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Is it Down? Status Pages for 50 Top Hosting Providers

January 20th, 2014 . by Admin

8 New Year’s Resolutions No Webmaster Can Afford to Ignore

January 6th, 2014 . by Admin

Yes, it’s that time of year. Time to make resolutions, stick to them for about a month, and then promptly forget about them until next January. That may be fine for your diet and fitness plans, but that’s no way to run a website. Especially not a business website. Look, we get it. You’re busy. [...]

Black Friday: Get Your E-Commerce Site Ready…

November 18th, 2013 . by Admin

Holiday shopping seems to start earlier and earlier each year. Ideally, you would have wanted to prepare your e-commerce site earlier in the fall to take advantage of the early birds and the customers who get all their holiday shopping done by Thanksgiving. But even if you’re a little late, you can still make some [...]

Domain Squatting: How to Reclaim Your Name

November 6th, 2013 . by Admin

Wait a minute. Does domain squatting (sometimes called cybersquatting) still exist in 2013? Indeed it does. Once a touted online money-making tactic, back in the days when keyword stuffing was an optimization tactic, and made-for-AdSense websites were considered a form of digital marketing, domain squatting is now not just annoying, it may even be illegal. [...]

Do DMCA Notices Work Outside the U.S.?

September 23rd, 2013 . by Admin

You’ve worked hard to build your website. You spent hours putting it all together, making sure every little detail was perfect. And you spent even more time writing a lot of great content to share ideas, not to mention help your site rank better. Your website is a result of not just time and effort, [...]

Do I Need a Dedicated IP Address?

August 26th, 2013 . by Admin

Of the numerous hosting features and extras available from just about every hosting provider out there, the dedicated IP may just be the one that gives Web publishers the most pause. Is it necessary? Does it have any benefit? Do I really need one if I’m using a dedicated server? Do I really need one [...]

The Ultimate Guide to DMCA Notices

May 2nd, 2013 . by Admin

You’d think with as Internet-literate as most people are now, copyright infringement wouldn’t happen as often as it probably did in the early days of the Web. Topics like intellectual property and copyright are covered pretty frequently both in blogs and traditional media, so more users than ever before are educated about them, or at [...]

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? [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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