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  1. Dear TotalChoice Hosting Clients, The world of technology is continually evolving, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that we provide you with the latest and most efficient tools. With the End-Of-Life (EOL) of MySQL 5.7, we’re excited to introduce MySQL 8, a more advanced and powerful database management system. 1. 5.7 EOL: Time to Move On MySQL 5.7 will no longer receive updates, fixes, or support. Transitioning to MySQL 8 will be essential for continued robustness, security, and efficiency. Here’s what you can expect: 2. Key Differences from MySQL 5.7 – JSON Functions: Improved JSON handling for more complex data structures. – Character Sets: Default utf8mb4 character set for broader language support. – Security Improvements: Enhanced encryption and authentication methods. 3. Older Scripts: What You Need to Know Compatibility issues might arise with older scripts. Please test and, if necessary, update them. Our support team is here to assist with any concerns you may have. 4. Compatibility and Reserved Words MySQL 8 introduces some changes in syntax, and a few previously allowed words are now reserved. Reviewing and modifying code might be necessary, but these changes lead to cleaner, more efficient coding practices. 5. Being Default on cPanel and Newer OSes MySQL 8 aligns with the latest industry standards, becoming the default option in cPanel and many newer Operating Systems. This alignment ensures a smoother and more cohesive integration across platforms. 6. Improvements: Faster and More Robust – Data Dictionary: Centralized data dictionary for faster access. – Transaction Handling: Improved consistency and reliability. – Indexing: More efficient indexing for quicker queries. – Optimizer Improvements: Smart and resource-effective query planning. 7. Options for Clients: We’re Here for You We understand that transitions can be daunting. TotalChoice Hosting offers: – Guided Migration: Step-by-step support for a smooth transition. – Compatibility Assistance: Help in updating existing applications. – Custom Plans: Tailored solutions for unique needs. Embracing MySQL 8 is about staying ahead, ensuring robust performance, and optimizing security. We invite you to begin preparations for this change and to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with your migration please contact our 24/7 friendly support team by submitting a ticket here: https://my.totalchoicehosting.com/ Thank you for being part of our journey towards excellence. Sincerely, The TotalChoice Hosting Team The post Embracing the Future with MySQL 8: An Important Update from TotalChoice Hosting first appeared on TotalChoice Hosting Blog. View the full article
  2. Introduction Selecting the right hosting solution is critical for the success of your website. With several options available, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is the best fit for your needs. In this blog, we will discuss three popular hosting solutions offered by TotalChoice Hosting: Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), and Dedicated Servers. We will outline the key differences between them and guide you in choosing the most suitable option for your website. Shared Hosting Shared hosting is the most affordable option and is ideal for smaller websites or those just starting out. In a shared hosting environment, multiple websites are hosted on a single server, sharing its resources such as CPU, RAM, and disk space. Pros: – Cost-effective: Shared hosting plans are typically the cheapest option, making them ideal for those with a limited budget. – Easy to manage: Shared hosting accounts often come with user-friendly control panels, such as cPanel, which makes managing your website and hosting account simple. – TotalChoice Hosting Support: TotalChoice Hosting offers 24/7 customer support to assist with any questions or issues you might encounter. Cons: – Limited resources: Since resources are shared, your website’s performance may be affected by other websites on the same server. – Less control: Shared hosting offers fewer customization options compared to VPS and dedicated servers. Virtual Private Server (VPS) A VPS is a virtualized environment where a physical server is divided into multiple virtual servers. Each VPS has its own dedicated resources, providing more control and better performance than shared hosting. Pros: – Scalability: VPS hosting allows for easy resource scaling as your website grows. – Improved performance: With dedicated resources, your website’s performance is less likely to be affected by other websites sharing the server. – More control: VPS hosting offers more customization options and greater control over the server environment. Cons: – Higher cost: VPS hosting is more expensive than shared hosting, although it is still more affordable than dedicated servers. – Requires more technical knowledge: Managing a VPS requires more technical knowledge compared to shared hosting. Dedicated Servers A dedicated server is a physical server dedicated entirely to your website. This option provides the highest level of performance, control, and security. Pros: – Unmatched performance: With all server resources dedicated to your website, you can expect excellent performance and fast loading times. – Maximum control: Dedicated servers offer complete control over the server environment, allowing for extensive customization and optimization. – Enhanced security: Dedicated servers provide a higher level of security compared to shared hosting and VPS. Cons: – High cost: Dedicated servers are the most expensive hosting option. – Requires advanced technical knowledge: Managing a dedicated server requires a high level of technical expertise. Conclusion Choosing the right hosting solution depends on your website’s requirements, budget, and technical expertise. For small websites or those just starting, shared hosting is a cost-effective and easy-to-manage option. As your website grows, you may consider upgrading to a VPS for improved performance and scalability. For websites with high traffic or specific security and customization needs, a dedicated server may be the best choice. At TotalChoice Hosting, we offer a variety of hosting solutions tailored to meet your needs. Our team of experts is always available to help you make the right decision and ensure your website’s success. To learn more about our hosting plans, visit our website or contact our support team. The post Shared Hosting vs. VPS vs. Dedicated Servers: Which One is Right for You? first appeared on TotalChoice Hosting Blog. View the full article
  3. When it comes to web hosting, the location of a data center plays a crucial role in the overall performance and user experience of your website. While this may not be the first aspect people consider when choosing a hosting provider, it is essential to understand its impact. In this blog post, we will delve into the importance of data center location and discuss why TotalChoice Hosting selected Michigan as the home for its data center. The Importance of Data Center Location There are several factors to consider when assessing the impact of data center location on your website, including: Latency: The geographical distance between your website visitors and the data center can significantly impact the speed at which they access your website. A closer data center location generally translates to lower latency and faster load times, providing a better user experience. Local Regulations and Compliance: Data center location plays a crucial role in complying with local and international laws and regulations. TotalChoice Hosting chose Michigan for their data centers not only because of the strategic advantages it offers in terms of infrastructure and connectivity, but also due to the stable legal and regulatory environment in the state. This ensures a smooth and compliant hosting experience for their customers. Network Connectivity: A data center with robust network connectivity ensures that your website remains accessible and performs optimally. A well-connected data center location can minimize downtime and maintain a reliable connection for your site visitors. Disaster Recovery and Redundancy: The geographical location of a data center can influence its susceptibility to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, or storms. A strategically located data center minimizes the risk of service disruptions due to environmental factors. Why TotalChoice Hosting Chose Michigan TotalChoice Hosting carefully considered these factors when selecting a location for its data center. Ultimately, Michigan emerged as the ideal choice for the following reasons: Central Location: Michigan’s central location within the United States provides a strategic advantage when it comes to latency. This positioning allows for lower latency and faster load times for visitors across the country, enhancing the user experience. Robust Infrastructure: Michigan boasts a robust and reliable infrastructure, including high-speed fiber-optic connectivity and stable power sources. This solid foundation ensures that TotalChoice Hosting can provide a reliable and high-performing hosting experience for its clients. Climate: Michigan’s cool climate reduces the need for energy-intensive cooling systems in the data center. This not only lowers operational costs but also contributes to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly hosting solution. Disaster-Resilient Location: Michigan is relatively free from major natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, reducing the risk of service disruptions due to environmental factors. This stability provides peace of mind for TotalChoice Hosting customers, knowing their websites will remain accessible and secure. Economic Benefits: By choosing to locate its data center in Michigan, TotalChoice Hosting contributes to the local economy and supports job creation in the state. This commitment to the local community aligns with TotalChoice Hosting’s values as a family-owned business. Conclusion Data center location is a critical factor that can significantly influence your website’s performance, user experience, and compliance with local regulations. TotalChoice Hosting’s decision to establish its data center in Michigan reflects a commitment to providing customers with a reliable, high-performing, and sustainable hosting solution. If you have any questions about our data center or hosting services, our knowledgeable support team is always here to help. The post Understanding the Impact of Data Center Location on Your Website: Why TotalChoice Hosting Chose Michigan first appeared on TotalChoice Hosting Blog. View the full article
  4. In the world of web hosting, managing your website and its associated services can be a complex task. One tool that has proven to be invaluable in simplifying this process is cPanel, a powerful web-based control panel. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of cPanel and discuss how TotalChoice Hosting seamlessly integrates it into their services, providing a user-friendly experience for customers. What is cPanel? cPanel is a popular web-based control panel designed to help website owners manage various aspects of their web hosting accounts, including email, domains, files, databases, and security. By providing a graphical interface and automation tools, cPanel simplifies the process of hosting and maintaining a website, making it accessible even for those with limited technical knowledge. The Benefits of cPanel User-friendly Interface: cPanel’s intuitive interface is designed for ease of use, allowing users to quickly navigate and manage various aspects of their hosting accounts without requiring advanced technical skills. One-Click Installations: TotalChoice Hosting enhances cPanel by installing Softaculous, an integrated application installer, for their customers. This addition allows users to install popular web applications such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal with just a few clicks, saving time and effort. Email Management: cPanel provides comprehensive email management tools, enabling users to create and manage email accounts, set up email forwarding, configure spam filters, and more. File Management: With cPanel’s built-in File Manager, users can easily upload, download, and manage files directly within their web hosting account, without needing separate FTP software. Database Management: cPanel includes tools for managing MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, allowing users to create, modify, and manage databases for their web applications with ease. Security Features: cPanel offers various security tools, including SSL certificate management, password-protected directories, IP address blocking, and hotlink protection. Resource Monitoring: cPanel provides users with information about their hosting account’s resource usage, including disk space, bandwidth, and CPU usage, helping them monitor and optimize their websites’ performance. Backup and Restore: cPanel allows users to create and manage backups of their hosting accounts, ensuring that their data is safe and secure in case of any unexpected issues. How TotalChoice Hosting Integrates cPanel into Their Services At TotalChoice Hosting, we understand the importance of providing a reliable and user-friendly web hosting experience. That’s why we have seamlessly integrated cPanel into our web hosting services, ensuring that our customers can easily manage their websites and hosting accounts. Easy Account Management: TotalChoice Hosting customers can access their cPanel directly from their hosting account dashboard, allowing for quick and convenient management of their website and hosting services. Log in to your account at my.totalchoicehosting.com to start experiencing the benefits of cPanel today. Customized cPanel Experience: We have customized the cPanel interface to provide a consistent experience for our customers, with TotalChoice Hosting branding and specific features tailored to our customers’ needs. Regular Updates and Maintenance: TotalChoice Hosting ensures that our customers’ cPanel installations are always up to date with the latest features and security patches, providing a secure and reliable hosting experience. Comprehensive Support: Our knowledgeable and friendly support team is well-versed in cPanel and can assist customers with any questions or issues they may encounter while using the control panel. Conclusion: cPanel has revolutionized the way website owners manage their hosting accounts, making it a vital tool in today’s web hosting landscape. By integrating cPanel into our services, TotalChoice Hosting is committed to providing our customers with an efficient, user-friendly experience that simplifies website management. If you have any questions about cPanel or our hosting services, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team, who are always happy to help. Log in to your account at my.totalchoicehosting.com! The post The Benefits of cPanel and How TotalChoice Hosting Integrates It into Our Web Hosting Services first appeared on TotalChoice Hosting Blog. View the full article
  5. TCH Family, Please be advised of an upcoming Power Maintenance Window. You can always view TCH announcements by navigating to my.totalchoicehosting.com and clicking on “Announcements” in the top navigation bar. ============================================ Detroit Edison will be performing maintenance on 02/04/23 between the hours of 08:00-19:00 EST (8am-7pm). There is no downtime expected. Building power will be transitioned to generators at 07:45 and remain on until commercial power is restored. The facilities team will be onsite to monitor generators. Start of maintenance window: 2023-02-04 08:00:00 End of maintenance window: 2023-02-04 19:00:00 Expected downtime: None The post Power Maintenance Notice – Southfield, MI Data Center first appeared on TotalChoice Hosting Blog. View the full article
  6. TCH Family – 2022 is finally in the books. What a year it was! The new year will mark TotalChoice’s 24th Anniversary in the Web Hosting Business. What a ride it has been. Over the years, we have seen many changes to the Web Hosting business. TotalChoice has always strived to provide our clients with the best hosting values. The new year will bring exciting updates to our product offerings, service levels, and more. Here are some of the plans we have in place for 2023. Updated and Improved Status Pages New and improved VPS services Improved Knowledge Base Additional Bare Metal Server options Web Site Improvements Forums Contests (Remember the old contests?) Additional Backup Options More Michigan Colocation Options These are just a few of the exciting plans for 2023. I hope that everyone enjoys this beautiful New Year. Thank you for supporting TotalChoice Hosting. The post Happy New Years first appeared on TotalChoice Hosting Blog. View the full article
  7. TotalChoice will be performing maintenance on 01/07/2023 between the hours of 00:00-06:00 EST (12am-6am). Technicians will be slotting new line cards on Core switches. There is no scheduled downtime with this maintenance; however, it is considered high risk due to the nature of the work. Start of maintenance window: 2023-01-07 00:00:00 End of maintenance window: 2023-01-07 06:00:00 Expected downtime: None The discussion topic for this maintenance is located here. The post Network Maintenance Notice first appeared on TotalChoice Hosting Blog. View the full article
  8. Dear TCH Family, Horde support will be removed from cPanel & WHM starting with Version 108. This is because Horde does not support PHP 8.x, and PHP 7.4 reaches its End of Life in November 2022. Horde relies on PHP 7.4, which reaches End of Life on November 28, 2022 and will no longer be available after this date. Because of this, cPanel will remove Horde. Roundcube will become the primary cPanel Webmail client. What does this mean for TotalChoice Customers that use Horde? cPanel Webmail offering will be focused on Roundcube going forward. Your email will be available in Roundcube just as it is in Horde today. What do I need to do to prepare for this? Nothing. All email and data will be moved from Horde to Roundcube. What about my calendars and contacts? When cPanel & WHM update to version 108, the system will automatically migrate all Horde data to Roundcube. If you require any assistance please just let us know and our technical support team will be more than happy to assist. The post Horde Email EOL first appeared on Web Hosting Blog. View the full article
  9. TCH Family – Did you know that TotalChoice was selected as one of the most influential Michigan Based web hosting companies for 2021? We are proud of who we are and are very lucky to be loved by such a loyal group of clients. Thank you for all the support we would not be here without our extended family of clients and friends. The post TotalChoice in the news… first appeared on Web Hosting Blog. View the full article
  10. Background of TotalChoice Hosting The journey of TotalChoice Hosting started back in 1999 as a family-owned company based in Michigan. Over the past 22 years, TotalChoice Hosting has been serving as a dedicated, reliable, and affordable web hosting platform for a wide range of customers. As TotalChoice Hosting is a family-owned business, it treats its clients as family members. It has been one of the traits of the company that made it possible for it to achieve success and growth in a competitive market. As of now, TotalChoice Hosting has five Tier III+ data centers in the US and Europe. The company is known for its affordability, customer-first approach, and top-notch data centers. Why you should choose TotalChoice Hosting? TotalChoice Hosting is an experienced company in the field of providing hosting solutions to customers. The company has been working in this field for the last 22 years. TotalChoice Hosting has successfully created value for its services by improving its plans and features based on the latest industry trends. Some of the best features offered by TotalChoice to its clients are an intuitive dashboard, lightning-quick web pages, a website builder, 24/7 support throughout the year, HawkEye Monitoring, and a 30-day money-back guarantee. TotalChoice is highly committed to making your online businesses successful. That is why we offer cost-effective and efficient web hosting services to a wide range of customers. It continuously integrates new technologies into its data center to make web hosting easier for you. By using the TotalChoice Hosting services, you will never face network downtime, unavailability of servers, and unreliability of data centers issues. As mentioned earlier, the company considers you as a family member. It knows how to take care of you to make you successful in your endeavor. Conclusion TotalChoice Hosting has come up a long way since its creation in 1999 in Michigan. During these 22 years, the company has seen a huge growth in terms of attracting clients and improving its hosting services. It has now become a one-stop shop for people looking for web hosting services. It has 5 state-of-the-art data centers in the US and Europe that are capable of hosting millions of websites. Last but not least, TotalChoice has earned special recognition in a highly competitive market. The customer-first approach of the company is one of the major reasons behind its success. The post TotalChoice Hosting 22 Years later first appeared on Web Hosting Blog. View the full article
  11. I am pleased to announce the addition of several new staff members to the TCH Family. Kris Sand is joining our team in the Techincal Support Services Department. Kris brings over 9 years of experience to TCH. Kris has a B.A. in Electronics and Communication Engineering with a large amount of experience in electrical engineering. Ethan James is joining our team in the Techincal Support Services Department. Ethan brings over 12 years of experience to TCH. Ethan is a Red Hat Certified Engineer and has a B.A. in Information Technology. Vikas Sonawane is joining our team in the Technical Documentation Department. Vikas brings a very large pool of talent along with his many certifications that are too long to list. Vikas has a B.A. in Information Technology. I wish the new team members the best of luck in their new endeavors here at TotalChoice Hosting. It is very exciting to watch our family grow. Happy Hosting The post TotalChoice is growing… first appeared on Web Hosting Blog. View the full article
  12. Hey TCH-Family, Today we’re going to talk about our Shared Hosting plans. Since TotalChoice Hosting was created nearly 20 years ago, we have always focused on offering amazing products at an affordable price with unbeatable customer service. No matter how big or small the customer, it’s our mission to surpass expectations. Even with an average network uptime of 99.9%, our staff makes it a goal to improve our web hosting products day after day. The most economical way to host your website is with one of our four shared hosting plans. With a shared hosting plan, you still get all the benefits of our industry-leading reliability and enterprise hosting software. You even have access to a free and easy to use mobile responsive website builder! Here’s a quick breakdown of our shared hosting plans. Starter Plan: 5GB of Disk Space 150GB of Monthly Bandwidth Transfer $3.95 Monthly Price or $44.00 Yearly Price Silver Plan: 10GB of Disk Space 300GB of Monthly Bandwidth Transfer $5.95 Monthly Price or $55.00 Yearly Price Deluxe Plan 20GB of Disk Space 400GB of Monthly Bandwidth Transfer $9.95 Monthly Price or $98.00 Yearly Price Gold Plan 30GB of Disk Space 500GB of Monthly Bandwidth Transfer $14.95 Monthly Price or $164.00 Yearly Price All of our shared hosting servers are maintained by our experienced data center technicians at our world-class data center in Troy Michigan. Regardless of which shared hosting plan you go with, your Shared Hosting Plans come with an easy WordPress installer, our website builder, FTP and email, PHP 5.X / PHP 7.X, and MySQL free of additional charge. If that’s not enough, contact our sales team for more information on our wide range of add ons from more Disk Space and Bandwidth to Dedicated IP Addresses. Until next time, thanks for reading and feel free to say hi on social media or the TCH-Forums! Instagram – @TotalChoiceHosting Twitter – @TotalChoiceHost Facebook – @TotalChoice The post TotalChoice Shared Hosting Options first appeared on Web Hosting Blog. View the full article
  13. Hey TCH-Family, Today we’re going to talk about the datacenter and network infrastructure behind all the amazing products we offer at TotalChoice Hosting. Ever since TCH founder and owner Bill Kish started TotalChoice Hosting as ProLogic Networks in his garage in 1999, Bill has dedicated his life to offering affordable hosting plans and custom-built hosting solutions with unbeatable customer service. A lot has changed since then but Bill kept TotalChoice local to Michigan and true to his founding principles. Our amazing web hosting products and average network uptime of 99.9% wouldn’t be possible without the robust infrastructure behind our servers. Located in the natural disaster-free zone of Troy, Michigan, there’s a lot that goes into our Tier III+ data center. From Multiple Diverse fiber connections to over 30 reliable carriers to always keep you connected. Our facility even has dual substation feeds with automated switching, multiple ups redundancies, and diesel generators with 72 hours of run time so you’ll never have to worry about losing power. Apart from physical infrastructure, there’s a lot more that goes into our infrastructure. An important part of that infrastructure is our Hawk-Eye 24/7 monitoring system. With Hawk-Eye monitoring, our staff can monitor each server and service we offer in real-time. If any problems should arise in one of our servers or services our 24/7 staff will be notified of the situation immediately via e-mail, SMS cell phone messages, and instant messages. Staff will be shown exactly where the problem is occurring so that it can be resolved quickly. Not only can we monitor in real-time but our Hawk-Eye service actively creates reports for our administrative team to review and perform preventative maintenance such as updates. We want you to know that you can have peace of mind that you’ll always be taken care of when you go with TotalChoice Hosting no matter how small the problem may be. Thanks for reading and feel free to say hi on social media or the TCH-Forums! Instagram – @TotalChoiceHosting Twitter – @TotalChoiceHost Facebook – @TotalChoice The post Infrastructure At TotalChoice Hosting first appeared on Web Hosting Blog. View the full article
  14. Hey TCH-Family, Today we’re going to be talking about some new tech again. Raspberry pi has released its new camera the “Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera.” The 12.3 megapixel Sony IMX477 camera can be used for both photos and video and is compatible with Raspberry Pi’s single-board computers. The Sony IMX477 was originally made for camcorders and is a big upgrade from the older Raspberry Pi cameras that were cell phone cameras with a small lens built-in. Apart from being newer technology the biggest difference between this camera and Raspberry Pi’s previous camera is that it has an interchangeable lens system. While the previous model, the Camera Module V2 used an old smartphone camera with a built-in lens the new camera gives users the flexibility to use whatever lens they want by coming with an aluminum C-mount and C-mount to CS-mount adapter. By using C mount lenses you’re sure to get a better image and a lot of control over the look and quality of that image with all the possibilities to choose from. You can even get a C-mount to EF-mount adapter to use professional-level DSLR lenses if you’re inclined to go big or go home with your $50 sensor. This new camera has all the possibilities that come with Raspberry Pi Computers. You can do everything from taking photos, making time-lapse videos to even making your own motion sensor security camera. With Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections you can view your camera remotely or stick with USB and SD storage. No matter what you plan to do with it, now that you can swap lenses there really are no limits. Let us know if you’ve ever played with a Raspberry Pi camera and what you made with it below! Say hi on social media or the TCH-Forums! Instagram – @TotalChoiceHosting Twitter – @TotalChoiceHost Facebook – @TotalChoice The post Interesting New Tech: The Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera first appeared on Web Hosting Blog. View the full article
  15. Hey TCH-Family, Today we’re going to change it up and talk about Starlink. Starlink is SpaceX’s satellite constellation that will use thousands of satellites in low orbit communicating with ground transceivers to bring low latency, high-speed broadband internet to customers throughout the world. SpaceX started launching Starlink satellites on February 22nd, 2018, and has worked up to 422 total satellites in orbit since then with the most recent being the 22nd of April, 2020. As SpaceX sent its latest batch of Starlink satellites into orbit on the 22nd, SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk tweeted that a private beta of Starlink will be available around 3 months from the launch and a public beta about 6 months from the launch. Elon Musk also tweeted that these tests will be available in “high latitude” locations of Canada and the United States. With satellite launches still going out and the announcement of beta tests, it looks like the current state of coronavirus lockdowns aren’t slowing down Starlinks plan to provide service across the globe by early 2022. Not everyone has been excited about Starlink though. Once Starlink satellites started to orbit they caused a lot of concerns over the effect their bright reflection would have on space research. Because of their low orbit to earth and the link of satellites close together necessary to reduce latency the satellites leave a streak of light pollution interference nearly as bright as a meteor in research telescopes. Elon Musk also tweeted about SpaceX’s plan to reduce the light pollution caused by Starlink satellites by creating “sunshades” for future satellites being launched along with adjusting the angle of the satellite’s solar panel. We’re excited to see what’s to come from the private and public beta testing of Starlink this year and what’s next as SpaceX pushes the future of broadband internet connection on. Until next time, thanks for reading and feel free to say hi on social media or the TCH-Forums! Instagram – @TotalChoiceHosting Twitter – @TotalChoiceHost Facebook – @TotalChoice The post New Possibilities For Accessibility To The Internet first appeared on Web Hosting Blog. View the full article
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