Free SSL’s for EVERYONE!

Posted by Hive Node in Security on October 1, 2016 with Comments Off on Free SSL’s for EVERYONE!

Hello Everyone,

If you haven’t noticed Google has been making some big changes with SSL as part of their “Let’s make the web faster” initiative. Not only are they including SSL sites as part of their ranking guidelines their new Chrome update coming out soon will show a notification at the top next to the URL if the site is secure or not. While this may not matter too much if your website doesn’t require a secure login your clients may start to second guess when visiting a site.

No need to worry though. As long as you’re hosting with us you can get a free SSL for all of your sites! With Let’s Encrypt you can now have a free SSL for your sites. This is a great way to have your site showing SSL but without the cost of one. (Average $9.99 – $200.00 per year depending on SSL cert)

One thing I do want to mention is if you are using your site to process credit cards, take customers info, or has a secure login Let’s Encrypt won’t be a good option for you. Since it’s free it comes with no warranty or insurance like most of the paid SSLs have. However, if you just want a secure site so your customers know it’s secure and to help a little bit with ranking you can use Let’s Encrypt.

Now you may be wondering..what do I do next. Well Let’s Encrypt is installed already for most of our hosting client sites however if it it’s not please open a support ticket at and we’ll get you setup.

To test if your site has SSL enabled just visit and type your domain in their site checker. If the SSL is installed it will say Certificate Issuer: Let’s Encrypt.

We do have to mention one thing. Even though the SSL’s are free you do have got make some changes to your site to make it full SSL which may cost your a little extra to have your designer or us fix the SSL issues. You can try to fix it yourself with the guides below but please MAKE A BACKUP before you do! (To make a backup login to your cpanel, click backup, click download a full website backup, and then hit generate a backup) Keep in mind if you have a big site you may hit your space limit doing a backup. If so please delete the backup from your cpanel by going to file manager and open a ticket with us so we can do a backup for you. 

Once you have verify that SSL is installed on your site login to your WordPress backend..hover over settings, and select general.  You will see WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL). Change the http:// in both to https:// as example below.


You also need to redirect old URLs to the new https URLs.

You can do this by adding the following code in your .htaccess file:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R,L]

Don’t forget to replace with your site URL.

This guide may help as well with some other ways of doing everything.

Once you have it switched to https:// under general settings you can use to see if you have any other issues that have to be fixed.

Most of the  issues that will need to be fixed will be images or coding such as fonts, CSS, or Javascript. Some are easy to find by looking in your CSS file or theme header file but some may require some hunting. will tell you the issues you’ll just have to find them to change them.

One example would be fonts. A lot of designers use Google Font but a lot of them don’t have the URLs as SSL.

Very easy fix (if you can find it). You just need to find the font in your CSS or theme files (Sometimes your theme developer may help for free) to make the changes. Once you find it you just change the code from to If the code is // you don’t need to change it.

This guide also talks about mixed content

Once you’re all setup and secure you should add Cloudflare to your site to get the benefits of SPDY and HTTP/2. Not only does it help with your website speed Cloudflare also helps protect your website from spam and hackers.

You can read more about it below. SPDY and HTTP/2 come with all Cloudflare free plans.

If you’ve tried everything and need some extra help you can always hire the Hive Node team. Cost to switch your site to SSL will depending on how big your report is on

Open a ticket at to get started.

Thank you for being a customer at Hive Node!

– Hive Node Support testimonial

Posted by Hive Node in testimonials on November 12, 2014 with No Comments

After spending 6 years and almost $15k on a dedicated server, I discovered something; it takes a little expertise to run a dedicated server, something I do not possess and have little interest in learning. After writing about the issue on my blog, a friend recommended I look into Hive Node. Fast forward a week later, and all 30+ websites have been expertly transferred without a single issue and I’m spending less than a forth the cost I was with Hostgator. Hive Node made the transfer painless for me and now they’re going to run the day-to-day server operation so I can work on my business. Oh, but that’s not even the most exciting part… Our sites a faster now, I mean A LOT faster. Thank you Hive Node, for taking care of us and reducing my stress level when it comes to hosting because I no longer worry about it.

– Bryan Hawkins Testimonial

Posted by Hive Node in testimonials on April 22, 2014 with No Comments

Troy and Hive Node have been a God Send to Mom Does Reviews. The communication about issues is always within minutes, unlike other hosting companies that might reply within 4 hours. Thanks so much for your dedication to making our lives so much easier and FASTER, one blog at a time! – Pamela Gleason Maynard

Hive Node + Mandrill = Perfect Marriage.

Posted by Hive Node in E-mail on February 6, 2014 with Comments Off on Hive Node + Mandrill = Perfect Marriage.



Don’t know about you but e-mail is VERY important to us. If a customer doesn’t receive an e-mail we could have a problem or lose a deal. Hive Node has integrated our C-panel email system with Mandrill (From the makers of Mail Chimp).

Here’s way we made the switch….We want our clients to be able to send their e-mails without any issues. In the past we have had issues with our IPs getting on blacklisted because either a client was sending spam or their newsletters looked questionable. This caused issues because when we are listed on a spam list our users could have e-mail issues for a few days until they clear up.

Now with Mandrill those issues are now gone. Any time you or your website sends e-mail it is routed through Mandrill system to prevent any spam, blacklist, or delivery issues.

Thank you for being a customer of Hive Node and supporting us as we grow to be the provider everyone talks about! Testimonial

Posted by Hive Node in testimonials on December 7, 2013 with No Comments

And Troy has done it again!!! Thank you so much for all your help! I can blindly refer anyone to Hive Node, they are the BEST!! Yvonne Heimann

Cloudflare Railgun

Posted by Blog in DNS on October 18, 2013 with No Comments

CloudFlare Railgun™

As a CloudFlare Optimized Partner, we are thrilled to offer the CloudFlare Railgun™ technology to all our customers for free with any hosting package. Railgun is CloudFlare’s latest performance optimization technology that gives you significant improvements in site load times. To activate Railgun, log into your control panel and select Railgun “On”. Read on for additional details and instructions:


Railgun ensures that the connection between our network and the CloudFlare network is as fast as possible. Railgun achieves a 99.6% compression ratio for previously uncacheable web objects by using techniques similar to those used in the compression of high-quality video. The average website can expect a 1.43x performance increase.


When a request is made to a CloudFlare server for a web page that is not in cache CloudFlare makes an HTTP connection to the origin server to request the page. It’s that HTTP connection that Railgun accelerates and secures.

Even highly dynamic websites change slowly

Railgun works by recognizing that uncacheable web pages do not change very rapidly. For example, during an experiment, the homepage HTML was captured once, and then again after 5 minutes and then again after one hour. The page sizes were 92,516, five minutes still 92,516 and one hour later 93,727.

CNN sets the caching on this page to 60 seconds. After one minute, it is necessary to download the entire page again. However, looking inside the page, not much has changed. In fact, the change between versions is on the order of 100s of bytes out of almost 100k. Here’s a screenshot of one of the binary differences between the CNN home page at five minute intervals. The yellow bytes have changed, the rest have not.


Experiments at CloudFlare have revealed similar change values across the web. For example, changes by about 2.15% over five minutes and 3.16% over an hour. The New York Times home page changes by about 0.6% over five minutes and 3% over an hour. BBC News changes by about 0.4% over five minutes and 2% over an hour.

Although the dynamic web is not cacheable, it is also not changing quickly. That means that from moment to moment there’s only a small change between versions of a page. CloudFlare Railgun uses this fact to achieve very high rates of compression. This is very similar to how video compression looks for changes from frame to frame; Railgun looks for changes on a page from download to download.

Railgun Technology

Railgun consists of two components: the sender and the listener. The sender is installed at every CloudFlare data center around the world. The listener is a software component that [Name of Hosting Provider] has installed on our network for customers.

The sender and listener establish a permanent TCP connection that’s secured by TLS. This TCP connection is used for the Railgun protocol. It’s an all binary multiplexing protocol that allows multiple HTTP requests to be run simultaneously and asynchronously across the link. Or in other words, a persistent connection is opened between CloudFlare’s network and ours and eliminates the overhead of TCP.

We have made it simple for our customers to get the benefits of Railgun with one click. For additional information and instructions on how to activate, visit [insert link to wiki page or knowledge base page].

Remote Failover Redundancy

Posted by Blog in Downtime on September 10, 2013 with No Comments

While we don’t have a lot of maintenance downtime we have customers who cannot be down at all. While we already have a redundant setup using OnApp at our main data center “How OnApp redudancy works” . We wanted to go an extra step for our customers.

We have setup a failover redundancy at our Chicago data center to backup some of our clients sites (along with our own) every 6 hours in case of downtime at our Texas Data Center for $10 dollars per month.

We’re using DNSMadeEasy to route the DNS for our clients using this service.

While we would love to offers this same setup to our e-commerce customers we’re unable to do so because the databases change on both ends. With a normal website the database change only happens at our main data center and the updates are pushed to our Chicago data center.

We can setup something similar for our e-commerce customers but we’re unable to have it as affordable as this current setup.

Please note this is only for http request. This will not work with e-mail. However, you will not lose any e-mail during down time. How e-mail servers work is they will keep trying to send the e-mail until they have a response from the server. After 12 – 24 hours the e-mail server will stop trying to send the request. Our server’s won’t be down for that long so you have nothing to worry about.

If e-mail is absolutely critical even during maintenance downtime we suggest signing up for a third party provider such as Google Apps, Microsoft Hosted Exchange or another third party provider.

We use Google Apps ourselves because of the amazing features they provide and integration to third party sites.

Why is my WordPress site running slow!

Posted by Blog in Performance on May 21, 2013 with No Comments

snailRecently we had a customer contact us asking why is their site running so slow. We asked them for their login and found out that they had about 25 plugins running (someone just beat the record) 51 plugins running. 😯 Every single plugin you run uses resources and the more you have the longer it takes for the website to load. Plugins may be cool and all but if they’re not optimized or made correctly they can really hurt your site.  There is one plugin that you could use to determine which plugins are using too many resources. The one we use for our own testing is it is free from the WordPress plugin site.

The plugin give you a nice little pie chart and line chart that shows what is using the most resources and how long each one takes. If you find a plugin that is using a lot of resources and with a high load time you should disable it.

Contact us if you have any questions about optimizing your WordPress for SPEED or faster hosting!

profiler-graph Before and After

Posted by Blog in Site Moves on April 28, 2013 with No Comments

Last night we moved to our servers. is Magento base site running different add-ons for more features such as social media logins. These add-ons can cause a site to load a lot slower than normal but we also noticed that the host she was with was not optimized to run Magento as they stated plus they overload their servers with TONS of clients. Below is a screenshot of how their hosting was with his other provider and now it is with us now. You’ll notice a BIG 4.89 second difference. I don’t know about you but if I had to wait 4 seconds for a site to load I would definitely be going somewhere else. When you want your customers to buy a slow site will make them go to your competition!

connieskidsbeforeandafter Before and After

Posted by Blog in Speed on April 11, 2013 with No Comments

We recently moved a new client website to our servers. is WordPress base running a third party Woocommerce add-on. Below is a screenshot of how his hosting was with his other provider and now it is with us now. You’ll notice a 1.73 second difference. You may think that’s not a big deal but with E-commerce it is.


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