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General Data Protection Regulation Remote Reseller Compliance

General Data Protection Regulation Remote Reseller Compliance

Dear Resellers,

Passed in 2016, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most significant change in European data protection laws since the EU Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC), introduced in 1995.

The GDPR, which became enforceable on May 25, 2018, pursue to strengthen the security and protection of personal data in the EU. As ResellerCluster is based in Europe we made sure that our reseller program and business is GDPR ready.

How this affects you as a reseller?
If you are on a template you are already GDPR compliant as we got you covered.

However, if you are using a remote reseller store, you have to make some adjustments on your remote reseller site. Namely, you have to place an explicit cookie consent on every page of your website, informing visitors about the cookies your website sets on their browser. Also if you use Google Analytics, you have to anonymize the IP addresses you collect.

Cookie Consent
You have to place a cookie consent popup on every page of your remote reseller site. This cookie consent window should inform visitors that the website uses cookies to ensure visitors can get the best experience on your website and show a link to the Privacy Policy. We have updated the users’’ Privacy Policy to be GDPR compliant. Please review a Cookie Consent on this reseller template example > http://your-hosting-site.com/

IP anonymization
The GDPR requires that IP addresses are personal information and therefore entities that collect the IP location of their users should anonymize it.

Google Analytics has such an option provided under the ga(‘set’, ‘anonymizeIp’, true) in the analytics.js library to allow website owners to request that all of their users’ IP addresses are anonymized within the product. Please, read the exact instructions он how to setup your Google Analytics tracking to anonymize visitors’ IP addresses here > https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2763052?hl=en

By completing these two measures, your remote reseller website will be GDPR compliant.

 

Two Great New Features at ResellerCluster.com

Two Great New Features at ResellerCluster.com

We are pleased to announce our two great new features at ResellerCluster.com control panel. You can now fully customize the robots.txt and Sitemap.xml files which will enhance your experience with our reseller hosting plan. For those of you who are new to web spiders and crawling I will explain the basics. Web spiders and robots are simply pieces of software that have instructions to browse the web, gathering and indexing specific data. They were invented in the early 90s by sociology companies and later popularized by what is known today as “search engines”. Robots exclusion standard (robots.txt) Robots.txt is a protocol which when set will prevent certain bots and web spiders from analyzing your reseller store or just some of its data. If you wish to do that, then log in your reseller hosting Control Panel, go to Store Design Tools tab and then click “Switch to Advanced Mode” at the top of your screen (see Fig below). advanced-mode-reseller-hosting What Advanced Mode actually does is to unlock a few more customization options. And one of them is “Customize Robots.txt” as shown below.

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Clicking on the blue robot will open a new window with a basic text editor and a drop down menu from which you choose which store’s robots.txt you want to edit (if you have multiple). Now this protocol is more like some advice for the web crawlers and even though most of them tend to follow its settings, some might not. There really are too many rules you can set in this protocol, but I will try to cover the most common ones: Robots exclusion standard (robots.txt) Robots.txt is a protocol which when set will prevent certain bots and web spiders from analyzing your reseller store or just some of its data. If you wish to do that, then log in your reseller hosting Control Panel, go to Store Design Tools tab and then click “Switch to Advanced Mode” at the top of your screen (see Fig below). advanced-mode-reseller-hosting What Advanced Mode actually does is to unlock a few more customization options. And one of them is “Customize Robots.txt” as shown below. robot-hosting-store-template Clicking on the blue robot will open a new window with a basic text editor and a drop down menu from which you choose which store’s robots.txt you want to edit (if you have multiple). Now this protocol is more like some advice for the web crawlers and even though most of them tend to follow its settings, some might not. There really are too many rules you can set in this protocol, but I will try to cover the most common ones: Allows all robots to visit all files: User-agent: * Disallow: Keeps all robots out: User-agent: * Disallow: / And this is how to forbid to all crawlers to enter just specific directories: User-agent: * Disallow: /cgi-bin/ Disallow: /images/ Disallow: /tmp/ Disallow: /private/ In fact you can forbid a specific bot to enter specific directories: User-agent: EvilBot # where you replace the “EvilBot” with the actual user-agent of the bot Disallow: /private/ And last but not least, this one forbids all bots to enter a specific file: User-agent: * Disallow: /directory/file.html You get the idea… The Sitemap protocol (Sitemap.xml) Now this is another protocol that is almost opposite in function to robots.txt. When set it will actually inform bots of your content and they will start crawling. A must have for a decent position in the search engines. It is a simple XML file and contains your URLs in it. There are a few ways to create a sitemap.xml file – with some third-party software, with a plug-in on your site or by hand. Just google “create sitemap” and you will get tons of options. Once you have your sitemap you need to switch to Advanced mode in your control panel and click on the orange sitemap picture which looks like this. sitemap-free-reseller-hosting Once you do it, you will see another text editor where you can paste and edit your new sitemap to your likings. Click change and you are all set! In conclusion when these two protocols are tuned well, they will provide a lot clearer instructions for the crawlers and thus will produce much better ranking and indexing in the search engines and your free reseller hosting will benefit greatly. Thank you for reading, and see you next time!

Offering SBS certificates discontinued

Offering SBS certificates discontinued

ResellerCluster has disabled the SBS certificates from the products list. Due to lack of interest in these SSL certificates and the clumsy, bureaucratic (various documents requested for verification) and lack of customer-oriented process during certificate approval, we decided to remove the SBS certificates as they do not match the quality of products and services we aim to offer to our resellers and respectively their clients.

The SBS products have been removed from all reseller websites, in order to avoid any future problems with customers trying to order those certificates. We would recommend the products of GeoTrust and RapidSSL, since they are internationally trusted and recognized for their quality.

New Classy Reseller Template!

New Classy Reseller Template!

Dear Valued Reseller, ResellerCluster and its dedicated Design and Development Team is happy to present you a new reseller template we called Grizzly. It is based on completely fresh ideas and modern design concept: 1. More pages – it has over 35 pages, old templates had up to 10 pages. 2. More content – it has more content on each page, text and thematic banners. 3. More information – services and their features are better explained. 4. Stylish design – gathers the latest known design concepts. 5. Modern layout – templete covers fully 1024×768 screen resolution. 6. Various color themes – it has 4 color themes: bordeau, black, grey and green. 7. Reorganize home page – change square positions on template’s home page. 8. Different banners – choose variety of pre-defined banners to place on home page. This new reseller template gives you more chances to look more professional and anonymous because of its new and better capabilities to be modified. Whilst in all previous templates, resellers were able to add only something on the header and footer, with this one you can completely modify its home page square positions + change color theme from 4 different available. Template View >> Grizzly Bordeau | Grizzly Black | Grizzly Grey | Grizzly Green New Sections and features in Reseller Control Panel: 1. Store Design Tools tab, Customize Template View section is where you can modify home page square position and color theme. This section works only for the new Grizzly Template. 2. Store Design Tools tab, Customize Header in Simple Mode you can now edit: Title, Keywords, Description, Heading and Logo for every single page. This is new functioality to give you more SEO power and improve your ability to optimize your template as per every single page. Old sections “Keywords” and “Store Title” have been stopped. Apply new Grizzly template to your store from your Reseller Control Panel, Store Design Tools, Choose Templete section. Thank you for being part of ResellerCluster community. ResellerCluster.com Team www.resellercluster.com