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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

CloudLinux for Web Hosting

Hosting Nation Blog -

One of the things that we have been excited about recently at Hosting Nation is a new Linux based operating system called CloudLinux. ?CloudLinux has been designed to meet the specific needs and demands of web hosting. ? In shared hosting, the most common reason for downtime is a single account slowing down other accounts on the server. CloudLinux helps control this by isolating and controlling resource spikes. ?CloudLinux utilizes a technology to set resource limits per user. This ensures an user account can never use more than the resources given to them. We have deployed CloudLinux on our latest server, fayrfax.hosting-nation.com and it has worked well. Look for it to come to other servers later in the year. If you have any questions about CloudLinux at Hosting Nation, contact info@hosting-nation.com.

Drag and Drop Site Builder Updates

iPower Web Hosting Blog -

We are excited to release an updated version of our Drag and Drop Site Builder. It will include a number of new features, usability updates, and some bug fixes. The major feature improvements are ImagePerfect, photo slideshows, faster editing (with a few new tools) and six new themes. New Features New features in this release include: "Header Image" header New slideshow element Improved text editing Now allows linking to external websites in navigation Optimized site publishing Better image resizing and compression Support non-icc CMYK jpegs in IE Adjustable page title to improve SEO Removed thick element border while editing text Better support for IE PNG filters in custom themes Added "Remove Formatting" button to text editor Option to upload a file when linking to a file Option to hide site from search engines results Added default robots.txt Added sitemap location to robots.txt Now stores larger versions of images, adapt lightbox Added image gallery "rectangle" aspect ratio Usability Updates Usability updates in this release include: Improved button styles New divider line Ability to edit custom HTML with one click Improved dragging/sorting behavior More responsive dragging/sorting in all browsers

Does Green Marketing Really Have Value?

iPower Web Hosting Blog -

Websites hosted at IPOWER are powered by 100% wind energy. Our customers can add an eco-friendly badge to their homepage. Login here to get your badge.IPOWER's Gone Green?You bet. Granted, we're a web hosting company; everything's online. There are no earthly resources to expend ... except all that electricity. And so, for the last two years, we've been offsetting all of our electricity use with wind-generated Renewal Energy Certificates, becoming a "Green Power Partner" of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.These Renewable Energy Certificates prevent the release of 2,660 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year. The estimated yearly benefit to the environment is equivalent to planting ~2,390 acres of trees or not driving 6.1 million miles.Your Website Is Green, TooYou have a choice in where you host your website, and with IPOWER, you're electing to host your site in an eco-friendly data center. If you'd like to spread the word, add one of three "green" badges to your site.Is Green Marketing Effective?Promoting environmentally friendly products or services can be a double-edged sword; it can be highly effective if done correctly, but it can potentially backfire if done disingenuously. Learn more >>Green Marketing ResourcesSo how can you employ effective green marketing techniques? By learning from others: emulate the success stories, avoid the pitfalls. We've put together an eclectic group of green marketing resources, from case studies and expert advice to green WordPress themes: Promote Your Green Website:We've experienced a tremendous amount of success with our own green marketing efforts, and we've heard from many of you who've received overwhelmingly positive feedback after adding one of our eco-friendly badges to your websites. Install Green WordPress Themes: Give your WordPress site or blog a green makeover; these ten WordPress themes are perfect for green businesses and environmental non-profits.Study History: Just last week, CBC's radio program, "The Age of Persuasion," explored the history of green marketing, examining what has worked in the past, as well as what hasn't. The program is 26 minutes long >> Follow Five Simple Rules: Green marketing expert Jacquie Ottman, outlines her five simple rules of green marketing and highlights several case studies that put the "rules" in action, in this five-page .pdf article.Tell a Story: In this September 2010 article, Shannon Arvizu points out that "Most clean tech marketing strategies lack a potent emotional or narrative component. Conventional green marketing [is limited to] facts or statistics ... [which] is not necessarily the most effective way of communicating the value of a green product to consumers."Don't Forget "Regular" Marketing: In this June 2010 article, Beth Zonis reminds us that "it's important not to get too carried away with the green-ness ... of your offering, at the expense of explaining how well it solves your customer's needs." Tell Us What You ThinkShare your stories with us. Is green marketing something that can help your business? Have you had success with it in the past?

Bang v. Buck at Softlayer

Hosting Nation Blog -

Kevin Hazard recently blogged on the Softlayer Blog an article titled SoftLayer Market Positioning: Bang v. Buck. Softlayer is the main datacenter we use to host our customers. We have always felt that despite a higher price tag we were getting great service and product. In his post Kevin explains why Softlayer took the “More Bang” vs “Less buck” approach many datacenters do: I get to chat with customers on Twitter, Facebook, the blog and the forums, and a lot of my interactions have been about pricing: “I used to get X server for Y, but now it costs Z.” The trouble is that it’s tough to compare many of the offerings apples-to-apples. If you were to create an apples-to-apples server comparison, you’d see that a SoftLayer server is the equivalent of a server from The Planet with a KVM, a private network, additional geographic network points of presence, increased network capacity, the ability to select where you want your server provisioned, faster provisioning, seamless integration with cloud solutions, and a lot more automation… And these are just the differences that came to me as I was writing. And after having the type of service Softlayer provides us and our customers, using a “low cost” server datacenter isn’t quite the same. And let me tell you that KVM can be a godsend sometimes. Softlayer has our business because they do it right.

New Signup Functionality

WhopHost News -

We are proud to announce improved signup functionality for our clients. Till this moment when you signed for one of our hosting plans the system would generate a random password and send it to your e-mail address. Users tend to dislike random passwords since they are very often hard to remember. No longer will you have such problems as you will be able to sign up with your own password now. We have added the option for you to use your e-mail address as well as your Client ID in order to login to the system.

The New Tofino Sea Kayaking Website

Hosting Nation Blog -

One of the projects that we having been working on, in association with our partners Fusion Creative and Harbour City SEO is the new website for Tofino Sea Kayaking, a kayaking tour and rental company in Tofino, BC. The website was launched this week and we invite you to check it out, www.tofinoseakayaking.com.

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