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It’s always great to hear from Sean over at SpeedySparrow and just yesterday I had a chance to sit down and briefly chat with him about what’s been going on with SpeedySparrow recently – especially following the acquisition by Spiral Hosting. Originally the acquisition was intended to lead towards a merger of the two companies – however yesterdays conversation has shed light on that as Sean stated that as of right now SpeedySparrow acts as its own entity and for now it will stay that way.
As of the moment, the two companies are not merged. They are owned by one company but all services provided by each company are not merged together so they still act as their own entities.
SpeedySparrow is still well and truly alive and both companies are thriving well within the industry. We hope to improve further overall improvements with new networks, and security enhancements to our networks.
We are always aiming to meet expectations and we hope to do that as time goes on, we are hoping to possibly implement new payment methods in time as well.
Finally don’t forget that our very own exclusive SpeedySparrow coupon codes are still valid. Use coupon code rapidpurple to take a recurring 5% off every single monthly bill on any of SpeedySparrow’s shared hosting plans. Or use coupon code rapidpurple_resell to take a recurring 10% off your annual bill on any of SpeedySparrow’s reseller hosting packages.
Bluehost has made the jump onto the WordPress Hosting bandwagon and created their own managed WordPress hosting solution build around their proprietary VPS technology. So what does this mean? You get VPS power, NGINX architecture, custom PHP-FPM configuration and integrated caching by W3. Furthermore all plans come with SiteLock website scanning and the SiteLock CDN. The starter plans come with the Pro level and as you go to the higher level plans you get the higher SiteLock plans as-well. ManageWP is included with each plan as-well. Every plan also features dedicated backup storage and Bluehost automates backups of your WordPress websites ensuring your data is always safe.
To celebrate the launch Bluehost is running their managed WordPress hosting solutions at 50% off the first month – making the starter WordPress plan run you just $12.49 for all the above listed features, 2GB of RAM and 30GB of storage. No coupon code is required.
Googlebots are an essential part of the Google search engine. Constantly crawling the world wide web looking for new links and websites to ensure that you get the latest and most relevant search results. However a recent study has revealed that for every 25 genuine Googlebot visits you’re site gets you’ll also be visited by a fake Googlebot — more than 23 percent of which are used for DDoS attacks, hacking, scraping and spamming. This is among the findings of security company Incapsula’s 2014 Search Engine Study.
The study is based on over 400 million search engine visits to 10,000 sites over 30 days and shows Google is the most active search engine. Googlebots are responsible for more than 60 percent of all page crawls, the second in line the MSN/Bing bot notches up only 24.5 percent. What’s also interesting is that there’s no correlation between the number of human visits to a site and how often it’s crawled by Googlebots. Google pays just as much attention to the backwaters of the web as it does to popular sites.
Most interesting and concerning though is the number of fake Googlebots. The study shows that over 4 percent of bots using Google’s HTTPS user agent aren’t what they claim to be. The benefit of this to hackers is that site owners generally allow unhindered access to Google’s crawlers in order to protect their search results.
Incapsula’s logs reveal that fake Googlebots are used mainly for DDoS attacks but also in spamming and hacking activity. Security solutions that don’t use case-by-case traffic inspection are unable to spot the real bots from the fakes.
Feel free to read the entire report, in detail, here. Otherwise I will leave you with the following infographic:
Alas sometimes the life of a sysadmin runs significantly later than the usual 9-5 of some people – and as such I almost missed this post myself. So, without further ado, Happy Sysadmin Day to all the IT guys and system administrators out there. Enjoy what is left of the one day a year when you finally get some appreciation. Luckily the weekend is right around the corner fellas, unplug and enjoy it.
Google Alerts always seemed to have a rather primitive design to it – and that may very well have been the cause behind it never really gaining the popularity that it should have. Google has taken note of this and this past weekend have released a brand new design for the Google Alerts site. The core functionality of what and where you subscribe to things has not changed however the user interface has underwent a rather drastic change.
For comparison purposes here is a screenshot of the old Google Alerts site:
Over the course of the last week, July 13th – July 19th Google has announced some awesome new features they have introduced to Google’s Webmaster Tools. The first is the introduction of a new reporting feature designed to help marketers troubleshoot rel-alternate-hreflang annotations (an attribute that communicates with Google if there are requirements for alternate languages on a web page).
If you utilize hreflang, Google will be able to display the correct language right in the search results. In order to ensure that the proper content is displayed you will need to add the proper tags into the code for each page. Often times webmasters may put the proper tags on some pages and yet forget to include them on other pages. This creates a problem known as “missing return links”. Google simply explains this by saying “If page A links to page B, page B must link back to page A, otherwise the annotations may not be interpreted correctly.“
The new reporting features are designed to detect when these pages aren’t linked properly:
Another issue that some users were experiencing was “incorrect hreflang values”. In order for a hreflang attribute to function properly it must be in one of the following formats:
Fortunately the new reporting will also identify improper language codes so that they can be fixed.
Moving along Google has also announced that they’ve updated the Robots.txt tester tool within Google Webmaster Tools adding three brand new features:
Website builder Wix.com has launched a new tool to allow users to create and send email newsletters from within their Wix dashboard. The new tool, called Wix ShoutOut, attempts to replace a few of the previously available Wix Apps for setting up mailing lists and sending out newsletters by offering all the same functionality from within the users Wix dashboard.
Furthermore Wix ShoutOut allows the user to customize template newsletters and has access to all stock images provided by Wix. Social sharing functionality and email analytics are also included.
Wix ShoutOut is the first product that uses the recently launched WixHive API, which allows formerly standalone apps installed on a users’ site through the Wix App Market to share collected data. The collected data, such as contact information, is stored and managed on the dashboard, and is accessible to products like ShoutOut. With ShoutOut, users can also import contacts from external contact lists like Gmail or Outlook.
“We allow small business owners to create and manage their online presence with enterprise-level solutions but without the need for enterprise-level resources. Wix ShoutOut is a classic Wix product – it provides a user-friendly and code-free solution for a highly sought after business need,” Avishai Abrahami, Wix Co-Founder and CEO said. “This is the latest addition to our comprehensive product suite, and we see it as an important step in furthering the Wix vision of creating a true operating system for the web.”
Wix ShoutOut is currently available in beta to all 50 million Wix customers and as such is offered free of charge for now. There will be paid options upon its full release.
Earlier this week Google announced a change to their mobile search results bringing in notifications to let a user know when results include pages that may not work on their devices. For example on a device that doesn’t support Flash Google will include a message with the result that says, “Uses Flash. May not work on your device.”
“A common annoyance for web users is when websites require browser technologies that are not supported by their device,” writes Google’s Keita Oda and Pierre Far. “When users access such pages, they may see nothing but a blank space or miss out a large portion of the page’s contents. Fortunately, making websites that work on all modern devices is not that hard: websites can use HTML5 since it is universally supported, sometimes exclusively, by all devices,” the Googlers say.
Frankly I love this idea. I can’t tell you how many times I have searched for something on my iPhone only to end up visiting a blank page because the site is still built in Flash. So hopefully this will push webmasters to update their websites to the latest technologies, and at the same time make all of our lives easier while we browse the internet.
Hot on the tail of my last announcement regarding SiteGround’s introduction into the world of the new domain name extensions comes my list of the next set of domain name extensions being released throughout the month of July and the first week of August. As usual you can register these new domain names at either Namecheap, 1&1 or GoDaddy.
With all of the new gTLD domain names coming out I’m you’ve probably noticed that I generally refer to a small handful of registrars where these new domain name extensions are actually available for registration. SiteGround has just joined that group offering 31 of the more popular new extensions. As with the introduction of most new services SiteGround has launched these new domain names at a discount of up to 35% off for the first year of registration. I have listed the available domain names and their sale prices below:
No coupon code is required at all. Simply head on over to the SiteGround domains page and register your new domain name!