Warning: exec() has been disabled for security reasons

Function exec is disabled. What to do?

I see the “Warning: exec() has been disabled for security reasons” message on my site. What should I do? How can I fix this?
Solution for the “exec disabled” issue

In order to eliminate this error message you need to do ONE of the following things:

Remove the exec string from the disable_functions at php.ini* file
Ask your hosting provider to remove the string above if you don’t have an access to the php.ini* file
Change hosting provider which allows the running of the exec function.

Google app email setup

by Alex Benko, 2by2host

Google app email setup

These only apply to configuring POP3 and SMTP

Google app emails work through secure connections. This is important to understand when setting up your email program to work with Google apps. These steps also assume that you have already signed up with Google apps either free or paid, went through all confirmation steps and now are ready to configure your email program like Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.

The information you will need is the following:

  1. Your name: This is optional but put something in there so that people see who the email came from.
  2. E-mail address:The email address you're trying to your mailbox with.
  3. Incoming mail server(POP3): pop.yourdomain.com (you have to create a CNAME record in your DNS zone first and point it to pop.gmail.com).
  4. Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.yourdomain.com (you have to create a CNAME record in your DNS zone first and point it to smtp.gmail.com).
  5. User Name: Your full email address like yourname@yourdomain.com
  6. Password: Password to your mailbox.
  7. Login using secure password authentication: This should be disabled.
  8. My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication: This should be enabled.
  9. Use the same settings as my incoming mail server: This should be selected.
  10. Incoming server (POP3): Port 995.
  11. This server requires a secure connection (SSL): This should be enabled.
  12. Outgoing server (SMTP): Port 587.
  13. Use the following type of encrypted connection: TSL.
  14. Server Timeouts: (Greater than 1 minute. Recommended setting is 5).
  15. Leave a copy of messages on the server Set this to disabled, otherwise you will end up downloading multiple copies of the same messages.
  16. Our recommendation for a fast and secure Google app hosting package are either our managed shared hosting or GoEasy plan The first one is fully-managed meaning we do everything for you and the second is self-managed which means you configure everything yourself. It's your pick to go with an exceptional Google app hosting packages that everybody loves.

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TLD* Registration /yr Renewal /yr Transfer**
.com $20.00 $20.00 $20.00
.net $20.00 $20.00 $20.00
.org $20.00 $20.00 $20.00
.us $20.00 $20.00 $20.00
.info $20.00 $20.00 $20.00
.biz $20.00 $20.00 $20.00
.tv $55.00 $55.00 N/A
.ws $100.00 $100.00 N/A
.bz $55.00 $55.00 N/A
.cc $55.00 $55.00 $55.00

* TLD – is a top-level domain name. It is the last part of any domain ( For example:
.com .org .gov)
** If you already have one or more domain with us and others somewhere else, it
would be a good idea for you to transfer all your domains to us.

The “Transfer” is not the same thing as a name server change (star1.hosting-pp.com
or star2.hosting-pp.com), the “Transfer” means you pay us to renew your
domain for 1 year from the transfer date for only $20.00

  • The registry stipulates that domain name transfers are the same as the new one-year
    name registrations. We follow the same rules. Transfers retain the time remaining
    on the registration of the other registrar, and do not start the clock over.
    Exception: The Registry will not add a year if the domain is transferred
    within the first 45 days of the extended/renewed year.

  • Default DNS settings: (The default DNS addresses are for domain and email forwarding
    dns5.name-services.com ……
    Your DNS details should be sent to you within 24 hours from signup.

  • Please write down your domain password when you register a new domain.

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2by2host was founded in early 2006 and started its mission by working with Open Source products.

Our initial idea was to provide affordable hosting with development services. We had a very successful start and received many requests from our hosting customers to have development work done for their sites. We began building our own team of developers and designers to accommodate our growing web community.

Up to this day we have completed over 1,000 projects in the Open Source industry, contributed themes and mods for open source products that are now being used by thousands of sites, acquired another web hosting company and teamed up with a language translation agency.

Our hosting packages are suitable for a business as well as an individual site. Our customers benefit from lower hourly rates for development and design and our affiliate program has a few very helpful features to promote your site. These features are only available to our customers!

Due to the large variety of complex software products on the market we have decided to develop our own alternatives and Open Source applications that are very light in size and simple to use. Among them are: weather informer, database management utility, content and project management systems and web hosting server management application.

Today we are working on a lot of interesting projects. Two of them are a video bookmarking service that will allow people to organize videos from any resource and a simple but powerful content management system that will be compatible with various designs. We also constantly work with our business customers to mutually help each other grow.


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FaceBook Twitter Mod for simplemachines

function showPane(paneId) {

// Шаг 1 – ставим общее кол-во закладок, если больше – увеличиваем на единицу, меньше – соотв. уменьшаем
var panes = [“0″,”1″,”2″,”3″,”4”];

for(n in panes) {

if (n == paneId) {
document.getElementById(“pane”+panes[n]).style.display = “block”;

else {
document.getElementById(“pane”+panes[n]).style.display = “none”;


Facebook Twitter Mod for SimpleMachines

Facebook Twitter Mod for SMF enables your posts to be published automatically to Twitter and to a selected wall in your Facebook account. Don't miss this opportunity to increase organic traffic to your forum with this mod for only $149.

Price: $149

Facebook Twitter Mod for SimpleMachines Overview

Facebook Twitter Mod for SimpleMachines – it's unique software, created by 2by2host.com team that helps your website get better web precense and significantly increase organic traffic to it. At the same time it ultimately leads to a increase of new registrations on your forum. In addition, our Twitter Facebook mod is fully compatible with all major search engines. Better indexing by Google and other search engines is guaranteed.

Another reason to buy it is that we don't host any of your settings and don't see or even store your Twitter and Facebook login details. While comparing it to other free online services that allow linking your forum to Twitter and Facebook, with our mod you have full control of what, when and where the posts are published.

Free updates terms of service.

Facebook Twitter Mod Features

  • Enable/Disable Twitter Service
  • Support of Twitter OAuth!
  • Support for URL shortening services bit.ly
  • Ability to enable/disable bit.ly
  • Support for URL shortening services trim.su
  • Great support and free one-time install on your forum
  • Enable/Disable Facebook Service
  • Support of Facebook OAuth!
  • Ability to set a post frequency
  • Ability to reset everything and start posting again
  • Ability to choose a target page to post
  • Stats display: topics published/topics pending
  • Ability to set custom message to be posted on Twitter/Facebook

Google Analytics: In Adition to the mod we can set up Google Analytics and Google for wembasters accounts for you at no extra cost.

Facebook Twitter Mod screenshot

Main window

Facebook Twitter Mod screenshot

Facebook Twitter Mod system requirements

  • Requirements: SMF 2.0.X, PHP5, PHP cURL lib.
  • Compatibility: Official SMF 2.0.X
  • Mods compatibility: Created by official SMF team only

Facebook Twitter Mod system support


Please follow our Detailed Twitter Mod Installation instructions. Don't hesitate to contact our support if you have any issues installing it or have comments/concerns about it, etc.


To configure your copy of Twitter Mod for SMF to work with Twitter and Facebook social networking we charge $100

[SOLVED] Updating WordPress themes and plugins in an organized way for your customers

Challenge: When working with WordPress themes and plugins we’ve noticed that some customers would like to have their own “private” versions of them. This can be a theme created for a customer that the customer paid for or a custom plugin. Obviously a customer who paid for a custom job will not want their product to be available to public for free.

In a lot of cases when doing custom job one will not start from scratch but will have some framework or code to start with. Eventually, you might accumulate a number of plugins and themes that you will be providing to your customers without any or with some slight changes. It can become pretty difficult to keep all these up-to-date. Normally a WordPress repository would be used to keep everything up-to-date but since it’s not an option for the reasons described above a private repository is needed. WordPress doesn’t offer that and code repositories can be difficult and not all of them are free.

We have found a simple way to have a private repository for your customers. Here’s how it will work. You will install a special plugin on your company’s  main website or your development site. You will upload all your custom plugins and themes via the plugin’s interface. You will also need to add some short code to each of your custom plugins and themes (this should only be done once). After that all custom plugins and themes that you installed on your customers’ sites will request updates from your private repository. This way you will have all your custom work organized and always up-to-date on your customers’ sites.  There will be no manual work to do on each site which in conjunction with our WordPress site management system (which we give to our partners as part of our service) will cover all the bases! Also with that you will not need to give your developers access to your customers’ sites which will create even more security.

Here are the features:

  • Good documentation
  • Add very short code to your theme or plugin
  • Keep your custom updates on your site in secure location
  • Work with unlimited versions
  • Updates look and feel like WordPress.org updates
  • No monthly fees
  • Our assistance to get things working and running

Let us know if you’d like to have such a plugin for your setup.

[SOLVED] Solution to a hacked WordPress site

It’s very easy for a WordPress site to get infected with a virus (get hacked). Here are some of the symptoms:

  • Some of the pages will redirect to a malware site and cause your site’s reputation to go down
  • A large amount of SPAM will be sent from your site and therefore blacklisting your server’s IP address
  • Defacement of  your site can happen or some content will get removed.
  • Some plugins might stop working or will get deactivated
  • Lots of PHP errors like: “Cannot add header information – headers already sent”
  • Back-end might stop working or the entire site will display a blank page

Tracking these down and fixing them can be a very time consuming venture and in a lot of cases a restore from a backup is needed but the problem with that is that you will still be vulnerable and have no idea how the virus got in.

So, is there a way to combat these effectively or even eradicate them completely? The answer is yes but let’s first take a look at some issues with current antiviruses and scanners.

All currently existing scanners only look for viruses and not protect against getting infected. Also, not all viruses or threats are detected as they go by signatures and it’s impossible to always have a complete list of those. For example a virus can be inserted in this format: “eval($_POST[‘any_php_code’])” and an security scanner will not see it as this is very similar to regular WordPress PHP code. All these point to how imperfect the scanners are just because it’s nearly impossible to account for all possible variations of infections.

The solution we created prevents any further viruses from being introduced as well as current ones spreading. Once that’s done any scanner can be used to identify and remove the infected files but even if anything gets missed, it’s not a big deal as the viruses will not spread and will be under control.

Our solution is by means of a plugin that works securely within our environment and allows to lock/unlock various parts of WordPress site. The screenshot below shows the settings of the plugin.

Secure Lockdown WordPress 2015-08-28 20-16-27

After the protection is in place no future infections will happen and you can safely scan your site and remove any virus-like files. When moving to one of our annual packages we will be happy to assist you with your infected site and get it cleaned and protected. Happy sailing!