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PSN Down: Another Strike Against the Cloud

April 27th, 2011 . by Jonathan

Around the time that Amazon’s Cloud services began to have its lengthy downtime, another popular service went down as well – the PlayStation Network (PSN). Used by millions of PS3 owners to play games online, download digital content and connect with friends, the PSN has been, for many, a core part of the PS3 experience. [...]

The Day the Cloud Died: Amazon’s Outage

April 22nd, 2011 . by Jonathan

Sometime around 1:41 AM PDT Amazon began to notice high error rates in its Elastic Block Storage and connectivity issues with reaching Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances at its Virginia datacenter. Unfortunately for Amazon and the companies that rely upon it, the problem was not quickly resolved and many woke up the next morning to [...]

Do You Still Need Web Hosting?

April 20th, 2011 . by Claire

The web is constantly changing. So is the wider internet. While web hosting remains essential for businesses today, it may not always be so important. We’re already seeing small businesses and individuals pass by traditional hosting and using third-party services instead. So is it time to ditch the hosting account? Why Set Up a Website? [...]

Web Analytics: Are They Really Accurate?

April 18th, 2011 . by Claire

How many people visited your site yesterday? If you checked your site analytics, you could probably give me an exact number. But that number may not be anywhere near accurate. Getting accurate data is surprisingly difficult, even for a company as well-equipped as Google. If you run multiple analytics tools on your site, you’ll notice huge variations [...]

How to Find a Great Domain Registrar

April 15th, 2011 . by Claire

Buying a domain name: surely it can’t be that complicated? You just choose your name, check out and pay – right? Wrong. Domain registrars all offer different features, and choosing the right registrar could make a big difference to your workload. Registrar Features to Look For Here are a few things you’ll want your registrar [...]

Should We Put Our Trust In the Cloud?

April 13th, 2011 . by Claire

The internet is changing the way we live, and it’s built on hosting services. Without cloud hosting, we wouldn’t have streaming music, streaming movies, online acess to our documents or the convenience of easy, immediate communication. But is the cloud something to trust entirely? Should we be more cautious? Reasons To Trust Cloud Hosting Cloud hosting [...]

Stella: Web Monitoring and Debugging Simplified

April 11th, 2011 . by Jonathan

If your website is running slowly or inconsistently, it can be very frustrating trying to understand why. Tools such as Pingdom’s full page site test, which provide a very thorough and detailed overview of site performance, can be a bit overwhelming. There’s also the risk that, to the inexperienced eye, the results can be misleading. [...]

23press: Easy Hosting Transfers

April 8th, 2011 . by Jonathan

Switching hosts is a tremendous pain. Even if you’re fortunate enough to be moving between two hosts that have the same control panel, meaning that you can simply backup and restore your entire hosting account, you have the hassle of waiting for DNS servers to propagate your new site’s information and that means that comments, [...]

The Profit in Cheap Hosting

April 7th, 2011 . by Claire

Unlimited hosting, unlimited domains, very low costs: how is this type of cheap hosting feasible? How are hosts able to charge so little and make money? The answer lies in the economics of shared hosting. It’s very cheap and very profitable. The Cost of a Server Smart shared hosts don’t cut corners on the hardware [...]

How Piracy Changed Web Hosting

April 4th, 2011 . by Claire

In 1999, Napster changed the way the music industry worked. People began to share music and swap files illegally. Even before Napster’s closure, other file sharing networks were cropping up. Piracy changed the face of web hosting for everyone. DMCA and File Sharing Legally, the most important development, at least in the US, was the [...]

Are cPanel and WHM a Security Risk?

April 1st, 2011 . by Claire

Anyone who runs a website learns to be vigilant very soon after opening their first hosting account. There are many security holes, and it’s easy to make mistakes. If you’re not careful, you could take serious risks, or make dangerous assumptions about the software you’re using. The vast majority of hosts offer plans that feature cPanel alone, [...]