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HostBaby Review: Hosting For Bands and Musicians

June 2nd, 2011 . by Claire

Specialised hosting services are nothing new. Most users with niche requirements will find hosting to suit. We’ve noticed many site builder tools geared towards particular specialisms, and HostBaby fits into that category too. HostBaby is a specialised hosting platform for musicians, and it offers tools and services you’ll find useful if you’re in a band. When [...]

Livefyre: a Disqus Alternative for Blog Comments

May 27th, 2011 . by Claire

If you decide to accept comments on your blog, you don’t have to use the default commenting system. For example, in WordPress, you might integrate Disqus, Facebook or Intense Debate. Livefyre has been around almost a year and a half and is starting to make waves too. Although it’s not currently available for Blogger, Joomla, Drupal or TypePad, support [...]

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 [...]

W3 Total Cache Fixes Bugs, Adds Features with Update

August 4th, 2010 . by Jonathan

W3 Total Cache, previously covered here, has released version .9 (technically, as of this writing, .9.1.1) which adds new features and fixes several of the bugs and gripes users had with the previous release. According to the changelog, over 35 new features and fixes were added into version .9, not counting some additional 10 changes [...]

Site Auto Backup Review: Hostgator’s cPanel Backup Service

May 14th, 2010 . by Claire

In April we covered the launch of a new cPanel backup service, Site Auto Backup. We decided to give it a try and see if it lives up to its claims. Our Site Auto Backup Test For the purposes of the test, we used a single VPS on Servint hosting around 12 domains. Six of these are [...]

Review: Are We Up? App For iPhone

April 19th, 2010 . by Claire

Up until now, site monitoring apps have been few and far between. Pingdom and Are My Sites Up? both offer native apps for the iPhone which work very well. Priced at $4.99, the Are We Up? app is more expensive than its competitors, but Are We Up? comes with something the others don’t: free monitoring [...]

Review: cPanel WHM iPhone App

March 5th, 2010 . by Claire

cPanel is one of the most common hosting control panels on the web. The software is ideal for beginners and intermediate users and is often used along WHM. However, the interfaces don’t work well on a smartphone. Now, there’s an unofficial cPanel and WHM app for the iPhone. [Note: This article was originally posted in [...]

Review: Server Uptime Monitoring Services

June 5th, 2009 . by Claire

Downtime is damaging for any website. Sometimes, you may be totally unaware that your site is offline. Monitoring services are your 24/7 watchdog against outages. They can you via email, text message or instant message when your site becomes unreachable. But how do they stack up in terms of price or features? [Note: This article [...]

4 Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) Compared

April 22nd, 2009 . by Claire

In a previous article, we looked at the benefits of a content delivery network (CDN). There are plenty of reasons to use one. But how do you know which is best for your blog? Sometimes the guidance offered by providers can be quite alien to the hosting customers they’re trying to attract. In this article, we [...]

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