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We have updated the capabilities of our webmail client

Our software developers and technicians have updated our webmail client to a new version, which enables new features and hopefully significantly improves the speed as well as the reliability of its use.

First of all we believe that all “cloud” based user data should be free and not “hostage” at the service providers systems. Thus, now all the contacts created in our webmail client can be exported in open formats. Personal contact data can be obtained as a CSV file, vCard or an archive containing vCards.

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Another change concerns the features of the user’s email spam-filter. Until now only the spam-filter rules affecting the whole web-hosting account, could be changed in our control panel. Now each and every web-based email user is able to create email address and domain based black-lists, which apply in addition to the account spam-filters. Our webmail had some filtering functionality before, but these filters were applied when the customer logged in to the web-based email. The new spam-filters work constantly in the background.

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Third, the recent problems of a large communications provider in Estonia, have made us look over the structure of our own email service. So we have decided to switch to a technology, that uses a replication of webmail data near real time between two separate servers with SSD RAID arrays. This has significantly improved the customer experience and increased the reliability of the system. In case of a major failure we should be able to restore our services even more efficiently.

Zone.ee started reselling SSL certificates

Estonias largest domain registrar Zone Media LLC added security certificates from world’s leading security companies Symantec, Comodo and Geotrust to its portfolio of identity services.

“The Estonian National Digital Identity Card (ID card) has enabled Estonian entrepeneurs and state organizations to identify their clients or users via the Internet. SSL security certificates in turn will allow users safely identify their service provider,” commented Zone.ee CEO Riho Kurg the need for the service.

“Using a connection protected by a security certificate allows the customer to verify that their service provider is who it claims to be, and signifies an effort by the provider to maintain the integrity and confidentiality of the customers data. It is worth stating that Estonian entrepeneurs take cyber security seriously, even before the formal launch of our service we have sold SSL certificates to hundreds of our customers,” he added.

SSL certificates sold by Zone.ee are based on public-key cryptography and are used in many secure network protocols. Connections secured by similar certificates are used by most of Internet users in Estonia, as the same technology is being used in Internet banks, the State Portal Eesti.ee and e-Tax Board.

Zone Media LLC which operates under the Zone.ee trademark since 1999, is the largest domain registrar and hosting service provider in Estonia.

We upgraded our Web Hosting plans

All Zone Web Hosting plans just got significant upgrades, which enable our customers to use their homepages and e-mail in more advanced ways. Also, some minor corrections to our pricing were made.

The most significant changes were:

Service plan I

  • – Storage space was upgraded 5 times (10 GiB -> 50 GiB)
  • – Maximum size for a mailbox was raised 6 times (500 MiB -> 3 GiB)
  • – Monthly traffic limit was raised over 3 times (300 GiB -> 1 TiB)
  • – For customers using the monthly billing cycle, the price rose 27 cents
  • – For customers using the yearly billing cycle, the price fell by 4 cents

Service plan II

  • – Storage space was upgraded nearly 4 times (20 GiB -> 75 GiB)
  • – Maximum size for a mailbox was raised over 6 times (750 MiB -> 5 GiB)
  • – Monthly traffic limit was raised over 4 times (500 GiB -> 2 TiB)
  • – The limit on the number of mailboxes was removed
  • – For customers using the monthly billing cycle, the price rose 36 cents
  • – For customers using the yearly billing cycle, the price fell by 2 cents

Service plan III

  • – Storage space was upgraded over 3 times (30 GiB -> 100 GiB)
  • – Maximum size for a mailbox was raised 5 times (1 GiB -> 5 GiB)
  • – Monthly traffic cap was removed
  • – The limit on the number of mailboxes was removed
  • – For customers using the monthly billing cycle, the price rose 49 cents
  • – For customers using the yearly billing cycle, the price fell by 5 cents

The new parameters for service plans are already in effect. Altho our existing customers will be billed by the new pricing in May.

Web hosting service plan I free of charge for the first two months!

Starting today all customers who order web hosting service plan I can use it free of charge for the first two months. Offer is valid only for new orders regardless of the invoicing period.

Campaign ends on the 1 of April 2013 and on this day we have some big news for our customers.

EE domain price reduced by 2 euros

As Estonian Internet Foundation announced last year reduced price and updated Domain Regulation of EE domain will apply from today.

The biggest change is that from now on the EE domain can be registered for up to three years instead of one year as it was so far. At Estonian biggest domain registrar Zone Media the EE domain registration fee for one year is 19.74 euros, for two years 38.28 euros and for three years 55.62 euros (prices include VAT).

Other important changes are:

– Domain registration prices will be reduced by 2 euros. As we promised in November 2012 we will change our pricing policy and also drop the price by the same amount so that our clients can get the full benefit of the price change.

– New domain registration periods and prices will become available. If you register a domain name for two years, you will save 3 euros when compared with current pricing. If you register a domain name for three years, you will save 4 euros.

– If your domain name expires it will be deleted in 45 days, instead of the current 90 days.

– Domain registrations authorized via a bank transfer from an Estonian bank, will be handled instantly. Previously there has been a delay required by the registry.

You can check out the new domain registration terms at: www.internet.ee/en

Improved services’ overview for our clients

Zone launched new and compact “My Zone” administrative panel for it’s clients, which gives more improved overview of their Zone services.

Unlike the previous administrative panel, new version has all services and invoices gathered on one page, which simplifies customers’ service management, ordering new services, and if necessary, payment of invoices.

ZoneID account information can be reviewed and if desired, changed, by clicking the “Account Setting” button on the header. We recommend keeping this data up to date, in that case all important information reaches the relevant recipient.

All services, that are divided into service categories, can be managed in the middle of the page. Invoicing records can be found at the bottom of the page, and in this section it is possible to pay the invoices via direct bank link.

New .EE TLD registration terms will take effect on 1st of March 2012

It is two weeks until the 1st of March when new Estonian TLD regulations come to effect, so this is a time to rewew the major changes:

– Domain registration prices will drop by 2 euros. As we promised in November of 2012. we will also drop our pricing by the same amount so that our clients can get the full benefit of the price change.

– New domain registration periods and prices will become available. If you register a domain name for two years, you will save 3 euros when compared to current pricing. If you register a domain name for three years, you will save 4 euros.

– If your domain name expires it will be deleted in 45 days, instead of the current 90 days.

– Domain registrations authorized via a bank transfer from an Estonian bank, will be handled instantly. Previously there has been a delay required by the registry.

You can check out the new domain registration terms at:

http://eestiinternet.ee/public/Domeenireeglid_joustub_01.03.2012.pdf (Unfortunately EIF has not made an english language version available)

Upgraded contract terms

Since February 5th, we are using the new terms of service agreement. The most important changes concern Central User Contract and General Terms of the Hosting Service. New terms can be found here: www.zone.ee/en/terms-of-use

Client can withdraw from the new terms until March 7th, 2013 by sending us an e-mail at info@zone.ee. If the terms are suitable, then e-mail is not required. The updated terms of service agreement between client and Zone comes into force on March 8th, 2013.

LHV Bank is now available in bank links

Starting this week LHV Bank clients are able to pay for Zone services via direct bank link. In the nearest future clients of Nordea Pank will also be able to pay using their direct bank link.