100% Free Web Host – Setup Walkthrough

I had previously mentioned how 000WebHost and how they offer 100% free web hosting which is a huge advantage when it comes to saving on building a brand new domain.

000WebHost offers enough bandwidth and storage to get your new domain up and running. Since I’ve just developed the new Inception build for Kodi, I’m going to be using 000WebHost to setup my new domain. Once it gains more traffic than can be handled, of course a paid solution will come into play. I imagine I will stick with the same host since they offer great hosting packages.

Let’s get started.

I have already purchased my domain for only $1.17 using 1&1 Hosting. It’s a cheap way to get your domain off the ground for it’s first year with an annual renewal afterwards of only $14.99. There are many promotions which change and can save you money for registering 5-10 years at a time but I’ve found this to be the most stable investment. $14.99/yr domain + hosting fees isn’t bad.

You can also use free domain registrations which would look like http://YourName.tk, YourName.ml, YourName.ga, YourName.cf, or YourName.gq. You can view all of these at FreeNom.

 

Register For Free Hosting

Head over to http://www.000WebHost.com and you’ll be presented with the sign-up page. Click on the link and fill in your information. I recommend registering with the same e-mail address you purchased your domain name with to make everything easier to find and create folders with your Domain Name which has everything relevant. It’s never fun to go hunting for those login details 3 years down the road when you are 30 websites in.

During registration you’ll want to add your domain name so your account can initiate the setup. There will be some configuration which I’ll walk you through. Finish sign up and confirm your registration e-mail.

You will receive an e-mail confirming your domain details. SAVE THIS! If you have a folder, printer and add this to it. You’ll want to retain this information in your data folder for easily logging in later.

 

Forward Your Domain Name Servers

After short while Go To CPanel will appear. Click this. You’ll now see all of the settings and options available for your domain. At the very top, click Account Details. This is going to display all of the details contained in your e-mail.

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You’re going to notice Nameserver details -> this is what you’re going to need for the next step. Our domain now has to directed towards our 000WebHost servers ns01.000webhost.com and ns02.000webhost.com – or alternatively you can use the IP Address listed if your Registrar requires.

 

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Now we need to modify your DNS Records from your Domain Registrar (which is where you registered your domain). Login to your Registrar in another tab and navigate to Edit DNS Settings, Domain Name Server Settings, or something similar – if you’re having trouble finding this do a quick Google. You’re looking for the location of where to point your Domain’s host in another direction which is to 000WebHost. This is an example of what it would look like from 1&1.

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As previously mentioned the purpose of this is to tell the people who you’ve registered your domain with is you want to point the name’s hosting server to another location. In this case we’re telling 1&1’s registered domain to point to 000WebHost. This step can take up to 48 hours to completely reflect the changes, but in the meantime we can setup a few other things. From personal experience by the time I finish these steps my host is ready for me to upload my brand new website.

Register For Free E-Mail

This step is in case you don’t have an e-mail plan already purchased through your domain registrar. Many companies allow 1 free e-mail address, but Zoho CRM offers 25!
You also get MANY great applications which you can use with your business and keeping track of clients, appointments, receipts, and more.

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Head over to Zoho CRM and choose Business Email and the most basic plan and move forward with your registration. You’re going to want to sign up using your domain!
Again I recommend using the e-mail address you used to register your domain. If you have already been using domain e-mail you can take the risk and follow the next directions on creating the same e-mail with Zoho and Modifying the MX Records to point your e-mail servers towards the new host. If you’re following from scratch – let’s move on!
During registration I used my already created Support@InceptionKodi.com with 1&1 Hosting and has been used with previous information – but that’s no problem since I’m transferring the servers over anyways. If you’ve done the same – enter this as your Administrator Account, otherwise just create a new one like Info or Help.

 

Zoho Verification

After clicking setup you’ll be introduced to the DNS Verification Screen.
It’s going to ask you to verify via CNAME, TXT, or HTML.

I like to use the HTML Method. I can see that now my host is ready for me to uploading files. Simply download the verifyforzoho.html file and save it to your Desktop or somewhere you can easily find it (it may automatically go to your Downloads folder).

On your 000WebHost Window click on FTP Details in CPanel. This will show your username by you’ll want to change the password to something secure. Save this as you’ll need it for the next step.

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Back to CPanel click on File Manager. Login using your details from the last two steps and click on the public_html folder. This is where you’ll be uploading your website files and where your home/index.html file will reside.

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Above your file structure click New dir -> zohoverify -> Green Arrow -> Blue Arrow

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Click new folder zohoverify.

Click Upload just above your file structure in this next screen -> Choose File -> verifyzoho.html -> Click the green check mark

Now if click the blue back arrow you can now see verifyzoho.html is in your root directory. You can even enter its’ URL and a blank page will load indicating it is live.

Go back to Zoho and click the Verify by HTML button. You’ll be asked to confirm your account.

**IF YOU’RE UNABLE TO ENTER FILE MANAGER AND SEE THE STRUCTURE THEN YOUR HOST IS NOT READY YET.**

I do these steps in this order because transferring your domain to the new Name Servers is the most difficult part of setting up a new host. Usually it is very fast as I’ve completed these steps as this article is being written. Once you’ve verified with Zoho I recommend skipping the adding users for now so we can get everything fully configured first.

Zoho Configuration

Upon the Configure Email Delivery screen you’re going to want to copy the Address of the new zoho MX Records to 000WebHost. I hope you’ve been keeping CPanel open!

At 000WebHost click Modify MX Record and enter mx.zoho.com -> Update

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Zoho -> Click Next. Now we can migrate e-mal over. IMAP is fast and what I prefer. Normally I would forward over my few e-mails from my previous account, but for demonstration purposes we’ll go fetch them from 1&1.

Your e-mail provider will have the required information for this step. For me I simply logged into 1&1 and went to my IMAP settings to retrieve this.

Migrate -> Enter details -> Add Migration -> Click Your Migration Name -> Add Your Previous E-mail details and destination -> Add -> Click X -> Migration Status -> Start

Mail Client Configuration

Depending on where you want to access your e-mails you may want to keep this page open in a separate tab. Remember to use the following information during setup! You’re using the business server – not the personal one.

Incoming Server Settings: (Organization Users with domain based email addressyou@yourdomain.com)

Incoming Server Name: imappro.zoho.com
Port: 993
Require SSL: Yes
Username : you@yourdomain.com 

Outgoing Server Settings: 

Outgoing Server Name: smtp.zoho.com
Port: 465 with SSL or
Port: 587 with TLS
Require Authentication: Yes

During setup you’ll need to select SSL Enabled or ON in many apps – double check this.

You are now able to send and receive e-mails using the Zoho Platform!

If you’ve followed this far – 000Webhost is now your host, Zoho is your e-mail provider.
You’ll have a Registrar, Host, and e-Mail provider. The registrar is the primary thing to worry about now so your domain is always active. Be sure to update your website and use e-mail regularly with the other providers and you shouldn’t have any issues.

Since many do not require a heavy traffic load or more than 5 e-mails, these solutions are a great cost saver. It does require the initial configuration but once you’ve gotten through it the rest is easily managed. As an added bonus, we’ll walk you through uploading your website to your 000WebHost domain using FileZilla.

FTP Configuration (FileZilla)

When you go to the FileZilla website you’re going to want FileZilla Client. You’d want Server if you planned on hosting files that others can access – we can do that another time.
Run through the simple install, we’ll add our website at launch. Open the program.
If you need help installing, click here. Any FTP client will work and the setup process is relatively the same across all platforms. This guide will give you a general idea of how to get your connecting going.

000WebHost – Go to your CPanel -> FTP Details -> Recover your Username

At the top click File -> Site Manager -> New Site -> Enter your details as pictured
You will enter ftp.yourdomainurl as Host with Port: 21 – Logon Type Normal

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Click Connect. You should see something that looks like this:

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You will want to double-click public_html. This is where your index.hrml file goes.

And that’s it! You have now invested $1.17 into a YourDomain, received free hosting and 25 business e-mails – now all you need is to upload a website or contact us to have one designed!

Visit http://www.LifelineCali.com for more information! We’ve also launched our new site as mentioned with this tutorial @ http://www.InceptionKodi.com

Good luck 🙂

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Akaso Mini Android TV Box Review

This last year I have been modifying Amazon FireTV Sticks for my customers. I’m able to provide clients with the ability to complete ditch Dish Network, DirecTV, Comcast, uVerse, etc. These devices allow you to stream virtually ANY media from a large variety of many different sources.

A few of the abilities these devices offer?

  • Access movies in theaters
  • Find almost any movie ever made
  • View Live television
  • PPV Events: WWE, UFC
  • Karaoke, Anime, and XXX Access
  • Several music channels
  • Huge game library

The only required needed for using these devices is needing a Wireless Network in order to access content. This is no longer the case with the Akaso Mini Android TV Box.  This amazingly powerful little devices offers many more features than the Amazon FireTVs. They include an Ethernet port, SD slot, and 2 USB ports so you can plug in USB drives or external hard drives!

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This amazing little device is super fast! You can really feel the difference during navigation if you’re upgrading/migrating from your Amazon FireTV Stick. The dashboard is very elegant and not confusing whatsoever. As someone who favors iOS over Android – I found it very easy to navigate through the settings to make modifications to the device.

Applications installs are quick and seamless, and games on this thing are a blast! If you’ve been operating with the Amazon FireTV remote then you’re already familiar with the PITA it is to actually write addresses in, search for content, or otherwise TYPE anything with that thing. Sure you can use applications to control your device, but if you’re a gadget freak like me you’re going to want to take a look at the Akaso Mini Keyboard Air Mouse.
I’m someone who absolutely despises trackpads on laptops and not having a QWERTY keyboard at my disposal.

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The Akaso Keyboard comes with a full keyboard AND touchpad for those times you need to scroll around a page. The device is remarkably affordable at only $21.99, and if you haven’t already signed up with your Amazon Prime Trial – sign up and enjoy Free Two-Day Shipping!
The great thing about being wireless is it allows you to control multiple devices! You’ll be able to control your PC, tablet, Android Box, Amazon Device, or Google TV Box. All from one device! Also be sure to leave any reviews for products you purchase from Akaso – they have excellent customer service. Highly recommended.

This device is a cheaper alternative to the FireTV, Roku, Chromecast, and AppleTV.

Be sure to check out http://www.LifelineCali.com for exclusive deals and discounts for Amazon Products modified by me!

Akaso Android Box Specifications:

OS: Android 5.1
CPU: Amlogic S905 Quad-Core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz
GPU: Penta-Core Mali-450 600MHz+
RAM: 1GB
ROM: 8GB
KODI: 16.0
Wifi: Built-in Wifi antenna 2.4GHz/1GB
Video out port: Support all standard HD, 4k2k Ultra HD decoding and output.
USB host: 2 High speed USB 2.0, support U DISK and USB HDD
Network Function: Skype chatting, Picasa, YouTube, Flicker, Facebook, Online movies, etc

Package list:
1 x Android TV Box
1 x Power Adapter
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x Remote Controller
1 x User Manual

Ways to Save Money – Low – Income Programs in California

This article was created in order to help those living in California that earn less than $1,800 per month, or $21,000 per year. If you fall into this category, you should qualify for several of these available programs. If you have a larger household you may still qualify for these programs especially if they are dependents. Most of the covered programs have charts showing the guidelines for qualifying on each program and a link to the proper website to apply or learn more information.

If you read this entry carefully you should be able to save yourself at least $200 a month! Please take your time to quickly read over the provided details so you can maximize your savings. Be sure to share this article if you’ve found it helpful!

As a contractor it is always in my best interest to eliminate overhead (or costs) each month to maximize profits. I’ve done this by using work exchange, volunteer programs, community events, and much more. There are a ton of programs out there – you just have to look out for them! Many of these can be found on the Lifeline California website, but here you’ll get a better description on what exactly the programs are. Let’s begin!

 

Free Phone via California Lifeline

If you live in California and are receiving most any type of government assistance all you need to do is provide proof and some personal information and you’ll be on your way to eliminating your cell phone bill each month. These phones include unlimited Talk and Text each month, and usually some form of data along with a brand new Android smartphone. You can learn more information on the Lifeline California website, or visit Safelink Wireless directly.

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Average Savings: $60/mo

California National School Breakfast and Lunch Program

California offers a wonderful program for those who need assistance with getting meals for their child in school. This is excellent for those struggling month to month with trying to get their child(ren) fed while attending school. The following information has been pulled from their website to qualify for the program:

lunch*For households with more than eight people, add  $7,696 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.
To apply for free or reduced price meals, please visit:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Application/application_process.htm/
You can learn more about the California School Nutrition Programs by visiting the CDE School Nutrition website at:http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sn/index.asp

Average Savings: $42/mo

 

CalFresh, EBT, SNAP (Formerly Food Stamps)

One of the more popular programs in California is CalFresh. This is an excellent way for you to be able to afford additional food (or food in the first place) for yourself. The application process is very easy and can even be done online if you’re not up for visiting your local office. If you do visit a local office, however, – you will be given a CalFresh card immediately and be able to buy food within an hour of leaving if you apply for emergency aid. Remember – always be truthful and honest when applying for these programs! Fraud can and will be prosecuted.

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Application Process visit http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/foodstamps/default.htm.
More information, visit http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/foodstamps/PG847.htm

Average Savings: $100/mo

California Section 8

Section 8 is a program which provides low-rent housing to qualifying individuals. There are many houses available on their list, however there is an extensive waiting period. After applying a family can wait 5-7 years before finally being approved – however once you are approved you’re set! You’ll enjoy low-rent for a period of time allowing you to actively attend other classes, job training, etc in order to better your individual situation. Check it out!
In order to qualify for the California Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) Program applicants need to meet a set of income eligibility requirements. These income eligibility requirements are based on the family income and size. Generally speaking in order to qualify for this program, applicants must have an income that is considerably lower than the area’s median income. The PHA divides applicants into three income category namely: very low-income, extremely low income and low income. The low income households are those that earn 80% or more than 80% of the area’s median income while the extremely low income household is at 30% of the area’s median income. The very low-income category earns 50% of the area’s median income. It should be noted that close to 75% of the vouchers are issued to individuals who fall in the extremely low-income category.

If you meet the California Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) basic program eligibility requirements, you should go ahead and apply for participation, all you need to do is:

  • Contact your nearest California Public Housing Authority (PHA). A list of local California PHA,s and their respective contact information available on this link: http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/pha/contacts/states/ca.cfm (List of California PHA,s Local Agencies)
  • After contacting your nearest PHA, you should obtain, fill and submit an application.
  • After filling the application, you should wait for the PHA to process your application.

Upon successful processing of your application, you will be admitted into the California Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) program, and will be issued with a housing choice voucher.

You can obtain further information on the California Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) by using the contact information available on this link:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/pha/contacts

Average Savings: $500/mo

 

California Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

California offers energy discounts to a multitude of various types of locations – more than just residential!
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Block Grant is funded by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services provides two basic types of services. Eligible low-income persons, via local governmental and nonprofit organizations, can receive financial assistance to offset the costs of heating and/or cooling dwellings, and/or have their dwellings weatherized to make them more energy efficient.      This is accomplished through these program components:

  • The Weatherization Program provides free weatherization services to improve the energy efficiency of homes, including attic insulation, weather stripping, minor housing repairs, and related energy conservation measures.
  • The Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) provides payments for weather-related or energy-related emergencies

The restrictions are listed below. Take a look – you may be able to get your service started!
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To apply, find the energy service provider in your community here:
http://www.csd.ca.gov/Services/FindServicesinYourArea.aspx

You may also call the CSD toll-free phone center at 1-866-675-6623.

Average Savings: Varies

Low Income Rate Assistance – Water

     LIRA offers a service-charge discount to qualifying low-income customers. To qualify for LIRA: The Cal Water bill must be in your name. You must live at the address where the discount will be received.
Your household must meet the income guidelines detailed below OR someone in your household must be enrolled in a qualified public assistance program. You must notify Cal Water if your household no longer qualifies for the LIRA discount.
Following enrollment, you may be required to provide proof of eligibility. You are required to recertify your eligibility every two years (four years if you have documentation proving you are handicapped or elderly [62+]).

To be eligible for LIRA based on household income, your household’s gross annual income may not exceed these guidelines:
lunch.JPG     The LIRA is not retroactive. If you qualify, you will receive a discount beginning the month after Cal Water received your application. If you prefer not to mail or e-mail your application, you may bring it to your local Customer Center. If you have questions about LIRA, please e-mail lira@calwater.com or call toll-free (877) 419-1701.

Average Savings: 20

 

 

Medicaid / Medi-Cal

     Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid health care program. This program pays for a variety of medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources. Medi-Cal is supported by Federal and state taxes. Medi-Cal is a large program made up of many separate programs designed to assist Californians in various family and medical situations.

     In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of California, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, blind, have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, be responsible for children under 19 years of age, or be 65 years of age or older.

You must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
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To apply online, please visit the Covered California online application portal.
Call or visit your local county social services office and ask for a Medi-Cal application: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/default.aspx
 Average Savings: Varies

 

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The California Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. To be fully eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must be determined by a health professional, at no cost, to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have certain medical-based or diet-based risk conditions).
wic.pngApplication Process For more information on how to apply, please visit: http://cdph.ca.gov/programs/wicworks/Pages/AboutWICandHowtoApply.aspx Program Contact Information For more information on California WIC, please visit the California Department of Public Health at: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/wicworks/Pages/default.aspx

Average Savings: $100/mo

 

California Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program reduces the heating and cooling costs for low-income families by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and ensuring their health and safety. Among low-income households, the program focuses on those with elderly residents, individuals with disabilities, and families with children.

     If you receive Supplemental Security Income or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services.
lunch.JPGContact a local provider to determine your eligibility: http://www.csd.ca.gov/Services/FindServicesinYourArea.aspx or call 1-866-675-6623. Program Contact Information For more information, visit: http://www.csd.ca.gov/Services/ResidentialEnergyEfficiencyServices.aspx

Average Savings: Varies

 

California Unemployment Insurance

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least the minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to work and be available for work each week you are claiming benefits. With UI Benefits, you’ll be required to actively seek employment. You will be required to provide proof of your applications such as location, date, and name of the company you applied for.
This is great for someone who was wrongfully terminated and needs to compensate for lost wages while seeking a replacement position.

For more information on how to apply or to file a new claim or reopen a claim, please visit: http://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Ways_to_File.htm

Average Savings: N/A

 

AT&T Access Internet

Now this is a pretty good deal that I just discovered was offered in California. If you receive Calfresh/SNAP/EBT benefits you qualify for Internet starting @ $5.00 a month! AT&T offers 2 plans: 10Mb @ $10.00, 5Mb @ $5.00, and 3Mb @ $3.00 – depending on what’s available in you’re area.

I like this program because it’s easy to qualify and apply for. As long as you’re receiving your food stamp benefits in California you most likely have this amazing deal in your area! AT&T Access.

Average Savings: $40/mo

 

Comcast Internet Essentials

    Comcast has an excellent deal if you live in a home that has a student who is receiving free lunch via the California National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. The program is excellent as it provides High-Speed Internet Access for only $9.95 a month plus tax! Another aspect is they offer laptops loaded with Microsoft Office and Norton Security Suite completely free of charge. These laptops are priced at $149.99.

You can also enjoy free online tutoring and the ability to sit in free classes!

Average Savings: $50/mo