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Celebrating 20 Years of the Open Source Manifesto

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The tech world has been transformed over the past few decades, growing largely through strides made possible by open-source software — a movement central to DreamHost’s roots and vision today. Twenty years ago today, the ideals of open source were codified in software developer Eric Raymond’s essay “The Cathedral and the Bazaar.” Raymond, who later co-founded the Open Source Initiative, became a prominent voice for free software after developing open-source email software, Fetchmail. He presented his essay on May 27, 1997 at the annual Linux Kongress as an aggressive defense of free software that has since become a manifesto of the open-source movement. Tackling common arguments against open source, the essay outlines the struggle between two software development models: design by select elites behind closed doors — the “cathedral” model — and a bustling streetside “bazaar” seeking input from an open community. More than a declaration that software should be open, the manifesto introduced an ethos of freedom of information and an obligation to contribute to the conversation. Open Source Has Come a Long Way, Baby Since the manifesto’s publication, the tech industry has undergone major changes. Raymond argued back then that “open” and “commercial” software are not mutually exclusive — you can have open and free software that also happens to have a commercial support entity, and we’ve seen that play out over the past 20 years. Take massively successful Red Hat, for example — last year it became the first Linux-based company to earn $2 billion. We’ve seen again and again that free software can build the foundation of successful business. While significant, the manifesto is hardly the end-all and be-all of open source. Its anniversary invites developers, or really anyone interested in the open-source industry, to consider the movement’s origins. Today there are so many interpretations of “open” and debate over exactly how open a license should be. For example, there’s a great deal of difference between a project licensed under, say, the GNU general public license (GPL) and a project licensed under the MIT license, the Apache license, and the BSD license. I would encourage developers and others to read the manifesto and use it as a way to understand the ideals spelled out by Raymond — and, more importantly, as an opportunity to form your own opinions about what open source can and should look like today. If you agree with his arguments, you have an outline of how you can put them into practice; if you disagree, you’ve got a background as to why and great starting place for discussion. DreamHost’s Scrappy, Open-Source Beginnings This milestone resonates with me on a personal level. In the early nineties, just before the manifesto’s publication, I was a teenager learning Linux and writing my first lines of code and on the beginning of my journey as a developer. The open source movement’s declaration of freedom got me excited about the kinds of opportunities I would have to learn, create, and make a difference in an open environment. I’ve built off of this excitement throughout my career. It also resonates deeply throughout DreamHost, which wouldn’t exist in the first place without open-source software. DreamHost was founded in 1996 by four California undergraduate students who bonded over a mutual passion for open-source tech and discovering new tools. With barely a dime to spend, relying only on their own smarts — and on Linux, Apache, and Perl — the four created a business hosting websites on top of free software. Since then, open source has become essential to everything we build and everything we do. DreamHost has always built our platform on top of open-source tech like Apache and Linux, and now we’ve expanded to also using OpenStack as an engine for building out new products and services. We believe that open source is simply a better way of behaving and working. “Embrace open source” is one of our core company values, alongside its spiritual companion, “speak hacker.” We eat, sleep, breathe, and — yes — program with our core company values in mind. These values come into play even in our day-to-day decisions. If we are truly going to embrace open source and speak hacker, then instead of adopting proprietary systems and locking customers into a platform, we adopt open systems like OpenStack and create APIs that are compatible and open. We respect our customers’ rights to the information they create — and that includes giving them the freedom from feeling locked in to our services. Beyond anything, we support our customers’ freedom and capability to own their digital presence. How DreamHost Supports Open Source Today In the spirit of cooperation and collaboration, DreamHost continues to contribute to major open source projects, notably as an early supporter of the OpenStack foundation. One of our co-founders created Ceph, an open source storage system that has really changed the industry; we even founded a sister company, Inktank, and then sold it to RedHat. Of particular value to our customers, we also contribute to the WordPress Open Source Project. WordPress is the dominant content management system on the web, providing the foundation for 28 percent of all websites. With WordPress Core developers on our team, DreamHost provides one of the best places in the world to host a WordPress website. We welcome feedback from our WordPress customers, and because of our involvement with the project, we can work directly with the WordPress community to drive the changes and improvements our customers want. We recently partnered with Automattic to provide Jetpack Premium integration for all DreamPress customers. There’s no better way to mark this important milestone than to harness the benefits of open source and make our longtime commitment to the free-software movement work for you. I’d suggest taking a look at DreamPress, our flagship WordPress product. DreamPress gives you the ability to quickly launch a WordPress site that automatically scales; we configure your WordPress and then optimize it for performance. All of the optimizations that we built for DreamPress are, of course, open source and leverage tools like Varnish. What will open source look like over the next 20 years? Nobody can really say. But as we mingle in that bustling open-source bazaar, we all get a say in how its story plays out. Want to see what open-source collaboration can do for your website? Let us set you up on DreamPress today. The post Celebrating 20 Years of the Open Source Manifesto appeared first on DreamHost.blog.

A .US deal in honor of Memorial Day

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Here at the Name.com office, we’re celebrating the end of a long week and making plans for an exciting three-day weekend in honor of Memorial Day. But even if you don’t have the weekend off, you can still celebrate the holiday with this domain sale. From now though the end the end of Monday, May […] The post A .US deal in honor of Memorial Day appeared first on Name.com Blog.

Don’t Cry: How Liquid Web is Ensuring Your Security Against WannaCrypt And Other Ransomware

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Recently, an unknown group equipped with a leaked CIA hacking tool launched one of the largest cyber attacks in history – here’s what we’re doing to ensure your security. Several weeks ago, security experts across the world were left aghast at one of the largest ransomware attacks in history. A nasty piece of software called WannaCrypt […] The post Don’t Cry: How Liquid Web is Ensuring Your Security Against WannaCrypt And Other Ransomware appeared first on Liquid Web Official Blog.

Acquia Partner Profile: Lingotek

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At Acquia, our partners are an incredible part of our success. In this series, we’ll be profiling some of our premier partners, showcasing who they are and what they do, in their own words. We had the opportunity to speak with Rob Vandenberg, President and CEO of Lingotek. Since 2007, Rob has brought his extensive knowledge of sales, corporate and product marketing, and software development to Lingotek. Lingotek Quick Facts: Founded: 2006 Location: Lehi, Utah, Silicon Slopes. “It’s like Silicon Valley, only at elevation with ski runs.” Number of Employees: Approx. 100 Top Clients: Nike, JP Morgan, CA Technologies, Princess Cruises, LUSH Awards: EContent Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry (2015) Edison Award Finalist (2015) Gartner Cool Vendor of the Year (2012) Oracle Gold Partner (2012) Stevie Award Best New Product or Service of the Year SaaS category (2010) Most Innovative New Product Utah Valley Entrepreneur Forum (2006) CIO Microsoft 100 Solution Providers CIO Review What’s your least favorite buzzword in the business now? “Least favorite? It has to be ‘bio break.’” What are your areas of expertise? “Lingotek specializes in innovative translation technologies and tech-enabled language services.” What project/work are you most proud of ? Princess Cruises Princess@Sea John Hopkins Global Health eLearning Genesys/Interactive Intelligence Eloqua Drupal Integration CA Technologies Atlassian Confluence Library of Congress What areas are you looking to expand or invest in in the future? Ex: technology like open source, IoT, etc. industries, markets, etc. “In terms of technology, we’re excited about what the future holds for Saas, open API, intelligence, analytics, natural language processing, and machine learning technologies. When it comes to Lingotek’s growth as a company, we’re going to continue to expand by reaching out to more enterprise clients in our target verticals; automotive, life sciences, finance, manufacturing, tech and travel.” What environments do you support? “We support different CMS and marketing tools including, Drupal (we’re a Drupal.org sponsor) Adobe, Atlassian, MindTouch, SiteCore, Eloqua, HubSpot, Lithium, WordPress (We’re consistently ranked as one of the best WordPress plugins for multilingual), Marketo, Salesforce, Zendesk and more.” What role do customers ask you to play in technology strategy or selection? “They need tools that are going to help them distribute their content globally, that’ll help them keep up with the increasing demand for personalized, localized content and a 24/7 delivery cycle. They need our help because we’ve got the unique ability to offer them real-time, cloud-based integrated technology. We’re out front on all of those things and that’s why enterprise clients like us. They’ve got a lot of silos and inefficiency and that’s what we can help with. “ What makes you unique? “We focus on our customers’ success by offering tech-enabled solutions to help them achieve their globalization goals. We offer an entire localization ecosystem; agile, cloud-based technology, connectors, open multilingual API, and tech-enabled language services. It’s all scalable and integrated within their existing applications. That provides a layer of control, security, and visibility that our customers like. We can keep pace with the speed of global business with continuous, round-the-clock translation, agile change management, and scalability. There’s no amount of content we can’t handle. “ What is most important to you/what do you value most as a company? “Being an innovator in a space that’s not known for innovation or cutting-edge technology.” How would you describe the culture at your company? What are the people like? “Screens, jeans, t-shirts, and ping pong--and sort of a global village vibe since we’ve got a lot of bilingual team members. Free breakfast Fridays--that always seems to get everyone out of bed in the morning. In all seriousness, we focus on having an adult, autonomous, yet collaborative culture that rewards success.” What’s one random fact about Lingotek? “Lingotek was born in the intelligence community, but I can’t really say more than that, or one of us might disappear!” Why partner with Acquia? “We’re a long-time supporter of the Drupal community. We’re a Drupal.org sponsor, a premium technology partner, and we’re a top 30 contributor. Our Lingotek - Inside Drupal Module gives Acquia and Drupal users sophisticated translation technology to seamlessly integrate and localize their digital experience platforms for all of their global markets. Oh, and Acquia is awesome!” What else would you like the community and prospects to know? “You’re not using a flip phone anymore, so why are you still emailing files out for translation? It’s time to bring digital transformation to localization.”

Weekly Roundup: Finding Freelance Gigs, Managing your Groups, and Packaging your Sales

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Before you jump into the long weekend, check out the latest features and tips on how LinkedIn can help you stay ahead of the curve. In need of a gig? In just 3 years, freelancers are expected to represent 43% of the workforce. If you’re part of this rapidly growing sector and are looking for project-based work rather than, or in addition to, a traditional 9-5 job, give LinkedIn ProFinder a try. From Design to Marketing to Career Coaching gigs, ProFinder can help you connect with consumers and... .

14 Awesome Things You Can Do With WordPress (Besides Blogging)

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Since 2003, WordPress has been utilized to power millions of online presences. It’s hard to believe what the world would be like without WordPress — one thing for certain is that 28 percent of the internet would be gone if WordPress ceased to exist. With over 1.2 billion downloads to date, WordPress has shown just how powerful it can be, and that it’s not just a blogging tool anymore. In honor of WordPress’ 14th birthday on May 27, here are 14 awesome things you might not have realized you can do with WordPress. The Power of WordPress: 14 Things You Didn’t Realize You Could Do 1. Build An Affiliate Shop You’ve started a website…so why not monetize from it? Adding affiliate links to your pages and posts is a great way to cash in on your efforts. Here are a few solutions for safely adding affiliate links to your site. ThirstyAffiliates ThirstyAffiliates enables you to create visually appealing links that connect your content to relevant products with a single-click process. Take out the guesswork in utilizing affiliate links. With ThirstyAffiliates you’ll be able to manage your progress by providing accurate sales tracking and redirecting unsightly affiliate links using your website’s URL. WP: Affiliate Manager Looking to drive more sales to your store or site? WP Affiliate Manager might be for you. Offering a solution for ecommerce plugins, WP Affiliate Manager helps you track your referrals and affiliates sent to your site so you can give the correct commissions. The plugin also reports on real-time traffic and sales so you can track earning and payouts. Even better — there’s no limit as to how many affiliates you can sign up. Easy Affiliate Links Another solution for managing all of your affiliate links is with Easy Affiliate Links. With this plugin, you can create short links to cloak your affiliate links so they blend in with your content. Links can easily be created using the visual and HTML editor. Add-ons are also possible and include things like analytics and geo-specific links for regional and local sales support. 2. Let Users Book Online If you’re looking to allow visitors to schedule appointments and see availability right on your WordPress website, look no further than a booking system. Here are a few worthy booking extensions to know about. BirchPress Scheduler The premium plugin BirchPress Scheduler allows you to use shortcodes to embed booking functionality directly into your page and posts. When users visit your site, they can check appointment availability and then export reservations directly to their existing calendars, including Google, iCal, Android, Outlook, and iPhone. Users can then opt to receive email reminders for upcoming sessions. Gravity Forms Gravity Forms is another great way to add a contact form to your site. The plugin is secure and flexible, allowing for countless integrations that permit you to create a complete booking solution for site visitors. Bookly The premium plugin Bookly is a feature-rich appointment booking plugin that includes built-in shopping carts and WooCommerce integration. For a premium price, you’ll get a responsive booking system that includes multilanguage support, PayPal integration, and flexible admin settings. 3. Create Real Estate Listings You can further extend WordPress’ functionality by integrating real estate functionality directly into your WordPress blog or site. There are even a number of themes already built for real estate — but first, you have to enable this feature through a plugin. Here are some real estate integrations that can help. WP-Property If you’re looking to create a highly customizable real estate, property management, and custom showcase listing, WP-Property is the leading plugins for this. You don’t even need to showcase houses if you don’t want…the plugin is diverse and flexible enough so that you can list other entities. Easy Property Listings With Easy Property Listings, you can create a dynamic and feature-rich real estate site in mere minutes. The plugin gives you adjustability with your site, allowing you to choose between a fully responsive list or grid format. Your site will be fully optimized for search engines and mobile-friendly. And with hundreds of ready-to-use themes to choose from, crafting your page to match your company’s brand is a cinch. WPL Real Estate WPL Real Estate gives you added flexibility in design for real estate and vertical markets. Through the feature-rich plugin, you can add, remove, and change fields without having to customize the database. While WPL Real Estate supports 100,000-plus listings, it also includes server optimization that’s capable of supporting over a million listings. 4. Sell Physical or Digital Goods WordPress started as a blogging tool, however, since its inception, it has evolved into a fully functional platform for creating an ecommerce site. Thanks to plugins and third-party developers, you can easily add ecommerce functionality to your site without even knowing how to code. Here are a few top WordPress plugins to equip your site with ecommerce functionality so you can start banking off tangible or digital goods.  WooCommerce WooCommerce is the leading ecommerce plugin (25 million-plus downloads), featuring a complete suite of tools to help you build and run your online vendor business. Out of the box, WooCommerce offers hundreds of integrations including PayPal standard gateway, check and bank transfer, Google Analytics, basic shipping options, the ability to add premium extensions for options such as FedEx, UPS, USPS, inventory management, reporting, compatibility with any WordPress theme, and much more. Easy Digital Downloads Easy Digital Downloads makes it super easy to sell non-tangible goods on your site. Whether your download type is software, documents, photos, ebooks, songs, graphics, or any other type of media file, the Easy Digital Downloads plugin makes your content accessible to purchase worldwide. Even better, the plugin supports 15-plus types of payments and is multilingual. Shopify Although Shopify is a standalone platform, they’ve developed a WordPress integration so that you can sell items on your blog or WordPress site. The extension works to create a standalone mini-storefront on your WordPress blog or website, connecting directly to Shopify’s secure shopping platform. It’s super easy to setup and gives you a ton of customization possibilities so your end user won’t even know they’re on two separate platforms. 5. Create a Directory Website with Maps It’s easy to convert your WordPress site into a robust directory business. Using one of these plugins as an aid, you can either turn your entire site into a directory website or only add the feature to certain pages. Sabai Directory The premium plugin Sabai Directory grants you the ability to build a community driven local business directory, similar to Yelp.com, Yahoo! Local, or Google+ Places. The plugin utilizes fully interactive and customizable maps to help visitors detect the closest resources to them and vote on photos and reviews to help others discover high-quality local businesses through your site. Business Directory Plugin The Business Directory Plugin works to add a Yelp-style review or Yellow-Pages style directory to link your users to. With full customization possibilities, you can meld this plugin with the theme of your site to stay on brand. The plugin comes with fully modifiable form fields, as well as the ability to upload photos and accept payment for listings. In no time you’ll be able to turn your website into a thriving online directory. Geo Directory Geo Directory lets you add millions of listings to your blog or site through free and premium add-ons. In a short amount of time, you’ll be able to create a fully customizable listing that provides a compelling user experience. No need to sacrifice design or aesthetic; this tool can be fully adjusted to match your current site. 6. Start A Forum If you’re looking to build a loyal community, a forum site is a good stepping block to achieve this. Forums give you the ability to answer questions and interact with your brand’s community in a controlled setting. Here are a few forum plugins that excel at building an online community. bbPress From the creators of WordPress, bbPress gives you the ability to effortlessly set up a discussion forum on your site in a single click. The plugin focuses on ease of integration with your central account but also can be used with multisite forums that allow you to divide your site into sections. DW Question and Answer The DW Question and Answer plugin allows you to create a forum that focuses on questions and answers, similar to Quora. Readers or users can submit questions that you can filter, order, edit, or delete. Shortcodes make it easy to track and manage all the questions on your forum. BuddyPress Another great way to build up your community is through BuddyPress. The plugin enables your users to create custom profiles that allow them to join in a discussion and build friendship connections. You can manage activity streams with members and groups, as well as get notified when users post to your site. BuddyPress also allows for the efficient creation of micro-communities to expand engagement and activity — all from your WordPress website. 7. Rally Your Readers Around A Cause By adding crowdfunding links to your site, you can assemble your users behind a product of cause. The purpose of crowdfunding is to raise funds for a cause you believe in and it’s easy to build on WordPress. Here are a few plugins that can implement this feature. IgitionDeck IgnitionDeck offers a unique crowdfunding framework that enables donation functionality. With the plugin, you can utilize real-time stats with both beautifully designed front end and back end displays. IgnitionDeck works exquisitely with thousands of WordPress themes, and they’ve also developed a free crowdfunding framework for use, Theme 500. Charitable The Charitable plugin provides a WordPress fundraising toolkit that gives you complete control with your WordPress fundraising efforts. Through the plugin, you can help your users support a common cause. Utilize PayPal and offline payments, or you might consider a premium payment add-on, like Stripe or PayFast, to tailor your crowdfunding needs to existing or new content. WordPress Fundraising By getting a membership with WPMU DEV, you’ll gain access to their fundraising plugin. You can collect donations or crowdfund a project, as well as allow users to pledge a single contribution or elect for recurring donations to continue supporting your cause. 8. Invoice A Client Let’s face it…invoicing can be a real pain. If you despise manually creating invoices, there are a few WordPress plugins that make it more bearable. Sprout Invoices Ease up on and improve your invoice workflow with Sprout Invoices. The plugin provides a number of fully customizable templates to fit with your theme and accepts a variety of payment methods. While the free version comes with PayPal payments, the pro version gives you additional upgrades along with payment add-ons. WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips Automatically add a PDF invoice to your ecommerce order confirmation emails with WooCommerce PDF Invoices. With the plugin, you can issue invoices in 18 different languages, fully customize the HTML/CSS of a template, and store all generated invoices within your account page. Sliced Invoices Sliced Invoices is another invoicing system that makes invoicing a breeze. Key features include offline payment methods, PayPal Express Checkout, invoicing in any currency, exporting invoices to CSV, and more. 9. Offer Support Through Live Chat If you’re offering any sort of service or product, chances are you offer customer support. Providing real-time support can be extremely beneficial to securing a purchase, or simply keeping the customer on your site because you can answer their question right away. It’s super easy to enable live chat functionality within your WordPress website. Here are a few solutions to help you out. WP Live Chat Support WP Live Chat Support is aimed at small businesses looking for a cost-effective chat solution. It is one of the most popular WordPress chat plugins for a reason. The plugin comes with a long list of awesome features, including six predefined live chat box themes, the ability to drag and drop the chat anywhere on your page, Google Analytics integration, translation capabilities, and much more. Tawk.to Live Chat Tawk.to live chat gives you the ability to monitor and chat with site visitors — something not only great for live chat, but for generating new sales and leads. The plugin is compatible with all web browsers and has even developed free apps for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OSX. Tidio Live Chat Tidio Live Chat was designed with the WordPress community in mind. The plugin allows you to chat with and contact any visitor on your site — it even supports 140 different languages to help you attain global reach. With Tidio Live Chat, you can customize your live chat with three templated designs and a completely customizable color scheme. It evens allows for integration with Zendesk, GetResponse, SalesForce, MailChimp, and much more. 10. Provide Customer Support With A Knowledge Base To reduce support inquiries, you might consider creating or adding a knowledge base to your site. A knowledge base (sometimes referred to as a “support portal” or “support garage”) will help users find quick answers and resources for their questions. Here are just WordPress knowledge base solutions. WP Knowledgebase Create an attractive and professional knowledge base with WP Knowledgebase. The fully responsive plugin allows visitors to navigate their way to articles featuring answers using predictive text search engines to simplify the search process. For developers, it’s super easy to adjust the look of the knowledge base to match your website. Heroic Knowledge Base The Heroic Knowledge Base by HeroThemes is a premium plugin that helps you reduce support costs and support tickets by making it super easy to add an aesthetically pleasing knowledge base to your site. Some of the plugin’s features include the ability to add article attachments, content re-ordering, instant answers, and built-in analytics. 11. Build a Classifieds Page If you’re looking to build a marketplace into your website, look no further than adding a classifieds page to your site. Here are a few plugins built specifically for this. Classifieds WP You can easily add classified ads to your site using shortcodes with Classifieds WP. Upload multiple images per classified using the WP media browser, or require end users submit images before submitting a listing. Advertisers can preview their listings before the post goes live and accept contact by phone or email based on their preferences. AWPCP – Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin lets you create powerful classified ads in no time at all. The plugin is highly configurable and has rich ad features, including enabling AdSense, standard form fields, control over HTML, and more. WP Adverts With WP Adverts you can add classified ads to your site through shortcodes. The light-weight plugin grants you the flexibility to work with any properly coded WordPress theme, and also works in conjunction with plugins like Yoast SEO, Jetpack, and so on to add increased functionality for site visitors. 12. Create A Job Board Building a job board from scratch can be costly and time-consuming, but WordPress makes it super easy to do. Here are just a few job board plugins that let you post job openings on WordPress. Simple Job Board Available in 10 different languages, Simple Job Board lets you add a light-weight job board to your website. You can opt to add multiple job listings and put them on any post or page using a shortcode. WPJobBoard The premium WordPress Job Board plugin is built for all types of users, including web developers, entrepreneurs, recruitment agencies, and bloggers. In a single click, you can install this solution that works with any WordPress theme and includes multiple SEO and social media features to further broaden your reach. WP Job Manager The WP Job Manager listing plugin lets you add job board functionality to your website with a shortcode. In addition, the plugin works with any theme and also allows for searchable and filterable ajax powered job listings via shortcode. 13. Manage Multiple Sites Under A Single Installation While everything we’ve previously mentioned touches base on installing a plugin to achieve added functionality, you might not have realized that you can create a network of WordPress sites under a single installation. Called WordPress Multisite, you and end users can instantly create a new site while you still manage everything under a single password and username. This is great for sites like universities or retail stores that want to manage a ton of sites within the same WordPress network. Simply go to Install » Utilities » Enable Multisite to start working with WordPress Multisite. 14. Use WordPress As A Framework For Virtually Any Application WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg said it himself back in 2014, “when you think about it, we’re kind of building a web operating system.” Thanks to its open source nature, you can use WordPress as a framework to build web applications on top of its API. Through the REST API, you can basically use WordPress with any framework and programming language, making it easier for developers to build new types of applications through WordPress. To learn more about building an app with WordPress, check out: Developing an App Using the REST API and WordPress Final Thoughts As you can see, it’s super easy to build a number of things with WordPress that don’t just revolve around blogging. For most of these uses, you don’t even need to have knowledge of code. WordPress’ ease of use, open source nature, and endless integration possibilities make it a super attractive solution for all levels of technical expertise. As WordPress steps into its 14th year of life, it’ll be exciting to watch its prolific growth as it continues to conquer the web. Happy Birthday, WordPress! The post 14 Awesome Things You Can Do With WordPress (Besides Blogging) appeared first on WP Engine.

Getting the Most From Your VMware Investment: Hands-On Workshop

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If you’re like most organizations today who have invested in VMware, you’re probably taking a deep look at how to modernize your infrastructure to support digital transformation and your move to the cloud, while leveraging as much of your existing VMware investment, knowledge and tools. But where do you start? Well, you’re in luck. Rackspace The post Getting the Most From Your VMware Investment: Hands-On Workshop appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

New Rackspace Application Services Expands Options, Simplifies Pricing

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Rackspace Application Services, the next generation of application support from Rackspace, now offers world-class application services for Java and .Net, plus four digital applications across dedicated, AWS and Azure infrastructures. Prior to this launch, Rackspace provided application support and services only on dedicated infrastructure. We have also simplified our pricing model, which is now based on The post New Rackspace Application Services Expands Options, Simplifies Pricing appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

Reseller Hosting Industry Expanding at Rapid Pace

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As we live more and more of our lives online, opportunities in web hosting have exploded. Going hand-in-hand with this, reseller web hosting services have also seen unprecedented growth. As every reseller’s aim is growth, having a long-term hosting partner with outstanding customer service, transparency, and reselling tools is key. Resellers also need to remember that growth requires scalability, not just a one-size-fits-all approach. Fortunately, InMotion Hosting meets all of these criteria, and offers highly competitive prices and other desirable features. Good Time for Resellers According to a study by Market Research Future, the Web Hosting Services market experienced growth of over 16% last year. At present, the industry generates approximately $154 billion (USD) each year. E-Commerce also continued its expansion online, while mobile technologies — such as smart phone and tablet applications — account for a large portion of the recently booming growth. Emerging “smart” technologies and the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) will only add to this demand for Internet real estate. Combined, these factors mean more people needing to find ways to get their products, messages, and services online. That, in turn, means more demand for hosting, and more opportunities for reseller web hosting services. Intriguingly, one of the fastest growing segments identified in the study belonged to SMEs (small and medium enterprises). SMEs are often perfect target customer bases for resellers. Where in the World Should Resellers Focus? According to the study, North America has the highest concentration of web hosting demand in the world. While that may not be surprising, it reveals a great deal of opportunity for reseller web hosting services in other markets around the world. For example, a number of European investment firms have started backing web hosting services. They cite as their motivation the key role such service providers will play in the future development of European businesses moving onto the web. The Asia-Pacific market appears ripe for a similar boom. Here, pioneering companies blaze trails into the US and abroad with mail order over the Internet. These companies sell products (and some services) over the web at prices western companies find difficult to beat. Although some of these companies will set up web hosting exclusively in their local regions, the better plan often requires servers around the world. This allows for regional sites and traffic routing that serves content to customers in particular areas from nearby servers. Thus, if a Chinese company seeks to make headway in the American market, it may construct a website with American spellings and content and serve those pages from a server located in the United States. This provides the fastest page load times for visitors and helps the company appear to be local. Globalized commerce spells opportunity for reseller web hosting services wishing to cater to companies outside of the United States. Ready to Get Started? InMotion Hosting offers some of the best Reseller Web Hosting Plans in the industry. Whether just starting out or a seasoned professional, InMotion Hosting has an option that will work for you – and at affordable prices. To learn more, visit the InMotion Hosting Reseller page for more information. The post Reseller Hosting Industry Expanding at Rapid Pace appeared first on The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Where Are Our Customers Taking Us?

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At Rackspace, we regularly remind ourselves to let our customers pull us toward our future. Sometimes they have to yank us there because what they want us to do for them is hard. If it were easy, someone else would already be doing it. That’s why, after starting as a Linux hosting shop almost two The post Where Are Our Customers Taking Us? appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

XSS Vulnerabities Have Been Found In The Avada WordPress Theme

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It has recently come to light that several critical vulnerabilities were fixed in the Avada theme in April, although ThemeFusion, the developers of the theme didn’t widely announce the patched release until several weeks later. If you use the Avada WordPress theme on your site, you should upgrade to Avada 5.1.5 as soon as possible.… Continue reading →

How (and why) you should set up a VPN

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In March, the United States House of Representatives voted to end FCC regulations that limited how internet service providers (ISPs) use their customers’ sensitive personal information, including geographic, health, and financial data, as well as web browsing and app usage history. Compared with the results of a recent Pew Research study, and it’s easy to see why 91% of adults believe that consumers have lost control of how personal information is collected and used by companies. So, what steps should a conspicuous consumer take to mask their digital footprints? Already, 86% of American internet users admit to taking precautions with their web usage, such as clearing cookies, encrypting their email, and avoiding using their real name. However, many consumers would like to do more to ensure their privacy and are unaware of tools that can help—like setting up a VPN. What is a VPN? A virtual private network (VPN) is a self-contained communication network, which only allows members logged in via VPN access to internal data. A publicly available infrastructure such as the internet is used as means of transportation. Therefore, access to a private network via VPN is possible from any location. For example, you can use a VPN connection to read business emails at home. In this case, your local internet connection acts as an “extension cable” to the internet connection at work. Using a VPN guarantees privacy and security since incoming and outgoing network addresses are scrambled and data is encoded from both senders and receivers. In summary, VPN sets up a secure, private connection between two systems. How to set up a VPN Note: To use the VPN, you have to install the OpenVPN software on the local PC. Attention: For technical reasons, you can only establish one connection to your cloud servers via VPN. If you want to establish multiple VPN connections at the same time, you must configure a VPN connection for every local PC. In the left menu, click Network > VPN. Click Create. Enter the name you want for the VPN. In the Advanced Options section, click Show. Select the desired data center. Click Create. The VPN is created.

Less Is More - Why The IPv6 Switch Is Missing

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At Cloudflare we believe in being good to the Internet and good to our customers. By moving on from the legacy world of IPv4-only to the modern-day world where IPv4 and IPv6 are treated equally, we believe we are doing exactly that. "No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind." - Taylor Swift (whose website has been IPv6 enabled for many many years) Starting today with free domains, IPv6 is no longer something you can toggle on and off, it’s always just on. How we got here Cloudflare has always been a gateway for visitors on IPv6 connections to access sites and applications hosted on legacy IPv4-only infrastructure. Connections to Cloudflare are terminated on either IP version and then proxied to the backend over whichever IP version the backend infrastructure can accept. That means that a v6-only mobile phone (looking at you, T-Mobile users) can establish a clean path to any site or mobile app behind Cloudflare instead of doing an expensive 464XLAT protocol translation as part of the connection (shaving milliseconds and conserving very precious battery life). That IPv6 gateway is set by a simple toggle that for a while now has been default-on. And to make up for the time lost before the toggle was default on, in August 2016 we went back retroactively and enabled IPv6 for those millions of domains that joined before IPv6 was the default. Over those next few months, we enabled IPv6 for nearly four million domains –– you can see Cloudflare’s dent in the IPv6 universe below –– and by the time we were done, 98.1% of all of our domains had IPv6 connectivity. As an interim step, we added an extra feature –– when you turn off IPv6 in our dashboard, we remind you just how archaic we think that is. With close to 100% IPv6 enablement, it no longer makes sense to offer an IPv6 toggle. Instead, Cloudflare is offering IPv6 always on, with no off-switch. We’re starting with free domains, and over time we’ll change the toggle on the rest of Cloudflare paid-plan domains. The Future: How Cloudflare and OpenDNS are working together to make IPv6 even faster and more globally deployed In November we published stats about the IPv6 usage we see on the Cloudflare network in an attempt to answer who and what is pushing IPv6. The top operating systems by percent IPv6 traffic are iOS, ChromeOS, and MacOS respectively. These operating systems push significantly more IPv6 traffic than their peers because they use a routing choice algorithm called Happy Eyeballs. Happy Eyeballs opportunistically chooses IPv6 when available by doing two DNS lookups –– one for an IPv6 address (this IPv6 address is stored in the DNS AAAA record - pronounced quad-A) and then one for the IPv4 address (stored in the DNS A record). Both DNS queries are flying over the Internet at the same time and the client chooses the address that comes back first. The client even gives IPv6 a few milliseconds head start (iOS and MacOS give IPv6 lookups a 25ms head start for example) so that IPv6 may be chosen more often. This works and has fueled some of IPv6’s growth. But it has fallen short of the goal of a 100% IPv6 world. While there are perfectly good historical reasons why IPv6 and IPv4 addresses are stored in separate DNS types, today clients are IP version agnostic and it no longer makes sense for it to require two separate round trips to learn what addresses are available to fetch a resource from. Alongside OpenDNS, we are testing a new idea - what if you could ask for all the addresses in just one DNS query? With OpenDNS, we are prototyping and testing just that –– a new DNS metatype that returns all available addresses in one DNS answer –– A records and AAAA records in one response. (A metatype is a query type in DNS that end users can’t add into their DNS zone file, it’s assembled dynamically by the authoritative nameserver.) What this means is that in the future if a client like an iPhone wants to access a mobile app that uses Cloudflare DNS or using another DNS provider that supports the spec, the iPhone DNS client would only need to do one DNS lookup to find where the app’s API server is located, cutting the number of necessary round trips in half. This reduces the amount of bandwidth on the DNS system, and pre-populates global DNS caches with IPv6 addresses, making IPv6 lookups faster in the future, with the side benefit that Happy Eyeballs clients prefer IPv6 when they can get the address quickly, which increases the amount of IPv6 traffic that flows through the Internet. We have the metaquery working in code with the reserved TYPE65535 querytype. You can ask a Cloudflare nameserver for TYPE65535 of any domain on Cloudflare and get back all available addresses for that name. $ dig cloudflare.com @ns1.cloudflare.com -t TYPE65535 +short 198.41.215.162 198.41.214.162 2400:cb00:2048:1::c629:d6a2 2400:cb00:2048:1::c629:d7a2 $ Did we mention Taylor Swift earlier? $ dig taylorswift.com @ns1.cloudflare.com -t TYPE65535 +short 104.16.193.61 104.16.194.61 104.16.191.61 104.16.192.61 104.16.195.61 2400:cb00:2048:1::6810:c33d 2400:cb00:2048:1::6810:c13d 2400:cb00:2048:1::6810:bf3d 2400:cb00:2048:1::6810:c23d 2400:cb00:2048:1::6810:c03d $ We believe in proving concepts in code and through the IETF standards process. We’re currently working on an experiment with OpenDNS and will translate our learnings to an Internet Draft we will submit to the IETF to become an RFC. We’re sure this is just the beginning to faster, better deployed IPv6.

A reminder about links in large-scale article campaigns

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Lately we've seen an increase in spammy links contained in articles referred to as contributor posts, guest posts, partner posts, or syndicated posts. These articles are generally written by or in the name of one website, and published on a different one.Google does not discourage these types of articles in the cases when they inform users, educate another site’s audience or bring awareness to your cause or company. However, what does violate Google's guidelines on link schemes is when the main intent is to build links in a large-scale way back to the author’s site. Below are factors that, when taken to an extreme, can indicate when an article is in violation of these guidelines:Stuffing keyword-rich links to your site in your articlesHaving the articles published across many different sites; alternatively, having a large number of articles on a few large, different sitesUsing or hiring article writers that aren’t knowledgeable about the topics they’re writing onUsing the same or similar content across these articles; alternatively, duplicating the full content of articles found on your own site (in which case use of rel=”canonical”, in addition to rel=”nofollow”, is advised)When Google detects that a website is publishing articles that contain spammy links, this may change Google's perception of the quality of the site and could affect its ranking. Sites accepting and publishing such articles should carefully vet them, asking questions like: Do I know this person? Does this person’s message fit with my site’s audience? Does the article contain useful content? If there are links of questionable intent in the article, has the author used rel=”nofollow” on them?For websites creating articles made for links, Google takes action on this behavior because it’s bad for the Web as a whole. When link building comes first, the quality of the articles can suffer and create a bad experience for users. Also, webmasters generally prefer not to receive aggressive or repeated "Post my article!" requests, and we encourage such cases to be reported to our spam report form. And lastly, if a link is a form of endorsement, and you’re the one creating most of the endorsements for your own site, is this putting forth the best impression of your site? Our best advice in relation to link building is to focus on improving your site’s content and everything--including links--will follow (no pun intended).Posted by the Google Webspam Team

Patent Troll Battle Update: Doubling Down on Project Jengo

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Jengo Fett by Brickset (Flickr) We knew the case against patent trolls was the right one, but we have been overwhelmed by the response to our blog posts on patent trolls and our program for finding prior art on the patents held by Blackbird Tech, which we’ve dubbed Project Jengo. As we discuss in this post, your comments and contributions have allowed us to expand and intensify our efforts to challenge the growing threat that patent trolls pose to innovative tech companies. We’re SIGNIFICANTLY expanding our program to find prior art on the Blackbird Tech patents In a little over a week since we started the program, we’ve received 141 separate prior art submissions. But we know there’s an opportunity to find a lot more. We’ve been impressed with the exceptionally high quality of the submissions. The Cloudflare community of users and readers of our blog are an accomplished bunch, so we have a number of searches that were done by expert engineers and programmers. In one case that stood out to us, someone wrote in about a project they personally had worked on as an engineer back in 1993, which they are convinced is conclusive prior art to a Blackbird Tech patent. We will continue to collect and review these submissions. The submissions so far relate to 18 of the 38 Blackbird Tech patents and applications. You can see a summary of the number of submissions per patent here (PDF). You'll see there are still 20 Blackbird Tech patents and applications we’ve yet to receive a submission for. We’re looking for prior art on 100% of the Blackbird Tech patents. If you are interested in helping, take some time to look into those patents where we don’t have anything yet. We’ll update the chart as we review the submissions with additional information about the number we receive, and their quality, to help focus the search. After the initial review, we’ll start to color code the patents (i.e., red/yellow/green) to demonstrate the number and quality of submissions we’ve received on each patent. An anonymous benefactor donated another $50K to help invalidate all of Blackbird Tech's patents And our efforts to cover the field have been re-doubled. We’re excited to report that a friend in the industry who read our blog post and shares our concerns about the corrosive impact of patent trolls has made an anonymous donation of $50,000 to support our efforts to invalidate the Blackbird Tech patents. That means that we are now committing at least $100,000 to the effort to find prior art on and initiate actions to invalidate the Blackbird Tech patents. We initially dedicated a $50,000 bounty to invalidate Blackbird Tech's patents. We split the bounty so $20,000 was to invalidate the particular patent Blackbird Tech sued us on and $30,000 was to help invalidate any other Blackbird Tech patent. We've received so many prior art submissions on the patent in question in Cloudflare's case that we don't believe we need an additional incentive there. Instead, we're dedicating 100% of the anonymously donated $50,000 to invalidating the other Blackbird Tech patents. This will be used both to boost the bounty we pay to researchers as well as to fund invalidation cases we file with the USPTO. Our goal remains invalidating every one of Blackbird Tech's patents. Again if you want more information about how you can participate, you can find the description here. And, of course, there will be t-shirts! And it wouldn’t be a cooperative effort in the tech community if we didn’t give out T-shirts to commemorate your participation in the process. You can see the T-shirt design above, all you have to do is provide a legitimate entry of prior art on any of the Blackbird Tech patents and we’ll send one to you (limit one shirt per participant). Blackbird Tech’s “new model” of patent litigation may be a violation of professional ethics, soon it may also be an explicit violation of law We think the business operations of the Blackbird Tech attorneys may violate the Rules of Professional Conduct in both Illinois and Massachusetts, where Blackbird Tech’s offices are located and where its co-founders work, and we have asked ethics regulators in those states to undertake a review. But we think it’s worth going a step further and working with innovation-supporting legislators in the states where Blackbird Tech operates to make it absolutely clear this new breed of patent troll is not welcome. As we mentioned in the original blog post, there have already been several proposals at both the state and federal level to push back and limit the ability of patent trolls to use the courts to bring cases against successful companies. Yet Blackbird Tech is pushing in the other direction and attempting to come up with novel ways to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of patent trolls. On May 23, 2017, Rep. Keith Wheeler of Illinois introduced a bill (the “Ethics in Patent Litigation Act”) that would make it the public policy of the State of Illinois that attorneys in the state, like Blackbird co-founder Chris Freeman (LinkedIn), should not be able to buy patents themselves for the purpose of suing on them if they are not in the business of any other productive activity. We appreciate Rep. Wheeler’s support of innovation and his stance against patent trolls, feel free to show your support via Twitter below. In Massachusetts, where Blackbird's other attorney co-founder, Wendy Wendy Verlander (@bbirdtech_CEO; LinkedIn) is based, Sen. Eric Lesser has specifically targeted patent trolls in a bill he introduced earlier this year. Well done. It's time to stand up to patent trolls. We have a bill in @MA_Senate that will do just that. @ScottKirsner @jonchesto @epaley https://t.co/O2hHB1R3DT— Eric Lesser (@EricLesser) May 19, 2017 You can show your support for Sen. Lesser’s stance on these issues using the Twitter generator below. We will be working with Sen. Lesser in the weeks and months ahead to address our concern about Blackbird Tech’s “new model” of patent troll. Even though the patent system may be based on Federal law, states have the ability to set rules for how businesses, and especially lawyers, behave in their jurisdictions. So we’re happy to work with interested lawmakers in other states, including Delaware, to advance new laws that limit the practices of patent trolls, including Blackbird Tech’s “new model.” We can share the information we’ve learned and pull together model legislation. If you are interested or know a legislator who may be, feel free to email us. Blackbird Tech calls themselves “very much the same” as and “almost identical” to a law firm when it suits their purposes, and “not a law firm” when it doesn’t As we wrote before, we believe Blackbird Tech's dangerous new model of patent trolling — where they buy patents and then act their own attorneys in cases — may be a violation of the rules of professional ethics. In particular, we are concerned that they may be splitting fees with non-attorneys and that they may be acquiring causes of action. Both practices run counter to the rules of professional ethics for lawyers and law firms. It is increasingly clear to us that Blackbird’s response to questions about their compliance with the rules of professional conduct will be, at best, based on simple agreements that merely create a shortcut around their ethical obligations, and at worst, directly contradictory. Blackbird Tech wants to have it both ways. In response to the original blog post, Blackbird Tech denied both that it was a law firm and that it used contingency fee agreements. Specifically: In a phone conversation with Fortune, Blackbird CEO Wendy Verlander said the company is not a law firm and that it doesn't use contingency fee arrangements for the patents it buys, but conceded "it's a similar arrangement." Ms. Verlander objects to being characterized as a law firm because if Blackbird is found to be one then their practices would be governed by, and may be a violation of, the rules of professional ethics. Ms. Verlander’s denial that Blackbird Tech doesn’t use contingency agreements, only to quickly concede that what they do is “a similar arrangement” suggests again that Blackbird Tech is finding it convenient to work around the ethical rules. This runs fundamentally counter to the concept of ethical rules, which are meant to be driven by the spirit of those obligations. Anyone out to intentionally “cut corners” or do the “bare minimum” to comply with only the letter of such obligations are by default in violation of the “special responsibilities” which should be driven by “personal conscience” as described in the preamble of the ABA Model Rules. And Ms. Verlander’s unequivocal assertion that Blackbird Tech is not a law firm can be contrasted with sworn statements submitted by Blackbird Tech attorneys to courts last May asserting how much they operate like a law firm. In Blackbird Tech v. Service Lighting and Electrical Supplies, Blackbird Tech CEO Wendy Verlander, Blackbird Tech co-founder Chris Freeman, and Blackbird Tech employee Sean Thompson, each filed declarations in opposition to a proposed protective order. Protective orders are important in patent litigation. Often, discovery in those cases involves companies handing over highly confidential information about their most important trade secrets or the history of how they developed valuable intellectual property. In most cases, courts limit access to such materials only to outside counsel, as opposed to the parties’ employees and in-house counsel. In-house counsel generally serve a number of functions at a business that include competitive decision-making, either directly or indirectly. Because in-house counsel may benefit from the additional perspective and insight gained by exposure to sensitive trade secrets of a competitor, and are unable to simply wipe their memories clean, courts in patent litigation cases often limit their review of particularly sensitive documents. In such cases, documents classified as “HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL—ATTORNEY EYES ONLY” are limited to review by outside counsel, who are less likely to face the same sort of business decisions in the future. When it served their purposes in opposition to a proposed protective order, the Blackbird Tech attorneys were quick to point out how much they operated only like a law firm and distance themselves from their business roles. Their sworn declarations specifically asserted: “Although the structure of Blackbird is unique, the realities of patent litigation at Blackbird are very much the same as patent litigation on behalf of clients at law firms.” (Verlander at ¶13, Freeman at ¶14) “Thus, in many ways, my role at Blackbird as a member of the Litigation Group is identical to my previous role as outside counsel at a law firm.” (Verlander at ¶13, Freeman at ¶14)(emphasis added) “Blackbird’s Litigation Group operates almost identically to outside law firm counsel. Blackbird’s litigators are presented with patents and possible infringers, just as clients bring to law firms. The Blackbird litigators then bring their litigation expertise to bear and thoroughly analyze the patent and the potential infringement case, ultimately deciding whether to move forward with litigation — just as a law firm would evaluate a case. If the Blackbird litigation team identifies a strong infringement case, the litigators draft Complaints and conduct litigation, acting in the same role as outside counsel.” (Verlander at ¶14, Freeman at ¶15)(emphasis added). “On a day-to-day basis, what I do at Blackbird is the same as what I did when practicing at a firm.” (Thompson at ¶2). This inconsistency points out once again how Blackbird is attempting to gain an advantage by turning traditional roles on their head. If they were a typical company, that was looking to make products using the patents they own, then we’d be able to seek discovery on their products and operations. Instead, they function as a law firm with no business operations that would be subject to the same sort of scrutiny they will apply to a company like Cloudflare. And they say that they’re not a law firm, yet they expect all their employees, including their CEO, to be permitted to exercise the special role of an attorney “identical to [their] previous role as outside counsel at a law firm.” But it would be difficult for them to deny that their employees, including their CEO, are engaged in impermissible attorney practices like buying causes of actions and giving a financial interest in litigation to non-parties, which are clearly not “identical” to what they would have done “as outside counsel at a firm.” They can’t have it both ways. Coverage of the blog post took our arguments even further In our previous blog posts on patent trolls, we thought we’d said about everything there was to say, or at least exhausted anyone who might have something else to say. But we found that most of the reports about our efforts did much more than merely parrot our statements and ask Blackbird Tech for a response. These reports raise some excellent additional points that we expect to use in our ongoing efforts to defend the case brought by Blackbird Tech. Several of the reporters noted that Blackbird Tech’s claims seem a bit farfetched and found their own factual basis for contesting those claims. Joe Mullin (@joemullin) at Ars Technica noted that the Blackbird Tech patent—particularly in the overbroad way it is applying it in the case against Cloudflare—has prior art that dates back to the beginning of the last century: The suggestion that intercepting and modifying electronic communications is a 1998 “invention” is a preposterous one. By World War I, numerous state governments had systems in place to censor and edit telegraph and telephone conversations. Similarly, Shaun Nichols (@shaundnichols) of the Register notes that the differences between the Blackbird Tech patent and our operations are “remarkable”: In our view, from a quick read of the documentation, Blackbird's design sounds remarkably different to Cloudflare's approach. Critically, the server-side includes described in the patent have been around well before the patent was filed: Apache, for example, had them as early as 1996, meaning the design may be derailed by prior art. And beyond the legal arguments in the patent case, Techdirt felt that our arguments questioning the operations of Blackbird Tech itself sounded strikingly familiar to another operation that was found to be legally improper: Righthaven. As you may recall, that was a copyright trolling operation that effectively "bought" the bare right to sue from newspapers. They pretended they bought the copyright (since you can't just buy a right to sue), but the transfer agreement left all the actual power with the newspapers, and courts eventually realized that all Righthaven really obtained was the right to sue. That resulted in the collapse of Righthaven. This isn't exactly analogous, but there are some clear similarities, in having a "company," rather than a law firm (but still run completely by lawyers), "purchase" patents or copyrights solely for the purpose of suing, while setting up arrangements to share the proceeds with the previous holder of those copyrights or patents. It's a pretty sleazy business no matter what — and with Righthaven it proved to be its undoing. Blackbird may face a similar challenge. It’s probably best to close this post with a statement from Mike Masnick (@mmasnick) of Techdirt that we may save for a closing argument down the road because it summarized the situation better than we had: Kudos to Cloudflare for hitting back against patent trolling that serves no purpose whatsoever, other than to shake down innovative companies and stifle their services. But, really, the true travesty here is that the company needs to do this at all. Our patent (and copyright) systems seem almost perfectly designed for this kind of shakedown game, having nothing whatsoever to do with the stated purpose of supporting actual innovators and creators. Instead, it's become a paper game abused by lawyers to enrich themselves at the expense of actual innovators and creators. We will keep you updated. In the meantime, you can contribute to our efforts by continuing to participate in the search for prior art on the Blackbird Tech patents, or you can engage in the political process by supporting efforts to change the patent litigation process. And support folks like Rep. Wheeler or Sen. Lesser with their proposals to limit the power of patent trolls. twitterwidget { width: 100% !important; } var twitterInterval = setInterval(function(){ var widget = document.querySelector('twitterwidget'); if (!widget) return; var embedded = widget.shadowRoot.querySelector('.EmbeddedTweet'); if (!embedded) return; clearInterval(twitterInterval); embedded.style.maxWidth = 'none'; }, 100);

Rackspace Announces Agreement to Acquire TriCore Solutions

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SAN ANTONIO – May 25, 2017 – Rackspace® today announced that it signed an agreement to acquire TriCore Solutions, a leader in the management of enterprise applications, including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions from Oracle® and SAP®. This acquisition, the largest in Rackspace history and expected to close in June, will allow the company to The post Rackspace Announces Agreement to Acquire TriCore Solutions appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

Finding Your Way in at One of LinkedIn’s Top Companies

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Last week, we published our second annual list of Top Companies, looking at where professionals in the U.S. want to work now. The list includes some of the most sought-after companies across a variety of industries, where the talent competition is strong. To help you find your way in, we took a look at where there’s the most opportunity at a handful of our Top Companies. We analyzed our LinkedIn Premium Business Insights data to learn more about where you can get your foot in the door, and head... .

5 Oddly Effective Hacks to Grow Your Home Business

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The post 5 Oddly Effective Hacks to Grow Your Home Business appeared first on HostGator Blog. 5 Creative Ways to Expand Your Home Business Running a home business can feel like a lonely occupation when there isn’t enough business to keep your time occupied and no matter what you try, customers seem to stay away. Without a doubt, times are tough. Given how hard it is for small businesses to thrive, it […] Find the post on the HostGator Blog

Content professionals, it’s time to welcome in the unknown consumer

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Not so long ago, content professionals only had to contend with the Browser Wars, and that was painful enough. Our main concern was figuring out which browsers supported which types of Markup, CSS, and JavaScript, and to what standardize on. Consistency was the aim of the game. But content professionals today are operating in a dramatically different place. Since 2007, we've been living in a world of smart phones and tablets where it’s expected that everything we build on the web will work effectively on every variation of these devices. In 2007, it took the iPhone to move us into the next chapter. In 2017, we’re seeing a whole range of devices that will usher us into the next. We’re about to hit a new phase of web development where content takes precedence and the devices consuming it are unknown to us. The rise of the unknown consumer Today, content professionals must accommodate an explosion of new distribution platforms. Previously, voice user interfaces like Siri on iOS were proprietary and therefore inaccessible to web and application developers. Now, devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home offer a far more accessible APIs for content consumption, we’ll undoubtedly see a massive uptake in content-driven services in 2017. These devices are not the only new destinations for our content. There are a huge number of smart devices that are not yet accounted for. I refer to these new platforms collectively as ‘the unknown consumer’. Many of these new and emerging internet-connected devices can be content consumers. We can't predict everything they’ll be capable of, or what they can do with our content – and there's no way we can ever know because the possibilities are endless. What does the future hold? We’ve seen this shift coming for a while now. Drupal project lead and founder Dries has posted about it in depth, and Acquia Labs is focusing exclusively on creating new distribution platforms for these unknown consumers. When pondering this topic, I like to explore how application programming interfaces (API) are creating new opportunities for content professionals, and how any organizations can take advantage of them. API lessons from The Economist At a recent media and publishing event, our peers at The Economist shared some insight into vast array of platforms they can now serve content to. Compared to just a few years ago, this landscape now requires the capability to deliver content in raw forms. Using structured data, The Economist ensures content is customizable for every available platform. Content is exposed to different media platforms and services through an application programming interface (API) layer in the content platform. This layer is responsible for ensuring content is optimized for the design and presentation that suits the platform being targeted. Exposing your content At Inviqa, we believe all technology decisions should be centered around the business goal or objective you’re trying to address. In this scenario, that objective (albeit very wide-ranging) could be the following: ‘I need to be able to serve content now and in the future to devices whose capabilities and intent may be unknown to me – without relinquishing publishing control’. It’s important to note that many of tomorrow’s content-consuming devices won’t be able to read the contents of a typical web page. In the traditional model, we expose our content as HTML with the assumption that a web browser will consume the content, making certain decisions about layout and presentation depending on the capabilities of the rendering engine. However when thinking about the content opportunities of tomorrow, we’re not concerned with layout – but instead pure, structured data. Designing an API The design of an API for the purposes of exposing our content is very much like designing the content model. We need to provide methods for systems to quickly and efficiently search for content and then to extract the specific parts of the content model they require. Since we are not necessarily expecting to be in communication with those who are using our content, it is important to provide clear documentation so that anything we do provide is clear and concise. One of my favorite tools for this process is Apiary, which allows you to create an API model in a prototype form and to provide mock responses for testing. This can become your blueprint and documentation so that anyone who wants to make use of your content is fully aware of what the capabilities are. Once the Blueprint is agreed, we can build the API in our preferred CMS making sure it adheres to the contract the API implies. We also need to respect that other people are building a dependency on our content and therefore we must be careful about versioning of the API in the future to ensure backwards compatibility. Why Drupal is API-first Drupal 8 has a core initiative to make it API-first. As Dries points out, this does not mean Drupal becomes API-only. With community modules like JSON API it’s even easier to expose Drupal’s content model to unknown consumers in an industry standard format. Using Drupal allows us to model content effectively and therefore refine the editor experience for both headless and traditional use cases simultaneously. Preparing for the future and creating a legacy This post has been concerned with dealing with the unknown, but it’s also important that we are responsible with our content and the parts of the system that are under our control. In the space of the last two decades we have made huge number of data storage formats obsolete. A recent office move uncovered some very short-lived Jazz drives from which it’s very unlikely we’ll recover data. Physical formats are one thing, but data formats are also a concern. Can we still read a graphics file from an obsolete application last used in 2003? Even worse is the current tendency to replatform and rebuild your web presence every few years. In my experience, websites have a lifespan of 2-5 years due to changes in technique, design, and technology. We should not be relying on the heroic efforts of the Internet Archive to preserve the content legacy of the 21st century. It’s far too easy to consider content as disposable and we will suddenly find a huge gap in our collective knowledge that is decades-wide. We can’t predict the future, but we can prepare for it. By preserving your content in a pure form – that can be accessed easily by future consumers – you’re creating a legacy of content that can be presented in whatever formats the future holds.

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