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Cloud computing theme announced for HostingCon 2010

HostingCon has announced its theme for the upcoming 2010 conference: Piloting Into the Cloud – Setting a Course for the Future. Kevin Gold, Chariman of HostingCon 2010, declared: Without a doubt, the Cloud is the 800-pound gorilla applying market pressure and likewise opening new opportunities within the industry. Whether a …

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Setting Ethical Standards for Hosting

In a previous post, I explained the importance of having a Terms of Service (TOS) (Acceptable Use) agreement and privacy policy for your website. They protect both the users and the website owners. One question that might arise, however, is how to determine what acceptable use actually is. It is …

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User agent validity

One common usage analysis data tool you can use to get a snapshot of your website users is the “user agent” string provided by web browsers. Generally speaking, the user agent will tell you what browser and operating system the user is running. It should also give the versions of …

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Licensing Your Website

From the title of this blog, one might imagine having to stand in line at some type of bureau for websites to get the proper licensing needed, but it is actually not that complicated. In the most simplistic scenario, you are the owner of your website and thus own the …

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Netflix moves to Amazon's cloud

According to The New York Times, Netflix is outsourcing its hosting to Amazon’s EC2 cloud service. What makes this so interesting is that Amazon is the company’s competitor. The two industry players are currently duking it out for control over the video-on-demand market. I find it very amusing that Netflix …

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Are small web hosts reliable?

The majority of consumers host with a group of major web hosting companies, but some people prefer smaller “mom-and-pop” web hosts. There are tens of thousands of these hosts out there and while they have their benefits, they aren’t perfect, either. Smaller hosts often provide more one-on-one attention, but are …

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Adobe to enter the web hosting market?

Adobe is set to release its long-awaited Creative Suite 5. Among other things, the the company is offering web designers using the product a special new feature– managed web hosting for their clients. Called Business Catalyst, it’s supposed to make it easier for customers to get their sites online. However, …

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Web host billing

While services like Paypal have made online payments easy, there is no universal payment method for web host billing. Most hosts accept a variety of payment methods, but you should make sure that the provider you choose accepts at least two forms of payment you can use. Why two instead …

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How to secure your WordPress installation

Yesterday, news sources and blogs announced that WordPress blogs hosted by Network Solutions were being hacked. The website owners’ credentials were stolen, and then the sites were used to redirect thousands of visitors to websites that distributed malware. Apparently, WordPress’ configuration file, called wp-config.php, stores the user’s database password in …

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