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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

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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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Posted in: General, Linux, Nexcess, Security

The 5 Best Online Image Compressors for Improving Your Loading Speed

December 18, 2017 0 Comments RSS Feed

The 5 Best Online Image Compressors for Improving Your Loading Speed

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It’s the age-old conundrum: how to have your cake and eat it too. You want a gorgeous, rich website full of high-quality images, but you want it to load as fast as possible for the best UX. Some will say you have to choose one or the other, but the truth is you can have both — and quite easily — with online image compressors.

Image compressors reduce the file size of any image without harming image quality (at least not to the naked eye). And, what’s more, you can do it all online… and for free.

But which of these web builder’s little helpers works best? Today, we discuss the 5 best online image compressors.

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Posted in: General, Webmaster

Amazon’s 1-Click Patent Is About To Expire

September 11, 2017 0 Comments RSS Feed

Amazon's 1-Click Patent Is About To Expire

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This September, Amazon’s US patent on 1-Click payments expires. Once the patent expires, any eCommerce retailer is free to implement 1-Click payments on their store. Amazon applied for the patent in September 1997 and it was granted — in the US — in 1999. Patents last for 20 years, so come September, we’re likely to see a proliferation of 1-Click payment systems on eCommerce stores around the web.

In the 90s, 1-Click payments were thought to confer a sizable competitive advantage. Amazon certainly thought so and made a remarkable investment in court actions to protect its 1-Click exclusivity. Only one other company has the right to use 1-Click payments: Apple licensed the patent from Amazon and that’s why it is able to offer the same slick checkout experience.

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