We started accepting Bitcoins on October 2, 2012 and so far it has been a great success! It is our goal to encourage current and future clients to pay with Bitcoins with a 10% recurring discount. This discount can be bundled with coupon codes for a maximum of 30% off.
If you are a current client, submit a ticket to the billing department and your invoice will be adjusted.
If you are interested in placing an order and paying with Bitcoin, make an order and then submit a ticket to the billing department to have your invoice adjusted.
Our server administrators have added the following OS templates to all of our nodes.
All previous OS templates are still available, but we do recommend using the latest versions if you reload your VPS. If you would like a custom OS template installed feel free to submit a ticket.
Our server administrators have been working hard this new year to bring in faster and more reliable servers. After multiple discussions we have decided to migrate our entire infrastructure from Philadelphia, PA to Dallas, TX. This transfer will result in approximately 10-20 minutes downtime while your VPS container is transferred.
Please note that all VPS containers will be assigned new IP address(es). Your new IP will be sent to your via email after your VPS has been transferred. Unfortunately there is no way for us to keep the same IP addresses.
New Node Specifications
These new nodes will increase the CPU and I/O speeds drastically compared to our previous nodes. We are also pleased to announce that we will be offering 1 Gbps connectivity in March. We will be running a free trial phase once the new network is in place.
If you have any questions or concerns about the transfer, please submit a ticket.
Update: (10:12 PM February 04, 2013)
It has been a long night, but we pulled it off! All the VPS containers have been successfully transferred to the new network!
Our development team is currently performing maintenance on our client area, which involves billing and support. This maintenance will be addressing some issues our billing system is having with PayPal. It should be completed no later than 12:00 AM November 26, 2012 (PST).
Please note that this maintenance will not affect your service and all VPS containers will remain online. Thanks for your understanding.
Update: (9:20 PM November 25, 2012)
The maintenance has been completed. Please let us know if you are having any issues with the billing/support system.
We have partnered up with BitPay and we are now accepting Bitcoins as payment! Bitcoins are a P2P decentralized currency that has grown tremendously in the past few months. This has convinced our billing team to add it to our accepted payments.
If you would like to pay for your invoice using Bitcoins, simply select Bitcoins (BTC) from the selection menu while viewing your invoice. As of this post, 1 Bitcoin is roughly equivalent to $12 US.
If you would like to learn more about Bitcoins, check out the wiki: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Main_Page
This is a video tutorial uploaded on our YouTube Channel. Feel free to subscribe to our channel for more tutorials in the near future.
The operating system we used in the tutorial was CentOS. The installation instructions are very similar for other Linux distributions. Below are the commands used in the video to install VNC and Gnome.
1. Command to install VNC-Server
yum install vnc-server -y
2. Command to install Gnome:
yum groupinstall “Gnome Desktop Environment”
Please feel free to share this video with your friends and colleagues!
Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYZBEa8B3Iw
After a long discussion with our staff we’ve decided to upgrade all of our nodes from Quad Core to Dual Quad Core processors. We are also equipping the new nodes with high-end 3ware RAID cards for faster I/O speeds.
Below is the email we sent to all clients:
We are pleased to announce that we will be upgrading the node your VPS is hosted on within the next week. This new server features a Dual Quad Core processor (8 cores) and faster disk I/O with a high-end 3ware RAID card. This upgrade is free and you will be able to experience a faster VPS environment!
You will be provided 24 hours notice before your VPS is moved to the new node. Downtime should be no longer than 10 minutes and we will perform the transfer during non-peak hours. After your VPS has been transfered you will be emailed. Your IP address(es) will also remain the same.
Below are the new node specifications:
Dual AMD Quad-Core 2356 2.3GHz (8 Cores)
16GB ECC Memory
4x 500GB SATA II Drives
3ware Hardware RAID10
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to submit a ticket: https://secure.tailoredvps.com/supporttickets.php
Our staff are working hard with the data center to have the new nodes setup with in the next week. These new nodes will allow us to provide a faster VPS environment than we currently offer. You will now be able to order up to 8 cores for your VPS!
We have also updated our base VPS plan to better compete and offer more features! We have increased the amount of disk space and bandwidth to 30GB and 500GB, respectively. The price has also been increased to $6.95/month from $4.95/month. The price change does not effect current clients; your invoice payments will remain the same. Below is the default plan:
If you are interested in ordering, you can customize your plan at our secure billing system: https://secure.tailoredvps.com/cart.php?a=add&pid=1
Tor is a free software that allows users to browse the internet anonymously and bypass censorship. In order for this software to work efficiently it requires relays. Relays route data from the end user to the internet and vice-versa. The more relays on the Tor network, the more anonymous and faster it becomes!
This tutorial will show you how to setup and configure a Tor relay on CentOS 5.
1. First you need to add the repository to Yum.
2. You can now install Tor and Screen using Yum. Screen is needed to keep Tor running even when you close the SSH session.
yum install tor screen -y
3. Now we will modify the Tor configuration file to setup a relay!
At the end of the file you can add following:
RelayBandwidthRate 100 KBytes
RelayBandwidthBurst 200 KBytes
ORPort is the port you want the relay to run on. I have set it to 443 which is the same port as HTTPS, this can be any port you like. Nickname is the name you want your relay to have and the nickname cannot have spaces. Address is the hostname of your relay server. RelayBandwidthRate is the amount of bandwidth you want to allocate to Tor in KB/s. RelayBandwidthBurst is the amount of “extra” bandwidth you would like to allocate to Tor if it requires it.
4. Time to start the relay!
And your Tor relay is now running! It will take about 20-30 minutes for it to become activated with the Tor network and be available for use. You can press Ctrl + A + D to detach from the screen and log out of SSH. To re-enter the screen you type:
Make sure you have the available bandwidth to handle a relay because it can eat a lot of bandwidth overtime. In order to mitigate spam and BitTorrent we recommend employing the reduced Tor exit policy: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/wiki/doc/ReducedExitPolicy
Minecraft servers can be a pain to setup without proper instructions. We have simplified the process by creating this easy to follow tutorials.
In order to install Minecraft on a CentOS VPS you will need the following:
1. First we will need to install Java on your VPS by running the following command:
yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk -y
2. Now make sure the correct version of Java is installed.
It should output: /usr/bin/java
3. You will now need to install Screen so Minecraft server does not terminate when you log off SSH.
yum install screen -y
4. Now run the following commands to install the Minecraft server.
chmod +x minecraft_server.jar
Minecraft server is now installed. All you have to do is run it in screen!
5. To run the Minecraft server first go into screen:
6. Now start the Minecraft server using the following command.
java -Xmx400M -Xms400M -jar minecraft_server.jar nogui
The Minecraft server will generate the world for the first time which might take a few minutes. After it is done generating you will be able to connect!
If you would like to add more RAM, change “400M” in step 6. However, make sure to not assign too much memory, because it will become more likely crash. For our tests, 400M worked well on a 1GB VPS.
To exit screen simply press Ctrl + A + D and to get back into screen run the command:
After a month of preparation we are proud to release our fully customizable VPS hosting service. Our service is powered by OpenVZ technology and the control panel is powered by SolusVM. A minimum of 4 cores, 16GB memory, and 4x 500GB hard drives protected by RAID10 makes our nodes perfect for a VPS environment. Not to mention, we don’t over-fill our nodes, ensuring optimal speeds at all times!
You are probably wondering, what makes Tailored VPS different than the thousands of other VPS hosting companies? To start off, we let you create your own plan! You no longer have to pay for resources you don’t use, and only pay for what you need, thus saving you money. We take it one step further by paying you to be our client through our customer loyalty program. The program allows you to earn points that can be redeemed for free upgrades, credit, and merchandise!
Our base VPS includes the following:
Every single feature of the VPS can be upgraded to suit your needs perfectly! Additionally, we have priced our upgrades to be as affordable as possible. Your VPS price is also locked as long as you are a client, and we have no hidden/setup fees that could ‘ding’ you in the future.
Still not convinced? Check out our 10 reasons why you should choose us to be your next VPS hosting provider, or open a live chat session by clicking the box on the bottom right of your browser window.
So why not try us out? Use the coupon code: MAY11 during the checkout to receive a 75% discount off your first payment! You can begin creating your VPS here: http://tailoredvps.com/