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Security Tips From Servint Experts

September 29th, 2010 . by Claire

Mike Witty is director of Network Compliance at Servint, a VPS host that powers this site and many others. Mike is responsible for handling abuse complaints, overseeing security and making sure that the company complies with all relevant laws – most prominently the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). So what advice does Mike have to [...]

5 Ways Bad Hosting Can Harm Your Site

September 27th, 2010 . by Claire

Poor hosting can be a headache. Downtime, slow load times and bad support can make running a website a real chore. A bad hosting account is an anchor that can keep good sites from soaring and drown more average ones before they can improve. Here are five ways bad hosting could cause you problems. 1. [...]

Should Your Host Migrate Your Website?

September 25th, 2010 . by Claire

Moving from host to host can be time-consuming and problematic, even if you’re relatively comfortable with hosting. At the same time, relying on migration services feels risky. After all, your data is valuable, and you can’t oversee the process once it’s started: you’re putting your trust in a new company that you haven’t much experience [...]

How to Move Your Website to a New Host (Without Downtime)

September 22nd, 2010 . by Claire

When you’re moving from one web host to another, the last thing you want is a break in service. Moving doesn’t have to result in downtime. Here’s a checklist for moving day. 1. New Account Setup Open your new hosting account and make sure you have all the passwords you need. Normally you’ll get the [...]

5 Bad Reasons to Stick With a Bad Host

September 21st, 2010 . by Claire

If you’re not happy with your host, why haven’t you done anything about it yet? It’s all too easy to make excuses. But the consequences of staying could be  worse than the consequences of leaving. Here are five common excuses we all use. 1. The Hosting Contract Some hosts offer big discounts for long-term signups. [...]

How the Sale of GoDaddy Will Change the Internet

September 17th, 2010 . by Claire

Go Daddy is a massive hosting brand, particularly in the US where its commercials are often controversial. Last week, we learned that Go Daddy is up for sale.  Much of the press attention centred on its price. But there’s an equally newsworthy story here: the potential impact of a new boss at Go Daddy. What Will [...]

Server-Side Includes: How They Thrived and Died

September 16th, 2010 . by Claire

Server-side includes (SSI) used to be a major plus point in hosting. Back when HTML was king, SSI added a dynamic element to website development. But SSI has now largely been left behind. Is it worth revisiting? The Basics of SSI SSI is designed to support large, complex websites. It helped to prevent unnecessary duplication of [...]

14 Popular Websites Speedtested

September 13th, 2010 . by Claire

In this article, we’ll pit some popular websites head to head. The challenge is simple. Which site loads faster? Using http://whichloadsfaster.com, we’ll open two sites side by side and track the loading time. The Rules Each test is run five times. Adblock was enabled to prevent ad networks from interfering. Tests are performed using Google Chrome [...]

5 New Hosting Features We Take For Granted

September 10th, 2010 . by Claire

Web hosting has come on in leaps and bounds over the last five years. Some of the features we enjoy today were highly unusual in the last decade. Let’s take a nostalgic look at some of the key improvements to hosting packages in recent years. 1. IMAP Email Until recently, hosts favoured POP3 email. It [...]

How to Use the Pingdom WordPress Plugin

September 8th, 2010 . by Claire

Pingdom, a remote site monitoring service, has introduced a new WordPress plugin that displays service status at a glance. Best of all, it is free and can be used with any self-hosted WordPress installation. How the Pingdom Plugin Works First, you need a Pingdom account. There’s a free account for monitoring one site. You then [...]

What Bloggers Think of Their Hosts

September 6th, 2010 . by Jonathan

Barely a week ago I attended OpenCamp Dallas 2010, my talk there was on copyright and licensing issues but I also spent a great deal of time talking to other bloggers about an issue close to my heart: their hosting. With Neospire Hosting and Layered Tech being a major sponsor of the event, it was [...]

How to Write a Good Hosting Review

September 3rd, 2010 . by Claire

If you have strong opinions on a host, make sure you write a hosting review. It really does help other potential customers to cut through the marketing spiel. You don’t have to be a master poet to write a good review, but you do have to know what to cover. Here’s how to compose the [...]

Five More Lies Your Host May Be Telling You

September 1st, 2010 . by Jonathan

Back in June, I penned an article about five lies your host may be telling you, aimed at debunking, or at least questioning, some of the more common marketing claims that hosts use. However, the misinformation doesn’t necessarily end when you’ve become a customer. In many cases, the fibs have only begun. To be clear [...]

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