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

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

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on July 7, 2014

2006-08-07 15:21:29Each month we gather up the most interesting and engaging web design/development, CMS, and security articles so you can read them at your convenience. Here are the best stories and most interesting news from June. 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

How Apps Overthrew Web Development and Changed the Internet - Ever since Tim Berners-Lee decided to organize information and make it accessible through the now ubiquitous Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), humans have been forever changed by the Internet.

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Four Ways WiredTree Keeps Your Servers Safe

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on July 3, 2014

Keeping Servers SafeThe Internet is not the Wild West it once was. Gone are the playful hackers and jokesters, replaced by professional criminals with extensive resources, expertise, and a lack of ethics. If you’re a webmaster, it’s a near certainty that your site will have been the victim of an attack, whether it’s a brute force attack by a botnet, a distributed denial of services attack, or a targeted attack intent on exploiting a vulnerability in your site.

WiredTree takes the security of its clients sites and apps seriously, which is why we developed our ServerShield server hardening service. All of our managed servers are security hardened to help prevent the types of attacks that we see with ever increasing frequency on the media. Continue reading

WordPress vs. MODX: Which Is Right For Your Site

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on June 19, 2014

WordPress vs MODxNo CMS is the best choice for every site. Each has strengths and weaknesses informed by the design philosophy of its developers and its history. WordPress is by far the most popular content management system on the market, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for all sites in all situations. In this article, I’d like compare WordPress to a content management system that is very different: MODX.

MODX is far less popular than WordPress, with a less extensive community and orders of magnitude fewer deployed sites, but it has a devoted following and its user-base is by no means tiny. Continue reading

SSL Explained: The Technology Behind Secure Online Communication

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on June 16, 2014

SSL ExplainedIt’s unusual for something as arcane as a cryptographic protocol to hit the headlines of the mainstream media, but the recent Heartbleed bug has elevated SSL into public consciousness. Understanding of SSL is not widespread, even among those who use SSL certificates, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to take a look at the basics of how SSL protects eCommerce sites, credit card data, and other sensitive information.

I’m going to keep this at a fairly high level because the math behind SSL encryption is complex. Continue reading

Should Site Owners Implement SSL By Default?

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on June 12, 2014

SSL By DefaultMany of the larger online service providers, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo! force every browser that connects to their services to use SSL encrypted connections. The logic is clear. Much of the content that flows between those services and browsers is sensitive. Without SSL it’s trivially easy for a third-party to hijack the connection, either to inject malicious content of their own making, a man-in-the-middle attack, or to harvest login credentials and the content of private communications. By ensuring that all connections are encrypted, services force their users to be secure. Continue reading

An Introduction To The SilverStripe Content Management System

Posted by Rachel Gillevet on June 9, 2014

SilverStripe CMSWithout a shadow of a doubt, WordPress is the most used content management system in the world. So much so that to many it seems the default choice. But WordPress is far from being the only CMS available. There are dozens that range from the very simple to the highly complex. WordPress fills a particular niche — a very large niche to be sure, but there are many use cases where WordPress is not the best choice.

In the past we’ve taken a look at a number of the less well-known content management systems and in this article I’d like to highlight a CMS that I wasn’t aware of until recently, but which impressed me with its flexibility and its writer- and designer-friendly features. Continue reading