Managing your Email Quota for Best Performance

Email, Hosting
email overflow

Although this is geared for our email clients, these tips and information apply to anyone that uses email programs.

We offer email services as a valued added service to our clients who choose to use our Website Care Plan services (Hosting, Maintenance, Security & Support). Our new email services include an abundance of storage to start with, but without routine email maintenance or proper setup of 3rd party clients (Outlook, windows live, apple mail, etc..) it may reach the disk quota rather quickly as all emails and email attachments are stored on the mail server. In addition, the mail accounts’ performance will degrade over time without general cleanup of the mail accounts.

Read More

Rate & Review Deal – Get $25

Hosting, Web Designs

This applies to current or new customers of Northwoods Web Designs who have not left a review yet.

 A positive review is the best compliment 

Simply leave an online review for us on either Google Business ReviewAngie’s List, Facebook Page, or Yelp and for taking the time out of your day you will receive a $25 account credit applied to your next renewal invoice.

Read More

Receive a Mail Delivery Failed Error When Sending Message to Hotmail or Outlook Mail Accounts

Hosting, Web Wise

Stop SpamThe other day I received a Mail Delivery Failed message from clients that were using Hotmail and email accounts.

Those that were using Google, Yahoo or others received the message just fine.

The error details included:

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients.
This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

SMTP error from remote mail server after MAIL SIZE=2169:
host []: 550 SC-001 (COL0-MC6-F24) Unfortunately, messages from XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX weren’t sent. Please contact your Internet service provider since part of their network is on our block list. You can also refer your provider to /mail /troubleshooting.aspx#errors.

After researching this a bit I found out that Microsoft has implemented a rather autonomous spam filtering system that as you see in the message, my server/IP address was not blocked due to spam activities , it was simply part of a an IP network.

Read More

WordPress Plugins Found Hiding a Backdoor – Is Your Site Secure?

Hosting, Security, Web Wise

This is an unfortunate example of why you need a good maintenance plan for your website, such as our Maintenance +Security plans we offer.

Security issues that could degrade your site like this pop up for all types of websites powered by content management systems.  Not to scare anyone into spending money, but need to be aware and be informed of how your website may be at risk, regardless of what web company you happen to work with.

The backdoor code in all three plugins works in a very similar way by calling to a remote server and inserting content and links on the affected sites. Experts believe the backdoor code is used to inject hidden SEO spam (cloaked links) on affected sites that help improve the search engine ranking of other sites.


Information about the disk space warning notifications!

Email, Hosting

Although they appear to pop up out of nowhere, a courtesy notification is sent out to our clients if they are reaching their allotted disk space for the hosting account.

This article will help answer what can you do when you receive one? How do you prevent the problem from occurring in the first place?

If it’s the first time you’ve ever gotten the disk space warning message from NWD, it will most likely be warning you that you are using 80% or 90% of your allocated disk space, so your site and email won’t be dead in the water quite yet. The warnings start at 80% and go up to 98%, warning you about disk space.

cPanel disk space

Your hosting account with us includes cPanel; a disk usage tool is included so you can see what’s eating your disk space.

Our typical business hosting account gives or allocates to you 1000MB (1GB) now 2000MB (2GB) of disk space on our servers for your use. This space is used to host your website files, any databases you may need, and all of the email accounts (emails, attachments, spam, sent & deleted items) you create with your domain name.
Read More