support prices in Australian dollars, Japanese yen, and South Korean won. All payments via PayPal will be converted to Australian dollars.

The final stage of the checkout process
The final stage of the checkout process

Scroll down to see this:

Review & Checkout: Enter coupon code here
Review & Checkout: Enter coupon code here, and press “Validate Code”

Then click on the friendly green Checkout button, where PayPal will securely process the payment for us. We do not see or store your credit card or other banking details. Afterwards, you will receive a bunch of emails. Importantly, in one or some of the emails you will need to click on “Verify” for security reasons. Read the emails, and follow the rest of the website setup process explained here.

Step 4: Verify

Make sure you read all the emails you get regarding the signup process. Some emails are directly from us, and some are from the domain registrar agency we use. Make sure you click on the “verify” links, so for security reasons, we can be sure we are contacting you, the true owner.

 

* The Diamond Package is specially for low-tech people. We purchase the domain on your behalf, manually setup a WordPress website, manually setup an email address for you, and give it all to you.

Avoid using WiFi for a few weeks #KRACK

Internet & website information from HelloSpace.Me

Recently, it was discovered by security researchers that almost every single WiFi is vulnerable to breach. Basically, Key Re-installation Attack (KRACK) is possible for a hacker to act as ‘man in the middle’ by spoofing a local WiFi hub, so all your WiFi traffic will go through his (or her) computer, before going onto the real WiFi hub. The affected WiFi hubs use the WPA2 security protocol.

Normally, you should be protected by using https (the green padlock SSL certificates) on websites.  SSL certificates should encrypt your username and password, making them invisible, but the KRACK vulnerability removes this protection.

Microsoft has already released a patch on their Windows 8 and 10 computers. If you don’t have automatic updates turned on, do it now. Google has announced that Android devices won’t be updated until the 6th November. Android users are advised to turn off wifi until the update is provided. Various other Linux devices will be updated in the near future (check your specific vendor). It is unknown if and how Apple iOS and Mac products are affected; Apple has not released specific information.

In the mean time, it is prudent to avoid using WiFi until you are sure your device has had this patch provided. Regarding your home and office WiFi router, check with your vendor for patches and updates. It is possible that using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) will keep your data and traffic encrypted, and probably protected. There are many VPNs, and these are available on mobile devices as well. Otherwise, absolutely avoid public WiFi until you see specific information stating it is protected against KRACK. After all, it is in the public space where man-in-the-middle attacks work best.

More detailed information from Engadget:

Discount Coupon for new members

Special offer on HelloSpace.Me

Welcome to the HelloSpace.Me blog. We announce news and information, including your chance to get a USD$30 discount off your own website! No coding or tech skills required.

HelloSpace.Me is a leading provider of websites for educators and lifestyle industry in Asia. We believe we’re the best, because we provide the easiest way to set up your own, powerful, fully-functional website, easily, and without the need to know coding. We are native-English speakers based in Nagoya Japan, but our servers are located in Switzerland and protected under Swiss data and privacy protection laws, which is very important for protecting students’ futures.

Academics and dedicated teachers need to have their own professional, ad-free, web presence. Set up a WordPress blog and on it describe and display your teaching ideas and your research output, which make it easier to land that next job. Alternatively, use your own website to attract and support online tutoring. Use your own website to sell your hobby output, be it yoga classes, photography, commercial blogging, whatever.

How to claim

Step 1: Domain

First you need a domain (aka “URL” or “web address”). Our web addresses are competitively priced. Search for your perfect web address here. Also, see here for what “TLDs” (like .com .us or .net) we offer.

Step 2: Choose your web space plan

To use your $30 discount, choose either the Premium, WordPress, or Lite Plans, or the Diamond Package*. Most people choose the Lite Plan with Rapid SSL Certificate (for that green padlock security). Compare web hosting plans here.

Step 3: Claim & pay

You will be guided through the checkout process, where you can be offered other options. At the Review & Checkout stage (pictured) is where you enter to the coupon code: JPN2017 to get USD$30 off for the first year of your web space. Currently, we advertise in US dollars, we also support prices in Australian dollars, Japanese yen, and South Korean won. All payments via PayPal will be converted to Australian dollars.

The final stage of the checkout process
The final stage of the checkout process

Scroll down to see this:

Review & Checkout: Enter coupon code here
Review & Checkout: Enter coupon code here, and press “Validate Code”

Then click on the friendly green Checkout button, where PayPal will securely process the payment for us. We do not see or store your credit card or other banking details. Afterwards, you will receive a bunch of emails. Importantly, in one or some of the emails you will need to click on “Verify” for security reasons. Read the emails, and follow the rest of the website setup process explained here.

Step 4: Verify

Make sure you read all the emails you get regarding the signup process. Some emails are directly from us, and some are from the domain registrar agency we use. Make sure you click on the “verify” links, so for security reasons, we can be sure we are contacting you, the true owner.

 

* The Diamond Package is specially for low-tech people. We purchase the domain on your behalf, manually setup a WordPress website, manually setup an email address for you, and give it all to you.

Coupon Code for #JALT2017

Announcement from HelloSpace.Me

Welcome to the HelloSpace.Me, a leading provider of websites for educators and lifestyle industries. Here on our blog we have news and updates, including this special announcement.

For a limited time only, we are offering a very special discount to JALT members, especially those attending the KOTESOL and JALT 2017 International Conferences. Normal websites cost over USD$120/yr, plus domain (web address). However, we are offering a special discount for you. Get USD$30 off for the webspace for a one year subscription.

How to claim

Step 1: Domain

First you need a domain (aka “URL” or “web address”). Our web addresses are competitively priced. Search for your perfect web address here. Also, see here for what “TLDs” (like .com .us or .net) we offer.

Step 2: Choose your web space plan

To use your $30 discount, choose either the Premium, WordPress, or Lite Plans, or the Diamond Package*. Most people choose the Lite Plan with Rapid SSL Certificate (for that green padlock security). Compare web hosting plans here.

Step 3: Claim & pay

You will be guided through the checkout process, where you can be offered other options. At the Review & Checkout stage (pictured) is where you enter to the coupon code: JALT2017 or KOTESOL2017 to get USD$30 off for the first year of your web space. Currently, we advertise in US dollars, we also support prices in Australian dollars, Japanese yen, and South Korean won. All payments via PayPal will be converted to Australian dollars.

The final stage of the checkout process
The final stage of the checkout process

Scroll down to see this:

Review & Checkout: Enter coupon code here
Review & Checkout: Enter coupon code here, and press “Validate Code”

Then click on the friendly green Checkout button, where PayPal will securely process the payment for us. We do not see or store your credit card or other banking details. Afterwards, you will receive a bunch of emails. Importantly, in one or some of the emails you will need to click on “Verify” for security reasons. Read the emails, and follow the rest of the website setup process explained here.

* The Diamond Package is specially for low-tech people. We purchase the domain on your behalf, manually setup a WordPress website, manually setup an email address for you, and give it all to you.

TGIF: It’s the GOLDEN HOUR & #Totoro!

It's TGIF; Golden Hour! Celebrate with HelloSpace.Me

This week’s TGIF image is from JapanesePhotos.Asia. They are running two campaigns, one is about Japan travel info, stories, and photo give aways on their Patreon project. The other is a cost-share photo shoot, perfect for startups and small businesses wanting to make their products and prototypes look international, and have an association with Japanese quality and excellence. There’s only 13 days left to get in.

This photo is a sneak preview of JapanesePhotos.Asia’s latest Patreon post coming out shortly or in an hour’s time. It’s about seeing the house from the iconic classic movie My Neighbour Totoro, a photo shoot done with local model Chiaki. This this image, and the full travel info at Patreon.com/ablyth.

Satsuki and Mei's house, based on the movie My Neighbour Totoro.
Satsuki and Mei’s house, based on the movie My Neighbour Totoro.

It’s Golden Hour :: TGIF

It's TGIF; Golden Hour! Celebrate with HelloSpace.Me

We’re slowly getting back into things after the summer break. We hope you had a great summer and didn’t get as badly sunburnt as Andrew did (hint: put sunscreen on the tops of your feet too). Here is yet another great photo to celebrate the coming weekend. If you have a photo you’d like to share, please drop us a line.

Chasing Sunrise (Death to Stock, 2017)
Chasing Sunrise (Death to Stock, 2017)

WIN a FREE website with us and JapanesePhotos.Asia

JapanesePhotos.Asia has started a new project at Patreon.com/ablyth, where they will share:

  • 1 new photo each week with a short story about Japan (you can keep the photo for personal use on your own blogs), and
  • Each month, a new travel guide entry, or
  • A photographic how-to (great for beginners and travellers)

This project is really new, and they have BIG plans for it. It is exciting, and will be loaded with travel advice, travel information, and photographic ideas to make your next big trip fantastic. Best part is: It’s super cheap AND you can join in the discussion. Most travel books provide information one-way. Here, we will build a community, and you can have your say on what we can do next. That’s right, if you want to know more about a place in Kyoto, and other people agree, we can take you there with our Patreon blog.

They’ve teamed up with HelloSpace.Me to make the launch of their new project even more exciting.

WIN a FREE website from HelloSpace.Me
WIN a FREE website from HelloSpace.Me

The competition

Want your own .com web address and website? Yes, you can be one of five people to win the first year of your own website FREE from HelloSpace.Me. To enter, simply Become a Patron to our Patreon.com/ablyth blog in September 2017 and you’re in the running. Winners will be announced both here, Patreon.com/ablyth, and at HelloSpace.Me/blog. The prize is over USD$130 of webspace and domain for your own website*.

You will get:

  • The Lite Plan with 3Gb webspace, easy one-click install of WordPress and many other web apps, upto 5 email addresses, and more (see the Lite Plan here).
  • Domain registration (for your own web address) choose a name with one of the following TLDs: .com .audio .ca .cn .eu .nagoya .net .nl .nz .one .org .pro .ru .space .tokyo .uk .us (USD$20/yr limit).
  • If you prefer a different TLD like .blog .me or .photo then you will still get the 3Gb webspace free, but you will neet to pay for the domain registration (web address registration) yourself. Full list of TLDs is here.
  • Choose your web address / domain registration at: https://hellospace.me/host/index.php.
  • Cost of renewal after the first year is: domain registration plus Lite Plan fees (current discounted cost: USD$60) plus taxes.
  • Winners to be announced 1st October 2017, and will be chosen at random.
  • Follow JapanesePhotos.Asia on Twitter.com/japanesephotos Instagram.com/japanesephotosasia Patreon.com/ablyth
  • Follow us on Twitter.com/hellospaceme.

Best of luck

* Based on normal industry prices: https://hellospace.me/about-webhosting/compare-us/.

TGIF: Summer Holidays

We’re about to wrap up our summer holidays and get back into the thick of things. We’ve had a great time, including some adventures around the place. We hope you had a great summer, too. Enjoy every last drop of it while you can.

Friends having fun at a weekend getaway.
Friends having fun at a weekend getaway.