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Reflecting on my first year as Head of Cloudflare Asia

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One year into my role as Head of Asia for Cloudflare, I wanted to reflect on what we’ve achieved, as well as where we are going next. When I started, I spoke about growing our brand recognition in Asia and optimizing our reach to clients by building up teams and channel partners. I also mentioned a key reason behind my joining was Cloudflare’s mission to help build a better Internet and focus on democratizing Internet tools that were once only available to large companies. I’m delighted to share that we’ve made great progress and are in a strong position to continue our rapid growth. It’s been a wonderful year, and I’m thrilled that I joined the company. There has been a lot going on in our business, as well as in the region. Let’s start with Cloudflare Asia.Cloudflare AsiaOur Singapore team has swelled from 40 people from 11 countries to almost 100 people from 19 nations. Our team is as diverse as our client base and keeps the office lively and innovative. The Cloudflare Singapore TeamOur CustomersThe number of Asian businesses choosing to work with us has more than doubled. You can check out what we’ve been doing with companies like Carousell, Vicroads, and 9GAG. Our relationships span all across the region, from India to Japan, from small business to large organizations, from startups to governments, and a wide variety of verticals from e-commerce to financial services.Our PartnersTo further expand our reach, we signed eight new partners representing seven markets and are in discussion with select others. We even held our first partner enablement bootcamp recently which was a big success. Our First Partner Bootcamp in AsiaOur OfficesWe moved into a larger and wonderful office in Singapore. Customers can come to Frasers Tower to see our Network Operations Center and stunning view of the city. We celebrated this new office and Asian Headquarters opening with two events where our co-founder and COO, Michelle Zatlyn presided. Dignitaries from the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Cyber Security Association and the American Embassy cut the ribbon, and hundreds of customers, partners and friends joined us to kick off the Lunar New Year. Celebrating our new office opening in Feb 2019We have a wonderful community space that we are sharing for meet-ups. Developers, interest groups, and others from the community are welcome to use it. The first group to take advantage of this was IndoTech, a community of Indonesian professionals living in Singapore, who work in tech. IndoTech meetup at the Cloudflare events space Going Down UnderAsia is a large region and we are thrilled to expand to Australia. We have many local customers like AfterpayTouch, Fitness and Lifestyle Group, and the NIB group. We have run Worker focused meetups in Sydney and Melbourne as part of our Real World Serverless roadshow and shared what we learned about Noise on the Internet with 1.1.1.1 at AusNOG and NZNog. Today, we are announcing our expanded Australia presence. Incorporating into a new country is a big step and we’ve taken it. This is a good time to mention that we are hiring. If you want to join Cloudflare in Sydney, please get in touch.Our NetworkCloudflare has 165 data centers around the world. Since I’ve joined a year ago, we’ve added 46 cities globally, including 15 in APAC. We now have data centers in Pakistan and Vietnam. Around 20% of Cloudflare’s globally distributed network is in Asia. Our ProductsWe’ve added a number of great products, which can be found on our blog. Some additions that are especially pertinent to the region include adding UDP capability to Spectrum. Gaming clients typically use custom protocols based on UDP, which legacy systems don’t effectively protect. So our expansion of Spectrum has been eagerly received by the many mobile game developers across the region. Indeed, gamers have been using Spectrum even prior to this launch. One example is a mobile game producer where we protect their login/authentication servers that are TCP-based to mitigate DDoS attacks for the purpose of keeping their servers online for players to be able to log in and play. The world is moving to serverless computing and Cloudflare is leading the way. Many of the companies in APAC are on the forefront of this trend and are leveraging Cloudflare to improve their infrastructure. One client is using Cloudflare Workers to speed up and improve capture rates of their analytics engine.The RegionFrom a regional perspective, many countries in Asia are encouraging businesses to be digital-ready.  Governments around the region are spearheading programs to help SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), corporations and government departments take advantage of technology and innovation to capture economic gains. For example, Singapore announced SMEsGoDigital as part of the 2017 budget and Thailand recently launched the Thailand 4.0 initiative.In addition, one interesting aspect of the Asian market is that a higher percentage of companies are using multi-cloud architecture. Whether it’s because these  companies need to cover different countries where one of the large cloud providers (eg AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Alicloud or IBM) is stronger than others, or because companies want to avoid “vendor lock-in”, many companies end up using several cloud compute partners.The Last WordNeedless to say, it has been an exciting year. I am proud of what we have accomplished and looking forward to what we have left to do. Join usGiven all this opportunity for growth, our team in Singapore is hiring! We have roles in Systems Reliability Engineering, Network Engineering, Technical Support Engineering, Solutions Engineering, Customer Success Engineering, Recruiting, Account Executives, Business Development Representatives, Sales Operations, Business Operations, and beyond. Check out our careers page.

New gTLD Report – February 2019

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From ResellerClub celebrating 13 years to the Big Birthday Bash promo on the website, there were a plenty of reasons for the increase in the registrations of the new gTLDs in the month of February. Let’s dig in further to find out which new gTLDs made it to the top 15! While .ONLINE was able to move up a rank and secure the first spot, .XYZ made it to the top three with a 47% jump in its registrations. Registrations for .ICU climbed 23%, thus helping it grab a spot in the top 5. Here’s a peek into the trending new gTLDs for the month of February: New gTLD Report – February 2019 Infogram   *Registration Numbers Facilitated by ResellerClub .ONLINE: It was the promo price of $6.18 that prompted the registrations of this new gTLD to increase and grab a 17% share of the total new gTLDs registered. .ONLINE was able to secure the top spot in the list of trending new gTLDs during the month of February. It can thus be inferred that this Radix, new gTLD has been successful in boosting its registrations numbers month on month. .TOP: This new gTLD that was able to secure the second spot in the trending list of new gTLD, grabbed a 13% shared of the total registrations in the month of February. The promo price of $0.95 can also be credited with the growing number of registrations of this new gTLD in the global markets. .XYZ: .XYZ made a 47% leap in its registration numbers in the global markets., that helped this new gTLD to move up to the third spot during the month of February. .XYZ has consistently witnessed a rise in its registrations and was able to grab a 12% share of the total new gTLDs registered. .XYZ was running at a promo price of $0.95. .SITE: This new gTLD has undoubtedly been able to hold on to a spot for itself in the top 5 by grabbing an 8% share of the total new gTLDs registered in the month of February. .SITE was being sold at a promo price of $4.18 that also assisted in the spike of its registration numbers during February. .ICU: .ICU scored the fifth spot in the month of February with a 23% climb in its registration numbers. This new gTLD was not only witnessed a surge in its registrations in the global markets but was also able to move up a rank by grabbing a 7% share of the overall registrations. .ICU was running at a promo price of $0.68. While registrations for .FUN and .STORE saw a 30% and 11% spike in its numbers respectively, .BLOG the recent entrant in the top 15 was able to move up a rank with a 5% jump in its registration numbers during the month of February. Here’s a peek into the exciting domain promos we’ve got lined up for the month of March: Help your customer’s get their business online with a .SITE domain extension at just $4.18. Increase visibility of your customer’s business online with a .ICU at just $0.68. Get the domain extension .ONLINE at just $6.18 and help your customer’s business grow online. And that’s it folks! Check out all our trending domain promos here and get the right one for your customer’s business Head to our Facebook or Twitter pages to get all the updates about our trending domain promos. Just look out for the posts with #domainpromos. See you there!  

Top 5 Reasons to Choose WordPress Hosting

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We love WordPress. And after reading through this list of 5 reasons to choose WordPress Hosting, we think you’ll be singing its praises too. WordPress is the Best CMS On The Market When it comes to selecting a content management system (CMS) for your site, we think the choice is clear (and most of the web agrees): WordPress is the best. Easy to Customize WordPress is easy to customize whether you have a pre-built theme or you’re designing a site yourself using the theme framework. Continue reading Top 5 Reasons to Choose WordPress Hosting at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Top 10 Avoidable Mistakes for Ecommerce Beginners

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Setting up an E-commerce website is a great opportunity to earn a passive income. Consider that a fully online shop eliminates the need for paying rent and other operational costs incurred by owners of brick and mortar shops. The payoff is obviously better profit margins and an opportunity to increase the sales numbers. This is The post Top 10 Avoidable Mistakes for Ecommerce Beginners appeared first on Pickaweb.

Torque’s Plugin Madness 2019: Vote For Your Favorite Plugin Today!

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For the fourth year in a row, Torque Magazine is pitting plugin against plugin in a bracket-style competition to determine who is the king of the WordPress plugins. In order to determine what plugins will make up the brackets, Torque needs your votes! For the past two years, WPMU Dev’s Smush Image Compression has won Plugin Madness beating out Autoptimize,… The post Torque’s Plugin Madness 2019: Vote For Your Favorite Plugin Today! appeared first on WP Engine.

10 Google PPC Best Practices to Follow for Your Website

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The post 10 Google PPC Best Practices to Follow for Your Website appeared first on HostGator Blog. 10 Google PPC Best Practices to Follow for Your Website You want more people to find your website. You’ve done the research into your online marketing options and have decided to include Google PPC (pay per click) in your marketing efforts. Using Google Ads pay-per-click option is a smart way to get your website in front of more people and drive up traffic without spending more money than you can afford. If you’re going to devote a portion of your marketing budget to Google PPC, you want to make sure you get the most out of it. Get expert help with your Google PPC campaigns! Learn more here.   1. Find the Best, Most Relevant Keywords. When you buy a billboard or create a TV commercial, you’re hoping that people will care about your message as they encounter it when going about their day. But when you use Google PPC, you can make sure your ad shows up right when people search for something your ad provides. Google Ads uses a bidding model, which means that how much you spend for each click you get depends on how competitive the keyword you choose is. If you stick with broad, popular terms in your campaigns, you risk spending a lot of money for less qualified traffic. When you choose more relevant keywords that directly relate to the web pages you’re promoting, you’ll get better leads that are more likely to convert while spending less. One of the most important parts of Google PPC is therefore doing keyword research to better understand:      The keywords people are most commonly using      How popular specific keywords are      How competitive each keyword is There are a number of keyword research tools you can invest in that will provide you with suggested keywords related to your industry and products and supply detailed information on the popularity and competitiveness of each term. But even if you’d rather not spend money on an outside keyword research tool, Google provides a free one as part of Google Ads. You can find Google’s Keyword Planner under the Tools section of the Google Ads menu. It will show you the average monthly searches for relevant keywords and the typical costs associated with bidding for those keywords. Try to find the keywords that have a high relevance and a decent number of searches, without having too high of a cost. And over time, pay attention to how well your highest-priced keywords convert so you don’t throw money at terms that aren’t making you money.   2. Define Your Main Target Audience. This is a good practice for marketing in general, but definitely comes into play with PPC marketing specifically. To make sure you’re using the language your prospects are and writing ads they’ll respond to, you need to understand who you’re talking to. If you haven’t yet, develop a buyer persona to help you get into the head of the type of customer you most want to reach. Think about that target customer when creating your campaigns – from choosing the right keywords to selecting the best visual design to crafting the perfect CTA, all of it should be for your specific target audience. And, as we’ll discuss more in a bit, this step is crucial for getting the most out of Google Ads’ targeting options.     3. Use Small, Focused Ad Groups. When you’re creating a campaign in Google Ads, you’ll be able to divide it into ad groups. In each group, you can include related keywords, ad text, and landing pages. You want to make sure that all the components in each ad group are relevant to each other – all keywords make sense with all the ads, which make sense with all the landing pages. You’ll have an easier time organizing your PPC strategy if you keep your ad groups specific and small. And keeping your ad groups focused also leads to improved quality scores, which reduces your spending over time.   4. Don’t Forget Negative Keywords. As important as finding the right keywords is, identifying and excluding the wrong ones can be just as valuable. A website that sells herbal teas won’t want to show up for people who are searching for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) or for people who are looking for black tea (which isn’t herbal). They can improve results by adding those terms to their negative keywords list so they’re less likely to show up in results for anyone searching for tea-related terms that isn’t actually looking for what they sell.   5. Use CTAs In Your Ads. You don’t just want people to see your ads, you want them to take action (specifically, the action of clicking on the link).  You can increase the chances of them doing so by outright asking them. While you don’t have a whole lot of space to work with in a Google PPC ad, use some of the space you have to include calls to action like:      Click here      Learn more      Buy now      Sign up today      Get started Those are just a few examples, but hopefully you get the idea. Instead of just describing why people should click (which should also be part of your ad), go ahead and outright tell them to do it.   6. Create Strong Landing Pages. Getting someone to click is important, but your job doesn’t end there. Every web page on your website should have its own goal. Maybe the goal is to develop goodwill with the visitor by providing them content they can benefit from, or maybe it’s to get them to make a purchase or download a guide. Whatever it is, you want to make sure that your landing page is designed to accomplish that particular goal. If you’re selling a product, it should be focused on touting the benefits of that specific product and have a clear CTA to buy on the page, for example. Just as importantly, you want to make sure that every ad links to a web page that’s relevant to the ad. You don’t want your ad selling something that the visitor doesn’t see when they click through. Make sure the web page delivers on any promise you make in the ad itself.   7. Reach the Right People With Targeting Options. Google Ads provides a few options for limiting who sees your ads. Since you pay based on clicks, this is a valuable tool for: Increasing your clicks, and by extension your Quality Score. Since your ads are more likely to show up for people that will be interested in your website, they’re more likely to click through. Increasing your conversions. Clicks from people likely to buy are always better than clicks from someone who’s not in your target audience. Other than the keyword targeting already discussed, Google offers five additional targeting options: Geographic targeting – If your business doesn’t sell internationally, then you want to make sure your ads only show up in the geographic areas where you do sell. That’s especially true for any local businesses with a limited geographic range – if you only sell to people in Chicago, you don’t want to pay for clicks in New York. Interest targeting – Google has a lot of data on how people browse the web and what they’re interested in. You can tap into this data by targeting your ads to people who like the kinds of things that suggest they’re in your target audience. Someone who does a lot of research on B2B tech is a good target for ads about accounting software, someone really into fashion is likely to respond to an ad about stylish boots, etc. Device targeting – People often interact with ads differently on their mobile devices than on a desktop. As such, you can design ads that are more relevant or useful to someone browsing on their phone or on their computer and make sure they show up on the right kind of device. Demographic targeting – You can target your ads based on gender and age range. If your products are much more likely to be popular with teens than older adults, limiting your ads to just teenage browsers will reduce the number if irrelevant impressions and clicks. Behavior targeting – This takes a few forms.  You can target your ads to people on the verge of experiencing big life events, like a graduation or a move. You can target based on intent, such as when someone’s actively researching new products. And you can target ads at people who have already visited your site or otherwise interacted with your brand, such as your email subscribers. All of these targeting options give you more control over who will see your ads when, so you can better achieve the marketing goal of reaching the right person at the right moment with your ad.   8. Be Strategic With Ad Extensions. Ad extensions are a way for you to provide some additional useful information to your ad in a way that stands out. There are a number of different possible extensions, but some of the common options to consider are: Sitelink extensions – You can include additional links in your ad to other pages on your website beyond the main link. Location extensions – Especially useful for local businesses, you can add your address to an ad. Call extensions – This adds your phone number to your ad. App extensions – If you offer an app, this can add a download button to your ad on mobile devices. Callout extensions – You can add a few relevant details that you think are big selling points, such as “Free Shipping” or “Family Owned” Price extensions – Just like it sounds, you can include a product price directly in your ad. Promotion extensions – These include the details of a deal you’re offering. You don’t want to overdo it on extensions and risk having them become a distraction from the main goal of the ad – getting people to click. But use them strategically when they add something valuable as a way to increase clicks and conversions. 9. Perform A/B Testing. No matter how smart you are, you can’t possibly know exactly what your audience will respond to on the first try. And reading up on best practices from other brands will only tell you what worked for them. You need to know what works for you and your audience. The best tool you have for doing that is to do A/B testing with your ads. Try out ads for the same link that have slightly different wording, or a different CTA, or that use a different extension. Pay attention to what happens. If using a call extension means you get more calls than you did when directing people to a page that highlights your phone number, that’s valuable information. If you get more clicks from a “Learn more” CTA than a “Click here” one, then that tells you something about what works for your audience.  Create a lot of mini tests in your ad campaigns to gain little bits of data over time that help you create increasingly effective PPC campaigns.   10. Monitor and Update Your Campaigns Regularly. Your testing only matters if you use it to gain insights that you put to work. Google provides valuable PPC metrics that you can use to learn what techniques work best for your audience. Take time to review that data and learn from it. Refine your campaigns as you go based on what you’ve learned. If you use the data to guide your campaigns, you will see better results over time. If you don’t have the time to do this step yourself, it’s likely worth hiring a professional to do so, because it really does make a big difference in the results you’ll see.   Conclusion PPC can be powerful if you take time to learn the ropes and do it well. Start by learning the general best practices outlined here, but continue by learning from the data you glean from your own campaigns. With every new ad, you can learn and improve to ensure doing Google PPC brings you a strong ROI. For help implementing these best practices into action for your website, contact HostGator’s expert PPC team. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

What is the Best Hosting Plan for WordPress?

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If you have spent the time and energy to create a WordPress website, then chances are you’re now looking at options for the best hosting for WordPress. This can be a tough decision. There are a number of hosting companies offering all sorts of plans. What to Look for So, what should you look for when it comes to picking the best hosting for WordPress? Here are some of the factors worth knowing if you want a top-notch hosting service. Continue reading What is the Best Hosting Plan for WordPress? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Introducing cPanel Analytics

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As a part of an ongoing initiative to improve user experience in our product, in cPanel & WHM Version 78 we introduced cPanel Analytics. This functionality is intentionally built with ease of use and privacy in mind. It provides us with deeper insight into how our customers utilize cPanel, WHM, and Webmail without compromising the privacy of those users. We tested the feature directly with a few customers on cPanel & WHM Version 74, made some adjustments in …

Gutenberg and CI/CD at WordCamp Nordic

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Last week, along with a few members of the UK-based WP Engine team, I was sent on a mission to visit snowy Helsinki, Finland for WordCamp Nordic. The event was the culmination of a few regional WordCamp events: Helsinki, Stockholm, and Oslo. The three cities joined forces and came together under a single roof in… The post Gutenberg and CI/CD at WordCamp Nordic appeared first on WP Engine.

Employee resource groups aren't the answer, but they're a first step

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Why employee resource groups are important for building a great company culture but they're not enough.Diversity and inclusion is a process. To achieve diversity and inclusion, it’s not enough to hire diverse candidates. Once hired, we must be welcomed by a safe and belonging culture, and our diverse perspectives must be honored by our coworkers.Too many times we are approached by well-meaning companies eager to hire diverse candidates, only to look behind the curtain and discover a company culture where we will not feel safe to be ourselves, and where our perspectives will be ignored. Why would we choose to stay in such an environment? These are the companies where diverse employees leave just as quickly as they join.Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are an essential part of diversity and inclusion, especially as companies grow larger. Before being heard, or trying to change someone's mind, you need to feel safe. ERGs serve as a safe haven for those with perspectives and experiences that are "diverse" compared to the company as a whole. They are a place to share stories, particular plights, and are a source of stress relief. A place where we can safely show up fully as ourselves, even if at a particular event (like a movie night) no words about these subjects are ever spoken. Even small groups that give the sense of “you belong here” are very much needed and important for building a strong employee community. Having a sense of “I am safe,” “I belong,” “someone else understands my truth” should be established before any of the other steps. That’s where Afroflare comes in here at Cloudflare.But ERGs alone are not enough. They do not help us to feel welcome in a team sync when we are the only person of color. They do not help us feel heard when we are the only diverse perspective in a meeting. Our perspectives need to be incorporated in products, culture, and employee processes — a result which we can call integration. Without integration, a company will not be able to retain these perspectives. So how does integration start? I believe, it starts with empathy.Numerous articles have been written about empathy, diversity, and inclusion. Empathy, by which I mean understanding the struggles of worldly differences, is hard to do in a work setting: understanding the struggle of Jim Crow America, or being a first generation immigrant, or how the person you choose to love outside of work can affect your standing in the job market. Some of these struggles have been ingrained into the culture of a people for generations, as familiar to them as apple pie, and yet those experiences are completely unfamiliar to others of us. So what are we to do?In Brene Brown’s book Dare to Lead, she talks about empathy in a very nuanced way. When I read this section, it had a profound effect on me. And though I encourage you to read the whole book, here is the key idea:We see the world through a set of unique lenses that bring together who we are, where we come from, and our vast experiences. ... One of the signature mistakes with empathy is that we believe we can take our lenses off and look through the lenses of someone else. We can’t. Our lenses are soldered to who we are. What we can do, however, is honor people’s perspectives as truth even when they’re different from ours. 1Getting a seat at the table and mustering the courage to share a new perspective is challenging. Mustering the courage to share when it’s likely that your truth will not be honored because you are the only voice with that perspective is virtually impossible within today’s pervasive “data-driven” culture. Having more than one voice to “second” a thought, to value it, gives it more weight than the one lone voice that can so easily be written off as an outlier or a fluke. I'm never going to be able to count on having a second black, straight, cisgender woman from Baltimore in every discussion. More numbers are not the solution. Honoring people’s perspectives as truth even when they’re different from ours is hard to do for all of us. But unless we each do so for one another, none of our individuality can contribute to our work.This doesn't often happen bottom-up. All the employees at a company don't spontaneously decide to honor each other's truths, and only hire those who do the same. It has to come from the top and it has to be a conscious decision. This leads me back to why Afroflare (Cloudflare's ERG for people of color) and other ERGs like it are so important. They are the first step towards integration, providing that sense of safety and belonging. Combined with leadership that values this specific kind of empathy, we can create a culture where diversity has the safety it needs to speak up, and the ears needed to be heard. We’re not perfect, no company is, but Cloudflare is consistently making efforts to improve and become a more inclusive workplace for all, starting from our founders down. And, Cloudflare is aware of its duty to shed light on our diversity efforts, and speak up about how we’re going to create lasting change in the world by building a better Internet for all.Empathy is great if you can do it. I urge the readers of this blog to simply honor the diverse perspectives of others as truth equally alongside their own. We’d all really win if we consider differing perspectives equally, regardless of the majority opinion, as we are hiring and creating solutions, products, and features. It is only then that our workplaces will begin to reflect the true diversity of the world we live in.Footnote [1] Brown Brené. Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts. Random House, 2018.

Becoming a WordPress Website Creator

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Did you know that WordPress Website Creator can make going freelance super easy? If you’ve been thinking about starting your own business, now is the time. It’s never been easier. Not sure if being a freelance WordPress developer is for you? Take a moment to answer these questions: Are you constantly updating your own WordPress website to make it look super cool and customized? Are you learning all of the latest coding tips and tricks on your own, just for fun? Continue reading Becoming a WordPress Website Creator at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Advantages of WordPress Hosting for Your Business

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As a business owner, you may be interested to learn: what’s the big deal with WordPress and how does it affect my bottom line? WordPress is by far the most popular CMS (Content Management System) in the world. In fact, WordPress is so popular that there are optimized WordPress Hosting plans geared up solely for serving WordPress sites. Low Initial Investment WordPress hosting is fast but not flashy. It’s optimized just for WordPress. Continue reading Advantages of WordPress Hosting for Your Business at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

WebPro Panel Part IV: Managing your Account Seamlessly

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In our previous 3 posts of the WebPro Panel series, we introduced you to our new WebPro Panel, its features, easy order management, as well as, brand new customer management features for the web pros. Moving ahead, in this final post of the series, we will explore how you can manage your Reseller Account in the WebPro Panel. Account Management basically means managing your Reseller account viz. modifying your contact details, password, etc. as well as, customizing the URL of your customer’s panel. So without further ado, let us begin. Key Segments of Account Management There are 3 key segments when it comes to managing your account in the WebPro Panel. Changing your Account Details Changing your Contact Details Changing your Account Password Viewing and changing support pin Adding funds to your account Billing Section A: Changing your Account Details:  This comprises of three important things i.e changing your contact details, your account password and your support pin. Changing your Contact Details Your contact detail covers aspects like email address, contact number, postal address. Should at any point of time your contact number changes or your address both email and postal, you would want to modify them in your Reseller account as well. The ‘Contact Details’ page of your WebPro Panel allows you to change these easily. Let us see how Step I: Login to your WebPro Panel Step II: On the top right of the dashboard and you will see this icon Click on this and the following window appears. Click on the Profile and security tab. Step III: A new window opens where you can modify your details like email address and contact information. I: To modify your email address Click on the ‘Change’ button in the Contact Details page. After clicking on ‘Change’ a new window pops up. All you need to do is go to your original email address and enter the 6-digit code you receive in your inbox. This acts as security verification for your account and verifies the authenticity of the request. After your authenticity is verified, you can now change your email and click on the ‘Save’ button. II: Changing your Contact Details On the same window, if you want to change your ‘Contact Details’ go to the right-hand side and click on ‘Edit Profile’ A detailed page opens and here you can update all the contact details you wish to change, like phone number and business details. Once done, click on ‘Save’ on the top-right side. Changing your Account Password Account Security is comprised of your ‘Account Password’ and ‘Support Pin’. Step I: To change your Password, click on the ‘Change’ button beside the label ‘Account Password’ Step II: Enter your current Password and click on ‘Proceed’ Step III: Enter your new Password and Confirm it before clicking on the ‘Save’ buttonNote: For security purposes please ensure that your password length is between 9 to 16 characters and a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, special characters, and numbers. Viewing and changing support pin Step I: To change your ‘Support Pin’ click on the ‘View/Change’ button beside “Support Pin” under “Account Security”. Step II: A new window pops up displaying your current 4-digit support pin Step III: If you wish to change the pin, click on this icon Step IV: Enter your new pin and click ‘Save’Note: Keep changing your support pin on a regular basis and avoid repetition and common pins. B. Adding funds to your account One of the important features of WebPro Panel is the ability to purchase on the go i.e without adding funds to your account. However, adding funds to your account can be useful especially when you wish to purchase a product quickly. In the new WebPro Panel, the payment gateways have been integrated into the WebPro Panel and this eases the process of adding funds to your account. Let us see the steps that are involved in adding funds to your account through the WebPro Panel. Step I: On the left vertical sliding bar, click on ‘Add Funds’ Step II: Adding the funds to your account: Enter the amount you would like to add to your wallet. The system automatically calculates and deducts any transaction fees and pending invoices from the amount you want to add to the wallet. In our case, there were no pending fees and invoices so the entire amount will get added. Checking the balance Under the section YOUR NEW WALLET BALANCE, you can now see the final balance that your wallet will have. This balance is a total of the previous wallet balance and the new amount that you will be adding to the account. Select the Payment Gateway Now, that you’ve checked how much balance will be added to your account, you need to add funds from the payment gateway to your account Depending on your preference you can choose to add funds to your account from either Visa/MasterCard or WebMoney Gateway. Select your preference and click on ‘Add Funds’ You will now be redirected to the Payment Gateway page where you can add the necessary details and proceed with the payment Once the transaction is successful, funds will be added to your account and you can proceed with purchasing your products. C: Billing Section The billing page can be viewed from the vertical slide bar on the left. The billing page displays all the transactions associated with your account and orders. The following activities can be performed on the billing page: You can view, print and download invoices, receipts, credit notes and debit notes Each transaction can be differentiated by means of a colour code Green indicates credit notes and receipts Blue indicates invoices Red indicates debit notes Conclusion: With this, we come to an end of understanding account management in the WebPro Panel. This was the final segment in our four post series on the WebPro Panel. If you are a reseller associated with us, you must have used the old panel and this series on the WebPro Panel hopefully shows you the careful improvements we have made to ensure that you continue having the best tools at your disposal to help your business effectively. The WebPro Panel is an easy, intuitive panel that allows you to manage your customers and orders with ease. The integration of payment gateways, the introduction of a hassle-free product purchase experience without adding funds, revamped order management and last but not the least, a brand new customer panel are all features that we feel will make your life that much easier and help you focus on what truly matters. If you haven’t read our previous posts and are wondering about the WebPro Panel and how it came to be, then you can read all about it here in the following blogs. WebPro Panel Part I: The Introduction WebPro Panel Part II – An all-new Order Management Experience WebPro Panel Part III – The Next Step – Managing your Customers Note: We haven’t migrated our customers to the new WebPro Panel, we’ll be upgrading our customer in phases. Do you have any comments or views on the WebPro Panel? If yes, do leave them in the comments box below. Also, if you have any topic suggestions, you can leave them in the comments section too. We’ll be back soon with another interesting post soon.

This is What Happens When You Exceed Customer Expectations

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For the third straight year, Rackspace has been placed in the Leaders quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services. Our trajectory remains strong: we moved materially to the right this year, based on our Completeness of Vision and with only a single vendor edging above us along the Ability […] The post This is What Happens When You Exceed Customer Expectations appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

Introducing the State of Hosting 2019: Trends That Defined the Industry

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In the nineteen years we’ve been in the hosting industry, we’ve seen a lot of different sites grow and prosper. Over the last few years, however, we’ve started to see a shift in the way that sites are doing so. New technology and infrastructure options, combined with industry changes to security and privacy, have seen… Continue reading →

Rackspace a Leader in Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure

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SAN ANTONIO – March 12, 2019 – Rackspace has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of its 2019 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Service Providers, Worldwide for the third year in a row. Gartner’s assessment, performed by the firm’s IT industry analysts, evaluates service providers based on the completeness of […] The post Rackspace a Leader in Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

What is Shared Hosting?

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Having a website with no hosting provider is like owning a car with no roads wheels. A car is useless if you can’t go anywhere. The same is true for a website that isn’t published on the World Wide Web. The most affordable and simple way to get your website public is through shared hosting. What is shared hosting, how does it differ from other web hosting plans, and what is the best option for your business? Let’s find out. It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. What is shared hosting? Shared hosting, also referred to as virtual hosting, is a way to host your website on a single physical server that also hosts additional sites. Within the server, there are software applications that make managing and accessing your website easy. The shared hosting environment is like sharing a highway with other cars. Hundreds or even thousands of users can share the same server, which means they also divide the costs. This “collective” platform makes shared hosting the most inexpensive and popular option of all the web hosting setups. Many bloggers, startups, and small businesses use shared hosting to host their websites, since it’s so easy to get started. How much does shared hosting cost? The cost of shared hosting depends on the level of service a web host provides. Generally, you can expect to pay $1 to $20 a month for space on a shared server. How does shared hosting work? Shared servers are similar to computers in that they have hard drive space, a central processing unit (CPU), and RAM. These resources are shared with other users hosted by the server. This makes it possible to securely store all the saved files, data, and information making up your website. When anyone requests access to your website from their computer, the stored data of your website is sent from the server to the internet user. Shared hosting takes advantage of the most optimum utility of a server, since each individual website generates different amounts of traffic, at different times. Effects of sharing a server As stated, utilizing a shared server is like sharing a highway. You pay taxes to have highways maintained, just like you pay a small monthly fee to use shared hosting. Because many people contribute to the costs, individual prices for users are kept low. If you’re expecting low-to-moderate traffic on your website, then a shared hosting package is a fantastic choice, since it’s affordable and convenient. However, just as a lot of cars on a highway can cause congestion, your website can experience a slight slowdown if the computing resources you share with others are directed to a website that is experiencing an unusually high volume of traffic. Typically, reputable web hosting companies like Domain.com can easily support most web pages with very little risk of speed issues. If traffic to your site starts to pick up consistently, you can always upgrade to a higher tier plan. Characteristics of shared hosting Not all shared hosting providers offer the same experience. Some factors that may vary from one hosting company to the next are explained below. This should give you an idea of how to choose a reliable provider. Uptime: Uptime is a measurement of how long a web hosting system has been continuously running. The best shared hosting providers have high uptimes, indicating high reliability. Domain.com guarantees 99.9% uptime on all hosting plans.Traffic: If you already anticipate high traffic, shared hosting may not be an option. Web hosting companies generally have policies that prevent “bad neighbor effects,” which is when heavily trafficked websites hijack all the resources on a shared server. Make sure to read the policies to find a web host that can support your website’s traffic. Resources: Although shared hosting providers can accommodate many users, resources such as processing and memory are still limited. Some web hosts limit what you can put on your website so that more users can share a single server. Be sure to read and understand your web hosts’ acceptable use policy to ensure your website is compliant. Understanding shared hosting plans Many web hosting companies offer tiered plans for shared hosting. This is so you only pay for what you and your website need. These plans include some important features and possibly some unfamiliar jargon. Websites: You can choose a plan that allows you to host more than one website on a single shared server rather than buying two separate plans. This streamlines the management of all your different sites. Disk space: Disk space is the amount of hard drive space available to users. Most of the time, shared hosting plans provide more than enough space for small businesses or personal projects. Websites may run into issues if they include large images or audio files. That’s why companies like Domain.com guarantee unlimited disk space, so you never have to worry about reaching a limit.  Monthly bandwidth: Bandwidth is the amount of traffic and data your website can process. With low bandwidth, the speed at which your website functions can be impacted by higher traffic on a shared server. Typically, the speed difference is negligible. In fact, with well-resourced web hosting companies like Domain.com, your bandwidth is scalable, so you can seamlessly accommodate more traffic. FTP users: FTP stands for file transfer protocol, and an FTP user is someone with access to a domain. If you run a personal blog, one FTP user is enough. However, in a business with coordinating team members, multiple FTP users are better. MySQL databases: MySQL is a data management system that organizes data. Without getting too technical, if you want multiple independent sites on one shared account, then you need more MySQL databases.Subdomains: Wondering subdomains are and how they might influence your online presence? Subdomains are divisions of your domain that are useful for organizing your website’s content. For example, you could use a subdomain to separate a mobile version of your site from your full version. Email addresses: Your shared hosting plan may also include professional email addresses which enhances the image of your brand.Support: In case you run into any issues or have any question about hosting your domain, choose a web hosting company that has a friendly and helpful support team.   Shared hosting pros Here is a review of the advantages of shared hosting. Cost-effective: The cost to customers is kept low due to multiple users contributing to the costs of the server.Flexible: You can choose shared plans that fit the needs of your growing website. For example, if you find yourself needing another website, more cloud storage, or more FTP users, you can upgrade to a plan that provides it.Secure: Although the space and resources are shared on a server, your information is not. Other websites utilizing your shared server are not able to access any of your website’s data. Additional security features provided by some web hosting companies also defend your website against cyber security threats. Straightforward setup: Setting up your website on a shared server is quick and easy. Shared hosting experiences are designed to support the less tech-savvy so you can get your website running with maximum efficiency and minimum technical knowledge. Effortless maintenance: The shared server is maintained by your web host provider so you can stay focused on growing your platform rather than working out bugs, or installing software updates. Leave that to the professional technical assistants. Shared Hosting Cons Despite its cheap and convenient nature, shared hosting does have a few tradeoffs to consider. What makes shared hosting attractive is its painless nature, but these circumstances can happen:   Possible slowdowns: As previously discussed, the definition of shared hosting includes sharing resources like CPU power and memory. Because of this, it’s possible that a spike in activity will cause a lag in your website. Most of the time changes in speed is barely noticeable. Potential risks: Because shared servers host multiple websites, it risks potential compromises. To combat this, a reliable server host may include security features like SSL certificates. Limited customization: In order to uphold security, the backend of shared servers are locked down. This means that you’re limited to what the hosting company provides for programs. If you have special technical requirements, like running an alternative operating system, then avoid shared hosting. For the less tech-savvy individuals, this is actually a benefit because it means all the tools you need are provided in an easy to understand interface, and server maintenance is taken care of by your server host. Is shared hosting suitable for you? Shared hosting is most suitable for the person or business that: Has limited background knowledge of web hostingWants to save on costsValues hassle-free website managementRequires a simple website for small businesses or personal purposesIs interested in learning web design, coding, or WordPress Building a website is both exciting and daunting. Choosing the right web hosting setup is important to establish a good foundation for your website development. Unless you plan on going viral with a major marketing campaign, chances are shared hosting will handle your website’s needs. Once your website is up and running, you can get a better sense of where your website needs to grow, whether it be in bandwidth or data storage. Starting on a shared hosting plan allows you the flexibility to scale without hiccups. Shared hosting vs VPS hosting vs dedicated hosting If your website is on a shared server, and regularly uses more resources than what your host considers acceptable, then you may want to consider discuss upgrading your hosting package. VPS web hosting is typically the next step up when websites outgrow shared hosting. VPS hosting VPS hosting differs from other web hosting plans. VPS hosting stands for virtual private servers and it allots you access to more resources. VPS hosting tends to limit the number of websites on a single server, and provides a reserved space on the server for your website’s disk space and bandwidth. This means when using a virtual private server, your website won’t be affected if another website on your server has a spike in activity. There are also more customizations available to VPS hosting users. VPS hosting is perfect for sites that are too big for shared hosting, but too small to move to a dedicated server. Dedicated hosting If your website requires more resources than VPS hosting can provide, then you can upgrade to dedicated hosting. Dedicated hosting is when a server hosts only your website. It is completely dedicated to you. This means your website benefits from increased privacy, security, bandwidth, storage space, and speed. The downside to dedicated hosting is that it is the most expensive web hosting setup, and requires a decent amount of IT skills to manage. However, if you value unshared resources, peak website performance, and greater control of programs and security, dedicated hosting is the way to go. Which hosting option is right for your small business? For most people stepping into the world of website hosting, shared hosting advantages outweigh its limitations. The low cost saves huge amounts for people still working out the scale of their website, and its simplicity makes it an accessible option for everyone, regardless of their technical know-how. VPS and dedicated hosting are alternatives you can consider when your website requires more processing power, storage space, and customization. However, they come at a much higher price. Save yourself from unnecessary costs by understanding what each web hosting package offers, and what your website really needs. It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. The post What is Shared Hosting? appeared first on Domain.com | Blog.

Happy Birthday to the World Wide Web!

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Today, March 12th 2019, marks the 30th birthday of the World Wide Web! Cloudflare is helping to celebrate in coordination with the Web Foundation, as part of a 30 hour commemoration of the many ways in which the Web has changed our lives. As we post this blog, Sir Tim Berners Lee is kicking off his journey of the web at CERN, where he wrote the first web browser. The Web Foundation (@webfoundation) is organizing a Twitter timeline of the web, where each hour corresponds to a year starting now with 1989 at 00:00PT/ 08:00 CET. We (@cloudflare) will be tweeting out milestones in our history and the web’s history, as well as some fun infographics. We hope you will follow the journey on Twitter and contribute your own memories and thoughts to the timeline by tweeting and using #Web30 #ForTheWeb. Celebrate with us and support the Web!

WordPress 5.1.1 Security and Maintenance Release

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WordPress 5.1.1 is now available! This security and maintenance release introduces 10 fixes and enhancements, including changes designed to help hosts prepare users for the minimum PHP version bump coming in 5.2. This release also includes a pair of security fixes that handle how comments are filtered and then stored in the database. With a maliciously crafted comment, a WordPress post was vulnerable to cross-site scripting. WordPress versions 5.1 and earlier are affected by these bugs, which are fixed in version 5.1.1. Updated versions of WordPress 5.0 and earlier are also available for any users who have not yet updated to 5.1. Props to Simon Scannell of RIPS Technologies who discovered this flaw independent of some work that was being done by members of the core security team. Thank you to all of the reporters for privately disclosing the vulnerabilities, which gave us time to fix them before WordPress sites could be attacked. Other highlights of this release include: Hosts can now offer a button for their users to update PHP.The recommended PHP version used by the “Update PHP” notice can now be filtered.Several minor bug fixes. You can browse the full list of changes on Trac. WordPress 5.1.1 was a short-cycle maintenance release. Version 5.1.2 is expected to follow a similar two week release cadence. You can download WordPress 5.1.1 or visit Dashboard → Updates and click Update Now. Sites that support automatic background updates have already started to update automatically. In addition to the security researcher mentioned above, thank you to everyone who contributed to WordPress 5.1.1: Aaron Jorbin, Alex Concha, Andrea Fercia, Andy Fragen, Anton Vanyukov, Ben Bidner, bulletdigital, David Binovec, Dion Hulse, Felix Arntz, Garrett Hyder, Gary Pendergast, Ian Dunn, Jake Spurlock, Jb Audras, Jeremy Felt, Johan Falk, Jonathan Desrosiers, Luke Carbis, Mike Schroder, Milan Dinić, Mukesh Panchal, Paul Biron, Peter Wilson, Sergey Biryukov, and Weston Ruter.

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