17 Dec 2016

SHOUTcast Streams and HTML5 Players Work Here!

Stream101 is proud to announce that all of our HTML5 players work with our services. Thanks to our team of engineers, we were able to update all of our players to work with SHOUTcast v1, thus saving our clients from having to reconfigure their stations and migrate.

Thank-you to the clients who helped us test the new solutions out! In addition, this update has allowed us to expand our players to even more people by running all the streams over a native web port, thus removing the “block” imposed by many employers who block ports other than the standard web ports.

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04 Apr 2016

Let’s Encrypt – Open Source SSL Certificates Now Available at Stream101!

Let's Encrypt LogoLaunched in December of 2015, a new certificate authority named Let’s Encrypt entered Public Beta. With the launch of Let’s Encrypt, any website publisher could now obtain an SSL certificate for their website at absolutely no cost to them! Instead of having to purchase a dedicated IP, purchase an SSL certificate, configure and then install the certificate, our clients can now obtain and install a certificate in 2 clicks! We’ve gotten a few requests from some of our more tech savvy users about when we would be supporting Let’s Encrypt. Some of you have already implemented this, as we have been silently testing this feature for about 1 month now. We’re happy to announce that it is being publicly launched today!

What is Let’s Encrypt?

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). The main goal of Let’s Encrypt is to enable every website to have encryption available, ultimately making web browsing much safer! Stream101 is a huge supporter of this and is very excited to be a part of it.

So…make it simple for me. What are the benefits?

  • Super Easy Installation
  • No Dedicated IP Needed
  • Automatically Renewing
  • 100% Free!

How do I install my Let’s Encrypt Certificate at Stream101?

Installing your free certificate is as easy as logging into your cPanel account and clicking Install! Full details on how to install it can be found in this Knowledgebase Article.

Thank-You for choosing Stream101 and allowing us to help better the internet with your help!

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20 Mar 2016

Stream101 to Replace MySQL with MariaDB

Happy First Day of Spring!

We would like to thank-you for being a Stream101 client! As part of our dedicating to keeping our services at the top quality and cutting edge, we have elected to migrate away from MySQL and move to MariaDB. NOTE: This only affects customers utilizing MySQL Databases.

What is MariaDB?
MariaDB is a community-developed fork of the MySQL relational database management system. It is notable for being led by the original developers of MySQL, who forked it due to concerns over its (MySQL’s) acquisition by Oracle. MariaDB intends to maintain high compatibility with MySQL, ensuring a “drop-in” replacement capability with library binary equivalency and exact matching with MySQL APIs and commands. It includes the XtraDB storage engine for replacing InnoDB, as well as a new storage engine, Aria, that intends to be both a transactional and non-transactional engine perhaps even included in future versions of MySQL.

What do I need to know?
The biggest thing for our customers to understand is some of the changes that will be happening when switching over to MariaDB. Many outdated software will not be able to utilize the speed enhancements of MariaDB, however most backwards compatibility will remain. We are currently running MySQL 5.6 on all of our hosting servers now, and most features should transfer over. As always, it is recommended that our clients keep their software as up to date as possible for both performance and security reasons.

This link will give you some information regarding the feature comparison chart of MariaDB and MySQL: https://mariadb.com/blog/mariadb-10-vs-mysql-56-feature-comparison-update

Will my software that uses MySQL be compatible?
Most of the time, yes. MariaDB utilizes a lot of backwards compatibility (just as MySQL 5.6 did for the previous versions of MySQL). As mentioned above, you should really ensure your software is updated to the latest version as many security and performance enhancements most likely would have occured. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee compatibility for each and every software, so our advice is to contact your software vendor and ask.

When will this change occur?
Our current plans are for this change to take effect on May 1st, 2016 at 8AM.

How long with the migration take?
We have done extensive testing and preparations in our Sandbox environment, and most migrations took less that 15 minutes with replications of the current live data.

Have more questions?
Put a ticket into the Support Department and we’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
Thanks again for being a wonderful Stream101 customer and enjoy your first day of Spring!

Kevin Frank
Head Systems Engineer – Stream101

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08 Nov 2015

Stream101 Launches Premium WordPress Hosting

Stream101 Premium WordPress Hosting

Stream101 is proud to offer WordPress Hosting

We’re excited to announce that we will be adding Premium WordPress Hosting to our already awesome line of hosting services! When you don’t need all of the fancy cPanel features, allow Stream101 to host your WordPress website. You still get access to cPanel to make updates to your email addresses and FTP accounts, however the servers are specifically optimized for WordPress Hosting. Don’t want to manage your WordPress service at all? No problem! Choose the managed option on checkout and we will take care of everything for you – theme upgrades, WordPress installation upgrades, security patches and performance tweaking too.

Stream101 currently hosts several hundred WordPress websites and we want to add you to those numbers. You will not be disappointed in choosing Stream101 to host your WordPress Website. With our optimized servers, incredible network, and CloudFlare integration, you can rest assured that your WordPress site will always be accessible and load extremely fast!

Just 1 more service that makes us excel in front of our competitors!

Get Started Today – Click Here to Order our Premium WordPress Hosting

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13 Jul 2014

SHOUTcast/ICEcast HTML5 Player (ProTools v2)

We’re very excited to release a brand new player for exclusive use by Stream101 Clients! We’ve taken feedback from our clients on which features we should add to the player and we’ve listened!

Many clients were asking for us to come up with a player that has reliable Now Playing information with Album Art capabilities. That is exactly what this player does. It functions again as a popup player versus an embedded player. Embedded players are very tricky to do and often require special configurations on the client’s (your) webhost. To simplify things as much as possible, we have elected to go with another popup player.

Installing the player is easy. It can be found in the Widgets section of your Media Control Panel.

Features:

  • Fully HTML5 Compliant
  • Flash Fallback for older browsers
  • Full SHOUTcast & ICEcast Support (MP3 Streaming)
  • Album Art Delivered via iTunes (Option to purchase Album/Songs via iTunes coming soon)
  • Full Listener Pass-Through (Statistics show listeners locations/IP’s instead of the Player’s information)

Compatibility:

Browsers:

  • IE 7+
  • Safari 5+
  • Firefox 10+
  • Opera 12.10+

Mobile Compatibility:

  • Android Tablets 3.2+ / Android Phones 4.0+
  • Blackberry Tablet 2.0+ / Blackberry Phones 7+
  • iPad iOS 4.2+ / iPhone iOS 3.1+
  • Windows Phone 7.5+
  • Chrome 18+
  • Firefox 24+

Alternative Devices:

  • Playstation 4
  • Xbox One (IE 10)
  • Wii U (NetFront NX)
  • Playstation Vita TV (NetFront NX)
  • OUYA (Android 4.1+)
  • Xbox 360 (IE 9)
  • Wii (Opera)
  • Playstation 3 (NetFront)
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16 Oct 2012

cPanel Upgrade!

We’ve upgraded cPanel and WHM to the latest version, 11.34.  A full changelog can be found on cPanel’s website found here: http://docs.cpanel.net/twiki/bin/view/AllDocumentation/1134ReleaseNotes

You will notice some large changes to the server’s backend. The most important changes are outlined below:
Security Improvements:
Security Tokens: Security Tokens are designed to protect cPanel & WHM from a common type of web vulnerability called XSRF. Once enabled, unique tokens will be included in the cPanel & WHM URLs which will completely prevent XSRF attacks.
SMTP Restrictions: This feature prevents users from bypassing the mail server to send mail, a common practice used by spammers. It will allow only the MTA, mailman, and root to connect to remote SMTP servers.
Secure Connections: All cPanel/WHM connections are now 100% secured via SSL. This ensures your data is secure.
Feature Improvements:
 
Email Archiving: Email Archiving allows you to store a copy of each message this server sends or receives. This feature provides a cPanel interface that allows users to control the archive type and retention period on a per domain basis.
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01 Jul 2012

cPanel/WHM Security Enhancement

Clients,

We’re excited to inform you of a new security protocol that effects all cPanel/WHM users. Prior to yesterday, all cpanel users generally chose an unsecure port (2082, 2086, 2095, etc) to manage their websites, webmail, and reseller account. A collective decsison was made between the owner of Stream101 and the Operations Supervisor that now secures all cPanel related traffic. We’ve installed SSL certificates on all of our Hosting servers.

What do I have to do? Nothing!
Nothing that you do will change as all traffic will now automatically be routed over the secure pathway.  You will notice the Lock in the corner of your browser indicating that you are now secure.

As our streaming customers may recall, with our last upgrade to the streaming service control panel, we have also made that area secure. It is just another step that we are taking to ensure your security and privacy are the highest priority!

Have a great & safe 4th of July Holiday!

Stream101 Staff

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01 Jul 2012

Network Maintenance Notice

You are receiving this message regarding an important maintenance window scheduled for 07 June 2012 (all times US eastern).

Event Type: Network Upgrade

Start Time: 2012-06-07 01:00 (1am)

End Time: 2012-06-07 02:00 (2am)

Client Affecting: Yes

Event Summary: The purpose of this maintenance is to enable Access Control Lists (ACLs) on border routers to protect the overall network from (D)DoS attacks. Upon application of the ACL, existing sessions must be dropped and new sessions established. There may be limited client impact including temporarily increased latency and momentary packet loss at times throughout the maintenance window. PLEASE NOTE: Nothing will be completely offline, and the maximum expected impact should last under five (5) minutes per router.

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