.free – Internetblog.org.uk https://www.internetblog.org.uk Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://www.internetblog.org.uk/files/2016/01/cropped-favico-32x32.png .free – Internetblog.org.uk https://www.internetblog.org.uk 32 32 Advantages of Open Source Software https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1493/advantages-of-open-source-software/ Fri, 02 Jul 2010 15:11:04 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1493/advantages-of-open-source-software/ Shirt with Open Source Is Addictive
Free and open source software is licensed under terms that allow the user to view, modify, and redistribute the source code. Proprietary software usually has license restrictions that prevent this, as is the default copyright in nearly all countries. Because of this, free software licenses are often called “copyleft”, since they have fewer restrictions.

One of the major benefits of open source is that you know exactly what you are getting. There is no hidden code that could do unspecified things to your server. Another benefit is that you can change it to be whatever you want. Google, for example, has their own version of Linux running on their servers.

For a company that has invested money in dedicated servers, another danger of proprietary software is vendor lock-in. If you have purchased software for a server and the vendor goes out of business or decides to no longer support it, you are just out of luck. Using free and open source software, you will always have the code for your software. Even if a business goes under, you can take that code to another one or use in-house programmers to maintain it.

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Enterprise content management with eZ Publish https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1017/enterprise-content-management-with-ez-publish/ Fri, 19 Feb 2010 22:06:04 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1017/enterprise-content-management-with-ez-publish/ OpenOffice import in eZ publish
At one time, managing a website meant manually updating dozens of HTML pages or using some type of local site management software like Netscape Composer, Microsoft Frontpage, or Adobe Dreamweaver. There are now a plethora of content systems available that include web-based backends. Pages are now actually dynamic representations of database content, and the market is thick with options.

When speaking of enterprise-quality CMS options, a few names come to mind immediately: Joomla, Drupal, and eZ Publish. Voted by many as the number one CMS, eZ Publish is known for its ease of use (as the name implies) and its scalability for small, medium, and major enterprise sites.

Some of the major websites now using eZ Publish include: Vogue, Elle, National Geographic, Virgin, and Marie Claire. It includes features such as multiple file uploading, the ability to publish from Microsoft Word, multimedia publishing, and multiple user and site management tools. Best of all, like Joomla and Drupal, eZ Publish is free and open source software released under the GNU General Public License.

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Track Domains with Domain Status Reporter https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/204/track-domains-with-domain-status-reporter/ Wed, 24 Jun 2009 16:12:20 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/204/track-domains-with-domain-status-reporter/
If you are a domainer, it can often be hard to keep track of what’s going on. It’s easy to forget to renew a name and there may be domains owned by others you wish to keep on eye on.

Domain Status Reporter is a free tool that lets you do just that. It will keep tabs on any .com, .net, .org, .edu, .info, or .biz name. The simple interface will tell you the current status of the domain (active, expired, etc.), registration and expiration dates, and more.

I usually just use a site like Whois.sc to look up domains, but if you buy domains often or have a large portfolio a tool like this worth looking into (there are many other programs that do the same thing). Unfortunately, there is no .co.uk support, but there are other domain managers out there that do. A Mac version with more features is also available.

70 gTLDs Now Available for Preorder https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/192/70-gtlds-now-available-for-preorder/ Mon, 22 Jun 2009 03:59:00 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/192/70-gtlds-now-available-for-preorder/
I posted a month ago about how two registrars have teamed up to offer preorders for gTLDs. While everything sounded great on paper, the reality was and still is that the duo is misleading consumers.

Now the joint company has issued a press release declaring that 70 gTLDs are now available for preorder. Among the latest additions include .deal, .forsale, .free, .gay and .god. It continues to claim that 10,000 preorders are being made per day.

Keep in mind that none of the gTLDs have been approved by ICANN yet and there is no guarantee a preorder will be honored. After all, the company that buys the rights to the domain extension will be the one who handles registrations, not some fly-by-night operation.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the company is allowing multiple people to preorder the same name and no fees have to paid up front. So in essence the reservations mean nothing. The two registrars claim they are providing vital market research proving that demand for gTLDs exists, but even that is open to speculation because those reserving names, most of whom are likely speculators anyway, are required to make no commitment whatsoever.

If you are interested in preordering a gTLD, you would get better results by writing the name down on a sheet of paper, tucking it under your pillow, and waiting for the extension to be approved by ICANN and become available for registration.

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