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WordPress 3.1 Released: What’s New?

February 25th, 2011 . by Jonathan

On Wednesday, WordPress 3.1 was pushed out to the masses, the first major release in 8 months, and it sparked an intense flurry of activity as bloggers, hosts and other site administrators rushed to bring their versions up to date. However, unlike the previous security updates, this release makes significant changes to the way that […]

How to Talk to Your Hosting Support Team

February 24th, 2011 . by Jonathan

If you run a website long enough, the day is going to come where you need to ask your support team for some kind of assistance. Whether your site is down, you need help fixing some kind of error or you need a new feature enabled, you’ll have to file a support ticket and get […]

First Impressions: Amazon S3 Hosting

February 21st, 2011 . by Claire

Amazon S3 has been upgraded, and it now offers true web hosting. Amazon S3 has always been a compelling option for hosting static files, but it lacked the features needed to host a full site (the ability to setup a root document, and the ability to specify error documents). But Amazon recently added both of these features to […]

5 Actions When Setting Up a Site for a Novice

February 18th, 2011 . by Jonathan

If you do Web development long enough, whether professionally or just as a hobby, you’ll probably find yourself building a website for someone with a lot less experience than you. It could be a client, a favor to a friend or perhaps even a gift for a family member. You’ll get it all started and […]

Movable Type Vs. WordPress: The Role of Hosting

February 11th, 2011 . by Claire

Byrne Reese is a former project manager at Movable Type and current chairman of the project’s open source spinoff, Melody. Recently he wrote a controversial piece about the battle of the blogging software: How did WordPress Win? Movable Type was WordPress’ rival, but it failed to keep pace with the fast-moving industry. In 2004, it hit licensing […]

4 Ways to Create a Test Version of Your Website

February 10th, 2011 . by Claire

When it’s time to tweak your website, you might want to use a test version to perfect your changes before they go live. The changes you’re working on may include a new theme, a new CMS or a major upgrade to an application. You may just need to tweak a script. Doing this on a […]

All About .CO Domains (and GoDaddy’s Endorsement)

February 7th, 2011 . by Claire

In the US, Go Daddy is well known for controversial Super Bowl commercials. Some see the ads as distasteful. Others see them as harmless fun. The latest campaign pushed the new .co TLD. So what is .co – and should you buy one? Is .co a .com Alternative? Despite a range of alternatives, .com is […]

Speeding Up WordPress With the Right Theme

February 4th, 2011 . by Claire

As WordPress grows, theme makers are specialising and diversifying their creations. One theme, Swift Basic, claims to be the “fastest loading” WordPress theme on the block. A test by WP Addict [no longer online] suggested that themes may influence site loading time. But what makes one theme perform better than the rest? Keep up with posts like […]

What ISP Changes in Canada Mean For Your Site

February 2nd, 2011 . by Jonathan

If you live in Canada, bandwidth for your home connection is about to get a lot more expensive. Recent changes from the Canadian Radio-Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) means that Usage Based Billing (UBB) is coming to Canada. This means that Canadians, previously accustomed to unlimited or nearly-unlimited bandwidth caps on their Internet connections, may be facing […]

5 Times It’s OK to Pay More for Hosting

February 1st, 2011 . by Jonathan

Finding a good hosting account isn’t just about finding the cheapest account that you can survive on, it’s about finding the best one for both you and your site, meeting your needs at the best possible price. But while no one likes to overspend on hosting, there are plenty of situations where you should be […]