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Google’s Cloud Storage Service Announcement

May 31st, 2010 . by Jonathan

At Google’s IO Conference earlier this month, the company announced its new Google Storage for Developers service, a cloud-based storage solution designed to directly compete with Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud. With Google, the largest Web host in terms of the number of servers, getting into the cloud hosting game, it certainly is a major […]

WordPress Sites on GoDaddy, Bluehost Hacked

May 28th, 2010 . by Claire

A major WordPress hack has hit Go Daddy, Bluehost and Media Temple customers. The cause is unclear, but it’s an ongoing problem. Some users report similar problems with their Joomla and ZenCart installs. About the Hack The hack appears to have originated at the hosting provider level; hackers seem to have been able to infiltrate multiple accounts […]

Is It Worth Buying SEO Hosting?

May 26th, 2010 . by Claire

Hostgator has recently set up a new arm, SEO Hosting. It specialises in a small but growing niche: hosting across multiple Class C IP addresses. It joins a few other companies in this market, including SEOWebHosting.net and Got Web Host?. But is SEO hosting worth buying anyway? What is a Class C Network? To understand SEO hosting, […]

How to Harden Your WordPress Blog

May 24th, 2010 . by Claire

WordPress is arguably the most popular platform for self-hosted blogs. Unfortunately, that makes it prone to attack from viruses, spammers, identity thieves and hackers. Automattic has published a great guide about ‘hardening’ WordPress – in other words, making it more difficult to hack. In this article, we’ll look at some easier routes and alternative methods. Is […]

How Spammers Host Blogs

May 21st, 2010 . by Claire

Spam operations are never commendable, but you have to admit that the technical skill involved is pretty impressive. Spammers can control tens of thousands of sites and domains, countless servers and dozens of advertising accounts from automated control panels. What can we learn from the way spammers work? The Shotgun Approach Let’s look at the […]

How to Install a GoDaddy SSL Certificate

May 19th, 2010 . by Jonathan

So you want to buy an SSL certificate, or move away from your host’s shared SSL certificate, but you’re intimidated by the prospect of having to install a certificate on your server. Don’t be. If you have CPanel/Web Host Manager (WHM) running on your server, installing a custom SSL certificate is actually very easy, and […]

5 Reasons to Avoid One-Click Installs

May 17th, 2010 . by Claire

One-click installs make it easy to install some of the most common scripts around, including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, phpBB and Cube Cart. The install takes just a few minutes. But one-click installers may not always give you the best result. Let’s look at some reasons to install manually. 1. Familiarity Installing a script via one-click […]

Site Auto Backup Review: Hostgator’s cPanel Backup Service

May 14th, 2010 . by Claire

In April we covered the launch of a new cPanel backup service, Site Auto Backup. We decided to give it a try and see if it lives up to its claims. Our Site Auto Backup Test For the purposes of the test, we used a single VPS on Servint hosting around 12 domains. Six of these are […]

Do You Really Need a Dedicated IP?

May 10th, 2010 . by Claire

Most web hosts offer dedicated IPs as part of their hosting packages. Even if a dedicated IP isn’t part of the deal, you can normally buy dedicated IPs for a monthly fee on top of your subscription. Should you buy one? There’s a lot of debate around dedicated IPs and the pros and cons of […]

Is Page.ly WordPress Web Hosting Worth the Money?

May 7th, 2010 . by Claire

Page.ly is a hosting company with one focus: WordPress hosting. Page.ly’s customers can’t install anything else, nor can they work with more than one domain at a time. Despite its instant setup and obvious simplicity, Page.ly does have some limitations that not everyone will be comfortable with. What is Page.ly? Page.ly works WordPress into the signup […]

1and1 Hosting Offers Domain Protection

May 5th, 2010 . by Claire

Professional spammers and cybersquatters make a living buying expired or trademarked domains. Web host and registrar 1&1 is going to offer domain packages designed to protect against this. How will it work? Cybersquatting and Typosquatting Cybersquatting is done for many reasons, but there are three common ones. To sell the domain back to the trademark holder. […]

5 Essential Google Chrome Extensions

May 3rd, 2010 . by Jonathan

It has been a busy year and a half for Google’s browser. Since its release Google Chrome has worked its way up to version 5, has gone from being Windows-only to being available for all three major operating systems and has become the third most-popular browser, raking in over 6% of the total browser market […]