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Hosting services managed by a new version of the Control Panel

WhopHost News -

We are proud to announce the launch of a new version of our Control Panel. With our new version we aim to simplify the user interface, functionality and a better client experience. All new clients starting August 31st, 2012 are directly introduced to the new version of the Control Panel, while the already existing ones are having the option to login in the new or the standard old panel.

How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

Hosting Nation Blog -

This is a guest post written and contributed by CloudFlare. CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants. CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with Host Nation!  If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats. Today, hundreds of thousands of websites—ranging from individual blogs to e-commerce sites to the websites of Fortune 500 companies to national governments—use CloudFlare to make their sites faster and more secure. We power more than 40 billion monthly page views—more than Amazon.com, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple and Bing combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through our network. Faster web performance CloudFlare is designed to take a great hosting platform like Hosting Nation and make it even better. We run 17 data centers  strategically located around the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.   As your traffic passes through the data centers, we intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic.  The static portions are cached on our servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before we check to see if they’ve been updated.  By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly. CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers.  The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors. Broad web security Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks  (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.   CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections  against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about our approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the CloudFlare community. We analyze the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped. In time, our goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given our scale and the billions of different attacks we see and adapt to every year, we’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the CloudFlare network. Signing up Any website can deploy CloudFlare, regardless of your underlying platform.  By integrating closely with Hosting Nation, we make the process of setting up CloudFlare “1 click easy” through your existing Hosting Nation cPanel dashboard.  Just look for the CloudFlare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That’s it! We’ve kept the price as low as possible and plans offered through Hosting Nation are free.  Moreover, we never charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you tons via reduced bandwidth costs. For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare’s advanced offerings, we also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like SSL, full web application firewall and faster analytics. We’re proud that every day more than a thousand new sites, including some of the largest on the web, join the CloudFlare community. If you’re looking for a faster, safer website, you’ve got a good start with Hosting Nation, but the next step is to join the CloudFlare community.

How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

Hosting Nation Blog -

This is a guest post written and contributed by CloudFlare. CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants. CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with Host Nation!  If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats. Today, hundreds of thousands of websites—ranging from individual blogs to e-commerce sites to the websites of Fortune 500 companies to national governments—use CloudFlare to make their sites faster and more secure. We power more than 40 billion monthly page views—more than Amazon.com, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple and Bing combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through our network. Faster web performance CloudFlare is designed to take a great hosting platform like Hosting Nation and make it even better. We run 17 data centers  strategically located around the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.   As your traffic passes through the data centers, we intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic.  The static portions are cached on our servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before we check to see if they’ve been updated.  By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly. CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers.  The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors. Broad web security Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks  (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.   CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections  against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about our approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the CloudFlare community. We analyze the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped. In time, our goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given our scale and the billions of different attacks we see and adapt to every year, we’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the CloudFlare network. Signing up Any website can deploy CloudFlare, regardless of your underlying platform.  By integrating closely with Hosting Nation, we make the process of setting up CloudFlare “1 click easy” through your existing Hosting Nation cPanel dashboard.  Just look for the CloudFlare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That’s it! We’ve kept the price as low as possible and plans offered through Hosting Nation are free.  Moreover, we never charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you tons via reduced bandwidth costs. For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare’s advanced offerings, we also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like SSL, full web application firewall and faster analytics. We’re proud that every day more than a thousand new sites, including some of the largest on the web, join the CloudFlare community. If you’re looking for a faster, safer website, you’ve got a good start with Hosting Nation, but the next step is to join the CloudFlare community.

‘Why Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25′ Is NOT the Way to Go!

Crystal Washington's Blog -

A few days ago, a young woman by the name of Cathryn Sloan created a bit of controversy with her post on NextGen Journal entitled, “Why Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25.” In her post, Cathryn points out the she and her peers were in high school when Facebook and Twitter became hugely popular, which allowed them to grasp an understanding of how these networks operated. The truth is that I am not much older than Cathryn at 30.  In fact, we’re both Gen Ys.  However, we greatly disagree on who is best suited to manage social media. We were around long enough to see how life worked without it but had it thrown upon us at an age where the ways to make the best/correct use of it came most naturally to us. No one else will ever be able to have as clear an understanding of these services, no matter how much they may think they do. Oh really Cathryn?  While many young Gen Y’s are super-users of sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, the fact is that it is not normally 40-somethings that post pictures of themselves dancing on tables with margaritas in their hands as profile pictures when they claim they are on social media for business purposes. Knowing how to use a tool and understanding how to “strategically” leverage that tool are two different things.  Managing social media is not strictly about knowing what buttons to push or even how to engage other users.  It also includes understanding how to respond to trolls, upset employees/customers and crisis control.  Those are skills developed through experience; something most 25 year olds lack.  At 25, most of us were smart, but not nearly as smart as we thought that we were. You might ask yourself, “What do I have to lose by hiring a young 20-something?”  Great question.  Just ask Red Cross’ Gloria Huang who in 2011 accidentally tweeted, “Ryan found two more 4 bottle packs of Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch beer…. when we drink we do it right #gettingslizzerd.”  Luckily, Red Cross quickly discovered the error and issued a humorous apology. For another perspective, check out Augie Ray of SocialMediaToday’s post, “A Response to: ‘Why Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25′” The rules of engagement online are exactly the same as offline.  Users build relationships on social networks the same way that they would in the real world–over time and with follow-up; by caring about contacts; by sharing information and adding value. At the end of the day, being a young twenty-something should not exclude anyone from the opportunity to manage social media.  However, it is only fair to point out that a 25 year old will have limited real world experience, much less than a Gen X (whose generation INVENTED social media) or even a Baby Boomer. The post ‘Why Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25′ Is NOT the Way to Go! appeared first on Crystal Washington.

Shared Resource Management through CloudLinux

Hosting Nation Blog -

Last year we mentioned that we were looking at installing CloudLinux across our fleet of shared hosting servers.  We have finally completed that task. So what is CloudLinux, why is Hosting Nation excited about it and what does it mean to our customers? In a typical shared webhosting server environment, when a user is abusing the server it affects the rest of the users on that server. There are a few limitations that can be put on a hosting account such as disk quotas and PHP memory limits, but they don’t help when there’s a runaway script or huge database queries. CloudLinux will! CloudLinux is a commercially supported, RedHat based operating system that is designed for shared hosting environments. CloudLinux creates a lightweight virtual environment (LVE) for each individual account on a shared server and allows us to limit the amount of resources any single account can use. No more can someone take over the whole CPU on a server causing problems for other users and more support calls for us. When a website uses more of its CPU allotment, it slows down without affecting the other users.  When a hosting account’s limit on entry processes (web requests) website visitors will experience an error message “503 Service Unavailable”, indicating that the account has exceeded its resource allocation. When the website falls back beneath its limit, the site will resume function. Memory limits are also in place, that unlike PHP limits, cover all processes run by that user.  In the future will introduce IO limits, MySQL limits and limit defined by hosting package as these technologies become stable. As an end user, you also benefit from the lower server load and fewer interruptions of service. You also get a nifty little display in your cPanel  which shows useful stats for your account. Customers can determine their website resource status through monitoring of their cPanel logs. Under the “Logs” heading inside cPanel, you will find a “Resource Usage” icon. Clicking on this icon and reviewing the percentages of each resource used will give clear indication whether the website is abusing resources. But wait! CloudLinux does more! Using features called Cagefs and Securelinks, server security is beefed up with measures to prevent hacked accounts from accessing you account. A user can now only see the files in their hosting account guarding against some of the tricks hackers use to gain information about other users. So do you need to be worried about hitting resource limits? Probably not. Any legitimate site will run just fine. The small set of users that this might affect are the users that were causing the resource usage problems before. Any customer experiencing a “503 Service Unavailable” error or concerned about the numbers in their cPanel  should contact Hosting Nation support to analyze the usage and  review if the website has been hacked or requires an upgrade path.  

Shared Resource Management through CloudLinux

Hosting Nation Blog -

Last year we mentioned that we were looking at installing CloudLinux across our fleet of shared hosting servers.  We have finally completed that task. So what is CloudLinux, why is Hosting Nation excited about it and what does it mean to our customers? In a typical shared webhosting server environment, when a user is abusing the server it affects the rest of the users on that server. There are a few limitations that can be put on a hosting account such as disk quotas and PHP memory limits, but they don’t help when there’s a runaway script or huge database queries. CloudLinux will! CloudLinux is a commercially supported, RedHat based operating system that is designed for shared hosting environments. CloudLinux creates a lightweight virtual environment (LVE) for each individual account on a shared server and allows us to limit the amount of resources any single account can use. No more can someone take over the whole CPU on a server causing problems for other users and more support calls for us. When a website uses more of its CPU allotment, it slows down without affecting the other users.  When a hosting account’s limit on entry processes (web requests) website visitors will experience an error message “503 Service Unavailable”, indicating that the account has exceeded its resource allocation. When the website falls back beneath its limit, the site will resume function. Memory limits are also in place, that unlike PHP limits, cover all processes run by that user.  In the future will introduce IO limits, MySQL limits and limit defined by hosting package as these technologies become stable. As an end user, you also benefit from the lower server load and fewer interruptions of service. You also get a nifty little display in your cPanel  which shows useful stats for your account. Customers can determine their website resource status through monitoring of their cPanel logs. Under the “Logs” heading inside cPanel, you will find a “Resource Usage” icon. Clicking on this icon and reviewing the percentages of each resource used will give clear indication whether the website is abusing resources. But wait! CloudLinux does more! Using features called Cagefs and Securelinks, server security is beefed up with measures to prevent hacked accounts from accessing you account. A user can now only see the files in their hosting account guarding against some of the tricks hackers use to gain information about other users. So do you need to be worried about hitting resource limits? Probably not. Any legitimate site will run just fine. The small set of users that this might affect are the users that were causing the resource usage problems before. Any customer experiencing a “503 Service Unavailable” error or concerned about the numbers in their cPanel  should contact Hosting Nation support to analyze the usage and  review if the website has been hacked or requires an upgrade path.  

How to Use Google and LinkedIn for Kick-Butt Prospecting

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This post was almost called “Google and LinkedIn — the Wonder Twins of the Web.  Wonder Twin powers ACTIVATE!  Shape of… NEW PROSPECTS!”  Of course, that was a bit too long and not very SEO friendly.  So… Lately I’ve been hired to speak to several banking institutions — Oppenheimer Funds, Wells Fargo, UBS and Morgan Stanley — about using social media for prospecting.  In their case, as financial planning professionals.  While I certainly can’t share everything I teach them in a one hour talk in a short blog post, I would like to share a little tip that can potentially help everyone  — business owners and professionals. Have you ever found someone on LinkedIn via search or as the connection of one of your contacts, but you had no way of contacting them?  Perhaps you haven’t worked with them before or they’re not in your network.  Well, here’s a cool little trick for finding their email address.  This way, you can send them an invitation to connect OR simply shoot them an email. Step 1- Identify the person’s place of employment via her/his LinkedIn profile. Step 2- Find the company’s website.  It can either be found by clicking a link on the peron’s profile or simply by typing the name of the company into Google search. Step 3- Once you’ve found the company’s website, copy it. Step 4- In Google search, enter the person’s first and last name in quotations and then “*@companywebsite.com”.   The asterisk allows you to do something called a wildcard search.  See below where I used myself as an example. Remember — a person’s email address must be listed online for this to work.  So, occasionally, you will not be able to find an email address.  Now you can send an invite to connect via LinkedIn using the “other” choice or simply shoot him/her an email.                             I don’t know why this tickled me so, to see someone named Boo.  Anywho… you get the point.  So, go get those email addresses and make those connections! The post How to Use Google and LinkedIn for Kick-Butt Prospecting appeared first on Crystal Washington.

Social Media and Bring Your Own Device in Germany

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  I had the opportunity to be the closing keynote speaker at Alcatel-Lucent’s Dynamic Tour event in Dusseldorf, Germany last week.  This is an event for over 800 of Alcatel-Lucent’s customers, partners and team members in western and northern Europe to discuss the phenomena of BYOD or Bring Your Own Device.  I discussed social media and how generational technology trends (Boomers, Gen Xs, Gen Ys and Gen Zs) are impacting the workplace in terms of devices and collaboration.  It was an awesome adventure chalked full of great lessons.  I’d love to share them with you!   Culture is much more important than age when it comes to determining a user’s mobile technology behaviors. People have an emotional attachment to their preferred devices which is spilling over into the workplace. You have to pay to use public potties in Dusseldorf, and they are not easy to find! No matter where we are in the world- the USA, Germany or Ghana- everyone fears becoming irrelevant with the constant increase in technology.  Everyone wants to know that they will be okay. Here’s what you need to know: BYOD or Bring Your Own Device will become more and more significant in the United States as Gen Y and Z grow in numbers in the workplace.  This means more work for IT, more work around security, greater opportunities for you to work in ways that you find most comfortable,greater opportunities for collaboration and increased customer service opportunities. Each generation has specific strengths and weaknesses when it comes to technology.  Smart organizations include team members from each generation and multiple job functions to ensure that any new technology adaptation is done so in a way that is as seamless as possible. Want to see a copy of my presentation?  I use slides mostly for verbal cues, but there are a few with information you may find interesting.     BYOD on Prezi   Lastly, if you want to follow the adventures of a non-German speaking tourist with three hours to burn, check out my Facebook album.     Special thanks to ‏@PaeduMosi for the stage photo! The post Social Media and Bring Your Own Device in Germany appeared first on Crystal Washington.

Brain Surgery to Debut on Twitter and Pinterest

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Did you miss your calling in the medical field?  Perhaps you have a teenager who really wants to become a doctor?  Tomorrow, Neurosurgeon Dr. Dong Kim of Memorial Hermann will live tweet brain surgery.  Not only will the savvy staff at Memorial Hermann tweet throughout the procedure and answer questions, but they’ll also post pictures on the fastest growing social network, Pinterest! I’ve had the pleasure of being hired by healthcare companies in the past to speak on social media integration in the medical field, so I can truly appreciate not only the fact that a hospital in my own backyard- Houston, is doing this, but all of the planning that is involved! Want to join in the fun?  Follow Twitter handle @houstonhospital and hashtag #MHbrain for live tweets of brain surgery tomorrow (Wednesday, May 9th) at 7:30 a.m. CST.   Read the full story on the Memorial Hermann website. The post Brain Surgery to Debut on Twitter and Pinterest appeared first on Crystal Washington.

Upgrade in our Backup System (February 27th)

Hosting Nation Blog -

Hi once again. In the coming days we will be making a major version upgrade in the software we use to maintain backups. Our current system in running R1Soft’s CDP 2.0. After the upgrade we will running CDP 3.0. Version 3.0 has a number of improvements to the backend and underlying technology to make it more scalable, faster and more reliable. As well, for those of you who restore your own backups, the control panel experience has improved. We will have more details on that after the update. To set up the new version we may have to eliminate our last 10 restore points from version 2.0 as they are not compatible. We will try to keep what we can. This migration will take place on Monday, February 27th starting at 11am PST.  Please note that no action is required by our customers.  

Welcome to HostGator India!

HostGator India Blog -

Hello Friends! Welcome to the HostGator India Blog! HostGator India is a webhosting provider located in beautiful Mangalore, India. We provide the same excelling hosting services as our US counterpart but we are fully localized to better assist India’s needs. Here at HostGator India, we offer real live 24/7/365 support via phones, email, and chat and we are constantly striving to be better. We offer tons of extra features that other hosts do not provide, plus the ability to host unlimited domains on most of our packages! We offer a 45 day money back guarantee on most plans, so try us and if you’re not satisfied you can cancel for a full refund. Some of the many services we provide are as follows: Linux Shared Hosting Windows Shared Hosting VPS Hosting White Label Reseller Hosting Affiliate Program Windows and Linux Dedicated Servers Domain Registration Local Language Support You can check our official website: www.hostgator.in Thanks! - HostGator India

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