All websites are hosted by web servers that must be maintained to allow optimal functionality for the hosted web site. The manual maintenance of these servers would be an extremely time consuming and complex task without the help of a simplification module. Each day, your website’s server handles hundreds, if not thousands of tasks
I am sure you are familiar with the phrase “Content is King.” However, poorly written and organized content is not going to do your website any good. Even a website full of well-written yet disorganized content is not going to prosper as much as it would with the use of a good content management system (CMS). Adding content to your website manually is a tedious process that involves a lot of time and effort, and a successful website needs to be updated daily with quality content to keep the visitors intrigued. If all of your time is spent gathering, creating and updating content on your website, then you will not have time to focus on other important aspects of your online business
Happy Holidays everyone! It’s Christmas time now and we’ll be taking a short break here on Pingdom’s blog. We’ll be back next Monday. Until then, here are some of our best posts from 2009 that you may have missed
Trying to setup one’s business with merchant payment gateways can be a hassle and often more than a bit confusing. Many businesses opt to use PayPal but the transaction fees charged by this company can be a bit prohibitive – especially for those businesses that are brand new and not conducting a lot of payment transactions. SquareUp, a new start-up company currently in its beta stage, wants to change all that for both small businesses and individuals with a swiping device that can be easily connected to one’s mobile media device. Twitter and Angels Headed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and backed by several angels including Khosla Ventures, the SquareUp service provides a swiping dongle device that connects to the audio outlet of a cell phone. Currently the only device supported is the iPhone but plans are in place to integrate the dongle with the Android and Blackberry devices. Ultimately, SquareUp intends on having the device work with just about every major mobile media device available. How-to To complete a financial transaction, the SquareUp user simply connects the dongle to their iPhone, swipes the customer’s credit card, requests a signature from the customer via the touchscreen, and the payment is made instantaneously. Customers may also request receipts at their e-mail address.
Domain slamming is a term used to describe a fraudulent activity executed by a third-party company, that is disguising themselves as the hosting provider of the domain. Usually the domain slammer will send an email notification to the owner of the domain
A control panel is the application used to maintain and administrate your web hosting account, and ultimately your domain. Control panels will allow you to maximize your website’s productivity by making server/domain maintenance and administration a simple task. There are many choices a user has in regards to choosing a control panel, however the following five control panels are considered the most popular and useful control panels in the industry today
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Frog is an ideal CMS for users who are not afraid to get down and dirty with a little hands on development. While it doesn’t necessarily require that you learn PHP, it does help that you pay attention and expand your knowledge of the language if you want to make the most of the platform. Aside from that, Frog is straightforward and relatively easy to manage for the savvy user.
A lot of web hosting companies use the terms bandwidth and data transfer interchangeably. While they are very closely related, they are not one in the same. To clarify the matter, bandwidth refers to how much data can be transferred at a given time. Data transfer is the actual amount of data being transferred. Think of bandwidth as a bridge. The bigger the size, the more vehicles can pass through. In the same scenario, data transfer would represent the number of vehicles able to pass through in a certain amount of time. When a web hosting company talks about bandwidth, they are usually referring to data transfer. How They Affect Your Website Bandwidth and disk transfer are both vital to the performance of a website. A site that has less bandwidth will run noticeably slower than one with more. This is the case regardless of the visitor’s connection speed. Without enough data transfer, your site could eventually become inaccessible once you reach your monthly quota. This basically means that your website will be out of business until the a new month begins or you upgrade your hosting plan.
There are a several things one should expect from a web hosting provider. A decent amount of allowable web space, bandwidth limits that aren’t too restricting, and a consistent up-time ratio (preferably higher than 99.9%). In what is still reverberating throughout the Internet, the web hosting provider DreamHost seems to have severely dropped the ball on the consistent up-time ratio. What should have been a smooth data migration turned out to be a very poorly planned venture costing the web hosting provider some of its customers. The Move A move from Net2EZ to Alchemy Communications was announced as completed by DreamHost on November 24, 2009. The company proclaimed its success, not knowing the ensuing issues that were about to plague them and their customers. Starting out with a network failure, the problems quickly began to mount. According to the technical team at DreamHost, the problems were being attributed to several factors. The shared hosting hardware had been upgraded, the upgrade did not go as planned, and the support team frankly was at a loss as to how to solve it quickly. Status, Technically Speaking Starting out almost immediately and appearing to still be an ongoing slew of problems, the DreamHost status page is rife with network failures, dieing raid controllers, and continuous webmail errors. For those with more than just a bit of technical knowledge, the offered status page may reveal more into what is going on with DreamHost and its latest move. The average web hosting customer, however, may find the information a bit overly technical. DreamHost would go a long way in offering information on a slightly less technical level and truly give its customers information they can use and understand.
Open source content management systems are beginning to gather quite a reputation and customer base lately thanks to the recent announcement by the White House of its move from proprietary solutions to open source CMS heavyweight, Drupal. Full service hosting provider NeoSpire has been a long time advocate of open source software and specializes in solutions incorporating Drupal. Do It With Drupal Seminar From December 9 th to 11 th , 2009 in New Orleans, the Do It With Drupal Seminar will take place and NeoSpire is not only one of its top sponsors but will be exhibiting as well. The seminar promises to have some of Drupal’s top developers on tap to teach more about the program as well as information from community building experts. Patrons of the event can expect to see successful Drupal sites and meet with like-minded professionals, developers, designers and more all intertwined within the Drupal community. The event will allow interested participants the chance to see the actual workings behind the architect and building of a Drupal web site. Topics such as building and growing successful web sites with Drupal will be covered
One of the more popular reasons to have a web site is blogging. Blogging allows web users the ability to report news, express commentaries on various subjects or simply write about their personal experiences. Online companies and businesses are beginning to see the usability of blogs and not only are incorporating them into their web sites but also expanding and desiring to be able to produce multiple blogs. This is where a product like B2Evolution steps in – a multi-blog program that is free and open sourced. All user types B2Evolution caters to several different levels of bloggers. There are many types of bloggers – those that are new and those who have been at it for quite some time. This program works for all. For the absolute virgin in the world of blogging, B2Evolution allows users to simply type in what they wish to say into a form, click “post this,” and the new post is automatically placed on the web site. No fuss, no muss. All posts are arranged by date and category within themes that users can choose and customize
Once a web site has been established and is ready to roll, an important piece of software that might make the road to success a bit easier is a good control panel. Control panels allow web site owners the ability to administer their accounts via a web interface. Of the many programs available, DirectAdmin is one control panel that is easy to use, stable and is competitively priced. User Features On the user end of things, DirectAdmin has a number of helpful features that make administering a web site a thing of ease. Five different menus are presented – e-mail, ftp, dns, statistics, and sub-domains. FrontPage extensions can be easily enabled or disabled by clicking a button. Instead of using ftp, users can opt to use the built in file manager to upload files and create new directories. DirectAdmin also has an advanced tools section where users can install SSL certificates, view server information and even enable site redirection and domain pointers