Friday, December 26, 2008

Building site in Chinese?

The following is one of the recent and actual Q&A (in Malay language) via email with regards to our products, and reseller program. If you have other question(s) to ask, feel free to ask away... (use the comment form here)

> Kepada 1oasis:

>
> Salam. Saya berasa minat terhadap program reseller. Selepas saya
> membuat beberapa percubaan tentang DEMO SITE BULDER, disini saya ingin
> membuat sedikit pertanyaan seperti berikut:

Terima kasih, dan kami mengalu-alukan penyertaan anda sebagai rakan niaga kami. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila rujuk laman http://partner.1oasis.net


> 1) Saya cuba menggunakan sitebuilder untuk membina laman web dalam
> Bahasa Cina, tetapi HEADERnya tidak dapat preview dengan betul...
> (sila rujuk kepada lampiran)
>

Maaf tapi buat masa ini, program text-to-graphic di Header tidak menyokong Bahasa Cina. Tapi, kami akan ajukan permintaan sebegini untuk kumpulan teknikal kami usahakan nanti.


> 2) Semua gambar dalam laman web boleh ditukar? (Saya tidak dapat
> membuat percubaan, kerana sistem minta register user sahaja yang dapat
> membuat pertukaran tersebut)

Untuk setiap template, ada beberapa pilihan untuk menukarkan gambar-gambar dan warna-warna tertentu. Anda boleh cuba dengan lebih sekiranya mengaktifkan akaun anda dan produk ini. Kami menawarkan jaminan wang kembali selama 30-hari untuk membolehkan anda mencuba produk versi penuh secukupnya, dan sekiranya tidak sesuai, boleh dibatalkan untuk "full refund".

> 3) Apakah bayaran untuk menjadi RESELLER?

Tiada caj. Cuma kami mensyaratkan top-up minimum sebanyak RM200 untuk membolehkan anda gunakan untuk pembayaran produk yang dipesan oleh anda sendiri atau pelanggan anda. Seperti yang diwartakan di laman web, harga untuk produk-produk kami akan ditawarkan lebih rendah bergantung kepada jumlah top-up atau bilangan jualan produk-produk
tertentu.

Rujuk http://partner.1oasis.net/reseller.php?action=pricing


> 4) Bolehkah saya membuat PASSWORD SETTING untuk page yang berlainan?
> (Pelanngang saya minta supaya setiap bahagian (web) diuruskan oleh
> pengurus yang berlainan, dan mereka hanya boleh EDIT webpage mereka
> sahaja?

Maaf, fungsi ini belum diimplementasi lagi utk website builder kami. Untuk fungsi-fungsi 'advance', mungkin CMS seperti Joomla, Worldpress dan PHPnuke dan sebagainya boleh digunakan - terdapat 1-click install untuk pakej hosting kami seperti di laman ini: http://domain.1oasis.net/hosting.php - rujuk PowerTools


> 5) Bolehkah saya menentukan BAYARAN yang dikenakan untuk pelanggan saya?

Ya. Anda boleh menentukan harga setiap produk di laman control panel di http://cp.1oasis.net/reseller



> 6) Bolehkan sistem RESELLER ini dapat membantu saya dalam pengurusan
> business internet ini? Saya tidak mempunyai pengetahuan & teknik
> programming! :)

Anda tidak memerlukan kemahiran programming untuk perniagaan domain & penghosan ini. Tugas kami ialah membantu anda untuk hal-hal teknikal dan pengurusan. Kami juga telah menyediakan beberapa video/slidecast untuk hal-hal pengendalian control panel anda.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Season's Greetings


Dear CUSTOMER,

The holiday season offers us a special opportunity to extend our appreciation and offer our very best wishes for the future.

Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year to you!

Once again, we'd like to thank you for your constant support and confidence in our Services. It's a pleasure doing business with you!

Best Regards,

Team 1Oasis


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Dare a 'threesome' with Scarlett Johansson?

Actress wins domain name at WIPO.

Actress Scarlett Johansson has won rights to the domain name ScarlettJohansson.com in an arbitration decision at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Johansson has starred in numerous movies including Lost in Translation, Match Point, and The Ghost Whisperer and been nominated for several Golden Globe Awards.

The details (Dec 16, 2008) of the domain name arbitration case are rather interesting. Apparently the owner of the domain, Tristan Dare, set up a contest on the site that invited people to win a shot at a “threesome” with Johansson. However, the threesome was actually just the chance to go to Johansson’s movie Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona with two other people. Contestants had to send an e-mail explaining why they should be the winner.

As an indication of how much traffic the domain received, Dare said the site had 100,000 visits over 4 days and 10,000 people entered the contest. It also received media attention.

Johansson had nothing to do with the contest, but Dare said an “anonymous” person e-mailed him offering $10,000 to run a campaign promoting the movie. When Dare declined, he claims the person offered $20,000. He said he wouldn’t take money because he’s an artist, but created the site as a parody for non-commercial gain. Dare didn’t provide the e-mails to the WIPO panel.

Dare is certainly a creative artist if his explanation to the panel is any indication. Among his claims were that “The “contest” reflected the Respondent’s “nihilistic” approach, and was intended to question, examine, and highlight the nature of corporate greed, whereby an “anything goes” attitude trumps anything else as long as it serves a bottom-line agenda”. He also registered the domain name with an address of “900 Pound Guerrilla Way”.

The panel didn’t buy it and handed the domain over to Johansson.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Article "Scarlett Johansson Wins ScarlettJohansson.com Domain Name" from Domain Name Wire.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The $20-million domain name man...


Zapolin, who made millions from the sale of domain names like Beer.com and Shop.com, explains why the crisis is actually a great opportunity for the Internet, and why online advertising will grow rapidly.


Website owners know that on the Internet, the name of the game is traffic, that is, the flow of data. The more people regularly visit a site, the greater its chances of attracting advertisers and earning more money. Along with the millions of people who have established websites with the goal of making pocket money from them, or maintaining their hobby through blogging, there are also those who trade in domain names, and generally hope for the best.

Mike "Zappy" Zapolin is one of the entrepreneurs who succeeded in profiting from the trade in domain names a market which reportedly generates $2.5 billion a year. His successes include the sale of the domain name Beer.com for $7 million, Creditcards.com for $2.75 million, and Shop.com, whose price tag hit $3.5 million.

Read the full article at Globes Online: "Domain name guru Mike Zapolin: The Internet is a ray of light" by Noa Parag (10 DEC 2008)

SELECTED INTERVIEW QUESTION:

Globes: As someone who survived the last Internet bubble of the early 2000s, how is the present situation similar?

Zapolin says, “The situation is quite similar. Then, too, valuations on Wall Street were exorbitant and out of proportion. People began to lose faith in the Internet. In practice, more and more people came online and began to feel more comfortable in the Internet environment, whether by using e-mail or buying something online.

“In 2001, I wasn’t worried about the bubble, and I continued to buy domain names from companies that had given up on the Internet. We saw that situation as an opportunity, and the same is true today. It’s important that people neither panic from the recession nor make the same mistakes as in the previous crisis, and believe that nothing will work. They should seek out categories that can profit from the current situation.”

Mike Zapolin’s big deals:

  • Beer.com sold to Interbrew for $7 million
  • Shop.com sold to Ultra International Ltd. for $3.5 million
  • Diamond.com sold to Odimo Inc. for $6 million
  • Telephone.com sold to an investment firm for $2 million

    Zapolin was also involved in the sale of College.com, Computer.com, and Timeshares.com for undisclosed amounts.

  • Read the full article at Globes Online: "Domain name guru Mike Zapolin: The Internet is a ray of light" by Noa Parag (10 DEC 2008)

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    Parallels Plesk Panel 9 Released

    The little "updates available" note appears today on Plesk Control Panel and it's surprisingly for a major update from version 8.6 all the way to 9.0 signifying major changes to this popular webhosting control panel.

    Read the review at TheWHIR.com and press release at WebHostDir.com.

    If you're currently subscribing to our web hosting package with Plesk, you'll be enjoying the new features soon...

    RM25 ~ $6.99 .BIZ domains is BACK!

    Our HOT DEALS for the remaining days of December this month are as the following for three of the top-ten favorite top-level domains:-

    TLD Promo Price Max Promo Registration Year(s)
    .NET RM 35.00 ~ US$9.68
    10
    .COM RM 35.00 10
    .BIZ RM 25.00 ~ Us$6.99
    1

    Save as much as RM30 instantly compared to prices elsewhere!

    Note:
    • Renewals and Transfers will not attract this special pricing.
    • There are no restrictions on the number of domains that can be registered through this promotion.
    Note that our .ASIA domain is also currently at all-time low of RM33/year - SAVE as much as 100% compare to prices at our competitors'.

    SAVE TODAY!

    Important: Managed DNS Downtime Notice

    Dear Customer,

    On the 10th of December 2008, we will be making changes to our Managed DNS Product, which will be effective on all active packages. This mail will elaborate on the following:


    Details of the Maintenance Process

    Date: 10th December, 2008

    Start Time: 04:30:00 GMT (12:30 MYT)

    Duration: 8 hrs

    Impact: Modification of Managed DNS Packages



    How will this change affect you?

    All DNS records will continue to function without any hindrance whatsoever. During this maintenance process, customers will not be able to manage their Managed DNS Packages. They will not be able to add new records or modify existing records and renewal or deletion of Managed DNS packages will also not be possible.

    Please note that Domain Names using Managed DNS will function smoothly and all existing records will be active.



    What modifications need to be made?

    You do not need to make any modifications for this maintenance process.



    How does this benefit you?

    Once the maintenance is completed, our Managed DNS infrastructure will be upgraded. This maintenance process is part of our efforts towards providing you with Free Managed DNS in the near future.

    Please feel free to contact our Support Team for any doubts or queries pertaining to this modification.

    Best Regards,

    Team 1oasis

    Sunday, December 7, 2008

    1oasis.net

    My name is Nasir and I'm the owner of the domain 1oasis.net and this blog is long overdue after nearly two operational years of the domain, considerable visibility both online and offline (in search engines, web advertising, print advertising, sponsorships, roadshows etc.), and hundreds of customers later.

    Why "1oasis"?

    As you can see, 1oasis.net is our (trade) brand for running a domain registration and related web hosting services to support domain names. Although 1oasis.net is no more than two years old (with its second anniversary date just weeks away from today - on 21st of December to be exact), our website has been up much earlier, as early as in February 2005 when I first registered 1oasis.com, a previously deleted domain that first existed as early as in the year 2000, and respectively, 1oasis.net as early as 2002). -- These just show how good names can be obtained from a pool of deleted names!

    Answers.com defines "oasis" (as mentioned in over 60-million webpages - Google Search, 7 DEC 2008) as the following:

    An isolated fertile area, usually limited in extent and surrounded by desert. The term was initially applied to small areas in Africa and Asia typically supporting trees and cultivated crops with a water supply from springs and from seepage of water originating at some distance. However, the term has been expanded to include areas receiving moisture from intermittent streams or artificial irrigation systems. Thus the floodplains of the Nile and Colorado rivers can be considered vast oases, as can arid areas irrigated by humans...

    Collins Essential Thesaurus offers the following words as similar words to "oasis": haven, retreat, refuge, sanctuary, island, resting place, sanctum -- all of which are pleasant description which I thought would be some of the best descriptive keywords for the business services I was wanting to offer.

    The term OASIS is also used to denote names (places - including three USA cities in the states of Iowa, Nevada and Wisconsin; products/software etc,) and abbreviations for dozens of entities (organisations and infrastuctures) and phrases including for "Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards", the popular global consortium with over 5000 active participants from over 100 member companies that was established as early as in 1993 (under the named SGML Open, and later renamed to OASIS in 1998) " that drives the development, convergence and adoption of e-business and web service standards." (Wikipedia, 2008)

    And "1" or "one" is of course (two of which are mentioned in billions of web pages each, according to Google Search), the ever popular word or symbol being normally the first one to be known by anybody learning of any language or learning mathematics (or how to count), to denote "a single entity, unit, object, or living being." (The Free Dictionary, 2008) and I further like the following similar words and phrases offered "matchless, nonpareil, one and only, peerless, unmatchable, unrivaled, unrivalled, unmatched, incomparable, uncomparable."

    Combining the two words "1" and "oasis", as they say... PRICELESS!

    But my personal history of this choice of name is much earlier than 2005. When I started my first business venture offering web development and hosting services back in 1998, one of the first sites I developed for has a "1" in its domain name, likely referring the common naming of places like "1 Main Street" etc. And many businesses are noted to have also made the same practice of including the number "1" in its company or product name (brand) -- In fact, you'd see today buildings and shops/restaurants being called "1 Utama", "Oasis One", "1 Borneo" etc as in the case of Malaysia. And the US east-coast hosting company (with German connection/ownership) where my business partner and me put our first hosting server (computer) back in 1999 also has a number in its name -- That company has long been absorbed into another larger entity, but one of the top-10 largest hosting company today noticeably also has the number "1" in its name :)

    That being revealed, the brand "1oasis" was incepted by me to cater my growing Malaysian-based customers, who are generally rejecting my other brand for web hosting service (since as early as 1998 globally, and first registered in Malaysia in 2002, but now focussed for USA and other countries outside of Malaysia).

    But there is another reason for the sudden choice of the name, which I won't disclose here -- if you're interested to know, you'd have to personally ask me in person, offline... ;)


    Why 1oasis.net?

    1. Rock-bottom prices for over 10 years in business now!
    2. Simple pricing and prices in Ringgit Malaysia (or your local currencies - coming...)
    3. Fast and easy ordering with multiple payment options
    4. Integrated control panel for billing and services
    5. High uptime and reliability of services
    6. Local and reliable support in Malaysia
    7. Extensive expertise (again, 10 years in business)
    8. Ala Carte - buy and pay only for services you need. ie. Don't pay for email boxes if you're happy with services from Google, Yahoo or Microsoft etc. but use email forwarding or complete emails rerouting instead.
    9. Our service provider is one of the largest domain registrars and hosting companies in the world.
    10. 30-day 100% money-back guarantee for all of our services (except for domain name which has a four-day guarantee with a nominal charge of US$1)
    Need more? Contact Us today, and feel the difference of 1oasis...

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