The Internet Explained: What Is A Brute Force Attack?

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on August 19, 2014

Brute Force AttacksOf all the attacks that plague site owners, the brute force attack is the most conceptually simple, unsophisticated, and easy to combat. Yet, every year, thousands of webmasters lose control of their sites to malicious third parties because of brute force attacks. Most of those incidents could have been avoided if webmasters and users understood how brute force attacks are carried out and how to mitigate them. Continue reading

Don’t Let Migration Fears Get Between You And Great Hosting

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on August 13, 2014

Hosting Migration FearsBad web hosting companies want you to keep paying even though they aren’t providing you with the level of service you deserve. They get away with it because people think that moving to a new host is either impossible, too much work, or bad for SEO. In fact, moving to a new host is entirely possible, quite easy, and migrating to a hosting platform that offers better performance and provides a better experience for users will improve your SEO.

A few years ago I started my first blog. I didn’t write much at the time; it was an experiment and a place to document my thoughts. It doesn’t exist any more, but in its brief life it helped me learn an important lesson about web hosting. Continue reading

Web Hosting Basics: Understanding Domain Names

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on August 7, 2014

Domain NamesIf you’ve spent much time dealing with web hosting, you’ll probably have a good grasp of how the addresses you type into a browser’s address bar get you to the sites you want. But, for someone new to the web hosting world, it’s not all that intuitive. Many of the people I talk to don’t have the first idea how DNS works, even on the most basic level.

Trying to create a site without understanding DNS can lead to considerable frustration, so in this article I’d like to offer a brief nutshell view of what a brand new web hosting client needs to know about domain names and DNS. Continue reading

Content Management In A Nutshell: An Introduction To Joomla!

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on August 5, 2014

Joomla! LogoLast month, we took a look at WordPress and MODX, comparing and contrasting the features of each with an eye to determining their suitability for specific users and projects. Both are powerful content management systems, but they’re very different. In a comment on that article, Dan Walker asked why we’d chosen to compare WordPress to MODX, rather than to Joomla! I chose MODX specifically because of its differences to WordPress — it makes for a nice contrast, but Joomla! is well worth an article of its own. Continue reading

The Monthly Round-up: July’s Best Web Design/Development, CMS, and Security Content

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on August 4, 2014

floppy disksThe United States celebrated its 228th birthday in July, and while you were out firing up the grill and enjoying the fireworks, we were looking for the best content from the last month. Here are the most interesting and engaging web design/development, CMS, and security articles from July to read at your convenience. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google + for the same great content the rest of the year.

Web Design and Development

A Roadmap To Becoming An A/B Testing Expert - A/B testing, also known as split testing, is the method of pitting two versions of a landing page against each other in a battle of conversion. You test to see which version does a better job of leading visitors to one of your goals, like signing up or subscribing to a newsletter.

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The Internet Explained: What Are REST APIs?

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on July 31, 2014

REST APIsREST allows web services to communicate with each other and provides an architecture for creating simple interfaces that developers can use to provide access to a service’s data.

Back in the dark days of IT we thought in terms of silos. Data was kept in complex relational databases and getting at it involved intricate sets of queries and a lot of code. That was great for maintaining consistency and reliability, but not so great for transferring data between silos for combination and integration with other services. Services didn’t expose easily accessible interfaces to the world. Continue reading

What Is A Managed Virtual Private Server?

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on July 17, 2014

What is a VPS?Hosting comes in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, from low-performance shared hosting to multi-server clusters. Navigating the different categories to choose the right sort of hosting for your site can be something of a minefield for the uninitiated, so in this article I’d like to give the nutshell explanation of one of the most popular types of web hosting: the managed virtual private server. Everything you need to know about a managed VPS is in the name, but what that name means deserves some explanation. Continue reading

Are You Ready To Move Beyond Shared Hosting?

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on July 15, 2014

Move Beyond Shared HostingShared hosting is the least expensive hosting option available and is where many budding online entrepreneurs and publishers first build their site. Shared hosting is fine for small sites with low levels of traffic, but when a site becomes more popular or needs better performance, it’s time to look at other options.

In this article, I’d like to think about when it might be right for site owners to move away from shared hosting and the options that are open to them. Continue reading

Should You Incorporate A Mobile App Into your Website?

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on July 10, 2014

Mobile App For WebsitesLet me start today’s piece off with a question – is your website mobile-friendly? If you answered anything other than yes to that question, then I believe I’ve some bad news for you: at the time of writing, there are 2.1 billion mobile web users in the world.

No, that is not a typo. The number of mobile users in the world exceeds the total population of the United States and China combined. Ensuring mobile visitors to your site are properly served isn’t just a recommended course anymore; it’s an absolute necessity.  If your website isn’t mobile-friendly, you’re going to lose viewers, it’s as simple as that. Continue reading

How ECC Registered Memory Contributes To Your Site’s Stability

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on July 8, 2014

ECC Registered MemoryAll computers use RAM to temporarily store user data, including home desktops, laptops, and the servers we use for web hosting. The data storage that computers use can be thought of as a hierarchy, going from slow to very fast, increasing in price and decreasing in size as the speed goes up. The fastest storage a computer has is on the CPU — the registers that contain the data being used at that moment.

Next is the processor’s cache, which is very fast volatile memory that feeds the registers. The next fastest is Random Access Memory, which lives in slots on the motherboard and contains the whole of the computer’s current working memory, including the operating system, running processes, and the data they need. Finally there’s the hard drives, which are much slower than RAM — even super fast SSD drives can’t move data around as quickly as RAM. Continue reading