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DynDNS used to be THE free DNS service everyone was always recommending. Unfortunately Dyn has recently announced that it’s free service will cease on May 7th, 2014. This means anyone using their free DNS hosting has to upgrade to a paid version or will get cut off. Their paid version costs $25 per year just for DNS services.
So what are we left with now? Well a slew of free subdomain providers still offer free DNS to their users; and Namecheap is still actively developing their own Namecheap FreeDNS service and it is more robust and resilient than ever. They currently have a large cluster of servers spread across North America and Europe, delivering fast and reliable DNS services. For free.
So those of you who were utilizing the free DynDNS service should start thinking about making a switch to a new provider; or taking the plunge and upgrading to a paid version of DynDNS. However if you’re anything like me – you’re initial reaction is going to be WHYYYYYY? Well Dyn has a very valid answer:
We have an obligation to have the cleanest DNS network possible. There is a danger to a free infrastructure and over the years, we have seen mixed results from our freemium model. We have seen an increase in abuse and a portion of users violating our trust, so we felt closing this down was the most responsible action we could take to our paying customers.
Truth be told – they have a very valid point. And this is probably exactly why Namecheap utilizes a seperate network for their premium DNS service. Albeit this still causes some issues (take note of the Feb. 2014 DDoS attack); however it seems Namecheap is more than happy to continue development and providing their free DNS service.
In an effort to take your mind off the IRS, here’s some new fun TLD options, available for general registration as of 4/15: .gift, .pics, .photo, .guitars, .link. Two more batches of new TLDs arrive later this week, so be sure to stay tuned. Here’s a sneak peek: .marketing on 4/16 and .pink on 4/17.
SiteGround has always done a great job at making themselves stand out from the crowd by offering a very unique set of tools built upon a very unique infrastructure. Starting from multiple data-centers spread across multiple geographical locations, down to their innovative shared hosting server security setup which isolates shared hosting accounts from each other – denying a hacker attack access to any other sites on the same server. Plus they make some pretty cool branded items – like my SiteGround Converse sneakers!
For those of you already using SiteGround as your hosting provider – you’re more than likely already familiar with the SiteGround Staging tool which offers one-click staging for WordPress and Joomla along with pre-installed Git. For those of you who are always busy working on your website and making new changes; or just developing a new redesign – SiteGrounds’ Staging tool is absolutely invaluable offering you a safe environment to make your necessary changes, test them, and then move them over to your life website.
Well SiteGround has recently announced version 2.0 of their staging tool which brings about much more flexibility and control over the various staging copies you can have. Furthermore the creating of a new Git repo has been significantly simplified down to the click of a single button.
Probably my favorite addition brought about by the new version is Advanced Push. Normally when you finished making your developments and are satisfied with your website you would hit the Push To Live button and the SiteGround Staging tool would clone all the changes you’ve made to your staging website copy over to your live site. Well Advanced Push compares all of the files, folders, and database modifications that have been made and gives you a list of those changes allowing you to pick and choose exactly which modifications should be pushed out to the live website and which ones should not be.
If you haven’t made use of the Staging tool yet – you definitely should. To boot there’s a great bit of information available about how to make the best use of V2.0 of the staging tool over at SiteGround blog.
Have you used the SiteGround Staging tool yet yourself? What do you think of the new version updates? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Bing has been, quietly, hard at work at expanding the Bing knowledge repository to currently feature hundreds of millions of people, places, things – and their relationships between each-other. Remember when I mentioned how Bing had partnered up with Klout to start creating personal snapshots to add to their people snapshots? Well that was back in October of 2013; and since then that database has gotten huge. So this past weekend Bing introduced a way for all webmasters to take advantage of this database with the use of the Bing Knowledge Widget.
You can easily configure how the Bing Knowledge Widget will visualize the entities detected on your website. There are three pre-defined options:
When you have chosen a visualization option that includes entity links, you can set the link style associated with these entity links. Furthermore you can choose to set a custom CSS class – giving you full control over the styling of the entity links. Furthermore you can choose to skip content within certain CSS classes from being detected by the Bing Knowledge Widget. This would be ideal for you’re sidebar content, for example.
You can check out a demo of the Bing Knowledge Widget in action here; or generate one for your own website here. If you’d like to dig a bit deeper into the different customization settings available feel free to head on over to the dedicated Bing Knowledge Widget Help & How To page.
World Backup Day is amongst us once again, and today – it is our duty as webmasters, business owners, cellphone users, and well – data owners – to backup all our files. Granted you should already be maintaining backups on a regular basis – however if you’re not today is the perfect day to start with some awesome World Backup Day Offers.
If you’re a bit unsure about the important of keeping your own backups – I wrote an article just for you about that: Always Make Your Own Backups - inspired by my very own scenario where a substantial amount of important files got corrupted during a routine SAN disk maintenance. Believe me – you don’t want to be going through that.
This independent initiative to raise awareness about backups and data preservation started out — like most good things on the internet – on reddit by a couple of concerned users. Since then it has spread to a widely “celebrated” day – with plenty companies running some awesome World Backup Day offers.
If you haven’t heard yet, SiteGround turns 10 years old this month! In 2 days (March 22, 2014)! As a SiteGround affiliate; and a webmaster; this is some pretty awesome news. See you have to realize just how small SiteGround is – and I don’t mean this in a negative way at all. They DO host over 300,000 domains – however they employ just over 130 people to do that. There’s a certain beauty with that. See it makes everything that much more personal when working with them.
For example, I’ve been dealing with client’s GoDaddy accounts for years now – and I can safely say I have yet to speak to the same support rep more than once. During that same time frame with SiteGround – I often get the same set of people I’m used to speaking to. This means that overtime they get to know you also; they learn about your business; and it makes contacting them a much more pleasant experience.
The technicians working on your servers have been working on these servers for a while. They’re familiar with them; they know their hiccups and their faults. They know what to look out for with each box they manage.
Plus who else do you know gives AWAY hosting at up to 70% off on their own Birthday? Exactly. And to boot this 70% off sale will be available till the end of the weekend! So on SiteGround’s actual birthday – March 22nd – click the banner below or head on over to the SiteGround website and grab some hosting at an amazing discount.
So with that said, I’d like to wish an early Happy Birthday to the entire team at SiteGround. I’d also like to introduce the following video, taking my own quick look back at the SiteGround website over the past 10 years. How far things have come …
Just a week or so after launching their brand new Premium WordPress Hosting, Media Temple has announced the launch of of a new Managed Hosting service which includes proactive monitoring and protection of servers around the clock; 24/7/365 CloudTech technical support; and access to a dedicated priority support hotline.
There are technically seven hosting service levels to choose from within the new Managed Hosting service, all of which can be scaled up or down instantly depending on user requirements. This is a good feature for clients who many not understand how much support they need until they get their hosting up and running. Premium features that are available with Media Temple’s managed hosting service include a security pack setup and premium security package, advanced performance analysis, and a control panel with the latest version of Parallels Plesk. Other features include optional full root access for server customization, 30-600GB of premium storage, 1GB-32GB RAM, and up to 3TB of bandwidth.
“We wanted to bake our CloudTech best-in-class tech support into our high quality VPS hosting infrastructure to offer premium managed hosting to our customers. With Managed Hosting, we become their own private system administrators, handling all the heavy (and the less heavy) lifting 24/7,” Diana Dunn, product manager at Media Temple said.
If you’re in the business of buying and selling domains, or if you drive for a living, ICANN has a present for you this week. The new top-level domains .cab, .limo and .domains become available for general registration Wednesday March 12, 2014. You can register these new domain names at either Namecheap, 1&1 or GoDaddy starting tomorrow – March 12th, 2014.
I have worked with my fair share of vBulletin forums – and often times management and customization of these forums can turn into a bit of a pain in the ass. Keeping up with vBulletin updates isn’t always the simplest of tasks; and as your forum grows security becomes more and more of an issue. Luckily vBulletin now has vBulletin Cloud which hosts your fully functioning and customizable vBulletin forum site. vBulletin Cloud takes advantage of a Cloud-specific version of vBulletin Connect, vBulletin Connect 5.0.6.
vBulletin Cloud provides customers with a fast and easy way to launch and manage a community website. vBulletin Cloud provides most of the functionality and customizability of the downloaded version of the software while removing the need for sites to worry about hosting hardware purchases and maintenance. vBulletin Cloud sites are hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), providing world-class security and scalability. Furthermore Memcache is provided on all forums to help make your forum interact with your database as quickly as possible.
“Our customers have been asking for a hosted version of vBulletin for quite some time,” said Joe Rosenblum, CTO of Internet Brands, the parent company of vBulletin. “Rather than rush a product to market, we spent several months talking to current forum owners to gauge their unique needs and expectations. We’re very proud of the final result, and we think vBulletin Cloud truly leads forums into the modern era of cloud-based software.“
As I previously mentioned, upgrades can be a bit of a hassle, and luckily with vBulletin cloud upgrades are no longer a concern. Sites will be automatically upgraded to each new version of vBulletin. Going forward, the cloud and download versions of vBulletin mostly will both get new features and fixes at the same time, though there will be occasional exceptions such as when a feature is only applicable to one version.
vBulletin Cloud provides low monthly and annual pricing with no set-up charges. Pricing is based on bandwidth usage and starts as low as $14.99 per month if billed annually ($19.95/mo if billed monthly). 100GB of storage is included at no additional cost with each plan. If you’re the webmaster of a vBulletin forum I would highly recommend checking out the vBulletin Cloud platform. Chances are it may make you’re like that much easier.
So I was driving into the office this morning, standing in horrible traffic on the BQE when I overheard the following amongst the chatter on the radio: 11% of Americans think HTML is an STD. I didn’t really buy into it either. I thought surely this is a creative commercial – but no. The Hot97 Morning Show was referencing an article published in the LA Times just 2 days ago regarding a study conducted by Vouchercloud.net to determine how knowledgeable users are when it comes to tech terms. What the study found was well … priceless.
The study involved 2,392 men and women 18 years of age or older. The participants were not told that the study was specifically looking into their knowledge of tech terms. They were presented with both tech and non-tech terms and were asked to choose from three possible definitions. The firm that conducted the survey, 10 Yetis Public Relations, said it stands by its work and has provided the full survey results here. If for some reason this goes offline, I have uploaded a mirror of the results: Survey Breakdown- Tech Confusions.