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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.
Part of me wonders exactly who made up the 2,392 men and women for this survey. Regardless this made my morning commute that much more entertaining; and I thought you all might enjoy the read.
MediaTemple has announced they have launched a new managed WordPress hosting package called Premium WordPress Hosting. The package has a cost of $29 per month which rivals the cost of WPEngine; however MediaTemple does stand out with one huge feature. Premium WordPress Hosting includes a business-class, all-in-one email system, including calendars, contacts, and full IMAP support. So you can easily set up and manage custom email aliases for yourself or your clients — up to 1,000 addresses across all your WordPress domains.
MediaTemple is owned by GoDaddy, who launched their own WordPress hosting service earlier this year. Both companies however operate independently of each other. The Premium WordPress Hosting product includes a WordPress hosting solution optimized for web developers and web designers, a customer staging environment, website templating, and a WordPress theme market “created by designers for designers.”
Focusing on designers is something that Media Temple has done since its inception, and is reflected in its recent website redesign. Customer support with its Premium WordPress Hosting product is 24/7/365 and is provided by its WordPress-trained customer service staff.
The premium product includes automated WordPress updates which promises enhanced security and one-click backups. By having this process automated, users can save themselves manual effort to keep protected from security vulnerabilities.
“With Premium WordPress Hosting, we offer a premium user experience to web developers and designers by providing them with everything they need to securely create and deploy WordPress sites for themselves and for others, while we take care of all their hosting needs,” Dante G. Baker, Shared Services Product Manager at Media Temple said. “And because we are dedicated to upholding the best customer service in the hosting industry, our team of in-house WordPress experts has them covered anytime, anywhere.”
Media Temple also offers a conceirge site migration service which can help move WordPress sites, adding to Media Temple’s count of over 300,000 WordPress sites.
Our partner, Rackspace Hosting, is launching a new practice focusing on digital marketing infrastructure needs. The service reflects the growing role of chief marketing officers in corporate infrastructure decisions.
“We’ve created a dedicated team with project management, sales, and more,” said Gerardo Dada, Product Marketing Leader, Rackspace. “This is a discrete team that takes advantage of the entire Rackspace portfolio.”
By working hand-in-hand with software platforms and system integrators to ensure successful projects, the new service suite aims to ease the burden of digital marketers needing specialized technical expertise and advice to support digital marketing efforts.
Rackspace Digital provides customers with best practices, architecture guidance and support in the following competencies:
Rackspace Digital helps companies and online retailers more effectively engage with customers via a website, portal/extranet, mobile app or online store. The service aims to ease the burden of digital marketers needing specialized technical expertise and advice to support digital marketing efforts.
1&1 Internet, Inc. (www.1and1.com), has launched a new range of turn-key eCommerce solutions, powered by ePages, that include everything a retailer needs for successful online selling. The new 1&1 Online Store, priced from only $0.99/month until the end of April only, combines advanced features for store-building with full mobile and social media compatibility and optimal usability for shoppers. 1&1 Online Store is designed to address powerful eCommerce trends and satisfy even the most demanding online retailers.
1&1 offers the best chance of online sales by including a number of functions designed to maximize visibility, engagement and purchases. Today, growth in online shopping shows no sign of slowing, and more consumers worldwide are making purchases via mobile devices. According to ComScore, growth in mobile commerce is outpacing desktop eCommerce by 200 percent. Thus, it is essential that merchants can leverage a platform that allows them to benefit. 1&1’s new online store solution automatically configures the eCommerce website into a version optimized for mobile viewing and ordering via smartphone and tablet devices.
Social media engagement is nowadays an important factor in winning sales. According to eMarketer, active social media users have grown 18 percent globally in 2013 and will reach 2.55 billion users by 2017. To satisfy a social audience, 1&1 Online Store includes interfaces to the most popular platforms. Customers can set up a Facebook shop and promote their store through Twitter, Google+ and Facebook buttons. Within a few clicks, they can develop their sales through marketplaces including eBay and Amazon as well as product portals like Google.
For retailers looking to trade overseas, 1&1 Online Stores offer rapid conversion in up to 15 languages, multiple secure online payment methods including PayPal, BillSafe and credit card payment via a number of providers, support for multiple currencies and international shipping settings. 1&1 also offers impactful online marketing tools including a professional newsletter tool, daily deals, customer reviews and website analytics. 1&1 works to continually update Online Store compliance, performance and functionality.
Robert Hoffmann, CEO Hosting, 1&1 Internet, said, “1&1 is always focused on delivering a complete solution for online success. Our customers can rest assured that their stores meet and exceed ever-increasing consumer expectations. 1&1’s latest generation online shops provide not only a dynamic and reliable selling platform, but tools for capitalizing on current retail trends, maximizing usability and engagement as well as driving traffic and guiding shoppers towards a sale.”
With 1&1 Online Store, the process of building a store is easy and achievable by any level of user in minutes. Users can select from various different industry-specific layouts which can be adjusted at any time, and from any computer. Reliability and security is guaranteed via 1&1’s geo-redundancy, with data saved across two highly secure data center locations, and transferred on 1&1’s own high-speed network. 1&1 eCommerce experts are available 24/7 for providing technical assistance or advice on how to promote an online store.
The entry-level 1&1 Online Store Starter, from $7.99/month, offers retailing for up to 100 products, full mobile compatibility and shipping methods. The 1&1 Online Store Basic, from $0.99/month starting March 1, also provides support for up to 1,000 products, PayPal payments, 2 language options, enhanced online marketing options with Google, eBay and Amazon, as well as further payment methods. 1&1 Online Store Plus, from $29.99/month, also includes Facebook shop, downloadable products, 7 languages, various currency options, and up to 10,000 products. The flagship 1&1 Online Store Unlimited package, from $39.99/month, offers 15 languages, unlimited products and categories, all currencies and shipping methods.
So March is upon us and apart from the usual flow of new coupons and sales – the first week of March also brings about some new domain names as-well. March 5th, 2014, at 11AM EST, marks the general registration launch date for .careers, .photos, .recipes, and .shoes. You can register these new domain names at either Namecheap, 1&1 or GoDaddy.
In case you don’t want to wait until the 5th for your domains the registry for these domains is allowing the option for you to order your domains early. On March 2nd, 2014, most of the above mentioned registrars, such as Namecheap, will open up this option for you. During this early-order timeframe, the price point for the initial registration will include an additional fee. However future renewals on these domains will be at the regular rate.
A couple of days ago I had written a post titled Grammar Matters, Atleast to Bing; a post discussing Duane Forrester’s own post on the Bing Webmaster Blog that having poorly written content with poor grammar will have a negative impact on your search rankings within Bing. I had even posted about it on Rapid Purple’s facebook page – which sparked a quick mention from a few members that Google really needs to catch up with this.
The <blink> and <marquee> tags are probably at the top of every single list of what to not do when building your website – and yet somehow you’ll still find sites making use of these functions. Granted there are a few times when marquee’s still come in useful – however these days you get more control creating them with jQuery instead. Regardless Google decided to poke a little bit of fun at these two tags by modifying their search results page.
I recorded the following animated GIF to showcase these Google easter eggs.
The new domain name extensions continue to roll out with 4 new domain names being released this week for general registration. These include .diamonds, .enterprises, .tips, and .voyage domain names.
JaguarPC, a hosting provider of shared, VPS, cloud, reseller and dedicated plans, has announced the release of a new website along with free web hosting plan upgrades for all of its current clients. JaguarPC’s newest presence on the web offers a refreshing presentation of information that even those new to web hosting will find easy to understand and navigate.
“With over 15 years in the web hosting business we know what our clients need most in web hosting features and we take into account what current and potential customers want and need most. The best interests of our clients is always first and foremost. The new website is designed to showcase our new products and the plans are designed to best meet the needs and requests from our client base and future clients,” says Greg Landis, CEO of JaguarPC.
The new website was developed to embrace a smooth navigational flow and to consolidate many of its services and features for an easy to use streamlined feel. The website also introduces a new line of web hosting plans and products. The sleek design of JaguarPC’s newly launched website now features cloud hosting plans and VPS SSD options. It is a breeze to find the information you need on product specifications, prices and added features as well to reach out to staff and support teams.
JaguarPC is providing free upgrades for the new plan specifications to all of its existing customers. “Our new hosting plans are some of the best in the industry. I wanted to make sure that all of our current clients had the first shot at using the increased bandwidth and disk space allotments. All of our customers have been upgraded to the new plans for free so they can go ahead and start to assess how the new and more powerful hardware and allotments can benefit their hosting need. We are where we are today because of our loyal client base. It is another way I feel that I can express my gratitude to them,” says Greg Landis, CEO of JaguarPC.
The satisfaction of customers is the top priority at JaguarPC. The new website and the free hosting plan upgrades show that JaguarPC will continue in spirit of customer satisfaction. The dedicated staff at JaguarPC is eager to provide the best level of service possible. The teams are ready to give that personal touch or go the extra mile to make sure that customers are satisfied with the results. “We don’t stop until we get it right,” says Greg Landis, CEO of JaguarPC.
ICANN keeps bringing us more new, relevant, memorable top-level domain name options. As of Wednesday February 19, 2014, these seven domain names will be available for general registration: .construction, .contractors, .directory, .kitchen, .land, .technology, and .today. You can register these new domain names at either Namecheap, 1&1 or GoDaddy come this Wednesday.
It’s not over yet – more new domain extensions are on their way next week. Keep your ear to the ground and your eyes on the Rapid Purple blog for further developments.