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A domain name is a unique combination of letters used in Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). A domain name allows people to globally navigate web sites and send email using familiar, easy to remember names rather than strings of numbers and symbols that make-up an Internet Protocol (IP) address.

A website cannot be found without a domain name so finding the right domain name is of paramount importance. Domain names include both top-level and second-level domain names stated inversely.

The Domain Name System (DNS) maps domain names to servers where content resides based on Internet Protocol (IP) address.

Our friendly customer service team is standing by and ready to help. Contact professionally trained support personnel by phone, email, forum, or web. Team members are trained to resolve issues ranging from choosing the right domain name to technical issues.

Go back to the top of this webpage and enter your requested domain name to begin your search for your customized website domain name and we'll let you know if it's available to be registered.

Use our powerful domain name search engine to find out immediately if your desired domain name (SLD) and extension (TLD) is available.

First, claim your name by purchasing your domain through GPD Host. Secure Sockets Layers (SSL) digital certificate provides encryption and validation for your domain with website trust indicators and URL green bar option.

Receive full HTTPS support, a minimum 15-day (100%) refund policy, and integration for your domain and website - free on all (SSL) digital certificate plans.

For more information, see GPD Host SSL Certificates

When reading the domain name “gpdhost.com”, “com” is the top level domain name (TLD). TLD’s are commonly referred to as domain name extensions.

The responsibility for management of TLD’s is delegated to organizations by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which operates the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), in charge of maintaining the DNS root zone.

When reading the domain name “gpdhost.com”, “gpdhost” is the second-level domain name. In the Domain Name System (DNS) hierarchy, a second-level domain (SLD) is directly below a top-level domain (TLD).

Second-level domains commonly refer to the organization that registered the domain name with a domain name registrar.

Released in 2003, WordPress is a free open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. WordPress is installed on a web server and features a plugin architecture and design template system.

WordPress in use by 26.4% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2016. Over 60 million websites make WordPress the most popular blogging system in use globally and in the United States.

Website hosting is essentially buying space, services and support on a configured computer web server, and ideally provided by GPD Host. Web hosting is a home for your website on the Internet, where files are stored and served to be accessible when visitors view your website.

With purchase of a GPD Host web hosting plan, we provide enterprise-level computer server space and easy-to-use cPanel or Plesk GUI interface to store, serve and manage your website.

We also immediately assign a unique DNS that allows people around the world to find and view your website.

Not with Managed WordPress Hosting, GPD Host will manage the database setup and the entire process for you. We make it as easy as possible.

Once you’ve purchased your plan, you can begin installing your theme and building your WordPress website.

Plesk (Parallels Plesk Panel) is a is a Linux-based web hosting control panel used in web hosting and designed for novice to average users. It offers hosting customers a friendly graphical interface to make website management easier for novice users.

Plesk control panel allows server administration to set up new websites, email accounts, and DNS entries through a web-based interface. The administrator can create client and site templates, which predetermine resource-allocation parameters for the domains and/or clients.

The latest version of Plesk for Linux/Unix supports multiple POSIX platforms, including Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, Red Hat Linux and CloudLinux.

cPanel is a Linux-based web hosting control panel used in web hosting and designed for average to expert users. cPanel provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a website.

cPanel utilizes a 3 tier structure that provides capabilities for administrators, resellers, and end-user website owners to control the various aspects of website and server administration through a standard web browser.

In addition to the GUI, cPanel also has command line and API-based access that allows web hosting organizations to automate standard system administration processes. cPanel is designed to function either as a dedicated server or virtual private server. The latest cPanel version supports installation on CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and CloudLinux OS.

WordPress with web hosting is ready to go with a 1-click. WordPress is integrated into your managed hosting platform providing the flexibility, ease of use and features of WordPress without requiring manual updates or technical intervention on your part.

Make your install simple; build, edit and manage your own website. GPD Host servers are modified specifically for PHP and WordPress, giving you speed and security superior to a standard web hosting plan.

GPD Host offers industry-standard Linux hosting to provide the most powerful platform made easy to use with features and options depending on your needs and level of server-side expertise.

Securely serve your website, shopping cart, blog, podcast or Web application. Contact our support team 24/7 to receive answers to any of your questions.

GPD Host web hosting plans give you access to website hosting and free server-side applications that can be used to develop and customize your website.

You can build and design and host your websites, programs and applications by hand-coding in HTML, or using an HTML-editor (Adobe Dreamweaver®, Microsoft Expression ®, Apple iWeb®)Or you can build a highly-functional and versatile site or application within the most-popular Content Management System (CMS) applications WordPress® or Joomla®.

Additionally you use our own industry-themed TrendyTools website builder program to quickly design simple websites.

WordPress is WordPress. WordPress is open-source and the most popular website and blog platform in the world. We provide the latest latest version of WordPress, also available on WordPress.org.

We prepare our server software to make WordPress installation seamless. With managed plans we manage updates and installations automatically.

No more website issues caused by uninstalled updates or outdated compromised versions of WordPress.

A content management system (CMS) is a computer application that typically has two major components: a front-end graphical user interface (GUI) and a content delivery application(CDA).

Front-end user interface allows a user with limited expertise to add, modify and remove content from a Web site without the intervention of a webmaster. A content delivery application (CDA) compiles information and updates the Web site.

CMS features vary however web-based publishing, format management, history editing and version control, indexing, search, and retrieval are common features.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) describes a physical web server with an installed operating system enabling custom configurations, virtual partitioning, and a unique IP address.

VPS is a more cost-effective yet powerful option for website owners and developers seeking faster website speeds and a limit to the allocation of shared server resources.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) Managed and Fully Managed VPS hosting packages increase website speeds by employing content delivery network (CDN) with WAF to provide the fastest and most secure website possible.

The (CDN) is a massive distributed global system of servers deployed creating an environment optimizing web pages and content served based on geographic location of customer and the origin of web page; the closer the customer geographically, the faster the content is delivered.

CDN is particularly important for significant for dynamic content, database-driven and transaction-based ecommerce sites.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) allows you to securely receive host and serve websites and software applications online through a server container structure implementing virtual partitioning with a unique IP address.

Isolate multiple applications from one another within containers and limit the amount of shares on physical resources and infrastructure.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) requires some technical skills however the fully-managed VPS option provides customers with a pre-configured build with less time time invested in set-up.

Software administration skills are required knowledge to operate effectively including an intermediate understanding of level-access, file transfer, and file and folder configuration.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) upgrades are available any time and on demand, directly from your control panel. Your operating system, software and settings are saved automatically and without making any changes.

Select a plan and upgrade your VPS hosting automatically and within minutes with no data loss.

Web Application Firewall (WAF) is a part of a computer system or network that is designed to block unauthorized access while permitting outward communication and protect websites from malicious bots or hackers.

Without an effective firewall, applications, blogs or shopping carts can allow cybercriminals to steal data, transactions and website traffic.

Hundreds of thousands of websites sites are compromised annually through this process. WAF is an included feature with Managed and Fully Managed hosting.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) gets you superuser status and root access to Apache and PHP files and databases.

Standard web hosting meets the needs of many website owners, however as your website and business grows you may require allocating of additional resources on demand, greater control over websites and software, and faster website speeds.

Access pre-configured secure applications, customize the configuration best suited for your requirements and growth.

RAID-5 comes standard with Dedicated Server, other RAID configurations are available. RAID is Redundant Array of Independent Disks.

RAID combines hardware and software with a strategy to store data on multiple linked hard disks enabling operating systems on your server to process that data as a single disk entity.

RAID is a way of storing the same data in different places redundantly on multiple hard disks and by placing data on multiple disks, input/output (I/O) operations can overlap in a balanced way, to improve performance.

Dedicated Server describes a physical web server with an installed operating system enabling custom configurations and a unique IP address.

Dedicated Server is the most-powerful, most-secure option for website owners and developers seeking the optimum level of security and privacy, and the fastest website speeds.

There is no allocation or sharing of server resources with anyone with Dedicated Server.

Dedicated Server allows you to solely, privately and securely host and serve websites and software applications online with unique IP address. You are essentially leasing a physical server in GPD Host data centers for your sole use.

Powerful enough to erve large volumes of traffic while offering video streaming simultaneously. Choose Managed Dedicated Server for easy pre-configured secure applications; or you have root access to customize the configuration best suited for your requirements and growth with Managed Dedicated Server plan.

When security or business needs demand your website and application be housed on it’s own private server, without sharing resources; it’s time for a Dedicated Server.

Get the benefit of managing your own Dedicated Server without the challenge of setup, security and maintenance. Dedicated Server provides sole superuser status and root access to Apache and PHP files and databases on an essentially leased and managed server.

Dedicated Server meets and exceeds needs when transactional websites and corporations require additional resources and greater control over websites and software.

If you currently have a Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting account with GPD Host, and you are seeking more privacy and power; you can easily upgrade to our Dedicated Server at any time.

Fully Managed customers receive complimentary migration of your data from your current account to your new server.

GPD Host cloud storage services implement the same encryption, SSL certificates and security measures as banks and financial institutions use to protect private and sensitive data.

Users themselves can also encrypt data that is processed or stored within the cloud to prevent unauthorized access.

Physical data centers and equipment is secured, licensed and kept up to date by professional IT and security staff.

You need more space for data storage, and an ability to share images and video, and collaborate on documents and files. Many options for data storage exist but none are as modern, cost-effective or in-demand as is web-based cloud storage.

Technology is the lifeblood of most companies and demands we process and store more emails, documents, presentations, databases, graphics, audio files and spreadsheets. Flash drives or external hard-drives are not enough and applications that run and protect your business require significant disk space.

GPD Host Cloud online storage and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) securely stores and easily manages and share data. Knowledge workers and creatives on the go use different devices and require syncing across computers, phones and tablets. Access the most up-to-date information and version of the file available online, and collaborate.

GPD Host implements SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser, originally created by Netscape in 1992. In order to use the SSL protocol, a web server requires the use of an SSL certificate. This SSL secure link ensures data and private information passed between web server and browsers remains private and intact.

SSL is an industry standard used by millions of websites to protect online transactions. To create an SSL connection a web server requires an SSL Certificate. When you activate an SSL Certificate you will be required to verify the identity of your domain and website and in some cases actual validation of your company. Your web server then creates Private and a Public Keys cryptographic keys which can be used to establish an SSL Certificate.

It’s easy to take advantage of SSL security and encryption with GPD Host services.

Encryption is the process changing data into an undecipherable format that can only be returned to a readable format with the specific and unique decryption key. An authorized recipient can easily decrypt the message with the key provided by the originator to recipients. The purpose of encryption is to ensure that only somebody who is authorized to access data will be able to read it, using the decryption key. Somebody who is not authorized can be excluded, because he or she does not have the required key, without which it is near-impossible to read the encrypted information. Encryption does not of itself prevent interception, but denies the message content to the interceptor. It is in principle possible to decrypt the message without possessing the key however large computational resources and expert technical skills are required.

GPD Host partner providers (CA’s) take pride in offering rock-solid website and domain security via SSL certificates generated with 256-bit encryption, and where the capabilities of web browser and server are sufficient. The strength and level of validation and encryption, via SSL; is determined by the number of bits used to generate an encryption key, and thereby encrypting the data. Generally, 128-bit encryption is considered sufficient, and is often considered the industry standard for data protection.

An SSL Certificate is a browser compatible digital certificate that validates and authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts information sent to the server using SSL technology. SSL certificates are provided by authorized Certificate Authorities (CA’s).

SSL Certificates provides encryption and validation for your domain and website. Industry-standard protection against fraud and identity theft combined with visual trust indicators make visitors and customers on your website feel more comfortable. When a web browser views a website with an an SSL Certificate it displays a padlock icon or may display a green address bar, depending on the type of SSL Certificate. An SSL certificate contains the following: certificate holder's name, certificate's serial number and expiration date, copy of the certificate holder's public key, digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority.

Browser compatible SSL Certificates are cost-effective “good products direct” to you, and easy to install with GPD Host.

Domain Validated (DV) SSL certificates include the address bar padlock in all major browsers and are the lowest-priced SSL Certificate options for validation and encryption for your domain and website, and are usually issued in 15 minutes. No paperwork is required in most cases and includes all options include a Website Seal of Certification trust indicator.

Popular “good products direct” to you Domain Validated (DV) SSL Certificates are ideal for blogs, personal websites and small business sites they do not offer ecommerce or capture financial information; and often include a “website seal” that can be included in web pages.

GPD Host SSL Certificates are are viable and compatible with 99% of all browsers. All SSL certificates are compatible and are supported by all popular versions of web browsers including Google Chrome (tm), Internet Explorer (tm), and Mozilla Safari (tm), and others.

Web browsers will automatically trust your authorized Certificate Authorities (CA’s) issued SSL Certificate because it is assured by an already trusted entity. If an SSL Certificate isn't signed by a trusted root certificate, or if links in the certificate chain are missing, then the web browser will give a warning message that the web site may not be trusted.

GPD Host “good products direct” to you browser compatibility means that your SSL certificate is authorized by a Certificate Authorities (CAs) and signed by a root certificate already trusted by almost any user on any web browser, anywhere globally.

Single domain certification - and security; refers to the validation and certification of one single (1) single domain-name (i.e: “example1.com”).

GPD Host provides single domain-name certificates, trust-indicators, customer-assurance and security with SSL-DV and SSL-EV validation and certificates; offered at the best prices by: Comodo, GeoTrust and Symantec. Have your domain-name and website SSL-DV certified and validated in under 15-minutes with “good products direct” to you; by GPD Host. Prices start at $22, with $250.000 warranty and a 100% refund guaranteed within 15-days.

GPD Host provides SSL Certificates so that our customers can encrypt and protect sensitive information as it travels across the Internet and the world's computer networks. It is highly-recommended that you secure your domains and websites while creating trust when transacting businesses online or exchanging private data and information. Choose from easily-installed cost-effective Domain Validated (DV) SSL Certificates, or Extended Validation SSL Certificates offering the most-secure encryption level available and enabling businesses and organizations to present a verified identity to website visitors.

Multiple domain certification - and security; refers to the validation and certification of domain-names (i.e.: “example1.com”, “example2.com”, “example3.com”).

GPD Host provides multiple options for domain-name certificates, trust-indicators, customer-assurance and security with SSL-DV and SSL-EV validation and certificates; offered at the best prices for up to five (5) domain-names. Have your SSL-DV domain-name and website SSL-DV certified and validated in under 15-minutes with Good Products Direct (GPD) Host. Prices start at $56, with $250,000 warranty, and a 100% refund guaranteed within 15-days.

All SSL Certificates issued on behalf of Good Products Direct (GPD Host) include full HTTPS support, a 100% refund policy based on certificate and provider, and integration for your domain and website - free on all plans. That means when GPD Host maintains your domain and website, we’re perfectly positioned to quickly expedite and conveniently implement industry-standard SSL Certificates, often in under 15-minutes and starting at $22.

Extended Validation SSL Certificates (EV SSL) activate both the padlock and the green address bar in all major browsers, and are the ecommerce and corporate standard. EV SSL Certificates provide the strongest encryption level available and enable the organization behind a website to present its own verified identity to website visitors. EV SSL Certificates offer a stronger guarantee that the owner of the website passed a thorough, and globally standardized, identity verification process defined within the EV guidelines (vetting principles and policies ratified by the CA/Browser forum). The Extended Validation identity verification process requires the applicant to prove exclusive rights to use a domain, confirm its legal, operational and physical existence, and prove the entity has authorized the issuance of the certificate.

The green bar is exclusive to EV SSL certificates and assures your site visitors they are transacting business on a highly secured, trustworthy domain. A website using EV SSL Certificate is recognizable due to highly visible indicators directly on the browser address bar including the “green address bar”, “https://” and the “padlock icon”, the “organization name” that owns the website and the “Certificate Authority” that issued the EV SSL Certificate

Extended-validation SSL certificates are acknowledged throughout the Internet-industry as the best option for validation and encryption of your business websites and domains.Don’t take any chances when requiring credentials or log-in and transacting ecommerce and capturing financial data or sensitive personal information. GPD Host “good products direct” to you Extended Validation SSL Certificates require full organization validation which ensures the green address bar is associated with only the most trusted customers and companies.

You must upload your HTML website by File Transfer Protocol (FTP), a standard network protocol used to transfer computer files between a client and server on a computer network.

If you have built your website in HTML either by hand-coding or using an HTML-editor (Adobe Dreamweaver®, Microsoft Expression®, Apple iWeb), you are required to upload your website files via FTP. GPD Host also provides a built-in FTP File Manager that you can access in our Hosting Control Center.

For files larger than 20 MB, it is highly-recommended using the software tool FileZilla, which works with Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® operating systems, or other third-party FTP-client.

Backup your entire computer and devices with unlimited potential storage and sync space. Whatever your data, file or media storage needs, we can meet them. Choose plans depending on current needs and upgrade and add storage at anytime, with no additional fees (others than actual storage costs).

The amount of cloud storage you will require also depends generally on the number of files you wish to store and the size of those files (documents, images and videos, other).

Documents tend to be smaller files than images, which are then usually smaller than video files. Sizes of other files may vary.

Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) are domain names represented by characters other than standard ASCII characters.

IDN’s empower international customers and make it easier for a global community to access your domain name, navigate your website, or address emails in their native language or script.

GPD Host features SSL Certificate options from partner providers Comodo®, GeoTrust® and Symantec® with Norton.

Comodo is Creating Trust Online® with the quickest most-cost effective SSL Certificates website security solutions and value benefits including refund and warranty policies.

GeoTrust® offers inexpensive SSL Certificates options without sacrificing convenience, choice or reliability. The Internet’s one million most-visited domains rely on GeoTrust®.

Symantec® SSL Certificates secure transactions and peace of mind with website security solutions implementing ECC, RSA and DSA algorithm support, Norton™ Secured Seal, $1,750,000 warranty, vulnerability assessment and malware scanning.

Our domain name search engine automatically suggests both alternate and additional available domain name suggestions based on your desired domain name including variations and additional extensions.

Moving your website is a relatively simple process as long as you have access to your existing website folders and files on a web server, and via File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

Once you have acquired the legacy files and folder in structure that make up your website; establish a connection with GPD Host and you can freely upload or download your website files (HTML, images, media, databases, other) through our Hosting Control Center or via an FTP client.

If you don’t have a current copy of your website, request access or a backup from your current or former website hosting provider. If you have any questions, our 24/7 support team is here to assist you.

You may contact customer service to determine the best method for transitioning your website to a GPD web hosting account.

Log in to your WordPress website or blog by entering your domain name and adding “/wp-admin/” For example if your website were: http://gpdhostexample.com/, enter http://gpdhostexample.com/wp-admin.

You will be presented with a login screen where you can enter the username and password you created on initial installation.

Cloud computing is a type of Internet-based computing that provides shared computer processing resources and data to computers and other web-enabled devices. Files are physically stored in multiple data centers and accessed through the web-interface in the cloud (Internet).

Cloud storage is a model of data storage in which electronic data is stored and accessed online through the Internet, and typically through a graphical user interface. Cloud storage solutions are designed to provide unlimited storage, backup data and sync files and hard drives with the ability to collaborate.

Cloud computing allows companies to avoid upfront data storage infrastructure costs and offers scalable solutions for unlimited growth.

Before purchasing hosting, you are required to create an account with Login and Password, and are prompted to choose between cPanel and Plesk interface. Go to gpdhost.com and correctly enter your chosen Login and Password to activate and access your hosting account dashboard and see a list of products including Quick Server Logins which lists active domains.

Choose the desired domain name from the list. Based on your initial choice of either cPanel or Plesk interface at set-up, you will have a button with either Plesk or cPanel associated with each domain.

Select that domain-associated button to access the control panel GUI you have chosen. It usually takes from 30 minutes to 24 hours for your new account to be fully active. Once everything is up and running, we'll send you an email with all of the account details.

While unremarkable server configurations can be set up in minutes, some Dedicated Server add-ons and custom configurations require longer setup times.

Managed Dedicated Server plans include custom configurations and installations. Don't hesitate to contact our award-winning 24x7 support team.

Our in-house server configuration experts can guide you through management, security and maintenance options for managing your server.

Web hosting plans are designed to host single or multiple websites. You can also use these plans to set up various names (aliases) for your site and direct visitors to specific pages.

With the GPD Host Control Center, you can also change the primary domain on your account, remove domains or move them from your account to another.

Managed Dedicated Server plans include Web Host Manager (WHM), a cPanel control panel enabling the creation and customization of your account and comprehensive management of your Dedicated Server.

Customers choosing Unmanaged Dedicated Server plans may configure the server through root access and install any preferred software or applications without the burden of server-level security or maintenance.

Cloud storage allows companies to avoid upfront data storage infrastructure costs and offers scalable solutions for unlimited growth.

No physical servers or routers are required. Cloud storage services use remote access through the Internet to securely backup and sync files without requiring purchase of additional equipment.

Professionally maintained, operated and managed by GPD Host, on the latest generation solid-state drives and servers.

With Managed WordPress Hosting you are essentially pre-configured for WordPress. Don't hesitate to contact our award-winning 24x7 support team.

Our in-house WordPress experts can guide you through creating, updating or even promoting your website or blog.

The main factor that differentiates cloud storage from simple online backup is the ability of cloud storage services to sync specific files across all of your devices, and collaborate on files in real-time.

Online backup and cloud storage services both backup computer files in case of a system crash or other sort of data loss however cloud storage services usually include real-time collaboration, backup and file syncing.

Syncing is especially useful for people working on multiple devices.

You can easily migrate your website to a GPD Host Managed WordPress plan in a single click. Migrate to your domain name and live website, or stage your site on a temporary domain to review and publish.