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Affordable Web Hosting and Domain Name Registration
Affordable Web Hosting and Domain Name Registration
Affordable Web Hosting and Domain Name Registration

Features Information


Autoresponders reply to incoming e-mail automatically. An autoresponder is set up to automatically send out an e-mail to the sender. If you've ever received a response to an e-mail which suggests that the recipient is away from the office, or that says "thank you for your inquiry" you may have received such an automated response.  Autoresponders can be easily setup through your control panel.

Anonymous FTP

Anonymous FTP is the ability to upload and/or download files from our servers without having a login username and password. Obviously, for security reasons, we only allow anonymous FTP to specific directories.

All hosting customers have access to a personal cgi-local directory in which you can place your own custom CGI scripts. CGI scripts are often used to accomplish tasks which are not supported by basic HTML such as a "hit" counter or guest book. This directory can be used to set up scripts that you write or find elsewhere on the web. We also offer several pre-written scripts, available free for your use. These include a hit a counter,  & a mail form. 
Control Panel
All users have access to a web-based Virtual Control Panel which allows you to set up POP3 accounts, e-mail forwarding options, autoresponders, change your password, view your statistics, add a counter to your site, manage your files,  change your contact information etc. Users can also view billing information at anytime without having to contact customer support. If you would like to view the control panel and some of the features click the link above and enter username 'demo' and password 'demo' and you will enter a control panel used as a demo all functions are not available for security purposes but it will give you a look at how it works and some of the info available.
Data Transfer
In general, any outward bound traffic from a web site, with the exception of e-mail, is considered to be data transfer. For example, each time a web page, image, midi file, Real Audio/Video, etc. is loaded, data transfer is generated. For more information on Data Transfer see Monthly Transfer.
Disk Storage Space
Disk storage space refers to the amount of server disk storage specifically allocated to your account. This space is used to store your html files, graphics, audio clips, POP3 mail messages, pdfs, and other files that make up your web site. Each of our plans includes a specified allotment of disk storage space. You can purchase more disk space at the rate of $5 per extra 10 MB of space. Just contact 1stcom, and we will upgrade your account immediately.
Domain Name Registration
1stcom Hosting offers virtual domain Web hosting accounts which means you can have your own Web address or "domain name" (eg: We can handle U.S. domain name registration or transfers on your behalf. (ie: .com, .net, .org, etc.). Because of our partnership with a major competitor of Network Solutions, we are able to offer a discounted rate of: $17 per year for new domain name registration! This is $18 less than the normal rate Network Solutions charges! 1stcom hosting can also serve non-U.S. domain names as well. We can provide you with the appropriate nameserver and technical contact information to assist you in registering a non-U.S. domain name with your local NIC.
Domain Pointing("URL Forwarding")
Domain Name Pointers are used to redirect existing virtual domain accounts to another existing virtual account or from one directory/file in an existing account to another directory/file in an existing account. 
Domain Pointing is helpful if you want to point another domain name to a sub-directory of an existing account.
If you do not already have an account to point from, you can sign up for any of our hosting plans or sign up for a Sub Domain and point to  your existing account. Once you have your new account, just go to the Control Panel and click on URL Forwarding and follow the directions.
URL Forwarding is can be used when you want a Sub Domain (ie that will point to a subdirectory of your main domain name ( Sub Domains are very inexpensive alternative to another domain name since they do not have to be registered!
Email Forwarding
Once your domain name is active worldwide, you can receive all e-mail addressed to your domain such as,, etc. By default, all e-mail addressed to your domain will forward to your real e-mail address provided by your local internet provider. For convenience, specific mail forwarding options are available if you need specific addresses each to be forwarded to different addresses on the internet. For example, e-mail addressed to could forward to an account at AOL, but could forward to a Prodigy account.  Setting up Mail Forwarding can be easily done through your Control Panel.
File Manager 
The File Manager is a very powerful feature. It allows you to manipulate all the files in your web site. You are able to create, delete, and move your files. You can also upload files from your local PC to the server in File Manager. Plus, you can edit the HTML in any of your files from this option.  Everything you need to manage your site can be found in this feature.  
FrontPage extensions
Through the Control Panel you can install Microsoft FrontPage extensions to your account. This allows you to use the easy-to-use Microsoft FrontPage program to create and maintain your web site. 1stcom Hosting works closely with FrontPage users and can provide support for many of your questions.  Microsoft also provides direct support for all FrontPage users.

FTP Access
You will have unlimited access to your account via FTP 24-hours a day to set up and maintain your web site. You can work on HTML documents, graphics, and scripts locally and then upload files to your web site when ready.
Included with all plans

Monthly Transfer

a. What is a Monthly Transfer?
Monthly Transfer  is the amount of information that you transmit from your site. In other words, each time a picture or HTML page is viewed by a visitor, it adds to your Monthly Transfer.
b. How many HITS will my does my Monthly Transfer allow me?
The average HIT is approximately 10k. This would mean that a transfer limit of 1.0 Gigabyte would allow 100,000 hits, a limit of 2 Gigabytes would allow 200,000 hits, and a limit of 5.0 Gigabytes would allow 500,000 hits.

c. Is Monthly Transfer monitored daily or monthly?
Bandwidth Traffic is based on MONTHLY transfer.
d. How can I see how much TRANSFER I am doing?
You can monitor your usage on the first page of your control panel.
The amount of transfer you use will be governed by how many graphics
sound files, etc you have on your pages.

For more information on Monthly Transfer see Data Transfer.
mySQL Database Server
Through your Control Panel, you can setup a fully functional lightweight database engine designed to provide fast access to stored data.
POP Accounts
In addition to mail forwarding, users have the option to retrieve e-mail directly from POP3 mailboxes on the mail server using an email program such as Netscape or Microsoft Outlook. Each of our plans offers a specified number of configurable POP accounts.  

You can purchase extra POP Accounts at the rate of $5/month for 10 extra accounts. Just contact 1stcom, and we will upgrade your account immediately.
RealAudioTM / RealVideoTM
Real Networks' RealAudio system is a client-server based streaming media delivery system for the Internet. Providers of news, entertainment, sports, and business content can create and deliver audio-based streaming multimedia content through the Internet to audiences worldwide. This is http streaming and not live streaming. You can not stream live content through our servers without licensing a live streaming server from Real Networks.
SSL Secure Server
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) allows users to collect data such as credit card information in a secure environment. Information submitted via a secure form is sent to the server in an encrypted mode. This requires a secure certificate issued by Verisign or Thawte.
Through the Control Panel you can access your web usage statistics such as what domains are accessing your web site, how many "hits" you are getting, how much data is being transferred and more.

3 Shopping Carts Available

A Shopping Cart System is a system that allows customers to add items to their shopping cart and continue shopping throughout a web site before finally checking out. When the customer check's out totals are calculated and shipping, and tax are added automatically.  Through your Control Panel, you can setup a fully functional shopping cart system for your web site designed to allow your customers shop at your web site.

Sub Domains (ie

A Sub Domain does not have to be registered! This makes Sub Domains a inexpensive option if you want another domain name. You can have an unlimited amount of Sub Domains. The only restriction is that you have the main domain name (ie with us.  And since you don't have to register your Sub Domain, you can use it right away without waiting for your domain registration or transfer to propagate throughout the net. 

* These features are available depending on what hosting package you have purchased.
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