Monthly Archives: October 2014

Blog Domain Email Forwarding Online and Working

After 14 days of battling with this feature, we’re really glad to report it’s tested, up and running.

This means each and every blog now has an email forward for addresses info@blogdomain, webmaster@blogdomain, mail@blogdomain and admin@blogdomain. They all forward to your login email.

Common Uses

Your blog is setup with info@blogdomain so you’ll receive all blog notifications to this email.

You can also use this email in Whois for each blog and therefore avoid any footprints. You can also use it for your contact email.

How To Filter Emails

We highly recommend you setup a mailbox filter so you don’t receive everything to your main one. Create a folder ‘EBN’ or similar and filter all incoming emails with ‘[EBN]’ included in subject line.

From the FAQ:

I’m getting a lot of emails from the blog domain email forwards.

We recommend you create a special folder in your mail account and filter all email forwards there. All you need to do is create a filter with “includes [EBN] in the subject line”.

Read on how to do this for Gmail and Yahoo.

Test it out and let us know how it goes!

Easy Blog Networks System Update #4

It’s been a little over a month since our last system update blog post. Beside two major changes almost finished (import & email forward), there was A LOT of work done in the backend.

Here are the major tickets from the last update.

  • Added servers from Amazon, HP Cloud and Gandi.
  • Installed IonCube on all servers (required by some plugins).
  • Resolving issues where the blog was blank after deployment (issue with one hosting provider).
  • Upload limit for themes, blogs and media increased to 64MB.
  • Showing username/password on blog info page.

“Almost there” features.

  • Mail forwarding (this was a hard one to crack) – doing final tests and fixing bugs.
  • Importing existing blogs (another hard one) – start first test imports today.

Things we plan on doing in the near future:

  • Adding more hosting providers (Microsoft Azure, NameCheap and others).
  • Creating blog templates so you don’t have to enter the same settings every time you install a blog.
  • Researching options for automatic DNS changes at your registrar (currently looking at GoDaddy, NameCheap, Dynadot).

Let us know if you have any suggestions or feedback!

Your Questions and Issues Addressed

We’ve received a lot of feedback on our survey and I wanted to address a few common questions below.

Missing cPanel Features

Only 40% of current respondents said they miss features from cPanel – which in our opinion is a very low number since most people use cPanel on a daily basis. Below I address some of these issues and questions which will, hopefully, get that percentage even lower.

File manager for disabling plugins, downloading backup files, etc.

Unfortunately we cannot provide a file manager since that would open too many security and performance issues. However, we will add a ‘Disable All Plugins’ button inside blog info page to resolve any crashes plugins may cause. We’ll also put links to downloadable backups on that same page.

Create email forwards

This is a feature we’re already working on and will have it ready very soon.

Allow HTML sites, custom scripts

Currently we support only WordPress but we plan on providing other platforms for you to build your blogs on. We will not allow custom uploads due to before mentioned issues with security and performance.

Adding New Plugins

We’re working on a new feature where you’ll be able to add any kind of plugin directly from WordPress repository before we deploy the blog.

Notes Field

For those who have not seen this – you can add notes to every blog. Open the blog info page, and on bottom right you’ll see ‘Edit’ button. Click it and write your notes.

Moving Existing Blogs to Easy Blog Networks

Some users expressed wanting to move sites to EBN from other hosts. We call this import feature and it’s already in the works and will be ready soon.

Addressing Any WordPress Crashes and Issues

While most people are not used to their hosting taking care of their WordPress installation, in the case of Easy Blog Networks, it is our job. So if you have any issues with your WordPress installation, let us know and we’ll help you resolve it.