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Amazon Launches Bulk Email Service: SES

January 28th, 2011 . by Claire

Earlier this week, Amazon announced the launch of its new Simple Email Service (SES). SES is part of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) division. That’s the division that also provides Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon S3 and Cloudfront. What is Amazon SES? Amazon SES is not an email service like Exchange or Gmail. It’s designed [...]

How to Deal With Planned Hosting Downtime

January 26th, 2011 . by Claire

Hosting providers often have to plan downtime to update something. You might also need to plan downtime to work on your own site. Google recently released its suggestions on how to deal with planned downtime. Let’s explore them. What Not to Do Here’s how not to handle downtime. Take your site offline and serve a [...]

Is Internet Access a Utility?

January 24th, 2011 . by Claire

No website could exist without ISPs and network providers all over the globe. Every time someone visits your site, the data passes through dozens of servers spanning dozens of networks. Normally, everything runs smoothly. But local outages can cause the system to fall over. The internet is critical to many businesses and domestic users, yet [...]

Speed Up Your Site Without Changing Host

January 21st, 2011 . by Claire

Site sluggish? It’s time to take action. Slow response times can harm your SEO and irritate your visitors. The good news is that you can often improve your site’s speed without buying a new web hosting plan. How to Speed Up a Slow Website Databases, even when being used by the best content management systems, [...]

Is a Site Builder Right For You?

January 19th, 2011 . by Claire

Web hosting can be phenomenally complicated. Many people don’t have the time or inclination to get involved in the technical aspects of hosting. So is it worth considering a point and click solution – or a site builder? Site Builder Advantages Site builders are simple. That’s the main benefit. You can have a functional site [...]

5 Common Web Hosting Misunderstandings

January 17th, 2011 . by Claire

Not every web hosting customer is technically minded – nor do they need to be. But because there are such a wide spread of hosting users, there are also a wide spread of account types and hosts. It’s easy to get confused about your host’s responsibilities. 1. Is the Host Responsible For Security? Website security [...]

Do Hosts Have New Year Sales?

January 14th, 2011 . by Jonathan

It’s important to search for savings when you’re looking at hosting accounts – depending on the deal and the account, finding a good hosting sale can literally save hundreds of dollars over the course of a year. For small businesses, this can be an especially important action because a deal on hosting can save a [...]

A New Year a New Host?

January 6th, 2011 . by Jonathan

With the new year comes a chance to do some analysis and reflection. It’s a chance to look at all aspects of you life, physical and digital, and decide what changes you might want to make. Though I personally loathe New Year’s Resolutions, there’s no doubt that the turning of the calendar is a great [...]