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5 Ways Hosting Changed in 5 Years

March 31st, 2011 . by Claire

Hosting is constantly moving forward, and there been have some big changes over the last five years. In this article, we’ll look at five of the most important. 1. The CDN Content delivery networks are everywhere. They speed up site loading time and improve reliability, spread your content across the web and potentially cut your hosting [...]

Westboro Baptist Church Hit By DOS Attack

March 28th, 2011 . by Claire

The Westboro Baptist Church is best known for its controversial picketing of military funerals, its anti-gay slogans and its recent contentious victory at the Supreme Court. Needless to say the church has made a lot of enemies online, including The Jester (th3j35t3r), a ‘hacktivist’. The Jester took it upon himself to silence the Church’s infamous God [...]

How to Troubleshoot DNS Problems Quickly

March 25th, 2011 . by Claire

DNS can be a headache, even if you’re experienced with hosting. Often, it’s difficult to tell where faults lie. DNS can take some time to propagate, so sites can appear to be up or down at the same time, depending on your physical location. Understanding DNS Problems DNS servers convert domain names to numbers. You, [...]

Why Nameservers Are Important to Your Website

March 24th, 2011 . by Claire

If you have a web hosting account, you’ve probably come across nameservers. They’re provided by web hosts, and they’re key to your website being visible on the web. Most nameservers provided by hosts look something like ns1.yourhostdomain.com. You’ll normally be given two. Setting up nameservers usually only takes a few seconds once you have the right information. [...]

How Web Hosts Cope in Disasters

March 21st, 2011 . by Claire

The recent disaster in Japan has highlighted how important key infrastructure is in a disaster. Web hosts occasionally need to function in extremely challenging circumstances. So how do they stay online? Servers have to be protected against damage so that equipment and data are safe. Datacenter staff need access to the facility. Power needs to [...]

How to Explain Web Hosting Principles to Anyone

March 18th, 2011 . by Claire

Whether you’re a pro website admin or just an enthusiastic amateur, you’ll eventually be asked to describe web hosting to someone else. You may want to blog about hosting matters in simple terms. Knowing the right way to explain hosting can be a real bonus. Explaining technical concepts to non-technical people can be a challenge. [...]

Why Are So Many Websites Hosted On Linux?

March 17th, 2011 . by Claire

This site is hosted on a Linux server package from Servint. If you’ve signed up for affordable shared hosting, your site is probably on a Linux server too. Although estimates vary, Linux – the most common type of Unix – is generally accepted to have an overwhelming majority over Windows servers. It’s no fluke: Google uses more [...]

Boost WordPress With Jetpack: The Best Features From WordPress.com

March 14th, 2011 . by Claire

Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has announced a new plugin called Jetpack. It adds many of the features offered by their WordPress.com hosted solution to self-installed WordPress instances, including updated states, grammar checking and more. But Jetpack is more than just a great plugin. It actually represents a major change in the way many hosts install [...]

6 Ways We’d Like to See cPanel Improved

March 11th, 2011 . by Claire

Let’s get one thing right: we love cPanel. But like all software, it’s not perfect – yet. Here are some things we’d like to see done differently in a future version. 1. The Welcome Screen The welcome screen in cPanel can be overwhelming. Log in and you’re immediately hit with dozens of icons, all labelled [...]

Is It Worth Switching Hosts?

March 7th, 2011 . by Claire

Sometimes a web host can start off giving you great service. But over time, the price you’re paying may not seem like such good value. How do you know if the grass will be greener after a switch? Assess the Quality of Your Host A bad host is a bad host. Sometimes you won’t find [...]

How to Use Hotlink Protection in cPanel

March 4th, 2011 . by Claire

Not all hosting providers offer the same control panel software. cPanel is probably the best-known and most common – and for good reason. Nearly every major host uses cPanel, though it’s sometimes well hidden underneath a clever skin that makes it look quite different. It’s popular because it gives users an intuitive graphical interface and [...]

Are Free Hosting Services Worth Using?

March 3rd, 2011 . by Claire

Can free web hosts compete with regular shared hosting? If you use a free host, are you seen to be less serious about your site? And why would you choose to use one? Pros of Free Hosting Sites Why would you consider WordPress.com, Blogger, Tumblr and similar services? They’re free. Even with a few paid upgrades, these [...]

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