Parked Domain Services – Infrastructure Upgrades (18th/19th August 2012)

We are shortly commencing the upgrades of all hardware and infrastructure related to the parked domain name services. This will improve security, performance and reliability of all related domain services including:

  • DNS Management
  • Email forwarding
  • Web Forwarding
  • Parked Mailboxes
  • Domain Homepages

These upgrades only concern parked domain name customers and not any hosting accounts will be affected. If your domain name is using name servers other than ns.microlite1.com then this upgrade will not  concern any of your services.

The hardware will be installed and tested by 1st August and migration testing will begin 7th August. We anticipate final completion of the migration to commence weekend 18th/19th August. The entire process will be complete by midnight on Sunday 19th August.

We will disable the Domain Control Panel at 0300 Saturday 18th and it will be re-enabled 0300 Monday 20th. During this period there may be intermittent outages or propagation issues which we endeavour to keep to a minimum. Our priority will be to have the services 100% active by 0300 Monday 20th August.

For information purposes (you do not need to do anything) the parked domain name servers host names will remain the same however the IP addresses will change as follows:

  • ns.microlite1.com -> currently 66.98.136.44 -> changes to 109.75.164.106
  • ns2.microlite1.com -> currently 66.98.137.170 -> changes to 109.75.164.107

This will mean that there will be a propagation delay between changes however this should cause minimal disruption as both sets of IP addresses will remain active during this period.

Thank you for your patience and support during this time. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

UK-Cheapest Ends Ensim Support

As of June 1st, 2012, UK Cheapest no longer be providing support for Ensim powered servers. If you are currently using Ensim, we highly recommend you migrate to Parallels Plesk.

Ensim End Of Life

The last version of Ensim was released on 4/16/2009. Since then there have been a few hot patches but no significant upgrades. Ensim 4 has not been updated since 2007. If you are still using these versions of Ensim, you likely are using an outdated OS. We recommend Red Hat Enterprise 5 and will soon be moving to Red Hat Enterprise 6 once software vendors release their updates for the new RHEL version.

Ensim Mandatory Migrations

We have been offering free upgrades to Plesk since December 2010  but now it’s time to make the final push.

Starting 1st June, any accounts remaining on Ensim will be automatically migrated to Parallels Plesk 10.x. This covers all remaining accounts on Microlite18 to 24 Ensim servers. This process will be complete by June 28th.

All Ensim accounts will remain accessable using your old login details until June 30th when they will be deleted.

If your domain name is not hosted with UK Cheapest, please change your domain name servers to:

  • ns.microlite11.com
  • ns2.microlite11.com

Your new Control Panel URL (still using your old login and password) will be:

Your username and password will remain unchanged.

The old Ensim control panels will still be available until June 30th using the links below:

Additional Differences

FTP – Use ftp.yourdomain.com instead of server.microliteXX.com as your FTP hostname. Your FTP username is now in the format “adminXXXXX” and not “adminXXXXX@yourdomain.com”.

Email – Your email passwords and usernames will remain unchanged.

Webmail – Your default webmail (Horde) can be accessed through http://webmail.yourdomain.com. You will no longer find webmail at www.yourdomain.com/webmail.

Squirrelmail – This application is no longer automatically installed. You can install squirrelmail using the web applications installer within your new Plesk control panel.

Backups – Your old backups will be incompatible with Plesk, please make additiona FTP copies of your data if required.

Frontpage – It is no longer possible to upload using FrontPage HTTP. If you still use Frontpage, you must upload using FrontPage FTP or any other FTP client to upload your files.

Migration – we will handle the conversion and migration of your data as efficiently as possible. If you are using Ensim specific code you will need to make changes to your code to continue functionality in Plesk.

Support – If you require any help or support after the migration, please log a ticket with the helpdesk and ask for “Ensim Migration” support. Ensim support is not available through the Live Support facility.

Free Web Hosting

We are now offering Free Web Hosting trials (for 1 month) to all new domain name registrations.

The web hosting service will be fully featured (except for SMTP outgoing email – sorry spammers!) however everything else is fully functional and completely FREE of charge.

  • Host 1 website using PHP, HTML or SSI encoding
  • 250MB of FTP Webspace to store your website
  • 1GB Monthly Traffic allowance
  • 1 x mySql Database to use with WordPress, Joomla etc
  • Full DNS Zone Management
  • Comprehensive AwStats or Webalizer visitor statistics

Upgrade to a full account at any time to receive up to1 month additional free hosting at your chosen account level.

UKC back office secrets revealed!

As a (very cheap and excellent value) Domain Name, Web Hosting and Web Design service provider, we do not always get the opportunity to communicate the goings on within the UKC back office team.

The team no doubt consists of all sorts of interesting characters and skills.. Not limited to but including the likes of.. Programmers, Marketers, Technical Support, Managers, Tea Makers… etc.

We feel the chatter taking place in the back office may be of interest to someone, whether it be about technicalities of our services,  how to get to #1 in Google or the latest pirate attack in the English Channel.

So here it is, for you to see what is going on inside the minds of the UKC back office team, their families, friends, pets. Oh, and there friends pets also. Watch this space. Honestly, you’ll be glad.