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i2Coalition and The Domain Name Association Merge to Create North America’s Largest Internet Infrastructure Advocacy Group

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WASHINGTON D.C. – The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (“i2Coalition”), the leading voice for web hosting companies, data centers, domain registrars and registries, cloud infrastructure providers, managed services providers and related tech, and The Domain Name Association (“DNA”), a nonprofit global business association that represents the interests of the domain name industry, have announced their intent to merge, forming the largest Internet infrastructure advocacy group in North America. The combined association will operate under the name i2Coalition and maintain the i2Coalition’s existing organizational and management structure. The DNA will be represented by two members on the Board of Directors. A DNA-branded working group will also be created to continue to advance the DNA’s mission to protect and empower businesses and individuals with education and engagement that underscores the importance, benefits and opportunities of domain names. The DNA is the first-ever industry trade association representing the interests of the domain name industry and plays a vital role in helping consumers, businesses, public-benefit organizations and others understand the benefits and take advantage of the Internet name space. Since i2Coalition’s formal launch in 2012, it has worked with Internet infrastructure providers to advocate for sensible policies, design and reinforce best practices, create industry standards and build awareness of how the Internet works through an array of working groups. Through this merger, the mission of the DNA will be more comprehensively empowered by i2Coalition’s working groups and associated initiatives. Effective July 28, 2020, this strategic alliance positions the combined association to be the most complete representation of the Internet industry in North America. In addition to amplifying the reach and capabilities for members, the merger enables access to an expanded set of resources and economies of scale that will allow the collective to mount more far-reaching and expansive campaigns to ensure policy doesn’t impede growth, knowledge and access to the Internet and its resources. Effective upon the close of the merger, a new DNA working group within the i2Coalition’s existing construct will be implemented with a formation meeting scheduled within 30 days. “The merger of our organizations underpins the mission of both the DNA and the i2Coalition, combining our mutual dedication to Internet industry best practices and policies to empower continued growth. Combined, we represent over 100 organization members and their online business interests,” says Christian Dawson, Co-Founder of the i2Coalition. “Our commitment to the DNA’s mission is at the core of this merger, and the priorities of both organizations remain as strong as ever. We look forward to going forth with the expanded capabilities and amplified voice that this newly formed collaborative provides.” “The mission of the DNA has always been to spread awareness, promote growth, offer resources and facilitate communication about innovation and value in the Internet domain name space,” adds Statton Hammock, founding DNA Board member and current Board Secretary. “Our mission aligns well with that of the i2Coalition, and I look forward to remaining part of the new organization and to creating an even larger impact.” “Domain names are a key part of the growth of the Internet infrastructure, and the i2Coalition is excited to become an enabler for the great work the DNA is accomplishing in this sphere,” comments Melinda Clem, Chairwoman for the i2Coalition. “We’re excited to collaboratively foster a healthy domain environment with universal acceptance of non-traditional domains and provide access to expertise and resources that help address issues facing the domain name industry.” To learn more about the Domain Name Association, please visit To learn more about the i2Coalition, please visit About the Domain Name Association (the DNA) The Domain Name Association (“The DNA”) is a non-profit global business association that represents the interests of the domain name industry. It is independent and global in scope, and its members are groups, businesses of all sizes, and individuals involved in the provision, support, and sale of domain names, including such organizations as domain name registries, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers. About the i2Coalition The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (“i2Coalition”) ensures that those who build the infrastructure of the Internet have a voice in public policy. We are a leading voice for web hosting companies, data centers, domain registrars and registries, cloud infrastructure providers, managed services providers, and related tech. We protect innovation and the continued growth of the Internet’s infrastructure which is essential to the global economy. Our coalition launched at a significant time in our industry’s history. The genesis of the organization began in 2011 when many of the i2Coalition founding and charter members joined forces during the successful effort to prevent SOPA and PIPA from becoming United States law. After mobilizing to ensure the Internet’s free flow of information and commerce, we realized the on-going need for an industry voice, founding formally in 2012.

OpenStack Community Delivers Future of Bare Metal: White Paper Details Maturity and Adoption of Ironic Bare Metal as a Service

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AUSTIN, TX – The Ironic community published a white paper that highlights the scope, growth and maturity of the bare metal provisioning software. The white paper was developed by more than 26 contributors over 12 months and details all aspects of bare metal provisioning and lifecycle management via the OpenStack project. It provides information on performance, security, compliance and stack independence, as well as non-virtualizable resources associated with bare metal. The white paper is a deep dive into the tools, clients and automation that demonstrate how the mature Ironic software delivers stable, production-proven bare metal compute instances, a popular option for deployment of container-based workloads because bare metal avoids the overhead and performance penalties common with full-featured hypervisors such as KVM. “Building the Future on Bare Metal: How Ironic Delivers Abstraction and Automation using Open Source Infrastructure” here: Ironic Case Studies Highlighted The white paper includes case studies from users including StackHPC, SuperCloud, Red Hat, VEXXHOST and more. Use cases highlighted in these stories include: Use of Ironic to make resource usage more efficient: In one user’s production environment, bare metal provisioning based on Ironic has been in production for two years on more than 5,000 nodes. Because the creation of Kubernetes clusters adds an additional layer of abstraction, they use Ironic to create such clusters directly with physical machines, or even in a hybrid mode where only the master nodes are virtual machines and the minions are physical machines. One example for an application which makes use of this approach is the IT department’s batch processing service. The combination of virtual and physical machine provisioning via Nova and Ironic here allows for maximizing the efficient use of the allocated resources. Implementation of Ironic for software RAID support: Stack HPC uses Ironic along with ION Geophysical migrating on-premise HPC infrastructure into an OpenStack private cloud for seismic analysis. InfiniBand Software Defined Networking: Supercloud addresses internal challenges by building bare metal service with Ironic and InfiniBand. This allows the system to provision cloud instances directly on the hardware with no need of virtualization, achieving the level of performance previously only seen on classic HPC systems. Use of Ironic to provide aid to installer tools: Red Hat uses the software to provision the bare metal hardware needed for clusters being deployed and also provides an API and mechanisms to support a variety of use cases from within a running cloud. Julia Kreger, Ironic Project Team Lead, recalled an anecdote about hearing first-hand about the value of the Ironic software: “At a conference a few years ago, I sat down to dinner next to someone I did not know. He started to tell me of his job and his long hours in the data center. He asked me what I did, and I told him I worked as a software engineer in open source. And he started talking about some tooling he recently found that took tasks that would normally take nearly two weeks for racks of servers, to just a few hours. He simply glowed with happiness because his quality of life and work happiness had exploded since finding this Bare Metal as a Service tooling called Ironic. As a contributor, this is why we contribute. To make those lives better.” The paper explores how the Open Infrastructure community has addressed the bare metal provisioning problem with entirely free open source software. It discusses the issues operators face in discovering and provisioning servers, how the OpenStack community has solved these issues with Ironic and the future of open infrastructure and hardware management, emphasizing the necessity of open source and the value of contributors continuing to build on top of strong foundations. For operators interested in deploying Ironic, they select a partner from the dozens of vendors in the Ironic Bare Metal Program. About the OpenStack® Foundation and Ironic Ironic is an open source project that fully manages bare metal infrastructure and is part of OpenStack. The OpenStack Foundation (OSF) supports the development and adoption of open infrastructure globally, across a community of over 100,000 individuals in 187 countries, by hosting open source projects and communities of practice, including datacenter cloud, edge computing, NFV, CI/CD and container infrastructure.

Colo Atl Announces New Tenant-Ready Edge Data Center Offering in Atlanta

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ATLANTA, GA – Colo Atl, a subsidiary of American Tower announces today that its new Edge Data Center – Atlanta, located in the Ben Hill, GA area, approximately 10 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta, is now fully available to existing and future Colo Atl tenants as an additional interconnection and colocation facility. This latest endeavor is designed to give customers an alternative location to the centralized metro data centers and is strategically located on the network edge. The purpose-built 360-square-foot, 100 KW facility provides eight (8) customer cabinets, comprised of twenty (20) quarter-cabinet lockers and three (3) full cabinets. The connectivity enabled, multitenant, neutral-host edge data center maximizes flexibility and is directly connected via dark fiber to Colo Atl. “We are very excited to inform our Colo Atl tenants and community about this brand new edge data center asset, made available to all of our customers and ecosystem partners as an additional option for interconnection and colocation,” comments John Ghirardelli, General Manager for Colo Atl and Director, US Innovation for American Tower. “American Tower’s new edge data center, strategically located in close proximity to our Colo Atl facility, enables us to extend the Colo Atl ecosystem with a reliable solution promoting increased flexibility for existing and future customers.” American Tower’s new edge data centers are being introduced to the market as demands for high bandwidth, low latency applications like cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Machine Learning, cybersecurity and AR/VR continue to increase and drive the future of the digital infrastructure landscape. “Now is the optimal time to invest and pave the way for enabling the next generation network and computing architectures,” adds Whitney Pesot, Product Manager, U.S. Innovation for American Tower. “American Tower is committed to innovation and supporting the needs of our customers now and in the future.” American Tower Edge Data Centers offer benefits such as: Turnkey Infrastructure: Critical power (primary and backup) distribution, fire monitoring, security, and cooling in an all-in-one edge solution Strategic Location: Utilizing the ground space of our existing towers, where connectivity already occurs, we create an improved network architecture closer to key operators Reliability: Exceptional performance and reliability with guaranteed network service levels and 24/7/365 network operations center (NOC) Security: Secure location with full DCIM capability and access control including 24/7/365 site monitoring Dependability: Work with a single, trusted and established company for both tower and edge data colocation to simplify network deployment For a tour or to discuss the Colo Atl facility and/or edge data center location, visit or contact Sam Reagin, Business Development Leader for Colo Atl at or (678) 521-3898. About Colo Atl Colo Atl, an American Tower company, is the leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection solutions at 55 Marietta Street in the global telecom hub of Atlanta, GA. Colo Atl provides superior carrier-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection services at an affordable rate. Colo Atl is a carrier-neutral environment that allows all types of network operators to securely and conveniently cross connect within a SOC 1 Type II certified facility. Colo Atl has no monthly recurring cross connect fees between tenants within the Colo Atl Meet-Me-Area (MMA) and provides exceptional customer service. Colo Atl is also home to the Georgia Technology Center (GTC), a live laboratory for network equipment vendors to highlight their optical and electrical hardware and operating systems, and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP), which provides next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) solutions, including SDN peering, testing, collaboration and implementation. About American Tower American Tower is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of wireless and broadcast communication real estate. Our global portfolio includes approximately 180,000 communications sites and is experiencing steady growth. In addition to leasing space on towers, we provide customized collocation solutions through our in-building systems, outdoor distributed antenna systems and other right-of-way options, managed rooftops and services that speed network deployment.

Equinix to Open New Flagship Data Center in Milan

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the development of a new data center in Milan, due to open in Q1 2021. Known as ML5, the International Business Exchange (IBX®) data center will offer state-of-the-art colocation, as well as a host of advanced interconnection services, including Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) and Equinix Internet Exchange. The innovative, modular construction of the site incorporates Equinix’s Flexible Data Center (FDC) principles, which leverage common design elements for space, power and cooling to ensure long-term maintenance predictability. This approach provides customers with high standards for uptime and availability while lowering operating risk and complexity. The ML5 IBX is the fourth data center for Equinix in Italy, where existing Equinix data centers provide access to a wide choice of network service providers, internet exchange points, content delivery networks and cloud service providers. This expansion further supports Italian businesses with advancing their digital transformation strategies, as well as enabling global companies across industries to expand their operations in Italy—spurring innovation. Organizations working to accelerate their evolution from traditional to digital business can utilize the new site to dynamically scale their IT infrastructure, adopt hybrid multicloud architectures and interconnect with strategic business partners within the Platform Equinix® global ecosystem of nearly 10,000 customers. By establishing ML5 near Via Caldera, Equinix brings its carrier-neutral ecosystem-dense model to one of the most well-connected locations within Milan—enabling customers to choose from a broad range of network and cloud services. Direct access to the Equinix Internet Exchange allows networks, content providers and large enterprises to securely exchange internet traffic over the world’s largest peering solution. Equinix IBX data centers in Milan support 160+ companies, including major telecommunications carriers via Milan’s principle interconnection hubs. The sites also provide direct connections to the Milan Internet Exchange (MIX), TOP-IX and major telecommunications carriers. Equinix data centers protect and connect the critical digital assets of global financial services firms in the world’s top financial centers. Milan plays a vital role in Italy’s economy and is home to the country’s only stock exchange, Borsa Italiana. Equinix’s Global Tech Trends Survey 2019-20 found over 40% of IT decision-makers surveyed in EMEA are prioritizing connecting with new digital ecosystems as part of their organization’s overarching technology strategy. In addition, one in two IT leaders globally stated they are prioritizing moving their infrastructure to the digital edge, where population centers, commerce, and digital and business ecosystems meet and interact in real time. ML5—situated in North-West Milan—will provide customers with direct access to Equinix’s industry-leading software-defined networking service, ECX Fabric, enabling virtual interconnections to some of the largest cloud providers in the world, such as: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Google Cloud. The $51 million first phase of ML5 is expected to provide a capacity of 500 cabinet equivalents and colocation space of approximately 15,000 square feet (1,400 square meters). Upon completion of the planned future phases, ML5 is expected to provide total capacity of more than 1,450 cabinet equivalents and colocation space of more than 45,000 square feet (4,200 square meters). The new site is being built in line with global environmental standards and will contribute to a portfolio of some of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world. ML5 will utilize 100% renewable energy and is designed to LEED Gold standard. About Equinix Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. On this global platform for digital business, companies come together across more than 55 markets on five continents to reach everywhere, interconnect everyone and integrate everything they need to create their digital futures.

VMware Releases Cybersecurity Threat Survey Report Detailing Increased Attack Volume and Breach Levels in the United States

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PALO ALTO, CA – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leading innovator in enterprise software, today released the results of its first U.S.-focused cybersecurity threat report, entitled: “Extended Enterprise Under Threat,” based on a survey of 250 U.S. CIOs, CTOs and CISOs. The research found an increase in both cyberattack volume and breaches during the past 12 months in the U.S. This has prompted increased investment in cyber defense, with U.S. businesses already using an average of more than nine different cybersecurity tools, the survey found. Data for the report was compiled in March and April 2020 by an independent research company, Opinion Matters, on behalf of VMware Carbon Black. Key survey findings from U.S. respondents: 92% said attack volumes have increased in the last 12 months, the survey found. 97% said their business has suffered a security breach in the last 12 months. The average organization said they experienced 2.70 breaches during that time, the survey found. 84% said attacks have become more sophisticated, the survey found. 95% said they plan to increase cyber defense spending in the coming year. OS vulnerabilities are the leading cause of breaches, according to the survey, followed by web application attacks and ransomware. US companies said they are using an average of 9 different security technologies to manage their security program, the survey found. Common breach causes in U.S. The most common cause of breaches in the U.S. was OS vulnerabilities (27%). This was jointly followed by web application attacks with 13.5% and ransomware with 13%. Island-hopping was the cause of 5% of breaches. Rick McElroy, Cyber Security Strategist at VMware Carbon Black, said: “Island-hopping is having an increasing breach impact with 11% of survey respondents citing it as the main cause. In combination with other third-party risks such as third-party apps and the supply chain, it’s clear the extended enterprise is under pressure.” Complex multi-technology environments US cybersecurity professionals said they are using an average of more than nine different tools or consoles to manage their cyber defense program, the survey found. This indicates a security environment that has evolved reactively as security tools have been adopted to tackle emerging threats. Said McElroy: “Siloed, hard-to-manage environments hand the advantage to attackers from the start. Evidence shows that attackers have the upper hand when security is not an intrinsic feature of the environment. As the cyber threat landscape reaches saturation, it is time for rationalization, strategic thinking and clarity over security deployment.” Supplemental COVID-19 survey in U.S. The latest research was supplemented with a survey on the impact COVID-19 has had on the attack landscape1. According to the supplemental survey of more than 1,000 respondents from the U.S., UK, Singapore and Italy, 88% of U.S. cybersecurity professionals said attack volumes have increased as more employees work from home. 89% said their organizations have experienced cyberattacks linked to COVID-19 malware. Key findings from the supplemental U.S. COVID-19-focused survey: 89% said they have been targeted by COVID-19-related malware. Inability to institute multifactor authentication (MFA) was reported as the biggest security threat to businesses during COVID-19, the survey found. 83% reported gaps in disaster planning around communications with external parties including customers, prospects, and partners. Said McElroy: “The global situation with COVID-19 has put the spotlight on business resilience and disaster recovery planning. Those organizations that have delayed implementing multi-factor authentication appear to be facing challenges, as 32% of U.S. respondents say the inability to implement MFA is the biggest threat to business resilience they are facing right now.” U.S. survey respondents were asked whether COVID-19 had exposed gaps in their disaster recovery plans, and to indicate the severity of those gaps. Their responses showed that: 83% of respondents reported gaps in recovery planning, ranging from slight to severe. 83% said they had uncovered gaps in IT operations. 84% said they encountered problems around enabling a remote workforce. 83% said they’ve experienced challenges communicating with employees 83% said they had experienced difficulty communicating with external parties. 63% said the situation uncovered gaps around visibility into cybersecurity threats. Said McElroy: “These figures indicate that the surveyed CISOs may be facing difficulty in a number of areas when answering the demands placed on them by the COVID-19 situation.” Risks directly related to COVID-19 have also quickly emerged, the survey found. This includes rises in COVID-19 malware which was seen by 89% of U.S. respondents. Said McElroy: “The 2020 survey results suggest that security teams must be working in tandem with business leaders to shift the balance of power from attackers to defenders. We must also collaborate with IT teams and work to remove the complexity that’s weighing down the current model. By building security intrinsically into the fabric of the enterprise – across applications, clouds and devices – teams can significantly reduce the attack surface, gain greater visibility into threats, and understand where security vulnerabilities exist.” Read the full executive summary here: About VMware’s Intrinsic Security Strategy Security sprawl – too many products, agents, and interfaces deployed across an organization – has created complexity for security management, opening organizations to significant risk. Most security innovation over the past decade has focused on identifying and reacting to individual attacks. Little innovation has focused on hardening infrastructure itself to make it more secure or using the infrastructure to better protect an organization. The way forward is an intrinsic security approach that combines detecting and responding to threats, in addition to hardening infrastructure. VMware makes security intrinsic from endpoint to cloud, leveraging the infrastructure to provide visibility for apps, users and devices, and combining that with leading threat detection and response capabilities to deliver a unique (and better) approach to security. About VMware VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s cloud, app modernization, networking, security, and digital workspace offerings help customers deliver any application on any cloud across any device. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough technology innovations to its global impact. For more information, please visit VMware and Carbon Black are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. Main Survey Methodology Carbon Black commissioned a survey, undertaken by an independent research organization, Opinion Matters, in March 2020. 3,012 CIOs, CTOs and CISOs, including 250 from the U.S., were surveyed for this global research project across multiple countries including: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, The Nordics, Singapore, Spain, the US and the UK. Companies were from a range of industries including: financial, healthcare, government, retail, manufacturing, food and beverage, oil and gas, professional services, and media and entertainment. COVID-19 Survey Methodology 1 COVID-19 survey methodology: The COVID-19 survey was conducted by Opinion Matters in March and April 2020. 1002 CIOs, CTOs or CISOs from Italy, Singapore, the UK and the US were asked for their views on the security and operational challenges of COVID-19.

Why Every Small Business Needs SEO (Yes, Even Yours)

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The post Why Every Small Business Needs SEO (Yes, Even Yours) appeared first on HostGator Blog. Small businesses are spending a lot more of their marketing resources on social media than on SEO, according to a recent survey of 500 U.S. small-business owners. Thirty-seven percent say social media is their most successful way to reach customers, while only 5% say that about SEO. That’s understandable. Posting on social media is fun, easy, delivers near-instant feedback and can drive short-term results. SEO, on the other hand, isn’t flashy and can take a while to deliver results. However, a good SEO program can grow your business in ways that social media can’t, so you need both to have a truly effective marketing program. Basic SEO isn’t especially complicated or hard to learn. And with the big shift to online shopping, SEO can make the difference between being found by new customers or losing out to more SEO-savvy competitors. So, how do you build an SEO program for your business? Start with something you already know—your customers.  Look at how your customers shop To understand how and when SEO and social media help you connect with customers, it’s important to understand how your customers decide to buy the kinds of things you offer. Typically, customers move through three very general stages when they’re shopping.  Awareness: Awareness can happen in a couple of ways. One is becoming aware of an existing problem. For example, your customer’s coffee maker breaks, and they know they need another one right away. Another type of awareness is learning about an appealing product. For example, your customer sees a handbag with a picture of a vampire pug on it and they want it.Research: Even for impulse purchases, you can assume your customers are doing their homework. Way back in 2018, even before we were all spending so much time online, 88% of consumers researched purchases before buying. Research can mean seeking out the best coffeemakers with timers, or it can mean checking the reviews of an online store before buying a vampire pug handbag from them. Purchase: Once your customer feels satisfied that they’ve got the best product, price and merchant, they’ll buy.  Moving through these stages can happen slowly. For example, if you’re planning to buy a top-of-the-line refrigerator for your new home, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time researching different models, manufacturers and retailers.  Or customers can move through all three stages quickly. Maybe they see a T-shirt they know their dad would love, so they do a quick check to make sure the merchant is legit and then they snap it up. Or maybe they realize they’re out of coffee beans, so they open their browser and order more before they finish breakfast. How do your customers move through this process? If you’ve already created personas for your ideal customers, you may know already. If not, you’ll need to look at data like  Where customers come from to get to your site. The keyword searches that lead to productive visits to your site. How visitors move around your site (are they reading your informative content, like buying guides?) You can also survey your customers to find out how they prefer to shop. And once you have a clear idea, you can see where social and SEO can connect with them. Social media for building brand awareness and driving impulse traffic Social media is great for letting people know about your business, which means it’s important for the awareness stage of the buying process. It’s also important for building relationships that can feed into the research and purchase stages of shopping.  When customers know about your brand and like it, they’re more likely to consider it when they’re researching a purchase. And, of course, they’re more likely to make an impulse purchase when you post flash sale info or a special offer.  This is all good. But if you’re relying solely on social, you’re probably missing a big chunk of your potential audience—just when they’re ready to spend money. SEO for reaching customers when they’re ready to spend  The reason SEO reaches customers just before they open their wallets is because most people use search engines to figure out where to spend their money. Consider these figures from Google: Worldwide, 74% of shoppers who buy from nearby stores said they search for in-stock products, locations and hours before they leave the house.60% of smartphone users have reached out to a business from a search results page.Nearly half (49%) say they use Google to get suggestions on which products to buy.  Clearly, a lot of shoppers are moving directly, or nearly directly, from searching to buying. If your business isn’t showing up in their search results, you’re missing out on sales.  The key to appearing in the searches all these customers are doing? SEO.  Get to know the basics of SEO SEO (search engine optimization) is a fancy way of saying you’re making it easy for people to find your business online by appearing as high as possible in search results. The basics of SEO include: Keywords: things like “best dog groomer near me” and “local wineries” are examples. Check your Google Analytics dashboard to see which keywords your customers use to find you.Content: All the words and media on your site. All of it should center on keywords your customers use and have relevant tags and headings.Headings: parts of your webpages and blog posts that search engines scan for information. For example, “Get to know the basics of SEO” is a level 2 header that explains to a search bot what this section is about. Use keywords to make your headings relevant.URLs: At a minimum, your URLs should indicate what each page on your site is about, like “”Metadata and tags: behind-the-scenes keyword labels on your content that tell search bots what’s on your site. The best way to learn how to use these basic SEO elements is to watch our 5 Steps to SEO Success webinar. With our Web Pros’ guidance and some free tech tools they’ll show you, you can set up or improve your Google My Business profile and boost your website’s SEO. Then you can reach more customers at more points along their shopping journey – awareness, research and purchase. Want to start building your SEO program now? Connect with HostGator’s professional SEO services.  Find the post on the HostGator Blog

Liquid Web Vs. 1&1 IONOS

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Considering Liquid Web vs 1&1 IONOS? Choosing the right hosting partner shouldn’t be limited to what you need today. Rather, the right hosting partner is one that can grow with you and offer different solutions as your needs change. 1&1 IONOS is one such provider, offering not just web and application hosting but also domain registration, email and website builders. Additionally, 1&1 offers marketing services and enterprise cloud solutions for customers all around the world. However, it can be easy for a hosting company to be spread too thin when offering so many different services. And while some of the offerings at 1&1 do stack up against the competition, others like core hosting services and cloud deployments suffer in areas that matter a great deal. For example, 1&1 refers customers to its partner network for site migrations, server management, and system administration. At Liquid Web, our primary focus is managed hosting. That means that your server environment isn’t just optimized for performance and fine-tuned for your needs. It also means that our support team can help with a wide range of issues to keep your infrastructure running properly and in good health. What’s more, we promise to answer your phone call or chat inquiry in under a minute instead of referring you to a third-party to lend a hand. Domain registration, website builders, and marketing services can all play a role in your digital strategy. But at Liquid Web, we choose to be the industry-leader for managed hosting, leaning on more than twenty years of expertise in doing just that. If you’re looking for a little bit of everything, a company like 1&1 might be an acceptable choice. But if you’re looking for the best managed hosting provider in the world, you’ve come to the right place. Learn More About Our Products Liquid Web vs 1&1 IONOS Liquid Web is the world’s most loved hosting company for a reason. We’ve chosen to build our reputation through hard work and by providing industry-leading web hosting with best-in-class hardware for our VPS Hosting and Dedicated Hosting solutions. See for yourself how Liquid Web compares to 1&1 IONOS. Fully Managed No, Referred to Partner Network Full Server Stack Support No, Referred to Partner Network 24/7/365 Support Included Support Request SLA 59 Seconds or Less for Phone or Chat; 59 minutes for Email Response Time of 24 Hours Includes cPanel/WHM/Plesk Plesk Performance Optimization No, Referred to Partner Network Service Monitoring Proactive Monitoring Included Outgoing Bandwidth 5 TB Unlimited 100% Network Uptime Guarantee 99.99% 100% Power Uptime Guarantee 99.99% SLA Remedy 1000% 5% of Monthly Fee Predictable Billing Yes, Monthly Yes, Monthly Migrations Included Backups Included Daily Nobody Includes More Than Liquid Web Every solution at Liquid Web is engineered for peace of mind, with a full suite of performance, reliability, and security solutions included at no extra charge. CloudFlare® CDN We provide full management for one of the world’s most popular CDNs, and full support when your site is added through our interface. CloudFlare will not only speed up your site, but also provide a further boost to security. Built-in Backups Local backups are always included at no extra charge. For an extra layer of backup protection, you can add our Acronis Cyber Backups, off-server backups especially made for our Dedicated and VMware product lineup. Enhanced Security Security is paramount, which is why we include ServerSecure with every Fully Managed server. Your server will be protected by a range of proprietary security enhancements to block unwanted access and keep your data secure. DDoS Attack Protection We provide free basic protection from small volumetric DDoS attacks with every server on our network; it’s always on and ready to go. For larger and more sophisticated attacks, comprehensive protection and mitigation is available. The World’s Most-Loved Hosting Company Nobody delights customers more than Liquid Web. Our Net Promoter Score (NPS® ) of 67 puts us among the world’s most loved brands — and makes us No. 1 in the hosting industry. What makes us special? Our customers say it best: “Liquid Web is always there for their customers. They are caring, thoughtful, helpful and treat you with so much respect. The help they give is phenomenal. Nothing compares to the wonderful caring company know as Liquid Web.” — Kitti Titus, ProGroom Pet Supply “Excellent service with timely support. I love all the staff at LW and have been a client for many, many years. I highly recommend Liquid Web” — Martie Backed By The Most Helpful Humans in Hosting and the Best Guarantees in the Industry We aren’t kidding when we say the Most Helpful Humans in Hosting work at Liquid Web. With over 300 engineers, system administrators, and support technicians at the ready, your next big idea is in good hands with our team. Powered by an unrivaled support SLA and over two decades of experience, Liquid Web is the premiere infrastructure provider for your most-important websites and applications. Our team is standing by, waiting to help power your digital strategy into the future. 24/7 Support from The Most Helpful Humans in Hosting  It’s easy to say you have the best support, but we have the numbers to back it up. Our Support ranks No. 1 in customer satisfaction. 59 Second Initial Response Guarantee: Phone and Chat We’re committed to answering your call or connecting to your LiveChat within 59 seconds. 59 Minute Initial Response Guarantee: Email HelpDesk tickets receive an initial response via email within 59 minutes, guaranteed. 100% Network Uptime Guarantee All major routing devices within our network will be reachable from the global Internet 100% of the time. 100% Power Uptime Guarantee By owning — not leasing — our infrastructure, we can guarantee that power to your rack will always be online. 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How Does Cloud Hosting Guarantee Data Security?

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Owning and running a business means you’re always looking for better tools, advanced solutions, efficient strategies and exceptional plans that secure a better tomorrow.  While we may have grown up saying we’re on cloud (nine!), today we really are!  Being on the cloud has a different meaning today; and one that shows you are progressive, futuristic, and understand the need to grow with technology.  So what is Cloud Hosting and how does it work? Long story short, Cloud Hosting hosts all your business resources — databases, files, networks, software, storage space, server etc — on the internet. Which means, that instead of relying on your hard drive to keep all your resources secure, you keep everything secure on the internet. This is the biggest advantage and element that makes Cloud Hosting security the most vouched for.  If you’re not a tech-geek (like me!), think of it this way. Your hard drive is a physical component that can easily be harmed, stolen, attacked, or simply stop functioning. However, the internet is a virtual space that does not ‘break’ or stop existing for any reason — if that happens it’s honestly a much bigger problem that the world will face!  So what does Cloud Hosting security mean for your business? And, how does Cloud Hosting guarantee data security? Let’s find out.  Protect Your Business With Cloud Hosting Security If you’re considering moving to Cloud Hosting, the most important and the first thing you need to do is understand how to choose the right cloud service provider for your business. While secure Cloud Hosting can help you grow and protect your business, working with the right service provider who understands your exact needs, your business requirements and offers a tailor-made experience is crucial to success.  Here’s how secure Cloud Hosting guarantees growth for your business:  Data Protection Securing your data is and must be, the top priority for your business. According to a Forbes report, in the past 10 years over 300 data breaches have led to the theft of over 100,00 records. With increasing cases of data breaches, it is essential to take the highest measures to protect and secure your business data. Cloud Hosting bumps up security measures for critical and crucial data, thus allowing you greater security.  Flexible Scaling Secure Cloud Hosting is the perfect solution to raise security levels when scaling up. When experiencing a surge in traffic on your website you may be at potential risk of a crash, however, with Cloud Hosting you have the flexibility to scale up security measures during this time to ensure smooth continuity.   Control The fact that you can control when you need to increase or decrease security measures on the Cloud also brings in greater control to your business security. Secure Cloud Hosting brings with it multiple applications and features that increase controls to maintain continuity and protection.  DDoS Attacks DDoS attacks are not uncommon, but with Cloud Hosting you have a better chance at complete security as there are higher levels of checks, absorption and scattering of attacks to minimize the threat.  Compliance Professional Cloud Hosting services are regulatory compliant, allowing you to smoothly run your online business. It manages and preserves compliant infrastructures that safeguard critical and sensitive data.  Trust In The Best At ResellerClub we understand that Cloud Hosting is the way to a future-secure business. Our secure Cloud Hosting plans are keeping in mind the different needs of different businesses. With 99.9% uptime to complete support and many more advantages, we have helped many businesses move to the cloud, grow and achieve success.  Are you ready to move to the cloud too? If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below. To know more, and stay updated, head to our Hosting Blog Category. .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post How Does Cloud Hosting Guarantee Data Security? appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

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Are you starting a new online store? A brick-and-mortar salon? A freelance consultation service? The new business name generator by is a one-stop tool to get you started with your next big idea. Choosing a compelling, catchy name is a crucial step in any new project. That’s why we’ve launched a powerful tool that generates dozens of creative options for your business, store, or any other venture. The business name generator is free and easy to use. Just enter one or more keywords, and it will generate dozens of potential names for you.  When you find a name you like, you can instantly take the next step and buy a custom domain — a web address — that uses it. Ready to start a shiny new website for your business? You can do that with a few clicks, all without leaving Ready to take the business name generator for a spin? Give it a try today

How to Get More Organic LinkedIn Exposure for Your Content

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Want to get your content in front of more people on LinkedIn without using ads? Looking for tips to increase the chances LinkedIn will show your organic content in the feed? In this article, you’ll learn how to improve exposure for organic content on LinkedIn. #1: Build Your LinkedIn Network Around Your Topical Expertise The […] The post How to Get More Organic LinkedIn Exposure for Your Content appeared first on Social Media Examiner | Social Media Marketing.

Introducing IP Lists

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Authentication on the web has been steadily moving to the application layer using services such as Cloudflare Access to establish and enforce software-controlled, zero trust perimeters. However, there are still several important use cases for restricting access at the network-level by source IP address, autonomous system number (ASN), or country. For example, some businesses are prohibited from doing business with customers in certain countries, while others maintain a blocklist of problematic IPs that have previously attacked them.Enforcing these network restrictions at centralized chokepoints using appliances—hardware or virtualized—adds unacceptable latency and complexity, but doing so performantly for individual IPs at the Cloudflare edge is easy. Today we’re making it just as easy to manage tens of thousands of IPs across all of your zones by grouping them in data structures known as IP Lists. Lists can be stored with metadata at the Cloudflare edge, replicated within seconds to our data centers in 200+ cities, and used as part of our powerful, expressive Firewall Rules engine to take action on incoming requests.Creating and using an IP ListPreviously, these sort of network-based security controls have been configured using IP Access or Zone Lockdown rules. Both tools have a number of shortcomings that we’ve eliminated with the introduction of IP Lists, including:IP prefix boundariesOur legacy IP Access rules allow the use of a limited number of IP prefix lengths: /16 and /24 for IPv4; and /32, /48, and /64 for IPv6. These restrictions typically result in users creating far more rules than needed, e.g., if you want to block a /20 IPv4 network you must create 16 separate /24 entries.With IP Lists we’ve removed this restriction entirely, allowing users to create Lists with any prefix length: /2 through /32 for IPv4 and /4 through /64 for IPv6. Lists can contain both IPv4 and IPv6 networks as well as individual IP addresses.Order of evaluationPerhaps the most limiting factor in the use of IP Access rules today is that they are evaluated before Firewall Rules. You can elect to Block or Challenge the request based on a the source IP address, country or ASN, or you can allow the request to bypass all subsequent L7 mitigations: DDoS, Firewall Rules, Zone Lockdown, User Agent, Browser Integrity Check, Hotlink Protection, IP Reputation (including “Under Attack” Mode), Rate Limiting, and Managed Rules.IP Lists introduce much more flexibility.For example, with IP Lists, you can combine a check of a source IP address with a Bot Management score, contents of an HTTP request header, or any other filter criteria that the Firewall Rules engine supports to implement more complex logic.Below is a rule that blocks requests to /login with a bot score below 30, unless it is coming from the probe servers of Pingdom, an external monitoring solution. Shared use across zonesZone Lockdown rules are defined exclusively at the zone level, and cannot be re-used across zones, so if you wanted to allow only a specific set of IPs to the same hundred zones you’d have to recreate the rules and IPs in each zone. IP Lists are stored at the account level, not zone level, so the same list can be referenced—and updated—in Firewall Rules across multiple zones. We’re also hard at work on letting you create account-wide Firewall Rules, which will streamline your security configuration even further.Organization, labeling, and bulk uploadingIP Access and Zone Lockdown rules must be created one at a time whereas IP Lists can be uploaded in bulk through the UI using a CSV file (or pasting multiple lines, as shown below), or via the API. Individual items are timestamped, and can be given descriptions along with the group itself.In the clip below, the contents of Pingdom's IPv4 list are copied to the clipboard and then pasted into the Lists UI. Multiple rows will automatically be created as shown:Actions available for use in rulesBecause IP Lists are used within Firewall Rules, users can take advantage of all the actions available today, as well as those that we add in the future. In the coming months we plan to migrate all of the capabilities under Firewall → Tools into Firewall Rules, including Rate Limiting, which will require the addition of the Custom Response action. This action, which allows users to specify the specific status code, content type, and payload that gets to the eyeball, will then be usable with IP Lists.Planned EnhancementsWe wanted to get IP Lists in your hands as soon as possible, but we’re still working on adding additional capabilities. If you have thoughts on our ideas below, or have other suggestions, please comment at the end of this blog post—we’d love to hear what would make Lists more useful to you!Multiple Lists and increased quotas for paid plansAs of today every account can create one (1) IP List with a total of 1,000 entries. In the near future we plan to increase both the number of Lists that can be created as well as the total count of entries.If you have a specific use case for multiple (or larger) Lists today, please contact your Customer Success Manager or file a support ticket.Additional types of custom ListsLists are assigned a type during creation and the first type available is the IP List. We plan to add Country and ASN Lists, and are monitoring feedback to see what other types may be useful.Expiring List entriesWe’ve heard a few requests from beta testers who are interested in expiring individual List entries after some specified period of time, e.g., 24 hours from addition to the List. If this is something of interest to you, please let us know along with your use cases.Managed ListsIn addition to Lists that you create and manage yourself, we plan to curate Lists that you can subscribe to and use in your rules. Our initial ideas revolve around surfacing intelligence gleaned from the 27M properties reverse proxying traffic through the Cloudflare edge, e.g., equipping you with lists of IPs that are known open proxies so requests from these can be treated differently.In addition to intelligent lists, we’re planning on creating other managed lists for your convenience—but need your help in identifying which those are. Are there lists of IPs you find yourself manually inputting? We’d like to hear about those as candidates for Cloudflare Managed lists. Some examples from beta testers include third-party performance monitoring tools that should never have security enforcements applied to them.Are you paying for a third-party List today that you’d like to subscribe to and have automatically updated within Cloudflare? Let us know in the comments below.Get started today and let us know what you thinkIP Lists are now available in all Cloudflare accounts. We’re excited to let you start using them, and look forward to your feedback.

Amazon EBS Fast Snapshot Restore for Shared EBS Snapshots

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Snapshots are an integral part of Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS). Snapshots allow you to create a block-level, point-in-time copy of your volumes for backup, or disaster-recovery purposes. Snapshots are incremental, only data modified since the last snapshots are copied again. You can share snapshots between AWS Regions, or AWS Accounts. Once you have a snapshot, you can create a new Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volume based on a snapshot. The new volume begins as an exact replica of the original volume that was used to create the snapshot. When you restore volumes from snapshots, they are available for use almost instantaneously. In the background, EBS lazy loads the data from the snapshot as the operating systems accesses the blocks, this reduces the I/O performance of the volume until it is fully initialized. Some I/O demanding workloads however need the volume to operate at full capacity as soon as it is available. This is why we introduced Fast Snapshot Restore (FSR). Once enabled, FSR allows to create volumes that deliver their maximum performance and do not need to be initialized. Many AWS customers are sharing their snapshots with other AWS Accounts, and there are many reasons to do this. You might want to centrally prepare and manage golden AMIs, with your applications, monitoring, or management tools pre-backed. In the context of Disaster Recovery (DR), your company policies might require to store all backups in one dedicated account. Until today, only the AWS Account owning the snapshot could enable FSR. Today, you can enable Fast Snasphot Restore (FSR) on snapshots shared with you. To enable FSR on a shared snapshot, I first create a snapshot on the source AWS Account. Once the snapshot is created, I share it with another account of mine. To do so, I click Actions, and Modify Permissions. I enter the destination AWS Account Number, click Add Permission and Save. I connect the destination account and navigate to EC2 console. When the snapshot is not visible, I check if the Private Snapshots option is selected. I select the snapshot I want to be available for FSR and select Actions, then Manage Fast Snapshot Restore. I select the Availability Zones where I want to be able to fast restore my snapshot and click Save. After the settings are saved, I receive a confirmation: The snapshot stays in enabling mode for a couple of minutes and then becomes enabled. Once done, you can create Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes from it. The volumes are fully initialized. You can also do all this from the API or the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI). aws ec2 enable-fast-snapshot-restores \ --source-snapshot-ids snap-0b00000000d9 \ --availability-zones us-west-1a \ --region us-west-1 { "Successful": [ { "SnapshotId": "snap-0b00000000d9", "AvailabilityZone": "us-west-1a", "State": "enabling", "StateTransitionReason": "Client.UserInitiated", "OwnerId": "00123456789", "EnablingTime": "2020-06-26T16:40:19.720000+00:00" } ], "Unsuccessful": [] } At any moment I can check what are the volumes I restored from a FSR. aws ec2 describe-volumes --filters Name=fast-restored,Values=true { "Volumes": [ { "Attachments": [], "AvailabilityZone": "us-west-1a", "CreateTime": "2020-01-26T00:34:11.093Z", "Encrypted": true, "KmsKeyId": "arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:123456789012:key/8c5b2c63-0000-0000-0000-5513e232e843", "Size": 20, "SnapshotId": "snap-0b00000000d9", "State": "available", "VolumeId": "vol-0d000000000000b0", "Iops": 100, "VolumeType": "gp2", "FastRestored": true } ] } The AWS Account where you enable Fast Snapshot Restore is charged an hourly price. The owner of the snapshot is not charged for enabling FSR in another AWS Account. When the owner of your shared snapshot deletes the snapshot or stops sharing the snapshot with you, the FSR for your shared snapshot is automatically disabled and FSR billing for the snapshot is terminated. You can enable Fast Snapshot Restore in all commercial AWS Regions today. As usual, let us know your feedback by posting messages on the AWS Forum, or leave a comment on this post. -- seb

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WordPress 5.5 Beta 3 is now available! This software is still in development,so it’s not recommended to run this version on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version. You can test WordPress 5.5 Beta 3 in two ways: Try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (choose the “bleeding edge nightlies” option)Or download the beta here (zip). WordPress 5.5 is slated for release on August 11th, 2020, and we need your help to get there! Thank you to all of the contributors who tested the beta 2 development release and gave feedback. Testing for bugs is a critical part of polishing every release and a great way to contribute to WordPress. Some highlights Since beta 2, 43 bugs have been fixed. Here are a few changes in beta 2: Plugin and theme versions are now shared in the emails when automatically updated (see #50350).REST API routes without a permission_callback now trigger a _doing_it_wrong() warning (see #50075).Over 23 Gutenberg changes and updates (see #24068 and #50712).A bug with the new import and export database Dashicons has been fixed (see #49913). Developer notes WordPress 5.5 has lots of refinements to polish the developer experience. To keep up, subscribe to the Make WordPress Core blog and pay special attention to the developers’ notes for updates on those and other changes that could affect your products. How to Help Do you speak a language other than English? Help translate WordPress into more than 100 languages! If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on WordPress Trac, where you can also find a list of known bugs.

Employee Spotlight: Kwabena Asiedu

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In this ongoing blog series, we speak with WP Engine employees around the globe to learn more about their roles, what they love about the cities they work in, and what they like most about working at WP Engine.  In this interview, we speak with Senior Account Manager & Team Lead Account Management, EMEA,  Kwabena… The post Employee Spotlight: Kwabena Asiedu appeared first on WP Engine.

Get your WordPress content indexed immediately using Bing Webmaster Tools plugin

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Today, we are excited to announce the release of Bing URL Submissions Plugin for WordPress as open source project. The plugin allows webmasters of WordPress sites to get their content easily, automatically and immediately indexed by Bing as soon as their content is published! Who in the SEO community has not dreamed of such ability? Since last year, webmasters have the ability to submit up to 10,000 URLs per day, and more if requested, through the Bing Webmaster Tools portal as well as the Bing Webmaster Tools API for immediate crawl and indexation. Today, we made this submission super easy for WordPress sites by releasing Bing Webmaster Tools WordPress plugin. Once installed and configured with an API key obtained from Bing Webmaster portal, the plugin detects both page updates and new pages created in WordPress and automatically submits the URLs behind the scenes to our Bing Webmaster Tools API ensuring that the site pages are always fresh in the Bing index. Some other handy features included in the plugin: The ability to toggle the automatic submission feature on and off. ​Manually submit a URL to Bing Index. View list of recent URL submissions from the plugin. Retry any failed submissions from the recent submissions list. Download recent URL submissions for analysis. Follow these instructions for 2 easy steps to install the WordPress plugin   and enjoy automatic real time indexing at Bing of your WordPress content. Search for Bing URL Submissions Plugin or click this link: Add your Bing Webmaster Tools API key to activate: We're here to help beyond WordPress: we open sourced this plugin to make it easier for webmasters having their own Content Management System and others Content Management System to reuse our ideas and ease integration with our API. If you have comments or questions about the plugin, contact us via Twitter, find us on GitHub. Thanks, Bing Webmaster team

New gTLD Report – June 2020

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Six months have quickly passed by, and June successfully marked the end of the second quarter of 2020!  Before we dive deep, let’s take a quick look at the highlights of June 2020! Highlights of June 2020 .XYZ is the top-performing new gTLD of the month with a 24% share in the total registration count .SITE, .ONLINE, and .SPACE gTLDs secured the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in June respectively .TOP new gTLD made it to the top 5 list with a whopping 346% increase in its registration numbers in comparison to May .LIVE managed to move higher-up, securing 10th position the top 15 list !function(e,i,n,s){var t="InfogramEmbeds",d=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];if(window[t]&&window[t].initialized)window[t].process&&window[t].process();else if(!e.getElementById(n)){var o=e.createElement("script");o.async=1,,o.src="",d.parentNode.insertBefore(o,d)}}(document,0,"infogram-async"); New gTLD Report – June2020Infogram *Registration Numbers Facilitated by ResellerClub Round the new gTLD globe .XYZ completed 6 years this June. It was launched on 2nd June 2014. .SHOP launched its renewed website officially in June Performance of new gTLDs in June Let us analyse the performance of the key new gTLDs in June 2020. .XYZ:  Grabbing the first spot in terms of the total registrations .XYZ contributed a total of 24% share. The increase in the registration counts can be attributed to the Global markets*. Global registration count for June: 3,262,425 .SITE: The .SITE domain extension witnessed a 17% share in the new gTLD registrations. Due to its high sale in the Global markets* it was able to secure the second spot in terms of the total registration count in June. Global registration count for June: 2,065,767 .ONLINE: Following close behind, .ONLINE has secured the third spot with a 12% registration in the overall new gTLDs registered in June. The new gTLD was running at a promo price of $6.99 Global registration count for June: 1,679,922 .SPACE: .SPACE domain extension’s growing footprint in our global markets* has borne results. With a 64% increase in its registration count as compared to the month of May, the new gTLD moved up a rank higher.  Global registration count for June: 493,935 .TOP: With a whopping 364% boost in its registration numbers, .TOP has reclaimed its position in the top 5 new gTLDs registered in the month of June. The ResellerClub China market can be credited for the maximum number of registrations. Global registration count for June: 3,641,207 .LIFE: .LIFE was able to retain its eighth spot with a surge in its total registration count by 20%. The promo price of $ 2.99 has been the reason for the surge in the Brazil market. Global registration count for June: 219,325 .LIVE: .LIFE was able to move to the tenth spot with a jump of 10% in its registrations. The new gTLD was priced at $ 2.99.  Global registration count for June: 725,000 Go Beyond the Traditional  Now, more than ever, with the growing options of new gTLDs, you can help your customers grow their online business and reach customers easily.  Here are some exciting new gTLD domain extensions on promo in July 2020.  Help boost your customers’ business creatively with .ART at just $ 5.99 Resell the ever-popular .FUN at a low price of $0.99 and make profits Expand your customers business to connect across the globe with .EMAIL at $2.99 That’s all folks! Check out all our leading domain promos and help your customers get the right one for their online business. You can also 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! If you would like to know more about domain extensions, check out our other blogs in the Domains category. Lastly, Stay Home, Stay Safe! *Global market – US, Australia, Canada, Sri Lanka, Thailand and others fall under the global markets.  .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post New gTLD Report – June 2020 appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

7 Smart Ways Bloggers Can Use Audio and Video Content

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The post 7 Smart Ways Bloggers Can Use Audio and Video Content appeared first on HostGator Blog. The purpose of your blog is to capture more relevant traffic from your target audience. While writing high-quality content is a surefire way to engage your audience, video and audio blogging are also trending upwards. Video marketing is yielding such favorable results that 95% of video marketers plan to increase or maintain video spend in 2020. And, audio content is not far behind. Forty-five percent of bloggers report that audio content helps them achieve better results. If you’re looking to hop on the video and audio content bandwagon, this post is for you. What bloggers need to create audio and video content Before we delve too deep into creative ways to incorporate audio and video content into your blog, let’s talk about the materials you need to create outstanding content. If you’re going to create audio content, it’s critical that your audio works properly and sounds good. Here is a quick checklist of what you need: A blogging platform that is suited for audio content distribution (e.g., WordPress)A reliable web hosting service (ahem…HostGator)A good microphoneAudio recording softwareWordPress audio plugins The same rules that apply to audio content apply to video content. Before you record your first video, make sure you have the following tools: A video camera or a smartphoneVideo editing softwareA reliable web hosting serviceA good microphoneA YouTube account You don’t have to spend a million dollars on audio and video tools, but you do need to have some tools that will help you create excellent DIY audio recordings and videos. Now that we’ve covered what you need let’s look into the top 7 ways you can use audio and video content in your blog posts. 1. Include an audio version of your blog post If you’ve already gone to the trouble of writing a blog post, why not go the extra mile and include a recorded version of your text? Adding an audio version of your blog posts has two main advantages. First, it makes your website accessible to people of all abilities. Second, audio recordings humanize you. With the help of an audio recording, you become a friendly voice that people look forward to hearing. Just think how much the podcast-listening world connects to celebrity journalist voices (e.g., Ira Glass, Sarah Koenig, Ronan Farrow, etc.). The most reliable way to add an audio file to your blog post is with an audio file WordPress plugin.  2. Conduct an audio or video interview Reaching out to industry leaders to get quotes is a smart blogging strategy. Here’s why: It helps you quickly establish a relationship with influencers in your industry.Leaders offer invaluable insight to your followers that they’ve learned from years of experience.If you include a quote from an industry leader in your post, they are likely to share your content with their broad audience. You can add high domain authority links from these leaders’ websites to your blog. Quotes from industry leaders help you create valuable content. But, consider this. Video content is 50% more likely to drive organic traffic than plain text. Instead of just asking for a quote, find influencers and ask if you can interview them. If you can capture them on video, that’s awesome! If not, an audio interview is just as valuable.  It might be difficult to get an industry leader to agree to an interview at first, but don’t give up. Once you get one person to say yes, others will follow. 3. Create a slideshow video Another way to include video in blog posts is to turn your text content into a short slideshow. Blog content typically follows a basic structure, including an intro, headings of your main points, subheadings that support your heading, and a conclusion.  If you’ve outlined your blog post with a solid structure, you can quickly turn it into a slideshow. Create one slide for your intro, a slide for each heading, and a slide for your conclusion. Then, narrate your slides with the content you’ve already written. You can create your slideshow directly in WordPress or pick one of the top WordPress slideshow plugins to help you make a slideshow. 4. Highlight a product or service with a video Blogging is about providing value to your readers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t feature your products and services through an explainer video. In a short explainer video, you succinctly sum up your products and services and show your target audience how your product solves pain points. Explainer videos also have incredibly favorable results. In fact, 97% of marketers say video has helped users understand their products and services better. It’s worthy to note that a video coupled with professional copy can boost your results up to 28%, according to Omnicore. 5. Incorporate video tutorials or a screencast in your blog Estimates report that 50-80% of all internet searches are informational by nature. When people want to know how to do something, they Google it.  If you are sharing “how-to” content, consider creating a YouTube video for your blog. Why? Because 65% of the population are visual learners.  When you upload a YouTube video, your audience can watch you complete a task and mimic your actions. They also have the added benefit of being able to pause and restart the video as needed. How much more effective is watching video instruction than reading through a hefty “how-to” article? Similarly, if you offer training on how to do something on the computer, you can record, narrate, and share a screencast. Showing your audience how to complete a function on a computer is a lot more useful than telling them how to do it. 6. Add a video summary of your blog If it’s worth writing about something, it’s worth creating a video about it. Seriously. Ask J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter franchise.  After you write your blog post, create a video that quickly summarizes your main points. Remember that short videos get the most engagement because they are easy to consume. So, keep your video snappy. 7. Introduce yourself in a video Your about page is a staple of your website. In fact, about pages are often the most visited page on any website.   It makes sense why. About pages helps you connect with your readers. It gives your audience a chance to get to know you, learn what makes you tick and why you do what you do, and understand your background. Your about page humanizes you. If it’s fun for your audience to read about you, think how much they will enjoy watching a short video about you.  Here’s a challenge. Spice up your blog’s about page with a video and see what results you get. Wrap Up If you’re ready to venture into the world of video and audio content creation, who you choose as your website hosting company matters. You need a website hosting company with 100% uptime and complete reliability. You need web hosting from HostGator. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

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Join us for The Official Growth Summit on August 11-13! At our first-ever virtual conference you will learn how to build and grow your site, from start to scale. Are you a blogger looking for ways to drive traffic and get more visitors? Are you a small business that would like to start selling more products and services on your site? Are you an artist or creator who would like to learn how to share your work? The Growth Summit will cover these topics (and many more) and provide indispensable advice to help you succeed. The goal of this event is to inspire, connect you with the tools you need, and help you build your community. Sessions will take place across three tracks: blogging, business, and creative. You can take sessions on any or all tracks, and they’ll focus on four main topic areas:  Site Structure & Design: Make your website look its best.Content: Create great content to help your website grow.Marketing: Grow your audience and reach.Making Money: Monetize and scale your website. Each day includes sessions with industry and business leaders, successful bloggers, and creatives, who will join experts for engaging talks and hands-on demonstrations to help your site grow. Hear from speakers like… Deb Perelman, creator of Smitten Kitchen.Business strategist Tina Wells.Chris Coyier, web developer and CSS expert.Amy Chan, founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp.Industry experts from companies including Google, Sandwich, Looka, ShipBob, and You’ll also have the opportunity to connect directly with our Happiness Engineers to ask your most pressing support questions.  To stay accessible to a global audience, we’ll hold the event twice, with live sessions in all regions: Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Africa — August 11-12, 2020 15:00 – 20:00 UTC Asia Pacific — August 12-13, 2020 02:00 – 07:00 UTC Want to learn more about the event and to take advantage of the early-bird pricing (available through July 31)? Take me to The Growth Summit!  

The First-Ever Growth Summit Is Coming, and You Won’t Want to Miss It News -

Join us for The Official Growth Summit on August 11-13! At our first-ever virtual conference you will learn how to build and grow your site, from start to scale. Are you a blogger looking for ways to drive traffic and get more visitors? Are you a small business that would like to start selling more products and services on your site? Are you an artist or creator who would like to learn how to share your work? The Growth Summit will cover these topics (and many more) and provide indispensable advice to help you succeed. The goal of this event is to inspire, connect you with the tools you need, and help you build your community. Sessions will take place across three tracks: blogging, business, and creative. You can take sessions on any or all tracks, and they’ll focus on four main topic areas:  Site Structure & Design: Make your website look its best.Content: Create great content to help your website grow.Marketing: Grow your audience and reach.Making Money: Monetize and scale your website. Each day includes sessions with industry and business leaders, successful bloggers, and creatives, who will join experts for engaging talks and hands-on demonstrations to help your site grow. Hear from speakers like… Deb Perelman, creator of Smitten Kitchen.Business strategist Tina Wells.Chris Coyier, web developer and CSS expert.Amy Chan, founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp.Industry experts from companies including Google, Sandwich, Looka, ShipBob, and You’ll also have the opportunity to connect directly with our Happiness Engineers to ask your most pressing support questions.  To stay accessible to a global audience, we’ll hold the event twice, with live sessions in all regions: Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Africa — August 11-12, 2020 15:00 – 20:00 UTC Asia Pacific — August 12-13, 2020 02:00 – 07:00 UTC Want to learn more about the event and to take advantage of the early-bird pricing (available through July 31)? Take me to The Growth Summit!  

How to Tag and Manage Instagram Branded Content

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Want to partner with influencers and brands to create content on Instagram? Wondering how to best manage and assess your influencer marketing campaigns on Instagram? In this article, you’ll learn the difference between branded content and sponsored posts, how to manage and analyze the partnerships with brands or creators you work with, and how to […] The post How to Tag and Manage Instagram Branded Content appeared first on Social Media Examiner | Social Media Marketing.


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