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Nova websites functions on the following parameters

The web browser calls for the index.php file. - the server is configured to browse straight to the index.pho rather than index.html therefore a splash page isn't needed.  But if one is required then the site owner can log into the plesk control panel to remove the index.php option.

Nova file permissions - all files and folders are set according to security but site owners are responsible for their own file security and backups.  Even though the server websites are backed up with or without notification.

Nova Database - Nova stores posts, bios, site settings etc on the MySQL database.  This is also backed up but again, site owners responsibility to back up their databases.

So transferring to StarFleetUK.

Potential site owners need access to either the backup database and files from the previous hosting provider.  If not, by use of ftp, download the entire filesystem off the server to their local computer.  Search for any htaccess files and remove them.

Potential site owners need to use phpmyadmin and back up the database to an SQL file or a gzip file.  Databases can be very tricky as this server is regularly updated except for the plesk control panel.  (Messes up the server locality when that's performed).  It is assumed that other hosting providers are running different versions of php and MySQL so migration of data gets troublesome but not impossible.

When databases are being uploaded, they may fail.  Therefore potential site owners can email me the sql file and I'll do them.
Office of The Commodore. / Cloudflare - stop the hacker
« Last post by The Commodore on April 01, 2016, 02:16:02 AM »
I've applied this to the server and it should affect everyone.  I slightly got confused with what part of Cloudflare I should register details where one required a nameserver change and the other didn't.  But it's all set correctly and the nameservers were reset to how they should be according to the server admins.
Because I haven't used the updated version of Cloudflare, I used a simple account but never used it fully; so I went back in, found the sites on there but it wasn't corresponding to the requirements of the Plesk control panel.  So it had taken more fiddling than anticipated.

What Cloudflare does is (

Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. We automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. We also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.

There were two types, a partner account and a normal account; as I had a legacy login for the normal account, it required me to change the nameservers so it goes through their servers first, then back to the server default.  So I momentarily changed them to those; however the Plesk control panel didn't like the setup.  Therefore I had to create the partner account to which half of it worked, so I had to remove everything off the normal account, move to the partner account and change the nameservers back to the server default.  Then it all worked.

In short, some people's websites will come up immediately and others will be within 24 hours.

Stop the hacker.

Been a member of these for quite a while and are related to Cloudflare.

    Detect malware that Antiviruses miss
    Automatic Cleanup
    Blacklist & Reputation Monitoring
    Find security vulnerabilities
    No Installation needed
    Protect your business and revenue stream

Go have a look.  The web page wont copy very well to paste here.

Office of The Commodore. / Server Backup - April 2016
« Last post by The Commodore on March 31, 2016, 07:02:46 AM »
A server backup is in progress.  Your sites wont be affected.


If anyone requires a backup schedule email ie there own place to receive backup data.  Then feel free to email and I shall set one up; it's in test mode at present until I can fine tweak the settings.  So if one is made, don't be surprised when there's an error or the backup is overwritten.  I have created a sub-domain to store database and filesystem.  But if I can find a better solution then I shall announce it.

-The Commodore
Office of The Commodore. / Re: A status update
« Last post by The Commodore on March 17, 2016, 06:49:37 PM »
Feel free to look at the new front page.

The other pages, I wont bother with.  They seem okay; the front page was getting quite decadent.  The join pages require work providing formtools is more configurable.
Domain name issuing is pending but we'll get there.
Office of The Commodore. / Plesk ModSecurity
« Last post by The Commodore on February 24, 2016, 03:00:27 AM »
Added a feature to do with incoming http requests.  If anyone suffers any outages then I'll know what it is (remove the mod).  It was an addon with the Plesk control panel so I hope that it's useful to website security.  If not then I'll just remove it.
Simm Recruitment Area / USS Athena seeking a Executive Officer
« Last post by Thompson on February 05, 2016, 09:34:28 PM »
The USS Athena needs you!!!

The USS Athena was commissioned in late 2374 shortly after the successful trials of the USS Prometheus. The year is now 2393 and the Athena has served for 19 long years with distinction but she starting to show some of the signs of her long service and is in need of a refit in which she is sent to Earth Dock to commence these works.

Instead of her much needed refit the Athena is given a new crew and secret orders. Most concerning the illustrious ship is given a Commander with a past, who has already lost one ship.

Has her luck changed? How will this tired ship fair?

We need the following key personnel at present:
*Click on the position to apply!

Alternatively come to the Athena's website and contact let me know if there is a position you would like that isn't listed.
Office of The Commodore. / Re: Domain movement -
« Last post by The Commodore on January 01, 2016, 08:38:41 AM »
Domain name move is complete.  For those had suffered an outage.  That was rectified.

Here's the events

Domain name was registered via the same registrar that the server is hosted on just to start putting domain names and server hosting with one company.  Unfortunately in the 'UK equivalent of a US company, .net domain names are not entitled to WHOIS privacy in the UK but that problem is only relevant to this one.  So it was reverted to domain name registrar with one UK company and server data with another.  So the domain name was transferred to the regular registrar that I usually use.

To transfer registrar takes 7 days and I was expecting nothing to be changed at nameserver level.
Authority is given at one registrar and is approved at the other registrar.
On the last day, the registrar transfer is complete and an email is sent.
The sites under sub-domain suffer an outage when drops off the domain listing on one registrar and appears on the other.
So the domain name needed to be re-added to the server as an external domain name rather than an internal domain name.  Once the domain name has been re-added, then the whole server system, internal nameservers register that and everything works.

Job done.
Office of The Commodore. / Domain movement -
« Last post by The Commodore on December 27, 2015, 11:53:09 AM »
Due to a WHOIS concern. is moving registrar.  Apologies for the interruption

- The Commodore
Office of The Commodore. / A status update
« Last post by The Commodore on November 27, 2015, 05:35:16 PM »

     In light of the previous experiences.  Next year, certain new and all the long serving members will be offered a full domain name initially for 2 years but registered to SFUK and then after that; will be offered over to the member to continue running.  The reason I'm keeping hold of the domain name is due to the length of time that sims survive where as only a few survive longer than a year.  But I plan to keep at least 10 domain names for reissue to new members or old members that wish to rename their sim.  I would like to consider it as a belated thanksgiving offering but I'll get over xmas and start the new year a fresh.  Also, the main website and submissions will need redecorating.  The main website is quite archaic so something new is in pipeline.  (Somewhere on my hard drive being tinkered).

-The Commodore
Office of The Commodore. / Re: Server move
« Last post by The Commodore on November 24, 2015, 05:05:01 PM »

Went through email entries and the issue only applied to one site so I was mistaken.

Nova updates pending and 2 forum issues.
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