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How to Choose a Data Center Location: Best Practices and Strategy

June 14, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

How to Choose a Data Center Location Best Practices and StrategyChoosing the right data center location can feel as though it’s one of the most important decisions you’ll make when taking your business online. On top of the sheer volume of choice, you also have to confront some very real performance requirements.  A good choice means an optimized web environment capable of reaching your entire audience. A poor one means an unstable connection and efficiency problems. So how do you choose a data center location? Read more

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3 Key Takeaways from IRCE 2018

June 8, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

3 Takeaways from IRCE 2018

We’ve just returned from IRCE 2018. Between the marketplace and the sessions, there was a lot happening. eCommerce and marketing professionals from around the world were in attendance, and everyone seemed to have something to bring to the table.

However, throughout the show, we found that three things seemed to be present in almost all of the conversations going on.

Here are what we think were the three main takeaways from IRCE this year.


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Posted in: General, Magento

What is Auto Scaling?

June 5, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

What is Auto ScalingOne of the most significant advantages of cloud computing and hosting is its ability to scale quickly and meet last minute needs. Server provisioning speeds vastly surpass those of traditional hosting solutions, meaning package upgrades can be applied almost instantaneously. Auto scaling takes this flexibility to the next level, but what exactly is it? Read more

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What Is FOSTA and How Is It Changing Online Legislation?

April 10, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

Last month saw FOSTA (the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act) pass through the US Senate. Despite having important implications for online businesses and communities, the new bill managed to pass through relatively unnoticed. The bill’s proposed changes to online rules and regulations aim to reduce sex trafficking online, but have been met with mixed opinion. Read more

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What Caused Your Site’s Search Rank To Crash?

March 12, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

I don’t encourage site owners to spend their time obsessively scrutinizing search rankings: there are more positive ways to increase traffic to your site. Nevertheless, a drop in search position can have a substantial impact on the number of visitors your site receives, and hence on revenue.

Every site is different, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to the problem of declining search position, but, in my experience, these are the five areas that you should focus on if your site has recently tanked in the SERPs. Read more

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Proprietary vs Open Source Content Management Systems: Which Is Best For Your Site?

January 18, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

Open CMS, RoadWordPress is the most prominent example of a content management system released under an open source license by a community of collaborating developers. Craft CMS and ExpressionEngine are proprietary products developed by a single company which funds the development of the CMS by selling licenses to users.

Web hosting clients don’t often think about development methodologies and business models when they choose a content management system. They think about the capabilities of the CMS, how well its features match their needs, and what other people who use the same CMS say about their experience. But the way a project is developed can have an impact on user experience, and it’s worth taking a moment to understand the difference. Read more

Posted in: Content, General

Update #1: Nexcess Response to Side-Channel Speculative Execution (Meltdown & Spectre) Vulnerabilities

January 7, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

This is a follow up to our original post.

We’ve had an incredibly busy couple of days and wanted to take a few minutes provide an update on where Nexcess is at with Meltdown & Spectre patching.

As is often the case with these kind of situations, the landscape has evolved a bit since our original posting. The most notable of which is that there is an increasing amount of Proof-Of-Concept (POC) code in distribution that demonstrates taking advantage of Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilities. This raises the threat of the vulnerabilities as quite often these POC’s are used as the basis for creating malicious exploits. At this time however, we have not seen nor have industry peers we work with, any targeted attacks or exploits against these vulnerabilities.

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