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How to Bring Your Small Business Online

Posted on May 27, 2013

online businessNowadays, almost everybody can access information freely, and nearly everyone is online and connected to the internet – including your customers. Simply put, your business needs to be online, or it is losing out on customers, sales … and profit.

Here are some simple steps to bring your small business online:

Step 1 – Select and Register a Domain Name
A domain name is your address on the internet and its how people find you. So you need to ensure it related back your business so use your business name, or a product even.

Step 2 – Website Development
Now that you have your domain name, your address on the internet, you need to design and develop your website. The website is essentially your shop front. Its how people see you, interact with you, and buy from you.

Your website needs to be clear and user friendly. You can speak to a web developer to get your site built, or even use simple design software yourself.

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How CloudFlare Can Improve Your Website Speed Internationally

Posted on May 10, 2013

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CloudFlare is a service that confronts several problems that a website may encounter on a daily basis such as:

1. Slow speed
2. Security issues
3. Search engine crawlers and threats
4. Wide range of online threats

CloudFlare is suitable for all kinds of dynamic websites to improve their quality. So if you are wondering how CloudFlare can improve your website speed internationally, it would be comforting to know that a large percentage of the total Internet users pass through CloudFlare on a daily basis to safeguard their property on their websites.

This service benefits your website speed in the following ways:

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How to Backup Your Website in cPanel Easily and Securely

Posted on May 8, 2013

cpanel web hostingWhen starting your own website online, you put a good amount of hard work on creating it. So it is important to keep it safe with a secure backup that saves the result of all your hard work in case something happens. Just like computers, websites also sometimes break down because of server issues or even someone hacking into your webmaster account. So unless you have a secure backup, you may lose your blog or website worth of years of your time – in an unexpected incident.

Lucky for you, if you are using a Linux server with a cPanel Web Hosting account, you can easily create automated or manual backups for all your domains and websites. Here is an easy guide to show you the basic steps.

There are two methods to create a secure backup in cPanel. You can choose the one you find the easiest.

1. Using the Backup Wizard feature in cPanel

You can find this in the File section on your cPanel homepage. After you click on it, you will see an easy 3-step method to create an instant secure partial or full backup from your websites. Since it includes a simple step-by-step wizard feature, it is the ideal solution if you prefer and faster and easier backup method.

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DDOS Attacks – An Explanation and How to Stop Them with CloudFlare

Posted on April 11, 2013

You may heard about DDOS attacks in the news, newspapers, blogs and almost everywhere on the internet. Many websites have gone offline or at least have been slowed down by an attack of this kind.

DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service Attack.

The method for this attack is as follows: an attacker starts to send repeated messages in the form of request to the targeted website in such a frequency that it slows or shuts it down. This is because the server where the website is hosted “believes” it is providing information to many users at the same time in high volume and speed.

There are two sides to the story. First of all the attack is comprised of many multiple compromised systems which are usually infected with Trojan malware. These systems or computers engage in the attack without their owners knowing about it. They could even be using your own home PC.

The way these computer or systems acquired the malicious software is through infected files or through websites created with the purpose of getting access to your computer. It is important to note that the attack is comprised of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of zombie machines which are usually operated by one individual or small group of individuals who wish to cause harm to the target website – usually as a form of retaliation for some decision or perceived misdeeds caused by the company owning the website. Or, it could be for no reason, they are just ‘having fun’.

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Explanation of HTML5

Posted on March 21, 2013

HTML5 LogoHTML 5 is short form for Hyper Text Markup Language version 5.

Its a language for structuring and presenting content on the world wide web. HTML began many years ago, with HTML version 1 and there has been tremendous improvement up to the latest HTML version 5. It allows you to create a unique website with powerful editing tools that make it easy to create a website.

HTML technology uses tags, HTML 5 has improved language support for multimidea making it easy to read and be easily understood. Some of the new tags on its syntax include <audio> <video> & <canvas> which make it easy to integrate video and audio components on a website, without having to use third party plug ins and APIs

HTML 5 will be flexible in error handling and has been designed with the intentions that the internet browsers will produce the same results in cases of incorrect syntax.

Some of the new APIs introduced in the HTML 5 include:

  • Document editing
  • Local storage also known as web storage,which works the same way as a cookie, but has a capacity to hold more information.
  • Ability to drag & drop
  • Timed media playbacks
  • Web browsing history management
  • Cross document messaging
  • Web audio & video API’s

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Explanation of Ruby on Rails

Posted on March 14, 2013

Ruby on RailsRuby on Rails is an object-focused, interpreted programming language that has been in use from the mid-1990s, and has gained popularity due to its simplicity, readability as well as flexibility. Ruby on Rails runs on a Linux Web Hosting platform.

Ruby and rails can be described as follows:

1. A set of technologies
Ruby on Rails is a type of the framework which makes ‘RoR’ very strong. Since many web applications have a database at the backend, they must integrate it the database with the actual web files. One way they can integrate it is by rewriting it from scratch each time. This method can be slow, costly as well as prone to bugs. Use of rails can be a perfect way to integrate databases as a framework takes ordinary design patterns like database handling and offers a set of consistent functionality which new applications might hook into. Ruby on Rails make it difficult for bugs to be introduced as a lot of applications are utilising the same functionality making it quicker to spot and squash bugs.

2. It’s a set of design strategies
Ruby on rails is a “prejudiced” framework as it has a set of techniques in doing things. It is a very simple and quicker way of doing things. Ruby on Rails has a classic technique of abstracting a fundamental database system into classes, items and features. This implies that it will act in a similar manner from application to application as well as developer to developer.

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Why Flash is Dead, and how HTML5 is the Future

Posted on March 8, 2013

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Flash as a multimedia platform was introduced by Adobe and gave developers the chance to make eye catching websites and animations. As an online tool its popularity grew quickly and browsers rushed to support it as a standard. Flash player could only be provided as a plugin and not run natively by browsers and this soon became an issue.

With content becoming more complex and detailed, Flash struggled to keep up with making its software lightweight for browsers. Webmasters and indeed users became sick of the now annoying constant animations put before them and even more so, the way it slowed down their browsing experience. A huge blow to Flash came when Steve Jobs of Apple famously decided not to support it on their iPhone, iPad and Mac devices, instead suggesting web developers come up with alternatives. These included building mobile specific sites and using the new HTML5 language instead. Flash continued without Apple and indeed will continue in to the future; however one must now consider it a legacy format.

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