Understanding the phpFox Admin Control Panel

This article focuses on the basic sections and features of the phpFox admin control panel (admincp).

The Dashboard is the first page you see when you login to your admincp.  This page will show you basic site statistics for the day, which admins are currently active, and the latest news and updates from phpFox itself.

A key feature of this page is the AdminCP Notes box.  This text box can be used to keep whatever notes are important to you, I have used it when setting up a site to keep track of what has been done and what still needs to be done.  I have also used it to keep track of banned members and why they have been banned, ip addresses of spammers, members that have been warned, and even members that I thought might be worthy of a promotion to moderator of the site. Learn More

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How to Receive Better Technical Support

Providing fast and easy technical support is something that we strive for and pride ourselves on at Arvixe. Getting good technical support as fast as possible is something that everyone wants, because not being able to send emails or having down time can really hurt your website! To get the best technical support possible, please follow these easy steps:

1. Define the problem as accurately as possible
The more information you are able to provide, the faster our technicians can identify and correct the issue. If possible, try to determine as many of the following:

What were you doing when you received this error?
What program produced the error?
What version of the program are you running?
Are you using a Linux or Windows based hosting account?
If you receive an error message, what does it say?
What steps did you take that produced the error?
When did you first notice the error?
Can you reproduce the error?
Please have any usernames or passwords required to access the issue.

2. Have your account information ready

The more information you can give your technician, the faster they can access your account, understand the issue, and help you resolve it. Have your username and password ready. Also, if you have your website’s name, whether you are using Linux or Windows, and your server name, we can help resolve your issue faster.

3. Know the priority status of the request 

Throughout the day, at any given point, we receive several requests of varying urgency. Each one of these requests takes time to resolve. If a request cannot be resolved immediately, if will be given the proper priority level and we will resolve it as soon as possible.

4. Allow an appropriate response time

As mentioned above, we receive several requests at a time. And although we do try to answer every request as quickly as possible, technical issues often do take time to resolve.

5. Know the technician’s responsibilities

Although we at Arvixe are not responsible for every possible issue that one might have on the Internet, we do try to help our customers as much as possible. We may be able to provide you with limited assistance to your issues, but please understand that our technicians’ priorities are to help with Arvixe related services.

6. Don’t be afraid to try it yourself

Whenever possible, don’t be afraid to try and find a solution on your own. Finding a solution on your own is certainly faster than asking for help. Although there is no shame in asking for help, basic issues that can be resolved easily will be given the lowest priority status. This means that finding a solution on your own will often be 100% quicker. You can try a simple Google search to find a solution to your problems. Or, visit the Arvixe Blog to search for a fix. Our articles are often written based on questions that costumers have had. Finally, the Arvixe Forum is a great community discussion board that may contain what you’re looking for. Maybe another costumer has had the same issue and received help! And don’t be afraid to start a new discussion post for your issue if you couldn’t find the solution. Starting this new post will allow others to find a solution too!

Although we understand that every case is unique, we hope that following these basic guidelines will help you receive faster assistance whenever you need to make an Arvixe technical support request.

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What Is CISPA?

The official position of Arvixe is against CISPA. This is simply an educational article informing blog readers about the CISPA bill and its potential impact on the average Internet user. 

So it seems that the threat of SOPA and PIPA has passed. Arvixe explained what SOPA was and took a stance against the act in this article.

But have you heard about CISPA? CISPA is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act and it actually passed through the House of Representatives on April 26th.

While SOPA focused more on copyright issues, CISPA aims to “track cyber threats.” The bill allows for government agencies and private companies to all be allowed to share private information about cyber threats. No one can deny that cyber threats have certainly been on the rise. We live in a world where most of our daily activities and private information is online, so criminals and vandals have turned towards the Internet to achieve their goals. While CISPA actually does have the potential of being a good thing, the question simply becomes: “what is considered a ‘cyber threat’?”

With CISPA, a cyber threat is anything that makes “efforts to degrade, disrupt or destroy” vital networks. Also, a cyber threat could be anything that can be taken as a “threat or misappropriation” towards information that is privately owned or owned by the government. Learn More

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