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FindMyHost Releases May 2020 Editors’ Choice Awards

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Web Hosting Directory and Review site www.FindMyHost.com released the May Editor’s Choice Awards for 2020 today. Web Hosting companies strive to provide their customers with the very best service and support. We want to take the opportunity to acknowledge the hosts per category who have excelled in their field. The FindMyHost Editors’ Choice Awards are chosen based on Editor and Consumer Reviews. Customers who wish to submit positive reviews for the current or past Web Host are free to do so by visiting the customer review section of FindMyHost.com.  By doing so, you nominate your web host for next months Editor’s Choice awards. We would like to congratulate all the web hosts who participated and in particular the following who received top honors in their field: Dedicated Servers BudgetVM.com   Visit BudgetVM.com  View Report Card Business Hosting KVCHosting.net   Visit KVCHosting.net  View Report Card SSD Hosting ZipServers.com   Visit ZipServers.com  View Report Card VPS MightWeb.net   Visit MightWeb.net  View Report Card Secure Hosting GlowHost.com   Visit GlowHost.com  View Report Card Shared Hosting KnownSRV.com   Visit KnownSRV.com  View Report Card Virtual Servers VPSFX.com   Visit VPSFX.com  View Report Card Website Monitoring UptimeSpy.com   Visit UptimeSpy.com  View Report Card About FindMyHost FindMyHost, Inc. is an online magazine that provides editor reviews, consumer hosting news, interviews discussion forums and more. FindMyHost.com was established in January 2001 to protect web host consumers and web developers from making the wrong choice when choosing a web host. FindMyHost.com showcases a selection of web hosting companies who have undergone their approved host program testing and provides reviews from customers. FindMyHost’s extensive website can be found at www.FindMyHost.com.

How to Reclaim Lost Habits and Start New Ones

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Need to develop better habits? Wondering how uncertainty or change impacts your habits? To explore how to reclaim lost habits and build new ones, I interview James Clear on the Social Media Marketing Podcast. James is the author of Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones. He […] The post How to Reclaim Lost Habits and Start New Ones appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

Join the FORMULA 1 DeepRacer ProAm Special Event

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The AWS DeepRacer League gives you the opportunity to race for prizes and glory, while also having fun & learning about reinforcement learning. You can use the AWS DeepRacer 3D racing simulator to build, train, and evaluate your models. You can review the results and improve your models in order to ensure that they are race-ready. Winning a FORMULA 1 (F1) race requires a technologically sophisticated car, a top-notch driver, an outstanding crew, and (believe it or not) a healthy dose of machine learning. For the past couple of seasons AWS has been working with the Formula 1 team to find ways to use machine learning to make cars that are faster and more fuel-efficient than ever before (read The Fastest Cars Deserve the Fastest Cloud and Formula 1 Works with AWS to Develop Next Generation Race Car to learn more). Special Event Each month the AWS DeepRacer League runs a new Virtual Race in the AWS DeepRacer console and this month is a special one: the Formula 1 DeepRacer ProAm Special Event. During the month of May you can compete for the opportunity to race against models built and tuned by Formula drivers and their crews. Here’s the lineup: Rob Smedley – Director of Data Systems for F1 and AWS Technical Ambassador. Daniel Ricciardo – F1 driver for Renault, with 7 Grand Prix wins and 29 podium appearances. Tatiana Calderon – Test driver for the Alfa Romeo F1 team and 2019 F2 driver. Each pro will be partnered with a member of the AWS Pit Crew tasked with teaching them new skills and taking them on a learning journey. Here’s the week-by-week plan for the pros: Week 1 – Learn the basics of reinforcement learning and submit models using a standard, single-camera vehicle configuration. Week 2 – Add stereo cameras to vehicles and learn how to configure reward functions to dodge debris on the track. Week 3 – Add LIDAR to vehicles and use the rest of the month to prepare for the head-to-head qualifier. At the end of the month the top AWS DeepRacer amateurs will face off against the professionals, in an exciting head to head elimination race, scheduled for the week of June 1. The teams will be documenting their learning journey and you’ll be able to follow along as they apply real-life racing strategies and data science to the world of autonomous racing. Bottom line: You have the opportunity to build & train a model, and then race it against one from Rob, Daniel, or Tatiana. How cool is that? Start Your Engines And now it is your turn. Read Get Started with AWS DeepRacer, build your model, join the Formula 1 DeepRacer ProAm Special Event, train it on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya track, and don’t give up until you are at the top of the chart. Training and evaluation using the DeepRacer Console are available at no charge for the duration of the event (Terms and Conditions apply), making this a great opportunity for you to have fun while learning a useful new skill. Good luck, and see you at the finish line! — Jeff;  

Scale Up Your Hosting Business By Serving Your Customers

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The web hosting industry has made significant changes in the past decade, and customer expectations have moved far beyond storage to a services-driven market. In 2020 there are about 2 billion websites online, and a new domain is registered every 2 seconds. The growth of the internet continues to reach new highs and new markets. In the hosting sector, growth can come in many forms. How does a hosting company increase revenue and continue to ...

New – Amazon EventBridge Schema Registry is Now Generally Available

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Amazon EventBridge is a serverless event bus that makes it easy to connect applications together. It can use data from AWS services, your own applications, and integrations with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) partners. Last year at re:Invent, we introduced in preview EventBridge schema registry and discovery, a way to store the structure of the events (the schema) in a central location, and simplify using events in your code by generating the code to process them for Java, Python, and Typescript. Today, I am happy to announce that the EventBridge schema registry is generally available, and that we added support for resource policies. Resource policies allow to share a schema repository across different AWS accounts and organizations. In this way, developers on different teams can search for and use any schema that another team has added to the shared registry. Using EventBridge Schema Registry Resource Policies It’s common for companies to have different development teams working on different services. To make a more concrete example, let’s take two teams working on services that have to communicate with each other: The CreateAccount development team, working on a frontend API that receives requests from a web/mobile client to create a new customer account for the company. the FraudCheck development team, working on a backend service checking the data for newly created accounts to estimate the risk that those are fake. Each team is using their own AWS account to develop their application. Using EventBridge, we can implement the following architecture: The frontend CreateAccount applications is using the Amazon API Gateway to process the request using a AWS Lambda function written in Python. When a new account is created, the Lambda function publishes the ACCOUNT_CREATED event on a custom event bus. The backend FraudCheck Lambda function is built in Java, and is expecting to receive the ACCOUNT_CREATED event to call Amazon Fraud Detector (a fully managed service we introduced in preview at re:Invent) to estimate the risk of that being a fake account. If the risk is above a certain threshold, the Lambda function takes preemptive actions. For example, it can flag the account as fake on a database, or post a FAKE_ACCOUNT event on the event bus. How can the two teams coordinate their work so that they both know the syntax of the events, and use EventBridge to generate the code to process those events? First, a custom event bus is created with permissions to access within the company organization. Then, the CreateAccount team uses EventBridge schema discovery to automatically populate the schema for the ACCOUNT_CREATED event that their service is publishing. This event contains all the information of the account that has just been created. In an event-driven architecture, services can subscribe to specific types of events that they’re interested in. To receive ACCOUNT_CREATED events, a rule is created on the event bus to send those events to the FraudCheck function. Using resource policies, the CreateAccount team gives read-only access to the FraudCheck team AWS account to the discovered schemas. The Principal in this policy is the AWS account getting the permissions. The Resource is the schema registry that is being shared. { "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Sid": "GiveSchemaAccess", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "schemas:ListSchemas", "schemas:SearchSchemas", "schemas:DescribeSchema", "schemas:DescribeCodeBinding", "schemas:GetCodeBindingSource",   "schemas:PutCodeBinding" ], "Principal": { "AWS": "123412341234" }, "Resource": [ "arn:aws:schemas:us-east-1:432143214321:schema/discovered-schemas", "arn:aws:schemas:us-east-1:432143214321:schema/discovered-schemas*" ] } ] } Now, the FraudCheck team can search the content of the discovered schema for the ACCOUNT_CREATED event. Resource policies allow you to make a registry available across accounts and organizations, but they will not automatically show up in the console. To access the shared registry, the FraudCheck team needs to use the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) and specify the full ARN of the registry: aws schemas search-schemas \ --registry-name arn:aws:schemas:us-east-1:432143214321:registry/discovered-schemas \ --keywords ACCOUNT_CREATED In this way, the FraudCheck team gets the exact name of the schema created by the CreateAccount team. { "Schemas": [ { "RegistryName": "discovered-schemas", "SchemaArn": "arn:aws:schemas:us-east-1:432143214321:schema/discovered-schemas/CreateAccount@ACCOUNT_CREATED", "SchemaName": “CreateAccount@ACCOUNT_CREATED", "SchemaVersions": [ { "CreatedDate": "2020-04-28T11:10:15+00:00", "SchemaVersion": 1 } ] } ] } With the schema name, the FraudCheck team can describe the content of the schema: aws schemas describe-schema \ --registry-name arn:aws:schemas:us-east-1:432143214321:registry/discovered-schemas \ --schema-name CreateAccount@ACCOUNT_CREATED The result describes the schema using the OpenAPI specification: { "Content": "{\"openapi\":\"3.0.0\",\"info\":{\"version\":\"1.0.0\",\"title\":\"CREATE_ACCOUNT\"},\"paths\":{},\"components\":{\"schemas\":{\"AWSEvent\":{\"type\":\"object\",\"required\":[\"detail-type\",\"resources\",\"detail\",\"id\",\"source\",\"time\",\"region\",\"version\",\"account\"],\"x-amazon-events-detail-type\":\"CREATE_ACCOUNT\",\"x-amazon-events-source\":\”CreateAccount\",\"properties\":{\"detail\":{\"$ref\":\"#/components/schemas/CREATE_ACCOUNT\"},\"account\":{\"type\":\"string\"},\"detail-type\":{\"type\":\"string\"},\"id\":{\"type\":\"string\"},\"region\":{\"type\":\"string\"},\"resources\":{\"type\":\"array\",\"items\":{\"type\":\"object\"}},\"source\":{\"type\":\"string\"},\"time\":{\"type\":\"string\",\"format\":\"date-time\"},\"version\":{\"type\":\"string\"}}},\"CREATE_ACCOUNT\":{\"type\":\"object\",\"required\":[\"firstName\",\"surname\",\"id\",\"email\"],\"properties\":{\"email\":{\"type\":\"string\"},\"firstName\":{\"type\":\"string\"},\"id\":{\"type\":\"string\"},\"surname\":{\"type\":\"string\"}}}}}}", "LastModified": "2020-04-28T11:10:15+00:00", "SchemaArn": "arn:aws:schemas:us-east-1:432143214321:schema/discovered-schemas/CreateAccount@CREATE_ACCOUNT", "SchemaName": “CreateAccount@ACCOUNT_CREATED", "SchemaVersion": "1", "Tags": {}, "Type": "OpenApi3", "VersionCreatedDate": "2020-04-28T11:10:15+00:00" } Using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), the FraudCheck team can create a code binding if it isn’t already created, using the put-code-binding command, and then download the code binding to process that event: aws schemas get-code-binding-source \ --registry-name arn:aws:schemas:us-east-1:432143214321:registry/discovered-schemas \ --schema-name CreateAccount@ACCOUNT_CREATED \ --language Java8 CreateAccount.zip Another option for the FraudCheck team is to copy and paste (after unescaping the JSON string) the Content of the discovered schema to create a new custom schema in their AWS account. Once the schema is copied to their own account, the FraudCheck team can use the AWS Toolkit IDE plugins to view the schema, download code bindings, and generate serverless applications directly from their IDEs. The EventBridge team is working to add the capability to the AWS Toolkit to use a schema registry in a different account, making this step simpler. Stay tuned! Often customers have a specific team, with a different AWS account, managing the event bus. For the sake of simplicity, in this post I assumed that the CreateAccount team was the one configuring the EventBridge event bus. With more accounts, you can simplify permissions using IAM to share resources with groups of AWS accounts in AWS Organizations. Available Now The EventBridge Schema Registry is available now in all commercial regions except Bahrain, Cape Town, Milan, Osaka, Beijing, and Ningxia. For more information on how to use resource policies for schema registries, please see the documentation. Using Schema Registry resource policies, it is much easier to coordinate the work of different teams sharing information in an event-driven architecture. Let me know what are you going to build with this! — Danilo

WordPress 5.4 is Here!

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WordPress 5.4, or “Adderley” (named for jazz great Nat Adderly), was released at the end of March, and after extensive testing and evaluation by our engineering teams, it’s now the default version of WordPress for new WP Engine customers and sites created. To find out which version of WordPress you’re currently running, log into your… The post WordPress 5.4 is Here! appeared first on WP Engine.

[Infographic] Have extra time on your hands? Use it to build a superior personal brand

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By Alisha Shibli Building a strong professional reputation is crucial if you want to succeed, especially today when there are more candidates than open positions. A strong personal brand not only highlights your professional identity and authority but also opens you up to lucrative opportunities. If you haven’t paid much attention to this yet, now […] The post [Infographic] Have extra time on your hands? Use it to build a superior personal brand appeared first on Name.com Blog.

Top Tips For Managing Your Google Ads During The Coronavirus Outbreak

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An international pandemic, the effects of coronavirus are becoming ever more apparent. Not just affecting our lifestyles and the way we communicate and conduct daily activities. The development of this virus has even altered the way that we as consumers are shopping. With one element remaining static and that is the use of the internet The post Top Tips For Managing Your Google Ads During The Coronavirus Outbreak appeared first on Pickaweb.

Employee Spotlight: Kelsey Webb

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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 Marketing Events Manager Kelsey Webb, a more-than three-year veteran at… The post Employee Spotlight: Kelsey Webb appeared first on WP Engine.

DDoS attacks have evolved, and so should your DDoS protection

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The proliferation of DDoS attacks of varying size, duration, and persistence has made DDoS protection a foundational part of every business and organization’s online presence. However, there are key considerations including network capacity, management capabilities, global distribution, alerting, reporting and support that security and risk management technical professionals need to evaluate when selecting a DDoS protection solution.Gartner’s view of the DDoS solutions; How did Cloudflare fare?Gartner recently published the report Solution Comparison for DDoS Cloud Scrubbing Centers (ID G00467346), authored by Thomas Lintemuth, Patrick Hevesi and Sushil Aryal. This report enables customers to view a side-by-side solution comparison of different DDoS cloud scrubbing centers measured against common assessment criteria.  If you have a Gartner subscription, you can view the report here. Cloudflare has received the greatest number of ‘High’ ratings as compared to the 6 other DDoS vendors across 23 assessment criteria in the report.The vast landscape of DDoS attacksFrom our perspective, the nature of DDoS attacks has transformed, as the economics and ease of launching a DDoS attack has changed dramatically. With a rise in cost-effective capabilities of launching a DDoS attack, we have observed a rise in the number of under 10 Gbps DDoS network-level attacks, as shown in the figure below. Even though 10 Gbps from an attack size perspective does not seem that large, it is large enough to significantly affect a majority of the websites existing today.At the same time, larger-sized DDoS attacks are still prevalent and have the capability of crippling the availability of an organization’s infrastructure. In March 2020, Cloudflare observed numerous 300+ Gbps attacks with the largest attack being 550 Gbps in size. In the report Gartner also observes a similar trend, “In speaking with the vendors for this research, Gartner discovered a consistent theme: Clients are experiencing more frequent smaller attacks versus larger volumetric attacks.” In addition, they also observe that “For enterprises with Internet connections up to and exceeding 10 Gbps, frequent but short attacks up to 10 Gbps are still quite disruptive without DDoS protection. Not to say that large attacks have gone away. We haven’t seen a 1-plus Tbps attack since spring 2018, but attacks over 500 Gbps are still common.”Gartner recommends in the report to “Choose a provider that offers scrubbing capacity of three times the largest documented volumetric attack on your continent.”From an application-level DDoS attack perspective an interesting DDoS attack observed and mitigated by Cloudflare last year, is shown below. This HTTP DDoS attack had a peak of 1.4M requests per second, which isn’t highly rate-intensive. However, the fact that the 1.1M IPs from which the attack originated were unique and not spoofed made the attack quite interesting. The unique IP addresses were actual clients who were able to complete a TCP and HTTPS handshake. Harness the full power of Cloudflare’s DDoS protectionCloudflare’s cloud-delivered DDoS solution provides key features that enable security professionals to protect their organizations and customers against even the most sophisticated DDoS attacks. Some of the key features and benefits include:Massive network capacity: With over 35 Tbps of network capacity, Cloudflare ensures that you are protected against even the most sophisticated and largest DDoS attacks. Cloudflare’s network capacity is almost equal to the total scrubbing capacity of the other 6 leading DDoS vendors combined.Globally distributed architecture: Having a few scrubbing centers globally to mitigate DDoS attacks is an outdated approach. As DDoS attacks scale and individual attacks originate from millions of unique IPs worldwide, it’s important to have a DDoS solution that mitigates the attack at the source rather than hauling traffic to a dedicated scrubbing center. With every one of our data centers across 200 cities enabled with full DDoS mitigation capabilities, Cloudflare has more points of presence than the 6 leading DDoS vendors combined.Fast time to mitigation: Automated edge-analyzed and edge-enforced DDoS mitigation capabilities allows us to mitigate attacks at unprecedented speeds. Typical time to mitigate a DDoS attack is less than 10s.Integrated security: A key design tenet while building products at Cloudflare is integration. Our DDoS solution integrates seamlessly with other product offerings including WAF, Bot Management, CDN and many more. A comprehensive and integrated security solution to bolster the security posture while aiding performance. No tradeoffs between security and performance!Unmetered and unlimited mitigation: Cloudflare offers unlimited and unmetered DDoS mitigation. This eliminates the legacy concept of ‘Surge Pricing,’ which is especially painful when a business is under duress and experiencing a DDoS attack. This enables you to avoid unpredictable costs from traffic.Whether you’re part of a large global enterprise, or use Cloudflare for your personal site, we want to make sure that you’re protected and also have the visibility that you need. DDoS Protection is included as part of every Cloudflare service. Enterprise-level plans include advanced mitigation, detailed reporting, enriched logs, productivity enhancements and fine-grained controls. Enterprise Plan customers also receive access to dedicated customer success and solution engineering.To learn more about Cloudflare’s DDoS solution contact us or get started. *Gartner “Solution Comparison for DDoS Cloud Scrubbing Centers,” Thomas Lintemuth,  Patrick Hevesi, Sushil Aryal, 16 April 2020

5 Things to Remove from Your Website Immediately If You Want to Rank on Google

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Is there a single website owner or marketing expert who doesn’t want to know how to rank higher on Google? It’s a universal goal that we’re all after. When people search for information that we can provide, we want them to find our websites. With that intention, we engage in various SEO strategies, which demand The post 5 Things to Remove from Your Website Immediately If You Want to Rank on Google appeared first on Pickaweb.

The Future of eCommerce

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The post The Future of eCommerce appeared first on HostGator Blog. Nobody could predict what the rise of eCommerce would look like and how it would change whole industries. But its effect on our culture and economy is hard to overstate. And while nobody can know the future—there will always be new surprises in store for us—we can make some educated guesses about what’s to come based on the current state of eCommerce.  Here are a few predictions of what may be in store in the future of eCommerce. 1. An explosion of new eCommerce businesses will rise in the wake of COVID-19. The coronavirus has already started to reshape how the economy looks. Brands that previously had a business model entirely dependent on people showing up in store must now either evolve or shutter. And evolving in the age of shelter-in-place orders means eCommerce.  In addition to the existing businesses scrambling to evolve, the U.S. has seen an increase in unemployment numbers unheard of since the great depression. Those workers both have a strong incentive to consider new career paths and a lot of time on their hands. It’s a safe bet that at least some of them will treat this as an opportunity to explore entrepreneurship. And the most obvious type of business to start in the current state of things is an eCommerce one. While there aren’t good numbers yet as to how many new eCommerce businesses this crisis has spawned—and even less known about which of those businesses will survive to the other side of it—it seems highly likely that the coronavirus will produce an influx of new online businesses. Some will be an evolved version of brick-and-mortar businesses from before the pandemic, and others will rise entirely in response to the new world.  2. Many services that go online during the pandemic will stay online. Some types of services require in-person meetings. You can’t organize someone’s closet without going to their house, or draw someone’s blood for tests without having them come into the doctor’s office. But service providers and their customers are now learning just how many services can be effectively provided over digital channels.  Telemedicine and teletherapy are nothing new, but people who may have been hesitant to try them before are now forced to. Some of those that do will find that the digital version works just fine, and removes the headache of sitting in traffic or dealing with parking. The same calculations will happen for other types of service-based businesses, like coaching and IT consulting.  While there will definitely still be people who prefer the in-person experience with service providers they hire, others will come to take for granted at least having the choice for a more convenient option.  3. Website builders will be the design option of choice for small eCommerce businesses. The influx of new eCommerce businesses we predicted above will largely be started by people with little coding or web design experience. In the past, that would have been a significant hurdle to getting an online store off the ground. But in 2020, it’s no problem at all. Now, new website owners have a number of affordable (or even free) eCommerce website builders they can turn to for creating a website, regardless of their skill level. Website builders provide templates designed by professionals that incorporate user experience (UX) best practices. New eCommerce entrepreneurs can change up the templates by switching out colors, uploading custom images, and moving elements using drag-and-drop functionality. And in a matter of hours, or even minutes, they’ll have a functional customized eCommerce website ready. In uncertain economic times like these, the ability to get an online store up fast and affordably will be more attractive to most than taking on a more complicated web design project. Many of the next wave of online stores will therefore be built with the popular website builders now available—or potentially with new ones that come onto the market to address the growing interest.  4. Online marketplaces will take over a significant share of the eCommerce landscape. So far, we’ve mostly addressed the eCommerce businesses that create and sell through their own website. But that ignores what’s already a big sector of the eCommerce industry: online marketplaces. Sites like Amazon, Etsy, and ebay give individuals and businesses a way to tap into the audiences built by a larger band. You can set up an account on the relevant marketplace(s), list your products, and sell through their eCommerce platform. Some eCommerce brands base their entire business model on finding buyers through popular marketplaces. Some start there to test out a product idea, then branch off into building their own website once they’ve confirmed there’s a market for their services. And others use a hybrid model—selling products both through their own website and on the marketplaces.  While there are pluses and minuses to selling your brand’s products on a marketplace, there’s no denying that the influence of these eCommerce sites—especially Amazon—on the way people shop and buy makes them an important part of the eCommerce landscape. Competing against them is difficult, and a certain portion of online businesses will choose instead to work with them.  5. Mobile shopping will be the norm for a large portion of the population. This is an easy prediction because, well, it’s already true. eMarketer research found that over a third of all eCommerce sales happen on smartphones. So while this isn’t a trend that will be new to the future, it still bears mentioning because of how significant a role mobile devices will continue to play in the future of eCommerce. The continued popularity of mobile shopping will mean businesses must continue (or start) to include mobile devices in their overall marketing strategy. That means determining whether or not building a mobile app for the business makes sense. It may include investing in mobile-specific channels like SMS ads (short message service, the more technical term for text messaging) or running ads on mobile apps. And it definitely, at minimum, means making sure your website is mobile friendly.   6. Consumer security concerns will change the way eCommerce businesses use and think about data. Personalization and big data have been big buzzwords in business for the past several years, but in the background of those trends has been a small and growing backlash. Many of today’s consumers are uncomfortable with how much data brands collect about them and how businesses use that data. That concern is reflected in recent laws regulating business data, most notably Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  Many eCommerce businesses will continue to collect as much customer data as they can, regardless of consumer opinion. But some will see this as an opportunity. While competitors casually and sneakily collect as much information as possible, they’ll gain customer favor with data transparency. That doesn’t have to mean scrapping data collection entirely—70% of U.S. consumers in one survey said they were fine with sharing personal data if they knew the brand would store it safely and securely. But 65% worry now about how their data is being used by companies.  Savvy eCommerce companies will see an opportunity to be the differentiator here and take a much more cautious and open approach to consumer data collection and use.  7. Eco-conscious consumers will inspire a growth in environmentally friendly eCommerce brands. Half of consumers worry about the environmental impact of their shopping choices, according to the Global Web Index.  Those numbers are even higher for young generations. And consumers are willing to put their money toward those values. A CGS Survey found that over a third would willingly spend up to 25% more for a more sustainable product. For entrepreneurs, green eCommerce is an opportunity.  For some eCommerce brands, going green may simply mean giving more thought to the kind of packaging you use for your products. But there are also opportunities to build businesses entirely on sustainability. You could create products with recycled materials, like Indosole’s sandals made from recycled tires. Or produce products that help customers cut down on more wasteful habits, like Stasher’s reusable bags that replace plastic ones.  Eco-friendly eCommerce brands are already out there. But with a growing consumer interest in spending based on values, there’s room for eCommerce growth.  8. Customer service and values will become top differentiators. You’ll always have consumers that decide on price, that’s unlikely to change. But with eCommerce behemoths like Amazon and Walmart able to provide lower prices than everyone else due to their size, smaller eCommerce brands must find other ways to differentiate. And the smart way to do that in the coming years is to focus on two things: standing for something, and creating an amazing shopping experience for customers. As the political world grows more polarized, consumers care more about knowing what brands stand for, and want to make sure they’re choosing companies that match their personal values. Accenture research found that: 63% of consumers prefer to buy from purpose-driven brands65% want to know a brand they buy from treats its employees well62% care that they’re working to reduce their use of plastic and other unsustainable materials74% value transparency in how products are sourced, how safe working conditions are, and any testing done on animals Having a clear cause, and making sure your eCommerce business actions match your rhetoric around it can pay off.  That’s one big way to separate your brand from the Amazons and Walmarts of the world (who don’t fare well in consumer opinion on most of those counts). The other is providing a better customer experience. Smaller eCommerce businesses can stand apart by providing genuine, personal customer service that consumers remember and talk about. Qualtrics found that 95% of customers who consider a company’s customer experience (CX) very good will recommend it, and 94% will purchase from them again.  Customer retention is at least as important for eCommerce brands as customer acquisition. A solid CX is one of the best ways to turn first-time buyers into loyal customers.  9. AI-driven chatbots will take over a share of marketing and customer service. In recent years, the chat boxes that pop up at the bottom of business websites have become a common sight. While sometimes these have a human behind them answering questions in real time, a lot of the time these are chatbots that serve up answers based on artificial intelligence. AI chatbots can provide a lot of tangible benefits for eCommerce businesses: They can provide answers to common questions visitors have 24/7 (while human customer service employees need to sleep).They can offer personalized product and content recommendations to website visitors based on their interests.They can cut down on the time customer service representatives spend answering basic questions.Every interaction they have with visitors teaches them something about your audience, which makes future answers and information they provide even more useful. AI chatbots are a prime example of how eCommerce has transformed marketing. As the technology that powers them becomes more affordable and accessible, more businesses are likely to adopt them. They’ll offload some of the work marketing and customer service departments do now, and provide website visitors with useful information at the moment they’re looking for it.  10. Voice will become a common part of the buyer’s journey. Smart speakers are already a sizable industry. Combine them with the voice assistants included across smartphone models, and voice search has become a regular part of life for many of today’s consumers. While that hasn’t translated to people doing their shopping entirely via voice, it does now mean that people do a number of shopping-related activities that way. Digital Commerce reports that around 20% of consumers that own smart speakers have done some kind of shopping-related activity with the speaker, whether that’s product research, making shopping lists, or making purchases. If the smart speaker industry continues to grow, and brands find ways to make shopping-related activities easier to perform via voice alone, it’s likely to gain a greater prominence in how people shop online.  eCommerce brands that haven’t started factoring voice into their marketing strategies should consider doing so now. The sooner you know how to appeal to the voice-based customer, the better you’ll be able to adapt as this part of the market grows.  Prepare for the Future of eCommerce Nobody knew at this time last year that the world would be so thoroughly changed by a contagious virus. And none of us can know for sure what next year will bring. The best you can do is to stay on top of researching eCommerce trends and predictions, and do what you can to prepare for the changes likely to come. Find the post on the HostGator Blog

5 WordPress Data Back-Up Plugins For 2020

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If you are running a website, there’s a 35% chance you are using WordPress. The most popular content management platform hosts more than a third of all websites on the Internet, which means it is incredibly versatile and powerful. With WordPress, you can do pretty much anything from writing a blog to opening an online The post 5 WordPress Data Back-Up Plugins For 2020 appeared first on Pickaweb.

Introducing New Ways to Get Ready for the Virtual Job Interview

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Job searching is stressful in even the best of times and the impact of coronavirus has made this an especially tough market. If you’re searching for a job right now, we want to help you stand out to recruiters and prepare for your interview -- which most likely will be virtual. So, we have accelerated the launch of two new features to help you put your best foot forward: we are testing a new video introduction feature and adding an artificial intelligence AI-powered instant feedback tool that... .

Empowering our Customers and Service Partners

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Last year, Cloudflare announced the planned expansion of our partner program to help managed and professional service partners efficiently engage with Cloudflare and join us in our mission to help build a better Internet. Today, we want to highlight some of those amazing partners and our growing support and training for MSPs around the globe. We want to make sure service partners have the enablement and resources they need to bring a more secure and performant Internet experience to their customers. This partner program tier is specifically designed for professional service firms and Managed Service Providers (MSPs and MSSPs) that want to build value-added services and support Cloudflare customers. While Cloudflare is hyper-focused on building highly scalable and easy to use products, we recognize that some customers may want to engage with a professional services firm to assist them in maximizing the value of our offerings. From building Cloudflare Workers, implementing multi-cloud load balancing, or managing WAF and DDoS events, our partner training and support enables sales and technical teams to position and support the Cloudflare platform as well as enhance their services businesses. TrainingOur training and certification is meant to help partners through each stage of Cloudflare adoption, from discovery and sale to implementation, operation and continuous optimization. The program includes hands-on education, partner support and success resources, and access to account managers and partner enablement engineers.  Accredited Sales Professional - Learn about key product features and how to identify opportunities and find the best solution for customers.Accredited Sales Engineer - Learn about Cloudflare’s technical differentiation that drives a smarter, faster and safer Internet.Accredited Configuration Engineer - Learn about implementation, best practices, and supporting Cloudflare.Accredited Services Architect - Launching in May, our Architect accreditation dives deeper into cybersecurity management, performance optimization, and migration services for Cloudflare.Accredited Workers Developer (In Development) - Learn how to develop and deploy serverless applications with Cloudflare Workers.Cloudflare Partner AccreditationService OpportunitiesOver the past year, the partners we’ve engaged with have found success throughout Cloudflare’s lifecycle by helping customers understand how to transform their network in their move to hybrid and multi-cloud solutions, develop serverless applications, or manage the Cloudflare platform.Network Digital Transformations“Cloudflare is streamlining our migration from on-prem to the cloud. As we tap into various public cloud services, Cloudflare serves as our independent, unified point of control — giving us the strategic flexibility to choose the right cloud solution for the job, and the ability to easily make changes down the line.” — Dr. Isabel Wolters, Chief Technology Officer, Handelsblatt Media GroupServerless Architecture Development"At Queue-it we pride ourselves on being the leading developer of virtual waiting room technology, providing a first-in, first-out online waiting system. By partnering with Cloudflare, we've made it easier for our joint customers to bring our solution to their applications through Cloudflare Apps and our Cloudflare Workers Connector that leverages the power of edge computing."  - Henrik Bjergegaard, VP Sales, Queue-ItManaged Security & Insights“Opticca Security supports our clients with proven and reliable solutions to ensure business continuity and protection of your online assets. Opticca Security has grown our partnership with Cloudflare over the years to support the quick deployment, seamless integration, and trusted expertise of Cloudflare Security solutions, Cloudflare Workers, and more." -- Joey Campione, President, Opticca SecurityPartner Showcase - Zilker TechnologyWe wanted to highlight the success of one of our managed service partners who, together with Cloudflare, is delivering a more secure, more high performing and more reliable Internet experience for customers.Zilker Technology engaged Cloudflare when one of their eCommerce clients, the retail store of a major NFL team, was facing carding attacks and other malicious activity on their sites. "Our client activated their Cloudflare subscription on a Thursday, and we were live with Cloudflare in production the following Tuesday, ahead of Black Friday later that same week," says Drew Harris, Director of Managed Services for Zilker. "It was crazy fast and easy!"Carding - also known as credit card stuffing, fraud or verification, happens when cyber criminals attempt to make small purchases with large volumes of stolen credit card numbers on one eCommerce platform.In addition to gaining the enhanced security and protection from Cloudflare WAF, advanced DDOS protection, and rate-limiting, Zilker replaced the client's legacy CDN with Cloudflare CDN, improving site performance and user experience. Zilker provides full-stack managed services and 24/7 support for the client, including Cloudflare monitoring and management.  “Partnering with Cloudflare gives us peace of mind that we can deliver on customer expectations of security and performance all the time, every day. Even as new threats emerge, Cloudflare is one step ahead of the game,” says Matthew Fox, VP of Business Development. Just getting startedCloudflare is committed to making our service partners successful to ensure our customers have the best technology and expertise available to them as they accelerate and protect their critical applications, infrastructure, and teams. As Cloudflare grows our product set, we’ve seen increased demand for the services provided by our partners. Cloudflare is excited and grateful to work with amazing agencies, professional services firms and managed security providers across the globe. The diverse Cloudflare Partner Network is essential to our mission of helping to build a better Internet, and we are dedicated to the success of our partners. We’ll continue our commitment to our customers and partners that Cloudflare will be the easiest and most rewarding solution to implement with partners.More Information:Become a Partner: Partner Program WebsiteReach out to partners@cloudflare.com

How Do I Get Started With a Dedicated Server?

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The word ‘Dedicated’ in Dedicated Server brings with it — exclusivity, control, management, versatility, security and safety. If you own a website, all these factors are crucial to its successful running.  Choosing the right plan and service to use a Dedicated Server, that fits your needs, is probably one of the most crucial business decisions one needs to make. When you use a dedicated server, you gain complete control of your data and the server, ensuring that no other user is using the same resources as you.  As your business grows, and the traffic to your website increases, it’s advisable to choose a Dedicated Server to efficiently manage the running of your website, secure data, and effectively manage traffic spikes.  Furthermore, if you have limited resources and time, you can choose between a managed or unmanaged Dedicated Server, to bring in professional and technical support as required.  Still not sure? Let’s dive deeper into what is a Dedicated Server, the different types, benefits and how to use a Dedicated Server.  What is a Dedicated Server? Let’s simplify this with a more relatable example. Using a Dedicated Server is like owning a car, as compared to hiring an Uber or other taxi service. The taxi service here is Shared or VPS Hosting. The difference is in complete exclusivity. Your car will only be used by you or your family (think: employees, partners). Whereas while the taxi is exclusive for your use at a given point of time, the same taxi can also be hired by someone else.  The difference between VPS Hosting and Dedicated Hosting is primarily in terms of exclusivity. VPS Hosting is a combination of Dedicated and Shared Hosting, which means, that you have a private space within a shared server. Whereas, with Dedicated Hosting, you have an exclusive physical hosting server where all resources are entirely dedicated to your website.  Thus, simply put, a Dedicated Server is a physical hosting server that is only available for you and your websites. This gives you the flexibility to modify or configure it to your exact needs, without sharing any of your resources with anyone else. As a result, a Dedicated Server brings in: Higher security Improved Stability Greater Control We’ll understand these aspects in-depth, as we go further in the post.  Different Types of Dedicated Server Depending on your technical abilities, the time and resources you have, and the scale of your website, you can use a Dedicated Server that best fits your needs. Dedicated Servers can be classified into three types: 1. Managed Dedicated Server The provider manages all the technical aspects of your server, such as backups, maintenance and risk monitoring. Best suited for those who would prefer professional technical help to make more time and resources to carry out other business operations.  2. Unmanaged Dedicated Server You need to manage all the technical aspects by yourself. Best suited for those with technical knowledge, have a team dedicated to server management, or those who have the time to carry out all these tasks.  3. Semi-managed This is closer to an unmanaged Dedicated Server, where only the highly technical tasks are taken care off by the server provider. For example, ResellerClub offers semi-managed Dedicated Server support, taking care of technical aspects like hardware, cPanel management and installation, server hardening and network.  Benefits of a Dedicated Server By now you understand what is a Dedicated Server, the different types of Dedicated Servers and how it’s different from a Shared Server. If you are planning to use a Dedicated Server, you will bring in a great number of benefits for your website, and business. The benefits of a Dedicated Server include: Higher speed and enhanced performance Complete configuration control and flexible customization Enhanced security and full root access Additional storage space and powerful configurations Server administration panel and system administration support Add-ons for better functionality When is right for you to use a Dedicated Server?  When considering how to start a Dedicated Server, you must fully understand your website’s needs and requirements. If you’re already using a Shared server and considering a shift, or just starting out, here’s what you need to analyze before you use a Dedicated Server: Security If your website collects sensitive data or is at a high risk of malware, hacking or other security breaches, use a Dedicated Server to minimize risk. You can completely control your data and configure the server entirely to cater to your website’s needs.  Stability A sudden spike in the number of visitors to your website, or to another website that is on the same Shared Server as yours, may impact your website’s performance. For higher stability and to ensure best website performance, use a Dedicated Server over a shared one. It also reduces load time, thus, improving efficiency and the visitor’s site experience.  Control When you use a Dedicated Server you have complete control over how you configure the server, to perfectly meet your exact needs. If you have specific requirements, a Dedicated Server is a much more effective option for you.  How to start a Dedicated Server? Ready to get started with a Dedicated Server? Once you have analyzed your website needs and are certain that this is the best option for you, pick the type of Dedicated Server you want to use. Consider your, and your employees’ technical knowledge to know the best type for your website.  The next step is to choose a plan that meets your needs, and budget. Choose a reliable provider that offers you the best Dedicated Server solutions. We at  ResellerClub offer a host of offers, features and benefits, like instant set-up, complete administrative access, a state-of-the-art infrastructure, and much more.  That’s it! You’re all set to use a Dedicated Server and better manage your website.  If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to drop them in the comments below.  .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post How Do I Get Started With a Dedicated Server? appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

How to Add Email to Your iPhone

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If you have an email address with your own domain name, you need to be able to access those emails on the go. According to Statista.com, there are approximately more than 100 million iPhone users in the United States. In the past, if you had an email account set up with a personalized domain name, you would be required to either log into Webmail to check your email or connect your email to a 3rd …

How Freelancers Can Juggle Multiple Clients and Work Types

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The post How Freelancers Can Juggle Multiple Clients and Work Types appeared first on HostGator Blog. Were you laid off or furloughed from your job recently? Are you feeling increased pressure to bring in more to support yourself or your family during this time of crisis? Maybe you’re just looking for more freedom to explore your passions?  Whether you’re looking for a side hustle to pad your income or chart a course for what direction you’d like to venture out of this darkness, I have a background in juggling multiple income streams to survive and support my happiness. Others may benefit from it, so I wanted to share some tools to my success. First, Allow Time for Self-Reflection Before diving into this discourse, I want to acknowledge that major career changes can be traumatic. Especially so, if you felt you’d reached your career end game or were already barely able to scrape by working three different service jobs, all of which are now closed.  Remember: It’s okay if you need time to process. It’s completely fine if you’re not ready to hit the ground running. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious and even hopeless. Be gentle with yourself and allow time for self-reflection. You can lay out a map ahead with your happiness in mind. When you’re ready to take your next steps forward, this information will still be here. What brought me to my freelance career path? Flexibility: Growing Through the Cracks I’m no stranger to traumatic career upheavals. I graduated college during the 2008 recession, so finding stable footing was tough due to regular overhead reductions and multiple lay-offs. I freelanced off and on throughout. Later in life, I found brief stability working for a large retailer. But after surviving three rounds of layoffs, the company filed for bankruptcy and went out of business. That was three years ago, when I finally decided to take matters into my own hands and ventured back into freelance self-employment.  Since then, I’ve been able to support myself and my happiness by doing a broad mix of UX strategy, front-end development, creative design, small business consulting, art markets, illustration commissions, helping to run a local non-profit art space, and honestly, whatever comes my way that resonates with my background, skills, and future goals. Diversification: Living a Renaissance Lifestyle I had a creative writing professor in college who encouraged a Renaissance lifestyle: one dedicated to a creative reawakening. It was the idea that one should work whatever job they needed to make ends meet, but set aside at least an hour of free time to foster and support their creative passions. His words always inspired me because I have long been a woman of too many interests. The idea of entertaining all of my interests, not just the single specialization that paid well, spoke to me deeply. I felt empowered knowing I’m in full control of the time I dedicate to learning, growing, and exploring in the fields of art, illustration, development, design, and the human experience. Inevitably, when it came to self-employment, I chose to offer services that nurtured all of these creative and communication outlets. Practically speaking, how does one juggle multiple different businesses? Solutions-Oriented Adaptability All of the different types of work I do have one thing in common: I am solving puzzles. All day, every day, I am being presented with some kind of problem, gathering data, researching, asking questions, testing out different methods, and attempting to solve  these problems. It doesn’t matter whether it is a website maintenance issue or a portrait commission request or a friend wanting advice on starting their own business, I am guiding people to their desired outcome. When you focus on the similarities between the interests you have rather than the differences, it becomes easier to contemplate juggling a wider variety of tasks. Lean into where you feel you’d serve the most good and what you need will come to you. Explore what solutions bring you gratification and you’ll find areas to grow and adapt your hustle. What kind of puzzles do you get the most satisfaction from solving? What kind of issues do friends, family, colleagues and businesses rely on you most often to solve? Which problems do you feel the most knowledgeable about and confident in solving? In what ways have you adapted your problem-solving to different scenarios?  Efficiently Managing Projects and Time Together Now that you’ve discovered some of the different types of drives you have, you’re likely wondering how someone actually manages a widely differing workload encompassing these multifaceted interests. Here’s my secret. Organizing the Chaos I’m a big fan of to-do lists, but when it came to my businesses a single to-do list was failing at keeping track of all the varying details, requests, and due dates. Wholly out of my element, I reached out to a project manager friend of mine and she told me about Trello.  Trello is a free, board-based list-making application, or what PMs call a Kanban board. Since I am a very visual thinker with a terrible memory, this method has worked very well for me in simply organizing next steps and breaking all my various projects into bite-sized chunks. The graphic below illustrates how I use this application to plan and prioritize my projects and tasks. Combining time tracking and project management has a huge benefit of gaining a better understanding of exactly how long it takes you to do a task or group of tasks. You’ll be able to schedule your time out in a way that works for you. Your future time estimates can be more accurate and you’ll be able to confidently book your clients out further. It’s tough upfront, but as you gather more data, you’ll get better at making these predictions. Mind Mapping Your Mind Shifts We’ve chunked out our work into manageable portions, but how do we keep ourselves from getting whiplash switching between all these different services? How does someone actually jump from coding to illustration to strategy? Well, most of the time, you aren’t going to want to do that.  Not all areas of interest are one thing all the time, especially when you turn them into businesses. There is always cross pollination between tasks and even your top-tier favorite interest can have some boring moments. Take a look at how you broke down your projects in the previous section. Are there any common themes with how you grouped your tasks? Mind mapping can help you visualize how you mentally organize your tasks. Here’s an example of how I think about all the various tasks I can do. I organized mine by the left and right brain hemispheres and then by what I felt was challenging/fun or annoying/boring. You can divide it up in whatever way works best for you and how your brain compartmentalizes tasks. Through this visualization exercise, I can start to make sense of what tasks are connected or lead into each other and which tasks bring me joy. For instance, I try to leave at least an hour at the end of my work day to wind down with some of those fun illustration tasks, like working on my tarot deck while live streaming. This is something I am always in the mood for and purposely fit time in for, because it is the soul of my Renaissance lifestyle and leaves me feeling calm and happy at the end of my day. Schedule Blocking: Designated Days and Weekly To-Dos Since we have a good understanding of how long tasks take and how our brains flow, it’ll be easier to set up some loose schedule blocking for your work week. Here are some tips from my experience with this: Designate specific days for specific tasks. I usually alternate between left brain and right brain activities because that is what works for me. Often, I’ll save the fun tasks for later in the day for a little boost of energy.Give yourself an admin day to plan out a weekly priority to-do list, send invoices, and touch base with clients. This keeps your clients happy, your bills paid, and your mind focused for the week ahead.Leave 15-30 minutes between work blocks for quick responses, tasks, or breaks. If it takes less than five minutes, do it now.Keep in mind that you will likely need to re-evaluate your schedule as you learn more about what works for you. That is normal!Don’t forget to block time for chores, personal care, and hobbies. Self-care is essential. Know Your Worth Now that you have some idea of timing, enjoyment, and scheduling for all the various services you provide, you can start to really understand your worth and get better at defining rate groups. Setting the correct rates can seem difficult or mystifying, especially when juggling multiple services. Luckily, a lot of information about industry rate averages and tips for setting your rates are a search away, and even right here on this blog. But I also want to talk about knowing your worth from a confidence perspective. Parts of your mind are going to tell you that you are being too over-confident and you can’t really do all these things. That is a very normal feeling that we all experience called imposter syndrome, and you shouldn’t listen to it. No two people will come up with the same mix of services and creative interests. Your offerings came directly from your mind’s passion and experiences. They are authentically you. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people about ideas you may have and promote yourself right now. If this is something you really want, you have to advocate for yourself.  If you keep it to yourself, no one will know you’re interested in an opportunity or have something to offer.  Most importantly, knowing your worth and standing confidently behind your quotes, regardless of what type of project you are doing, protects your finances and your time. The potential client who tries to get discounted pricing or negotiate an equity deal will present nothing but arguments and excuses when the time to pay the invoice arises. If they don’t have the budget to work with you, they should be able to propose an acceptable budget, for which you can bid a smaller scope of work.  Why would one choose to work like this? Diversified Streams Keeps Bases Covered in Crisis Times Feast or famine is a commonly repeated idiom among self-employment circles. Diversification puts you in control of the balance and safeguards against famine. Having clients and income-generating opportunities at various price points in various industries has saved me many times. Honestly, I did lose some work during this time period. I had a lot of different art markets and opportunities that were cancelled due to the pandemic and one of my clients halted operations altogether. Luckily, some of my other work ramped up, due to the same crisis causing the general public to be more heavily reliant on tech or existing clients to pivot their business offerings.  Diversifying not just the types of work, but the length of projects keeps the balance, as well. Long-term projects are constantly burning in the background delivering steady reliable payments, while short-term projects are there to fill the gaps in between. The Freedom of Flexibility  Full-time roles are often limited to a narrow scope of work based upon position and internal politics. Meanwhile, working on the web my whole life kept me in a constant state of trying to learn and expand my knowledge; to do new things and break boundaries. My passion for illustration left me steadily trying to backdoor artsy elements into every corporate project I touched, much to the chagrin of my managers. The standard job market only allows one so much flexibility, and I wanted more. My most favorite part of where my career has led me can be phrased simply, “I do what I want.” If a project doesn’t sound like it is for me, I will direct it to the next best person to do the job. There is no job description or title or HR department that defines what is or isn’t a part of my role. Just me and whether a project or task vibes with my knowledge, skills, available time, and interest. It’s that same flexibility that allowed me the freedom to say “sure” when HostGator asked me to guest write an article on the blog I usually only code for. Right now is a pivotal point in industries across the world changing and adapting. We get to redefine how we want our future to be. Maybe it’s not what you thought your career would look like. Mine certainly didn’t go the direction I thought it would. Charging off into the unknown and taking a chance on yourself is scary, but it could be really wonderful. Learn more about running your own freelance business: How to Build Your Freelance Website [Step-by-Step Guide]Top Tools I Use to Keep My Freelance Business Up and Running10 Accounting Tips for Freelancers Find the post on the HostGator Blog

WordPress 5.4.1

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WordPress 5.4.1 is now available! This security and maintenance release features 17 bug fixes in addition to 7 security fixes. Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. All versions since WordPress 3.7 have also been updated. WordPress 5.4.1 is a short-cycle security and maintenance release. The next major release will be version 5.5. You can download WordPress 5.4.1 by downloading from WordPress.org, or visit your Dashboard → Updates and click Update Now. If you have sites that support automatic background updates, they’ve already started the update process. Security Updates Seven security issues affect WordPress versions 5.4 and earlier. If you haven’t yet updated to 5.4, all WordPress versions since 3.7 have also been updated to fix the following security issues: Props to Muaz Bin Abdus Sattar and Jannes who both independently reported an issue where password reset tokens were not properly invalidatedProps to ka1n4t for finding an issue where certain private posts can be viewed unauthenticatedProps to Evan Ricafort for discovering an XSS issue in the CustomizerProps to Ben Bidner from the WordPress Security Team who discovered an XSS issue in the search blockProps to Nick Daugherty from WordPress VIP / WordPress Security Team who discovered an XSS issue in wp-object-cacheProps to Ronnie Goodrich (Kahoots) and Jason Medeiros who independently reported an XSS issue in file uploads.Props to Weston Ruter for fixing a stored XSS vulnerability in the WordPress customizer.Additionally, an authenticated XSS issue in the block editor was discovered by Nguyen the Duc in WordPress 5.4 RC1 and RC2. It was fixed in 5.4 RC5. We wanted to be sure to give credit and thank them for all of their work in making WordPress more secure. Thank you to all of the reporters for privately disclosing the vulnerabilities. This gave the security team time to fix the vulnerabilities before WordPress sites could be attacked. For more information, browse the full list of changes on Trac, or check out the version 5.4.1 HelpHub documentation page. In addition to the security researchers mentioned above, thank you to everyone who helped make WordPress 5.4.1 happen: Alex Concha, Andrea Fercia, Andrew Duthie, Andrew Ozz, Andy Fragen, Andy Peatling, arnaudbroes, Chris Van Patten, Daniel Richards, DhrRob, Dono12, dudo, Ehtisham Siddiqui, Ella van Durpe, Garrett Hyder, Ian Belanger, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), Jake Spurlock, Jb Audras, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, Jonathan Desrosiers, Jorge Costa, K. Adam White, Kelly Choyce-Dwan, MarkRH, mattyrob, Miguel Fonseca, Mohammad Jangda, Mukesh Panchal, Nick Daugherty, noahtallen, Paul Biron, Peter Westwood, Peter Wilson, pikamander2, r-a-y, Riad Benguella, Robert Anderson, Samuel Wood (Otto), Sergey Biryukov, Søren Brønsted, Stanimir Stoyanov, tellthemachines, Timothy Jacobs, Toro_Unit (Hiroshi Urabe), treecutter, and yohannp.

New – Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) for VPC Endpoints

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Although chat and messaging applications have been popular, the email has retained its place as a ubiquitous channel with the highest Return on Investment (ROI) because of its low barrier to entry, affordability and ability to target specific recipients. To ensure that organization’s marketing and transactional messages are received by the end customer in a timely manner and to drive deeper engagement with them, you need to partner with a mature and trusted email service provider that has built specialized expertise in delivering email at scale. Amazon Simple Email Services(SES) has been the trustworthy, flexible and affordable email service provider for developers and digital marketers since 2011. Amazon SES is a reliable, cost-effective service for businesses of all sizes that use email to keep in contact with their customers. Many businesses operate in industries that are highly secure and have strict security policies. So we have enhanced security and compliance features in Amazon SES, such as enabling you to configure DKIM using your own RSA key pair, and support HIPAA Eligibility and FIPS 140-2 Compliant Endpoints as well as regional expansions. Today, I am pleased to announce that customers can now connect directly from Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to Amazon SES through a VPC Endpoint, powered by AWS PrivateLink, in a secure and scalable manner. You can now access Amazon SES through your VPC without requiring an Internet gateway, NAT device, VPN connection, or AWS Direct Connect connection. When you use an interface VPC Endpoint, communication between your VPC and Amazon SES APIs stays within the Amazon network, adding increased security. With this launch, the traffic to Amazon SES does not transit over the Internet and never leaves the Amazon network to securely connect their VPC to Amazon SES without imposing availability risks or bandwidth constraints on their network traffic. You can centralize Amazon SES across your multi-account infrastructure and provide it as a service to your accounts without the need to utilizing an Internet gateway. Amazon SES for VPC Endpoints – Getting Started If you want to test sending emails from your EC2 instance in default VPC, Create a Security Group with following inbound rules and set the private IP of your instance in the EC2 console. To create the VPC Endpoint for Amazon SES, use the Creating an Interface Endpoint procedure in the VPC console and select com.amazonaws.region.email-smtp service name, and attach security group that you just create it. After your endpoint will be available, you can ssh to your EC2 instance and use openssl command to test connection or send email through just created endpoint. You can interact with the same way of SMTP interface from your operating system’s command line. $ openssl s_client -crlf -quiet -starttls smtp -connect email-smtp.ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com:465 ... depth=2 C = US, O = Amazon, CN = Amazon Root CA 1 verify return:1 depth=1 C = US, O = Amazon, OU = Server CA 1B, CN = Amazon verify return:1 depth=0 CN = email-smtp.ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com verify return:1 ... 220 email-smtp.amazonaws.com ESMTP SimpleEmailService-d-ZIFLXXX HELO email-smtp.amazonaws.com ... 250 Ok Note that VPC Endpoints currently do not support cross-region requests—ensure that you create your endpoint in the same region in which you plan to issue your API calls to Amazon SES. Now Available! Amazon SES for VPC Endpoints is generally available and you can use it in all regions where Amazon SES is available. There is no additional charge for using Amazon SES for VPC Endpoints. Take a look at the product page and the documentation to learn more. Please send feedback to AWS forum for Amazon SES or through your usual AWS support contacts. — Channy;

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