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Below, we have compiled some of the more typical questions that we're asked about or services by new clients and resellers. If you have a question that is not answered here, please review our support site for more in-depth information, or send your pre-sales or technical question to Sales Department

• Can I pay with credit card or do I need to issue a check?
Either is fine.  However if you pay by check you must pay either semiannual or annual.  If you are an Increment Reseller you must pay by credit card in a monthly billing cycle.

• When you say annually, do you mean pay you all the money up front, or pay monthly for one year?
You must pay the full year at once in order to receive the yearly discount.

• What does it cost to transfer a domain name with you, and to Atlanta Virtual from other domain providers?
There is no fee for transferring your currently registered domain to Atlanta Virtual from another outside domain provider. Domains provided through Atlanta Virtual's Domain Center will be pre-configured to include Atlanta Virtual's DNS nameserver information, so no transfers will be necessary, if purchasing through Atlanta Virtual. If you use another domain provider, please check with your provider for specific details on fees that may be incurred. Domains purchased through Atlanta Virtual's Domain Center may be parked on our servers for free.

Do you charge additional fees for using the MySQL database?
No. It is included in the package.

What is a virtual domain?
A Virtual Domain means having your own domain ( without having to install expensive server hardware and software. With a Virtual Domain, you utilize our server's storage space, however, you are still professionally represented via your own personal Internet web address domain name ( and by your own personal e-mail address domain name (

• What steps do I need to take to setup a virtual domain at Atlanta Virtual?
Simply sign-up with us by filling out our online order form or call toll free 1.770.629.6550 for the Sales Dept.
We will then assist you in transferring an existing domain or registering for a new domain to be placed on our servers.

• What is the time needed to make space on your server available?
Space will be made available the same business day! Once an account is setup an activation notice will be sent to you via e-mail including your user-ID, password, and your IP address.

Do you offer dial-up Internet access?
No, you will need local Internet access in order to maintain your website and retrieve e-mail addressed to your site.

Does Atlanta Virtual support Macintosh systems?
Sure. You can use the Fetch program to transfer files from your MAC to our system. You can also use Secure Shell and the POP e-mail programs like Eudora, Claris E-mail and Netscape Mail.

Whom can I contact by phone or e-mail if further questions come up?
The easiest way is to contact us or you toll free 1.770.629.6550.

Are your servers connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? If not, when and why are they disconnected?
Yes. They are always connected and always monitored.

What web server do your servers run? (Apache, Netscape, or...?)
Apache 1.3.27

What are your server types: NT? UNIX? Both? Other?
We use UNIX.

What do Autoresponders do and are they included? How many?
An autoresponder is similar to an alias, but it also will send an automatic reply back to the sender. You can have an unlimited number of Autoresponders for no additional cost.

What programs can be used to access e-mail (pine, elm, Netscape mail, etc.)?
All POP clients can be used-- any program which downloads the files from our server onto your computer. You can use mail user agents which run on our servers (such as pine), with a special configuration. You cannot use IMAP programs.

Can I access my domain address with or without the "www"?
Yes, you will be able to access the domain address with or without the "www" in front of the domain name.

What is an e-mail alias and is it unlimited?
An e-mail alias means if you send mail to an address like, that address is aliased to whomever needs to receive it. It can be one person or multiple people, however you need it structured. It is unlimited--get as many as you need for no extra charge!

Do you have a database system? Cold Fusion? mSQL? Other?
We use the industry standard database, MySQL. You have the ability to use other databases remotely through ODBC connections and importation.

Do you have FTP and FTP Anonymous access?
Yes, we provide both FTP and FTP Anonymous access with all Atlanta Virtual hosting plan accounts.

Do you have a limit on the FTP transfer?
No. There is no limit. You can update your pages an unlimited amount of times, at any time you wish.

Is a shell account included?
Yes it is included. All plans have it at no additional fee.

Do you use Netscape's SSL technology?
We use Apache-SSL which is several times more secure than Netscape SSL.

Can I run two cron tasks to update pages daily?

Are your virtual servers able to work with old and text-mode browsers such as Lynx, or will users with those browsers not find our index.html when putting in only (in other words, are they truly virtual)?
They are truly virtual--you get your very own IP address on the web server. They will work with Lynx.

How many client sites are put on a Atlanta Virtual web server? Do you move sites to different servers if a given server has a high load? Is this monitored?
We will move clients according to demand on the system. We strive to keep the peak CPU load below 10% on all machines.

I would like to know if you support VRML 1.0 and 2.0 mime types wrl and mus?
We support these. You can set your own mime types with your .htaccess file.

Does each virtual server have its own log files included? We already have our own custom web stats apps, so what we really need is the raw log files and not just summaries.
Yes. You have your own log files. You can access them through your personal web based control panel.

Do you provide a CGI-BIN personal directory?
Yes, a CGI-BIN is provided with each account. You have complete access to install all your favorite scripts. We have several free scripts pre-installed.

What is CGI access?
CGI scripts (Common Gateway interface) are used to provide things like counters, form responses, guest books, and many other things. Atlanta Virtual gives you full CGI access for no extra charge! You can write your own scripts, install someone else's, or use one of our pre-installed CGI scripts.

Which languages are supported in CGI (e.g. Bourne, Shell, Perl, Java)?
Bourne, Shell, and Perl are all supported and available. Atlanta Virtual does not offer Java support at this time.

How can I manage my e-mail users (add/remove/update). How can I setup mail redirection for my users?
To add or delete POP boxes, use Mail Manager
You redirect mail by editing the address, un-forwarding to the POP box (which deletes it if that's the only reference to it) and forwarding to whatever e-mail address you desire.

Do you charge additional fees for hosting a secure web site?
No. It is a free standard feature with all Atlanta Virtual hosting plans.

Do you offer backward compatibility browser detection?

Can I set up forms for secure transmission?
Yes. There is no extra charge.

What cgi scripts are pre-installed?, and count.cgi

Does Atlanta Virtual offer SSI (server side includes)? 
Sure, SSI is on all of our servers. You just need to be sure that you call your files with the .shtml extension.

What version of Perl does Atlanta Virtual use?
Perl version 5.6

Can we set up password protected areas with htaccess?
Yes you can.

May I promote my Atlanta Virtual hosted web site with bulk e-mail?
Spamming is in violation of our service agreement. There are legal and ethical issues involved in mass mailing of unsolicited e-mail Any user of our services who has sent a large number of unsolicited e-mail will have their account closed within 24 hours. A pro-rata share of their current contract will be refunded. We, at Atlanta Virtual, are committed to maintaining integrity on the Internet.

Do you host foreign domains?
Yes we host all types of domains foreign and domestic.

Do Atlanta Virtual servers support IMAP?
Our servers are not configured to be able to support IMAP. IMAP is possible, however, for only the main username of the account. We cannot provide any support other than turning on your access to IMAP. If you would like this, please let us know where you connect from and we will make an ftp connection to the server. We have to open a port for the location/s that you can connect to the server from.
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