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How to Verify Your Site with Google Analytics

August 30th, 2010 . by Claire

Many analytics tools and third party services ask for verification. Setting this up can be time-consuming. Our guide will take the pain out of Google Analytics verification. Verification is crucial. It guards against security risks, both for the companies behind the tool and the website owners who use them. Google has found a way to [...]

Web Hosting: What is Overselling?

August 27th, 2010 . by Claire

When you’re reading about hosting on forums and blogs, you’ll come across the term overselling.  In this article, we’ll look at what it is and why it props up a large chunk of the low-cost hosting market. What is Overselling? Overselling is the practice of selling more hosting resources than you have available. The idea [...]

500,000 Network Solutions Domains Hacked

August 25th, 2010 . by Claire

Network Solutions’ site Grow Smart Business widget has been hacked and used to spread malware. The hack affected up to 500,000 different domains and was discovered by Wayne Huang of firm Armorize. How the Hack Happened Network Solutions, via its Grow Smart Business site, offered a survey widget. The widget JavaScript files were compromised. The widget was primarily [...]

3 Reasons Good Hosts Go Bad

August 23rd, 2010 . by Jonathan

If you run websites for long enough you will likely find that at some point, a host that started out as good begins to degrade, eventually becoming a host that is bad enough for you to want to move away. It isn’t a change that happens overnight. After all, a single incident of downtime could [...]

5 Weird TOS Violations You Could Be Accused Of

August 20th, 2010 . by Claire

  Web hosts tend to put fairly predictable restrictions on clients. Don’t spam, don’t post pirated content and be realistic about the limitations of your ‘unlimited’ account. Unfortunately, some customers unwittingly get caught out under some more obscure rules. What Is a TOS? The TOS is the Terms of Service document: the rulebook that governs [...]

What Do I Need to Host a WordPress Blog?

August 18th, 2010 . by Claire

WordPress is one of the most common applications installed on hosting accounts, with shared hosting being ideal for novice WordPress users. Many major hosts have partnered with Automattic, the makers of WordPress, to promote its blogging software. But what do you really need out of a host to run WordPress? Starting a WordPress Blog WordPress [...]

OpenX Malware Infection on WhoIsHostingThis.com

August 18th, 2010 . by Richard

We become aware of a malware infection affecting WhoIsHostingThis.com users a few hours ago. Our ad server, OpenX, was compromised and used to serve malware for several hours today. The malicious code was removed within minutes of our team becoming aware of the issue. The number of users we believe were at risk was low [...]

5 Reasons Your Next Host Will Be Cloud-Based

August 13th, 2010 . by Claire

‘Cloud’ is an industry buzz word. It has evolved to mean a variety of different things to different people. In this article, we’ll look specifically at cloud hosting: what it is, and what it can offer. We’ll also see why you’ll eventually end up using a cloud host. What is Cloud Hosting? Cloud hosting is [...]

Why Was My Hosting Account Terminated?

August 11th, 2010 . by Claire

Account termination is normally permanent. Often, there’s little you can do once the damage is done. But you can make sure you don’t wind up being terminated in the first place. Here are some common reasons for termination. Abuse Complaints Hosts will allow you to violate the rules once, maybe twice. But if you become [...]

Case Study: the Problem With Unlimited Hosting

August 9th, 2010 . by Claire

Hosting accounts are rarely totally unlimited – despite what the blurb says. In this article, we’ll look at one site that fell foul of  vague hosting terminology. About Frogpants In July 2010, Frogpants, a network of popular tech-oriented podcasts, went down. The site was being hosted alongside 13 others on a $7/month ‘unlimited’ hosting account. [...]

How to Prepare For a Viral Traffic Spike

August 6th, 2010 . by Claire

Wondering if your site could handle a traffic spike? You can easily conduct a load test to find out. Load Impact offers a small, basic load tester that you can use for free. Though it’s limited in what it can do, its analysis is quite realistic. Here’s how it works. Grace Under Fire It’s easy [...]

W3 Total Cache Fixes Bugs, Adds Features with Update

August 4th, 2010 . by Jonathan

W3 Total Cache, previously covered here, has released version .9 (technically, as of this writing, .9.1.1) which adds new features and fixes several of the bugs and gripes users had with the previous release. According to the changelog, over 35 new features and fixes were added into version .9, not counting some additional 10 changes [...]

5 Google Apps VPS and Dedicated Hosting Perks

August 2nd, 2010 . by Claire

Google Apps makes it easy to integrate key Google functionality with your site’s domain. It’s easy to set up on any server and adds many benefits – not least the power of Gmail. But if you’ve bought VPS hosting or a dedicated server, you might have missed some lesser known benefits of Google Apps.   Implemented [...]