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How Steam Gaming Harnesses the CDN

December 31st, 2010 . by Claire

If you’ve read about CloudFlare and W3 Total Cache, you’ll understand how a content delivery network (CDN) can benefit any website or blog. The CDN is an optional extra to your regular hosting plan. But for some businesses, the CDN is a core part of the service they offer. Valve’s Steam platform is a digital store and a [...]

7 Things You Can Do for Your Site Over the Holidays

December 29th, 2010 . by Jonathan

There’s not much doubt that it’s the holidays. The shopping malls are full, the roads are packed and Web traffic, for the most part, is down. Unless you’re a webmaster of an ecommerce site that does most of its business during this time of year or operate some other holiday-themed site where there is peak [...]

How Many Domains Can I Host on My Account?

December 20th, 2010 . by Claire

No matter what kind of hosting plan you choose, you’re probably wondering how many domains you can host on one account. Sometimes your host will limit you to a certain number. Often, your host will let you host ‘unlimited’ domains. On paper, there is no limit to the number of sites a server can hold, [...]

CloudFlare: Two Week Review Of the Free CDN

December 17th, 2010 . by Claire

Two weeks ago I blogged about my move to CloudFlare. CloudFlare is a CDN and site-caching service that you trigger by changing your DNS settings. After two weeks of use, I can still the potential of the service, but the reality has failed to live up to my (admittedly very high) expectations.Keep up with posts [...]

Gawker Hacked: User Passwords Leaked

December 16th, 2010 . by Jonathan

Gawker Media operates a series of popular blogs including Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Kotaku and Jalopnik. They recently suffered a security breach that (potentially) has exposed the passwords of all of the commenter accounts on their sites – all 1.25 million of them. Hackers gained root level access to Gawker’s servers and were able to obtain a [...]

5 Reasons to Avoid Reseller Hosts

December 13th, 2010 . by Claire

Reseller hosts basically lease space from another company. Reseller hosting websites range from pro to distinctly amateur, and the quality of service often matches up. Is a reseller anything more than an unnecessary middle-man? Here are five criteria that might make you think twice about using a reseller. 1. Cost The best deal that a [...]

CloudFlare, the Free CDN: First Impressions

December 3rd, 2010 . by Claire

A content delivery network (CDN) can speed up your site and help to protect it against traffic spikes. On WhoIsHostingThis, we’ve also looked at types of CDNs, easy integration in WordPress with W3 Total Cache, and we’ve compared some of the larger content delivery networks. CloudFlare is a new CDN that won the “Most Innovative Company” award at a [...]

3 Bizarre, Extreme Hosting Data Centres

December 2nd, 2010 . by Claire

Hosting isn’t often thought of as ‘exciting’. However, the industry is evolving fast. Modern hosting is sold in a very different way to the hosting used during the evolution of the web. Data centres are also smarter, stronger and more secure. So what are the most bizarre and extreme data centres? What are they doing [...]