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Domain Name Registration

For .com, you will need to select a registrar from the list at InterNIC to register your domain. Popular ones include Network Solutions, Dotster, GoDaddy, Joker & Pairnic. Registration is done online with a credit card, and costs between US$10 (HK$78) to US$35 (HK$273) per year.
For .com.hk, registration can be made at HKDNR. Only a Hong Kong company can register a .com.hk domain, so if you don't have a valid business registration certificate, you will need to ask us to use our own company information when registering the domain. The cost is HK$200 (US$25.80) per year, HKDNR will invoice you directly for the registration once it's completed.

Web Space

This is the storage space you are given to store your web pages on. This is limited to the amount specified, and cannot be exceeded. (You will never get a large bill by surprise, from using too much) Your mail boxes are separate, and no limit is set on that, because this storage is always temporary.

Data Transfer

This means how many people visit your site. If you have a very popular site, or have large files that many people download, a lot of data will be transferred. Other ISPs can be very expensive for a busy site.

POP / FTP Account

This is a UNIX account on our server, used for uploading your web pages and setting up your email forwarding, and for checking your mail with POP3 or IMAP (different protocols for checking your mail). Secure SSL/TLS encryption for IMAP, POP3, and SMTP is available.

Virtual Forwarding

You can set up forwarding for any valid email address at your domain. This is controlled by yourself, by uploading files with special names. This takes effect instantly, no need to wait. There is no limit to how many you can make, and never any extra charge. You can also have a "default" (catch-all) forwarding that will even forward mis-spelled addresses.

Auto Responder

An autoresponder will automatically reply to everybody with a message you configure. The typical use for this is to let the sender know that their mail was received, and that you will reply soon. Many large companies use this kind of system.

Mailing List

A mailing list is a special kind of forwarding that sends a copy to all members of the list. There are two kinds - basic and automated. A basic mailing list is just a list of addresses, one per line, uploaded to the server. An automated list is much more advanced - users can join (subscribe) and be removed automatically, among other things. Mailing lists are often used in organizations like fan clubs or special interest groups, where any user might want to send an email to everybody in the group.

Subdomains

Subdomains let you categorize the sections of your site in a more aesthetically pleasing way. For example, if your domain is xxx.com, you could have your job availability section as http://jobs.xxx.com. Subdomains are already configured in the DNS, and you only need to edit your .htaccess file to add a new one.

Web Counter

This displays the number of people that have visited your site. There are many colors, sizes, and styles available to choose from. The starting number can be set to anything you like.
A demonstration is here.

Web Statistics

This shows you lots of details about people visiting your site, such as how many visitors, most popular times, the most visited pages, what browsers they use, countries they're from, and many more. New statistics are generated every day, and also for each month. There are two kinds available for you to choose from. Please see the examples at:
http://www.chugani.com/hitstat/
http://www.chugani.com/hastat/

Standard CGI Scripts

You can link to several public-use CGI scripts on our site, such as a mail form (mails you the contents of an enquiry form) and redirector (redirects you to another location). Others may be available too.

Private Newsgroups

Newsgroups are a very efficient way for large groups of people to communicate - anybody can post messages for all others to see. You can have your own newsgroup on our news server. It is not networked, so only people who access our server directly can participate.

Server-Side-Includes

This lets you do several special things on the server every time your page is accessed. You need to give the file a .shtml extension, and you can put special commands in the html to do things like insert the current date (or the modification date of any file), in any format you like (such as "Thursday, January 1, 1998" or "01/01/98"). You can also insert a text file into your page, such as a copyright notice or disclaimer. You then only need to change the one text file, and all shtml files that load it will show the new contents.

Java Servlets and JSP

Java Servlets are like CGI programs (they run on the server, and generate a html page). Being written in java, they are portable to any server platform. JSP is a scripting language very similar to ASP, but using Java function calls. More information on Java Servlets and JSP is available at:
http://java.sun.com/products/servlet/
http://java.sun.com/products/jsp/

RealAudio/Video Streaming

By using our streaming RealAudio/Video server, visitors can begin listening to or watching your content immediately, without downloading it first. They can also pause, rewind, or fastforward while listening or viewing. It also sends it to them at an optimum speed for their internet connection.

Search Engine Submission

We use the software package "Submit Wolf" to submit your site to the search engines. If the content of your site is interesting, it could bring you lots of visitors. More information on Submit Wolf and the search engines it submits your site to can be found at:
http://www.submitwolf.com

CGI Enabled

CGI stands for "Common Gateway Interface". It is the way that can take user input, run a program or script on the server, and generate the web page based on the user's input, or any other data from any source. If you don't know what CGI is, you probably don't need it. With it enabled, you are free to write or use any custom scripts you have.

UNIX Account Enabled for Telnet

You can telnet to our server and check your mail, change file permissions, edit files on your web site, develop or fix CGI scripts, and anything else you can normally do in Unix. If you don't know what Unix is, it's similar to DOS, but 100 times more powerful and reliable.

Calling CGI from SHTML

You can use the SHTML function to run CGI scripts you have, such as a text-based web counter or "fortune cookie" program. You can also do fun things like show a traceroute to their IP address, show them what browser / operating system they are using, etc.

Perl 5

Perl 5 and many of the popular perl modules are installed, to support the wide variety of CGI scripts people have. If there's a module you need, let us know and we'll install it for you.

C, C++, Java Compiler

For developers of C or C++ CGI programs, a compiler is necessary to translate the source code into programs the server can use. The Java compiler (Java Development Kit 1.1 and 1.2) is similarly used for compiling servlets.

Pine

You can read your mail with this full-featured email program. If you have a large mail stuck in your mailbox or can't download your mail for some other reason, this can be a life saver. It is also a great way to check your mail from somebody else's computer, without having to set up the mail software for your account.

256-bit SSL Encryption

In the secure area of your site, all data sent and received will be encrypted, so somebody in the middle can't see anything but random characters. You will be provided a directory under our domain to keep your secure documents and scripts, and can be accessed by using "https://secure.ecomhk.net/~username/" .
This method provides the same level of security while reducing costs. The traditional method ("https://www.yourdomain.com/") is also available, but is more expensive (cgi package HK$150 + unique ip HK$100 + certificate hosting option HK$200 + the certificate itself).
Here are some sites to buy your own SSL certificates:
https://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/ssl/ssl.asp
http://www.instantssl.com
http://www.thawte.com
http://www.geotrust.com
http://www.verisign.com/ssl/index.html
http://www.networksolutions.com/SSL-certificates/index.jsp

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat is the servlet container that is used in the official Reference Implementation for the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies. You can read more about it here.

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