How CloudFlare Can Improve Your Website Speed Internationally

Posted on May 10, 2013

CloudFlare Web Hosting
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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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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How Content Distribution Networks (CDN’s) can Improve Website Performance

Posted on February 15, 2013

CloudFlare Web HostingContent Distribution Networks, or CDN’s, are simply an arrangement of computers holding multiple copies of data at different locations. This duplicate data is stored in order to make it easier to access separate servers from separate regions. The biggest benefit of CDNs is that they eliminate the risk of bottlenecking, where everyone is attempting to gain access to the same central server at the same instant.

Significance of a Content Distribution Network
The present, dynamic world of internet has made it necessary for every website to deliver its content in an effective and timely manner. Readers expect every website to react immediately to them. There is in fact no one in the world who wants to lose his/her connection with a particular website after submitting his/her credit card number. Simultaneously, it feels like an eternity to wait for a web page to fully load. The current information superhighway is moving incredibly fast, and you’ll definitely try to avoid your website from being left behind. This is where a CDN comes in.

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Some Exciting Announcements Coming in 2013

Posted on February 7, 2013

The staff here at Swish Connect area always working hard behind the scenes to ensure our customers are getting the most they can get from their time with us.

We are always looking at the latest technologies, trialling them, seeing if they can bring value to our clients, and we are happy to give a little teaser of just a few things coming in 2013 … and there will be so much more!

CloudFlare Web Hosting


Swish Connect has teamed up with CloudFlare to essentially provide CND style functionality to improve website performance as well as increase security. We have finished testing and are currently rolling this out to all servers. A full announcement will be released when it is 100% ready.

CloudFlare will be available on all our services including shared web hosting, reseller web hosting, virtual servers (VPS), and dedicated servers.

For more information on CloudFlare, visit their site at



Cloud Linux

CloudLinux is the only server operating system made especially for Web Hosting. Swish Connect has partnered with CloudLinux and is currently finalising live testing before we roll the service out to all servers.

CloudLinux specialises in increasing server stability and performance by placing each and every website into its own instance – so if a website suddenly goes crazy, it doesn’t bring the entire server down with it and causing all other websites to go offline.

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