Monthly Archives: September 2014

Domain Name Price Update 2014

Due to multiple price increases by our upstream registrars and registries for the past year, we are announcing an update to the price of our domain registration, transfer and renewal services which will affect all current and future domains with us. 

As of today, all domain names will have their price increased by $3.00/year. If you have a domain registered with us, the price increase will be reflected during your next domain renewal. 

Free ID Protection / Privacy Protection

While many registrars are starting to charge for ID Protection / Privacy Protection recently (many of them charge an extra $5.00 to $10.00 per year), we have decided to continue offering this service without any extra charge. 

ID Protection / Privacy Protection will help protect your personal information in your domain's public WHOIS record and will reduce the amount of unsolicited emails (SPAM) to your email address and also snail mail's mailbox. 

If you haven't enabled ID Protection / Privacy Protection, you can do so in our Client Area –> Domains –> My Domains –> Manage Domain –> Addons. 

Free Anycast DNS

We are also offering our new Anycast DNS service (Usual Price: $10.00/year) for free along with every domain name registration. 

With our Anycast DNS, you will be able to manage your domain's DNS even if your website is not hosted with us. 

Besides that, the Anycast DNS will also bring improvements to your DNS performance around the world as our Anycast DNS servers are spread throughout 18 cities across five continents (every continent except Africa and Antartica)! 

If you already have a domain registered with us, you can order the Anycast DNS at this link:-

If prompted, you can use the promo code “DNS” to receive 100% discount for the product. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Billing Department

Thank you. 

SSL Transition: SHA-1 to SHA-2

Hilbert Map of Hashing Algorithms

Hilbert Map of Hashing Algorithms, by Ian Boyd

Most, if not all SSL Certificates today are running the SHA-1 cryptographic hash algorithm, which is getting weaker and easier to be attacked. 

Google and Microsoft announced SHA-1 deprecation plans that may affect websites with SHA-1 SSL Certificates expiring as early as the end of the year. 


Google is gradually sunsetting SHA-1 with their Chrome browser by changing it's HTTPS security indicator step by step. 

When Chrome 39 is being released around November 2014, any SHA-1 SSL Certificates that expire on or after 1 January 2017 will be treated as “secure, but with minor errors” as shown in Pic 1 below.

Pic 1: Secure, but with minor errors

When Chrome 40 is being released around January 2015, any SHA-1 SSL Certificates that expire between 1 June 2016 to 31 December 2016 will be treated as “secure, but with minor errors” (as shown in Pic 1 above).

SHA-1 SSL Certificates that expire on or after 1 January 2017 will be treated as “neutral, lacking security” as shown in Pic 2 below.

Pic 2: Neutral, lacking security

When Chrome 41 is being released in Q1 2015, any SHA-1 SSL Certificates that expire between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016 will be treated as “secure, but with minor errors” (as shown in Pic 1).

SHA-1 SSL Certificates that expire on or after 1 January 2017 will be treated as “affirmatively insecure” as shown in Pic 3 below.

Pic 3: Affirmatively insecure


Microsoft’s SHA-1 deprecation plan differs in the activation time and browser behavior. Microsoft’s security advisory on “Deprecation of SHA-1 Hashing Algorithm for Microsoft Root Certificate Program” informed us that Windows will cease accepting SHA-1 SSL certificates on January 1, 2017. To continue to work with Microsoft platforms, all SHA-1 SSL certificates issued before or after this announcement must be replaced with a SHA-2 equivalent by January 1, 2017.

Transition to SHA-2 

In order to prevent online users on Chrome version 39 and later from experiencing these indicators, SHA-1 SSL Certificates expiring after December 31, 2016 must be replaced with SHA-256 (SHA-2) SSL Certificates.

To transition to SHA-2 SSL Certificates, you will need to contact your SSL vendor to re-issue your SSL Certificates to one which is based on SHA-2. 

For clients who purchased your SSL Certificates from us, we will contact each of you individually to re-issue your SSL Certificates to SHA-2 over the next few months.

As there are a lot of clients that we will need to contact, we will prioritize those who are affected by the Chrome 39 update first so please do be patient if we have not got to you yet. 

October 6th Update: All SSL Certificates purchased from us has been re-issued to SHA-2.

WordPress 4.0 Now Available

WordPress 4.0 is now available for download and upgrade. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience.

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Manage your media with style


Explore your uploads in a beautiful, endless grid. A new details preview makes viewing and editing any amount of media in sequence a snap.

Working with embeds has never been easier

Paste in a YouTube URL on a new line, and watch it magically become an embedded video. Now try it with a tweet. Oh yeah — embedding has become a visual experience. The editor shows a true preview of your embedded content, saving you time and giving you confidence.

We’ve expanded the services supported by default, too — you can embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED. Check out all of the embeds that WordPress supports.

Focus on your content

Writing and editing is smoother and more immersive with an editor that expands to fit your content as you write, and keeps the formatting tools available at all times.

Finding the right plugin


There are more than 30,000 free and open source plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. WordPress 4.0 makes it easier to find the right one for your needs, with new metrics, improved search, and a more visual browsing experience.